Chris Hughton Anxious To Prove Himself At Newcastle


It seems that Chris Hughton is anxious to remain in charge while Joe Kinnear is away.

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Chris Hughton with Joe Kinnear


Chris wants the chance to get over the bad time that he and Newcastle had, immediately following Kevin Keegan’s leaving the club, last September.

Hughton admits that taking over when Kevin Keegan left the club, when the Toon Army was in uproar, not to mention the players, was an almost impossible job.

But Chris, quite rightly, feels he has the chance to show what he can do over the next few weeks, and he will be given his chance at least for a couple of games.

How long he remains in charge will depend on the results Chris and Colin Calderwood are able to achieve, and Mike Ashley will not sit idly by if the results start going against us.

The prime motivation this season is to stay in the Premier League and then there will be some solid strengthening of the squad this summer, and hopefully we’ll be in a much better position come September.

That’s the hope in any case.

Chris talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“We all feel for Joe and wish him well,” “The ideal scenario, and the one that we all want to see, is Joe back amongst things before the end of the season.”

“He’s out for a period of at least two months but when he can actually come back, that is a matter for the doctors.”

“Until then I’ve been told that nothing will change – I’ll look after the side assisted by Colin Calderwood. I don’t know what has been said elsewhere, but that is something that has been said to me.”

“It is different. I have been in this position before but the circumstances are very different now,” “What I was aware of is that last time I took the reins it was a very difficult period.”

“Kevin had just gone, the first game I took was against the backdrop of protests and there was a fair amount of indecision from the players, they didn’t know what was going to happen. It coincided with key players being missing.”

“At this stage, as a group, we’re in a better position now than we were then. I’m more comfortable and more confident now than I was then.”

One of the things that worked well for Newcastle when Joe came in, was that Chris seemed to work hand in glove with Kinnear, and they managed to right the ship under terrible conditions.

We did well through the game with Tottenham (2-1 win) but then had a bad Christmas when we lost at Wigan and then the disaster at home to to Liverpool, and that coincided with having so many of our players out injured.

Hughton will now have new players to choose from, with Peter Lovenkrands having already proved his role as a striker (he looked excellent at WBA), and both Ryan Taylor and Kevin Nolan have hit the ground running, which is good news for the club.

So things are a lot better than they were, but that’s not saying too much, because last September things were unbelievably bad.

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31 comments so far

  • Guinea Mag

    Feb 14, 2009 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Get well soon Joe and stay well. Your health is more important to you and your family.

    The stress of managing a side like NUFC is not for the faint hearted so if you need to jump ship, we understand!

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  • hitman

    Feb 14, 2009 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #2

    anyone else heard the roumor that boruc the celtic keeper is a coce heed…

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  • Dragonera

    Feb 14, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #4

    “last time I took the reins it was a very difficult period.”

    “Kevin had just gone, the first game I took was against the backdrop of protests ”

    Proof that these mindless and pointless protests do nothing but damage our own club.

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  • Toonmania

    Feb 14, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Dragonera,
    I couldn’t agree more i don’t think houghton is that good either, but i think the only times he has come in is when the team has been down in the pits and he’s expected to save us, it’s alot to ask from someone who is not a manager.
    protests at times like this only make the situation worse when everyone should be pulling together, mind you saying that it does seem to be a small minority now and most people seem to be changing there attitudes/views for the time being, which can only be a good thing

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 14, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #6

    Houghton managed spurs on quite a few occasions when they were between managers. His record is played 6 won 0, drawn 1 , lost 5.

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  • Guinea Mag

    Feb 14, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #7

    Houghton’s record managing Newcastle earlier this season was poor so he’s not the answer, either short term or long term…..

    Regardless, no protests next week please and get behind the team!

