Ameobi Again Full Of Praise For Chris Hughton

Is it reallly true that Shola Ameobi is becoming a leader on Tyneside?


Shola Ameobi – great start to season

It certainly is looking that way, and while we’ve been surprised at just how good he’s looked – if he keeps scoring goals that will be true, and he already has young Nile Ranger looking up yo him and praising his for his help on the training field.

And Shola is also full of praise for Hughton, and thinks he has earned the chance to continue in the manager’s role on a more permanent basis.

Let’s say this – if Chris can get another win on Monday night, it’s hard to think he’ll not be given an extended chance, but we just hope it’s not a flash in the pan, as it turned out to be with Glenn Roeder a few years back.

Shola talked about Hughton today:

“He knows what it’s like to cross that white line, he’s been there and he’s instilled in us a togetherness, regardless of what has gone on which probably wasn’t there last year at times,”

“I think that’s a big difference, Chris Hughton’s obviously a guy we all respect and he deserves that respect.”

“I think it’s not so much what he has done than what he has asked us as players to do, which is to stay together and push on and push forward.”

Not many would disagree with that, and Chris is a real gentleman too.

We should know what will happen by next Wednesday but the incredible seems to be coming true – that we’ll still be in handcuffs with no new buyer and no new manager of the club, even when the transfer window closes.

And that’s been true since one week after suffering the devastation of being relegated.

That has to be ineptitude of the highest order by the upper management of this club. Thank goodness for Chris Hughton.

Remember on the first day after we were relegated, when Shearer said  with every day that passes another room burns?

That’s 95 rooms that have burned so far.

What did we do so wrong to ever deserve Mike Ashley?

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Davies

    Aug 28, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #1

    We asked for him. Sad but true. Back then, in the days of FFS, he looked loke a dream come true. Careful what you wish for….

  • thud and blunder

    Aug 28, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    there will be NO sale or news of the sale today for that matter. Why do we keep kidding ourselves.

    Tuesday 5pm will come and we will still be owned by Fat Ashley and have two loan signings max, cause the current regime wont sanction any long term signings.

    thats it….prepare for the worst guys!!!

  • batty

    Aug 28, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #3
  • thud and blunder

    Aug 28, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #4

    IF shola is injured, id play Smithy up front….sounds bonkers as hes never scored, but he is in good form so why not. Id rather play him there than Xisco….

  • belfast toon

    Aug 28, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    Ever the optimist thud and blunder.
    I haven’t given up yet the fatman has made some cracking errors up until now but their is no way he would send us into a 46 game season with this squad.

  • thud and blunder

    Aug 28, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6

    my team for Monday….



  • thud and blunder

    Aug 28, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7


    I am a half full guy, but at the end of the day weve waited since the middle of may for something to happen, weve been fed lie after lie..

    nothings going to change in the space of 4 days. If im wrong then great, but I just cant see it…

  • JinkyGenius

    Aug 28, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #8

    Davies, 100% true, Sir!

    And still we still keep on asking for miracle cures and expensive players and messianic managers and rich local owners when the raw resources are all there if you look hard enough – and that is Hughton’s gift and our undeserved good fortune to still have him at the club!

    Having rehabilitated Shola, Nolan, Taylor (R), Smith and Jonas, I hope the mighty Hughton can now turn his attention to Xisco and Collo because they are both under achieving class acts (and Xisco is a way, way better player then Chopra will ever be).

    Open your eyes, people, truly amazing things started happening at this club once this (admittedly dim) owner refused to be involved. At the end true talent will out, regardless of the circumstances.

    The fact this blog is still pro-Moat and Shearer despite the most miraculous start to a season I can ever remember (I started attending back in ’67) is beyond my comprehension. We should be showering Hughton & Calderwood with gifts and pledges of undying loyalty. If Ashley is the price of keeping Chris, then I’m prepared to pay it.

    Hughton’s is true coaching talent, not a flash in the pan Roeder style or a figment of Shearer’s pampered imagination, Ed! I am sorry you cannot see the difference. The thought we are prepared to sacrifice this solid, proven partnership for Shearer the over-hyped, expensive, inexperienced apprentice is driving me crazy with rage. He had his chance, he blew it!

    If Hughton does not get the chance to finish what he started we will deserve every plague and famine since ancient Egypt to be visited on St James’.

