The Former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has been named Sports Personality of the Year at the BBC North East and Cumbria Regional Sports Awards.
Chris Hughton – accepting the award
It seems that those who voted him as the Personalty of the Year, had been impressed with the “quiet determination” he continually showed when he was manager of Newcastle United for 18 months.
And of course Chris is already down in Geordie folklore, for guiding the famous club back to the Premier League at the very first attempt last season.
The ceremony was held at Sunderland University, and Hughton spoke about his sacking in December of last year, when he received the award:
“I think most people felt the same way, they couldn’t understand that we were able to reach the targets that we’d set earlier in the season.”
“Of course it’s very, very difficult to understand,”
“One thing’s for certain, come the next day, one thing you can do is look forward and that’s what I’m doing.”
As usual Chris was as positive as ever, and we do look forward to Chris getting the chance as manager at some other club, fairly soon.
The 52 year-old will always be revered on Tyneside because of the quiet, dignified and gentlemanly way he went about things at Newcastle.
It’s not an overstatement to say his players just loved him at Newcastle, and he created team spirit at the club that hasn’t been seen for many a long day.
And not only did he help the healing at the club, by getting Newcastle promoted immediately with a massive 102 points in the Championship, but he always presented a calm and dignified front for the Newcastle club, at such an important time.
There are two words that aptly define Chris Hughton – classy gentleman.
And we will always appreciate what Chris Hughton did for the Newcastle United Football club.