Newcastle’s One Win In Last 13 Games Not Good Enough

Are we the only ones who look at Chris Hughton’s record in charge of Newcastle, and are less than convinced we will get many points until Joe Kinnear returns to manage the club?


  Chris Hughton – just 2 points from 9 games in charge – not good enough

 If we leave out the WBA game, which Joe Kinnear was handling the preparations right up to the morning when he took ill, then Chris has been in charge of the side for 9 games and has 7 losses and two draws.

And even if we give Chris the benefit of the doubt and give him the WBA win, then in 10 games he has 5 points, and 7 defeats. Not good, and unlikely to improve much after the games with Arsenal and Chelsea.

In fact to restore points to Newcastle we must beat wither Arsenal or Chelsea, and even draws will now not be good enough.

Ands Chris has admitted today  that time is not now on Newcastle’s side in their bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

And with Arsenal next up for Newcastle,  in a 5:30 pm kick-off on Saturday night, and Chelsea after that at St James’s Park, before away trips to Stoke City and Tottenham, Newcastle still have it all to do, and are hardly anywhere near safety right now.

After losing a terrific opportunity to get only our second win in the last 13 games, (we have one win in our last 13 games played – yes – ridiculous isn’t it),  Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“We know that in the nine games we’ve got left, we’ve got to win some of them.” “How many, I don’t know. We’ll only know that at the end of the season.”

“We’ve got to start winning and in those nine games there are some games that are very much winnable.” “The results have gone for us and on other weeks they haven’t.”

“We’ve had a poor week last time with Hull winning and Blackburn getting a good result in the week.” “But the pleasing thing is we’ve moved up one place.”

“Psychologically that is a bit of a lift. We know it’s going to be a tough run but we have to go on fighting.”  

Newcastle at least have the comfort of their next two matches being at home.

But with Arsenal currently in terrific form, after smashing Blackburn 4-0, and also through to the quarter-finals of the European Champions League, Newcastle have to raise the bar against Arsenal big time.  The sad thing is that we can do that, and still be beaten on Saturday.

Yet Hughton was optimistic, and added:

“I take you back to our home game against Manchester United.”

“We were able to put on a good performance that should have got something out of the game.”

“We now need similar performances against two top-quality teams.” 

We need the lads to step up to the plate on Saturday night, and Newcastle need to beat Arsenal, because only a win will raise the mounting anxiety on Tyneside, and around the world with the huge Newcastle following.

Comments welcome.

85 comments so far

  • Girth

    Mar 16, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #1

    ohhh just shut up chris, just shut up..
    your quite obviously terrible at your job!
    Needed a result and a performance on sat, what did we get, a pile of bile! Anyone who was there will tell you that!
    Our saving grace is that other teams have difficult run ins as well as teh fact they are even poorer…..but not by much.
    Just awful!

  • Nobby_Long

    Mar 16, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #2

    We’ve got to play to our strengths – we have players with some pace in the squad now, so we have to use those players. The midfield on Saturday was far too slow & static. We have to attack teams with pace and keep the ball on the deck.

    The problem is it is easier to play that way and have it look more effective against the better sides – you tend to play on the break against them. Whereas, the teams around us are playng more cautiously and will try to close you down.

    Against Pompey, Boro & Fulham at home, we will have to breakdown teams with 10 men behind the ball – this is where we have struggled all season – no creativity – so we have to go for quick pass and move.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 16, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #3

    I might be wrong but Arsenal were rubbish in that Champions league match and had some terrible play + only got through by pens.

    I hate to slag of the boss of we team – but howay chris. I thought on sat it was a case of use old legs to try and keep control of the mid – ala Butt and Geremi and sub for young and faster in the second – well that didnt work. Ryan’s pace was seen straight away in what 80 mins again for the sub and as for Ameobi – Im not even gonna bother.

    Blood pressue high, dreaming of relegation = not good.

    However – reserves tonight at Whitley park. Thinks they are what second in their league and can score more than 1 goal per match. I know you cant compare but it does speak volumes.

  • shearerbliss

    Mar 16, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #4

    The club has to stop being run from London. If the players have to stay locally so should the management!

  • Amirshearer

    Mar 16, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #5

    if Chris was in charge of Man United, they’ll get relegated for sure. Hwhwahwahaha

  • Bill F

    Mar 16, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Spot on Nobby, Hanson made that very point on MOTD, the midfield were too slow. I thought that Phil Brown was taking the pee in the post match interview when he said , credit to my defence for handling the classy forwards of Newcastle. Naming Owen and Shola in the process. They were very ordinary and then I am being nice to them. As many said before the game Oba and Lovenkrands have looked good together why take a gamble on a returning player and a slow second string. Hull were there for the taking but poor selection spoilt our chance to do so.