  • slazberger

    Aug 28, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #9

    xisco and carrol deffo out of mondays match, and with shola doubtful

    i think smith would be a good shout upfront short term thud and blunder.

    just as long as it doesnt give butt the opportunity to get back into the team, i think smith is doing a great job as a DM player and personally dont want to see butt in a newcastle shirt again and i cant beleive the pros and pundits still say hes a good player.

  • Toon_Army

    Aug 28, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #10

    Smith up front is a good idea, we need someone to scrap up there and get the ball to ranger

  • jordi

    Aug 28, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #11


    It makes me laugh (well, chuckle slightly anyway) when people (such as your good self) dismiss Shearer as inexperienced and then clamour for Hughton.

    Which clubs has Hughton managed then? Ours and Spurs isn’t it?

    And how did he do? Pretty badly until now yes?

    And why is he doing well now? Because we have premiership footballers in a championship league.

    All credit to the man and we’ve had a good start but don’t start hyping him as the next great thing on the strength of a few games.

  • slazberger

    Aug 28, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #12

    JinkyGenius- “He had his chance, he blew it!” could it not also be said chris had his chance last year also? i would love the club to keep chris as a coach if taken over or not.

    the only people to be succesful in the clubs recent history have been managers who understand the club and what it means to the fans and region, this is why i think shearer would be a good shout.

    john carver said soon after gullit signed he went for a night out, that was the first time carver had heard the term gold fish bowl and wouldnt leave his house after that.

    Big sam, dalgliesh, souness, gullit all experienced, all failed.

  • Nick 69

    Aug 28, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #13

    jinky (i wont put the genius part cos of that ridiculous last post)- Shearers record as manager in the premiership was better than that of Chris Hughton when he was in temporary charge, we were dreadful and getting hammered on a weekly basis under him. You say he has rehabilitated shola, r.taylor etc which is complete and utter bollox, he hasnt done anything to them, its just the fact that they are playing against much much weaker opposition which is making them look good!! you said yourself in your post he is a huge COACHING talent, which he may be, but we need a MANAGER to manage the team not a coach, he shud be doin what he does best COACHING!

  • dave 1961

    Aug 28, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #14

    is JinkyGenius Llambias because he talks the same language when has a coach ever been made manager & it worked give me an example because I can only remember failure, if it would work I would be all for it, I have nothing against Hughton I think he’s doing a cracking job that’s why I want him left there, as a manager he has to make more complex decisions , he is running the squad as per shearers instructions not his own, that’s why he’s a good coach he listens and done as he’s told, this is why he’s a good coach because to him it’s not a problem, when keegan , use his methods, Kinnear he don’t do training so this just seemed to follow anything the players wanted, no discipline that’s why we were relegated, the team was so unfit the second half we fell apart, and large sections had given up it was just a job, Taylor told us that, they came to work trained then went home, never even spoke to each other, now they have team meetings before and after training. Shearers doing Hughton did not try to do it his way because he expects Shearer back. if it’s not Shearer it has to be a top manager & we know that is not going to happen. someone convince me that it is possible Hughton could be the one that does not fail PLEASE I am desperate for some hope for the future.

  • Whumpie

    Aug 28, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #15

    jordi – couldn’t have put it better.

    Jinky – I get what you’re saying, but it’s all ridiculously skewed. I, like Ed, think Hughton has been a fantastic servant to the club and I’d rather have him there before JFK any day.


    Beating the likes of Reading, Huddersfield and Palace with a squad worth all of theirs combined does not warrant a manager of the year award.

    Doing so with grace, humility and unbelievable poise while all hell breaks loose around him is the reason I’m so impressed with Hughton. But it does not mean he’s the solution, any more than Roeder was in his first few, fantastically successful, games.

  • Whumpie

    Aug 28, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #16

    Personally, I’d love to see Shearer in charge with Hughton continuing as coach or assistant rather than Dowie. Not that I don’t rate Dowie – I just know Hughton’s good and I know nowt about Dowie.

    I also quite like the idea of what the craploids are making up today, i.e. Ashley retaining the shares, but taking a back seat while Llamearse is replaced by Moat. It makes sense for everyone, surely?

    Mind you – who will run Moat’s other businesses?


    Aug 28, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #17

    what? his other businesses like the talking fish?, i think it ran itself… into the ground


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