Chris Hughton – We Still Need More Players

Newcastle caretaker coach Chris Hughton feels his side are capable of mounting a promotion push this season, and 10 points out of the first 12 would suggest he’s right.

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Chris Hughton – pleased with Newcastle’s progress

Newcastle, even with so much nonsense happening off the pitch with Mike Ashley and his antics to sell the club over the last 13 weeks, have not stopped the team making a bright start to the 2009- 2010 season, maybe one of the most important for many years on Tyneside.

A 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace on Saturday took the team to 10 points for the season, and level with Middlesbrough and West Brom, the three teams relegated in May.

And with every win Hughton gets for the team, more Newcastle fans are coming to back him, and agree he’s done a great job with the team since July 1st, in horrendous circumstances created by the current incompetent and arrogant Newcastle owner.

But Hughton still feels Newcastle need further additions to the squad, if  Newcastle are to remain among the Championship contenders:

“We are not far off. We have quality here,”

“The decision the club have to make is whether it is enough to compete if we pick up a few injuries – there will be a time when we are stretched.”

“I’m hoping we don’t lose any more players but that is something that will only be determined over the next week,”

“At this moment we are waiting for a decision to be made on whether the club is sold, or what will happen if the club is not sold.”

“I’m very happy to be in this position and very happy to do this job for as long as I am asked to.”

“It’s not about me putting down a marker for the job, it’s about winning games for this club and the players have responded.”

Kevin Nolan and Ryan Taylor got their first ever  goals for the Tyneside club, to see off Palace earlier today.

Palace boss Neil Warnock agreed that his team were made to pay for their errors, but Neil being Neil said he though his team should have had a second half penalty.

“Smithy was all over Alassane and anywhere else on the pitch that’s a foul, but that ref (Andy D’Urso) has never given me much over the years,”

“We never really gave ourselves a chance. The goals were a disgrace at this level but you get punished by good players.”

Maybe Neil’s team were just beaten by a better side on the day, although that would never enter Warnock’s head of course.

Newcastle have now made the great start Newcastle fans were praying for over the summer, and next up is a vastly improved Leicester City side at St. James’ Park next Saturday.

Comments welcome.

36 comments so far

  • OHurley

    Aug 22, 2009 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m starting to feel like Hughton should be given a trial as fulltime manager (if he wants it). Maybe he wont do well, but then again, maybe he will. I’d say a dozen more games and we’d know. I have a feeling he’d get us at least nine more wins and maybe a couple draws. Now if we could just sign Campbell and Løvenkrands…

  • bill

    Aug 22, 2009 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Great result.

    I see Steven Taylor is still with us.

  • JinkyGenius

    Aug 22, 2009 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #3

    My two re-occurrent themes of the last week or so:

    1) Chris Hughton has been beyond outstanding, no praise is high enough at the way he has delivered a winning team in the face of such pressure.

    2) Jonas is a gem, I know I’ve said it over and over. Maybe some doubters will now realise that if any player can get us out of this CCC mess, he can. He’s got the magic touch that few other teams possess….

    PS: Hey Mr Brown, any chance of nationalising NUFC, kicking out Mashley and allowing Chris to get on with the job without us losing any more players (and perhaps even signing a couple along the way). Surely it is in the public interest??

    PPS: I’d even consider voting Labour again….

  • OHurley

    Aug 22, 2009 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #4


    “I’d even consider voting labour again”


  • tobbe77

    Aug 22, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Now we just need MA out of the club……….

  • buda boom

    Aug 22, 2009 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Only a clown of an owner would consider getting rid of jonas. wait a minute thats what we have. to help reduce the wage bill geremi, butt, colocinni and xisco should be all moved out the door and brought in the two norwegians we are always linked with and maybe some young players on loan deals. there is no point in signing lovenkrands he is crap. sol campbell no future.
    if the choice is hughton or one the three stooges curbishley. wee chesney and o’leary then we stick with hughton none of those other three have a personality that will fit into the toon jigsaw. all have been hounded out their previous clubs wee chesney especially celtic fans hated him

  • Here We Ngo Baheng

    Aug 22, 2009 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Too right we need players.

