Hughton Has Never Even Thought Of Leaving Newcastle


Chris Hughton has done tremendously well this summer, and has revealed for the first time he’s had offers from other clubs.

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Chris Hughton – never a thought  he would leave Newcastle

Hughton revealed today in the Sunday Mirror:

“I have had offers to go elsewhere. Certainly, there have been enquiries. But I haven’t been tempted one little bit, simply because of the position we’ve been in.”

“Not at any stage have I thought about walking away. In the time I’ve been here, either as temporary manager or coach, there have been difficult times.”

“The difficult times were that we were at the wrong end of the Premier League table, the problems with trying to sell the club.”

“Certainly, for me to walk away from all that would have just added to the problems. Yes. I still fancy the job. I would be happy to be in control of this group of lads for as long a period as the club wanted me to be.”

How’s that for loyalty – something not too many of our star players have shown over the summer, as they got out of Toon as quickly as they could,  once we were relegated.

Michael Owen was probably the best (or should that be worst) example of this.

Michael was captain of the club and in the last 5 weeks of last season, while we were trying to avoid the drop, he didn’t say a single thing, and of course didn’t score after January.

How’s that for leadership on and off the fileld – or lack thereof.

Two days after we were relegated he left Tyneside in his helicopter, and we heard nothing from him until he signed for the Red Devils in July – to say how pleased he was to join such a great club.

When he recently scored Manchester United’s 4th goal of a 5-0 rout of Wigan – he had been brought on as sub with the game already won – you would have thought he had scored the winner for England in the World Cup Final.

We thought it was all rather embarrassing – for Michael.

Of course that’s until we realized he’s on pay for performance at Manchester United, and he had just put some money in the bank for scoring a goal – how silly of us not to understand that sooner.

Just let’s say that Michael Owen is not a popular guy on Tyneside now, and in truth never was.

He cost the club £40M over 4 years (£17M transfer fee and about £23M in wages) – and we got 70 appearances out of him, with just 30 goals, and when it really mattered, during the relegation fight, he didn’t turn up.

The worst deal ever in Premier League history for any club.

So we are very pleased to have people like Chris Hughton at the club, who display both loyalty and leadership, when things get tough.

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58 comments so far

  • JinkyGenius

    Aug 30, 2009 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #1

    ‘So we are very pleased to have people like Chris Hughton at the club, who display both loyalty and leadership, when things get tough.’

    Very touching, Ed, but given the lack of real loyalty from this blog to Hughton isn’t it a tad hypocrtical, n’est pas? Fans should be 100% behind this guy to keep his job and steer us back to the Prem after the near miraculous work Chis and Colin have been doing since the club was cast adrift. Instead, the Blog remains pro Shearer, with the hope Chris will be ‘thanked for his efforts’!

    Could Shearer have done this? No, he lacks the skills. Would Shearer work for Hughton’s wages? No, he lacks any concept of the real world (ie you need to qualified to get a job). Yet it seems all around me want the special son back, as long as we pat Chris on the back (and maybe give him a Teas-Made or a gold watch) when all fans should be solidly behind the guy to get the job full time ASAP.

    This is no flash in the pan, but unless Chris gets the support he deserves from the faithful it could be – would you blame him if accepted an offer to work elsewhere? Or do you expect him just to keep on work tirelessly until he is fired or demoted to the backroom again?

    Why is the bar set impossibly high for Hughton and laughably low for Shearer (and he still tripped over it)?

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  • Mikey25

    Aug 30, 2009 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #2

    I think personally its a case of once bitten twice shy, take Roeder….amazin turnaround for us, he was a legend, became manager and then ermmm…….!!!
    Hughton is a coach, and a dam good one at that but a manager he aint!! With the players we have we should walk the league, pretty much every player in our squad would walk into any other Championship team. Now its not hard to manage a team of players who are a hell of a lot better than the rest of the division! Yes he has done an amazingly amazing job gettin morale up and gettin the players ready but we literally have no tactis apart from, pass left and the odd nice ball over the top. I think more than anything Shearer is a good face to have at Newcastle purely because many of the younger players coming through would have idolised him.
    This post sounds like im slaggin Hughton off but its far from it, he has done a bloomin great job but even he knows he is keeping the chair warm for another manager and im sure he’ll have one massive sigh of relief once the spotlight is off him.

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  • bill

    Aug 30, 2009 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Shearer has never been given the opportunity.
    He has all it takes to be a great manager.

    I’m getting a bit tired of JG running him down.

