The forgotten man of Newcastle United’s current success
"few recognise Hughton as the catalyst of Newcastle United's 'renaissance'"
February 6th, 2012
“few recognise Hughton as the catalyst of Newcastle United’s ‘renaissance'”
Newcastle United have had something of a ‘revival’ in the past 12 months, going from a newly promoted club to credible Europa League qualification contenders. Sitting 5th in the Premier League above Liverpool & Arsenal and only 3 points off the final Champions League spot, many people have heaped praise upon manager Alan Pardew for the heroics he has performed on Tyneside.
Pardew is a fantastic man manager, and can deal with any type of footballer whilst getting the very best out of them.
We have seen that from the day he took over – handing Leon Best his first start for NUFC in the Premier League, with the Irishman repaying him in the form of a hattrick in a 5-0 victory over West Ham.
Tim Krul has also excelled in his performances and has ousted both Fraser Forster and Steve Harper for the #1 shirt at St. James’ Park. Newcastle United fans have taken to the former Southampton boss in the past 12 months – his professionalism on the job particularly impressing to say the least.
However, there is one man who deserves a substantial amount of respect and praise for Newcastle United’s current success: Chris Hughton.
Pardew was appointed Newcastle United manager in December 2010 as a replacement for Hughton. It came as a shock to Newcastle fans; sacking someone who was doing a great job, and replacing him with Pardew, who had been sacked by then League 1 outfit Southampton.
So far, it seems like a very astute move by Mike Ashley as Pardew has brought a feelgood factor back to NUFC.
However, people often forget that it was Chris Hughton that recruited Cheik Tioté, Leon Best, Danny Simpson and James Perch – four players that have turned in some very good performances under Pardew this season.
Apparently the seemingly poor signings in the shape of Leon Best and James Perch were one of many reasons that Hughton was shown the door. If we look at those two players now, both have roles to play at Newcastle United.
Hatem Ben Arfa also arrived under Hughton’s stewardship – with Alan Pardew deciding to secure a permanent deal for the Frenchman shortly after taking over.
Chris Hughton’s signings have come good and Pardew has a lot to thank him for in that department.
Unfortunately for the majority; few recognise Hughton as the catalyst of Newcastle United’s ‘renaissance’ of sorts.