St James’ Park boss living on borrowed time?
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Fabricio Coloccini’s last-gasp equaliser saved Chris Hughton from the sack at Newcastle.
Owner Mike Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias, who are desperate to retain their Barclays Premier League status this season, are growing increasingly jittery about their early season form and a third successive home defeat would have left Hughton facing serious questions in the boardroom.
The 2-2 draw with Wigan, following home defeats by Blackpool and Stoke, means the board are seeking improvement in their home form.
Newcastle will face a young Arsenal side in the Carling Cup next at St James’ Park, followed by the small matter of the Tyne- Wear derby and the visit of Sunderland’s Geordie manager Steve Bruce.
Appointed permanently a year ago after a convincing start as caretaker boss in their Championship – winning season, Hughton’s contract expires at the end of this season.
Extension talks have been delayed until the new year, sparking speculation that the Newcastle hierarchy, who have sacked and appointed five managers in two years, are considering another change at the top. (Daily Mail)
As much as it would be a tad harsh to axe Chris Hughton as Newcastle United boss it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if it occurred. In many ways it is a surprise the former assistant has lasted this long as many just feel that a big name boss is needed to steer the Magpies in Premier League waters. That is a view I would personally not agree with but unfortunately some seem to feel that whilst his success in the Championship was laudable it’s almost as though it doesn’t count now.
Many big names have been linked with taking the manager’s job at St James’ Park and maybe whomever was brought in, if indeed this source is to be believed (big IF), then maybe Hughton would be kept on as a coach as he appears to have the respect of his players.
Do Toon Army fans feel the time is right to bring in a new boss?