Chris Hughton Pinpoints Defensive Woes – Again

Chris Hughton is the man in the unenviable position of preparing the team now that Kevin Keegan and Terry McDermott have left the club.

Chris Hughton – preparing team for game against Tottenham

Chris rightly talked today about the poor defending on Saturday, when all of West Ham’s goals were sloppy goals to concede from a Newcastle viewpoint:

“We have a great group of lads and felt we had a team on the pitch that was good enough to get a result,”

“We had to play a central defender in center midfield, which was a blow to us, but still we felt we could contain them.”

But Newcastle players are football professionals, and well paid ones at that, so it’s hard to keep trying to support them when they are playing way below their best.

And poor defensive play certainly isn’t helping anything.

Chris continued:

“We knew they would have a spring in their step because they had a new manager but despite that, we cannot defend like we did,”

Hughton was caretaker-manager of Tottenham, after Martin Jol was sacked, and now he finds himself in the same position at Newcastle, after Kevin Keegan resigned from the club.

Chris will prepare Newcastle United for a League Cup tie against his former club Tottenham on Wednesday evening, and he continued:

“Every circumstance is different, the only thing we can do is react to the circumstances of the moment and the circumstances here are no different to what they were a few days ago,”

“At some stage they will be resolved but at this stage nobody knows in what way.”

Chris Hughton, like the rest of the players and the fans of the club, has not idea when that will be.

It’s difficult to know exactly what’s happening at the club with the present regime, who just don’t say anything to their paying customers.

But we have to hope that somebody will come in and buy the club soon, for the sake of the Newcastle United Football club.

37 comments so far

  • Seymour Butts

    Sep 22, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #2

    thought this guy was a defensive coach? get it sorted

  • Estranged

    Sep 22, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Wut a load of rubbish. First off Chris Hughton is tactically inept. Edgar should really just go back to Canada. Taylor ALWAYS gives good oscar winning performances. He does one good tackle or one good clearance n makes it seem like he’s giving 200% effort. What a load of tripe. Zog is not a freakin LEFTBACK!…. it doesnt take a rocket scientist to fig dat out!.. Ridiculous

    I bet u some of u guyz here can give better team selections.

    Considering the injuries… Everyone WILL agree with this selection right?





    Sorry but how hard is that? Freakin cacapa in midfield???????????????? wtf is he thinkin… if nething cacapa could replace taylor.. wow im just pissed with everything…

  • Georgetoon4eva

    Sep 22, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #4

    i never post on here usually, but like many others, i view all the articles and agree with most peoples comments left! i only have one question for everone who reads this, would anyone be botherd if we lost steven taylor??? from a defender that showed so much promise, he has now turned into a backing off, un marking lump in our defense, the 2nd west ham goal, was all his fault….but then most of the goals we conceed he has had some sort of part in them! why no Bassong? he looks solid, i love the club with all my heart, i feel we have a v.good bunch of players (when all fit). And get rid of Edgar while im ranting too hahahaha. Just my thoughts guys, hit me back. black and white forever

  • murvar

    Sep 22, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #5

    There has been silence for a few days on the sale of the club front. This means something is happening behind the scenes. I expect an announcement soon. I don’t expect it to have anything to do with Nigeria.

    I am still bewildered as to why Ashley should want Wise at the club more than Keegan. What has Wise got on him that makes him so loyal? Or is Ahhley so stubborn that he will stick to his continental structure guns even when it leads to chaos? As I’ve said before on here, if he wants a continental structure why doesn’t he buy a club on the continent?

  • Slam Dunc

    Sep 22, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Here is a good analysis of team selection and tactics under Chris Hughton:

    In my view Hughton has been too scared to upset the senior players and is not picking the best team with the players he has.

  • T-Nem

    Sep 22, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #7

    So many of our defensive mistakes come from Steven Taylor. It is absolutely absurd that he maintains a starting place and our full support. We have got to get over the fact he is a local lad and bench him or else we will continue with our miserable run.

    He is shambolic at times

  • k k forever

    Sep 22, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #8

    totally agree murvar

  • Georgetoon4eva

    Sep 22, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #9

    murvar and T-nem great points!!

  • k k forever

    Sep 22, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #10

    t nem havent been to a game since keegan left so has taylor realy got that bad

  • Slam Dunc

    Sep 22, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #11

    Here is a good assessment of Chris Hughton’s team selection and tactics since he took over:

    In my view he has favoured the senior players as he does not want to upset them rather than picking the most effective team.

  • magpie6699

    Sep 22, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #12

    Estranged – for once agree with someone else’s team 100% – obviously when Beye, Jonas etc get back they would be in instead.

  • Micky Toon

    Sep 22, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #13

    Taylor is a donkey and he gets away with it because he is local. He hasn’t improved one bit since last season. It may be down to him not being paired with a decent partner, but he’s still not deserving of a starting place.

  • samthecat

    Sep 22, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #14

    Taylor has gone backwards or hasnt developed further because he needs an experienced leader in that defence-something we havent had since Woodgate.
    I noticed that he and Coloccini never spoke in the Hull game and im thinking how can they be a successfull partnership if they dont communicate.
    This is why KK wanted Dunne, Woodgate or Hyypia on the other hand i dont think we should have sold Faye.

  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 22, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #15

    Taylor is dragging Coloccini down. Id rather play Bassong or Kadar than Taylor!

  • stk

    Sep 22, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #16

    whilst hgughton has an incredibly difficult job, this is the guy who presided over the shambolic spurs defense of last season, they were comedy to watch and now he’s at it again. i feel for the man, but he has no tactical awareness at all. must be hard motivating the players, regardless of payment and situation. i feel only having their true leader back in keegan would set things right. we cant have another manager, we need him back and he has the final say on everything nufc related, except maybe serving the tea and coffee.

  • T-Nem

    Sep 22, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #17

    I wouldn’t say he has gotten worse. His lapses are present as ever. Generally when a goal is conceded (too often), blame in one way or another can be put on Taylor. He does have a tendency to lose his marker and as for communication with Coloccini, hopefully over time (sooner rather than later) it will improve as Coloccini’s english becomes better.

  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 22, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #18

    When will all this misery end ? I am sick to death of it all.

    I just crave some positive news !!!!

  • k k forever

    Sep 22, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #19


  • samthecat

    Sep 22, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Some of us have been thru it many times before-i remember finishing 5th in 77 and relegated in 78 ,over the past 35 years we must be pretty close to been the best supported least achieving club in world football and probably the worst run club in world football in history and at present.
    On the positive side it can only get better.

  • Spiderman

    Sep 22, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #21

    Taylor is the problem in our defence, he is shocking!! And what the hell is Edgar doin in our defence???? i know we are a bit short at the back, but why not try one of the youngsters e.g. Kadar or Tozer. It cant get any worse than it already is!!

  • Toony

    Sep 22, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #22

    keegan did want to buy a defender, but it seems Wise had a different opinion. Might get better when Beye and Enrique are fit. Collocini looks a better player than Taylor. A fully fit squad and a decent manager will ensure we don’t get relegated, but I can’t see us ever having a full squad to choose from (and it’s not a massive squad) and it will be difficukt to attract a decent manager – one who would accept the mess the club is currently in, accept the cross-eyed cockney dwarf making his squad decisions and also the fact that whoever hired him might not be around too long.

  • Heavy hitters

    Sep 22, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #23

    Obviously not many here watch the reserves, Edgar isnt a RB he’s a CB but has to be used as cover for Beye at RB. Not to mention he’s only had a few games in the 1st team. Couldnt you see he was marking like a CB on Sat and was totally exposed at RB by a hopeless midfield. No wonder he looked so poor.

  • Bobby Ollox

    Sep 22, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #24


    KK has twice now had the opportunity to choose the well being of the club ahead of his own personal integrity – and both times he has walked away from the club and left us high and dry. We will never know what really went on behind closed doors, but he could have stayed til the end of the season – I cant forgive him for that.

    Having said all that, MA has played us for chumps since day 1 – all this standing with the away fans, and getting a big round in after the match – it was an investment of his time and money, to make a return. All a con, to make us buy more shirts, raise the profile of the club so he could make a big wedge. He wouldnt recognise the benefits of a continental structure any more than any other business. We were ripe, and we got plucked.

    So things will get worse before they get better – nothing materially will change, structurally, managerially, or on the pitch until he sells this club, to someone who isnt in it for the short term.

    and thats the rub. Anyone with business acumen, will recognise that the profit at least in the short term is all used up – no spivs need apply here. That leaves those with more money than sense – lots of people fall into that category but very few of them have a billion to throw at us – or someone who recognises that the club, if managed right, could make them immortal – an Alan Shearer of the business world if you like – and I dont see them queuing up with a cheque book.

    I fear for the club

  • Nacho Man

    Sep 22, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #25

    agreed slam dunc


    Sep 22, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #26

    Drop Taylor & Given.

    Neither are understanding the importance of positioning right now.

  • Edward

    Sep 22, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #27

    Drop Given?? Are you kidding me?


    Sep 22, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #28

    drop Given.
    How many goals does he need to ship before people take the blinkers off?

  • clinta

    Sep 22, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #29

    To be fair to the players (while being professional) it must be hard to adjust quickly when the to men which are with you day in and out at training, and are the men putting the team and style of play together (aka KK and terry mac) have left one after the other.

    this is always the case at any football club, there is a transitional period, factor in everything that has hapened at the toon, which has effected the fans support of this team and tha fact that there’s no new guy coming in any time soon, and i’m not surprised they lost a bit of direction, ambition and belief.

  • Georgetoon4eva

    Sep 22, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #30

    Given has kept us in the prem for the last few seasons!!! he should never be dropped, the problem is Taylor’s stupididity and the lack of work from the midfeild in tracking back!! we are never tight enough on teams, they have so much space to play around us.Does anyone else get fed up with Nicky Butts Beckham pass’s to no1??? BEYE RETURNS! great news.

  • clinta

    Sep 22, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #31

    hey guys i’ve got an idea let’s get a few bed sheets and lads together and have a proper protest

    HUGHTON OUT and TAYLOR while were at it!

    come on guys Hughton doesn’t have the experience, isn’t a manager and probably doesn’t want to be, but he hasn’t walked and is just trying to help out in a job not many want at the moment.


    Sep 22, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #32

    What Givens done in the past should bare no relevance to now. He looks a different player to then.
    How many goals shipped by Given & Harper in their last 10 games respectively?
    I’m sure theres some stat fiend out there that wants to make a name for themselves?

  • JakartaDean

    Sep 22, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #33

    @Slam Dune:

    thanks for the link mate. Interesting and thoughtful analysis.


    Sep 22, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #34

    How the hell can people still vote Given motm when he let 3 goals in again?
    Hes part of the defense ffs.

  • Turkish magpie

    Sep 22, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #35

    @ comment 3

    the back 4 should be


    and geremi right mid nacho has a slight injury

  • Seymour Butts

    Sep 22, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #36

    nachos injured? will it ever end. in my opinion throw the reserves in (Kadar, Tozer, LuaLua, Godsmark) to freshen things up. These lads will have the motivation to play. At the moment the present first team look distracted

  • howaytheladsII

    Sep 23, 2008 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #37

    I think DMF Nicky Butt can’t protect the back four is the main problem…He always want to go forward to pass, shoot and organise the attack, however he is not that type of player


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