There is news that WBA, who sacked their manager Roberto Di Matteo earlier this week, are close to appointing former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton as their new manager.
Chris Hughton – while manager at Newcastle United
West Brom are expected to announce 52 year-old Chris Hughton as their new manager today, after holding talks with the Stratford-London born coach yesterday.
It was thought that it could even be announced yesterday, but all parties are expecting to finish the details of the contract today.
The Birmingham Mail is reporting that the caretaker manager put in charge, Michael Appleton may still take charge of Saturday’s game against West Ham, with Hughton likely to watch from the stands.
But it looks like the club have settled on another permanent manager fairly quickly, and Appleton will not get a chance to show what he can do.
It’s rather ironic that Hughton’s final game as Newcastle manager was the 3-1 debacle at The Hawthorns in December, when Chris kept the poorly performing Newcastle players in the dressing room for over an hour after the game.
But that was to no avail, as Chris was sacked on the following Monday, to the shock of everybody associated with the Newcastle United club, and former West Ham, Charlton and Southampton coach, Alan Pardew was brought in.
Chris took over at St James’ Park in early July of 2009, on a caretaker basis, and was appointed permanent manager in October of 2009, and famously led Newcastle to the Championship title, with 30 wins and 102 points and only 4 defeats last season.
Chris had even got Newcastle off to a better than expected start in the Premier League, and the side had 19 points from 17 games, and were positioned in 11th place, when he was fired by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.
And since the Newcastle owner makes a point of never ever speaking to his customers – the Newcastle fans – in which Business School did he learn that little pearl – we still have no idea what the real reason for Hughton’s firing was.
Mike’s cohort, Derek LLambias, who was installed as Managing Director, even though he had no previous experience in football management (it shows), said the club wanted a more experienced manager at the head of Newcastle.
That excuse was greeted with derision and scorn by all associated with football in the land.
Chris Hughton will always be revered on Tyneside for the amazing job he did for the club, by taking over when the famous club had just been relegated, and it was predicted by all those expert pundits (who know nothing), to be relegated from the Championship, much like the famous Leeds United had been before them.
But Chris brought the club roaring back, by establishing a rock solid team spirit with the players, and not only restored the pride back to Newcastle United, but we won the league by a massive 11 points from —– West Brom.
Newcastle will play WBA on the very last day of the season on 22nd May at St. James’ Park, so let’s hope both Newcastle and WBA are safe from relegation at that time.
Chris will get a magnificent reception from Newcastle fans when he brings West Brom back to St. James’ Park, and we wish him and the West Brom club the very very best.
Chris is a hero on Tyneside and always will be.