Hughton Insists Newcastle Dressing Room Behind Him 100%

Following the news yesterday that Newcastle players were hoping that an experienced manager would come in to save Newcastle in their relegation fight, Chris Hughton has come out today and said the players do support him.


C hris Hughton with Joe Kinnear earlier this season

It was the gossip paper The Sun that carried the report yesterday from that Newcastle insider, who said the players would like Terry Venables to come in and save the side, and that while the players respected Chris Hughton for his coaching abilities at Newcastle, he was no manager.

Hughton said today:

“To be honest with you, I just dismiss it,” “I have got a job to be getting on with, just as everybody else at the club has.”  “In these times you’re going to get differences of opinion, hear stories that you don’t like, get reactions you don’t like.”

“If you take notice of what you hear or read then you’re not going to be able to do your job to the best of your ability.”  “It doesn’t worry me in the slightest that a player has supposedly said these things.”

“The only thing you can react to is facts. At the moment there is no fact to anything that’s been written or from the sources it’s supposedly coming from.”

“All I can react to is reality, and the reality is we are where we are in the table and we get on with that. I am convinced I still have the dressing room behind me 100%.”

There’s no doubt Chris is doing his very best in a job he hardly likes, and is not good at, so it’s hard to fault him for that.

Kinnear is expected back in the dugout in mid-April, and even for the Stoke City game on April 11th, and  if he can talk to the players before the game and at half time, that would certainly help the Newcastle players, who seem to be lacking real inspiration in these games, which are so important for the Newcastle club.

But it’s also asking a lot of a man who will be returning from a severe triple bypass surgery, to come in and save the side with just 6 games to go, when Newcastle will most likely be in the bottom three, although Kinnear has always said he is confident he can do the job this season, and keep the famous Tyneside club in the Premier League.

But we have to say we think Mike Ashley and company are taking a big risk with Newcastle’s Premier League status by continuing to rely on a very unsuccessful Chris Hughton, with his record in charge of the club so dire. If Mike Ashley and company are not sweating bricks right now – they should be.

Joe Kinnear may be able to take full charge of the team for the April 19th trip to his former club Tottenham Hotspur, and because that is relatively close, in terms of games, that is probably the reason the club will stick with Chris until then, but in the last 5 games Newcastle have lost 13 points in the relegation struggle, and that could be telling come the end of May.

As we’ve said before Newcastle are playing with fire, and we could get critically burned if we’re not careful – we’re already in the intensive care unit.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Purely Belter

    Mar 25, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #1

    if the players really do care about the club and about staying up then they shouldnt really take into account whos managing them with only a handfull of games left in the season.

    i think its time for them to take it into their own hands because at the end of the day its they that are gonna get the results

  • hitman

    Mar 25, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #2

    I am convinced I still have the dressing room behind me 100%.
    lets hope your right CH.

  • Hugh de Payen

    Mar 25, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #3

    The manager is a *huge* part of the equation.

    We’ve all seen it before – the same team of players can be dreadful under one manager and vastly better under another.

    And it’s management we lack.

    We may not have the best squad of players but I think – on paper – they should a reasonably ‘safe’ mid-table or lower-mid-table team. Certainly not one that should be fighting for Premiership survival.

    We do need to improve the squad but we’re facing relegation danger because of inept ownership and below par management.

  • Phillippe Alberrrrrrrt

    Mar 25, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    Good article Ed – I’d really like to hear from one of the ‘higher powers’ again – We’re a bit like the Marie Celeste at the moment big ship with no one a the controls and it worries me more by the day

  • coyote

    Mar 25, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #5

    we seem to have gone back to silence from Llambias and Ashley about our current plight – maybe they realise that no one believes what they say anyway
    but the lack of direction at this time is extremely worrying

  • Macas35

    Mar 25, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Lets stop with all the Hughton bollocks. Yes he picked the wrong team for the Hull game, but the 2 performances against Man U and Arsenal have been excellent, and only a dire mistake and bad luck cost us in those games. Nothing to do with the manager.

  • SpartanChris

    Mar 25, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #7

    I think the team are behind Hughton from a coaching point of view, its just the fact that he my not be able to motivate them from on a match day that is the problem.

  • Macas35

    Mar 25, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #8

    They have looked pretty motivated against 2 of the top teams in the country.

  • komfort

    Mar 25, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #9

    macas35 , agreed they did look motivated , but lack the input of a good tactical manager.

  • Sav

    Mar 25, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Can’t see the point of Venables or Dalglish.

    Honestly, if the players are so pathetic that they need a rousing speech or a figurehead at this late stage, if they can’t pullout their own stops for a manager who is ill and if experienced players like Beye, Butt, Nolan, Barton, Owen, Geremi etc. cannot galvanise themselves for two matches until Joe is back, we are already lost. Why would they need someone to say ‘come on now, boys’, when there are 50,000 cash-paying fans screaming, straining and willing them to succeed, not to mention a fiercely vocal and dedicated away following?
    Talk about 12th man? its time they took heed of him, if he counts for owt anymore.

  • spiderpig

    Mar 25, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #11

    no decent manager would keep persisting with ameobi.we have an 18 year old in nile ranger who would be better than that lazy git.if your good enough,your old enough.

  • workyticket

    Mar 25, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #12

    “Following the news yesterday that Newcastle players were hoping that an experienced manager would come in to save Newcastle in their relegation fight”

    What news Ed? It was just a made up story and you know it was. Perhaps you were just being disingenuous again to stir up trouble?


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