James Lawton: Chris Hughton makes cast-iron case for Newcastle job
Newcastle United are not a club to encourage confidence in their ability to do the right thing but even they, surely, will have difficulty in avoiding the truth that on Sunday landed on their heads with almost Biblical force.
It is that in a line of mostly misguided appointments in recent years, their current manager Chris Hughton has produced work that might have been custom made for such a football disaster area.
He has produced a game filled with both passion and hope, drawn out the best of Joey Barton, emboldened a potential striking beast in Andy Carroll. Most of all, he has reminded an old and embittered football place how far a little passion and decency can go.
The 5-1 win over Sunderland, on top of a bold Premier League campaign and unexpectedly convincing promotion, was a superb antidote to sickening reports of a briefing campaign launched within the club against the author of such wonders. His appointment would not only represent justice. It would also be a form of fumigation.