8 Dec 2010

Sol Campbell baffled by Hughton's sacking

6:31 am on 8 December 2010

The former England international Sol Campbell says Newcastle's decision to sack manager Chris Hughton makes no sense and leaves the Premier League club's players wondering what's going on.

Although they are in 11th place, having been promoted under Hughton's guidance last season, the club says they need a more experienced manager and have put reserve team coach Peter Beardsley in charge temporarily.

Newcastle's been through eight permanent managers in six years remains and Campbell says Hughton's departure will be difficult for the players as they admired and liked him.

Campbell says the decision make no sense as Hughton's has done an unbelievable job returning the side to the Premier League.

Newcastle are now only four points above the relegation zone and have not won in their last five games but have enjoyed some excellent results this season, including a 6-0 thrashing of Aston Villa, a 5-1 derby demolition of north-east rivals Sunderland and a 1-0 win at Arsenal.