Chris Hughton sacked as newcastle manager

Posted by - December 6, 2010 - Newcastle United, Premier League, Rumours

Newcastle United, hang your head in shame

Has the world gone stark raving mad?

Fair enough, his side have not won in five games, and looked unimaginative against West Brom yesterday, but this has to be the harshest sacking in the Premier League for a while.

Of his 62 league games in charge, Hughton has won 35, giving him a win percentage of 56%.

League win percentage of other managers in the Premier League:
Roy Hodgson (Liverpool) – 33%
Ian Holloway (Blackpool) – 39%
Steve Bruce (Sunderland) – 30%
Carlo Ancelotti (Chelsea) – 66%

All were appointed at the same time.

I know that Hughton had Newcastle in the Championship with a good squad, but he rejuvenated and regalvanised a side that was incredibly low on confidence.

Chris Hughton, I, OTP, fans and media all feel very sorry for you. You deserved better.

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  • Nick

    The saddest aspect of this, is that they were finally getting their act in gear. Successive and rapid managerial dismissals resulted in Newcastle being relegated, but with Hughton at the helm the team looked a class apart in the Championship, and that’s no easy feat. Scan through that division and look at the ghosts of Premierships past haunting mid table. In fact, they need only have cast their eyes a few miles down the road to their Teeside neighbours to see what an excellent job Hughton actually did.
    For him to lead that team, without any major signings, (no James Perch, you don’t count), to a mid table position coming up to Christmas is incredible, especially given that most people consider the promoted 3 to be the front runners for relegation at the season start.
    I presume that this all comes down to the notion that the board believe Hughton cannot attract the cream of European footballers to the club, and as such need a Jol-esque figure to move forward. Well I’m sorry Newcastle, that’s just patronising in the extreme. Shame on you for once again making the Magpies more famous for bewildering boardroom buffonery, than for the enterprising and hard working unit that your sacked manager had created.

  • Bertus

    Agree with the article, but I don’t think Hodgson was appointed at the same time as Hughton – at least not at Liverpool…

  • Davy

    Not Newcastle United hang your head in shame but Mike Ashley!!! It’s all down to that useless c**t and I like most Newcastle fans feel very sorry for Chris Hughton…..

  • FootballFarrago

    That win percentage does count his Championship season, so maybe you should just use the Premiership stats. Regardless, it’s timing is weird – why not sack him at the start of the season, or the end? He’s not going to get them relegated is he? And Pardew isn’t going to lead them into Europe until next year (if at all), so why not just leave the steady ship alone and shake it up in June?

    Read Ben Malkin’s review of the events at FootballFarrago: