Toon Two Praise Stand-In Coach Hughton

Newcastle United players Michael Owen and Steven Taylor have today praised stand-in coach Chris Hughton for the difficult job he’s been given at the club.

Owen and Taylor – praise coach Chris Hughton today – good for them

Chris must be feeling very lonely right now, and he only has Richard Money and rookie coach David Thompson to help him out, and it’s certainly a very difficult job for the Londoner.

Newcastle captain Michael Owen has today hailed the influence Chris has had on morale as he told nufcTV:

“Chris has done a fantastic job,” “It’s not an easy situation for anyone but he has boosted morale and has steadied the ship.”

It’s good for the coach to be publicly given some support himself, especially from the captain, as there seems precious little of anything coming from the Newcastle United Board, who we all assume are 300 miles away in London.

And Steven Taylor, who only yesterday said he had no plans whatsoever of leaving his home town club, has also come out in his praise for Chris adding:

“Chris has got the experience and he’s a fantastic coach to work with.” “I think all of the players respect him and that’s good for us. We are very comfortable with him.”

These are not empty words from the two Newcastle players, and this should help all our lads coalesce and come together for tomorrow’s Carling Cup tie, and a win would be fantastic for both the players and the fans.

Let’s go out and do it lads!

194 comments so far

  • bruTOOON

    Sep 23, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #1

    lets move forward

  • rooks

    Sep 23, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #2

    second !!

  • ronaldeano

    Sep 23, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #3

    Off topic here, but does anyone here share my view that if Alan Shearer was offered the job under a new regime, with the promise of a generous transfer kitty, he would be a good appointment for NUFC?

    He would galvinise the club and a lot of great players would want to come here and play for him.

  • lesh

    Sep 23, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Isn’t it just a pity the Club hadn’t put as much effort into its communication with the fans and media.

    Had there been any communication at all, post-Mort, we may not have been faced with the problems we’re seeing now!

    Just a thought for the incomers whoever they may be..

  • Tom

    Sep 23, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #5


    Sorry man, but Shearer has no experience at all. Its too much of a risk to allow him anywhere near the big chair.

  • jay b

    Sep 23, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #6

    i dnt think i want keegan 2 return when we have new owners, the way he got newcastle playing in the 90’s was fantastic but if things got difficult again…. would we know where we stood with him?

    we should put this chapter behind us and move forward

  • ed_speed

    Sep 23, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #7

    i just cannot wait for season 3.

    bring it home!!!!!


    p.s ‘mon th elads

  • Irish_Toon9

    Sep 23, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Did we get another coach called David Thompson to go along with Alan Thompson??! lol

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Sep 23, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #9

    If you look through the history of managers you’ll see that Strikers(while they were playing) were very bad managers.

  • Irish_Toon9

    Sep 23, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Dalglish = striker?? bad manager?? two championships??

    Alex ferguson = striker also a bad manager??

    enough said…strikers turn out crap manager theory is well cack


    Sep 23, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #11

    give big al a shot if he fails,we can move on,hes hung over the club to long

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Sep 23, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Irish…..So those 2 make a huge difference don’t they.

    Gullit,Hugo Sanchez,Stoickov,Klinsman
    Savicevic,Lakatus etc.
    These are the legends of football but with an impact equal to zero when it comes to management.

  • Geordie Jayne

    Sep 23, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #13

    Alan actually has had some experience in management, coaching, with the TOON lol.

    Can anyone actually see him managing any other club – it would be strange.

    I agree he needs to get experience – Now what would Brian Clough say – paint the stands and start off at the bottom lol

  • nate dawg

    Sep 23, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #14

    did you include klinsman as a bad manager

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Sep 23, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #15

    Yes i did Natedawg

  • beyethegreat

    Sep 23, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #16

    shearer would be great in my view shearer was the main reason behind us finishing 7 in the league that year here is a list of attributes i believe shearer would have as a manager


    play good football
    good coach for strikers
    knows the club
    he is a leader as shown when he was our and england captain
    dedication and determination in abundance
    good with the media

    bad or not sure points

    tactically aware?
    can he motivate players?
    will he make good signings?
    will he be able to develop youngsters?

    we could ruin arguabbly the clubs biggest legend

  • It Could Be Worse, We Could Be Spurs! (DC)

    Sep 23, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Someone give the man a suit, he looks an absolute tit in his practice gear and high socks.

    Not applying the theory to Shearer but there is some truth that the BIG name players don’t do well as managers and a lot of the BIG name mangers were relatively no-name players.


    Sep 23, 2008 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #18

    i think there would be far to much pressure on big al to do well,plus if he failed it might tarnish his hero statues.

  • beyethegreat

    Sep 23, 2008 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #19

    i think shearer has the right character to be a good manager he wasnt a skillful player but had a tough mentality amd yes he was a big name player but that doesnt mean a lot

  • beyethegreat

    Sep 23, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #20

    true but if there is any 1 to handle pressure its big al

  • ronjohno

    Sep 23, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Dalglish says he wont be coming back as Manager.
    Thank God for that.

  • ganiyu

    Sep 23, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #22

    wats zain advert doing on this blog?

  • beyethegreat

    Sep 23, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #23
    these are the type of youngsters we should sign

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Sep 23, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #24

    Beyethegreat……Thats good choice from you but check out the new Michael Owen….very similar style of play these 2 have.

  • dan

    Sep 23, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #25

    Anyone want to give me decent odds to Capt Michael “never wanted to come”Owen being here next season?

  • beyethegreat

    Sep 23, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #26

    rasko he looks good how o;d is he

  • reillers

    Sep 23, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #27

    I have the mother of all hangovers but no regrets lol..brilliant weekend.
    No em, Shearer could be a stroke of genious or a death wish.
    He wont take it, he doesn’t want it and it’ll be very hard for an experienced manager, Shearer coming in would be a wee bit unfair on him and us.

    It’ll be a big ask for anyone, but it’s a matter of wait and see I’d say.
    But it’s safe to say that whoever it is who takes it is a brave man.

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Sep 23, 2008 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #28

    Beye……..He’s 19 and he plays for Ajax now,he scored 2 goals in his first three games for them.
    He also plays for Serbia and not in the under 19 or 21,i’m talkin about the senior team.
    He’s a major talent,and i could say with ease that he’s one of the top 5 talents in Europe for his age.


    Sep 23, 2008 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #29

    i think keegan and shearer have hung over this club for to long,its time to move on,new owners new manager new start.

  • beyethegreat

    Sep 23, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #30
  • Irish_Toon9

    Sep 23, 2008 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #31

    As much as i hate saying it yes Rasko a.k.a Hadji they have made a difference….Ferguson is one of the best if not THE best manager england has ever seen(w@nker)

    We also have Van Basten, Mancini…bad managers???

  • Irish_Toon9

    Sep 23, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #32

    Im for newcastle on thurs nite/fri morn …cant wait…though not looking forward to the game as much with all the crap goin on…best places for beer on match days…opinions please….


    Sep 23, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #33


  • beyethegreat

    Sep 23, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #34

    and some one we know a little more about( i am so glad he is still here

  • beyethegreat

    Sep 23, 2008 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #35
  • Irish_Toon9

    Sep 23, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #36

    yeah thinking the strawberry aswell…should be sound man…what about for scoops after the game..sat nite?? last time i was there it was irish club we went to …long story ha!

  • beyethegreat

    Sep 23, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #37

    did any one watch youre on sky sports


    Sep 23, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #38

    no why like,beyethegreat

  • beyethegreat

    Sep 23, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #40

    i was just wondering who the guest was he used to be with us but i did not know who he was

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