Was Chris Hughton right to be sacked?

by admin

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Chris Hughton being sacked was one of the biggest shocks of this year as much as John Terry’s ability to deal with the long ball. But at least he knew how to play away from home.

You do have to feel sorry for the ex-Newcastle manager, who got sacked for effectively making Newcastle successful.

Ok, at least more successful than any of his recent predecessors, when was the last time Newcastle lifted a trophy, more to the point a league title.

At least Chris Hughton got the Magpies promoted straightaway the year after they got relegated, more than neighbours Middlesborough have managed. Also they romped to victory in the very tough Championship.

What is even more bizarre is that Hughton was sacked because he struggled to win his past five games, granted he did suffer a defeat to West Brom and a thrashing from Owen Coyle’s Bolton Wanderers.

Newcastle United’s board claim they need a manager now who has more experience of Premier League management, to help reach the next level.

How blind are the Newcastle board or are they just looking for more publicity?

At the moment they look just plain stupid, the only way they could come out smelling of roses is by the new manager helps Newcastle reach the hallowed ground of Europe.

But let’s be honest, Newcastle have slim hope of getting into Europe with the amount of strong teams in the league with Tottenham, Manchester City, Bolton and Liverpool all targeting those spots realistically.

Hughton’s reign at Newcastle has been nothing but meteoric after a rocky start, but how many rookie manager’s can claim they held champions Chelsea at home but defeated them at Stamford Bridge in the cup.

Or even more impressively defeating Arsenal at their fortress ,the Emirates and come away with a clean sheet – no mean feat. Let alone the humiliation they exposed hated neighbours Sunderland to, with the 5-1 demolition job at St. James Park.

It is understandable that Newcastle United is an English giant repairing it’s hurt pride after relegation, but it did the Toon Army some good as they cleared out all the dead wood and created a hardworking, defiant, tenacious team with Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton at the heart. All of which is down to Hughton and his determination to get the Magpies promoted again.

At the end of the day it is the board that make the decisions, but it seems Newcastle have gained a reputation of hiring and firing managers at will, the only honours that the Toon Army can realistically challenge Chelsea for.

It is not clear how a different manager would of made much of a better start than Newcastle has made. As for Hughton, no doubt he is a talented manager who made the best out of an ailing team with good Championship rated players, maybe this could be his chance to manage a team with more potential, but only time will tell.

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  • dexylongshot

    Looks like Pards is on the cards unless they can persuade Martin Jol who is 1st choice. Both would be good appointments but I doubt they would improve the team enough to get the barcodes into Europe this season. Poor old Hughton, another example of Ashley being a grade A twot!

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