Newcastle Players Have Lost Confidence In Chris Hughton

The Sun is reporting today that Newcastle players want Terry Venables to come in, and keep the club in the Barclays Premier League.

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Terry Venables – reports Newcastle players want him at Newcastle 

Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood have been in charge of the team since Joe Kinnear suffered his heart problems back on 7th February, but have managed just 2 points in 5 game sin full charge of the team. Chris managed the side for 5 games last September once Kevin Keegan left, and Newcastle lost every game.

And if this story is true, it’s got to tell Mike Ashley the players have lost confidence in Chris, and that’s a big red flag.

The proverbial Newcastle insider is said to have told The Sun:

“The players have all been talking about how they need someone of real authority to sort it out.”

“There is no leader since Joe Kinnear took ill. It is not that they don’t respect Hughton as a coach because they do, but he is no manager.” 

It’s also interesting that Nicky Butt said something very like that in the lead up to the Arsenal game. He said Chris was a great coach but that they were missing Joe’s drive on match days.

Former England manager Venables was asked to take temporary charge when Kevin Keegan left in September but turned it down because owner Mike Ashley was trying to sell the club.

And we put up a poll following the Hull City game asking if Newcastle fans wanted Venables in until the end of the season, and 63% have said yes – and that poll is still active, if you haven’t yet voted on our home page.

We wanted Terry Venables brought in before the Arsenal game, and if nothing is done before Chelsea arrive in two weeks, we have little chance of getting anything out of that game, ands then we’ll have 7 games left to save ourselves from relegation, and be at least 2 points adrift of 4th bottom place.

And if Venables did take over, we could get that lift the players always seem to give a new manager, and we could certainly do with the extra points that lift could deliver.

Mike Ashley has made a mistake in relying on Chris and Colin to manage the side in Joe’s absence, but it’s still not too late to correct that.

Of course, we have no idea if this news if true, but there must be concern at Newcastle that Chris and Colin are just not getting the job done – and if there isn’t there should be.

We haven’t even got to mention the stakes are huge for the Tyneside club.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Stardust

    Mar 24, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Toal lies – Ownes statement of last week contradicts with real “quotes” not insider”quotes” every ounce of this article. its simply tosh

  • zico martin

    Mar 24, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #2

    we need something come on ashley do something positive , or just do something

  • hitman

    Mar 24, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #3

    if this is true,its another nail in the coffin.

  • shearerbliss

    Mar 24, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #4

    Fantastic oppurtunity to get a good manager and give him a 3 year contract. Could solve alot of the problems at NUFC. Could also get Alsn Shearer on board for his apprenticeship. Go for it ashley. SB or Martinez still my number one choice for the long term

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 24, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Just to put another slant on this – with any other run of games like this then a ‘manager’ would have be sacked.

    I not disputing Chris ‘clipboard’ Hughton as a coach – but you can tell on the day – he is out of his depth and there is nowt in the locker he can pull out.

    Makes a concerning situation even MORE concerning.

  • spiderpig

    Mar 24, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #6

    i dont think they have lost faith in him.i dont think they ever had any.

  • SpartanChris

    Mar 24, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Stardust – Whether it is lies or otherwise, we are in a mess and I really think that any help that could be brought in to help the coaches actually concentrate on coaching would not be a bad thing.

    Now whether El Tel is the man to make things better, I have grave reservations.

  • Whumpie

    Mar 24, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #8

    I don’t think it’s true, but I wish it was. I don’t know if El Tel is the man, but we do need someone, because I have a feeling JFK is gone for good.

    We have the players for this, and they showed on Saturday that they are up for the battle. But with no general out there, it’s not looking good.

  • Sav

    Mar 24, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #9

    We do need a promising manager to see out any 5 year plan. But I don’t believe there is one and I doubt any promising managers would believe it either. I think Ashley would like to steady the ship in the Prem to maximise his price and then get away as far as possible.
    I don’t think we need another interim before Kinnear returns. Venables is not going to get us 3 points against Chelsea anyway. Time for the players and the 2 experienced coaches to dig deep until Kinnear is back. That should see the season out.

  • hitman

    Mar 24, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #10

    just been on SSN that newcastle rule out el tel coming in.

  • Danish_Magpie

    Mar 24, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Agree with sentiments above. We need someone to give the place a lift and belief… someone to change the course of the season, someone that kicks life in our campaign. I don’t know if Venables is the guy, or Shearer, or whoever else has been bandied around, but I don’t think Hughton and Calderwood are good managers, certainly not right now in this position.

