Tuesday, December 07, 2010

The quiet man bows out

Further reaction to Chris Hughton's unceremonious dismissal:

The man himself, in a statement released through the League Managers Association: "I am immensely proud of my achievements with Newcastle and I enjoyed a fantastic relationship with the players, my staff and the supporters during my time as manager. We have built on last season’s momentum following promotion back up to the Barclays Premier League and have produced some excellent results to see us sitting midway in the table at this stage of the season. I now wish them and the club all the very best for the future."

Captain Kevin Nolan: "Chris was gutted about what had happened. You could see that. But it said so much about him that, even though he was obviously disappointed to be going, he was still telling me and Joey [Barton] that we had to make sure we had a good season. There was such dignity about the way he left, which is how he conducted himself while he was the manager."

Hughton's former assistant Colin Calderwood: "There's a great deal of shock but [it's] not unexpected because of the knowledge I had when I was there and the sort of regime that he [Hughton] was working under. It makes it difficult. You want to know the parameters of the job and they keep changing, and you're not allowed to do what you think's feasible or logical then it becomes very difficult to do your job as well as you can and at the minute the job has been done well terrifically well."

John Carver, one of Calderwood's predecessors: "I'm devastated and angry. It's another situation where you have a young coach-manager learning his stripes like he did last year in the Championship, did a fantastic job, did the job with style. He then took them into the Premier League on limited resources, brought in some decent players and this has happened."

LMA chief executive Richard Bevan: "The LMA is extremely disappointed that Newcastle have parted company with Chris given the success the club has experienced since his appointment. Not only did Chris secure promotion back to the Barclays Premier League, but achieved two club records in the process; 102 points to secure promotion and the longest sequence of unbeaten league matches (17). Throughout his time at Newcastle Chris has conducted himself with tremendous integrity and dignity, the team’s current position of 11th in the Barclays Premier League demonstrating the stabilising effect Chris has had in his role as manager during his period at Newcastle."

Former defender John Anderson: "You just wish he would get angry and come out and say what he feels, but he won't."

Newcastle fan Kevin Rawlinson in the Independent: "As Hughton held the Championship trophy aloft at St James' Park, the fans knew he had won it despite losing some very talented players the previous summer, despite spending a relatively small sum of money and despite nobody having even given him a chance of getting the job in the first place. We appreciate the air of honest professionalism, of class and of dignity he has displayed at the club. It is one which shames the board."


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