Hugh must be joking
The mere suggestion that Chris Hughton should go as manager of Newcastle United is nothing short of football madness.
Talk that it's time to go for Hughton leaves me cold, as the former Republic of Ireland international is THE reason Newcastle United have not imploded in the last 12 months
Against all odds Hughton brought the United players together at a time when it could all have gone pear shaped in the Championship.
Since then, with limited funds, and with a limited coaching team (now decimated after Colin Calderwood's departure) he's still put in a more than reasonable performance back in the Premier League.
Eight points so far and with a bit of luck and a little bit less sloppy defending (Blackpool and Stoke), United would have been further up the table and the talk of Hughton going would be a non-starter.
The loss of Hatem Ben Arfa has been a major factor in the last month or so, but come Saturday night we could be back in the top 10 of a tightly bunched Premier League table and looking forward to a home Carling Cup tie with Arsenal ahead of the derby.
Seldom does replacing managers left, right and centre work - and especially at Newcastle United.
We've been crying out for stability, under Hughton, that's what we've got.
Newcastle have tried everything when it comes to managers, big names, overseas names and former names.
And looking at the out of work managers, who would replace him.
Martin O'Neill? Phil Brown? Gareth Southgate? Gordon Strachan? Diego Maradona? Big Fat Ron?
And given the fact our last PL season featured FOUR managers, surely we don't need to learn the hard way again?
I've said before at some stage Alan Shearer is destined to be manager of Newcastle United and still believe that to be the case.
But given that Big Al has already stated he doesn't see a return to the dugout in the near future at SJP, you'd have to rule it out.
What Hughton has brought to Newcastle is a dose of reality.
At no point has he tried to play the fans or play up to them.
At no point has he spoke above his station or pretended he is something he's not, he's a manager without an ego.
He's never tried mind games with any other manager and he's kept the feet of his players firmly on the ground, without shouting the odds at any of them.
Now in a season in which survival was set to be the aim - which the Magpies are just about on course for as it stands - Hughton appears to be in the firing in line.
The next three games at Newcastle United all of a sudden have never been so important.