Hughton and Calderwood Back In Charge On Tyneside


Chris Hughton starts his third time as interim manager this Wednesday, with all the Newcastle players returning for pre-season training at the Benton training headquarters.

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Chris Hughton – takes pre-season training on Wednesday

With Mike Ashley so far refusing to appoint Alan Shearer as the manager, for whatever reasons, Chris Hughton confirmed today to the Evening Chronicle he has indeed been appointed caretaker manager, with Colin Calderwood coming in as his assistant on a weekly contract.

Chris still has two years left on his contract, and we should just point out that it’s not Chris’s fault the club is in such a mess, but he gets the unenviable job (again) to try to put some order into the pre-season training. And of course this comes just days after fitness coaches Hulse and Elliott surprisingly resigned their coaching positions at the club.

Why Mike Ashley couldn’t have put Alan Shearer on a  weekly contract four weeks ago we have no idea, but that would have ensured the club was in much better shape than it is right now. The club would have been better off, which is what it’s all about – isn’t it?

So Mike’s appointment of Colin on a week by week basis, rather undermines his reasons why he couldn’t appoint Alan, so there’s some other reason for him keeping Alan firmly on the sidelines over the last several weeks.

And Chris is saying all the right things, as the current uncertainty (which is hardly new to our players after last season) cannot be allowed to get in the way of the training that starts on Wednesday

Chris told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Everything will be done properly with the group of players that is there.” “Everything going on outside of that has to stay outside of it.”

“Whatever the situation will be, when it comes to the first day of pre-season training, the players will go through a good and correct programme for however long it is until someone takes over.”

“The most important thing is that the players get a pre-season under their belts.” “Everything has to be done properly by the staff and players.”

“Colin’s here in the short term until we know what’s going to happen.”

All of Newcastle’s internationals have been given an extra week off after being involved with their respective countries during the domestic summer break, and those players include Sebastien Bassong and Geremi (Cameroon), Jonas Gutierrez (Argentina), Damien Duff (Ireland) and Xisco (Spain U21), who will not be around until a week come Wednesday.

Newcastle are a little short of coaches with Hulse and Elliott having gone to Liverpool, but Richard Money, Paul Barron and Alan Thompson are available.  Of course so is Alan Shearer, but it looks like he’s not wanted – at least not yet.

It’s also looking like any deal to buy Newcastle may go on for another couple of weeks, and that will not be good news to Newcastle fans, who wants the new owner and manager in as soon as possible.

Time is not our side, that’s for sure.

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55 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Jun 29, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #1

    oh s hit

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 29, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #2

    I do think as well its up to the players to remain focussed and professional.

    I agree its not Chris’s fault he is left in charge. Who else is there?

    Lets just hope we have a manager in for kick off!

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  • magforlife

    Jun 29, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Trying to be very patient but Calderwood and Hughton FFS!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 29, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Magforlife – I know mate and feel the same.

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  • Ericles

    Jun 29, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Hughton is a contracted coach and therefore only doing what he is told. Calderwood is proof of Ashley’s contempt for Al, for NUFC, Tyneside and sincere behaviour. It will come right eventually but at great emotional cost to an awful lot of Newcastle fans. I just look forward to the day when that two faced economically immoral beached whale and malignant slob Michael Ashley leaves Tyneside for good. What a day to get pissed that will be!

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  • newcastle29

    Jun 29, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Is anyone else worried yet? i’am and i’m starting to think back to that rumour i heard at the begining of june. i hope we are sold very soon!

    http://www.nufcblog.com/2009/06/08/does-ashley-have-plan-for-newcastle-over-next-three-weeks/

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  • AussieToon

    Jun 29, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #7

    F**************************************************************************************************************************************CK!!!!!

