Don’t Underestimate Ability Of Chris Hughton At Newcastle


Chris Hughton, in his 3rd spell as Newcastle interim manager, hardly has a safe and secure job on Tyneside,  since anything can happen, and he could be out of a job at the club at any time. After all this is Newcastle.

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Chris Hughton – overseeing great win at Cardiff City

But while he continued to inspire his players and has the team not only playing good football, but with so much heart, that scenario would seem to be fading, but you just never know at Newcastle.

Quite honestly, we’d be very happy to see the uncertainty at the ownership level continue for a few more months, just as long as the team keeps winning. 😀

And that view is likely shared by the Newcastle fans, who are basking in the unlikely success of their team right now.

Chris is nothing if not down to earth, and he continues to low-key things at the club, as he said today:

“There’s a belief we can win football matches. Any thoughts of getting out of this division, it seems so far away.”

“When you mention the amount of games we still have to play, it’s such an awful long way away.”

“There is a great belief at the moment that we can win football matches, and that comes with winning games and confidence and at the moment, they are a confident group of lads.”

There was an interesting moment last Saturday night,  after Nolan had scored the first goal, when the TV cameras caught Chris sitting stoically on the bench, with not even a trace of a smile on his face.

However, they then showed that when Kevin had scored, Chris was on his feet with clenched fists saying something like “yes” – but he very quickly sat down again.

That reaction reminded us a lot of  Sir Alf Ramsey, when he was England manager,  as Alf rarely showed much emotion, and that really upset the gossip press back in those days.

In the draw for the the group stages of the 1970 World Cup, held in Mexico,  England were reigning champions and were amazingly drawn in the same group as Brazil, live on TV.

There were loud gasps in the room when it happened, and when the cameras flashed to Alf, nothing!.

No emotion shown at all, although there were rumors he did blink his eyes and move his little finger – but only once.

The news was flashed around the world but Alf  remained completely unconcerned with the draw.

But those outward appearances can often be misleading, and of course Alf, like Fabio Capello today – had a burning desire to be successful.

Alf didn’t do too bad as England manager, did he?

Likewise, we should not underestimate the burning desire and ability of Chris Hughton, to bring success and joy back to the banks of the Tyne.

After all, he’s made a pretty good start this season, after all.

Howay The Lads!!



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86 comments so far

  • Stuart79

    Sep 29, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #1

    He’s done a great job under the circumstances.

    Although I think even Greame Souness could manage these players in this league!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 29, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #2

    He has been very very gooda nd got the players focused and together.

    He deserves a medal for what he has put up with and probably deserves the job just for sticking it out. But saying that there is a substantial ability gap between our players and the majority of the championship teams and his results in the prem last year were horrendous.

    For away games, especially at Cardiff it seems he has just said to the 5 man midfield attack until we score then defend. However i was very impressed with his team against Ipswich, he played the continental style two DM and then left Nolan to go roaming and encoruage the full backs to cover the space left on the wing, which worked a treat. He seems to be improving on team tactics and has a very effective system there.

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  • workyticket

    Sep 29, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Robby Bobson // Sep 29, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    “He seems to be improving on team tactics and has a very effective system there.”

    Robby, he’s adapting to the circumstances because he now has another quality striker (quality in this league anyway). Getting promoted isn’t a matter of just one ninety minute game, it’s a matter of marshalling limited resources over a long 42 game season. Many fans just see things from one game to the next, but the manager has to plan over the long term. It isn’t as easy as it looks.

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  • DJG

    Sep 29, 2009 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #4

    We have to start with two strikers at home I feel although im not saying the packed midfield system hasnt worked.

    ———————-Harper—————-
    Simpson—-S.Taylor—Zurab—–Jose
    Guthrie—–Nolan—-Smith(c)—Jonas
    ————Harewood–Ranger———–

    I think if Simpson and Jonas have trained this week we need to play them. They are both fairly fit lads anyway. Lovenkrands hasn’t really impressed me so far this season compared to what he did last year. Butt looks well off the pace these days and thank god he’s in the final year of his contract, not that he hasnt been a good servant for the club, it’s just that Smith does his role far better now he has been coverted. I know Carroll has done well but I would like to see what Harewood and Ranger are like up top together. I just think they both have a bit of movement and hold-up play and could create chances for each other.

