Hughton In Awe of Fantastic Newcastle United

Chris Hughton arrived at Newcastle United for his first day of work at his new club yesterday.


Chris Hughton – Kevin’s new Assistant Manager

Chris was officially unveiled as Keegan’s assistant manager last night and as we reported yesterday, his main priority this week will be working with our defense. His task is to try to plug the many holes that keep appearing in it. Not an easy first job at the club.

We have given up 52 goals in our first 27 league games, which is five more than we conceded last season for all 38 games. It’s just a woeful performance this season from our new look defense. 🙁

So again, it’s not hard to see where improvement is needed at Newcastle United. While it’s really all over the pitch, the defense in particular needs a couple of dominant players and leaders to be brought in during the summer. That’s got to be Kevin’s priority plus a number of flair players with speed. We don’t think 4 new senior players will be near enough to turn us around for next season, which has to be the aim during the summer transfer window.

On his arrival yesterday Hughton said:

“All it took was a phone call and within seconds I’d said yes,” “When you have been in the game for as long as I have, the opportunity to come to a club of this stature is always going to be too big an opportunity to turn down.”

“When the phone call came it was very welcomed and I jumped at the chance straight away.” “My role is to support Kevin as part of a coaching group that we feel can enhance the qualities of the team.”

“I have known Kevin for some time and I have been in, and enjoyed, his company on many occasions.” “As somebody from outside that is always looking in on Newcastle, you always look in awe of what a fantastic club it is.”

“The city and the supporters that the club has is incredible and I’m very excited to be part of it.”

Hughton is very experienced as both a player at Tottenham, where he played 297 times and as a coach there too. He left last October when Martin Jol was sacked. Chris also served as assistant to Brian Kerr with the Ireland national team between 2003 and 2005.

We’re hoping his impact will be immediate this week, and our defense can put in a solid display this Saturday.

That hasn’t happened in a long long time – so it must be due. 😀

Let’s know what you think. Comments are always welcome.

48 comments so far

  • jh

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #1

    If he is able to make our defense better, and we stay up, he could turn out to be the best transfer made at nufc this season.

  • mark

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #2

    I know this is besides the point but…

    Does anyone think Relegation will actually help us? I do.

    Here is why; It would give us the opportunity for a COMPLETE fresh start, we would lose the money grabbers and the badge kissers who would leave if they were offered £5k more a week. We would lose all the dead wood.

    We could rebuild, build a squad strong enough for Mid table while we linger in the championship, and come up, buy some players, and finish top half.

    If we stay up, we will probably not get any decent players. If we do though here is what I would do.


    Carr – release him. replacement – not needed, Beye is there and Taylor can play RB if need be.

    Cacapa, £1m. replacement – Martin Laursen. Cacapa is a good player, but doesnt seem to have settled and has no confidence, fast becoming Boumsong. Martin Laursen would cost nout, and fair does, he is injury prone, but he is a good centre half, and hey, we were gonna get woodgate for 8m and he is just the same!

    Rozenhal £2-3m. Replacement, Daniel Van Buyten. Rozenhal is the same as cacapa, and this young lad bottles challenges like its going out of fashion. Big, Strong, Uncomprimising, Good in the air, he is a beast, sign him, the new Prince Phillipe. £4m for him I would think.

    Joey Barton – £3-4m. Replacement, Andriy Arshavin. Barton, besides his troubles, was a good player it appeared, however, for us, he hasnt done it, cut our losses and bring in the russian ronaldinho. He is a hard worker, pacey, skillfull, clever and ambitious. Get him for £6-8m

    N’Zogbia – Replacement, Aiden McGeady. This one will cause uproar Im sure. For me, N’zogbia is a waste, he is a headless chicken, head down, run, tackled OR blast the ball 85 yards over the bar. Good start to the season, nout else really. If reports of £10mil and upwards are true, I would sell and splash the earnings on Celtics young prodigy who will one day, if he doesnt sign for us, be a replacement for Ryan Giggs and Man Utd, trust me.

    Mark Viduka £1m – big wages for the big man, he has scored some important goals this season, but he is always injured, I would just sell him as his wages arent worth the game time. Bring in Dean Ashton as his replacement who I know is always injured aswell, but that has just been the last year, he was hardly injured before that, so it could/should just be a bad patch.

    Shola Ameobi – I would take 2pence for him. He is useless, injury prone, doesnt work hard and IS lazy. Sell him and give Carroll a chance, or the young Italian. Or, daft as this sounds, Sign Emile Heskey, £4m, him and MO together, its lethal, we all know this.

    So that would be selling Stephen Carr, Cacapa, Rozenhal, Barton, Nzogbia and Viduka and Shola Ameobi.

