Sol Campbell will not have endeared himself to Mike Ashley tonight, as he has come out and said that Chris Hughton’s dismissal makes no sense at all and it will hit the Newcastle players hard.
Sol Campbell – why did this happen?
Campbell told ESPN tonight:
“You have got to ask yourself why this has happened because it makes no sense,” “Here is a guy who has done an unbelievable job.”
“He got the club back into the Premier League and any manager would have been rewarded for that with a new contract – but Chris wasn’t.”
“The players are sure to be asking themselves ‘what the hell is going on?’, that is only natural.” “We all had a good relationship, and when we left training this morning none of the players had a clue this was coming,”
“But word started to spread that the bookies had stopped taking bets and the players started texting each other with the news.”
“Yes, it has come as a shock, and it will affect the dressing room there is no doubt about that.”
And Campbell was coached by Hughton when the former England International was at Tottenham, and Chris was the Assistant manager there, which is one reason he came to Newcastle United in the summer.
And of course Chris was well suited to Newcastle’s strategy of bringing through youngsters at the club, because he was a great coach and a wonderful man-manager.
Chris had already worked wonders with players like Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton to name but three – but that’s out of the window now, and we even have to hope Chris doesn’t join a PL club, because they’ll all be wanting to join him there.
It’s not the first time that Sol Campbell has waxed lyrical about his manager, and he said these parting words tonight:
“Chris is such a lovely guy – Top man. This will hit the players hard,”
“The players admired him, and liked him, and won’t be happy now he’s gone like this.”
And Campbell admitted that after leaving training this morning, none of the players had the slightest clue regarding the events that were about to unfold, that would put Newcastle in the news spotlight again – and the press asking – what on earth is going on at Newcastle?
Well at least we had 16 months of stability, and it was nice while it lasted, and we even got to hammer and humble Sunderland 5-1.
And we hate to even bring this up – but we doubt if Hatem Ben Arfa will want to come to Newcastle now.
One reason he was so interested in joining Newcastle was that he admired Chris Hughton so much, and often waxed lyrical about Newcastle’s London-born manager.
And unless we get a great man-manager in to replace Chris – we can kiss goodbye to this expert Frenchman – and that could be another sad legacy of this stupid decision by the absolutely clueless cockney – Mike Ashley.