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  • jim

    Feb 14, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8

    Ide go all out for Stevie Bruce -hes young-hes
    a local lad-he supports Newcastle-hes done well at Wigan and Birmingham-with limited resources-and hes good bloke-i think hes the man to take us into Europe and challenge for the Premiership title within a few years-and i think Alan Shearer would work alongside him-to eventually take the role himself one day-or have a great BRUCE/SHEARER double act-what do u make of that then? the pair of them in charge?

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  • UTD111

    Feb 14, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #9

    Geordie Knight Sir Alan Shearer’s words as reported by Setanta this morning are a damning indictment of the cockney mafia. And this on top of the same views by Sir Bobby and Sir Kevin. Our club is being downsized by these leeches, quality players are being sold (Given and Milner) whilst cheap words are uttered about “not being a selling club”.
    Judge Ashley, the Dwarf and Lambiarse not by their words but by their actions.

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  • Ross

    Feb 14, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #10

    “and Mike Ashley will not sit idly by if the results start going against us”

    -Or so you hope, Ed. We’d all like to think that we’re safe in knowing should results start to plumit Ashley will quickly look for an effective replacement. (If this is the case, i dont see why we’re not just looking for someone now, rather than waiting until we’ve lost 4 games on the trot, panicking as per usual, before desperatly searching for someone, anyone who could maybe help).

    “What I was aware of is that last time I took the reins it was a very difficult period.”

    -Sorry Chris, but i’d be more than willing to argue that this too, is a rather difficult period. Potentially even more severe, due to the fact that the league this year is so tight, and we’re perilously close to the dropzone.

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  • workyticket

    Feb 14, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #11

    Poor old Joe, poor old Newcastle. When they say two months out, that’s if you have a sedentary, low stress job. Manager of NUFC doesn’t quite fall into that category!

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  • workyticket

    Feb 14, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #12

    UTD111 // Feb 14, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    “Geordie Knight Sir Alan Shearer’s words as reported by Setanta this morning are a damning indictment of the cockney mafia.”

    United111, I’ve read it and that’s rubbish. He says that mistakes have been made, but he can see goals in the team and doesn’t think that we will be relegated.

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  • Alex

    Feb 14, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #13

    personally i think Calderwood will be the man that makes the big difference between staying up or not . The guy has managerial experience and did actually have a successful season with Forest , the season before he got the sack he got them promoted back into the fizzy pop league so he does actually know what he is doing . With Hughton & Calderwood together we could surprise a lot of teams , maybe they will take a different approach and play a different formation and style to Kinnear that could get the team playing better .

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  • punk skunk...

    Feb 14, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #14

    Support the team, whomever is in charge!..

    …Pospone all protests ’til a more appropriate time!..
    …Whenever that may be?..

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  • workyticket

    Feb 14, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #15

    Alex // Feb 14, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    “personally i think Calderwood will be the man that makes the big difference between staying up or not . The guy has managerial experience and did actually have a successful season with Forest , the season before he got the sack he got them promoted back into the fizzy pop league so he does actually know what he is doing .”

    Calderwood actually did a better job than Gary Megson with the resources at his disposal at Forest, and Megson’s a premier league manager again now. I don’t know why they didn’t put him, and not Hughton in charge.

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 14, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #16

    riquelme coming to the toon?? hmm who made that up 😉 , i told you 1st remember in january 😉

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  • Stardust

    Feb 14, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #17

    Dragonera // Feb 14, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    “last time I took the reins it was a very difficult period.”

    “Kevin had just gone, the first game I took was against the backdrop of protests ”

    Proof that these mindless and pointless protests do nothing but damage our own club.

    Well put fella – as soon as I read it I was going to type the same – well we now have a quote to tell those that you can protest against the club and owners but support the team that they are out of order and wrong.

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  • Stardust

    Feb 14, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #18

    UTD111 // Feb 14, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    “Judge Ashley, the Dwarf and Lambiarse not by their words but by their actions”

    OK – I have judged them by actions UTD111 – and I think that they have our and the clubs best intentions at heart. I am a supporter.

