Being a manager in the Premier League is certainly a ruthless business, and with the increased pay-out to Premier League clubs over the next three years, it’s not going to get any easier, and probably will only get worse with managers continually being fired.
Chris Hughton – in happier times when Norwich manager
PL clubs now receive anywhere from £60M to £100M every May, once the season ends, and that’s an increase from last year when the payments were anywhere from £40M to £60M, so there is great pressure on managers to at least keep their clubs in the Premier League.
Chris Hughton, the former Newcastle manager was fired on Sunday form Norwich City, who at the moment are 4th bottom of the league, but still 5 points above 3rd bottom Fulham and 7 points above rock bottom Sunderland, who were hammered 5-1 at Tottenham on Monday night, and look like they have given up the fight – at least based on their second half performance in that game.
This is what Chris Hughton has said in a League Managers Association statement:
“I am very disappointed to have lost my job, but immensely proud to have served as Norwich City’s manager.”
“I understand the recent frustrations, but I remained totally confident that we were on course to create history at the club, by retaining our top-flight status and move into a fourth consecutive season in the Premier League.”
“Collectively we were ready for the challenge that the final five games presented, and we believed we would reward the club and the supporters by achieving that objective.” “Over the last two seasons many new players arrived at the club and it has been a period of transition.”
“But I would like to put on record that the commitment and work ethic shown by them, together with the players still retained from when I was appointed, has been exceptional.”
“The same applies to my coaching and backroom staff, whose contribution has been immense.” “I now wish to reflect before preparing for the next challenge. Norwich City is a great club and I feel honoured to have had the privilege of being its manager.”
LMA chief executive Richard Bevan had this to say about Chris’ sacking:
“We are all very disappointed for Chris and in particular with the timing of his dismissal.” “We must recognize that Norwich City has come a long way in a very short space of time and that just four years ago they were competing in League One.”
“Chris has an excellent record of managerial success, initially with Newcastle and later with Birmingham.” “So it is with regret that we see one of our top English managers being dismissed without being given the opportunity to see out the season.””
Chris is a class act and a gentleman, and it’s very likely he will be in management again as early as the summer.
A Championship club could do a lot worse than appointing Chris – since he had Newcastle promoted at the very first attempt back in the 2009-2010 season, when all looked lost in July of 2009 when he was appointed as the interim Newcastle manager, and he had Birmingham City in the playoffs in 2012.