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Newcastle legend backing ex-Toon boss Hughton for Cardiff City job

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Newcastle legend backing ex-Toon boss Hughton for Cardiff City job

Post  1892NUFF on Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:09 pm



NEWCASTLE United legend Malcolm ‘Supermac’ Macdonald believes odds-on favourite Chris Hughton is the right man for the hot-seat at Cardiff City.

The former Newcastle, Arsenal and England goal-machine – who once scored five goals in an England shirt at Wembley – insists that Hughton would be a hit with supporters at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Supermac is now a radio presenter on Real Radio’s ‘Legends Football Phone In’ and a newspaper columnist on Tyneside.

He told the Echo: “Chris would fit in very well at Cardiff. He’s a brilliant coach and very highly respected in football circles.

“Chris has got an excellent pedigree having been with Tottenham Hotspur as a player and coach for a number of years and is a very diligent type of guy and deserves a break again in football management. He did nothing wrong at Newcastle, that’s for sure.”

Hughton’s departure as manager of the Magpies came last season on the day after Newcastle lost 3-1 at West Brom, a result which left them 11th in the Premier League table.

The 52-year-old had guided Newcastle back into the top flight the season before with a star-studded Newcastle side that won the Championship at a canter.

But the club then strangely said it was looking for someone “with more managerial experience” and the board eventually gave the job to Alan Pardew.

Macdonald said: “The way he (Hughton) was treated at Newcastle was totally wrong and totally unfair and nobody knows why he was treated like that, because he got them promoted and they were holding their own at the time in the Premiership.

“When the Newcastle ship hit the stormy waters and the chaos and nonsense that seems to follow that club, Chris was the only one there that kept everything under control and steered the ship to calmer waters,

“There was a lot of pressure on him at the time but he kept his calm. When everybody didn’t know what day it was, never mind solve the issue, Chris was the man that kept it all together.

“When Chris was surprisingly sacked at the club the other guy (Pardew) came in and carried on Chris’ work and there was no difference whatsoever. It was all very bizarre to say the least and very strange indeed.

“I do hope Chris gets the job. It’s a big job down there at Cardiff and I’m sure he would be a success. He does his best work on the training field and manages with the minimum of fuss and in a very calm fashion.

“One thing he will give Cardiff is that 24/7 attitude and he goes about his job without hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons. He thinks before anything comes out, he’s a great guy.

“He wants to play football the right way and works extremely hard at the game. He is a member of a very exclusive club in football as he is a gentleman all the time and one who never panics whatever the situation. He will do well for Cardiff given the chance.”

Hughton has been interviewed for the Cardiff job, as originally reported in the Echo last week. The Bluebirds are set to announce a new manager in the next 10 days following the sacking of Dave Jones after six years at the City helm.

Bookmakers were yesterday offering Hughton at 5/2 on to be the next Cardiff manager, with former Manchester United striker Mark Robins at 6/4.

Meanwhile, Swansea could be set to smash their transfer record after having a £3.5million bid for striker Danny Graham accepted by Watford.

Brendan Rodgers, a long-time admirer of Graham, initially saw a £3m offer rejected by the Hornets soon after Swansea gained promotion to the Barclays Premier League courtesy of last Monday’s play-off final victory over Reading at Wembley.

But the South Wales club returned with an improved offer which Watford accepted over the weekend, paving the way for talks over personal terms with the forward who bagged 24 league goals last season to top the npower Championship’s scoring charts.

Swans’ previous transfer record is the deal which took Scott Sinclair from Chelsea to the Liberty Stadium last summer for an initial £500,000 which has the potential to rise to £1m with add-ons.

There are no shortage of suitors for Graham’s services, with Watford having previously rejected bids of £2.5m from QPR and West Brom.

And although the path is now cleared for the 25-year-old to talk to Swansea, rival parties will be alerted to the £3.5m figure accepted and may now launch similar bids.

A statement on Watford’s official website read: “Watford confirms that it accepted a £3.5m bid for Danny Graham from Swansea City over the weekend.

“This means the player is permitted to talk to the Swans about his future.

“The 25-year-old striker remains under contract at Vicarage Road in the meantime.”

Graham started his senior career at Middlesbrough and enjoyed loan spells with Darlington, Derby, Leeds, Blackpool and Carlisle before securing a permanent move to Brunton Park in the summer of 2007.

A healthy strike rate for the Cumbrians convinced current Swans boss Rodgers to lure him to Watford two years later when he was in charge of the Hornets. And Rodgers all but completed his capture before parting ways himself at Vicarage Road in the summer of 2009 to take the reins at Reading.

But the Northern Irishman’s admiration for Graham has remained and he attempted to lure the marksman to south Wales last summer only to be denied. Graham, named in the PFA’s Championship team of the year for 2010/11, has found the net 41 times in 98 appearances in total for Watford and has one year remaining on his contract.


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