It’s hardly Chris Hughton we are annoyed at this morning after the terrible display yesterday – we are more annoyed with the Newcastle players.
Chris Hughton – players let him and the club down yesterday
A number of them just weren’t good enough for whatever reason yesterday, although playing 4-4-2 in retrospect seemed a mistake, with Danny Guthrie looking nowhere near a Premier League player in yesterday’s game.
Danny capped an awful afternoon for himself by giving away the softest goal of the season after 70 minutes, and that was West Brom’s crucial second goal – which sealed the game for WBA.
But it’s not surprising that Chris has now shortened odds to be the next manager to be fired in the Premier League, unless he can quickly halt the Newcastle slide down the table these last five games.
Darren Haines, spokesman for Paddy Power, said today:
“There seems to be a rumor spreading like wild fire this Monday morning if the betting is anything to go by, but it wouldn’t be the first time that’s happened to Chris Hughton.”
“The fact that Mike Ashley has never rewarded Hughton with a new contract, even when they won at Arsenal, might suggest he’s just waiting for a valid excuse to get another name on the manager’s door.”
“A 3-1 thumping at the hands of a fellow promoted team like West Brom certainly doesn’t do Hughton any favors.”
With Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias never speaking to the press, we have no idea what they are thinking at the moment, and we have no idea what they think of Chris as a manager.
That will not help the situation at all, but all managers go through poor patches with their sides, and the good managers are those that can pinpoint the reasons and get it all sorted out.
Chris has done that at least a couple of times last season and we have to hope he will do it again this season.
And Newcastle have proved many times in the past, that changing their managers never really fixes the problem, and of course two seasons ago we tried four of them – Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Chris Hughton and Alan Shearer – and we were still hopeless and relegated for the first time ever from the Premier League.
We’re not sure we could stand another relegation season – in fact we know we will not be able to stand another relegation season.
We have to keep our spirits up – and hope the senior players can assist Chris big time this week in sorting things out on the playing side.
It’s nothing that a win on Saturday afternoon against Liverpool will not put right – for the moment at least – and give the team and Chris a little breathing room.
After all we had some top players missing in yesterday’s game for one reason or another, including Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan, Mike Williamson, Fab Coloccini, Steve Harper and Ben Arfa to name but six.
There are some really good experienced players in that list – to be sure.