As we’ve said to anybody who will listen over the last week or so, the fact that Chris Hughton has not signed a new contract at Newcastle United, is hardly a huge problem or crisis.
Mike Ashley with Chris Hughton
Indeed, what seems to be happening right now is Chris Hughton is earning his new contract, by letting a certain Mike Ashley know that he indeed can manage in the Premier League, and be very successful too, and it’s been great for Newcastle.
You really cannot blame Mike too much, for not rushing into a new contract for Chris, until he shows he can hold his head above water in England’s top league, and certainly Chris has been little short of magnificent for Newcastle this season – we’ll not even mention what this man did last season. 😀
Don’t forget that the Newcastle club paid out millions to Sam Allardyce and his huge staff, when he was fired, and that Kevin Keegan also cost the club some millions, although in that case it seems that Mike and the club only got what they deserved, for treating a Newcastle legend with no respect at all.
We have to hope that Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias have learned from their previous experiences at Newcastle, if Mike is to stay as owner of Newcastle United, which appears likely.
So when you look at the history of the managers, and what they’ve cost the club, since Mike took over 42 months ago, it’s not really too surprising that Mike wants to be really sure he has the right man before committing millions to Chris over the next few seasons.
And with Mike Ashley delaying the contract it could well be that Chris gets an even better contract than he had even expected – with three league wins in a row, Newcastle are now in 5th place in the league.
And certainly if the lads can win their next two home games against Blackburn and Fulham, then heaven knows how high in the league table Newcastle will be by this coming Saturday evening.
Right now Chris is concentrating only on getting Newcastle as many points as he can – and that will of course help him in the contract negotiations – once they start – which is hopefully fairly soon.
And after Chris signs his new contract, he will then be concentrating on getting Newcastle as many points as he can – so he can fulfill the goals for this first season back in England’s top league – – which is simply to stay in the Premier League.
If Newcastle keep playing like they’ve played in the last three league games, it will be an odds-on certainty that Chris will have reached his goals for two seasons running, as manager of Newcastle.
We just love Chris – he’s straight as an arrow – and so honest – and never looks for excuses – and seems completely and utterly dedicated to doing well for the Newcastle United Football club.
What more could you ask for in a Newcastle manager?