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  • Dan4Toon

    Sep 29, 2009 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #5

    I reckon Hughton will go for:

    —————–Harper——————-

    Simpson–S.Taylor–Khiza–Enrique

    Guthrie–Nolan–Smith(c)–Gutierrez

    ———–Carroll—Ranger—————

    Subs: Krul, Kadar, Butt, Geremi, Donaldson, Lovenkrands, Harewood.

    P.s. I wonder how many managers have won Manager Of Month (MOM) twice in a row??

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  • chuck

    Sep 29, 2009 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Yeah Chris is growing into the job, with a bit more confidence, not having to constantly look overhis shoulder to see where Shearer is.
    But as Worky mentioned it`s a long hard season in the division, with every team wanting a big club scalp.
    Lets see what happens when we lose two in a row, will we still be praising Hughton or be calling for a real manager ?
    And remember a manager is only as good as the quality he has.

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  • DJG

    Sep 29, 2009 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Actually when you look at the players theoretically available we are not as short as people say because that is a decent bench dan4toon has put up.

    We only have 2 games to go till the international break but I know we have quite alot on international duty. 🙁

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  • Marty-Toon

    Sep 29, 2009 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #8

    STUART 79

    Souness couldn`t manage a Big Dump in a Public Toilet 🙂

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  • DJG

    Sep 29, 2009 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Marty-Toon // Sep 29, 2009 at 6:10 PM

    STUART 79

    Souness couldn`t manage a Big Dump in a Public Toilet

    rofl

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  • Dan4Toon

    Sep 29, 2009 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Yeah DJG, Also theres R.Taylor, Coloccini, Barton, Ameobi who arent there, so we arent that strecthed really :)!

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  • Bigbadbob

    Sep 29, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #11

    chuck – and also remember that Shearer was brought in after Hughton had us on a massive downward slide of defeats and the same players who are shouting for him to be appointed said that Shearer was a breath of fresh air.
    My take on the manager is that the players are front and centre when winning but will blame almost everything else when losing and its the manager who carries the can.

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  • Alex

    Sep 29, 2009 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #12

    With Jonas back fit maybe we should give Lovenkrands a go along side Harewood or Carroll after all his best period at Rangers was as a striker . He is our quickest player when he gets into full flow and will feed off a big CF next to him . One thing is for sure , we now have plenty of options up front with Carroll ,Ranger, Lovenkrands and Harewood with Ameobi to return aswell .

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  • workyticket

    Sep 29, 2009 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Bigbadbob // Sep 29, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    “chuck – and also remember that Shearer was brought in after Hughton had us on a massive downward slide of defeats”

    You could also look at it the other way Bob. Hughton was brought back in after Shearer and Dowie had us on a massive downward slide into the Championship. It works both ways if you aren’t prejudiced. 🙂

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  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 29, 2009 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #14

    workyticket, thats funny and true.
    Managing aint easy. Look at Managers Real Madrid had after Delbosic. Let me hop that is right spelling.

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  • chuck

    Sep 29, 2009 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Yeah, it`s true unfortunately “BBB”, that managers tend to take the blame.
    I believe that`s what you mean.
    I had no intention of slating Shearer (though I have to admit, I was unimpressed by his recent efforts) only meaning the improbability of a Shearer return, has given Hughton some breathing space, that plus the fact we are winning seems to have boosted his confidence, which in turn reflects onto the players.
    Both winning and confidence are in my ( not so humble) opinion an important factor in team performance.
    However as rosie as things may appear, both the length of the season and injuries can create havoc with any team, but I feel we have the potential for promotion and seem to be on the right track at present.

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  • Shot Bru

    Sep 29, 2009 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #16

    The January transfer window will throw a spanner in the works and decide our fate this season. If we haven’t been sold by then (probably not) my fear is key players will be sold off in order to pay for KK’s compensation claim.

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  • Alex

    Sep 29, 2009 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #17

    Ashley wont sell players in january if we are looking good for promotion . He knows that getting back into the premiership would make the club a much more attractive proposition to buy , it would also increase the value of the club meaning some one would willingly pay the 100million he wants .

