The Toon Army may be restless at the sacking of Hughton now, but long term, it has to be the right decision. Martin O'Neill and Newcastle look a pretty perfect fit to me, and my money would be on the Northern Irishman to outwit, out manoeuvre and out motivate the adoptive Southern Irish, Stratford born, ex Tottenham number two every day of the week.
If, as I expect, Newcastle land O'Neill, then their future in the Prem is guaranteed. Hughton may have kept them up this season anyway, but I would have invested a lot on the Magpies suffering second season syndrome with the likeable ex West Ham man in charge. He lacks the presence to attract quality players and his one hour lock in yesterday secured his fate. It was the over reaction of a man cracking under the strain.
Newcastle have used Hughton in a shockingly Machiavellian way. He was a cheap option to get them back up and the Board have been happy to leave him in charge during the adrenaline driven early months of the season. But it gets really tough from December onwards, and you don't want a rooky pilot in charge of a 747 when you hit turbulence.
I'm sorry to see Hughton sacked but for entirely pragmatic and selfish reasons. Had he stayed in charge, Newcastle might have been sucked back down into the relegation dog fight. With O'Neill in charge, that aint going to happen.
But then again, Turds is being linked with the job - and we know what happened between December and the following April when he took charge, around about this time, of West Ham!