    At least 2 CBs when Colo surely leaves.
    LB competition/cover for Enrique.
    A proper right winger.
    A couple of pacy strikers, one of them needs to be experienced.
    A young modern defensive midfielder.

    Additionally we may need a left winger if Jonas is flogged.

    That’s what is required to get the numbers up to a reasonable level and mean most of our upcoming players are squad players but not the only alternatives so they will play more on merit instead.

    And they need to be chosen with a bit of thought so that they provide a good mix of pace and strength that is essential nowadays.

  • toonsy

    Aug 22, 2009 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Thats the thing, the momentum we have built up over the past few games will (in my opinion) be ruined if the statement on Monday is anything other than Ashley selling and a deal has been agreed. If that doesnty happen i can see the like off Taylor et all looking to get out leaving us with kids and the left overs nobody else wants.

    Other clubs will surely have an eye on it and will know if Ashley stays they can cherrypick whats left.

    I know its been said before but, one way or the other, Monday’s statement could decide the future of NUFC

  • Oba

    Aug 22, 2009 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #9

    We need 3 players.

    CB, LM, and ST. That is all, as long as we sell no more.

    Campbell, Driver and Beckford please.

  • Here We Ngo Baheng

    Aug 22, 2009 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #10

    Sol Campbell doesn’t have a long term future as a player (if he signs) but he would be able to help bring through all our young defenders.

    He could help complete the games of Stevie Taylor and increase Kadar’s rate of development as well as enabling some of the rest to come into contention sooner rather than later like James Taylor, Tavernier and Morris.

    Lovenkrands gives pace but with some real football intelligence as well as a decent LW option in the CCC. As I said above, bringing in a second younger paceman along the lines of a Bellamy or a young Owen and we’d have one of each striker (a tall strong target man, a shorter man with clever movement and pace and one all-rounder) as the long term future of our club.


    Aug 22, 2009 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #11

    well apparently for any deal to go through colocinni, jonas and s taylor all have to go first. ashley goes great but those 3 leaving will kill this side. for all colocinni looks woeful at times the facts remain in 4 games we have now only conceded against the team likely to have every chance of winning the league. those 3 leaving over the course of the season would be a step to far and leve us impossibly short in key positions.


    Aug 22, 2009 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #12

    anyone know how u 18s got on this morning.

  • toonsy

    Aug 22, 2009 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #13

    In the ideal world, Shearer knows we’re sold and has been working on transfers as there is very little time left to acquire people.

    In all probabilty, these good results could be the worst thing to happen to us, maybe swinging Ashley’s thought into thinking he can get us up with what we have.

  • Toonmania

    Aug 22, 2009 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #14

    unfortunatly, the only people that know if the deal is or isn’t on is ashley and Moat, hopefully it will be the latter or a combined effort from the pair of them at worst, hopefully good news monday and with a bit of luck it won’t be put back any further

    also does anyone know if ashley or moat was at the game today?? couldn’t see either of them from where i was

  • jordi

    Aug 22, 2009 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #15

    NO F IN KINNEAR // Aug 22, 2009 at 8:39 PM

    anyone know how u 18s got on this morning.


    Lost to Villa but don’t know the score.


    Aug 22, 2009 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #16

    ty jordi


    Aug 22, 2009 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #17

    you at game toonmania ? good stuff. how did they do containing c palace from the vantage point of actually being there.

  • Tel

    Aug 22, 2009 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #18

    Leicester is monday night surely, not next saturday????

  • dave 1961

    Aug 22, 2009 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #19

    the worst thing that can happen on Monday is shearer will not be given the job, because all else is irrelevant, shearer will guide Mike Ashley to make good decisions, the same way Llambias has had him make bad ones, success breeds success, when Mike Ashley starts to see his investments growing instead of being decimated he will invest, like all successful business man when he see’s a return on his money & has a smile on his face, he will re invest big style, & one day people will sing his name as the man who brings success to Newcastle, the only way this will happen is if he make the right decision on Monday. only time will tell. come on mike whats it to be Hero or Nero.

  • Alanmc09

    Aug 22, 2009 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #20

    Great result today by the lads!
    Chris hughton deserves every single bit of praise he gets!
    And i heard it was a sold-out away end again

  • Dennis Twice

    Aug 22, 2009 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #21

    Ashley out now! Go hel*! Burn in hel* you fago*
    We need players???? Where they are???? Whatt fuc* is going on???

