Hughton Favorite To Get Manager Of The Month Award

Chis Hughton is now on a four-man shortlist for the Coca Cola Championship Manager of the Month award for August.

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Chris Hughton – done wonders since July

Chris has done phenomenally well and is almost odds-on to win the award for leading Newcastle to 4 wins and a draw in their first 5 league games with 4 successive clean sheets.

You cannot do much better than that, and when you consider the chaos off the field owner  Ashley is still creating, Chris will and is the red-hot favorite.

Following last Monday’s 1-0 win over Leicester City, which was a really tough game and in the end a very good win for the side, Newcastle players Steve Harper and Danny Guthrie both called for Hughton’s work to be rewarded with the monthly manager award.

Hughton is joined on the short list by Preston North End and former Newcastle chief Alan Irvine, West Brom’s Roberto Di Matteo and Sheffield United’s Kevin Blackwell.

Hughton stands head and shoulders above these other three for the results last month, and it will be a fitting reward for the great work he has done at the club since July 1st.

Working with Colin Calderwood he has reinvigorated the team, and the Newcastle fans are showing, once again, they are willing to support the lads 100% as they continue produce gutsy fighting football, with a never-say-die attitude.

If anybody deserves this award it’s Chris Hughton.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Eaststander

    Sep 8, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #1

    I personally think that the Championship has been weakened this year because of the pound being so weak therefore more premier leauge sides have taken the class from this leauge rather than abroad. Which means we will find it easier this year I think than most but the huge problem with this is that the step up to the premier is going to be hard task and we may under estimate it no matter who owns the club. Anyway hats off to Chris I hope he gets it and lets go unbeaten all season.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Sep 8, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #2

    Surely Chris Hughton can be the only choice.

  • Eaststander

    Sep 8, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #3

    I would like nothing more than to let Chris take the job and keep what we have all season maybe adding a few loans but as I said above we need to start preparing for a horrible step up. That means Ashley has to go soon otherwise we will smash the mackems all time low premier leauge points total. We need to think ahead even now.

  • ArtyH

    Sep 8, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Yes its well done to Chris & Colin, hopefully this will be an end to the Shearer for manager calls. Just compare records for reasons why. Chris & Colin have managed to conjure up a great attitude in the squad which has been missing for years.
    I just hope Smith will still be captain come Sunday as he has been part of the success to date and putting Butt back in the team at Smiths expense would surely upset the team. IMHO it would send a message to the other players that there is a seniority culture operating at the club ( has been for years ) and no matter how great you play the ” old stagers ” will play when fit again. Through circumstances beyond his/there control, the team has more or less picked its self. The contentious issues will be between Smith and Butt and also Harper and Krul.
    Best of luck with those two ” problems ” guys.
    I’ll go for a two one win for us on Sunday if Smith starts and a possible draw/loss if Butt is on from the start!

  • Tal_nufc4eva

    Sep 8, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #5

    tbh if chris doesnt get it thn therez something seriousely wrong

  • JinkyGenius

    Sep 8, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #6

    He can put the award on the mantelpiece beside the farewell carriage clock signed ‘Well done on the top spot and happy job hunting, love Barry and Big Al…’

  • lesh

    Sep 8, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #7

    The circumstances under which he’s been working would have creased many others and he deserves the award…. if of course he’s given it.

    It’s a big if though – after all, it is Newcastle United!

  • Eaststander

    Sep 8, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #8

    There will never be an end to the Shearer talk- NEVER. Lets face it, it doesn’t matter what happens, the majority of the fans what Shearer as do I because he is our hero. All clubs go through this. It just has to happen wether it be good or bad. Alan wants the job he gets it.

  • lesh

    Sep 8, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #9

    Agree with ArtyH, a Butt/ Smith swap’d be a travesty of judgement.

  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 8, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #10

    Not everyone is happy. I thought this wld happen.,19528,11678_5543352,00.html

  • sahota

    Sep 8, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #11

    Can anybody please tell me when do away tickets are available for sale to NON season ticket holders.

  • lesh

    Sep 8, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #12

    So, Krul admits he will not get a chance to push Steve Harper for the number one jersey until a permanent boss is brought in.

    Memo to Hughton……. just do it, prove him wrong before he’s off!

  • Dragonera

    Sep 8, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #13


    Don’t agree with that one iota. Decisions should be made with the head, not the heart. Shearer may be your hero as a player, but that doesn not mean he will be a good manager.

  • JinkyGenius

    Sep 8, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #14

    Second Memo to Hughton:

    On second thoughts don’t, Harper has been outstanding this season and a vital asset for years…. Tell Krul to shut up and learn his blinkin’ trade under the best goalie in England. His chance will come soon enough courtesy of the St James’ Infirmary injured list.

    Then let’s see how easy it is!!

  • dave 1961

    Sep 8, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #15

    see some are going over the top again over Chris Hughton, he is doing a fantastic job, but we have only played 6 games, keep control over your emotions lads, there might become a time when its impossible to overlook him but that time has not arrived, sure hes learning, lets see what happens when we have a wobble, its almost sure to happen, if not then that’s another reason to call for him to be made manager. if hes made manager now he might be sacked once he reaches 10 games or so. lets keep our feet on the ground and keep thanking Chris for an excellent job done, he is a 1st class coach, he maybe could step up one day but now is not the time. and you anti shearer brigade 85% of fans still want him as manager, so he still hanging over everyone’s head, waiting to fall when a manager looses a few games, Chris Hughton would not survive this until the fans start to hold him in high regard to. so he can survive

  • Eaststander

    Sep 8, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #16

    Dragonera. At what point did I say Shearer would be a good manager. What I am saying is that if he wants it he will get it because thats where this club is at the minute. I am not called eastender by the way. Shearer wants the job and he will get time in this leauge. I belive this leauge is weakened and it is the right time to let Shearer move in to get experience because if the premier is on the cards we need a hell of a lot more than Hughton.

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 8, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Kiss of death to most managers like, this ‘little’ accolade!..

    …Who gives one?..

    …Well done to CH & his team, keep it goin’ Lads!..

  • coyote

    Sep 8, 2009 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #18

    poisoned chalice if ever there was one
    can’t think of anyone more deserving but would prefer him not to get it and team keep on winning

  • geordie deb

    Sep 8, 2009 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #19

    I think Krul would be best advised to keep his head down and continue to learn his trade rather than bleating to the press. Ofcourse he has great potential but he has shown that he still has a huge amount to learn before he deserves being a member of the first team on a regular basis.

  • Irish Toon

    Sep 8, 2009 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #20

    Harper is a true legend, He fully deserves his chance. Krul as good as he is will just have to wait. although 2yrs left on his contract is a worry.


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