Hughton Right That Stability Now Key At Newcastle

Chris Hughton joined Kevin Keegan at Newcastle earlier this year, and he has had a big impact in fixing the Newcastle defense and seems to work very well with Kevin.


Chris Hughton – Newcastle coach has done well since he arrived

That was the first major job Kevin gave to Chris when he first arrived from Tottenham, and he seems to have done extremely well.

Certainly, Steven Taylor gives Chris Hughton lots of credit for sorting the defense out.

Chris now thinks that a period of stability is needed at Newcastle as Kevin, Chris and the rest of the coaching staff will try to get the very best out of the squad, when the transfer comings and goings end on August 31st.

Chris talked to the Evening Chronicle today about the stability that is now needed:

“Stability is the key word for Newcastle now.”

“I have come from a club which always spoke about stability but never really had it.”

“There were many changes with managers in a short space of time.”

“There is no doubt all that upheaval does not help.”

“A period of stability is what is needed here.”

“The club made a decision to bring Kevin Keegan in and it was a popular one.”

“Now, though, we have to produce the goods.”

Hughton feels that the Newcastle United squad showed in the last ten games of the season or so, just what the team could achieve, once Kevin and his staff had sorted things out.

Indeed, with the squad Kevin inherited, and Chris came in to help fix, the lads played very well in many of those games, and if that had been the start of the season, the team would have been highly placed in the league.

Chris added:

“I am quite sure Kevin looked at the end of last season with an eye to building towards next season.”

“What the club will do in terms of recruitment is down to the management and down to the club.”

“From a coach’s point of view, it would be nice to have the platform.”

We’re sure Chris is as interested as anybody in seeing which players the recruitment team and Kevin can coax into the club during the summer.

With players like Carr, Ramage, Troisi, Diatta, Rozehnal, Ameobi, Emre and even Duff probably leaving in the summer, we’ll need at least 5 new players to fill out the squad.

And then come the end of August, fan expectations will again be sky high, hoping that Kevin, along with his coaching staff, can bring back the good times to Tyneside.

We think he can.

Comments welcome.

40 comments so far

  • Leo

    Jun 4, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #1

    just as long as we dont sign dawson otherwise i will get concerned with the spurs connections to newcastle.

    hughton has been a great improvement on pearson he isnt just more of a coach but more of a likeable charector

  • najikhin

    Jun 4, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #2

    doubt that our club is still stabil rite now..


    Jun 4, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #3

    I would have rather kept ramage then sign dawson.

  • James

    Jun 4, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #4

    Maybe its Houghton that keeps telling KK to go for Dawson.

    Forget Sunderland, our new rivals are Spurs. Thats the team I want to thump every season. Keep them in their place. It’s their results we need to look out for every Sat, because we will be both strong contenders for 5th place

    If a player isn’t good enough for them, then there’s no way we should be signing them.

  • Graeme

    Jun 4, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed, replacing the 8 players you list as leaving, with only “at least 5 new ones”????

    We need to add 5 to the squad we had, PLUS replacing those going or we will be in deep trouble if anyone gets injured. That means you’re looking at bringing in about 13 players all told.

    Given the number of players we are linked to every day, shouldnt be any problem at all!!!!! It will certainly give the coaching staff something to do over the summer though.


    Jun 4, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #6

    Now Sven has been sacked and Hughes has taken his backroom staff with him to City what are the odds that we have Fazackerley back.

    KKs coaching team wont be complete until he gets Fazackerley back with as he did when he was managing Fulham, City and England, Just like Aurthur Cox he has been all over with Kev and i’d be stunned if he doesnt try and get him back here before the start of pre-season.

  • Sun'lun's Burnin'

    Jun 4, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #7

    Thelongshanks……that is an awful comment. rammy will stuggle in championship nevermind prem. Dawson actually plays at a decent prem standard 95% of the time. He is a realistic target for our club at the moment as we cannot offer any european action. People keep talking about Arda, Sahin, Huntelaar, Veloso, Crouch etc…. but why would they come here when they all have a whole host of top clubs chasing them that can offer at least Uefa Cup if not UCL! We need to get a grip and wise up to who we can actually get hold of.

  • Stami

    Jun 4, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Graeme, i totally agree! i have a feeling that managment will be pushing some of the youngsters from the reserves into the 1st team next season! the question is are they ready! if we make 6 signings to the senior squad i will be suprised! that still leaves a big gap in our small squad! We could see the likes of Carroll, Lua Lua, Edgar etc on the team sheet next season!

    are they ready???

  • Victor Meldru

    Jun 4, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #9

    I don’t believe it.
    Stability, bloo*y stability, I don’t want stability.

    I want the roller coaster ride we have had for the last fifty years. I want us winning games by huge margins. I don’t care if we have an occaisional loss along the way as long as there are less of them. I want the KK of old who took us to the upper levels of achievement and we had glorious failure, but this time has to be different, no last minute failures.
    You can stuff stability, I want success and excitement along the way.

    I don’t believe it.

