Hughton Admits Top Form Missing Too Much At Newcastle


Chris Hughton has come out today and said something Newcastle fans have known for quite a while.

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Chris Hughton – has big job to play at Newcastle

 And that’s the Newcastle side hardly ever reproduces the form they showed against Manchester United last week.

And against teams of much lesser ability, we’re often nowhere near the way we can play, and that’s just one reason we are in the mess we ar right now, with just 10 league games to go..

Chris said today:

“There has been criticism that the level of performance against Man United hasn’t been reproduced more often, and that’s fair comment.”

“If our levels of performance had been matched on more occasions, we wouldn’t be in the position we are. But the fact is it hasn’t been matched and consequently that is why we are where we are.”

“I was conscious of that on the night and afterwards. Sometimes it is a very difficult emotion when you finish a game against Man United and you are fighting with the disappointment because you haven’t got any points.”

“There was certainly a feel-good factor at the game, but we have to reach those levels again and keep doing that for the next 10 games. Our success in doing that is what will keep us in this division.”

Hughton is expected to remain in charge of the team on a match day even when sick manager, Joe Kinnear, is fit enough to return to the training ground next month.

It’s obvious from various comments that Joe will not be able to just come back and go on as though nothing had ever happened, so whether they like it or not, Chris and Colin Calderwood will continue to play a big role in the Newcastle run-in to the season.

We just hope they can get the best out of the squad, and we’ll know a little better about that tomorrow afternoon at 5:00 pm.

But nothing but a win will make the Newcastle fans haappy and more comfortable that Newcastle can indeed avoid the drop this season.
  

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15 comments so far

  • Dan4Toon

    Mar 13, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #1

    I seen this on some website but i guess there
    board are keeping their promise of keeping their good youngsters: Defenders Callum Morris, Darren Lough and James Taylor have all been offered new one-year deals, with teenage midfielder Bradden Inman winning a two-year extension to his current deal. now just Donaldson and there’s others as well 🙂 !

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  • Nick D

    Mar 13, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Slightly off topic, from a previous thread

    Sirjasontoon

    Could not have put it better. Rubbish management brought about by the mob’s demo.

    Look at Zola at West ham, up to 7th. No fuss, no riots. That demo has cost us ever getting a decent manager now and our premiership status.

    Wass KK really worth all this???????

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  • Stuart79

    Mar 13, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s all spin!

    We’ve been this poor for 3 seasons now so I get the impression that this is our ‘best ‘ form!

    Were just not bloody good enough. Time we accepted it.

    Goods teams don’t fight relegation every season.
    Apportion the blame where you will….

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  • Stuart79

    Mar 13, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    Nick D

    It wasn’t the demo’s that cost us a good manager!

    It was the fact that Mike Ashley couldn’t give them gaurentees on length of contract ect…

    If the job was up now there would be big names queuing round the block to apply.

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  • Stardust

    Mar 13, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #5

    Stuart

    Nick D is totally right

    You state “It wasn’t the demo’s that cost us a good manager!

    It was the fact that Mike Ashley couldn’t give them gaurentees on length of contract ect…”

    You rationale is bit part select – Ashley couldnt offer a long term contract as the Mob were demanding the cockney mafia got out of town, he had to sell up, and put the club on the market.

    The realities are the 17 who were approached (Micky Quinns statement), saw a mob ripping their own club apart – an owner who even if he gave them a contract would be ran out of town – so their job security was nil, so what reason did they have to come.

    None – why – because the fans were ruining their own club – like many of us said – it was played around the world for all to see what a terrible place this is – at this point in time.

    Fans created this appointment.

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  • Micky Toon

    Mar 13, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Stuart79, it was partly that. But I also think it was because the club was about to be sold. Who would sign a long term contract and the have someone new come in who might not want them? The club was even less stable than it is now.
    I’m optiamistic that come the summer we will have a new coach/manager in place and it will be someone who is good enough to sort us out by attracting good players into the club, getting rid of the deadwood and bringing on the youngsters.

    In other news, I see old droopy draws at the spuds is moaning at the lack of british talent available. Talk about double standards. He is one of the managers along with fat sham that used to go abroad and get the cheapest foreigners he could find instead of paying a bit more for home grown lads.

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  • Stardust

    Mar 13, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Micky Toon

    Yeah saw that re Droopy – Euro is terribel now though, thats why I think we were linked in Jan to the best Championship players, I think they will look there in the summer too.

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  • Sav

    Mar 13, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #8

    NickD. If you atre going to copy and paste your own comments from one thread to another, it really looks like you have an agenda and are not just expressing an opinion.
    And your agenda is plain to see, like Sawdust’s.
    Well. lads, I don’t see what your beef is.
    Ashley is still the boss.
    Keegan is long gone.
    Wise has a job for life if he wants it (or until Ash can find a buyer).
    We have seen their policies at work – Joe Kinnear as manager, and two more ex-Tottenham caretaker coaches – profit made on the last 3 transfer windows – NUSC have abandoned their protests and are regrouping as a supporters trust. Ashley’s casino mate as General manager of a football club.
    So how come you aren’t ecstatically happy and are still coming on here moaning about fictitious problems like mob protests? Wasn’t that in September last year?
    No. Good luck boys. You have got your own way and we are waiting to see the fruits of it. Don’t tell me you aren’t certain we’ll beat the drop? That’s good.

    When Ashley gets fed up of Newcastle, I hope you do the same.

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  • Stuart79

    Mar 13, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #9

    Stardust

    I still believe that if Ashley had been offering a longer contract we would have attracted far higher class of manager.

    Regardless of if the club was up for sale or not. Every club is for sale, just some aren’t officially up for sale.

    Stability is the key, a temp manager who’s had a major heart scare and is off on the sick is not stable.

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  • bennytoon

    Mar 13, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #10

    And funnily enough the majority of posters on here who called for mass demonstrations have since left the blog. Maybe they were mackems.

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  • Stardust

    Mar 13, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #11

    Stuart

    “I still believe that if Ashley had been offering a longer contract we would have attracted far higher class of manager”

    Thats supposition Stuart – reality showed no one would come.

    Benny – I advocated that at the time, there were many posters whipping people up who were mackems. No doubt about it.

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  • Rodzilla

    Mar 13, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #12

    …just to comment on Ed’s story, I’ll take Hughton’s most recent statement as a re-assurance that the players NOW fully understand the magnitude of our precarious premiership position, and why us fans show discontent when the team fail to mirror performance levels against lesser sides.

    As Ed says, it’s taken a while, and I personally don’t recall ANY previous manager admitting we don’t play hard enough against the teams we should be beating – I admire CH for finally stating the bloody obvious!

    “If our levels of performance had been matched on more occasions, we wouldn’t be in the position we are. But the fact is it hasn’t been matched and consequently that is why we are where we are.”

    I now expect nothing less that 90+mins of blood and guts, in every game for the rest of the season. With this, we’ll stay up, and next season will be base-camp for the ascent.

    KEEP THE FAITH!

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  • Rodzilla

    Mar 14, 2009 at 3:55 AM

    Comment #13

    2 nil up at half time

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  • Rodzilla

    Mar 14, 2009 at 4:35 AM

    Comment #14

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 14, 2009 at 7:05 PM

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