I’m Managing This Club Until Told Different – Hughton


Chris Hughton has only been at Newcastle since February of last year, but he’s gone through some stuff at the club, and it seems he’s been here about five years.

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Colin and Chris in training last week


Chris talked a little about the last year at the club – which has probably been one of the biggest soap operas in English football – for a long long time.

Chris said:

“It’s been some year, hasn’t it?”

“During pre-season we weren’t sure which players would come and go, but it was only this group of lads that could do something about it.”

“There were enough players who realised they were still going to be here and had to fight for the cause. We’ve had a lot of leaders – not necessarily by age – but the consistent players in the team – have very much come to the fore.”

“If you look at all the emotions, the ups and the downs, the good and the bad, it’s certainly been a big experience,” “I certainly feel as though I’m better for it. The more you have to deal with, you do get mentally stronger.”

“But we’re still in the position where they’re trying to sell the club and there could be an announcement at any stage. I’m still managing this group of lads until told different.”

That’s basically what Chris has said ever since he was appointed interim manager on July 1st, and there’s not much more he can say, quite honestly.

We cannot let the club sale, should it ever actually happen this season,   get in the way of  team performance and player morale, as it seemed to last year, and all credit to the lads this season for getting the job done, at least so far.

Long may it continue.



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22 comments so far

  • stevep

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #1

    Hughtons doing a good job but hats off to Nolan, Barton, Smith, Harper and the rest of the players delegation who I suspect have more to do with managing the team than we suspect

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  • Big Dave

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #2

    stevep I agree 100% as i said before CH is doing a fine job but without the senior players committee i dont think we would be where we are now

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Seems like the players are all here for the right reasons now and they are all ready to fight.

    We where like a soft ladies eleven last season now we look like a bunch of men up for the scrap.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4

    No offence to the female bloggers BTW 🙂

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  • Shot Bru

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Like most fans, when Hughton was in charge last season i thought he looked like a fish outta water and would never cut it as a manager. Man you gotta say he has done unbelievably well since relegation with his hands tied. His team selections and tactics have been spot on, possibly the WBA game he could have been a bit more ambitious if i’m being picky. He’s hasn’t been afraid to blood some of the youngsters giving them good confidence to play their own game. His loan signing Simpson looks pretty good and bringing back Lovenkrands has been a smart move. Plus he seems to say all the right things to the press keeping a lid on all the speculation surrounding the club. Good on you Chris, keep up the good work.

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  • Big Dave

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1794716,00.html
    Shola got the potm

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  • batty

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7

    shot bro its a case that hes got to play the younguns m8 as the squad is that small

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #8

    We would be mad to get JK back or Shearer right now and with a bit of luck on the injury front I think Houghton can build on what has been a great start.

    Breath of fresh air compared to last season and all the non football crap we have been enduring for over a year now.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Well spotted Batty 🙂

    Good to see the youngsters getting chances,I think we should play majority youngsters in the cup games and just focus on the league as number 1 priority.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #10

    That won’t happen though cos a few cup games will make Mike money off TV and Gate receipts and all he lives for is money.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Ashley Oot and the Owl Heed Coot !!

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  • Shot Bru

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #12

    Getting the senior players that wanna stay with the club on his side is good man management by Hughton. Giving the senior players responsibility on the pitch and training ground creates a mutual trust between management and players, creating a togetherness. It means he knows who he can trust and let them get on with being role models for the younger members of the squad and leading by example, while hughton concentrates on tactics team selection and day to day coaching.

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  • Shot Bru

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #13

    Fair point about the youngsters Batty.

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  • Big Dave

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #14

    Shot Bru // Sep 12, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Getting the senior players that wanna stay with the club on his side is good man management by Hughton

    I just hope he doesn’t resort to starting Butt to keep him on side when it is plain to see that there is far better options at the club than Butt

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  • ArtyH

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #15

    Cannot change anything now just as he cannot change a winning team, no Butt’s about it.
    If Shearer came back now it would upset everything and Barton would have to go and he’s whether we like it or not has been an integral part of the team. Its got to run its course until we eventually hit a bad spell, just hope its about Easter!!!!!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #16

    We are better off without the Prima Donnas…last season was just shocking the level of commitment shown by so called international superstars.

    Good Riddance to expensive rubbish!

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  • Big Dave

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #17

    a question for the N/E lads I was having a discussion with a mate and wanted someone to clarify. Is there a difference in the religous make up between Geordies and mackems ?

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #18

    I don’t think they are religious differences…defiantly hygiene differences though!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #19

    I think Mackems sweat alot cos they live on Cheesy Chips.

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  • Shot Bru

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #20

    Big Dave he’s gonna have to play Butt at some point during the season because of the inevitable suspensions and injuries. I’m not Butt’s biggest fan either, however he could be ok in this league.

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 12, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #21

    i for one would welcome shearer at any time, i think he would give Barton until January, it would be a thick person that would kick a player from a depleted squad, and i would expect to see the worth in Chris to. i think he would have leaned from the negativity of sourness. and last word admiration for Chris Hughton’s attitude first class.

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  • Jeff D

    Sep 12, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Whats the difference betwwen a mackem lass and an ironing board?
    Sometimes its a struggle to get the legs on an ironing board to open.

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