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  • stevep

    Aug 30, 2009 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Jinky – you’re talking out yer ar5e man.
    I think everyone on here respects Hughton for the job he’s done however automatically giving him the job would be a disaster.
    There are very few instances of this being a long term success for any club, ricky sangria at sunderland last year being just one among many, did a great job until he was given the job!

    btw: why are you such a shearer hater (personally I think it all depends on new owners having cash to spend, hughton wont attract decent players, shearer will simple as that, although no money means shearers no better tahn chris)

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 30, 2009 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #5

    If Shearer gets the job we know our owners are serious players with money to spend.

    He has the respect of everyone and he will be a great manager one day.

    He needs that chance.

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  • jordi

    Aug 30, 2009 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #6

    jinky

    What skills does CH display that AS didn’t that affects the team?

    What qualifications does CH have that AS doesn’t that affect the team?

    How do you know what AS wanted in wages and how do you know how much CH is on?

    Why do you think we are doing better in the CCC than we were in the EPL with average EPL players?

    If this isn’t a flash in the pan then what were his other unsuccessful stints?

    What have you got against Shearer?

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  • Mags

    Aug 30, 2009 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #7

    I admit that I have never wanted Hughton as manager (temporary or otherwise) however, I do think he is owed a big thanks for working in such circumstances and with great dignity.

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  • Nick D

    Aug 30, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #8

    Jinky –
    Good words. We had 44000 against Sheffield Wednesday. It doesn’t automatically follow we get more fans because of Shearer. We get more fans if the team is doing well, period. Chris Hughton is low profile, does not have a huge ego and is not greedy. I say if he keeps getting the results, long may he continue.

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 30, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #9

    I think what everyone is fogetting is that it is a totally different job being full time manager than caretaker ask:

    Glenn Roeder (Newcastle)
    Stuart Pearce (Man City)
    Bryan Gunn (Norwich)
    Rob Kelly (Leicester)
    Ricky Sbragia (Mackems)
    Chris Hutchinson (Wigan)
    Sammy Lee (Bolton)

    There will be many more.

    All these managers had a caretaker role, did ok and got given the job full time. They all got sacked after doing a sh1t job within a year!

    Nuff said….

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  • hitman

    Aug 30, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #10

    shearer should go and learn his trade like lee clark has,CH has done a great job dont forget calderwood as well.

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  • batty

    Aug 30, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #11

    JinkyGenius your make up more shit than the sunday papers

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  • Sime

    Aug 30, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #12

    CH has done a fantastic job, nice one!

    But, if for arguments sake, we manage to win promotion next season, is he the long term answer for our team? Will he attract the right players? be given enough time when we hit a rough patch-as every manager surely does?

    CH has done well uniting and getting the troops focused with all this nonsense going on in the background. But, the next appointment we make must be for the good of the club for the long term bringing much needed stability and progress in the right direction. Maybe that is Shearer, maybe its not, i dont know but someone with a footballing brain will hopefully make the right appointment.

    As someone mentioned earlier, we are playing in a lower standard league with average EPL players so im not going to read too much into our good start although im delighted but without getting players in it surely cannot be sustained!

    Fair play to CH for uniting and focusing the troops. If we win on mon night and CH is given the Manager of the Month award it would be just like us to replace him!

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  • Nick D

    Aug 30, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #13

    It is very rare that a great player makes a great manager and rarer still that that a great player returns to the club he predominantly played for and becomes a successful manager there as well.
    The obvious exception is Pep Guardiola.

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  • TERRYHIBBETONTHEWING

    Aug 30, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #14

    Bobby Robson wanted Shearer in as manager and that’s good enough for me,but credit to Hughton and Calderwood they’ve done well so far in difficult circumstances.If the takeover fails then they will be in charge for the season.Next May will be the judgement period and hopefully we’ll be in the mix.I’m sure Richard Dinnis was caretaker boss in 77 after Gordon Lee junped ship for Everton and that was a disaster too.Any cash turnstiles tomorrow night guys???.

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 30, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #15

    Words from Hughton……….

    “Certainly, for me to walk away from all that would have just added to the problems.”

    Cannot fault the man, well for his commitment anyway. If a few others had this never-say-die attitude I doubt we’d be in the mess we are now.

    …and I can’t be @rsed with the old Shearer debate anymore, I’ve voiced my opinions on it too many times. CH & CC are great coaches. Shearer for manager.

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  • TERRYHIBBETONTHEWING

    Aug 30, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #16

    NICK D
    Point taken,Franz Beckenbauer comes to mind,but they are in the minority!!

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  • Warwick Hunt

    Aug 30, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #17

    CH has mentioned he has offers from other clubs but he doesn’t mention what roll he was offered does he? He is a Coach and he knows it, he’s a good coach and should be rewarded at NUFC for his work thus far. But a mnanger he isn’t and we need a manager ASAP.
    I agree with Hitman that Shearer should learn his trade with a team in the lower leagues, maybe he should go to a CC club that vis trying to get get promotion into the PL! Ahh wait a minute? This is set up perfectly for Shearer to come in, he’s prrobably the only person on the planet who would get time and patience from the Fans. He is respected by Players, fans, managers and the media, he is our best hope to take us forward.
    Hats off to CH, CC and the Players, the club may be in total disarray, choas and a shambles but at least the team seems to be United. Relegation could turn out to be a blessing in disguise in the long term.

