We always thought that Bobby Robson’s style of management was almost perfect, because not only could he inspire his players to play at their very best, but he was always in good communication with them.
Bobby Robson – the great man beside his statue in St. James’ Park
We know for a fact that Chris Hughton is a huge admirer of the late Bobby Robson, and he often talks about when Bobby came to talk to a coaching class Chris was taking, and he seems never to have forgotten that.
It’s rumored that Chris has a picture of Bobby up in his Newcastle office at Benton, but we cannot confirm that.
But from what Jonas Gutierrez has said this morning it seems to us that Chris’ management style is very much like that of the great Bobby Robson.
Jonas Gutierrez talked about how he likes working under Chris Hughton at Newcastle:
“I’m happy to be working under Chris Hughton,” “He always believes in us. He is a good man – you saw that in the year we went to the Championship he was working month-to-month, but he never spoke about it or made excuses about it.”
“Then he got the job permanently and he showed what a good manager he is. I respect him because he believes in us.” “We always have the opportunity to speak with Chris, to tell him what we think.”
“It’s important for the squad and the group – it means all the players are happy.” “They know what the manager wants, what the manager thinks – and that makes us happy and settled.”
“For me, I prefer the stability. I prefer Chris. He knows what he wants us to do,” “When I came here, Keegan was a really nice manager too.” “He doesn’t need to shout, he never says things in a bad way.” “He just gets you playing.”
Whether Chris Hughton can get anywhere near the success that Bobby Robson experienced in his long and successful management career is very doubtful at best, and Chris has started as a full manager quite late at 50 years old, when he got the full manager position just over a year ago on Tyneside.
There again, Bob Paisley, who was born in Hetton-le-Hole just outside of Sunderland, was 55 years old when he took over as full time manager at Liverpool, after Bill Shankly resigned, and just look what he achieved in his 9 years in control on Merseyside.
We are not saying Chris is in the same class as those two all time greats in Robson and Paisley, , we are not quite that daft, but we’d love to see Chris continue the success he’s had so far on Tyneside, and what he could achieve at Newcastle United is anybody’s guess right now.
He’s already done more than we ever thought possible.