Danny Simpson Praises Hughton To High Heaven

There are many uncertainties surrounding the Newcastle club today, and one of them is the  manager, and it is still unclear if Alan Shearer, Chris Hughton or another candidate will be given permanent control of the club for this season.

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Danny Simpson – big praise for Chris Hughton

Of course one of the mistakes we made last year is to keep changing managers, and therefore the way in which players were asked to play.

So if we do get a new manager in, we hope Chris and Colin will be kept on board and massive changes in playing style will not be made to upset the band-wagon.

We are winning games this season whereas last year we were losing them, so there’s less need to change the manager and less need to change the way we are playing if a new manager does come in.

And it seems like our only signing so far this summer, Danny Simpson, would have no problem with Hughton continuing until the end of the season:

“He’s a manager to me. I don’t see why he couldn’t be the permanent manager,”

“I don’t understand this thing about coach or manager – training has been spot on under him and on match days as a manager he gets people prepared in the same way that every manager I’ve worked with in the past has.”

“He’s very professional. They go about things in the right way – the tactics, the matches, the training – everything. I have noticed that the lads really like him and he’s really good.”

“Have I seen another side to him since I’ve been here? He’s not had to get angry yet – and I hope he doesn’t have to.” “I just hope we can keep winning for them. I’m thankful to him and Colin Calderwood for trusting me and giving me a chance to get my football in.”

We don’t think Chris is the long term answer to the management position on Tyneside.

Maybe Alan Shearer could be, but if he comes back he’s got a lot to prove –  and will need to keep Newcastle winning games – none of this draw stuff. 😀

But make no mistake, if Alan does come in hope he is told – before he accepts the job – that both Chris and Colin must stay – to at least provide stability and continuity to the management changeover.

And on the other hand If Alan doesn’t come in, fine, then we’re very supportive of  Chis and Colin to lead the side this season, hopefully to automatic promotion, and we’re sure the Geordie fans will continue to get behind the Londoner.

None of this protest stuff this season – please – we did enough of that a year ago for a couple of months and look where it got us.

Straight down to the second division – and yes while it may not have been the direct cause – it certainly didn’t help.

We all need to support the players and the manager even more this season if Ashley indeed stays.

But why people thought protesting Ashley’s ownership before home games did anything but unsettle the players, and therefore the team, is beyond us.

We were not too supportive of some of the NUSC group’s thinking and actions a year ago, but it looks like they are under new leadership now and a lot more responsible, which is good.

No, we must support the players and the manager, and that’s regardless of whether Mike Ashley keeps the club or not.

After all isn’t that why we are called supporters – we are supposed to support the team. 😀

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • Fostino

    Aug 31, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #1

    there’s no doudt, danny simpson is made to talk

  • Dan4Toon

    Aug 31, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Peter Lovenkrands in talks with us according to David Craig on Sky Sports News! 🙂

  • Ross

    Aug 31, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #3

    He certainly can talk the talk like. Hopefully he can perform on the pitch when it matters.
    I know it doesnt make much difference because he probably knows nowt but DC just been on SSN and the only thing he had to mention with regards to us was the fact that they were awaiting confirmation of Shola being out for 6-8 weeks should his foot injury be as severe as they think, and that we’re in talks with Lovenkrands. Ridiculous.

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 31, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #4

    LAYDEES and JENNELMAIRN…………….iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiittttttttttttt’s the DANNY SIMPSON SHOW!!

  • Big Dave

    Aug 31, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed i think you are on to something with this quote >> Of course one of the mistakes we made last year is to keep changing managers, and therefore the way in which players were asked to play.
    I think Ma has resolved that problem by not installing one. lol

  • Big Dave

    Aug 31, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Ross im surprised that we are in talks with Lovenkrands after the way they treated him at the end of last season.

  • Toon1978

    Aug 31, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #7

    I have seen good things from Simpson but he is no centre back. Put him in his corrcct position and he will do a good job. His attitude seems to be spot on something we have lacked at NUFC since Shearer left barring S.Taylor of course who in my opinion should be captain of the club he loves more then anybody else .

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 31, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #8
  • fergie

    Aug 31, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #9

    We need to make some signings and quick. We need to get Lovenkrands in and I see that Antoine Sibierski is also available on a free after being released by Wigan. Bring him back. If we are restricted to frees and loans then perhaps a cheeky bid for Nedum Onuoha on loan. If we have some money, then I think we should be looking no further than Jermaine Beckford, Kris Boyd and Andrew Driver. Whatever happens, we need 2 strikers, a winger and 1 or 2 defenders

  • Toon1978

    Aug 31, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #10


    Who knows mate and to be quite frank i’m sick of it all. All we hear is words and we see no action. Instead of bleating on about it on SSN get on with buying the bloody club if that is the intentions.

  • Irish Toon

    Aug 31, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #11

    Firstly Alan Shearer is unquestionable legend
    but why does every want him as our manger?
    Fair enough he has many of the qualities needed to be a successful manager but should
    he not learn his trade before he steps into a role that could be the job of his and the fans dreams
    Chris and Colin desevre their shot, by all accounts they have earned it. Happy players produce results, good results! Why change a winning formula?

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 31, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #12

    My thoughts entirely Toon1978. But until Ashley/Llambias confirm or deny owt, we’re gona be constantly force-fed dung.