    Signing Martin Laursen, Daniel Van Buyten Andriy Arshavin, Aiden McGeady, Dean Ashton, Emile Heskey.

    I would also sign Giles Barnes, £3m, he is England in the making, very good prospect, the new Jenas, but better, and he will fulfill potential, he has the desire.

    Wayne Bridge aswell, although the past few times ive seen him, he has been fairly poor, I think its the lack of games, well, it will be the lack of games. Sign him for £5m.

    The squad would then be

    Given, Harper, Krul, Forster.

    Beye, Taylor, Faye, Laursen, Van Buyten, Enrique, Bridge.

    Milner, Duff, Emre, Butt, Arshavin, McGeady, Barnes.

    Owen, Martins, Heskey, Ashton, Carroll.

    With that we would be competent in the league, and in January could be in a postition to strengthen with a few big buys.

    Maybe a bit Light at the back and Midfield, butt we have Kadar, Tozer and Edgar, Id happily use them as cover, and in Midfield LuaLua.

    Possibly try and sign someone big aswell, Like Deco, but Im not sure we will.

    Comments please.

  • Ausgeordie

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #3

    yeah he did a great job at tottenham didn’t he.Why not let Smith oversee the defence huh?

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 26, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Hmmm it seems that another stupid decision to sign someone like houghton..spurs won nothing in years with him looking after the back 4.

    As an afterthought I was all for the sacking of Sam and seeing the poor gutless show that continues to roll on game after game has made me think it would be fair to say it is not the Managers fault it has to be the players.

    Never before have I seen a team made up of such lazy talentless wasters.

    The solution would be to have a mass clear out and replace many senior players…but judging by how tight the purse strings are with our “billionaire”chairman I see little future investment in new (hungry)players..I mean being linked with bent and lua lua is hardly getting my juices flowing right now.

  • Chicken

    Feb 26, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #5

    just when you think things can’t get any worse… 🙁

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 26, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #6

    Well said Chicken 🙂

  • Chris F

    Feb 26, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #7

    ah yes, sirjasontoon, but then you have to look at the players in question and think who it was that decided signing them was a good idea.

    the vast majority of our side is made up of allardyce signings, and if you ask me, only habib beye has really shown he may have been a decent move.

    smith, viduka, barton, geremi, enrique, cacapa, rozenhal and even to some extent faye (who hasn’t been quite as bad as the rest, but still doesnt look quite right at times).

    that’s around 20/21 million quids worth of signings (not counting the susbtantial signing fee’s you can be sure messrs Viduka, geremi and Cacapa picked up to sign for us on bosman deals).

    £21m of crap. Yes you can lay a lot of the blame at the feet of the players, but Allardyce more than contributed to his own demise by actually signing the shiftless bunch of wasters, and persisting with playing some of them even though they were obviously not up to the job.

  • sir bob

    Feb 26, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #8

    defense is in no way the priority. the reason we’re shedding goals is the complete lack of a midfield protecting the defense.


    should be a great back four, if only they weren’t barraged by attack after attack for 90 minutes because our midfield can’t pass, keep possession or win the ball.

  • Spitfire

    Feb 26, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #9

    the job of the back four would be made easier if the midfield was sorted out

  • UTD111

    Feb 26, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #10

    This is a good appointment. Another solid step in the right direction. More experienced support for the manager and someone with a defensive pedigree – much needed.
    Ed – the more I see of the sort of comments witnessed above, the more I say thanks to you for putting this board in place, its given the whingers somewhere to come and prop each other up with their daft opinions, and it keeps them away from the 99% sane NUFC supporters LOL

  • UTD111

    Feb 26, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Jason – its not the clubs fault that the mad London gutter press are linking us with Lua Lua – its only Lua Lua angling for a new job and he’s not going to get it is he??

  • Bill F

    Feb 26, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #12

    No opinion either way at the moment, I’m still wondering what Wise is actually doing. I was tempted to put my name down as “Confused long time Toon supporter.”

  • sparetheman

    Feb 26, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #13

    “This is a good appointment. Another solid step in the right direction. More experienced support for the manager and someone with a defensive pedigree – much needed.”

    Have you not seen Tottenham for the past 10 years? Their defense has been their biggest problem historically during Hughton’s time there. Only since Ramos has taken charge has their defence looked solid.

    I’m not sure about Hughton, it’s difficult to make any sort of judgement on a coach since we don’t see what they actually get up to on the training pitch. I just don’t like the logic that he has experience and he was a defender, therefore he’ll improve our defense.

