A surprise today as former Newcastle Chairman, Freddy Shepherd, holds a contrarian view to the sacking of Chris Hughton.
Freddy Shepherd – contrarian view to Hughton firing
Shepherd told the Daily Mail today:
“I may be the last guy to tell anyone how to run as football club but no-one should be surprised.”“The signs were there, no contract, no transfer funds and no replacement for assistant Colin Calderwood.”
“I’m surprised anyone is surprised. The writing was on the wall – remember, nice guys don’t win.” “If I had been Mike Ashley I’d have been worried as well.”
“I like Chris Hughton, he’s a great guy, in fact I’ve not met anyone as decent as him but it was heading one way in my opinion.”
“A lot of people won’t agree with me but I think [Ashley’s] done the right thing. I would have done the same.”
Nice guys don’t win – what a load of rubbish – was that handed down in stone eons ago – and is that why people are so nasty these days?
But it’s interesting to note that Freddy thought the same things as Mike Ashley, and maybe there was something missing in the management of Chris Hughton.
But if that was the case, and the Journal is reporting today that one of them was Chris’ perceived lack of skill in the transfer market, why couldn’t Ashley have hired an executive to oversee the recruitment of players.
While that certainly didn’t work with Kevin Keegan and Dennis Wise, Hughton doesn’t have an ego like Kevin had, and would not have minded the arrangement.
And he could have done the job of a Continental coach and simply coached the side – something he was very very good at.