If Ashley Staying – Appoint Hughton Permanent Manager


Since the players now at Newcastle are at least assured of being at the club until January, which hopefully will provide some missing stability to the club, it’s time to increase that stability even more and appoint Chris Hughton manager

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Chris Hughton – with Colin – deserves manager of month award

That should be the case if Ashley is unlikely to sell the club this year, and that means we could even have two parts to the season, with two different managers and owners.

If somebody comes in and buys the club it’s likely Shearer will be appointed and if that’s the case Alan has to be very careful he maintains continuity and consistency and doesn’t try to change everything.

And today Newcastle players Steve Harper and Danny Guthrie have come out and said what a great job the coaching staff  are doing under the quiet and calm leadership of Chris Hughton.

We fully expect caretaker boss Chris Hughton to be crowned August Manager of the Month award for the Coca Cola Championship, after steering the unbeaten Tyneside club  to the top of the table. And he fully deserves it.

Harper spoke of the players’ respect for the managerial team.

“Chris, Colin and Paul Barron have all stepped up and done a fantastic job,”

“They have got the respect of everyone in that dressing room and that shows on the pitch.”

“Everyone has got each other’s backs and we’re in this together.”

And Danny Guthrie, who is starting to show some great form this season, not to mention some goal-scoring prowess, added:

“Chris and Colin have done wonders.”

“It’s testament to the job they’ve done that we’re top of the league and I think Chris more than deserves the manager-of-the-month award.”

“They’ve kept spirits up and have won the respect of all the lads.”

This all seems logical and a good time to appoint Chris on a permanent basis – at least until the club is sold.

But we have no idea what goes through the mind these days of the owner – because he never tells us anything – and Mike’s actions continue to amaze us.

Comments welcome.



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69 comments so far

  • Davies

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Seems reasonable. He should at least be given the rest of the season.

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  • AussieToon

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #2

    I was wary of having Chris in charge.

    Not anymore.

    He has done a brilliant job and I have no doubt he is the man we need to steer us to promotion.

    Low profile, unassuming…just what this club needs for once.

    I fully support having Chris as the manager.

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  • carrollfan

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #3

    I have to agree with this it’s not possible to fault what he has done this season

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  • ash1001

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #4

    Sorry Ed, but he is not the answer, for a start he is not strong enough, if he wanted players in, he should have stood his corner, other people were pulling the strings, it was exactly the same with outgoing players.
    OK the start has been pretty good, but thats mainly down to the players on the field, OK the two Chris’s may have contributed off the field but so probably will have all of the coaching staff, but its the attitude on the field that counts, so do not let us get carried away with the pro Hughton campaign.

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  • Eaststander

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #5

    I wouldn’t mind at all if it was made permanant but I don’t think Ashley will because he knows Hughton won’t mind the part time job and he is selling so doesn’t give a toss. I don’t think he is giving up on selling this time lets just hope its to th right people.

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  • Trent Toon

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #6

    Completely agree- Instead of relying on old legends, lets make so new ones!!!

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  • premier

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Aye may as well make the appointment–hardly worth replacing chief scout tho who has moved on to a club that actually might buy some players

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  • Bill F

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Can’t argue with any of what you’re sayingEd, it’s pretty well what most of us have been saying for some time.
    Changes in the coaching/management wouldn’t be conducive to the players mindset. A football club is a fairly closed community (instituion?) and constant change or upheaval is anathema to it.

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  • Eaststander

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Ash1001 Ashley will not let anyone pull the strings BigSam Keegan Kinnear Shearer Hughton He doesn’t want the manager to have a say in the transfers. He wanted to do it himself its his toy.

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  • Waddles mullet

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #10

    Ate you lot kidding me!!
    This is the bloke who failed 18 times out of 19 last season!
    He has done a great job, thanks
    but I could do a good job in this league just look at shola!!!!
    Next you’ll be calling for him to be in England squad

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  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #11

    CH has shown his worth and for the sellings, he had no say coz he was no manager but when he is made then MA will listen to him thats what happened with KINNEAR. I dont care the players who left they all wtd to leave and they were deadwood.

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  • Big Gaz

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #12

    I have to admit lads I will be the first to put my hands up ans say that the Hought, Calderwood combination did not fill me with any kind of excitment..

    Now I think they ARE doing a great job under the current climate. My only concern is that WHEN we do get promoted back where we belong are the names of Houghton and Calderwood big enough to bring in top class players… It may sound stupid but I belive it is true….

    Top quality players would have been climbing over the top of each other to play for the likes of the late great SBR..Alex Ferguson.. Moriniho and I just cannot see that happening with Chris as boss..

    He is a lovely lad doing a great job, but we need a big name at the top..SHEARER is everyones first choice, but he had 8 games that were not great lads…

    Im at a loss..but thats what high earners get paid to do at the club..try and keep the likes of us whinges happy..

