College Coach Steve Howey Interviewed By The BBC

Sun, 10/09/2000 - 01:00

Former Newcastle United defender and Head Football Coach at East Durham College Steve Howey was interviewed yesterday by the BBC. Look North reporter Katie Gornall asked Steve for his thoughts on the sacking of Magpies boss Chris Hughton.

Hughton's dismissal on Monday saw senior players such as Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez and Sol Campbell express support for the 51-year-old.

“It's difficult for anyone to go into a club where the manager who just left was liked,” Howey told the BBC. “Players loved him and I don't think any manager could have done better.”

Chairman Mike Ashley has been criticised by pundits and supporters for his decision to sack Hughton, despite him leading the club to promotion from the Championship as Champions and to 11th in the Premier League this season.

“Does [Ashley] care?,” Howey continued. “That's the thing. From the things he's done in the past, [it appears] he hasn't got the club's or the fans' interest at heart.

“Obviously you would have thought somebody that did care about the club, wouldn't have made those decisions.

“Is he liked anyway? He knows the fans don't like him and that has been made obvious.”

Steve says Chris's successor as United’s boss will have a tough task to win over the players at St James' Park.

You can see the whole of Steve’s interview on our YouTube channel