It seems that the players and fans of Newcastle United were desperately disappointed to see the way Chris Hughton was sacked by Mike Ashley, after all the London manager had done for the Tyneside club.
Jonas Gutierrez – right behind Alan Pardew
And of course there are still a lot of ifs and buts around Chris’ departure, for instance what if Barton, Coloccini and Williamson hadn’t got themselves suspended for 3 games each, and if the lads had actually turned up at West Brom for what turned out to be Chris’ last game in charge, then we may have still seen Chris at the Newcastle club.
Although what is certain now, is that for whatever reason, Ashley was just looking for a chance to fire Chris, and we may never know the real reason for that.
But time to move on, and Argentine Jonas Gutierrez, seems to want to help make Alan Pardew’s reign on Tyneside a successful one – and therefore a long one.
Jonas Gutierrez told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It’s good.” “If a manager doesn’t stay a long time, it’s because the players aren’t doing things really well.”
“We hope he stays here a long time.” “That’s what all the players want, because if he stays, we’re in a good position and doing the right things.”
“It was disappointing about Chris, but that’s football.” “I didn’t think it was the moment for Hughton to be dismissed.”
“But we can’t do anything about it, and we have to stay with the new manager, and work hard for him.”
“We have to go up in the league, and take more points.”
Great words from Jonas.
It seems to us as soon as the WBA result happened, Mike Ashley took his chance quickly, because if he had waited for the Liverpool game, there was always going to be every chance that Newcastle would win that game, and that’s exactly what they did of course.
Every time Chris held the players in the dressing room after a poor performance, which was only three or four times in the 16 months he was managing the club, the lads always came back big time in the next game, and of course Mike couldn’t allow that – not if he wanted to fire him.
But Chris has gone now, and there’s absolutely nothing we can do about it – other than to moan and groan now and again – like we just did above.
But we hope for the sake of the club that Alan Pardew comes in and picks up the baton from Chris, who everybody and their mother knew did a great job on Tyneside, and continues to move Newcastle forward this season.
Alan certainly seems to have the players right behind him, almost immediately, and that’s great to see.
“In the first year that I came here, we had four managers.” “That is a crazy way to go.”
“The second year (last year) was really quiet.” “We hope this one is the same as last year, and not like the first one.”
The lads are due back to training tomorrow, and will start their preparations for another tough game on Sunday afternoon against Man City, and they will be another difficult team to beat.
3 points on Sunday would be fantastic, in fact it would be better than fantastic – whatever that is.
But that game starts a period of five games within a very short 13 days – so that at 7:30 pm on Saturday, 8th January, at the completion of the FA Cup tie at Stevenage, we’ll know how well Pardew has started his Newcastle career in his first 6 games.
We hope Alan does very well, for the sake of the Newcastle club and the fans, and we have to say that Alan has handled himself extremely well since he arrived on Tyneside, and it’s hard to think how anybody could have done any better.