Football FanCast guest columnist Marcus Bennett wonders if Chris Hughton needs the added responsibility of being a full time manager at Newcastle.
Chris Hughton has done a fabulous job at Newcastle United and is one of the few people to come out of this debacle in the last 12 months with any real credit. Hughton has steadied the ship, got the players together and focused on the job in hand to drag our football club back where it belongs to be in the Premier League; in many ways he deserves the full time job for it, however I personally question whether it is in fact the right move.
The reason I would question the appointment is nothing to do with his current achievements, one look at the Championship table tells its own story, but there is a massive different in the mindset of a person who is merely a caretaker boss and to one who has been given the responsibility of running a club permanently. History can produce a list of caretaker managers who following good runs have been appointed as permanent boss, only for them to crumble with the added weight of responsibility.
I accept that is wrong for me to think that this would happen to Hughton, but at the same time I believe that if something ain't broke then why is there any real need to fix it. Providing Hughton is happy to take on the current role on a week by week basis, which he appeared to be when interviewed last month, then why take the risk of burdening him with the extra responsibility and workload; aren't we ticking along nicely as it is? Do we need to appoint a manager when the current set-up has us level at the top of the table?
Should Hughton get the permanent managers job at St James, or do you agree the added responsibility could be a hindrance on the excellent work he is currently producing?