When Chris Hughton was sacked after the WBA 3-1 away defeat last December, Newcastle had 19 points from 17 league games, and were in 11th position in the Premier League.
Chris Hughton – 19 points from 17 games
Newcastle have now played 34 Premier League games, so it’s a good time to compare the records of Chris with new manager Alan Pardew, since both have now managed in the league for 17 games this season.
Here are the two records of Chris Hughton when he was fired, and Alan’s record – for easy comparison:
P W D L F A GD Points Chris Hughton 17 5 4 8 24 25 -1 19 Alan Pardew 17 5 7 5 25 23 +2 22
It’s really surprising how close the two records are, but Alan has 3 more points and a better goal difference, and Newcastle are in 9th position at the moment, and have hardly been near the relegation zone this season.
Of course we’ll never know how Chris Hughton would have fared over the last 17 games had he not been fired, but most football pundits thought the sacking was uncalled for and rather severe.
And as far as the cup games go, Chris won two and lost one in the Carling Cup, and Alan lost at Stevenage in one of Newcastle’s worst FA Cup defeats ever.
We have to hope that Chris will soon get linked up with managing some other club, and who knows he may be back at St. James’ Park one day with this new team.
And if that ever happens, one thing is for sure, that he’ll get a wonderful reception from the very grateful Newcastle fans, for the miracle he helped create at Newcastle last season.
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