Monday, 6 December 2010

Chris Hughton Leaves Newcastle United

The big news today is that Newcastle United have sacked their manager Chris Hughton, after 14 months in charge. The excuseRegrettably the board now feels that an individual with more managerial experience is needed to take the club forward”.

In one sense this comes as a surprise as the club sit comfortably in mid-table, sitting in 11th place with 19 points from 16 games. He’s had some memorable results this season including a brilliant 5-1 victory over rivals Sunderland, a 1-0 defeat away to Arsenal, and a 1-1 draw over Chelsea in the league as well as a 4-3 victory over the champions in the Carling Cup. But on the other hand; there has been speculation over his job for quite some time now, while a 5-1 defeat to Bolton and 3-1 loss to West Brom didint help his cause, its seems his time with under controversial owner Mike Ashley (below) has come to an end.

As I’ve said many times before, I’m not a fan of managers being sacked or being hounded by the media, but if a team is under pressure, struggling to rack up points in the league or even under the owner ship of an impatient billionaire; then I can somewhat understand the dismissal of a manager.

But to sack a man who stuck with the club through its recent turmoil’s while taking the role as manager at St. James’s Park when seemingly no one else was interested in the job? To sack an individual who helped Newcastle clear their well documented “massive” wage bill and bounce straight back up in the Premiership at the first time of asking, and with a club record 102 points? All displays a distinct lack of respect for the man, and the job he has done at Newcastle, a commendable one at that.

As stated above; he achieved some great results this season, improved the club greatly and got them back on their feet after their embarrassing 2008/09 relegation campaign. He’s earned the plaudits for getting the best from his players, such as Joey Barton, Hatem Ben Arfa, Kevin Nolan and one of the best prospects in the Premiership Andy Carroll.

Despite all these positives, as far as I can see, he hasn’t done too much wrong, but now sees himself out of the job. From the information from fans, not only Newcastle but football fans; they are not happy with the decision, and many people are appalled by the decision. Some of the names linked with the vacant job are Alan Curbishley, Alan Pardew, Ian Dowie, Phil Brown (although I personally hope never to see this man in the Premiership again) and the runaway favourite Martin O’Neill.

Let me know who you think should take over at St. James’s Park, and what your thoughts are about the dismissal.

Real Talk Football


  1. I also thought Newcastle had improved under his management. Surprising.

    Good post!

  2. Chris houghton has prooved himself to be a quality premiership manager with recent victories over arsenal and sunderland and a well noted point against Chelsea he ha the magpies in the top 10 now to get sacked and to be replaced by Alan pardew a man who could not keep he's job with Southampton seems ludacris , I think I speak for a lt of people here because I wish Chris houghton the best of luck and Newcastle deserve all they get !!