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  • workyticket

    Feb 14, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #19

    Stardust // Feb 14, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    “…Well put fella – as soon as I read it I was going to type the same ”

    Ditto!

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  • Rodzilla

    Feb 14, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #20

    Why do the vast majority of fans on here insist on calling him “Houghton”?!

    IT’S HUGHTON!!!!!!

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  • Intergalactic Milkman

    Feb 14, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #21

    Not appointing a permanent manager now when the writings on the wall is yet another example of the cheap skate, make do, p*ss poor attitude of the board.

    What the hell are they gonna do? Get the Jim Henson robotics team in and rig JFK up to wave his arms and mouth obsenities on the touchline!!! Hope he makes a full recovery and no offence to him (he is what he is) but Joe was never and will never be good enough for our club.

    Like not signing enough players during January, taking the line that they’ll act if it goes badly wrong is yet another bloody minded gamble. We are a mighty club, NEWCASTLE UNITED FFS!!! this would not happen at any other premiership club. My god our standards have slipped.

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  • RAHUL

    Feb 14, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #22

    hi, workyticket mate how are u, gud to hear from u. as usual completely agree with u mate.
    i just feel that colin and chris will keep us up this season, but regardless of his health JK is not the man, bruce is a no go as he is similar to SA, for me there are two choices either install shearer as sooner rather than later he will manage us so why not now or go for magath, FELIX MAGATH won back to back doubles with bayern, rebuilt wolfsburg, a classs act

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  • UTD111

    Feb 14, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #23

    Workyticket – Sir Alan also says:

    “People have been laughing at this club this season”
    “There have been a load of mistakes both on and off the pitch and everyone has to learn from them”
    “Losing Shay Given said everything about the situation the club is in right now”
    “Its just what it says about Newcastle which horts. This used to be a club everyone wanted to come to and play for, not leave”
    “James Milner went at the start of the season and he’s now in the England squad”

    Like I said an indictment…

    Or who do YOU think he’s getting at???

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  • UTD111

    Feb 14, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #24

    Ah Stardust – still banging out the same old rubbish eh? Bless….

    So the fact the shower that runs the club failed miserably in yet another transfer window still didn’t make you wake up and smell the coffee eh? (although your fat cockney hero did pocket an estimated £9M to play the casinos with)….

    I think your judgement is a bit dodgy old pal…

    And I’m sorry – but anyone who has, like you in the past, called a United legend like Kevin Keegan a COWARD cannot claim to be a United supporter…. you discredit yourself by your words.

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  • UTD111

    Feb 14, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #25

    Dragonera // Feb 14, 2009 at 9:39 AM
    “last time I took the reins it was a very difficult period.”

    “Kevin had just gone, the first game I took was against the backdrop of protests ”

    Proof that these mindless and pointless protests do nothing but damage our own club

    Its not “proof” of anything of the sort!! How do you work that out? Its merely a statement of fact – the fact that little Chris had to take over when the fans were seething about the Dwarf and Cashley.

    The fans had every right to protest…..oh and sorry to sycophants of the Cashley Regime – its not over yet – not by a long way

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  • UTD111

    Feb 14, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #26

    Oh they’ve all gone quiet over there…..

    Oh well – if you girls aren’t gona play…..

    Wassamatter Stardust – can’t you type into your multiple accounts all at the same time LOL

    Only joking……

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  • Incognito

    Feb 14, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #27

    Hughton = relegation

    BTW, totally agree UTD111

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  • Rodzilla

    Feb 14, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #28

    UTD111 // Feb 14, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    …people tend to flock to the latest blog post mate

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  • ObaMartins

    Feb 14, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #29

    Hughton has had a chance at Newcastle..Move on and Get Bruce if he really wants to come here…..

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  • chuck

    Feb 14, 2009 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Stick to coaching the defence Chris, they need all the help they can get, your last attempt at the managerial role was awfull and every point matters at this stage.

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  • SBR4EVA

    Aug 29, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #31

    😯

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