  • Greg P

    Feb 26, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #14

    He’s an experienced defender and coach at both successful premiership level (i.e top 5) and international level. Spurs historically had some very poor defenders (worse that the current Utd crop) and have never had the same troubles we seem to face, therefore I think it makes sense. The question is who else would you have brought in (remembering that we are bottom half premiership and not a top European side!)?
    Give him a go, and hopefully it will work out

  • mikeygd

    Feb 26, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Well said UTD111 , i have heard only good things from this man from all the spurs fans i know. Hes a fantastic coach.

  • Gloryhunter

    Feb 26, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #16

    Wise was seen in Benwell taxis last night. I think he’s been to the Adelaide to check out the tattoos.

  • P Collins

    Feb 26, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #17

    It’s going to take a lot more than Chris Hughton to solve our team crisis, i personally think that the side we have at the moment is the worst since we got into the premiership. There all Pri madonna’s with no heart’s just big names, apart from Milner Taylor N’Zogbia & Duff the team sheet can ripped up and started again. Is Keegan the answer to our problems? that is another question which remains to be answered! How can we attract top name players when we have no european football to offer, it’s come to the stage where i can’t bare to watch the games because we are that bad.

  • GP

    Feb 26, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #18

    Wise is more or less there to scout and advise Mort and Ashley isn’t he?

  • Bill F

    Feb 26, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Thats one hell of a fare for the Taxi driver. 🙂

    Oh you didn’t mean the city.

  • mark

    Feb 26, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #20

    sirjasontoon – Nothing in the years with him looking after the DF?

    League cup, 1999…

  • Punk Skunk

    Feb 26, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #21

    Mostly, we’d be better served by seeing what Hughton’s got before we go slagging his appointment off, like…Don’t y’think?..Otherwise, who the hell is gonna wanna come to the Toon & do anything if they don’t even get afforded a god-damn, mofo’ing chance, ho’way lads, ease off!..


    Feb 26, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #22

    just like keegan we should all give hughton a chance, i really think that he will be a decent appointment, he isnt the defencive coach remember and wasnt at tottenham he was assistant manager, they had a good team when he left, he will hopefully bring some of the fast flowing attacking football that spurs had to the toon because that is what we all expect


    Feb 26, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #23

    also if ashley is happy about these appointments which i guess he is he will be more happy to invest his cash in the club!

  • Punk Skunk

    Feb 26, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #24

    Aye Leo*, y’could be right man!..

  • Bruno Aguiar

    Feb 26, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #25

    Good appointment. He has a job on his hands but can hopefully fill the void left by Pearson.

    Meanwhile the reserves line-ups are out, still no Zamblera anywhere to be seen while that donkey Baheng gets another run out upfront. Tozer and Kadar seem the business though.

  • Obafan

    Feb 26, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #26

    Good appointment IMO; but he will have lots of work to do.

    I hope he sees the uncountable mistakes Taylor son makes week in week out.

  • Micky Toon

    Feb 26, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #27

    His first job should be to sign up Sol Campbell in the summer. We need someone like Sol to bring along the likes of Taylor. He doesn’t have to play every game, just the odd one or two to keep him happy. It’s the training ground where he would be most useful.

  • carl.s.

    Feb 26, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #28

    ARGHHHHHHHHHHHH! When will people stop going on about how we need someone to be brought in to “bring on Taylor” . The kid is an ok defender at best and a vastly overated geordie at worst! I say overated geordie because like Strolla Amanobody, if he wasnt a geordie he would be getting the same stick every other defender at the club is getting. Jus look at his efforts agains manchester last week. His incomprihensible spin on the spot before one goal, then his childlike attempt to tackle ronaldo. Had Caccapa done that he would be getting lynched. So this myth that if he had someone good next to him he is going to turn into John Terry is the very reason our club is seen as a joke. Hes a geordie , Keegan is the Messiah, I despair at the club and the majority of the supporters. I put my life on it that no matter if keegan takes us down to the same leauge as whitley bay our fans will still be singing his name! I travel the country and I have defended us many times against people saying we are a lauging stock but im afraid the more I here our fans spout drivel the more im thinking the rest of the country may be correct!

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 26, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #29

    bravo carl.s.

  • Magpie Neil

    Feb 26, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #30

    Carl.s – You speak the truth.

    Only Problem is the geordie faithful cant handle the truth.

    He’s a bad player. Another ‘committed’ yet useless player and if he signs a massive contract in the summer I will cry.

    Cant wait for these types of player to FU%! OFF. Bye Bye Shola, Taylor Carr Smith Butt etc etc….

  • ScottyT

    Feb 26, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #31

    to mark .. i see what your trying to say about new start etc but relegation would be an absolute catastrophe for the whole club in every single way apart from a fresh start.

