The report touches on the former manager’s deepest thoughts as he revealed to the outlet his feelings about being sacked, the ownership of the club, the quality of his staff and his overall emotions about having the opportunity to manage Newcastle.
One comment that was picked out by Kelly was when Hughton said the first thing he felt after losing his job was the pride that he had to manage a club he called ‘great’. The journalist added that the 61-year old will always have a special bond with Newcastle supporters and this became clear from lots of Magpies’ responses.
Hughton managed on Tyneside for three seasons, winning 39 games out of 75, whilst also drawing 17 and losing 19, with the team scoring 135 goals in total and conceding 90, according to Transfermarkt. He also guided them to the Championship title in his first full season in charge, winning the league’s Manager of the Year award as well (LMA).
These members of the Toon Army hailed their former coach, with a couple of fans branding him a ‘legend’ whilst another claims that he is still ‘loved on Tyneside‘:
A great man,at a great club,at the worst possible time!
— NUFC Belfast (@BelfastNUFC) April 6, 2020
Perfect Gent, will always get a rousing applause and cheer whenever he visits.
— Kevin Rothery (@KevinRothery1) April 6, 2020
Chris is a man in which the toon have a lot of respect and admiration for, we have never forgot the job that he did for us through adversity. Chris is a legend #nufc
— Chris Cossey (@Cosseycj) April 6, 2020
Chris was an amazing bloke kind hearted and evertime I spoke to him always had time for a chat sign an autograph and a good laugh not a household name but a true legend in my eyes
— kick racism out (@Djmyaz) April 6, 2020
Love Chris Hughton. Class act. Great manager too. Wouldn’t mind him back in charge
— andybehan (@andybehan) April 6, 2020
The epitome of a Gentleman …. I’d welcome him back tomorrow.
— Geordie 48 (@bedlington1948) April 7, 2020
I loved Chris, what a great job he did, you could feel him and his squad had pride to put on our Jersey.
— Stan Saint-Maximin . (@StanStanStanman) April 6, 2020
yes he’s a great guy & manager, still loved on Tyneside which tells it all
— The Magpies (@The_Magpies_) April 6, 2020
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