Newcastle United had the best team spirit seen at Newcastle under Chris Hughton for some time, and probably since Sir Bobby Robson was managing the club back in 2004 – before he was sacked too. Chris Hughton brought Geordie Pride back to Tyneside – even though he was a Londoner.
Mike Ashley – this action will not endear him to the Newcastle faithful
But Mike Ashley doesn’t seem to know the first thing about Geordie Pride (and probably never will), and Mike seems completely out of step with Newcastle fans – as he always has been ever since he bought the club – but this is another howler by Mike Ashley – make no mistake about that.
Chris had Newcastle put in some of their finest performances for a long time, and this season too, in beating Aston Villa 6-0, Sunderland 5-1 (best result in 55 years), Arsenal 1-0 at the Emirates – their first win there in 9 years, and a 1-0 win at Goodison Park- the first win there in 9 years too.
We may now ask the question where does this leave the Newcastle players, and in particular players like Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Alan Smith – who were the player committee that worked so well with Chris on Tyneside to turn the club around in the summer of 2009.
And what does it do to the team spirit? It will hardly improve, that’s for sure.
We have to think that Mike Ashley has acted in haste, and presumably has only been waiting for the chance to sack Chris – which he couldn’t do any earlier – because Chris did so well in those first 11 games of the season.
Hughton had Newcastle in 5th place after 11 games, and we thought the goal this season was only to survive in the Premier League, and Newcastle are still in 11th place in the league.
It makes no sense at all, and this seemingly under-the-table move by Ashley, will hardly endear him to Newcastle fans, who will think that the workaholic Chris Hughton was harshly handled.
Not only has Chris’s dismissal been very badly handled, at an inopportune time, but after all Chris has done for the club, he’s been literally dumped out of the Tyneside club, with little ceremony and certainly with no class at all.
But that’s the owner of the club, and we suppose he’s also ruthless in his other businesses too.
Certainly Mike will never win many popularity contests – and none on Tyneside – that’s for sure.
Since it is as it is – we have to hope he’ll now surprise us all with the appointment of a very good manger – we hold our breath.