Newcastle United have sensationally sacked manager Chris Hughton with immediate effect. Goalkeeping Coach Paul Barron also leaves the club. A statement from the official club website reads as follows:
Newcastle United Football Club have today parted company with manager Chris Hughton. Goalkeeping coach Paul Barron also leaves the club today.
The board would like to place on record their thanks to Chris for his considerable efforts during the club’s transition from Championship to Premier League football. Chris has shown exceptional character and commitment since being appointed manager in October 2009. The club wishes him well for the future.
Regrettably the board now feels that an individual with more managerial experience is needed to take the club forward.
The task of appointing a new manager now begins. An announcement will be made shortly regarding transitional arrangements pending the appointment of a successor.
Once again, Mike Ashley has proven that he and his board have no class, foresight or loyalty. The sacking of Hughton is in my opinion, premature to say the least. Yes, NUFC are in a blip, and struggling for form, but all teams go through a dip during the season.
If we’re being honest though, we have to say the writing was on the wall for Hughton. Calderwood leaving, no assistant being appointed, no guaranteed funds for the transfer window all add up to a man on borrowed time.
Hughton had the support of both the Newcastle United players and fans – I don’t know one fan who’s of the opinion that this sacking was a good decision.
Chris Hughton has done a remarkable job as Newcastle manager – this blog would like to thank him for the hard work he’s done and putting some respectability and belief back on Tyneside.
Who Replaces Hughton?
The favourites are:
- Alan Pardew
- Alan Curbishley
- Martin O’Neill
The BBC are reporting that Martin O’Neill is close to agreeing a deal at NUFC.
Martin Jol has handed in his resignation at Ajax.