Derek Llambias has come out and explained why the club sacked Chris Hughton in December of 2010 and replaced him with Alan Pardew.
Chris Hughton – a great guy and a very good manager
Derek has given a stack of interviews since Newcastle’s excellent financial results were released yesterday, and most of what he says seems good, and certainly the club is being run in a thrifty manner and in a couple of years time, Newcastle should be in great shape financially.
Newcastle’s Managing Director has talked today about why he needed a different kind of character leading the Newcastle club, and he explains he wanted somebody like Alan Pardew, who gets involved with nearly all aspects of the club:
“ “We are not afraid to make decisions and some of them aren’t always good for the fans or show a perception of what we are trying to do.” Chris was a really good guy – look what he’s doing with Birmingham.”
“He’s done an incredible job with a club in crisis and he’s pushed it through.” “He’s got the skill factors, I wish him good luck for the future.” “We had a different view of where we wanted to be and what sort of character we needed to push this dressing room further.”
“That was the decision. It wasn’t a question of skill fits or somebody doing a bad job.” “We needed to kick on – that’s what happened. Alan, we felt, had all the ingredients for what we needed for us personally.” “I wanted somebody who was going to sit down with me and give it back to me, somebody who wasn’t frightened.”
“We fall out, don’t worry! Then we have a little hug and we’re OK again!” “If you are all lovey-dovey all the time it just won’t work. There’s something missing then, it is a nice way to work.”
“I can be moody like anybody, it doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate what people are doing.” “I’m just in that space at that time and the next day what has been in my head has gone.” “Alan is like that – it’s an emotional game. “
“Alan cares and I mean he really does care.” “Alan’s first game was against Liverpool, we won 3-1. For Alan and us it was fantastic and it didn’t take the fans very long to accept him.”
“They were cheering his name a lot quicker than other people. He loves it here. He understands what people need. In football you have to make brave decisions.”
Alan Pardew gets fully involved with most things at the club, and during his press conference yesterday he corrected a journalist when he was asking a question of Alan and he said – we know you don’t get involved with the financial side of things.
And Alan said “Oh I do, trust me I do “ – and it seems that’s what Llambias wanted in a manager, somebody who would get fully involved with the transfers and other things at the club.
And certainly to our huge surprise since Alan arrived at Newcastle, he seems to have been born to be a Newcastle manager and he’s doing a great job – there’s no doubt about that.
If you can watch Alan’s press conference yesterday on nufcTV, you see a man who obviously loves Newcastle and loves being the manager, and it comes across all the time.
Pardew is also clear that it’s a job in progress at the club and that Newcastle must eventually get back into Europe, but he said if we don’t make it next season, it’s not the end of the world, and would be ahead of schedule.
Chris Hughton did a great job at the club and he is loved by Newcastle fans, and of course he’s doing really well at Birmingham City with hardly no resources, and certainly no money and Colin Calderwood is back working with his good friend.
We hope to see Chris bring Birmingham, back into the Premier League and then when he finally returns to St. James’ Park he will get the great acclaim his stellar work at Newcastle deserves.
Chris is already down in the annals at Newcastle United for his very successful 18 months in the manager job, when he brought Newcastle back from the brink.
Chris brought the pride, passion and respect back to Newcastle, and we will always be grateful to Chris for that.
He’s just a smashing guy and a real gentleman.