Chris Hughton Nears 12 Months Of Hell on Tyneside

Chris Hughton is currently Newcastle’s interim manager for the third time in 12 months.

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Chris Hughton – 4 wins in 5 games this season

And it is almost  exactly a year since he took over from Kevin Keegan, after the manager walked out after just 3 league games of the season, on 4th September last year.

Before the start of this season Chris, aided by Colin Calderwood since January, had won only one game of the 10 he had been in charge of.

And that was the 3-2 win at WBA last February, after Joe Kinnear had taken ill early that morning with his heart problems.

But he has motivated the Newcastle players, after least seasons’ nightmares both on and off the pitch, under the chaos that Mike Ashley has brought to the  club, and is on a run of four wins and a draw this time around.

Hughton said:

“The work you do with the players is no different, the fact that you still enjoy coming into training every day is no different.”

“What is different is the results and there isn’t anybody involved in this game that is not affected by results.”

“Certainly there is a little bit more spring in everybody’s step when results are going quite well.”

The former Tottenham defender and coach has been in an uncomfortable position all season, and even when he started taking the pre-season back on July 1st there were always rumors there could be a new owner by the end of the week, and nothing has changed.

We are now being told an American consortium is making significant progress in trying to buy the club form Ashley, who is hardly the most popular figure on Tyneside, but if that will turn out to be an actual sale is anybody’s guess.

Chris continued:

“This has been a longer period than other times when I have taken the caretaker role because a manager had gone and it was very much short-term.”

“But this has lasted longer, and the issue of the club’s ownership has probably overtaken everything.” “There’s no doubt the quicker it’s resolved, the better for everybody.”

Leicester City, now managed by former Newcastle coach Nigel Pearson, were promoted last year and have made a decent start this season, also being unbeaten in their first 4 games.

City will go joint top with WBA, if they can topple the Magpies tonight at St. James’ Park. And certainly Leicester should provide tough opposition tonight, in front of a crowd expected to be around 46,000, which would be more than Liverpool’s last home league game at Anfield.

And this is the Championship?

The Foxes midfielder Richie Wellens said:

“At the end of the day, they are a Championship side like we are.”

“We are playing Newcastle the players, not Newcastle the football club.”

It would be fitting if Newcastle can serve up one of their best displays tonight, in honor of the fabulous support they’ve received from Newcastle’s fans sibnce relegation last May.

If they can do that, and win the game there will be lots of happy faces on Tynesdie tomorrow.

And if Ashley then announces he has sold the club – all; the good news will be hard to take, we’

The Newcastle faithful have had so little of that since this man bought the club just over two years, and has proceeded to demonstrate to everybody, that he and his right hand man, Derek LLambias (a former Casino manager no less), haven’t got a clue about how to run a football club.

And we all wish they would stop – becasue everybody is now convinced of that.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • roscoe

    Aug 31, 2009 at 6:06 AM

    Comment #1

    do u ever sleep ED?

  • NUFCmagpie

    Aug 31, 2009 at 6:15 AM

    Comment #2

    hopefully we can get a result and go top of the league. losing carrol and xisco wasnt that big of a deal but shola and spiderman are in form but i still can see a goal or two coming from midfield. maybe even one from Steven Taylor!

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 31, 2009 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #3

    lol his hair is really going grey.
    Doing a great job with one arm tied behind his back.

  • Ericles

    Aug 31, 2009 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #4

    If this American consortium is for real it means that a sale will still only go through after the transfer window closes. So that would mean Al gets the job with a squad he cannot improve until January. Someone please tell Ashley that deadline does not mean the same thing as dead in the water! A nail biting two days ahead. Top of the table 9.45pm!

  • Nick D

    Aug 31, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #5

    Sadly Ericles my glass is always half empty and I have a horrible feeling Leicester will do us. Didn’t think so at the time, but maybe we missed a trick with Nigel Pearson.

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 31, 2009 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Nick – you might be a realist, but come on ffs. Save the doom and gloom mate and keep the faith.
    I’m one of the deluded ones, lol, so I think 2-0 to the Toon. Shola coming off the bench to score the winner.
    Toon Toon

  • MarkO

    Aug 31, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #7

    Some goood news Hughton is close to signing Daniel Sturridge on loan

  • Waddles mullet

    Aug 31, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #8


    he would be outstanding in this league!

    Where you heard that like.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 31, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #9

    were you hear that mark?

  • Toonkistan

    Aug 31, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #10

    sturridge moved to chelsea in the summer and they’ve let shevchenko go too….that leaves them with drogba anelka & kalao

  • toonsy

    Aug 31, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #11

    NICK D – Dont worry fella, we’ll be ok tonight. I have put my safety bet on! If Leicester win i get £55, the forces of nature mean i never win money which means we will get a positive result. Its worked so far this season, and if it carries on Newcastle will go up, I’ll be bankrupt but it’ll be worth it 😀

    Sturridge would be excellent in this league. The only thing is i doubt if his loan works that we would be able to sign him full time.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 31, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #12


  • Lew Davies

    Aug 31, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #13

    ROFL @ Toonsy.

  • RyanToon

    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #14

    marko is the spurs fan i think

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #15

    Ed, that’s a cracker of a Freudian slip there mate….

    ….”lots of happy faces on Tynesdie tomorrow.”


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