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Chris Hughton ‘sacked’ Another black premiership manager given the boot

December 6, 2010

Chris Hughton, perhaps giving a black power salute

Chris Hughton is one of the most impressive new managers I’ve seen in a long time. He got a 2nd rate Newcastle team to classily beat most opposition in the Championship in the 2009/10 season. He only lost 4 games. This season he’s used his 2nd rate team to thrash Sunderland and Aston Villa, beat Chelsea and take Man. City to the wire. He’s had bad results in between but sitting in 11th place, Newcastle should feel happy that they are potentially a soild mid-table team for at least the next season or so, until they get back on their premiership feet again and can attract some star players.

I liked Chris Hughton because there wasn’t the usual ‘black manager pandemonium’ that sometimes surrounds appointments like this – Paul Ince and John Barnes being the two well-known instances I’m referring to. Perhaps because he’s mixed race and was appointed because no one else wanted the job, people just let him get on with it.

Newcastle are getting rid of him because they want a manager with ‘more experience’. If that’s the criteria for choosing managment, how are black and BME managers ever going to get the opportunities they deserve unless someone gives them chance to get ‘more experience’?

This sends out such a disapointing message to our young premiership players, 25% of whom are black or BAME.

It seems other managers get cut a bit more slack. Off the top of my head:

Roy Keane – managed Sunderland poorly but board refused to sack him so he had to walk out

Roy Hodgson – Liverpool are rubbish now but he still has a job and they are one place below Newcastle!

Mick McCarthy – never been out of work – why???? I’ll never figure it out – he’s just so ineffective.

Ian Dowie – just terrible with every team he’s ever had – ever.

It’s a shame and I hope Chris Hughton finds employment with a Premier League / Championship side because he has shown he has what it takes.

My two pence on Hughton’s replacement – Steve Coppell might like to send in his CV. He’s not only very good, he’s white, he’s got experience, I’m sure they’re on the phone to him now.

Read more about the Black and BME contributions to British football:

Keith Alexander remembered:

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