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  • Johno Toon

    Jun 29, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #8

    Not too bothered if Houghton was in charge for the start of pre-season as he is a coach and i would guess its only going to be fitness stuff for the first few weeks so he shouldnt be able to do too much damage 🙂

    But the longer it drags out the prospects of us bouncing straight back come slimmer and slimmer imo

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  • Johno Toon

    Jun 29, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #9

    I really hope your wronf newcastle29

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  • ObaFan2

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Ericles, I will celebrate with you the day he sells 🙂

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  • Rodzilla

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #11

    At least …”Colin Calderwood coming in as his assistant on a weekly contract”… suggests we’re close to some sort of deal being struck. It is dragging on a bit though. And before someone jumps on my head, yes I do realise how long these things take.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #12

    Ericles / Obafan – I think newcastle as a whole will!!

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  • ObaFan2

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #13

    TG, it will certainly be a day to rejoice……

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  • lesh

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #14

    SNAFU!

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  • cicero

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #15

    If Ashley appointed Shearer, even on a week-by-week basis, any new owner would then have to relieve him of the managers job; this would put them at odds with the Newcastle fans from day one of their new regime. Only a new owner can appoint a new manager who ever that might be.

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  • newcastle29

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #16

    johno toon.
    so do i mate! but it just seems to be dragging on and on and a wage bill of nearly £1.5m per week! he will not have the money to run us!

    just remember this! he might well have £700-£800m left of his own money but if
    St. James Holdings Ltd. has no money we are knackered. these holding companies are set up for a reason, so they can’t effct his other intrests.

    i think he would be quite happy to send us into administration to get out of paying that kind of wage bill, with that in mind, he will only do this if he can’t get what he wants for the club!

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  • punk skunk...

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #17

    There are consortia tryin’ to sort shit out this week!..
    …Hughton & calderwood are just stop gaps!..

    …Not sure who the consortia are, but ffs is involved with one of ’em!..

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  • cicero

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #18

    Does anyone know if Ashley met Shearer last Friday in London as was widely reported last week.

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  • punk skunk...

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #19

    Well,
    NUFC are in a better financial position than most actually!..Regardless of what the press or anyone else says!..
    …Ashley is gutted about what’s happened & is tryin’ to do the right thing by NUFC…
    …Everyone’s fightin’ tooth & claw to get this sorted fast!..

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  • ObaFan2

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #20

    newcastle29, he’d lose alot more putting the club into administration than if he sold the club even for a pound…….. Maybe the pund shop should make him an offer ! 🙂

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  • punk skunk...

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #21

    Shearer is in constant touch with everyone either involved with the club & who wants to be involved…
    …It just takes time!..

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  • ObaFan2

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #22

    Punk, I’d like to think the silence is a positive thing atm…..

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  • Johno Toon

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #23

    Is that a gut feeling punk skunk or have you heard something?

    I really hope your right!

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  • punk skunk...

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #24

    Oba2,
    silence is GOOD right now mate!..
    …Johno,
    well, i was havin’ a bit craic with someone’s agent on sat eve actually!..
    …Guess you can sense a bit of authority in my posts, huh?..

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  • cam_toon

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #25

    Well I really think its simple…. If you were a new ownwer would you want the fans fav to be appointed by the previous regime (if that is to be the case) or would u rather do it yourself and take all the glory…. Hmmm..

    As soon as the sale is done I expect Al to be signed up… all with a glorious fanfare.

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  • Stuart79

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #26

    Total meltdown is the phrase!

    And it’s not cos of the weather!

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  • Stuart79

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #27

    cam_toon // Jun 29, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    If you were going to buy the club would you want to buy a club that is a complete shambles?!

    You would want to buy it in the best possible shape surely?

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  • punk skunk...

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #28

    Stu,
    you’re wrong mate, i’m afraid!..
    …Apart from the fact that we’re in the championship now, if that’s what you mean by meltdown!..

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  • newcastle29

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #29

    obafan2.

    at the end of the day who’s to say any of the interested parties will go through with the purchase of the club, what i ‘am saying is he has already checked his options if he can’t sell the club, he will put it into administration.

    i hope as much as anyone on here hopes it is sold as soon as poss!!!!

    after 30 years of supporting the toon, this is the most nervous i have been!

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  • Johno Toon

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #30

    No not really , im just an enternal optimist ( you kinda have to be to support newcastle dont you? ) and i cling onto any good news i can get!

