Chris Hughton To Be Announced Interim Manager?

There is some news today in the Mail that Newcastle have ditched plans to use Alan Shearer in their new season ticket campaign, because of the uncertainty over Alan’s future at the club.

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Chris Hughton – new Newcastle manager?

That will mean very few season tickets will be sold anytime soon, especially with no owner and no manager is place, so you can hardly expect Newcastle fans to pledge their support, when the club doesn’t seem to have its act together for the new season.

But with a Newcastle sale still probably at least a month away, Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias will be forced into some action soon, so somebody had better wake them up.  Players will be returning in a couple of weeks time and somebody, anybody, will need to be in charge before then.

We suspect Ashley will shortly be appointing Chris Hughton as the interim manager once again (that makes 3 times in the last 10 months), so at least he can start getting ready for pre-season training, and can also start arranging some pre-season friendly games.  Mike seems to have little other choice, with the Championship fixtures due to be announced tomorrow.

What exactly Chris will be able to do to get new players in during the summer, or keep good players we already have (Bassong is one example), is another question, since he hardly has the name or reputation to attract any good players to Tyneside.

Chris is a decent coach behind the scenes, but doesn’t seem to have the force of personality or leadership to be at the helm of a club – or so it would appear.

The Newcastle Managing Director Derek Llambias is running the club from his London base, probably because of safety concerns, and it’s a good question as to how many times Ashley or Llambias will return to Newcastle, before the club is sold.

As Alan Shearer and the rest of us continue to wait for any good news of the pending sale of the Newcastle club, it’s also being reported that previous plans put in place by Freddy Shepherd to build 80 ft high statues of our greatest ever strikers, Alan and Jackie Milburn, have been put on hold.

It seems that Ashley and LLambias are determined to run the club into the ground – and if that’s not so – we need to hear just exactly what they are planning to do until the club is finally sold, which could be a lot longer than a lot of us think.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • lesh

    Jun 16, 2009 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #1

    What! These people just beggar belief, their incompetance is just unbelievable.

  • Ericles

    Jun 16, 2009 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Oh no, no, no! How many backward steps is Ashley going to make? Hughton may be a reasonable coach but he is NOT a manager, interim or otherwise. Wait and see though – it could be just a load more press shite!

  • Pons Aelius

    Jun 16, 2009 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #3

    For God’s sake.

    This can’t be true. Please don’t let this be true. I’m not going to judge yet, but if they appoint Hughton as manager they are confirming their stupidity for the millionth time.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 16, 2009 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #4

    The mail aint exactly 100% accurate and did actually have a story last week stating Carols Tevez has signed to Manure – so if thats owt to go by.

    Trust your local rags lads – well as much as you can. Id be more compelled to believe Luke Edwards and Lee Ryder more than the mail.

    I do however think that Chris will take up the reins – unless something dramatic happens this week.

    God willing and save our gracious toon.

    At least one thing – that Sportsdirect sign will come down at SJP – well if they can afford it!

  • Ericles

    Jun 16, 2009 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Can we have a Sports Direct sign removal ceremony?
    Just like the allies did with swastikas at Nuremburg in 1945.

  • Pons Aelius

    Jun 16, 2009 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #6

    Ericles – that made me laugh mate. Good one. BOOM!

  • vivadavidkelly

    Jun 16, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #7

    this story is in stark contrast to the journal, which expect shearer to be named as manager by the end of the week. the journal story has more substance as it actually has a quote from our wonderful MD. I would tend to believe what the local rag is saying over the london press, who we all know love to stir things up further

  • spiderpig

    Jun 16, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #8

    i personally wonder whether shearer might turn out to be another dalglish or souness.that is command great respect and get good jobs until their reputations as legendary footballers wore off.i dare say he will get his chance however and i would love to see him become the next bobby robson and prove me wrong with tactical genius and astute buys,but i doubt it

  • batty

    Jun 16, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #9

    sky sports news shearer could be new manager within the week lambrase sed he talking to the new potential owners aboot it

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 16, 2009 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #10

    Ericles – I think they should replace it with a scoreboard.

  • batty

    Jun 16, 2009 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #11

    amd lambarse say but they wont be apponiting him the new owners could do

  • vivadavidkelly

    Jun 16, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #12

    he is quoted in saying there will be an announcment reagrding shearer back end of the week and the story reports that if the new owners intend to appoint big al then he will be in place before the takeover. it is widey thought this announcment will be to name him as boss

  • komfort

    Jun 16, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #13

    nice one ericles .. and how about ashley shooting himself in the heed and his lover boy lamarse taken a dose of poison.’s over goodbye

  • batty

    Jun 16, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #14

    komfort // Jun 16, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    nice one ericles .. and how about ashley shooting himself in the heed and his lover boy lamarse taken a dose of poison.’s over goodbye

  • coyote

    Jun 16, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #15

    they’ll be wheeling in Joke Kinnear next

  • knottsy82

    Jun 16, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #16


  • Blackie

    Jun 16, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #17

    Much of what is in the press is just being concocted by journalists trying to fill column inches on the back pages. The club aren’t even helping them by issuing press statements from time to time. At least when Chris Mort was in charge, he kept everyone in the loop, speaking to the press, attending supporters’ meetings etc. The headline from another Toon site ‘Silence of the Llams’ says it all.
    If they don’t get this mess sorted out pronto, then someone is going to have to be in charge of the first team. The players report back in two weeks. The fixtures come out tomorrow. There is no pre-season schedule. I agree that Hughton isn’t the man. I am sure that he would agree himself. He is a coach, not a manager. But who else will pick up the reins?

  • Blackie

    Jun 16, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #18

    OK to remove the ‘Sports Direct’ signs Ericles. But we could really take a leaf out of Stalin’s book and attempt to erase this entire period from the club’s history, as the Stalinists tried to do with Trotsky in the mid 1920s. Amazing what an airbrush can do! Need also to recall all newspapers and have them reprinted, removing any reference to Ashley and his bunch of southern incompetents.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 16, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #19

    Houghton will save us Haha…he is GASH.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 17, 2009 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #20

    paper tosh.


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