  • lundypete1

    Mar 16, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #7

    We are really up against it, for sure: and clearly Hughton is incapable to either motivate the team or give them a coherent game plan to work to.

    The suggestion that Joe Kinnear, with his truly appalling record, is the man to rescue us, is a statement born of such optimistic delusion it defies description.

    Week after week you post the same crap looking for the positives. Get real, man. There are none.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #8

    “But the pleasing thing is we’ve moved up one place.”

    This man is living in cuckoo land he really is a total idiot.

  • Tooony

    Mar 16, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #9

    I can’t believe we selled two of our most promising, young players in the face of Milner and N’Zogbia. Considering that we have absolutely no creativity in midfield this is just unacceptable!

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Chris Houghton and JK let’s have a Q & A

    Do you feel that you are the right men to manage and motivate a premiership football team? NO

    Do you think judging by this season results that you are worthy of “lucrative” new contracts? NO

    Can you give me three positives that you feel you have achieved this season? NO.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #11

    I agree Charles and Milner have proved that they where held back at Newcastle they look like different players now,playing with flair,scoring goals..but hey we got Nolan and Taylor
    : )

  • geordie jock

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Negative comments from Hughton who is supposed to be motivating the players. Get rid of this idiot now and do me a favour Ashley sell the club please, you are a complete and utter waste of space just like all the utterly useless tits you brought in to run the club and who are dragging us down to the championship. GO NOW

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #13

    I was talking to a mate last night hardcore birmingham supporter he is saying that Steven Carr is playing amazing right now…composed,passing the ball well and playing quality!

  • Bill F

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #14

    You can add a certain defender to that list also at Wigan. 🙁

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Couldn’t have said it better myself..his gamble of there being 3 teams worse than us in the premiership has slowly started to backfire.

  • Tooony

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #16

    I’d rather have back Milner and N’Zogbia for Nolan and Taylor tbh

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #17

    Yup Titus has had a very good his head down and made less mistakes..looks a different player these days compared to when he played for us.

  • Tooony

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #18

    even Bramble look different player now, he is playing pretty well for Wigan

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #19

    Me too Tooony : (

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Yesterday I looked at the prem table,looked at the remaining fixtures and just felt sick.

  • Tooony

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #21

    yeh it’s true

  • bennytoon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #22

    Yesterday i looked at the tableand laughed, then i looked at the remaining fixtures and laughed some more. Then i thought about the comments that i would read on here today and laughed again. Then i imagined sirjasontoon doing wheelies outside his local off licence showing off to the local girls on his vintage bike and wet myself laughing.

  • batty

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #23

    Tooony just wrote the same thing on another tread m8 tottaly agree

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #24

    So we are all in agreement : )

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #25

    I was just doing the maths so after the next 2 games it will be no wins in 15..if that is not relegation form then I don’t know what is.

  • Tooony

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #26

    I wish the board was thinking the same way

  • bennytoon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #27

    sirjasontoon- its so refreshing to read your positive comments. Your like a beacon of light amonst the doom and gloom. Shame you are a mackem on the wind up.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #28

    I actually look forward to Houghtons comments in the run upto games and post match..I read them several times,digest and laugh ’til it hurts.

    Maybe he will put Arsenal to the sword then Chelsea and we go on an unbeaten run all the way to the finish line….if only : )

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 16, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #29

    Arshavin looks settled in already going by the game on Saturday, and Bendtner had an absolute stinker which probably means he’s due a blinder – mind you, that probably means it’ll be Arshavin and van Persie. Get in!

    Bassong needs to form a shadow on Arshavin for 90+ minutes and try to stop any kind of creative play from him. We may be able to get a point out of this IF Arsenal play like they did against Roma – but not with Geremi and Shola playing.

  • Stuart79

    Mar 16, 2009 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Absolute farce!

    We need to win 50% of our last 9 games!

    We’ve won 5 games in 26 games, won only 2 game away from home all season and haven’t won at home this year!

    Does anyone actually think this record is ging to change? Not likely…..

    We are in a complete hole and our glorious leaders ie Ashley, Llambias and Wise have left us in the hands of two very incompetent coaches.

    You can’t argue with that, look at the results!

    I advocated a permanant mannger being installed the day after Kinnear had his op, I stand by that and will be vindicated unfortunatley.

