One of the real gentlemen of football, former Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton, will return to St. James’ Park tomorrow with his Norwich City side, and he has again said today he bears no malice for his rather ruthless sacking by Mike Ashley almost three years ago, just over six months after he had Newcastle promoted at the first attempt.
Chris Hughton – the good times when he was Newcastle manager
Chris Hughton took over Newcastle when we were almost down and out in June of 2009, just after we were relegated, and along with assistant Colin Calderwood he brought the lads together, and while we drew the first game in the Championship 1-1 at West Brom, we won all the other games in that August, and of course the rest is history.
This is what Chris had to say in the local press today:
“I am certainly not bitter, and I will look forward to go there again.” “I have some very fond memories and a lot of friends still there.” “But when I left there I was always wanting to look forward.”
“Now, I am Norwich manager and am enjoying it.” “Yes, I was very appreciative of the response I got last season, but you are there to ultimately take your team to try to get a result – that means more than anything”
“If you come away from there bitterly disappointed because you have not won or played particularly well, then it does not make it a good game.” “Last season I was not disappointed with the performance, we just did not get the result.”
“For me it was probably a bigger deal last season to everybody else.” “I enjoyed going back last season, apart from the result, which always affects how you feel because you can only really enjoy it if you get the result or close to the performance you want.”
“As a returning manager, it is always very difficult.”
Chris got us promoted with a massive 106 points and 30 league wins in May of 2010, and Newcastle fans will always remember what this man did for the club, and he will get a terrific reception at St. James’ Park tomorrow afternoon, as he will whenever he returns to the Cathedral on the Hill.
It’s an opportunity of saying thank you for the great job Chris did for the club under the most difficult of circumstances.
There’s a saying that tough times don’t last but tough people do, and we notice Chris has done very well since he left Newcastle.
Well done Chris – keep it up – and thanks for all you did for Newcastle United Football Club.
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