Hughton Continues To Show Dignity In The Face Of Adversity


50 year-old Chris Hughton has done a fabulous job so far this season, in getting the Newcastle players to concentrate on the game of football, as news of the Newcastle club continues to make sensational headlines.

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Chris Hughton – captain of a ship in rough waters

It’s like Chris is captain of a ship continually steering the team clear of icebergs and dangerous waters – and those icebergs are put there courtesy of the English gossip press very often, if not every day.

Chris told the Newcastle  Journal today:

“I’m not tearing my hair out. Next week could be something different and the week after we might be reading something different about the club,”

“We can only react to what is fact and what is fact is that we have a group of lads and a football team who are fighting as hard as they can to be at the right end of the table. The most important thing is the next game.”

“I’ve not heard anything about administration. I’m aware of everything that’s been said but as far as I’m aware it’s speculation and we can only deal with what is fact. The fact is that we’re playing Ipswich on Saturday.”

“The players have been great – full credit to this group. There’s been a challenge put in front of them and so far they have been up to the challenge. We have to guard against the ups and lows but I can’t fault them.”

Hughton deserves great credit for the  gentlemanly dignity he has shown this season, despite all the many problems that have confronted him.

That’s even more true as he works in the knowledge that a Moat takeover, which we are told could be close,  would likely see Alan Shearer installed as the Newcastle boss, almost immediately.

And while we don’t want to jump the gun, if that takeover and management change does happen, we’d like to see Chris and his coaches get the respect recognition their early season work deserves.

Perhaps Chris  coming on the field before a home game and allowing the fans to show their appreciation for a job well done would be fitting – or something like that.

Chris is a Londoner — but has shown great dedication to Newcastle in the short 18 months he’s been on Tyneside -boy  it seems like 10 years!

And one thing he has achieved already this season, is to ensure the Newcastle ship is not the Titanic – as we look to be going up this season and not down.

That’s a credit to Chris and his coaches, and of course we’d love them to stay on Tyneside, whatever happens.

Howay The Lads!!



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8 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 25, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #1

    FoolDj 🙂

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 25, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Yup dignity is fine-Less 5-4-1 though it’s making me
    sleepy…like 2 Attacks per Game hoping they will both go in.

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  • SpartanChris

    Sep 25, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #3

    He’s got the right results, but he needs to bang the drum a bit harder in Ashley’s ear that we still need a few more players – preferably a couple of wingers.

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  • TerryMac

    Sep 25, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Love this blog, but sometimes it can get a little cheesy, good on Chris but is there no chance i can get my bed back in the Toon changing rooms. I miss home and the bookies was alot closer 😉

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  • bro56

    Sep 25, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #5

    a lot of praise has to go to CH, at first i thought he was a typical yes-man and by staying under the control of MA it could only be harming our club, well my opinion has totally changed and I hope hes still here for yrs to come coz he seems a Diamond geezer.. not many people stuck with us, even our very own R.Elliott jumped ship as soon as..

    Well done Chris..

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 25, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #6

    Needs players that can attack and brighten a game up and be more adventurous in both his tactics and formations….I am not unhappy though – just not enthralled and in raptures of excitement watching us play 5-4-1.

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  • SWHITEY

    Sep 25, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #7

    Absolutely agree with Ed’s comments. I dont think anyone can really argue with what CH has done for the club during his spell on tyneside, he is really underated and must be applauded for continuing to steady the ship. i often wonder why people continue to quesion 451? lets not forget for much of this season we have be down to 1 or 2 fit strikers and that our midfield, despite the departures, is still premiership quality. throwing in the youngsters is not the answer, they are not ready yet. in fact our 451 is actually 4411, the same as united play with rooney deeper, and the same as liverpool play with gerrard deeper, except we have nolan. if we could bring in a left sided player on loan such as bale, our balance would be excellent and with a 5 man midfield of jonas, smith, nolan, barton/guthrie, plus a left sided player and one up top, this should easily be enough to see us back into the PL.

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 25, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #8

    our appreciation should be for the points start he has given the permanent manager, with the message to him you’ve been given an excellent start don’t blow it, and this would be a great opportunity to thank him.

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