  • JMC

    Jun 4, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #10

    i hate to say it but ‘Sun’lun’s Burnin’ is probably right…
    But i never say never, be optimistic lads!
    There’s ages of the summer left yet, it’s gonna be a great one, for football (not England) but hopefully (and mostfully) for the toon get yer wallet out Ash…

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 4, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #11

    by the looks of things, wer all be getting stability on the backs of next years away kit, not no new fecking signings


    Jun 4, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #12

    k.0k. n co should forget about the market alls left is the best of the rest for non euro qualifiers.Too many hav arrived here only 2flop….Get our boys to believe get stuck in and really go 4it 08:09

  • Sun'lun's Burnin'

    Jun 4, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #13

    Has any1 seen the new marseille away kit that is supposedly what ours will be like??

    can see why a lot of ppl will boot off and say it looks like a golf jumper but i reckon its unreal!!

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 4, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #14

    the marseille kit is well nice


    Jun 4, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Its like something me grandad wears to sit in a beer garden!

  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 4, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #16

    wont catch me buyin new away kit if its anythin like marseilles

  • Sun'lun's Burnin'

    Jun 4, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #18

    haha well it is to be revealed July time and the third kit in August.
    Wonder what to get on the back…..?



  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 4, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #19

    ——- ARDA ———


  • sas

    Jun 4, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #20

    I think a few of the younger players should and will be given a chance, especially with more subs on the bench from next season. It’ll be easier to put them on the bench, and easier to give them a run out. It’s certainly Carroll’s big year, if he doesn’t get a few games this season, I don’t think he ever will. Lua Lua looks like he could be dangerous.

    Of the 8 mentioned above (Carr, Ramage, Troisi, Diatta, Rozehnal, Ameobi, Emre and Duff) how many played even 5 consecutive games during the season? Rozenhal and possibly Carr. So it’s not like we’re losing a lot of first team regulars, it’s just a new crop of fringe players coming through, hopefully with the hunger and desire to do well. I don’t think there’s a need to buy a player for every one going out.

    Just strengthen where we are weak (midfield) with some quality as opposed to quantity. Too many players coming in could take too long to gel.

  • Marat18

    Jun 4, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #21




  • Sun'lun's Burnin'

    Jun 4, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #22

    Hopefully….but i wont believe it until the ink is dry on his contract and KK is presenting him to the media!!
    £3.50 for shirt printing if we get Aimar on a single digit shirt number!!! Get In! Cheap As Chips!

    I’m Not Mike Ashley….Honest!!

  • Sun'lun's Burnin'

    Jun 4, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #23


  • Hadji

    Jun 4, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Sun’lun….Well i have to disagree with you here,players like Arda,Veloso,Gomis etc would come to our club if they know that we have ambitions to break into top 4,and what is Uefa Cup for you when you compare it to the premiership.Champions league..yes but Uefa Cup not that much of a factor.
    Do you think Barzagli chose Wolfsburg(Uefa cup) over Fiorentina(Champions league) cause of the Uefa cup….Noooo,he chose them cause heknows that Wolfsburg will be aiming for top 3 place next season.
    We just need to break the ice with a big signing and then the rest is history.

  • Luke

    Jun 4, 2008 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #25

    Dawson is a very decent player. Keep Ramage instead? The boy had passion but not a great deal more ,other than a predatoresque set of teeth growing behind the normal set. He’s a very good, young player who seems to have been disturbed by recent upheavals in Spurs’ backroom management. Realistically I can’t see liverpool-permaloid Colon-cini signing, can’t see Cueller really being interested, we couldn’t even pull in 63 year old mercenary centre back Sol Campbell. Diatta? Cacapa? Faye? Taylor? He would be a very valuable addition to the squad.

    What we did have was an idiotic ability to throw compensatory cash at those who didn’t particularly like living in the north-east. Now we don’t do that, which is a positive thing in my opinion.

    I like Hughton. In a very short space of time he did a lot of positive work with a backline very low on confidence.

    If the unsuccessful bid for Modric is anything to go by, we’ll spend some money. Getting rid of the likes of Emre, Duff etc isn’t simply an example of cutting the wage bill but moving on those who havn’t performed. Ashley would be more than happy to pay big money for someone whose performances warranted it. The man is a gambler and he’ll throw his money in.

  • Luke

    Jun 4, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #26

    Ed — I and the rest of the readers aren’t insentient zombie consumers — we know this is a one man blog band. Please, please have some editorial dignity and _stop_ referring to your opinions in the plural. You aren’t a member of the press, your opinion is as valid as anyone else’s (the Sun included), and you’re not going to turn into serious journalistic site. With the last point in mind, the recirculation of paltry silly-season rumours is becoming not only depressing, but the very antithesis of why people, including myself, originally valued this site. I don’t begrudge you tying yourself into Toffs tops etc. but just be honest. There’s enough factually fly-tipping by the A.P not to throw your own litter on top. I realise you do this for more ‘hits’ but it’s no good in the long term.