    Were a rudderless ship with holes in the bottom and were just about to sink and it might be a long time till we resurface.

  • mohtools

    Mar 16, 2009 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #31

    All the people that are blaming KK should shut-up. They just make me so mad! First we are in this state because we have an idiot manager, staff and owner. NUFC could of been doing much better if MA wasn’t such a sissy and appointed a good manger and continued supporting the club instead of wanting to sell. BUT NO!!!! he appoints a manager that doesn’t know anything better than getting us and himself into trouble. And after his poor health conditions once again MA does the same mistake. It was his chance to appoint someone good to manage us BUT NO!!!! lets stick with chris… DEAR GOD!!! HE is a DF coach. A COACH
    Stop doing the math guys. We only managed 1 victory in 13 games, why the hell will we win now? it is simple we will not. The newcastle players will not transform over night to become super world class player. We are going down and lets accept that.

    I am an Egyptian that never been to england or Newcastle but I love this club so much. It is just breaks my heart to see this GREAT CLUB in such a state. I will go cry now.

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 16, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #32

    I agree with your “permanant manager being installed the day after Kinnear had his op” comment Stuart79, but it never happened. I just hope we stay up, and the board’s reported decision to keep JK, CH and CC on board ’til 2011 helps form a bit of long-term stability – something we ain’t had for a long while. Yeah, of course they wouldn’t be my first choice either, but to pick up on previous posts and viewpoints of people on this site – who else is gona have us?!

    Until we start displaying a bit of stability off and on the pitch I think we’ll struggle to find a new manager OR owner. Anyway, my main concern for now is staying up up, with the trio we currently have. I’ll take another step back in the Summer, I just hope NUFC don’t.

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 16, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #33

    …PS * NUFC “step-back” meaning relegation.

  • Stuart79

    Mar 16, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #34


    The die has been cast!

    The actions of the board in appointing the current coaches in Kinnears absence will send us down.

    The record speaks for itself. Also why could everyone see what needed to be done after Joe’s op but the people who matter didn’t see it?

    I like loyalty but I aint sure I’d be stupid when I’m on the verge of losing 250 million quid!

    Yet again it all comes back to the fact that we have people making decisions that have no expeirence of running a football club.

    It’s a bloody circus!

  • shearerbliss

    Mar 16, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #35

    Look at it this way if we stay up MA should sell on a loss. It will save him money in the long run. I think the Arab business man who wanted liverpool should be able to buy the club if we stay up! It would be cheaper than liverpool given him a chance to invest in the squad.
    If he does come in I sudgest we get a world class manager in.

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 16, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #36

    I honestly don’t think many managers would’ve been able to steer the bare bones we’ve had for most of the season. Although I think it was a grave mistake by the board not to strengthen BEFORE we sold Milner, Emre, and N’Zog, I also think they’re relying/gambling on the bulk of our first-teamers coming back – no manager could’ve made that happen any quicker to help our plight.

  • Macas35

    Mar 16, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #37

    The team Hughton picked on Saturday was poor but he’s not the guy who should be getting the stick, it’s Ashley for not bringing someone else in when Kinnear got ill. As for N’Zogbia, I’m personally glad we got shot of him, the goal he scored at Sunderland was no classic and was more down to awful defending. Bramble was awful at Newcastle, great on his day but they were few and far between. I wouldn’t mind Milner right now though, great attitude and offers more of a crossing and scoring threat than Gutierrez.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #38

    Mike Ashley god love him has wasted a great opportunity with Newcastle… managerial and board appointments at premiership level are crucial and make all the difference , the current staff set up we have would probably get the current liverpool squad relegated they are that incompetent…it’s almost like anything goes.

    All I asked for on Saturday was attacking football,fearless and positive..and they serve up another platter of steaming cow 5hit.

  • shearerbliss

    Mar 16, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #39

    There are plenty of managers that could have done better. KK being one. The injuries are part of the game and even the most novice of fans could see our sqaud ALWAYS has injuries. So as KK said when he departed he needed MORE depth. Anyone could see this coming ask Gleen Roader!
    I just want this season to end because the board will give us all heart attacks!

  • Stardust

    Mar 16, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #40

    Hindsight heroes are the weakest of all – and those – Stuart – advocating they knew best re Joe’s illness. A new manager guarenteed nothing either.

    Maybe they should also state if they didnt demo – at the time KK walked we would have got a class act manager. But they guarenteed and plotted our downfall – yet call themselves fans. :~


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