Hughton And Calderwood – All Credit Goes To The Players

Colin Calderwood, who joined Newcastle with Joe Kinnear in January and then left, and then came back to help with the Newcastle pre-season training, has talked today about the team and the great start to the Championship season.


Colin Calderwood – plays down impact he and Chris have had

The 46 year old Scot was capped 36 times for Scotland,and played for Spurs over 170 times from 1993-1999 as a defender.

Colin was asked how much influence Chris and himself have had this season, and he laughed before saying:

“Our influence has been almost entirely nil,” “But no, it’s a terrific run and long may it continue.”

“Credit has to go the players. You just feel at the moment that they’re so focused and determined that we’re going to get something from every game.

“It’s been a great start and we couldn’t have wished for better, but there’s still a long way to go and we have to keep our feet on the ground.”

All we would add to that is that we have to keep this up, and this cannot be just a flash in the pan.

And perennial stand-in boss boss Hughton added:

“Any plaudits must go to the players.: “They defend as a team and to go four league matches now without conceding is fantastic.”

“If you do that then the chances are you’re going to win games, and that is what’s happened.”

Chris and Colin were going to be part of Joe Kinnear’s team, but that was before we got relegated and before Joe had his heart problems in February.

Chris and Colin are an unlikely duo in the spotlight right now, but hey, as long as our terrific results continue, we don’t want to change anything that’s working so well.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • lesh

    Sep 4, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Very noble words from them and it’s to Calderwood for saying so too.

  • lesh

    Sep 4, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #2


    * Very noble words from them and it’s all credit to Calderwood for saying so too.

  • komfort

    Sep 4, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #3

    so chris and colin could just be keeping thing’s ticking over until uncle joe returns…oh deary deary me this could all end in tears..

  • Geordie Cobbler

    Sep 4, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Calderwood is a brilliant coach and a brilliant manager, it hasn’t bin the same at Northampton since he left….hence relegation lol. Great bloke.

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 4, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Really warming to these two….they leave Shearer and JK in the shade.

    If the good run continues they should be given permanent managerial positions.

  • Geordie Cobbler

    Sep 4, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #6


    Agreed! Regardless what happens with ownership these two are more proven than shearer and are doing a hell of a good job in charge with very limted resources. They should be appointed perm now!

  • batty

    Sep 4, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #7

    komfort spot on

  • batty

    Sep 4, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Geordie Cobbler // Sep 4, 2009 at 11:57 AM


    Agreed! Regardless what happens with ownership these two are more proven than shearer and are doing a hell of a good job in charge with very limted resources. They should be appointed perm now!<<<<< what a joke lol lol lol lol lol

  • batty

    Sep 4, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Geordie Cobbler we have by far the best players in this leauge even the great jokinear would be top of the leauge with this team

  • JinkyGenius

    Sep 4, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Although I have been banging on for weeks here about Chris Hughton being given a fair crack of the whip in the face of Ed’s pro-Shearer onslaught, I am always nervous about the over-zealousness of the recent convert; as displayed in Ed’s earlier call for CH to be manager.

    Let’s go back a year. I was annoyed at KK, Wise and Ashley for not sorting the situation out long before the explosion took place. KK, credit due, had pulled the team out of real relegation worries the season before, and no-one wanted a repeat of that trauma (as if). But MA was no Sir John style sugar daddy, and was (rightly) concerned about keeping a hand on the purse strings. Now we’ve all read the ifs and buts and ins and outs of this saga, but in business nothing should be taken for granted. KK’s mind was on securing Premiership survival, and probably didn’t really think too hard about how a Director of Football would impact on his role, but he should have.

    Certainly by the end of the 07/08 season both men should have sat down immediately and sorted out the lines of responsibility. They clearly didn’t. And, MA, while holding the power of veto over KK’s wish list should never have had the power of imposition, and certainly not via Wise as proxy club purchaser. It was a recipe for disaster, and sent us tumbling from that moment onward.

    We have been sagely warned on this blog about hasty Dinnis / McFaul / Roeder style ex-Caretaker disasters (and remember Shearer himself is both ex-assistant Caretaker and ex-Caretaker), and I concur with much of the reasoning. But each situation needs to be viewed on its merits, and it is surely not beyond the wit of man to work out a management structure (temporary or otherwise) that is comfortable for everyone within it?

    And so my suggestion (…cue rotten tomato bombardment…) is to promote CH to a continental style Head Coach position with all that power and responsibilities that entails, with Calderwood as Assistant head Coach. Then (…and please think about this before blowing more raspberries…) bring in a sympathetic Director of Football for the season. Let me explain, this DoF position would not sit above Head Coach in the hierarchy, but instead be a parallel position charged with checking out the opposition and identified players, general management duties, player development structure, club strategy and liaison. Sir Bobby, bless him, would have been perfect in this type of role (he had a similar position before coming to NUFC). John Carver could be a perfect candidate, Alan Curbishley too, there are many experienced old heads out there who would welcome strategic involvement without the day to day training ground pressures. Sven has himself taken up a similar role at the other Magpies. It works in Europe, so what is the problem other than the ‘old working practices die hard’ mindset?

    The idea itself is NOT a bad one, the devil (as ever) is in the structural detail and the willingness for those involved to make the idea work. Wise, from the off, was not the right choice to work with KK, and his powers were horribly ill defined by the ever-inept Ashley, but it still could have been workable if they had sat down like three sensible adults, for the good of the club if not for their egos!

