Chris Hughton’s Shock At Being Fired From A Wonderful Club


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.

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13 comments so far

  • Whitecap

    Dec 24, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #1

    I have heard loads about Chris Hughton getting sacked, but I wonder why they chose also to remove Paul Barron? Were they unhappy at the development of Krul, Forster and Soderberg? I thought Paul Barron chose to leave because of Hughton but I guess that’s not the case.

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  • Macedonia toon

    Dec 24, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Real gentleman, that is Hughton. I hope he will have bright future in football management elsewhere…

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  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 24, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Whitecap – Paul was was the only first team coach that Chris had at the time – after Colin Calderwood had left to manage Hibs in mid-October.
    Last season it was the three of them that ran the first team and got us promoted.

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  • callie9

    Dec 24, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Edd just go the full whack and ask him to marry you

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  • G

    Dec 24, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #5

    All I have to say on the subject is thank you CH, and for what its worth, I would much rather have you at the helm than AP. I really hope AP does well with the team, but if it were my choice and preference that counted, then the biggest gentleman in football since SBR himself would be in charge of my team. I wish you all the best with your future Chris.

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  • Whitecap

    Dec 24, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed, thanks. It’s guilt through association I guess.

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  • bentoon

    Dec 24, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #7

    CH is a legend at our club and always will be.

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  • Thump

    Dec 24, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #8

    It feels so weird reading about Chris Hughton, former manager of Newcastle United.

    I hope Pardew realises that it’s a huge, huge job to fill his boots and personally hope he steps up to the challenge.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 25, 2010 at 2:40 AM

    Comment #9

    Sacked by Ashley and still Chris is a Gentleman. I’de be a right C*nt.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Dec 25, 2010 at 3:40 AM

    Comment #10

    Just listened to the interview….he sniffs an awful lot..clearly a man holding back the tears.

    True gentlemen and true legend for saving our club when on the brink of disaster!

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  • kunal

    Dec 25, 2010 at 6:26 AM

    Comment #11

    we were equally shocked by his sacking

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  • xfer

    Dec 25, 2010 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #12

    CH without doubt is a real gentleman. I’m extremely appreciative of his works at our beloved club. He turned things round in a season, from a real low to a respectable position in the league.

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  • kunal

    Dec 25, 2010 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #13

    but no use crying over split milk and the idiosyncratic decisions of mike arsely

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