Hughton The Hero As Newcastle Head Back to Premier Leagueby Steve Claridge / 01 April 2010, 09:06Tweet
If has been an interesting 12 months for Newcastle supporters, this time last year the owner was trying to sell the club off the pitch and on it the team were sliding towards relegation despite the best efforts of Alan Shearer. As the club were relegated last Summer the team were left with no Manager and an owner who was the most hated man in the city leaving Chris Hughton to pick up the pieces. The former assistant faced up to what on paper looked an impossible task but somehow he has managed to piece together an excellent team who are heading back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Chris Hughton was only meant to be looking after first team affairs on a temporary basis until the club was sold but with Mike Ashley unable to offload the team he was given the role on a full-time basis and how he has repaid that faith with a winning team. He has managed to get the team into the winning habit through the Championship season and are now set for promotion back to the Premier League with a few games remaining to the delight of their passionate fans. Hughton has remained dignified and focused throughout the clubs troubles and should be applauded for his efforts in the face of great adversity, he has managed to get the likes of Kevin Nolan and Alan Smith playing well again and they have been a cut above the rest of the Championship.
The Sack Race feels that Chris Hughton deserves all the praise he gets when the team confirm their promotion as no Manager in England faced a tougher task than him when the season started in August. There was a real worry with fans before the season that the club would slide down the ladder in a Leeds United style, but Hughton managed to not only holt the decline but to reverse the form and send the Magpies back to the Premier League after just one season away.
Hughton was always considered a No.2 as he has been for many years but he has taken the chance to be the No.1 with both hands and now looks to have a bright future in the game as a top class coach. He will take the team back to the Premier League where they belong with the aim of turning the Magpies back into a solid top flight team and after this season he looks to be the man to achieve just that.