The sacking of Chris Hughton by Newcastle United chairman Mike Ashley has left many people in north east England surprised, saddened and disappointed .
Hughton was exactly what Newcastle United needed last season, turning a team of individuals into a team of winners as they strolled back to the Premier League.
But it seems even a 5-1 thrashing of local rivals Sunderland and 6-0 drubbing of Aston Villa was not enough to save Hughton.
Despite sitting in mid-table as we approach Christmas and having lost only 14 games, he has been sacked.
Fans bombarded social network sites to vent their anger at United chairmen Mike Ashley.
One fan wrote, "Mike Ashley I hope you have a genius manager on the way, but knowing you, you won't have a club."
Another simply wrote, "Newcastle sack Chris Hughton, joke!"
Former United full back Olivier Bernanrd posted: "First Bobby Robson now Chris Hughton, this is where Newcastle United get it wrong every time."
The former Ireland international perhaps should have seen the signs coming after the club's reluctance to appoint a caretaker manager despite operating with a paper-thin coaching set up.
The loss of assistant Colin Calderwood left Hughton as an easy target after five win-less games, despite a 1-1 draw with Champions Chelsea.
The club stated that they needed a more experienced manager to take the team forward—because that's worked so well in the past, hasn't it?
Sam Allardyce, Joe Kinnear, Kevin Keegan, Glenn Roeder and Graeme Souness have all sat in the host seat since the last Robson was fired in 2004 and all had more experience than Hughton. And look how they worked out!
Fan favorite Peter Beardesley will take control of first team affairs for Saturday's visit of his former club Liverpool—just four months after his promotion from academy coach to reserve manager.
But judging by the statement released by the NUFC hierarchy, he will need to pull off some job to keep himself in the seat.
Early support has been given to former Villa boss Martin O'neill while former West Ham boss Alan Pardew has also been highly backed.
Managerial merry-go-round regulars Alan Curbishey and Glenn Hoddle have also been linked along with former boro boss Gordan Strachan.
The idea that we will replace one of the brightest young managers in the country with managers who failed elsewhere in the league is scary to many United fans.
Alan Shearer has seen his name linked with the job—but his comments earlier in the season seem to have ruled him out.
Sheatrer said he would not return to St. James under the current regime of Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias.
His strained relationship with now fan-favorite Joey Barton would also be a problem as Barton seems to have a lot of support and allies in the United dressing room.
I would love to see Martin O'Neill get the job.
I hoped he would have took it in 2006 following Graeme Souness's sacking—ultimately we ended up with Roeder and O'neill instead went to Villa.
But with a boardroom which believed Joe Kinnear and Dennis Wise were good appointments, don't put it past them to disappoint fans once again.
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