It seems that Chris Hughton has completely fallen in love with the passion that is Newcastle United and also with the famous Newcastle fans, who are known for their undying support throughout the world.
Chris Hughton – calm and quiet style has transformed the club
The 51-year-old has done better than anybody expected – probably even better than he expected – since he took over the club 16 months ago and has since got them from the second division, to 7th place in the English Premier League.
That’s after most of those football “experts” predicted Newcastle would be playing in Division One this season.
At most clubs Chris Hughton’s record would have guaranteed him a new and improved long term contract – but this is Newcastle.
So at the moment his current contract runs out next summer, although we do expect Mike Ashley to step up to the plate and reward the quiet spoken Londoner for all he’s done for the club since being on Tyneside these last 33 months.
And during that time Newcastle have been both relegated and promoted, and the club put up for sale – twice.
This is what Chris told the Sunday Sun this morning:
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the period of time I’ve been at the club,” “Would I like to stay at this club? Absolutely yes.”“I’ve fallen for the region and the club. I thoroughly enjoy living up here and the area. It is a magnificent club with a support that will let you know their feelings because they are a passionate support.”
” I can see what this club means to the supporters and of course I would love to be involved.” “I would love to be at this football club next season.” “How good a job have I done? I don’t know, other people have to say that.” “I’m just delighted to be manager of this football club and in a position to do this. I have one eye on the future. You have to.”
“The aim is to be in this division next season. What you have to do, irrespective of where you end up, is make plans. There are always opportunities to bring players in.” “Do I see myself as the main man in the middle of all that? I hope so, I hope so, yes.”
We hardly think it is a crisis at the club that Chris has not yet signed a new contract, but we’re pretty sure that Ashley will tie this man down fairly soon, to be the Newcastle manager for a good few years to come, and then the club can press on to bigger and better things.
That will be with the clam and quiet Chris Hughton at the helm, sounds good to us.