  • cornish-magpie

    Aug 22, 2009 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #22

    RE: post 3

    Sure we’d make a better return than Northern Rock, only problem is Gordon Brown would be our chairman…..and we’d have a team comprising James McFadden, Barry Ferguson and the mackems keeper in goal…

  • Dennis Twice

    Aug 22, 2009 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #23


    S Taylor ——–Sol—-Colo————–Enrique



  • toonsy

    Aug 22, 2009 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Tel, leicester is on bank holiday Monday night, 8pm kick off. Its also on sky for those who cant/wont/refuse/whatever to attend.

  • toonsy

    Aug 22, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #25

    Dennis Twice – Butt instead of Smith, you must be joking!

  • magpie4ever

    Aug 22, 2009 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #26

    Guys i think Hughton has done a great job under the circumstances! However dont get sucked into the ‘lets make the caretaker manager the permenant manager’ mistake. The game is littered with these errors…Roeder for starters! Over at S*nderland..Crosby & Sbragia. Chris Hutchins (every job he’s got after being the caretaker) there are more but I’ve had a few beers so cannot remember em all! Having said that mind…rather him than FJFK (his name warrents an extra ‘F’ these days!!!!)

  • toonsy

    Aug 22, 2009 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #27

    Did anyone see thw West Brom game? In particular Ipswich’s woeful away attendance. When we were there we took up half the stand, Ipswich had 3 blocks and they were only half full.

    We need to keep it up, i’d love to see 50k + at St James’ at some point, just to really ram it in peoples faces who say we are fickle this that and the other.

  • Tino 11

    Aug 22, 2009 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #28

    I think if the club is sold we should bring in a new manager, but for stability and because the players respond to him, Hughton should deffo stay as coach or assistant manager.

  • geordie deb

    Aug 22, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #29

    If the announcement is that Ashley is staying I would be interested to know if those fans who are staying away will continue to do so or will they be back to support the team?

  • Tino 11

    Aug 22, 2009 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #30

    I’ve just thought of another reason why we are playing well,

    It’s that minging strip! The players go out on the pitch and think, bloody hell we look like tits wearing this, we better shut the crowd up and perform well!

  • Toon1978

    Aug 22, 2009 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #31

    Wheater,Lovenkrands,Beckford,Sol and Naughton would be a good start as well as S.Coppell in as manager and Taylor staying on at NUFC. Dream world i know but one must hope for something similar to occur at our beloved club.

  • Dave68

    Aug 22, 2009 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #32

    I go along with the earlier mentioned thought process that it will not be Doomsday if Ashley stays on under certain circumstances. The man has made huge mistakes and I am the first to say I hate him but if he brings in Moat as a co owner and Shearer as Manager I can see it being a positive step. We need stability above our hate for Ashley !
    Having said that i’ll be jumping through hoops if he announces the club is sold come Monday !

  • Toonmania

    Aug 22, 2009 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #33

    we did quite well to contain them for most of the game, we where a little sloppy at times and they got close a couple of times esp in the latter stages of the second half, but they played well to be honest it’s just nice to see the guys winning again, and you can see how well the team are bonding and just getting on with the job in hand,

    i have to say i think houghton has done a brilliant job under the circumstancies, just hope for good news on monday

  • M.Stockley

    Aug 22, 2009 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #34

    naughton has gone to spuds, so he wont be coming in toon 1978


    Aug 22, 2009 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #35

    cheers toonmania. that bodes well if we strengthened. 2 tricky away games 4 pts. hughton although isn’t the long term answer as a manager has earned my utmost respect and has shown jfk you don’t have to lick ashleys ar$e at every opportunity in the press. he has stayed onside with the fans by refusing to take sides in very difficult circumstances and for that i will always have time for him.

  • dave 1961

    Aug 23, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #36

    Chris Hughton has done an excellent job stuck it out never ran away like Keegan just kept his mouth shut and done his job. if we had lost him to we would be in the brown stuff now. we owe him a lot lets not forget him when the manager is brought in but Hughton would have been a good diplomat. we can say to fatty we don’t want your fn Kinnear just hope Mike Ashley tells Llambias to get on his bike


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