    So i would rather read positive post’s like yourself saying we will have new owners soon enough

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  • reetpetite

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #31

    I cant see how selling bassong , beye and martins ( the 3 best players) is going to help ashley find a buyer. Rumour is all 3 will be gone by friday. Thats according to niko the journalist who posts on the blackburn site. He called the eto to man city bid a week ago and ran the story at the weekend, so he knows his stuff.

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  • punk skunk...

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #32

    The ‘interested parties’ defo have the cash, defo want Shearer & are tryin’ to cut a deal…But, there are 2 of ’em, so…

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  • ObaFan2

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #33

    lol Punk….. ha ha watch this space eh! 🙂

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  • punk skunk...

    Jun 29, 2009 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #34

    🙂
    Aye mate!..

    …Owen to neverton, anyone?..

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  • ginkoh

    Jun 29, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #35

    Oh my god !! but what’s surprise? we all know the story wll be like this.

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  • Michael12

    Jun 29, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Ed: “Why Mike Ashley couldn’t have put Alan Shearer on a weekly contract four weeks ago we have no idea”

    > Those who have no idea why should really be questioning your cognitive abilities. 1 win in 8 is not a record of which to be proud. Why are there no other clubs in the world falling over themselves for Shearer?

    Ed: “but that would have ensured the club was in much better shape than it is right now. The club would have been better off, which is what it’s all about – isn’t it”?

    I am lost here, how would Newcastle be better off now if Shearer was in charge? What would he have done or be doing that would have us better off?

    The only way we will move forward is if fans could just pull their heads out of Shearer’s rectum. He came, he saw and in spectacular fashion, he failed. A team full of internationals and he could not avoid relegation.

    What amazes me most is that weeks before he distanced himself from the job for so long refusing to take it now suddenly he wants it so bad. He should just go back to Match of the day maybe there he can be more competitive.

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  • Solaidback

    Jun 29, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #37

    Maybe AS has said he won’t be the coach until the new owners take over due to the complete cock up that Ashley has made so far!!

    Or maybe it’s because AS is part of one of the consortia which are bidding for the TOON!!

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  • workyticket

    Jun 29, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #38

    cicero // Jun 29, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    “If Ashley appointed Shearer, even on a week-by-week basis, any new owner would then have to relieve him of the managers job; this would put them at odds with the Newcastle fans from day one of their new regime. Only a new owner can appoint a new manager who ever that might be.”

    Correct, Cicero. It is somewhat ironic that the more the fans bay for Shearer, the more it will dissuade any future owners from making him manager. None of them will want another Keegan scenario.

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  • Sav

    Jun 29, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #39

    64 days and counting to the close of the transfer window.

    We can only imagine the morale of the returning players – especially the 9 experianced pros named for the chute. Its going to be all the harder to keep smiles on the faces of those we intend to keep. No-one is going to admit they are getting the sack because they weren’t good enough and were the ones who got us relegated.

    Its a good job they are giving Bassong another week away as the conversation would surely be,”You’re not thinking of sticking around this dump? …On your money? – You must be mad! – My agent’s working on stuff to get me outta here as soon as they put another organ-grinder in charge.”

    Will Joey Barton be saying “Come on now, lads. Its us that got the club into this mess and its up to us to dig it back out.”
    – Will he hell when its easier to blame the club, the owner, the fans, the coaches, the manager(s) or just make out its all a laugh and you don’t give a stuff anyway.

    In this situation, these blokes are poison to the morale we need to pull us through a tough Championship season and need to be moved out PRONTO, or its an impossible task for Hughton and Calderwood to do anything useful with them.

    Howay, Al!

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  • Macas35

    Jun 29, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #40

    Workyticket – Keegan scenario? Perhaps the new owners will have some decency and respect and actually let the new manager get on with his job and not interfere. The only reason there was a backlash over the Keegan fiasco was because of the way he was treat and the lies coming out of the club. If results had been poor and the club decided to sack him then I honestly believe there wouldn’t have been a problem.

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