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  • Entertainers

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #13

    Sorry everyone but I don’t agree, don’t get me wrong Chris and the rest of the lads have done a sterling job in difficult circumstances but how much of our great start has been down to the fact that we still playing what’s left of a premiership team against championship teams, I’m not disputing there are some half decent teams in the championship but it’s not the premiership is it!!, I’m not saying this because I want Shearer in or nobody else either, we didn’t look to promising when Chris was in charge when we were still in the premiership did we. If Shearer is to get the job then where better to learn the ropes whilst still hopefully getting us back up but we do need a Manager with some strong leadership skills and someone who should be given time by both the owners and the fans or we’ll forever be the club that lurches from crisis to crisis. So sorry Chris thanks for the good work but I just don’t see you our manager however you should be rewarded and kept on board for the cracking job done so far mate.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #14

    Waddles mullet, everything needs patience. Shola was always taken as Surplus in most of the teams but during the time of The Late Sir Bobby, Roder and Kinnear who had faith in him he delivered so he is an average player but not that bad. The worst thing is to be left out.

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #15

    Chris is not the answer, what making him manager will get him the sack, like Roader before him, Roader was a 1st class coach, and we lost him and he was not properly replaced until Keegan got Chris Hughton, if we are not to get a top manager, which we are not to , its best to keep things the way they are, these types of appointments always end in the sack, and that will set us back again we need to move forward, but not kamikaze style.

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  • slazberger

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #16

    “This all seems logical and a good time to appoint Chris on a permanent basis – at least until the club is sold.”

    so your saying offer him a caretaker managers position. o wait he already is. if we appoint him officially the club would have to pay compensation, if were taken over and shearer is appointed.

    if it isnt broke dont fix it.

    the only reason to appoint him imo is to make sure ashley doesnt try and hire JK.

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  • Solaidback

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #17

    I think he should be given the ob on a month by month basis until such times as a new owner comes in & they want to either make it perm or remove him & get someone else in!!!

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  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #18

    I love Shearer but I dont believe he will deliver he failed to motivate a team that jst needed one goal to stay up. That still runs in my head.
    For Roder, I know he had the sack but he was no good he can always come back this is his home.
    CH for me. We played better soccer with him as Manager compared to AL and Joke.

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  • Bill F

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #19

    Entertainers, I have to disagree, often EPL players find life in the Championship tough going. There are a lot of teams who just kept sliding down through the lower levels. I think it’s blo*dy marvelous to see the way the management and players have stuck together and given us such a good start. Kudos all round as far as I am concerned, with one exception of course.

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  • Dragonera

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #20

    Entertainers

    Long time no see. I was saying just last night that all we need now was an appearance from you and Tom Toon and it would be like old times on here.

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  • premier

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #21

    Hey Dave dont you think CH deserves a decent spell unlike “Roader” lol

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  • Here We Ngo Baheng

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #22

    Hughton is just continuing with the ideas Shearer and Dowie introduced in their 8 game spell in charge and that combined with losing many of the disruptive influences in the dressing room (Barton apart) and the fact the team still possess more quality on the ball then many of our opponents is why he is having success.

    Hughton is keeping things ticking over but we need a manager or when we’re back in the Premiership the team will get swamped again and we’ll end up as a yo-yo team.

    We need to be thinking short, medium and long term in regards to a manager, coaches and players alike who’ll be able to get us back up, re-establish ourselves and when the youngsters are really coming through, pushing on towards Europe.

    Shearer can do that. He’d just be continuing his work previously, he knows all the players at the club bar Simpson, he knows Hughton and Calderwood and so he wouldn’t need to make wholesale changes at all. It would be about possibly adding Dowie and Carver to the coaching staff and then the half dozen players we still need.

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  • lesh

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #23

    Waddles mullet @ 10… of course things weren’t too good last season and neither was the squad’s morale! JFK cretainly wasn’t the answer and neither was Shearer… then!

    Hughton and his colleagues have worked wonders under extrememly difficult circumstances and it surely wouldn’t do any harm to formalise his role as Manager and remove any uncertainties he and the palayers may harbour.

    Even an appointment to the end of the season’s a step in the right direction and provided his contract isn’t silly money with guarantees, I’m confident he’d accept the role and neuter any threat of JFK returning!

    That, my friend, is the most important thing to kill off and now.

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  • Bill F

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #24

    And how many really good managers started as famous or even well known people? Players will come to a top club even if a monkey is in charge, especially if the money are prospects look good.

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  • havanaclue

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #25

    just been on Villa blog …they all really like Harewood ,and wish him all the best if he comes to the Toon!!

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #26

    we did not play better with chris in the premier we were awfull, with chris with kinnear, with shearer, this is simply because of the attitude of the players, and the fact that they were unfit, culminating in shearer screaming at them, this is my club & city, don’t take the p**s out of my club, & don’t take the p**s out of my city, this was all down to Kinnear,as he did not take training, and the players use to take the p**s out of Chris Hughton to, this is what got us relegated, not Chris Hughton or Shearer.

