Good Test Against Owls Tonight – Chris Hughton


Caretaker boss Chris Hughton has warned the Newcastle players that they cannot afford to get carried away by their good start to the Championship season.

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Chris Hughton – players need to keep feet firmly on the floor


With all kinds of trouble going on off the field, the Newcastle players have done well to take 4 points from their first 2 games, but this type of form and results will need to be maintained if we are to be promoted at our first attempt.

And while Hughton is pleased with the start, he feels the players and supporters should not think that life in the Championship will be easier than first thought.

Newcastle will get a good game from Sheffield Wednesday tonight and Hughton believes it will provide a big test for the Newcastle side:

“I do believe that this squad is capable of preparing right and having a good Championship season,”

“But we know that we will be tested and we can’t underestimate how difficult this league is.”

“We can go about our business in the correct way but we should not be under any illusions – this is going to be a very, very tough season.”

“It has not surprised me that we have started well but we’re only two games into the season and we’ve got to remember that.”

“We have gained confidence from those first two games but there is a long way to go yet. The most important thing for us as staff – and for the players themselves – is to keep ourselves in the best possible position to get back into the Premier League.”

With doubts over the fitness of Joey Barton, Hughton has added young Danny Guthrie to the squad for tonight’s clash with the Owls, and Danny may see some action tonight.

We also have to compliment Chris for his common sense and positive approach during the early part of the season, where he has managed to keep the lads together, and is getting some fight and spirit out of them, which we didn’t see too much of last season.

He has also never complained about anything, which would have been so easy to do, given the terrible circumstances created by Mike Ashley this summer.

Compliments to his assistant Coling Calderwood too – they’ve both done a remarkable job for the Newcastle club.

Comments welcome.



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39 comments so far

  • WELSHMAG

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #1

    he should be given a medal, thanks Chris and Colin.

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  • Whumpie

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Yep, he’s getting better at this management malarkey, and how he keeps a lid on things and remains so calm about it all is beyond me.

    Behind it all he must be fuming, and scared silly about what happens when the injuries come in. Last season we had injury counts into double figures, and that was in the poofy, 38-match Prem. What the hell will we do when that happens this season?

    Time to roll out the old jokes:

    Bloke on phone to ticket office: “What time does the match start”

    “What time can you get here, and can you bring a friend?”

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  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #3

    I told you guys we already have a manager but the thing is that I dont want Butt to be captain I want Smith so that we can put him on bench and he plays few games.

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  • andyglostoon

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Hull have got Barton down as one of there players!

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  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #5

    CH = Wenger, These guys keep alot of secrets from the fans. CH as well as Wenger will always protect their players and not forgetting the attacking soccer

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  • premier

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #6

    good test against Owls cos failed real exam last year

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  • HalftimeBovril

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #7

    Anybody got some insider info today?

    Waddles Mullett/Geordie Gerrard are you out there??

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #8

    This is interesting

    http://www.hullcityafc.net/page/ProfilesDetail/0,,10338~23213,00.html

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  • WELSHMAG

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #9

    just seen that gordie down south, wierd innit?
    Maybee he’s off there then? jesus we’re f**ked!

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  • nufc1818

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #10

    if that is true… shearer must be coming in… because i know for a fact shearer would not want to work with barton

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  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #11

    Best Toon news all year if Barton is finally on his bike.

    I’ve got a ticket for the Palace game too – would be buzzin to Shearer there in place of the scouse scumbag.

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  • WELSHMAG

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #12

    Jesus christ when are we getting a few players in? we’re 11 down in Barton goes.

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #13

    I would be very pleased if we got rid of Barton. We have Nolan, Smith, Guthrie and even Butt at CM and Barton is a highly paid thug.

    Get rid of Barton, Coloccini and Geremi! That’s 175K a week (9m a year!) we don’t need to be paying out!

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  • WELSHMAG

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #14

    http://www.hullcityafc.net/page/ProfilesDetail/0,,10338~23651,00.html

    Oba martins signed for Hull!!!

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  • HalftimeBovril

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #15

    I’m torn over the Barton issue. The guy clearly is not right upstairs but he is by far the best midfielder in the CCC (in my opinion).

