Hughton Soon To Get Newcastle Call For A 4th Time


Owner Mike Ashley, who is enjoying two days at Royal Ascot with Derek Llambias, while Newcastle continues to burn, will have to come off the fence very soon.

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Chris Hughton – ready to get the nod again from Ashley

While Mike would really like to do nothing until the club is sold, there is one thing approaching quickly, that will force him to make a decision, and that’s pre-season which starts a week on Wednesday, July 1st.

We will have all our players back except Owen, Viduka, Edgar and Cacapa, whose contracts run out on Tuesday, and that will reduce the Newcastle wage bill by an amazing £240K/week or 12.5M/year. Were these players being overpaid or were these players being overpaid?

Of course the playing staff are still due a bonus next Tuesday, supposedly for what they achieved last season, and to think we thought they were relegated. 😀

It seems more and more likely that Chris Hughton will resume his temporary position in charge of Newcastle come July 1st, and we suppose he will be assisted by Richard Money and Alan Thompson who are still coaches at the club, but we expect Colin Calderwood to have moved on.

We bear no animosity at all towards Chris, and he seems a good guy, and always does his very best for the club.  But he’s been thrust into positions by Ashley that’s he’s really not made for or accustomed to. He’s a solid behind-the-scenes coach, but isn’t equipped for being the front man.

There’s nothing much wrong with that – to each his own – and we’re quite sure Chris doesn’t exactly enjoy these challenges thrust on him by Ashley. But let’s not blame Chris for this ridiculous situation the club is in, it’s as difficult for him as any fan supporting the club right now.

We are still told the four consortia are looking through Newcastle’s books, which may cause some surprises with our financial stability, as they see Newcastle need to pay out £10M in bonuses for last season, and the player’s wages are so high that Sam Allardyce has intimated today he will not move for any Newcastle players.

But get ready for Joey Barton, Fabricio Coloccini, Jonas Gutierrez and Seb Bassong all to be back on Tyneside soon, as they continue to be paid ridiculous wages by the club, that we simply can no longer afford. That’s exceptSebastien Bassong of course, who’s our best player,  but that makes sense in a Newcastle kind of way, doesn’t it?

And notice we didn’t even mention Alan Shearer in this article, but if and when he’s appointed Newcastle manager, the mood on Tyneside will immediately be elevated – big time – as he now looks our only hope.

Comments always welcome.



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37 comments so far

  • belza09

    Jun 20, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #1

    I think in stead of bonuses the players should REPAY the club for the shabby performances last season. How can owen walk away taking the bonus and I’ve yet to hear ‘Thanks, for all the support over the last few seasons’ to the fans seems just wants to take the money and get out of Toon!!!!!!

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  • AndyNUFC

    Jun 20, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #2

    I see Steve Bruce is close to signing Jermaine Pennant on a free transfer.

    That’s exactly the sort of business that Ashley wanted to run here. Bruce bought players for dirt cheap at Wigan and sold them on for £20Mill. He has a great eye for a buy, which is what our transfer policy tried to be.

    As soon as Keegan left, bugger Hughton, bugger Kinnear, we should have done everything to get Bruce.

    Oh and on that note, Shearer wasn’t exactly jumping at the chance when it all kicked off with Keegan, was he?

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  • monkeymagic

    Jun 20, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Sebastien Bassong, newcastle united’s golden child, hes good, but he wasnt that good, he made a hell of a lot of mistakes, which people seemed to just be totally ignorant to, whereas collocini gets completely barated for the mistakes he made.

    ‘Shearer looks are only hope’

    Really!?

    jiminy cricket i hope the new owners want him in the hot seat then or were buggered!

    Jonas and Collocini are constantly targeted and listed as these overpaid wasters…they done a hell of a lot more for the team last year then Smith, Geremi, Cacapa and Owen.

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  • AndyNUFC

    Jun 20, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #4

    Coloccini had a fantastic game against Man United, and after that his confidence was shot and we went downhill. What caused this? Keegan leaving.