    Incidentally, the only bit I believe in that story is…

    …”we went to meet the Newcastle board but they didn’t turn up. [Derek] Llambias didn’t show up, we had the financial director and the club secretary,”

  • magpie6699

    Aug 31, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #13

    I’ve discovered the answer to this “we’re very confident we can take over the club” stuff (Sky Sports – fannybase – again – thought they’d gone away to leave us in peace!).
    If you put your hands over your ears and sing “La-la-la” to yourself very loudly you can’t hear anything. You also get taken to a nice place with a garden and nice young people in white coats look after you. Try it – it works!

  • MacToon

    Aug 31, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #14

    People protested because of the way the owner was treating the fans and ofc KK. A year later and because of this ownership and his appointments we have dropped a league NOT because of any protests or because of the fans!

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 31, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Irish Toon, Shearer has to learn somewhere, and we’re a Championship club. The thousand mile journey starts with one step.

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 31, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #16

    ….whoever (if anyone!) comes in will have my FULL support though.

  • RyanToon

    Aug 31, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #17

    This Danny Simpson likes to talk a good game 😉

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 31, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #18

    Ryan, he’ll have his own chat show before we know it.

    …talk about turning a negative into a positive.

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 31, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #19

    ….which is fair enough, I’m not moaning.

    …er, well, maybe I am. TOON TOON!

  • JinkyGenius

    Aug 31, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #20

    Rodzilla, the thousand mile journey begins at a smaller club in a lower division. You wouldn’t stick plates on your prize Ferrari for your kids to learn to drive in, would you? The pressure on Shearer and the club would be too great, it could ruin NUFC and the special bond (who would sack him, anyway?) and put him off management forever – which would be a tragedy.

    Instead let Alan be a normal bloke and not a Messiah somewhere else, let him do his training and make his mistakes out of the spotlight and then let him make a realistic pitch for the job in another 3-5 years time (if he still wants it) when he has something positive to bring to the table beyond his status as an icon.

    Remember, the only medal he won was at Blackburn where he truly learned his trade….

    PS: The fact Chris can give a team talk at 1-2 down at half time, and not feel obliged to raise his voice or point to the shirt badge and whinge on about northern pride is music to my ears. All the passion in world has got us nowhere in 50 years, arguably it even cost us the title under Keegan, so an era of cool professional competence and detached managerial rationality would be very welcome…

  • dave 1961

    Aug 31, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #21

    the Barcelona thing is great 50,000 fans invest 20,000 i know where the wife’s foot would end up great idea if he gets 99 people donate 1 million he might stand a chance with the other 1

  • batty

    Aug 31, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #22

    jinkypenis shut you yapp

  • dave 1961

    Aug 31, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #23

    JinkyGenius the 5 years under Keegan would have been missed if we used you model, so you have shot yourself in the foot or do you not read what you post.

  • Ross

    Aug 31, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #24

    Rod-regardless of whether its true or not, if the quote regarding them travelling to Newcastle to talk about a potential takeover only for them to get there and decide Llambias had decided not to turn up is true, then its disgusting.

    “oh we’re trying to sell, oh its tough selling a football club, oh we just dont think tom dick or harry is right for the club”

    ..how the f!ck do you know if you dont turn up to bloody well meet them!?..disgusting!

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 31, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #25

    £20/25m per year…Wow, graeme, BIG MONEY!..

    …That should keep us in the top 6 in the chumpionship or maybe bottom 8 of the premiership!..Get in!..

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 31, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #26

    …”let him do his training and make his mistakes out of the spotlight and then let him make a realistic pitch for the job in another 3-5 years time”

    Jinky, this was my view on Shearer managing us before he came in for our last 8 (by which point the damage had already been done). I was totally gobsmacked by his appointment.

    However, he kicked a lot of proverbial @ss since his arrival, and got the players acting like ’employees’ again. You can have a genius for a boss, but if he doesn’t command your respect you will always take the p155 at work. As I said, I’d support anyone who comes in, but I don’t really think this ‘experience’ argument makes that much difference.

    The only way we’ll know, is by seeing him in action. People talk about how great Chris Hughton has been. What experience has he had in managing a football club?

    And, of course I wouldn’t “..stick plates on (my) prize Ferrari for (my) kids to learn to drive in..”

    …but we currently have a crash-damaged Ferrari with no steering wheel, 4 bald tyres, and it’s heading for the scrap yard.

    …and I know a pretty good mechanic!

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 31, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #27

    FFS, Ed has posted ANOTHER TWO STORIES since I started writing that. Oh well, what a waste of time that was.

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 31, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #28

    …make that one. 🙂

  • Big Dave

    Aug 31, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #29

    Rod it does get confussing at times why dont you just cheat mate and copy and paste

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 31, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #30


    ….I fkn hate copy and pasting Dave. It just feels wrong. Id does my head in when people copy and paste whole posts from people when replying too, rather than just the gist in quotes. you end up reading the same thing a million times.

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 31, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #31

    …at least TomToon stopped his hyphen-b0mbing anyway 😀

    That was a real pet hate for me. I think fighting fire with fire helped there. Incidentally, where are you TT? Hope all is well. The more the merrier…….

  • Big Dave

    Aug 31, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #32

    Rod i havent seen him on in ages unless he has changed his name to one of the many new ones that keep cropping up. and rod do you know when the new deadline was till, as i thought it was another 7 days but looking at the club statment lastnight it never gave a time limit.

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 31, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #33

    Dave, it’ll probably drag on for another 18 months mate


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