In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Marlon Harewood, who played 15 times for Newcastle United, has claimed he can’t understand why Mike Ashley sacked Chris Hughton despite just guiding the club back to the Premier League.
Harewood played under Hughton at Newcastle when the Magpies stormed to the Championship title during the 2009/10 season, which saw them end up with 102 points.
Was Hughton unfairly sacked at Newcastle
Hughton, who is now Nottingham Forest’s manager, was sacked by Mike Ashley during their first season back in the Premier League and was replaced by Alan Pardew, who ended up guiding Newcastle to a fifth-placed finish in 2012.
Speaking on why Hughton may have got sacked at Newcastle United and how the news was a shock to him at the time, Harewood told FFC:
“Things just don’t work out sometimes in football. Maybe there were disagreements behind the scenes but we don’t know what happened.
“For me when I was there, he was amazing so I was a bit taken back that he did get sacked because I didn’t understand why.”
Harewood only spent three months on loan at Newcastle in 2009 from Aston Villa, the team who beat the Magpies on the final day of the previous season to confirm their relegation.
Newcastle United were embroiled in a relegation battle just a few weeks ago, but they have a comfortable cushion above the relegation spots now.