Terrible news today that Chris Hughton, the 51-year-old Londoner, was dismissed today after Newcastle’s 3-1 thrashing at West Brom – and this has to come as a major major surprise and shock to Newcastle fans everywhere.
Chris Hughton – sacked as Newcastle manager today
We have to believe that Mike Ashley and company didn’t think Chris was a Premier League manager and that he was waiting for some bad results before he could sack the Londoner, who did a fantastic job for the Newcastle club.
This hardly inspire more confidence in Mike Ashley from the Newcastle faithful, who seems to have been a little brutal to the man who got the club immediately promoted last season with a record 102 points.
And we suppose even if you bring a club back to the Premier League in your very first season as manager and save the club owner around £100M, you don’t get the chance to be successful in the Premier League.
This is what the the surprise statement said today on the official site:
Newcastle United Football Club have today parted company with manager Chris Hughton. Goalkeeping coach Paul Barron also leaves the club today.
The board would like to place on record their thanks to Chris for his considerable efforts during the club’s transition from Championship to Premier League football. Chris has shown exceptional character and commitment since being appointed manager in October 2009. The club wishes him well for the future.
Regrettably the board now feels that an individual with more managerial experience is needed to take the club forward.
The task of appointing a new manager now begins. An announcement will be made shortly regarding transitional arrangements pending the appointment of a successor.
If the Board have sacked Chris today we have to think they already have a new manager lined up and that will now be the subject of intense speculation, but we would expect an announcement within 24 hours..
For heavens sake we have a game against Liverpool on Saturday and Newcastle are still 11th in the league, one place below the top half – but Chris’s performance in an up and down season seemingly just wasn’t good enough for the owner.
Who would have thought that a few weeks after beating Sunderland by 5-1 – the best result in 55 years, and then Arsenal 1-0 away in the following game, Hughton would be sacked.
We have to think that Chris will be in huge demand from some Championship club, who will be only too happy to offer him a position.
This will be a total shock to other Premier League managers, because Hughton has hardly deserved the sack – but we should have known after the Wigan game, that the rumors of Chris being dismissed if we had lost that game were in fact true.
The fact that thery wouldn’t odder him a new contract and delayed on that – now suggests they were waiting for a string of bad results – wehich some goddip papers had even suggested in mid Ocotber.
We are totally shocked by this news.
But before we finish this – we want to thank Chris Hughton for ther fabulous job he did at Newcastle, and we are so sorry this quiet gentleman has left the club – in such a way.
It’s hardly been done with any class.