Chris Hughton has talked today for the very first time, about his sacking by Newcastle United, and he admits it came as an utter and complete shock.
Chris Hughton – his sacking came as a complete shock
The first Chris knew about it was when he received a phone call from Derek Llambias on the Monday morning following the previous day’s terrible 3-1 defeat at WBA, when Chris kept the players locked in their dressing room for over an hour, after a display that was just not acceptable.
This is what Chris said:
“I got a phone call in the morning from the Managing Director,” “He wanted myself and goalkeeping coach Paul Barron to meet him at the stadium after training, and of course I was told the news then.”
And then Chris was asked if his sacking was a surprise to him, and this is what he said:
“It was, yes. And the fact that Paul Barron was with me as well made it even more of a surprise. If the meeting was just myself I might have thought something was going to happen.”
“There’s lots of emotion. Obviously it’s not a particularly nice thing to happen to anybody, particularly at a time when it is unexpected, but that’s part of the game, and a part of the game you have to get on with and look forward.”
“The reasons why they chose to terminate my contract are their reasons. I’ve been asked on numerous occasions my views on why, but the reality is I can’t say too much.”
“The answers to those questions can only be answered by the Chairman, the Managing Director and the owner.”
“It was a very quick conversation, but the club wanted to go in a different direction and of course they are the owners and Managing Director of the club, and it’s their prerogative, their choice on how they want to run things,”
“There were lots of opinions, certainly for the few days afterwards, and that goes back to what we spoke about earlier – most people were in disbelief at what had happened, but these are decisions that are made in football.”
“It was over my head, the decisions are made by my bosses and in the end there isn’t much you can do about that except look forward.”
“Newcastle is a wonderful club, and I look forward to going back there and seeing games in the future.”
Chris Hughton may have left the Newcastle United club, but what he did in those short 16 months as manager, will never be forgotten and indeed will go down in the annals of the Tyneside club.
Chris took over when the club was on its knees following relegation, and he went on to win promotion with a fantastic 102 points and 30 wins, and in the process won four manager of the month awards while in the Championship.
And not only that, but after being little money to spend last summer, he still got the club off to a more than decent start in the Premier League winning games at Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham and Everton and beating Aston Villa 6-0 at home.
We need a new paragraph for this one – and in addition of course Chris orchestrated the 5-1 humiliation of Sunderland at home, which was the biggest win against the local rivals for 55 years.
We don’t know when Chris will get a new manager position or which club will hire him, but if you are an online betting person, you may want to put in a wager.
As we’ve said many times before on this web-site Chris Hughton is the salt of the earth.
Chris was always a gentleman in his time on Tyneside, and he was a gentleman right until the very end, bitter thought it was, and even when he was unfairly fired – he kept his dignity and left the club with his head held high.
As we said before – Chris Hughton is the salt of the earth and a proper gentleman – and always will be.