We suppose it’s natural that when various reporters are looking at the dire state of Newcastle over the last five games, they point out that one thing that’s needed is to get some help to Chris Hughton.
Colin Calderwood - left 7 weeks ago today – still no sign of a replacement
Chris has worked without an assistant since Colin Calderwood left to manage Hibs on October 18th, which is 7 weeks ago today.
But of course the first three games managed on his own were all wins against West Ham, Sunderland and Arsenal, but we’ve suffered three bad defeats in our last five games and only 2 points.
But there’s no way anybody will be brought in until Chris Hughton’s own future at Newcastle is decided, and it’s still up in the air, with his current contract running our next June.
The fact he’s on probably the lowest wage of any manager in the Premier League, means it will be hard to attract a good coach to Newcastle, because the assistant manager’s wage will not be great.
Don’t expect any new assistant for Chris until his future at Newcastle is more secure, but if the team continues on their terrible streak of form for many more games, Mike Ashley may have to take some action.
Getting somebody in to help Chris, even in the short term and on a short term contract could be the answer.
But we don’t expect Chris to be offered a new contract at Newcastle until things are turned around at the club.
We would look to senior players like Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton, Alan Smith and Steve Harper to help the manager turn things around at the club.
Yes we know – this is not a particularly good situation for the manager or the club to be in right now.