    If Shearer does come in I would like to think he would firstly have a chat with him before automatically kicking him out. I think wed have a better chance of promotion with Barton in the team than without. So on this basis, keep him until Jan and if we’re looking like promotion could be a possibility, keep him until the summer, otherwise if he’s still upsetting the team then sell him in January.

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  • batty

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #16

    HalftimeBovril i think he would

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  • batty

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #17

    have a chat that is

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  • Big Dave

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #18

    lads was just reading an article about Smith that i found quit interesting, then watched the youtube link i never realised is injury was so bad > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63rDNGFs_Gw&feature=PlayList&p=C1716FAF89C8F686&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=21

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  • rich

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #19

    Hi has anyone been watching SSN Graham Roberts just been on saying he’s fronting a bid for the club and got a meeting will chairman tomorrow!!!!

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  • rich

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #20

    * with chairman tomorrow. Missed the beginning of the piece but sounds like his consortium want to turn us into the Barcelona of the North East with the fans involved!!!

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  • rich

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #21

    He also said anything could take up to a month to complete which means goodbye to the transfer window!!!!

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  • batty

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #22

    dave aye m8 it was a bad un

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  • nufc1818

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #23

    rich
    did he say who he will put in charge if he does in fact take over?

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  • rich

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #24

    I did miss the beginning of the piece but he was sayiong they wanted to turn th club into a Barcelona type situation where the fans are involved. Alan Shearer”s name was mentioned but missed part of the conversation. It was live at the time so knowing Sky Sports News it will be repeated every hour anyway!!!!

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  • magpies1

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #25

    nufc they want shearer

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  • Big Dave

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #26

    Batty wonder if smith had any mental setbacks when he was going in for tackles after he recovered he must have had, knowing he was only 30 mins from loseing his foot.I have allways liked smith and wanted him to do well not just for us but for himself. but after watching that and reading about him he has went up in my estimations.

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  • RyanToon

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #27

    11.15 Premier League officials have confirmed the transfer window will close on Tuesday 1st September at 5pm.

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  • batty

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #28

    aye dave defo been our best player up to yet

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  • Big Dave

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #29

    Lol poor old phil brown playing fantasy football manager i hope he doesnt get anyone

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  • nufc1818

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #30

    reckon anything will be announced before match?

    going to the game
    remember when keegan was announced before stoke match atmosphere was aaamazing

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #31

    rich, sounds like another bit of self-publicising b0llocks to me mate. That’s what the Profitable Group harped on about. I very much doubt it’s true.

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  • Big Dave

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #32

    Rod i agree they have had months to start something but decide to leave it till now another shower of sh1te imo

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  • spiderpig

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #33

    alan smith should have been sent off after 30 mins against reading.he cant tackle.1 in 5 he looks good when he slides in.but if you slide in everytime you are going to mistime tackles and thats all he does.plus he cant pass.guthrie,nolan barton and butt are all better tacklers,passers and readers of the game.you can play with guts in a pub team.

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  • magpie6699

    Aug 19, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #34

    From what’s being said on most websites, the Barton to Hull stuff is rubbish – pity, they deserve each other.
    I do like CH – honest, calm and a gentleman. I just doubt his leadership, although if you believe what’s being written Smithy and the senior players are helping him out there with their leadership in the dressing room.

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  • ToonRich

    Aug 19, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #35

    Apologies to post same thing in more than one thread 🙂 But…

    Sorry to SHOUT!… IS THERE ANY TOON FANS IN THE SHEFFIELD AREA TRAVELLING UP THIS AFTERNOON?

    Just wondered if they’d want to share fuel cost and share a car up like…

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  • Macas35

    Aug 19, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #36

    spiderpig – It would have been exteremely harsh if he had been sent off as that second tackle was extremely innocuous. And after that he reined himself in and was extremely composed and tidy on the ball.

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 19, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #37

    ToonRich, not me mate, I’m at work ’til 7.

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 19, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #38

    …but cheers for the offer.

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  • Sav

    Aug 19, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #39

    Hughton must know if Shearer gets the gig then Chris will not be first among equals. He’ll probably be lucky to hold onto his job at all. But he’s behaved with dignity in the face of a cartload of shite he’s had to put up with. Well done, mate.

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