Chris Hughton To Become WBA Manager

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.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Toonkistan

    Feb 10, 2011 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #1

    We have signed Kuqi …according to SSN..

    1st 😀

  • munch27

    Feb 10, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Good luck Hoots.

  • stuckdownsouth

    Feb 10, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Good luck Hoots, you deserve it.

    If he keeps them up it will be 2 fingers up to Cashley , if he takes them down we might have to say that the FCB was right!

  • daneevz

    Feb 10, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Well Done C.Hoots All the best!! but as far as “i hope newcastle and w.b.a are safe from relegation by then” fcuk w.b.a hope we are safe and they in the mix !!

  • Charlietoon

    Feb 10, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Why did we fire him?

    He was a nice guy but not the right guy in Ashleys mind. He did a great job in the CC but in the premiership it was more about the games he lost rather than the ones he won. I think he MAY have looked back at NUFC and realised that each manager lost their job when the chips were down and it took long time…if ever for the club to recover. He has taken the interesting tact of switching managers when the side is strong and full of confidence. Lets face it he is a hero, a great guy and a good manager but Chris has not been missed. Alan has done a good job and whilst it was underwhelming to get him in at the time imagine if we had dropped in the bottom three and he was brought in. Not inspiring stuff! But the team were a good unit and they gave the manager a chance without instantly requiring him to miraculously motivate them as would have been the case in dire straights.

    I hate to say it but whilst some of the decisions being made at board or owner level baffle me a fair few of them are coming good as I am happy with the team spirit at the moment. We will be in bad shape if we lose these next two games but this should give Alan the chance to see if he can keep the lads up and raring to go or if like so often happened with Chris in the PL a great result followed by a disappointing one.

  • sammydolan

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #6

    I got a load of WBA mates and they were devastated when they sacked Roberto, but I think you all agree with me when I say they are signing an absolute gent.

    I think of all the people, he is too nice to be in this ugly game of footy!

  • Jimay

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Good luck Chris! I really wish you the best!

  • Davies

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #8

    I hope Hoots does well, but not against us.

    Truth is, I think he’ll struggle. His tenure with us doesn’t really show that much about his managerial capabilities. Let’s be honest, he had a damn good squad to play with and was handed the job whilst guiding a Premier League team to the Championship title. You could argue that he fostered the spirit we still have at the club, but the fact that we still have it suggests to me that it came from the players putting on a united front, rather than the manager instilling it in them. It was widely reported that Nolan, Smith and Harps were behind the whole player power thing.

    I don’t think there are many managers who wouldn’t have got us promotion with the team we had.

    With regard to signings, he didn’t seem to have a lot of ambition, picking players from other championship teams, even after we’d won promotion. Graham Carr is, apparently, the person who scouted Ben Arfa and Tiote, but I have to admit, Best may yet prove that Hughton did have an eye for a good player.

    Like I say, I wish him well. He’s an absolute gentleman and a genuine football man. I just feel that we’re likely to be relieved we moved on by the end of the season. Of course, I’d be happy to be proved wrong.

  • dublin mag steve

    Feb 10, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #9

    doesnt surprise me great appointment they could not choose a better man to take their club forward congratulations chris just hope they treat u better than we did you deserve so much better my only surprise is its not a bigger club.

  • bojous

    Feb 10, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Best of luck Chris.

    I hope they treat you with the respect that was in short supply when you got the boot and give you the time you need to do the job required of you (just not against The Toon, mind).

  • Spuggy

    Feb 10, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #11

    Best of luck Hoots – never forget the calm professionalism you brought to this club that was so sorely needed.

    It’s gonna be an emotional day for you last game of the season when you return to St James Park. Can’t wait to hear the geordies roar in appreciation as you come out the tunnel!

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Feb 10, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #12

    Good Lad Chrissy! ALL THE BEST TO YOU! wouldn’t you know he’s becoming the manager of the team he played his last match at Newcastle against! Can’t wait till the last day of the season wait till you hear the crowd THERE’S ONLY ONE CHRISSY HUGHTON!!

  • Oleg G

    Feb 10, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #13

    I hope he will get there a huge pay check! (at least comparing to what he got here).

    Now I don’t want them to go down, This man doesn’t need to go through another Championship season.


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