St James’ Park side axe Championship title winning boss.
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Newcastle United have parted company with manager Chris Hughton following a recent dip in the team’s fortunes.
The Magpies were beaten 3-1 at West Brom on Saturday, a week after holding Chelsea to a 1-1 draw, although that result followed a 5-1 defeat at Bolton.
Hughton guided Newcastle back into the Premier League in May after their relegation in the 2009-10 campaign.
Newcastle are currently 11th in the top flight, with five wins from 16 games – only two of those coming at home.
Rumours that the ex-Spurs defender was set to leave the club began circulating several weeks ago.
A statement on the club website said: “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 club.
“Chris has shown exceptional character and commitment since being appointed manager in October 2009. The club wishes him well in 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.” (BBC Sport)
This is a bizarre decision to say the least. Chris Hughton guided Newcastle back into the top flight with some style and if they had beaten West Brom yesterday the Toon Army would have been in eighth place, but for some reason owner Mike Ashley has sacked him.
Can anyone explain this rather bemusing decision?
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