St James’ Park manager Chris Hughton has been given a vote of confidence after being eliminated from the Carling Cup by Arsenal.
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[picappgallerysingle id=”9912136″]‘Chris Hughton given dreaded vote of confidence by Newcastle’ reads the Daily Mail headline after this statement from the club:
“Chris is our manager and will remain our manager, and it is our intention to re-negotiate his contract at the end of the year.”
Could it be though that after the speculation in the newspapers the club simply reaffirmed their confidence in their manager?
After all, in the last two rounds of the Carling Cup, Newcastle United have played Chelsea and Arsenal. With no disrespect to the club, they would not normally be expected to beat either of those teams – even at St James’ Park, and especially against the side Arsenal put out, which contained far more first team players than the Gunners usually select for the league cup.
Furthermore, Newcastle are performing well enough in the one competition that matters to the club’s owners: the Premier League.
They sit in 9th place, just a point above Liverpool in the relegation zone in a hugely congested table. Still, they have shown enough nous and ability to indicate they can survive in the top flight – and indeed secure a midtable position rather than just aim for safety.
The rumours of disquiet come from the fact that the Magpies’ home form isn’t what it ought to be. One win and two losses at St James’ Park does not a fortress make, to badly paraphrase Aristotle.
Having ridden the storm that was the Andy Carroll story brilliantly – and coaxed a goal and assist out of the tall striker on Saturday, perhaps Hughton deserves more time. He has proven himself more than capable in his spell at the club.