  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Mar 24, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Hughton is a coach…not a manager…the difference between the two roles are massive…

    The players will not have lost respect for Hughton as a coach….

    He made some big calls on Saturday re selection and tactics and for the first 60 minutes I thought he had them spot on…

    Nicky Butt hit the nail on the head in an interview with football focus last week…They miss a manager on a match day…a motivator…someone who will lead the side….

    A coach doesnt normally do that….name another “coach” in the premiership who could do that? Especially in our positon where the pressure is on, confidence is low and we are fighting for our lives

    We have two weeks until the next game…Venables wouldnt be the worst choice in the world and may just provide the direction, leadership and spark that is required

  • hodnufc

    Mar 24, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #13

    Agreed that we need someone in to lead the club. ALthough I thought El Tel had already turned us down.

  • Kash

    Mar 24, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #14

    @Loony – Spot on mate!

    No change = Relegation!

  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Mar 24, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #15


    he has fella although it was more to do with the club being up for sale at the time alledge

  • big boomer

    Mar 24, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #16

    never mind the players losing confidence in hughton what about the fans. I knew back in september when we had the so called asy fixtures this guy was hopeless. He was a international defender but we are so exposed at the back.
    part of this blame must go to centre midfield goals by Hull Bolton and arsenal all came with runners from the centre not being tracked. Butt is finished. he was finished at the end of last season

  • Spitfire

    Mar 24, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #17

    Spurs West Ham Chelsea ( Love em or hate em) appointed proper managers when they were in the sh1t. Newcastle Portsmouth Sunderland appointed coaches. Tells its own story. If we can see it why can’t the board?

  • geordie jock

    Mar 24, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #18

    We are going down no doubt about it, Hughton is also a crap coach never mind manager. We have been abysmal all season showing any coaching is not being transferred to matches. Mike Ashley you are a fool to think these idots will save us.

  • Ross

    Mar 24, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #19

    hodnufc-i was under the impression old el tel turned us down because he couldnt be offered a long term contract, eg he’d be gone when the club was sold. Had he taken it, we’d have him at the helm just now as opposed to Hughton. Would we be in the position we are?, who knows.
    I’m not Venables’ biggest fan but at the end of the day he’s a manager, not a coach which is an improvement. Bit sad, the fact that we could appoint the worst manager going (i’m not saying thats venables, just using this as an example) yet he’d still be more prepared for the task purely down to the fact that he isnt a coach.
    However like Hitman has said, apparently Newcasle have ruled it out, so Hughton/Calderwood it is.

  • Mag 48

    Mar 24, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Stuart Pearce??


    Mar 24, 2009 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #21

    like it or not, and personally, i’m all up for el tel. hell, i’m up for anything right now!

    i put a bet on this morning, el tel by the chelski game

    one scenario is… he’ll keep us up, and then ashley will offer him a five year deal (with joe as assistant!) out of thanks…

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 24, 2009 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #22

    No thank you……
    El Tel….let`s see.What did he do when England manager-?
    He had the best players available and helped them play the worst football ever.
    He aint got a clue.
    He will never take the job.
    He is just another FAT SAM

  • papalump

    Mar 24, 2009 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #23

    mike ashley is unable to accept when he is wrong and that is where most of our problems bring someone in now would be an admission that he has dropped a clanger and he isnt big enough(no pun intended)to do it so we all suffer.look at charlton when curbishley left and les reed came in look at sunderland with sbragia or pompey with adams,blackburn with brian kidd they are number twos(literally)for a reason and they are unable to make the step up but at least the chairmen/owners got rid when the fact it wasnt working out was there for all to see. time to grow a set mike times running out!

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 25, 2009 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #24


  • Sav

    Mar 25, 2009 at 3:14 AM

    Comment #25

    The story has to be Sun rubbish. If the players are blaming the coach it would be a disgrace.
    If its a rousing kick up the arse and some straight talking, this is where the club captain should stand up and support the coaches while the manager is sick – but who have we got? Michael Owen.
    He won’t even sign his offered contract and would rather ‘wait and see’. He should have lost the armband straight away. A captain has to be able to show commitment – Owen will shove off regardless of where we finish up. Give it to Beye, Nolan, Butt, Taylor or Bassong. Any one of them would do a better job than Little St. Mick.


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