    Every player that looked good against Man Utd started to play badly as soon as the cowardous quitter Keegan did the inevitable.

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  • Tino 11

    Jun 20, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #5

    If this is true then fat Ashley’s 100 million “all in” was another lie!

    http://www.newcastle.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=158310

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  • Bill F

    Jun 20, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #6

    He must feel like one of those Yo Yo teams like Sunderland who keep getting promoted and thgen relegated. 🙂

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  • belza09

    Jun 20, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #7

    @Tino
    Aye an yet another deadline comes and passes …… cannot help thinking we’re being strung along then at the end MA says he’s taking in the club off the market and gonna give it another go (hope this does not happen) but we hear the same thing week in week out – we’ll know more by the week end , we’ll know by early next week now its the 28 june……the players come back on the 1st july which leaves little time for any manager to prepare……however seems Shearer is doing background work preparing (without pay) if true this is a good sign.

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  • ginkoh

    Jun 20, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #8

    How long and how much Fat Ashley can hurt us anymore? I don’t know but one thing I pretty sure is Any Newcastle supporter will never forgive and forget him.

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  • Pedro

    Jun 20, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #9

    On a brighter note I can’t see Man Shite winning anything without Ronaldo and Tevez 🙂

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  • beyethegreat

    Jun 20, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #10

    ok i have 2 questions

    1 has the darlo game gone on sale ?

    2 does any 1 know how to get to darlo stadium from the town centre

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 20, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #11

    I take it not all of the groups agreed to have Shearer as manager then?

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  • GeordieLander

    Jun 20, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #12

    Hughton as potential manager !
    Ashley and Llambias at Royal Ascot whilst season ticket applications fall on the door mats !
    Carlsberg don’t do incompetent Club Owners… But if they did…. Mike Ashley……… Probably the most incompetent Club owner in the world !
    (and most hated)

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 20, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #13

    Tino 11 –

    Thanks for the link to the article.

    I do find that hard to be true as Ashley has ploughed millions into the club since he came to SJP and due to the confidentiallity behind the process of due dilligence no info would be leaked.

    If it is true he is a fat cheeky winker!

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  • bill

    Jun 20, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #14

    Get off KK’s back, if nothing else he is an honourable man. He found out who he was dealing with in MA, and got out. Who would you believe KK or Mike Ashley?

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  • Tino 11

    Jun 20, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #15

    @ TG – I doubt the source to, but i also doubt ashley walking away for only 100 million and i also doubt the finances are in as good a shape as he says they are!

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  • bill

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #16

    Regarding Shearer being appointed as manager, I really don’t see how this can happen until the club is sold.

    Contracts and conditions that Shearer will be working under will have to be discussed. These things will need thrashing out and it’s pointless doing it with a number of potential buyers.

    Let’s just hope it doesn’t drag on for too long.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Tino11 – aye that concerns me too about the way Ashley is prepared to walk and in effect loosing £150 Million quid.

    Im thinking – whats the catch? There must be surely?

    Or is it paranoia!?

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  • bill

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #18

    I agree with Tino, the £100 million will be the purchase cost and then there will be the liabilities to take care of like the loan MA has made through another company he set up. I think that the liabilities will probably be about another £100 million.

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  • punk skunk...

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #19

    Beye,
    question 2: A. go towards Yarm Rd (across the river skerne, then fork right onto Neasham Rd, straight up Neasham Rd ’til you get to the end, & you’re there!..It’s pretty straight forward mate!..

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  • shrews mag

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #20

    Whoever is brave enough to be manager at the moment needs the fans full support to ride the storm of all the off field c*!p.

    CH seems like a good honest guy … but he does not seem to be able to install any motivation or discipline into the players.

    Whoever buys the club needs to bring in AS and stick with him for 5 seasons minimum. Once the stability is there at the top (owner and manager) everything else will follow …

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  • Norn Iron Magpie

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #21

    God help us. CH in charge again. IMO there is only one man for the hot seat. The sooner the better.