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  • batty

    Aug 30, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #18

    Warwick Hunt // spot on people keep forgetting we are a lower leuge team how low do they want shearer to go ffs

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 30, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #19

    Carry on up the jungle is on GOLD at the mo. All these tarts trying to get Sid’s pant off. A bit like SJP?

    Tonka tonka!

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 30, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #20

    Exactly, WC. Well, that’s part of it. Before we got Kinnear in I was saying how I didn’t think Shearer was ready for the job, neither did I think he’d take it; and that I thought he should take up a job in the CCC first to learn the ropes. Well, there you go………

    I’m about 1 percent sure he’ll come in though. I think Ashley will stay and doubt he’d work with Shearer as Al is one of the few candidates that knows exactly what we need to do, and this involves wedge. CC & CH’s strings will be cut shortly, to make way for another puppet.

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 30, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #21

    ‘Carry On Dick’ would be more appropriate, Isaac

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 30, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #22

    I don’t think Chris actually wants to be manager.

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  • hitman

    Aug 30, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #23

    if shearer gets the job great i hope he succeeds,my opinion is i would of liked a manager with experience,then again shearer will be lurking in the background till he got the job.

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 30, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #24

    …I’m sure he doesn’t Isaac, but he ain’t got much choice with the fat puppet-master hovering above him and paying his wages

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 30, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #25

    MA will never stand and deliver!

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 30, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #26

    We’re all a bit two-faced tho. I ranted on about Shola last season and now I’m singing his praises. I’m not sure how patient we would be if Shearer was manager, had a crap season but still threw his weight around.

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 30, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #27

    BOOOM BOOOM 🙂

    …he knows a thing or two about hold-ups though

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 30, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #28

    A couple of viagra does it for me Rodz

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 30, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #29

    Isaac, I’ll hold my hand up here and say I whinged on like a big girl about Shola on many an occasion, when we were in the Premier League. I’m sure he wouldn’t have scored 5 goals already up there. I’ll start slagging him off again when we get promoted.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 30, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #30

    …. and I’m AdamAnt about that 🙂

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 30, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #32

    …that’s him out of the question then.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 30, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #33

    Laters. Ah’m off to B&Q on Scotty Road. Full of owld gadgies and lezzers.

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 30, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #34

    I got wood the last time I was in B&Q

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 30, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #35

    Bollox and Quim

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  • bill

    Aug 30, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #36

    Shola looked as if he could a world beater a few years ago. He had a great game away to Barcelona and I thought, here we go, he looked powerful, skillful, pretty good in the air and very deceptive. Then what?

    I’m not sure what happened to him; injuries took their toll and he never seemed to be fully fit. He lacked pace and he was always too slow in seeing opportunities for others and his shooting was generally a scuffed attempt.

    A bit of an enigma really.

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  • bill

    Aug 30, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #37

    B&Q – you should have gone last week; there was a 15% off youcher available.

    owld gadgie.

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  • bill

    Aug 30, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #38

    Voucher not youcher.

    Youcher are good too.

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  • magpie6699

    Aug 30, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #39

    I cannot praise Hughton highly enough – excellent start to the season, good substitutions generally and a squad playing (mostly) like a team. And Alan Shearer would be a gamble, no doubt about it – but who wouldn’t.
    However, what I don’t get is the argument by those who want Hughton as manager that Shearer needs to get his experience first. I could get that if we were comparing AS with coppell, Curbishley etc. – but what experience has CH had as a manager? By my calculations he had about 10 games in charge in the Premiership – with a record no better than Shearer’s 8 games. He has since had another 5 games as acting manager playing non-premiership oppostion – with excellent results.
    What CH does have is reasonable experience as a COACH – but that is very different from being the manager, attracting / selling players, making the big team decisions, handling the pressures etc. My dream team would be AS as manger and CH as coach / deputy – I think they would complement each other. And I wouldn’t be totally heartbroken if CH was given the job (whereas I would slash my wrists if it was JFK and take to the whisky bottle if it was O’Dreary). But I would be JUST as anxious about him as about Shearer because there ain’t that much more proof or experience with him than AS.
    And to Stuart 79, I would add the name of Richard Dinnis (Newcastle) for those who go back to the 70’s. Good coach, the players choice, did well for a bit and then…..

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  • bill

    Aug 30, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #40

    Richard Dinnis – don’t frighten me like that, I’ll start to have nightmares again, or should I say more nightmares to go with those inflicted by MA.

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