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 29, 2009 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #18

    we are all seemingly, forgetting that we lost 2 of the last 4 games arn’t we, look at the previous thread, to see what happens when a coach is given the job. the way i see it, as always, hes doing a good job for when a manager takes over, & if he looses his job i will be very angry, his loyalty to my club, means i will show loyalty to him, as a coach.

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  • cornish-magpie

    Sep 29, 2009 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #19

    BAAAARRRNNNSLLEEYYY!!!!

    2

    West Brom

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    Yay!

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  • Alex

    Sep 29, 2009 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #20

    Any one seen the latest scores 🙂 WBA are 2-0 down .

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  • alkinou

    Sep 29, 2009 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #21

    2nd placed Preston are also 2-0 down and Boro are still at 0-0 (but that one I’m not as optimistic for the final result), could all the results go right for Newcastle today??

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  • Raffo

    Sep 29, 2009 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #22

    plus preston losing and boro drawing. could be a good day as long as we win on the flip flop

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  • MDS

    Sep 29, 2009 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Curreent table so far:

    G GD P
    1 Newcastle 9 13 22
    2 West Brom 10 10 20
    3 Preston 10 5 18
    4 Middlesbrough 10 5 18
    5 Watford 10 3 17
    6 Blackpool 10 5 16
    7 Cardiff 10 4 16
    8 Bristol City 10 0 16
    9 Sheff Utd 10 3 15
    10 Leicester 10 1 14

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  • MickyD

    Sep 29, 2009 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #24

    chopra got 4 goals for cardiff and still 15 mins to play

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  • Stuart79

    Sep 29, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #25

    These results sum up this pathetic league imo.

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  • MickyD

    Sep 29, 2009 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #26

    barnsley 3

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  • Waddles mullet

    Sep 29, 2009 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #27

    Stuart79 // Sep 29, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    These results sum up this pathetic league imo.

    aye and people want hughton as manager.

    Come on Mike basset could manage this lot.

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  • batty

    Sep 29, 2009 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #28

    ye stu and waddles

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  • batty

    Sep 29, 2009 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #29

    ha leicster scored

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  • alkinou

    Sep 29, 2009 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #30

    And Leicester scored against Boro xD, if only they could win tomorrow…

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  • batty

    Sep 29, 2009 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #31

    we will win tomoz

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  • Stuart79

    Sep 29, 2009 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #32

    Forset Gump could manage our team in this league Waddles.

    Although I have to say I cannot believe every single result has went for us!

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  • Waddles mullet

    Sep 29, 2009 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #33

    Just hope we don’t pish about the morra neet.
    Need to get the job done.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Sep 29, 2009 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #34

    Stuart79 // Sep 29, 2009 at 9:50 PM

    “Forset Gump could manage our team in this league Waddles.”

    Wasn’t he married to Farah Forset Up Her?

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  • Stuart79

    Sep 29, 2009 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #35

    Isaac Hunt // Sep 29, 2009 at 9:59 PM

    Stuart79 // Sep 29, 2009 at 9:50 PM

    “Forset Gump could manage our team in this league Waddles.”

    Wasn’t he married to Farah Forset Up Her?

    Aye Forest’s brother!

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  • RyanToon

    Sep 29, 2009 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #36

    Just watch the geordie boys go and extend the lead to FIVE points the morra neet 😉

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  • IrishMan

    Sep 29, 2009 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #37

    I think those on here who think that anyone can manage our team to an easy promotion are not being fair on Hughton and the players. There is still a hard slog to go over the winter months. If we are 12 points clear of the play off spots by the end of January, then maybe we can be a bit smug. But smug at the end of September?…. Some people will always criticise, no matter what. Get a grip.

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  • pearceet

    Sep 29, 2009 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #38

    perfect night for us now all we need to do is win and go 5 points clear come on the toon

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  • pearceet

    Sep 29, 2009 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #39

    IrishMan // Sep 29, 2009 at 10:08 PM

    come on man cut everyone some slack there has been zero good news at the club for some time to have the chance to go 5 points clear that is pretty good news dont you think?

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  • Waddles mullet

    Sep 29, 2009 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #40

    Just need to keep the players focused injury free.
    Player for player we are far better than any team in this league but we have to take stock and that we are newcastle united and anything can happen with us.
    Its never a dull moment.

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