We put out an article yesterday comparing the 17 games both Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew have managed Newcastle in the league this season, and the two records are remarkably similar.
Chris Hughton – while manager of Newcastle
Chris did a great job for the Newcastle club and there was upset amongst the Newcastle fans when he was sacked last December following the 3-1 defeat at WBA, but the side were still in a decent 11th place, but going through a bad spell.
In the 5 games since beating Arsenal 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium, Newcastle had two draws and three defeats, so just 2 points from a possible 15.
But the Arsenal win was the third in a row for Newcastle, after the lads had won against West Ham 2-1 at Upton Park, and then they thrashed Sunderland 5-1 in an historic win at St. Jame’s Park, so the timing of Chris’ sacking was not good.
It even looked like Ashley and company were looking for the time when they could fire Chris.
As we all know, Chris performed miracles last season and got Newcastle a massive 102 points in the Championship.
Newcastle didn’t just get promoted last season, they won the league easily, and that was great news and a great accomplishment for the Newcastle United club.
This is what Chris said today about his time at Newcastle and the sacking:
“There isn’t a day that goes past when you don’t think, ‘Could I have done anything better? What were the reasons?’ because I don’t know,”“I reached all the targets that were set and surpassed them.”
“We had an incredible season in the Championship, there was a feel-good factor in the club and once you get to that stage it makes it even more difficult. The only good thing for me is I can look back and for football reasons I hadn’t under-achieved.”
“In any walk of life if there’s someone who doesn’t like you or want you, there isn’t too much you can do about it. It’s a horrible thing to happen to anybody.” “On the day it was very much a shock,”
“Once I walked into the office I knew. In hindsight, I’d had some difficulties – I hadn’t got a new contract, I’d lost my assistant and hadn’t been able to replace him. There were signs.”
We had talked yesterday that we’d love to see Chris Hughton return to Newcastle as manager of another Premier League club, and if that ever happens, Chris can look forward to a magnificent reception from the Newcastle fans.
It will be as good as the reception of a certain Michael Owen last week was not good.
That’s because Newcastle fans are very clear about what managers and players alike have achieved for the Newcastle club, and how much they put their hearts into the job on Tyneside.