Assistant manager Colin Calderwood left Newcastle to manage Hibernian on Monday, 18th October, and 25 days later there’s still no sign of Chris bringing in a new assistant at St. James’ Park.
Chris Hughton – still to get new assistant in
Calderwood has had a tough time since moving north and lost his first three league games.
But on Wednesday night they beat Rangers at Ibrox 3-0, and that was the first time Rangers had been beaten at home in the league for 20 months. Not a bad first win for Colin.
And on the same night Celtic were losing 2-0 at Hearts, with Newcastle’s on-loan goalkeeper Fraser Forster making his 12th appearance for Celtic, and former coach Alan Thompson now an assistant there to manager Neil Lennon.
In that game Celtic’s former Cardiff player Joe Ledley, was sent off after 56 minutes. So for once the two Edinburgh clubs beat the two famous Glasgow clubs – when did that last happen – and on the same night too – and for that matter when was the last time the two team Scottish Premier League, had both their top sides beaten on the same night?
Back to the Newcastle Assistant Manager position, and Chris seems to have said all the coaches that have been linked with the post, are in fact not being considered, so who may get the job – we have no idea.
Since Colin left the club, Newcastle have won three of their four Premier League games, so it’s not as if Chris seems to be missing not having an assistant.
That could be true in the short term, but Chris needs a good coach as his right-hand man, to help with all the stuff that needs to be done on Tyneside – Chris has a very tough job at Newcastle.
We had hoped that former Newcastle coach John Carver could be coming back to Newcastle, but he’s currently the Assistant manager to Gary Speed at Sheffield United, so it’s unlikely John will be coming back home anytime soon.
It could be that since Chris has not yet signed a new improved contract on Tyneside, that could delay the signing of a new assistant until Chris is on his new and higher wages, because then the assistant manager wage offered by Newcastle should also rise significantly.
The wages of Chris and Colin were both set when Newcastle were a Championship side, and we’re now currently 5th top of the Premier League.
That’s the main reason we think the appointment may be even further delayed.