Chris Hughton Takes Permanent Newcastle Job

Mark Cohen by Mark Cohen / 28 October 2009, 11:07

Ashley has vowed to stay on at St James ParkChris Hughton has taken over the Managers position at Newcastle Unitedon a permanent basis having been in temporary charge since the start of the season as controversial owner Mike Ashley looks to stabilize the club in the long term. Ashley had been looking to sell the club, but in another development he has taken the club off the market and promised to invest £20million into the coffers in the next couple of weeks, along with appointing the impressive Hughton on a full time 18-month contract. Hughton was meant to be filling in until the club was sold but with no buyer in sight and the club sitting pretty at the top of the Championship Ashley has acted in a move that the fans are likely to welcome, as it will hopefully bring a year of turmoil to an end that has seen Newcastle slip from grace.

The past year has seen Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear and Alan Shearer all come and go with each of them unable to keep the side in the Premier League, but many fans cite Mike Ashley's poor handling of the club as the stand out reason for the poor performances and he has along way to go to repair his reputation at St James Park. During these turbulent times Chris Hughton has impressed almost everyone with his interviews, press conferences and most importantly with the performances of the team in this early part of the Championship season, and he will be hoping to continue that form and lead the Magpies back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Hughton will now know he is the man in charge at Newcastle but with that comes a certain pressure and promotion is a must for Newcastle this season if he is to extend his stay at St James Park. The Magpies have lost some top players recently but at this moment they still look like having enough class to make the jump back to the Premier League and keeping hold of those key players will be vital for the new gaffer. As always Newcastle are in the news and something tells the Sack Race that this may not be the end of the controversy at St James Park this season.

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