So Successful Hughton Making It So Difficult To Be Sacked


As we’ve mentioned before if Alan Shearer had been manager this season, with the results we’ve had, his name would have been shouted from the rafters, with probably even a call he be the new England manager, once the fabulous Fabio Capello ends his fantastic reign.

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Chris Hughton – unbelievable coaching job this season

Newcastle put in another good professional performance yesterday, where once again every player in the side was willing to give to the Geordie cause.

And two of them who shone through like beacons were the much maligned Newcastle captain Alan Smith, and the irresistible young striker, Nile Ranger, who seems as if he can run all day – and does. Nile seems to be a budding superstar with every game he plays.

Let it be known that Smith, whose time on Tyneside has been difficult, to put it mildly, has resurrected his career, albeit in the second tier, with some heart warming and passionate performances for the team. He looks like a Newcastle fan would play, with all spirit and passion.

But Alan is also a good player, and we always knew he had the ability in him, if only he could ever get a decent run in the side.

Nobody has ever questioned the lad’s fight, passion and spirit in life or when he plays football.

As an example of Alan yesterday, with the game almost won in injury time, Jay Boothroyd was moving menacingly just outside the penallty box, and the rejuvenated Smith stopped him, be it rather crudely, and was sent off for a second yellow card.

But Alan knew just exactly what he was doing, and he took one for the team, as they say. He will now miss the game on Wednesday at Blackpool, and we have to hope that club captain Nicky Butt will come in and give a similar performance at the sea-side club.

Smith’s play this season epitomizes what Chris Hughton, with the aid of Colin Calderwood, have done for this team – they have brought them together, and instilled a pride in Newcastle that is there for all to see this season.

And yes, that’s strange because it certainly wasn’t there for all to see last season, and Chris is a Londoner and Colin from bonnie Scotland.

Chris said after the game:

“I am very proud of us today,” “We came to a Championship-hardened team like Cardiff and limited them to minimal chances.”

“We didn’t play as well on the ball as we have done, but the rest of it was first rate.”

If somebody had said in June that Newcastle would make this kind of start – 5 successive league wins without conceding s goal, and 6 wins in 7, we would have thought Shearer had been brought in as manager.

We are a surprised to say the least, that the team has done so well this season, but results are everything in this game, and we will not argue with success – we’re just not that daft.

And some fans have blasted us, since we had smashed Chris when he wasn’t getting the results last season when Joe Kinnear took sick. Let’s just say we give our criticism and form an opinion based on real events and new facts, and are not that proud (or stupid) to keep one opinion forever – only politicians attempt that. 😀

It seems that Chris has the job as long as Mike Ashley is the owner, and if Chris can do this month what he achieved last month, in terms of results, even if Newcastle are now sold, it will be difficult to replace Chris as manager now.

Ans with every additional accomplished win this coming month, it will get even more difficult when things are going so well, and the players are so obviously believing of their unlikely coach.

No – let’s not fix something that obviously is far from broken, and even if the club is sold, it may be that Alan Shearer will have to wait a little longer before he takes over on Tyneside.

And that’s because it’s for the good of the side and for the good of the club, which has to take the priority this season.

The lads have done us proud so far this season – let’s hope they can keep it up – and it’s even starting to look like they may just be able to do that!

But we’ll take it just one game at a time, and 3 points at Blackpool is the next assignment.

Howay The Lads!!

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23 comments so far

  • neeraj

    Sep 14, 2009 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #1

    cool dj

    who got mom yesterday

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  • nimo

    Sep 14, 2009 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #2

    nile ranger, i wouldnt have said he could run all day he’s cramped up every game so far but having said that not a critism as such as he has been awesome holding up the front line on his own, considering his age. thought it was a mistake to put guthrie as the attacking midfield player as i felt him and barton were the poorest players on the pitch

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  • Toonmania

    Sep 14, 2009 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #3

    neeraj:

    Collocinni got it 🙂

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  • CassieHowards

    Sep 14, 2009 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #4

    Good write up. I Completely agree with this, I can’t believe how well we are playing this season.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 14, 2009 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Well done CH,CC and all the Lads..Shearer please remain seated in the MOTD studio- punditry suits you better than management. 🙂

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  • nimo

    Sep 14, 2009 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #6

    i would have given smith mom if he’d not been sent off, although i felt he did it for good of team after collo had fluffed

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  • Bigbadbob

    Sep 14, 2009 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #7

    Hughton has finally come into his own as a coach and if Ashley stays on he will do a great job as there will be very little in the way of incoming transfers but thats the problem, at the moment we are doing well but as the season goes on and the players start dropping like flies, what then.
    Its broken record time again, we need more players and investment in the club to build on the great start or it will all be wasted.
    It will be a crying shame if this opportunity is wasted for the sake of a few quid, Hughton has earned the club valuable breathing space to re build the club and if this is taken for granted, we will pay the price and that will be failure once again.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 14, 2009 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #8

    This is a very complicated thing. we need a new owner and if MA stays he is facing jail time but we hope all goes well in the match fixing scandal.

    Am right now thinking of promotion as Champions. Its good to get belief again any way thats what winning is all abt.

    I love Moat but I think we need a BILLIONARE new owmer not Ashley though

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  • G

    Sep 14, 2009 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #9

    Good shout nimo, Smithie deffo took on for the team there. He knew he already had the yellow, but we needed 3 points. Fantastic result, I was convinced that Cardiff would get at least one past us. Happy to eat humble pie on that prediction!