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  • Bill F

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Bill, spooky man, you almost sound like me.

    Note to others on blog he is a different Bill.

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #23

    Tino11 – aye that concerns me too about the way Ashley is prepared to walk and in effect loosing £150 Million quid.

    Im thinking – whats the catch? There must be surely?

    Or is it paranoia!?

    ……….

    The catch is if he stays he will have to put even more in which he isn’t prepared to do, sometimes it’s easier to just take the financial hit and cut your losses.

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #24

    I seem to remember Ashley putting his own money in to pay for players up front in the last 12 months so you can’t blame him for wanting that back, the new owners would end up having to pay it anyway if he had bought them over the length of their contracts and it will be offset by the staggered payments of players we’ve sold.

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  • Bill F

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #25

    Perhaps he can use the loss as a tax dodge in some way.

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  • GatesheadMag

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #26

    Every1 forgot about Geremi? His contracts up this summer isnt it? And he must be on 50k?

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #27

    Next summer.

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  • GatesheadMag

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #28

    Personally some games Id play Geremi rightback and push Beye to centreback. Looks ok there and doesnt do as much running as in midfield

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  • bowburnmag

    Jun 20, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #30

    What is it with brochures?

    Football people know what state Michael Owen is in. People will either seem him as a potential asset or an expensive free-loader. I’d say he’s worth a punt for a few people. That pimping brochure is totally unnecessary and honestly I’m just gobsmacked by it.

    Similarly, the only thing people need to know about NUFC, in addition to what they should already know, is the stuff they’ll get from the ‘data room’.
    If they need a brochure to get their attention to and to inform them about our club, then I’d be pretty worried about who wanted to buy us.

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  • JJJ

    Jun 20, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #31

    The only positive I’ve seen this whole month is that on July 1 Michael Owen will no longer be a Newcastle player! And that is a massive boost to my confidence… The guy is a joke!

    Thats 5Mil a year saved!

    Add to that Viduka and Casapa leaving… that would be another 5Mil a year saved, and thats before we’ve even touched the squad or sold/bought a player. So 10Mil in total.

    Then players I think will definately go are:

    Coloccini (4Mil), Jonas (5Mil), Barton (1Mil).

    So lets call it 10Mil on transfers and another 5Mil a year in wages.

    Thats 25Mil a year saved.

    But here are the problem players:

    Useless and overpaid and we will struggle our backsides off to get them out:

    Butt, Smith, Ameobi, Nolan. These guys are all on pretty big wages and no club in their right mind would take them off us… so they just sit and sponge and ferment.
    I think if we got rid of those players though, we could build a squad up again and we’d have got rid of most of the dead wood.

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  • JJJ

    Jun 20, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #32

    Bowburnmag

    You really think Owen is worth a punt?
    He’s been washed up and useless since for a long time now. (that may seem harsh but Im juding him by his wages)…
    If he were on 30-40k per week Id say he worth a punt, but 100k? Never in a million years.

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  • tooneskimo

    Jun 20, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #33

    JJJ
    “I think if we got rid of those players though, we could build a squad up again and we’d have got rid of most of the dead wood.”
    You use the words “got rid” and “dead”
    are you suggesting we implement some new measures to reduce the wage bill at SJP?

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  • Bill F

    Jun 20, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #34

    How about a ritual burning ceremony as per “The Wicker Man” I’d pay to see that.

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  • JJJ

    Jun 20, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #35

    Well, I was contemplating it if Owen actually did re-sign for us 😉
    Im still thinking its the only way Ameobi will ever leave…haha

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  • bowburnmag

    Jun 20, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #36

    JJJ – that’s what I’m suggesting. Worth a punt and decreased wages. He’s going to have to accept the inevitable. I’d wager he’ll score another 50+ goals before he retires.

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  • bowburnmag

    Jun 20, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #37

    Sorry “on decreased wages”….

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