Following confirmation of Brighton’s promotion to the Premier League on Monday, Chris Hughton sent a heartfelt message to Newcastle United, saying he was now ‘waiting’ for his former club to join Brighton in the Premier League.
After his sides 2-1 victory over Wigan on Monday, Hughton knew that anything other than a Huddersfield win in the late kick off at Derby meant Brighton would secure their long awaited promotion to the top flight.
To both of our relief, Huddersfield only drew, meaning the 58 year-old and his side could finally celebrate promotion to the Premier League for the upcoming 2017/18 season.
His achievement was met by huge congratulations from all those associated with NUFC and rightly so given his heroic promotion campaign that he achieved with the club in 2009/10.
Hughton’s class has shone through yet again in recent days, with The Times’ George Caulkin revealing the following story after he congratulated the ex-NUFC boss on his latest achievement:
Texted Chris Hughton to congratulate him. He praised his players (nothing about himself) & added "now waiting for Newcastle". What a man.
— George Caulkin (@CaulkinTheTimes) April 19, 2017
Such graceful comments are typical of the man, who deserves every success.
Hughton will no doubt take some satisfaction from trumping a club that unfairly sacked him all those years ago, however, he has never had a bad word to say about us, despite having every reason to hold a grudge.
He is one of the good guys in football and with that a very capable manager, so it was great to see the whole of NUFC shower their former boss with congratulations and compliments following Monday’s achievement:
Massive shout out to our former manager Chris Hughton on gaining promotion to the PL with @OfficialBHAFC . One of the nicest men in the game
— Harish Ramesh (@Harish_nufc) April 17, 2017
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleNUFC) April 17, 2017
— Amy (@geordiegalg) April 17, 2017
There's only one Chris Hughton. Buzzing for him getting promoted. Underrated manager imo https://t.co/UZ4pXSFuBZ
— Kriss (@Kriss_nufc83) April 19, 2017
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) April 17, 2017
— Bobby Norris (@wonderbonzi) April 19, 2017
All the best Chris, well deserved. Let’s hope we see you again soon via the Premier League next season!
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