It was a surprise, make that shock, make that a big shock when Newcastle announced yesterday that Chris Hughton had been sacked by Newcastle.
Chris Hughton – too ethical and good for a Mike Ashley
I had gone to breakfast with my son and didn’t get back until 10:00 am US time (3:00 pm Newcastle time), and of course the news had broken by then.
It looks like Mike Ashley had only been waiting for a reason to get rid of the 51 year-old Londoner – he turns 52 this coming Saturday.
To say we need a more experienced manager, when the lads have 19 points from their first 16 games with some tremendous performances – a 6-0 thrashing of Aston Villa and a 5-1 thrashing of Sunderland – are wins that will live in history.
But with managers like Avram Grant and Gerard Houllier not finding it easy in the Premier League this season, to say Newcastle need a more experienced manager is a load of tripe.
It’s another lie to Newcastle fans, and ti seems that when the Board said they would re-negotiate Chris Hughton’s contract at the end of the year – we believed them – but that seems to have been another lie.
How many lies has Mike Ashley now told Newcastle fans since he arrived at the club?
It seems that things at the club are not as solid as we thought, and it seems that Chris Hughton, with his wonderful man management and top coaching ability, was able to keep everybody together – but not with much help from the owner.
This is what a source has told the Newcastle Journal this morning
“It is so shoestring here, that the players are not receiving any bonuses, and I am sure that has never happened at any club, at any time, ever before.” “That is pretty hard on the young players, especially at this time of year. It doesn’t help with morale, no bonuses for winning, or anything. No bonuses at all.”
“The club didn’t seem to want to give Chris Hughton a new contract or allow him to appoint his No. 2, and now they want an experienced manager, so one can only hope they have the budget for that, or else they will end up with someone out of work and desperate to take whatever they are offered.”
“It has been this way for a while, mind you, but the players have been willing to play for Chris because he is so well liked, you couldn’t find a nicer guy if you tried. So there is so much going on behind the scenes that you would hardly credit the fact that the team has produced some good results this season, and it’s never easy for a team which has just come up.”
“Everyone believes Chris did a good job getting the club back into the big time, but he wasn’t even rewarded with a new contract. This hasn’t gone down well here.”
“The sacking of Chris is just the tip of the iceberg, there is total confusion behind the scenes. No one knows if Mike Ashley is selling the club or what he is planning.”
We don’t think it’s a big hardship for players not to be on bonuses – when everybody else is and has been suffering badly with the economy – that’s going back to the past- when we wasted money like crazy.
And of course the players are very upset by all of this, and it’s starting to look like two years ago, when there was complete turmoil at the club, and it affected the results of the club – and we ended up relegated.
We thought Mike Ashley had learned from those stupid mistakes he made back then – but we were wrong.
How many fans think we’ll get anything out of the game against Liverpool on Saturday – we don’t have much hope that we can even get a draw.
Sorry to bring up the fact our players are now supposed to be preparing for a crucial game on Saturday, but they are as shocked and upset as we Newcastle fans are, by the latest stupiduty of a certain Mike Ashley.