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  • Dragonera

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #27

    It really gets on my tits when i here claims that our current success is down to Shearer and his “training regime”, which is simpy being continued by Hughton. WHAT NONSENSE! How do you know this? How disrespectful is that to Hughton? You are basically saying the man isn’t capable of doing well and can’t formulate and implement a training regime. NO, of course not. It must be down to Shearer. The great Shearer…NO! i saw nothing from Shearer to even suggest he would be a good manager and that he had any tactical know how. Fair enough it was only 8 games but he looked well out of his depth and devoid of ideas. How people on here still praise him and ask for his appointment is beyond me. I wouldn’t go near the man until he has proved his worth elsewhere.

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  • Bill F

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #28

    Just hope Harewood (if he comes) aint another Carl Cort.

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  • Wilad

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #29

    I suppose it all depends where our expectations are these days. Next 3 years what do we expect. Mid table prem? Europe? Chris H has done a fab job but he isn’t going to be the man to take us to where many fans expect over the next 3 years. However, putting someone else in and breaking up the chemistry that has been created could have a big detrimental effect on the squad. Lets use an example. Chris has Barton playing and supporting his team mates, he’s not destructive at the moment. What will happen if AS comes back?? We loose a big player from our squad most likely. I have no answer to this one, just lots of questions….

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  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 3, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #30

    CH had two bad spells but looking at match per match. I wont count the matches after KK coz those were bad for everyone. Morale was down.

    Vs Everton H
    We were able to soldier on with jst 10 men. Loverboy missed a sitter.

    Vs Bolton A
    The game was boring but we had most chances on goal. Bolton took their one chance and won.

    Vs Man U H
    We were the better team but a mistake from R. Taylor and a deflection cost us a game and those are Champions.

    Vs Hull A
    We were able to come from behind and pressure them till the end good fighting spirit. We played well for a good 30 mins.

    Vs Arsenal H
    Too many injuries in one game and Oba cost us the game with that miss.

    Then thats when AL came, you all know what happened.

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  • Solaidback

    Sep 3, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #31

    Dragonera // Sep 3, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    It really gets on my tits when i here claims that our current success is down to Shearer and his “training regime”, which is simpy being continued by Hughton. WHAT NONSENSE! How do you know this? How disrespectful is that to Hughton? You are basically saying the man isn’t capable of doing well and can’t formulate and implement a training regime. NO, of course not. It must be down to Shearer. The great Shearer…NO! i saw nothing from Shearer to even suggest he would be a good manager and that he had any tactical know how. Fair enough it was only 8 games but he looked well out of his depth and devoid of ideas. How people on here still praise him and ask for his appointment is beyond me. I wouldn’t go near the man until he has proved his worth elsewhere.
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    On the other hand, how can you say it isn’t???

    You’re just as bad by saying thing without proof, so until you can prove Houghton isn’t following on from what Shearer did, leave everyone to have their own opinions yeah!!!!

    There’s more proof that Houghton is carrying on with what Shearer did than not, so shut the frak up until you can prove otherwise!!!

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  • Toon_Army

    Sep 3, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #32

    He should be given an 18 month contract in my oppinion… Not fair for him to win the Championship and thenbe told to step down… Some Stability would be nice right now…

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  • Dragonera

    Sep 3, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #33

    Solaidback

    I didn’t say Shearer isn’t responsible. I am saying that people assuming he is responsible are wrong. So read the post properly before responding.

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  • Dragonera

    Sep 3, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #34

    Solaidback

    “more prooft Hughton is carrying on from Shearer”

    What proof is that then?

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  • Toon_Army

    Sep 3, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #35

    SHearer has nothing to do with the team right now, and I think he is best left on TV for the time being… Shearer certainly needs a little more experience before he takes control of NUFC, the fact that he was too proud to become Keegans No.2 did not sit well with me… He needs experience and does not strike me as a motivator either…

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  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 3, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #36

    I remember Shearer saying we were going to struggle. But he has proven wrong.

    I know its not his training CH has always had the players up and running. We are fit well. Butt and Geremi exeption

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  • alkinou

    Sep 3, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #37

    Does that really make a difference if he is appointed permanent manager rather than caretaker? For all I know he’s doing his job exactly the same as he would if he was a permanent manager.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 3, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #38

    CH 4 Manager. Every one has to show their worth. AL failed to do that.

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 3, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #39

    Dragonera its to Chris Hutons credit that he uses any ideas as long as they work, no one is saying any thing bad about Chris, that’s why we don’t want to loose him, you get the idea a coach is good when he survives several manager. we should drop the thoughts of anyone having a problem with him i think we can all agree that he is doing a remarkable job in extreme circumstances and anyone who disagrees is talking out his but. when i learned my job from someone i took what i considered were the best traits of people i worked with. all top managers could kill there granny if she got in the way i could not see Chris doing that.

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  • Macas35

    Sep 3, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #40

    will die for toon army- We have only played five games, there’s still plenty of time to struggle once injuries and suspensions take their toll. And if Shearer failed to show his worth then so did Hughton. People are getting far too carried away with the fact that we have won four games against poor to mediocre opposition.

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