It’s hard to think of any person in English football who has a better name right now than a certain Chris Hughton — the former manager of Newcastle United.
Chris Hughton – Miracle On The Tyne – 2009 through 2010
He has been lauded by most of the managers in the Premier League and of course by Newcastle United fans everywhere, and the only question is which football club will Chris be joining – so at least he got something out of his trials and tribulations at Newcastle United.
He was at Newcastle for 34 months and for the last 16 months he produced the Miracle on the Tyne, by getting Newcastle promoted straight back to the Premier League last season, and then we were 5th top just a few weeks ago.
Chris has done himself a power of good and he’s not only a hero on Tyneside, but he seems a hero to most people in football, such was the dignity which which he conducted himself – right through to the end – which turned out to be rather bitter.
I had a note from one of our readers yesterday, saying he lived just up the street fro Chris’ father, so I told him to go and knock on the door, and make sure the father knew what a fantastic job his son had done for Newcastle UNied.
And Chris even got to wear that suit a few times, which his father had requested him to wear on match days. 😀
Alan Pardew, the new manager is up against the overwhelming popularity of Hughton, just as Graeme Souness was up against the legend of Bobby Robson, when he took over.
This is what Alan said today and said what everybody knew about Chris – he is a football gentleman of the highest order:
“I have not determined what’s happened here, I am the new guy,” “But the the fans have a team to be proud of.”
“The team have been excellent and I can understand the frustration of losing that stability with Chris Hughton.
“He was a gentleman and someone who coached me so I know him well.”
“I can imagine the feelings for him but I hope they can channel their frustration into the support of the team on Saturday.”
And we know Chris was a huge fan of Sir Bobby Robsomn,. and he’ll have the consolation of knowing that Bobby himself was given the sack in a way that is an ambarrasment to this day of the Newcatsle club.
Chris joins Bobby Robson as being the only two decent managers we’ve had on Tyneside, since Kevin left the first time in 1997.
Both were shockingly sacked, but still left the club with their dignities intact – and that’s really the most important thing in life.
And moving onto the game on Saturday – some people are suggesting we’ll get hammered by Liverpool, but we certainly hope not.
And in fact the Liverpool game is turning out to be a pivotal game for the club, because if we can get anything out of it, it would be unexpected, and a win would help to revitalize a lot of fans, who are losing hope on Tyneside.
We are hoping for a win.