Chris And Colin Have Done Magnificent Coaching Job

Lee Clark, who was born in Wallsend, and  had the distinction of  scoring a hat-trick for England schoolboys at Wembley in 1988, has come out today and praised the Newcastle coaching duo of Hughton and Calderwood.


Chris and Colin – magnificent job over summer

Lee has cited the magnificent job the two are doing in such difficult circumstances, and of course Lee is a fanatical Newcastle fan.

The Huddersfield manager gave praise to the two coaches, who have gone through hell and high water this summer, with Calderwood presumably still on a week by week contract he started in early July, when pre-season training started .

Clark said today:

“Chris and Colin have done a magnificent job to focus the players – and the players have to take credit as well.”

“With all that’s happening around the club, they have focused on the job in hand.”

“And they have got to do their job and hopefully get them back in the Premier League.”

Clark of course makes no secret of his love for the Newcastle club, and over a playing career that spanned 440 first class games and 60 goals, he had two spells at Newcastle,  and in total played over 220 times for his home town club with 24 goals.  He was capped 11 times by the England U21 side..

Lee had former Newcastle coaches Terry McDermott, Derek Fazackerley and Paul Stephenson in the dugout with him last night.

Lee added:

Obviously, we have a huge affinity with this football club. If we were going to get drawn away from home, then this is the one we wanted.”

“And when it happens, you want your team to produce a performance that is worthy of Huddersfield Town and makes people sit up and take notice.”

“I think we did that.”

Clark had said he had wanted to bring on 20 year-old striker Lee Novak, born and bred in Newcastle and a Newcastle fanatic (surprise, surprise), into the action from the subs’ bench but wasn’t able to:

“If I hadn’t had to make two substitutions for injuries, I would have been able to.”

That sounds almost like an excuse to Lee Novak, who no doubt would have loved to come on at St. James’ Park, but there again he may have scored. 😀

Well it was a great game, and everybody came out winners in the end, and Lee Clark did his management ambitions no harm at all, with the way his team played last night.

Seems like he learned a lot from Kevin Keegan.

14 comments so far

  • cam_toon

    Aug 27, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #1


    Good Job.

  • Stuart79

    Aug 27, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #2

    I could have coached this lot of players to 3rd in this league!

    Lets not get carried away.

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Aug 27, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Definately, I think it has made a difference the fact that Chris & Colin have had the pre-season with the lads, got their ideas accross and gaing the lads respect & confidence.

    When they have stepped in in the past, they have just carried on the way things were with whoever was last in charge.

    I think they have don a cracking job and I think if Ca$hley stays he wouldnt go far wrong appointing these two full-time rather than experimenting with another manager!

    If Ca$hley does not stay then I hope whoever comes in retains these two and rewards them for the work they have done in keeping us afloat!

  • stevep

    Aug 27, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #4

    You can’t knock Hughton for the job he’s doing, still don’t think he’s a lomger term cjoice tho.
    Lets face it we’ve all seen this a thousand times where caretaker manager does a great job for 10 games then the players take thier foot off the gas when they realise they don’t have to impress a new incoming manager and it’s just the old coach taking over.

    Hope whoever comes in to manage keeps him around though, would be very harsh to sack him given all he’s done over the last couple of years

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Aug 27, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #5


    Come off it, this is the same group of players who gave us virtually nothing last season, they have been injected with confidence, belief and a never say die attitude which, to be fair, we have not seen in our squad for a few seasons now!

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Aug 27, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #6


    not to mention the fact we need to keep hold of them both so they are there rady to stand in whenever the next manager decides o walk out or is not given enough time!!!

  • Stuart79

    Aug 27, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #7

    NUFC-0809-Oh Dear // Aug 27, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    It might have something to do with the fact that they are just not good enough to play in the PL.

    Footballers are like water – It will always find it’s level.

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Aug 27, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #8

    @ Stuart79

    Sure, I agree we have players who are not good enough for the PL, or not good enough for the PL with the players around them!

    but we do forget that it was some of these players’ first season in the PL and not many come into that league and hit the ground running

  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 27, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Komfort – posted reply on prev thread mate

  • dave 1961

    Aug 27, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #10

    the facts are so simple the players don’t know who is to be the next manager so they are behaving themselves and have done since shearer was in charge before that they were walking around taking the p**s out of Hughton he’s a good coach lets not loose him, we have been at this point many times & it never works, & never will.

  • dave 1961

    Aug 27, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #11

    how about putting the info from this site on hear then when people understand the mistakes of the past we just might not repeat them

  • chuck

    Aug 27, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Dave 1961
    Is that a left handed compliment to Hughton ?
    They are behaving themselves since Shearer ?
    Fact is Hughton has a much better record than shearer, both before and after.
    To imagine AS came to the club and created anything more than a consistently losing side and pocketed a nice piece of change in the process would be delusional.
    And to boot most fans still dont understand why MA has`nt hired him full time.
    Figure it out , it aint rocket science !

  • dave 1961

    Aug 27, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #13

    no its bigotry because shearer stood up to him and told him how it was & the previous year keegan could not win in his first 8 games so is keegan a bad manager, the reason shearer could not do anything was it was left to late the players were not even fit by the time shearer came in wake up and smell the coffee

  • dave 1961

    Aug 27, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #14

    if any one wants a list of stand in failures im sure we could get a list together Roader Richard Dinnis that macum


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