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  • lesh

    Sep 14, 2009 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #10

    What a result – a real six-pointer and a gritty performance too.

    CH and CC seem to injected some passion into the lads and that counts for such a lot – spirit, the common cause, a team!

    Well done all and let’s hope we’ll be singing how much we like to be beside the seaside…..

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  • magpie6699

    Sep 14, 2009 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #11

    Hughton is only acting manager – so if he were to be replaced it would not be a sacking. We have 40 games to go, and all leader roles (eg Prime Minister), by definition tend to end with failure. Let’s not get carried away – we have had, and seen other teams also have good runs – only to fall away due to injuries or loss of form / confidence. Is everyone sure he could, for example, carry this on into the premiership if we were promoted?
    However, I think that even if there were a change of manager at some point, Hughton has achieved enough with this lot of players to deserve to continue in a valuable role with the club.
    As for the results, we are winning “ugly” thanks to the defence – which is the sign of a good side – but I worry about the lack of chances which confirms our limited creativity and attacking options. But I am an optimist – only another 30+ points and we can stop worrying about relegation to League 1!

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  • lesh

    Sep 14, 2009 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Anyone noticed the substantial drop in the number of posts since the kids have gone back to school?

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  • JinkyGenius

    Sep 14, 2009 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #13

    Ed: ‘And yes, that’s strange because it certainly wasn’t there for all to see last season, and Chris is a Londoner and Colin from bonnie Scotland.’

    Ed, does that mean these ‘human beings’ have some sort of peculiarity that prevents them from doing their jobs as professionals? Just what extra sense / organ / divine right do Geordies (born north bank of the Tyne used to be the strict definition[?]) possess that places them above the rest of humanity? No evidence of anything in the trophy room, that’s for sure, or in Big Al’s damp squib end of season flirtation with being the boss….

    We need professional performances and we need goals, especially from a hard working but not especially creative midfield. 1-0 is not enough, especially if we have to rely on Collo to get it, and it was touch and go at the end if we are honest.

    We certainly do not need more provincial flavoured xenophobia in blogs or the dressing room. I couldn’t give a toss if the players hated their Darras Hall cribs or openly supported Sunderland, as long as they did their job and earned their wages.

    Is any other club plagued with such a miserable legacy of barely hidden intolerance even when things are going well? Look at the headline, it’s not ‘Appoint Hughton Now’ but rather ‘It’s difficult to Sack Hughton’. Not an once of positivity, or commitment to a true pro – just a weary resignation and the pen’s poison flourishes still being guided by that ludicrous belief that Sh-ea-ar-rerrrr must be better than this, err, foreigner.

    Grow up and seize the moment. Chris and Colin are the best show in town since we shamefully sacked the wonderful and talented Sir Bobby. No, of course they are not in his class (we don’t deserve anyone of his stature after the way we treated him) but one day they might be……..

    …….but we still need more blooming goals coming from midfield to stitch these messy encounters up long before last ditch tackles from behind are required!

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  • nzedtoonman

    Sep 14, 2009 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #14

    Er just wondering if anyone can tell me how Chopra got on , as I do like him and would love to see him back in the black and white !
    Also Collocinni ’s goal was well taken he worked well around the box before taking the header , BUT what the heck was the cardiff keeper doing flapping at that ball man !!!

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  • lesh

    Sep 14, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #15

    Spot on Jinky and let’s not foget that CH and CC have been able to get on with their jobs without the input and spectre of JFK hanging over them?

    Perhaps they’ve had the space to be and deliver professional performances.

    Well done and under extremely different circumstances they seem to have made a squad a team – a team playing with pride and passion!

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  • hitman

    Sep 14, 2009 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #16

    i see reading are close to being sold for 80 million to a middle eastern consortium,if its true it makes you wonder the true state of affairs at the toon.

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  • JinkyGenius

    Sep 14, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #17

    Hi Lesh,

    Nobody, but NOBODY deserves the spectre of JFK hanging over them…. Well perhaps Ashley does (I suddenly see Ashley as Mr Scrooge and JFK as Marley’s ghost).

    I must get a coffee, quick!

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  • Nick D

    Sep 14, 2009 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #18

    Jinky genius

    You hum it, I’ll sing it.
    Superb stuff yet again.
    Once we get rid of this xenophobia geordie nation bollocks we can finally move on.
    As Geordies we don’t all have to be tarred with the same ”bigot” tag, we can see the bigger picture.

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  • lesh

    Sep 14, 2009 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #19

    will die for the toon army // Sep 14, 2009 at 7:53 AM

    …….if MA stays he is facing jail time but we hope all goes well in the match fixing scandal.

    Miburn. What match fixing scandal?

    Hitman…. the true state of affairs at NUFC is £100m …. plus, of course, the little hidden extras like the MA/ Keegan case, outstanding debts etc etc etc!

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  • lesh

    Sep 14, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #20

    Nick D…. tarred with the same ”bigot” tag…

    nah, we’re tarred with the same feathers!

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 14, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #21

    i would like to see Kinnears ghost because then i know the tosser wont be back.

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  • punk skunk...

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #22

    Jinky, Jinky, Jinky…
    …Top stuff mate!..

    …Here, here, here, here, here etc…

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  • jordi

    Sep 14, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #23

    nzedtoonman @14

    Just my opinion mate but Chopra had a decent game, made some intelligent runs and was constantly trying. Defence dealt with him well though. I’d like to see him back as well to be honest, clever striker (obviously doing well this season as well) and would give us some guile up front which I think we lack.

    Like I said just my opinion, others might think he was cack yesterday 😉

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