    1. we wouldnt be able to attract players you go on about as replacements when we are in the championship

    2. the money we will lose from not beeing in the premier league is unbelievable and we’d need the money as ashley doesnt seem to like spending 🙁

    3. ashley mort etc may want to leave if they see the club is going in the complete wrong direction and another takeover would have to occur which is not what we need

    4. the crowds at st james park would decrease massivley which again would decrease the money that comes into the club and the reputation as us as fans which is sometimes a selling point for the club

    they are just some of the reasons why relegation is a bad thing for us and anyone who says relegation will be good for us really uve got to be kidding man .. we can make a fresh start whilst in premier league hopefully KK will make this new start in the summer.

  • Geordie Joe

    Feb 26, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #32

    I do agree there are far too many idiotic newcastle fans that give every good fan a bad name. I can’t stand when people leave football matches early and even more soo the people that boo the players. They may deserve to be booed but having a go at them is never ever going to get them to play better. It is garanteed to make them worse. Why can’t people see this.

  • ChrisL

    Feb 26, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #33

    I don’t want us to go down, but I can definately see where you’re coming from. At the very least, it might lower some fans expectations.


    Feb 26, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #34

    Magpie Neil, Tom_Toon, carl.s

    He is so bad that Liverpool and Chelsea (under mourinho) both interested your mad
    once again he didnt play well but Cacapa is a better option?? the guy would lose to stephen hawking in a sprint, who else as Ramage is injured and even when fit full of heart and pride but lacks quality
    a young one Edgar , Kadar, Tozer good idea put them in against man utd great for their future confidence some of you should think before you write especially the usual suspects
    maybe to blame a young lad like taylor over Faye and Beye who although usually impressive had a stinker a piece shows the same attitude that slags of Milner week after Week and to say we should sell given just sums up some of our “fans” some of you arent worth replying to because you are so idiotic and fickle its laughable.
    We wont be selling Taylor, Milner, Given or Owen like suggested by some of you KK isnt as thick as that.
    I Hate the fact that they tar us all with the same brush because i hate being associated with people like you im going for my tea now so have it.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 26, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #35

    Edgar, not exactly that young is he, he should have been in the first team a year or so ago.

    Fickle??!? No KK worshipers are fickle

  • carl.s.

    Feb 26, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #36

    Thank you CRAIGG, you have proved every point I was attempting to make about a lot of geordie fans. No where did I say Taylor shouldnt be playin neither did I say Caccapa was better. I said people should stop expecting him to become some kind of Franz Beckenbauer simply by putting a better defender next to him. You are typical of supportes who trot out excuses for mediocrity on him being a “young lad”. Again where do I blame him for anything other than making two of the biggest howlers in the game. As for all the top clubs being in for him, if they were that interested they would put an offer in. Ofcourse lots of players get watched and teams are interested but that is a lot different from them actually making a move for them.
    Im not fikle my friend I just despair at fans like you who no matter what KK does it will be ok yet if done by any other manager they would be crucified!
    I hope I am proved wrong about KK but unfortunately for the last 10 years he has proved me correct everytime!


    Feb 26, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #37

    How the hell is that fickle supporting the man who single handedly saved us from bankruptcy, Won us our last trophy 1st division title(last league any way the intertoto was the last major honour apparently) Got us back into europe for the first time in over 20 years and has the 5th best stats of any manager in prem history outside Fergie, Wenger, Mourinho and Dalglish who inheritted better sides or bought on a much grander scale to KK and made what we are today
    you want to have a flick through your dictionary young man that is not the definition of fickle which means “Changable especially in loyalty” Our loyalty to King Kev hasnt changed and never will
    Also did you see my comments on Henk Ten Cate last night because another of your daft arguments had no validity just like saying we should sign Danny Shittu or James Harper!!!


    Feb 26, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #38

    Carl s proved you right how going to Fulham and winning 2nd Division in his first season, or City winning the 1st Division in his first season with record points and goals the finishing top half in their first season back in the prem and getting into europe, or even England at least we qualified for Euro 2000 which is better than Don Revie or Steve McClaren
    how has he possibly been as bad as some of you make out?

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 26, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #39

    did i suggest ten Catefor manager, no.
    did i suggest james harper, no.

    I did say danny shittu because hes cheap and better than all our defenders bar Faye.


    Feb 26, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #40

    You said Ten Cate must be sick of Being a number 2 so what were you suggesting then? that he com as a lower down coaching or advisory position in our much lower club than chelsea?

    I saw you once agree with someone who suggested james harper and to say that Shittu is better than Taylor or Cacapa (Who im not a massive fan of) or Even Ramage, Edgar or Rozenhal (If he comes back) is stupid to say the very least because i saw him live last year and he was a big dozey lump just like boumsong with less pace and ive seen him plenty of times on tv and he aint much better.


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