  • Sun'lun's Burnin'

    Jun 4, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Hadji – Ambition has to be realistic, Bundesliga is shite, anyone could challenge for top 3….prem is best in the world, realistically we could only hope to challenge for top 4 in 3-4 years minimum if we are lucky.

    what player is going to hang around here with no guarantees when he can go to a team with realistic and immediate european and domestic prospect.

    dont discount the uefa either…id kill for us to be there this year, its extra competition, keep players on their toes and is extremely morale boosting with a run….and great banter on the away legs!!! so you can disagree all you like but using one player as an example just dont hold up to me, especially when his agent has said Fio offered him peanuts cos their his hometown club and assumed he would jump at the chance to join them. wolfsburg offerd 3times what fio were willing to give…

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 4, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #28

    How Luke,
    nicely put, but i think Ed has the misses & his cat workin’ on the blog mate, so he is well within his rights to say ‘we’…
    …Agree with y’points tho’!..

  • Davey G

    Jun 4, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #29

    I heard on METRO Radio tonight that Arda Turan was supposed to be in toon discussing personal terms, this was round about 6 ish!!!
    Did any one else hear this or has anyone else had any sightings, or is METRO turning into the mouthpiece of the Chronicle, sister of the sun?????

  • ToonKing

    Jun 4, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #30

    someone said it was on Galaxy too Davey G, so it could be true… least i hope so…

  • brad

    Jun 4, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #31

    JAMES. I dont think newcastle have a hope in hell of challenging spurs for 5th. With the dos santos signing and veloso , capel and bentley to sign spurs will be pushing 3rd.

  • ToonKing

    Jun 4, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #32

    brad where did you get that crap..Veloso and Bentley ain’t signing for the yids and they can have Dos Santos and Capel.

  • brad

    Jun 4, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #33

    I think you will find that they are. I work in the media and can tell yu that capel is more or less done. A fee has been agreed for veloso with personal terms being discussed. Bentley is very advanced and hughes leaving has given the player his excuse to walk.

    Newcastle arent in for dawson. Portsmouth will also come in for turan .

  • Luke

    Jun 4, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #34

    You’re in the ‘media’ eh Brad — totally trustworthy then!

  • Graham

    Jun 4, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #35

    Now I know ive come in here late but ive just read a post from Victor Meldru. Apparently we dont want stability. We want a roller coaster ride that ends up in a big crash at the end.

    Now i’m sorry but we’ve had enough of these over the years. Do you see Man Utd., Arsenal and the other successful clubs on this ride with us heading towards impending death? No. They’re at the stalls shooting the sitting ducks (us and 16 others) and picking up the prizes at the end of the season.

    Just for a change – I would like to be the one with the gun. And stabilityb is the only way of getting it long term.

    Forget winning 5-4 then losing 4-3 – the real winners dont do this. They win 3-0 etc etc etc consistently.

    Victor Meldru – get yourself down to the hoppings at the end of the month – thats where you and your mates belong – among the gypsies!

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 4, 2008 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #36

    Be careful what you wish for….

    I would be over the moon if we got back to attractive football again. Of course winning games and cups would be nice. But just knowing you were going to get a decent game of football everytime you watch the Toon would do for me. I have been so envious of Arsenal fans last season and they won nowt.

    Look at Chelski won almost everything and all there owner wants is attractive football.

    The good old days of Shearer, Ferdinand, Ginola and Tino are some of my greatest memories of the Toon, stuff winning cups lets just enjoy ourselves for again

  • ToonKing

    Jun 4, 2008 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #37

    ahahahahha Brad that’s a good one. Capel they can have, Dos Santos they can have, both of them will be flops in the Premiership. Veloso will never go to Spurs, he will go to a big european team, Manure, Milan etc, and neither will Bentley he will sign with Chelski.

    i hope your right on Dawson though and Pompey can come after Turan all they want….they won’t have him. I hope we will but Barca, Milan, Liverpool are tracking him too.

  • micepie

    Jun 5, 2008 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #38

    Er, Graeme – it’s not going to happen – bringing 13 players into the Toon this summer?!!

    Most likely 4 or 5. I agree with this site in that we should blend the 5 with introducing 5 youngsters from the reserves into the first team squad.

  • Victor Meldru

    Jun 5, 2008 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #39

    Graham, thank god for some sanity. It wasn’t meant to be a serious comment. Just wanted to see if other people actually read what was being said on the blog. If its not someone advocating another totally unknown player then it is some other idiot putting out an impossible dream team. Newcastle inc. obviously need to be a viable commercial concern otherwise we will be watching non league football. I do still want to see exciting football though.
    And whats wrong with gypsies, if I was one I would be proud of it.

  • eddie

    Jun 5, 2008 at 3:58 AM

    Comment #40

    Reports creeping out of Albania tonight suggest we are closing in on one of that defiant little nation´s best kept secrets – Albania´s answer to
    Stephen McPhail. Former ´starlet´, male model and part-time taxi driver, Hamzit Bum, 29, was reported as saying, ¨I am very keen to leave Albania¨.
    Come on MA, don´t fu** this one up!


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