Chris Hughton ‘immensely proud’ of Newcastle reign
Chris Hughton insists he is “immensely proud” of his achievements at Newcastle after being sacked by the Magpies on Monday.
Hughton, who leaves St James’ Park with a win ratio of 55.7 per cent and with the club sitting in 11th position in the league, parted company with Newcastle on Monday afternoon and spoke of his “fantastic” relationship with the club’s staff and fans following his dismissal.
Hughton said: “We have built on last season’s momentum following promotion back up to the Barclays Premier League and have produced some excellent results to see us sitting midway in the table at this stage of the season.
“I am immensely proud of my achievements with Newcastle and I enjoyed a fantastic relationship with the players, my staff and the supporters during my time as manager. I now wish them and the club all the very best for the future. The termination of my contract is now in the hands of the LMA and I will therefore be making no further comment at this stage.”
Meanwhile, LMA chief executive Richard Bevin said he was “extremely disappointed” by the news of Hughton’s sacking.
He said: “The LMA is extremely disappointed that Newcastle have parted company with Chris given the success the club has experienced since his appointment.
“Not only did Chris secure promotion back to the Barclays Premier League, but achieved two club records in the process; 102 points to secure promotion and the longest sequence of unbeaten league matches (17).
“Throughout his time at Newcastle Chris has conducted himself with tremendous integrity and dignity, the team’s current position of 11th in the Barclays Premier League demonstrating the stabilising effect Chris has had in his role as manager during his period at Newcastle.”
Earlier, a Newcastle statement said the club will be seeking someone “with more managerial experience”.
A club statement added: “The board would like to place on record their thanks to Chris for his considerable efforts during the club’s transition from Championship to Premier League club.”