    So, to avoid handbags-at-dawn next time, the Head Coach should be on the panel appointing the Director of Football, this would underline the importance of the Head Coach role. The Head Coach would retain a direct line to the owner, but all being well would trust to the Director of Football to represents his best interests and simply get on with the job of producing a winning team. The structure would force everyone to work together as a team, and this co-operative ethos would be endemic on and off the pitch. More to the point, successfully implemented, it would immediately restore long term stability to the club.

    Every idea needs it time, perhaps this is it? No more talk of ‘the Manager’s position’, perhaps it’s time to leave that archaic title behind for good as well, for the sake of the new dawn of the ‘New Toon’? Chris might well have pointed the way, and for once let us be pioneers and be brave enough to follow his lead!

  • Troy Stavers

    Sep 4, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #11

    @Nora Batty

    For once we agree!

    People have short memories and were demanding Hooters and BalsaWood were not made managers last season!! There was a great sigh of relief when BalsaWood left.

    Fair play to them this season, they have got good results but that has a great deal to do with the lack of quality in this division.

    Fans are criticising Shearers record however it took KK ten games to get a decent result!

  • dave 1961

    Sep 4, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #12

    JinkyGenius GREAT

  • batty

    Sep 4, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #13

    troy lol

  • batty

    Sep 4, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #14

    troy your spot on idiots the lot of them

  • dave 1961

    Sep 4, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #15

    JinkyGenius you are correct and wrong at the sometime, think of something even more extreme and you will probably be closer to what Ashley will do.

  • dave 1961

    Sep 4, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #17

    we need to see how Chris handles thing when they start to get difficult, in the winter months, we need another sacked coach like a hole in the head. mind an extra hole in Ashley’s head might come in useful

  • Tal_nufc4eva

    Sep 4, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #18

    they deserve an award the siz of st james’. well to be honest they alredy hav, the most famous fans in the world backing them :). haway newcastle lts win it for wor bobby !!!!!!

  • Geordie Cobbler

    Sep 4, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #19


    If its going well with them THEN WHY CHANGE IT!?

  • lesh

    Sep 4, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #20

    Jinky, your reasoning is spotless however and I’m not throwing rotten tomatoes at you, but there’s one potential flaw………. JFK as DoF?

    No thanks – he couldn’t keep his nose out of team affairs.

  • dave 1961

    Sep 4, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #21

    what would need to be decided, what will trigger a change, the half wits will probably only act at the last possible moment, like last season. if thing go bad it will not be the fault of Chris & Colin. i will never except kinnear back even if he wins the lottery and offers me half. this is 100%

  • Isaac Hunt

    Sep 4, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #22

    JFK couln’t keep his nose out of team affairs? He couldn’t keep it oot the gutter!

  • stevep

    Sep 4, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #23

    err to paraphrase calderwood…
    “our influence has been practically nil – the players have done it themselves”

    At some stage in the season the players will start getting lethargic especially if a few games go against us – credit to hughton for his steadying influence but I’d rather hang on and see how he motivates players in bad times and if he can turn it round after a few bad games

  • Isaac Hunt

    Sep 4, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #24

    Good pont Stevep

  • Isaac Hunt

    Sep 4, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Good point even

  • belfast toon

    Sep 4, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #26

    Cannot beleive its been over a year since we’ve had a perm manager that shows how pathetic the fatmans decision making is.

  • dave 1961

    Sep 4, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #27

    remember Llambias told us they had put plans in place in case we were relegated, only problem was it was to cry like a baby’s and spit out there dummies, and pretend to sell the club. great plan.

  • Jamesthefirst

    Sep 4, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #28

    The difference is that they have got the MIND SET of the players focused and together. Something Shearer couldn’t manage.

    ALAN SMITH is perhaps the biggest reason we are doing so well because his leadership and fight has made us a very difficult team to beat.

    The problem with Shearer is that he would bring Ian Dowie with him, and I never want to see Dowie in our management structure again.

    My biggest concern is not the OFF THE FIELD nonsense because that will go on for another year at least. It is the results on the field. One or two bad results could kill us because the players might get down and start thinking about last season. How they react when we have a bad patch this season (as all teams do) will determine everything.

  • JinkyGenius

    Sep 4, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #29

    Hi Lesh / Dave,

    Ha, I also felt the cold shiver of JFK when writing the suggestion, but as I said it needs the ‘right’ person and in my mind that stipulation automatically rules JFK out from any job working with human beings.

    Problem is, despite his utter mediocrity and foul mouth and ill fittedness for NUFC, JFK seems to know something about Ashley that inexplicably keeps him in the running when by rights he should be yesterday’s news; I wonder what it is?

    My own choice for season long DoF position would be John Carver, his knowledge of the club and supporters would immediately ensure a feeling of trust that has been lacking for so long. If Ashley had a brain he would see such an arrangement would work perfectly for him as well, not least in getting the fans off his back and giving a sense of connection to happier days at Gallowgate..

    Overall, I think the reasoning for these changes is sound, and encapsulates a ‘more of the same’ attitude that Chris and Colin have conjured up, which has served to club so well this season.

    As many bloggers have said, if it ain’t broke… (etc.). I merely add to that plea, don’t fix it, sure, but please, please PROTECT IT!

  • lesh

    Sep 4, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #30

    Jinky…. “If Ashley had a brain” you posited…. If Ashley had used his brains, he wouldn’t have allowed the club to have been relegated in the first place!

    And, why’s JFK ever in the frame? Isn’t he a drinking pal of Ashley’s?

    Objectivity, Jinky, seems to be a word that’s not in the current junta’s vocabulary!


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