Chris Hughton will finally be returning to Newcastle this coming Sunday, when he brings his Norwich City side to St. James’ Park, and it will be the first time he’s been back to Newcastle since he was rather unfairly and suddenly fired in December of 2010, after he had done a magnificent job for our club.
Chris Hughton – Norwich City manager
Chris joined the coaching staff at Newcastle in February of 2008, when Kevin Keegan was manager, and he proved himself to be an excellent coach, but he really excelled when he took over a down and out Newcastle in June of 2009, after we had been relegated – and the rest is history.
Chris led us back to the Premier League in that first season down under, and we got 102 points and 30 wins to easily win the Championship by 9 points from West Bromwich Albion.
And it seems the respect is mutual, as Chris Hughton has talked to the Norwich City official web-site today, in glowing terms about the Newcastle supporters:
“They are a team that will be pushing for Champions League places, so it’s quite a daunting place to go, but we’ve a team that will look forward to that experience. “
“It’s one that on a personal note I am looking forward to, but it’s about our performance. It’s a difficult place to get a result.” “I was there at Newcastle for three years, and the supporters were always excellent towards me.”
“That was during a period of time that wasn’t always good. We were relegated, but did come back again, and the supporters were always brilliant to me.” “There are still a lot of staff and players there from my time, and I shall look forward to going back, but more so if we are able to give a good account of ourselves.”
We notice there he didn’t say anything about the hierarchy at Newcastle, who ended up suddenly firing him, but he will be welcomed back to Newcastle with open arms by the fans, and we’re sure by the Newcastle hierarchy also, because he did such a great job for the club.
Life’s just too short to bear grudges – believe me.
Chris Hughton – while manager of Newcastle United
We have no doubts at all, that Chris will be a big success at Norwich City, which is a great club with fantastic support, and the same goes for Colin Calderwood, who was Chris’s Assistant Manager at Newcastle (and Birmingham City), and is now in the same role at Norwich City, working alongside Chris.
It’s just that Norwich may not get any points on Sunday afternoon at St. James’ Park.
We hope Norwich do not get on any points on Sunday afternoon at St. James’ Park.
It will be great to welcome back Chris Hughton to Newcastle – he’s one of the true gentlemen in football today.
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