Much has been said of Hughton’s now permanent role as manager for the rest of this season and the next one, but it’s probably worth mentioning that Colin Calderwood has taken up a similar length contract as Hughton’s assistant. Calderwood recently turned down a job at Tranmere Rovers to remain at Newcastle working alongside Hughton. Hughton said:
“Once I had my own deal sorted, the first thing I did was to get Colin sorted and he will continue now in the same role.
“Colin has been fantastic. He is someone I have known for a long time and someone I trust very much. He is an experienced football manager and that is a huge help. He’s also a fantastic coach and someone the players respect. But we’re both delighted to have this opportunity and we’re fully focussed on achieving promotion.”
Richard Money – Academy Manager – has left though. He went off to join Luton Town, saying:
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with the Club’s elite young players and given what I have seen I am sure that in the future a number of them will go on to become regular first team players. I thank them for their willingness and desire to learn and improve and wish them all the very best for the future.
“Finally, I would like to thank the Board for the way in which they have handled this matter and for the support they gave me throughout.”
So this is Ashley’s new regime. Ashley, Llambias, Hughton, Calderwood and no Director of Football. Will Ashley and Llambias will maintain the usual form with poor communication and calamitous decisions or can we expect some improvement?
I’m pragmatic about Ashley remaining with us until we get promoted (if we do) and he puts the club up for sale again but that doesn’t mean I’m happy about it. In my opinion he is singularly responsible for the financial mess we’re in which, he claims, means he has to sell the rights to St James’ Park to raise some money.
On that note, Adidas have denied any interest in buying the rights to name the stadium. Adidas released a statement which said:
“Following media speculation regarding Newcastle United and the naming rights for St James’ Park, Adidas can confirm that it has not been offered the naming rights to the stadium and would not wish to take the rights if they were offered.
“Adidas remains committed to our on-pitch partnership with the club.”
Sol Campbell is definitely not coming to the Toon according to Hughton:
“There is no truth in this whatsoever. The first I heard about it was when it was on the television in the morning. We are looking elsewhere and it is an ongoing thing. Sol is an excellent player but there is nothing happening regarding him coming to Newcastle.”
I quite agree. He’s too old and will demand too high a wage.