It’s good to hear Alan Pardew today say he’ll put in a call to Chris Hughton – and if he does that soon then wish him Happy Birthday, because Chris turns 52 tomorrow.
Chris Hughton – turns 52 tomorrow – hope Newcastle hammer Liverpool
Pardew seems a realist and he has not resisted the fact that Chris is still a huge favorite on Tyneside, and he also knows he’s basically unwanted by lots of fans at the moment on Tyneside.
But after all of that, the man is coming over as a gutsy guy, who is willing to confront all the negativity against him and the owners that currently exists, and he deserves credit for that – even if you hate the man.
This is what Alan said today:
“Chris is a gentleman,” “I’ve not spoken to Chris, but I’ll probably put a call in.” “I’ll give it some time, as he’ll be hurting.”
“I know he would have been genuinely well liked in the dressing room.”
What’s that saying about you are never a good manager until you’ve been sacked a few times.
And it makes people better managers from having gone through the experience of being fired – but it never seems like it at the time. 😀
Wouldn’t it be something if down the road Hughton emerges as a top class manager in the Premier League – we thought he was even improving this season – but he’s gone – and that’s still painful – but we have to move on with life – however difficult that seems right now.
We remember a song eons ago by Ral Donner – “You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Until You Lose It” – and that could be so true for a certain Mike Ashley down the road regarding his fomrer manager Chris Hughton.
Hughton was a players’ manager, and that may have been his downfall – because he was good at managing down, but maybe didn’t manage up enough to satisfy Derek Llambias and Mike Ashley.
And Alan has an ego, and that’s a new ego in the Newcastle dressing room, and he understand he has to follow Chris – who virtually had no ego whatsoever.
This is what Alan said about following Chris:
“I have to follow that,” “There’s a different personality in that dressing room now.” “I wouldn’t say I’m more confident.”
“I just have a manner that can sometimes upset people. I’ve upset players in the past.”
We’re not sure if that’s good or bad.
But we have to hope Alan doesn’t upset the players too much – otherwise his man-management skills may not be as good as we’ve been told they are.
One thing we’re pleased with over the last day or so, is that Pardew seems an honest man, whose from working class roots, and who wants to become a big success at Newcastle.
It’s the biggest club he will ever manage in his career – and he knows it
For the good of the club – we hope he’s a huge success.