There have been some reports in the gossip press that senior players on Tyneside, help Chris Hughton to pick the Newcastle side.
Chris Hughton – of course this man picks the Newcastle side
But those were stupid and rather vicious stories last week, probably to undermine Chris’ position as Newcastle, and we didn’t believe them one little bit.
There have always been mischief makers on Tyneside, and both Graeme Souness and Sam Allardyce have talked about it on Tyneside, and they always try to make it hard for the Newcastle manager.
Who those people are, whether they are in the club, part of the local media or what – we really have no idea – but they are hardly helpful to Newcastle United.
Chris Hughton remains in complete control of team selection, as Chris talked about those nonsense reports today:
“I can tell you categorically 100 per cent that there’s only one person here who selects the team and that will be the normal process.”
“I will select the team. You sometimes confide in your assistants, very much Colin Calderwood when he was here, but certainly not with players.”
“It’s an impossibility. If you go down that road, it’s very dangerous.”
And with Chris’ contract running out next June, we have to hope that Mike Ashley will take good care of the manager, who thoroughly deserves a new contract on Tyneside, and the sooner the better.
A win tomorrow at West Brom could even help accelerate that new contract being signed.