Chris Hughton has admitted today there has been no progress in his efforts to bring in a new assistant to replace Colin Calderwood, who joined Hibs on October 18th.
Chris Hughton – no progress on new assistant
And quite honestly we’d be very surprised if Newcastle bring in a new assistant until they tie down Chris Hughton’s long term future at the Tyneside club.
Chris’ future is hardly cast iron certain at Newcastle, although it should be, and any person interested in the Assistant Manager position will want Chris’ future at Newcastle much more certain than it is right now.
As we’ve said before, with Chris currently on one of the lowest wages of any PL manager, at about £250K/year, the assistant wage will not be attractive to any new coaches wanting to join Newcastle, until Chris gets his new improved, and hopefully long-term deal at Newcastle.
Remember that Sam Allardyce and Kevin Keegan were both on around £3M/year at Newcastle, so their Assistants would have been getting close to what Chris is getting right now.
And Hughton has to be currently in charge of the smallest coaching staff in the Premier League, and while that may be good in terms of the wage bill being low, it needs to be fixed and the quicker the better.
At the moment it’s probably a good job that Chris is a workaholic, as he still gets through everything that needs to be done at Newcastle, and is currently being assisted by goalkeeping coach Paul Barron and Reserve team assistant Steve Stone.
But the work-load on Chris right now must be tremendous, and it doesn’t help that we’re going through a bad three game spell at the moment.
But we must say that Chris seems to be really tough mentally, and seemingly can put up with all the many stresses there are, in managing Newcastle United, and that’s to his great credit.
Chris reported today there is no progress on bringing in a new assistant:
“It’s been coming up to five weeks now but no, there has been no new progress on that this week,”
We’d love to see somebody with a Newcastle heritage join the club as Chris’ assistant, and John Carver would be great, but it’s debatable whether he would or could leave Sheffield United to take up the position on Tyneside.
Whatever Chris Hughton’s future is at Newcastle, hes done a really remarkable job for the Tyneside club, with very little support it seems.