Chris Hughton To Become Permanent Manager at Newcastle

Alan Oliver in the People is reporting today that Chris Hughton will become the new permanent manager of Newcastle United.

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Chris and Colin – now permanently employed at Newcastle
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley was bravely part of the St James’ Park crowd yesterday, as Newcastle had a disappointing 0-0 draw with Bristol City.

The decision to pay Kevin Keegan £2M for his constructive dismissal case will hopefully have removed a few logs from the log-jam at Newcastle, so the club can move forward to more important things.

One seems to be that Mike will now appoint Chris as the permanent manager of the club – something he has earned over the last 3 months.

And Colin Calderwood, Chris’s able assistant and former manager of Nottingham Forest, will also be rewarded with a full time contract.

Colin has still been working on a week-to-week basis as first team coach, since he was quickly hired to assist Chris on July 1st.

A Newcastle source told People Sport:

“Chris is actually under contract for another couple of seasons, but only as a coach.”

“He’ll welcome having that caretaker tag removed and continue with the job of getting the club back into the Premier League.”

The fact that Chris was the coach at Newcastle is one of the main reasons he was handed the job as caretaker boss in the summer, since few others were available.

However, few will argue with the great job he has done so far, as he has  rejuvenated both the team and many of our players.

And he has also handled his duties with class and professionalism – something that the Newcastle fans appreciate after the nonsense the tribunal disclosed last Friday.

Newcastle have until Friday to pay Kevin Keegan his £2M, but remember that when Sam Allardyce was sacked he got around £4M, so Kevin hasn’t come off too good in this financially, even though he claimed just over £25M from the Newcastle club, which would have completely crippled the club financially.

That would have been the Newcastle club crippled and not Mike Ashley by the way, as Kevin’s case was brought against the club and not the owner.

After all, Kevin was on a lucrative £3M/year and his contract still had 3 years to run.

And whether he likes it or not a significant proportion of the Newcastle fans still think he should not have just walked out on the club and left them in the lurch for a second time.

Local writers have come out since Friday against Kevin’s cavalier actions, and he will never recover from the stigma of that second walk-out at Newcastle. That’s not an opinion – those are the facts.

And it looks like Ashley is still cutting down on the personnel at the club, to cull the wages, and news that  the club’s program editor Paul Tully was sacked on Wednesday from his £40K a year job after 14 years.

We have to hope that Ashley doesn’t make too many changes at the club, and that he will sell the club soon and leave Newcastle, so we can all start the repair process from both his disastrous ownership, and the eruption with Keegan of a year last September that has had a dark cloud over the club ever since.

We have to start getting the club back in the Premier League this season as job one, and from now on the club itself must come first and foremost.

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • Dennis Twice

    Oct 4, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #1


  • Filthy Malcolm

    Oct 4, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #2

    Now now Ed, stop giving credibility to comical Oli for his rubbish stories.

  • UTD111

    Oct 4, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #3

    If this story is true, it suggests the FCB is not selling the club…..
    I don’t agree with your assessment of Sir Kevin’s position by the way Ed. Even before the judgement was announced, there was huge support from fans for Sir Kevin in response to George Caulkin’s much lauded article in the Times last week.

  • Filthy Malcolm

    Oct 4, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    “even though he claimed just over £25M from the Newcastle club, which would have completely crippled the club financially.

    Its time for you (Ed) to stop with your anti KK campaign and heres why.
    Read the papers today and you will find that this claim was made at the lawyers behest and that KK had no intention of taking that amount of money and putting the club at risk.

  • magpie6699

    Oct 4, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Sorry – that doesn’t wash (apart from the fact that it’s the News of the Screws to whom Truth is an alien planet). If it’s put forward in the case it’s there. The judgement theoretically could have gone the whole way – then what? Would he have given the money back to the club – yeah, right! It’s easy for him to say that now. The club could say all sorts of things were only put in by the lawyers as well. Would we believe them – no, because they are also notorious liars. Let’s not continue with the double standards, be glad it’s over and PLEASE can we get a decent buyout SOON!

  • Mikey25

    Oct 4, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Ahhh sundays are my favouritest ever for shyte newspaper articles that is just about good enough to pick up my dogs rear end business!

  • Davy Craig

    Oct 4, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #7

    I’m going to sound really miserable here but I don’t think that Chris Hughton is the right man for the manager’s position long term.

    I still think that we have not played well at all this season and he has not got the best out of a lot of our players.

    I think the fact that he favours playing one man up front (even at home) and plays through the middle with no real creative midfielder is a long term recipe for disaster. We only look dangerous when we use width or get free kicks/corners and hardly ever seem to try and get behind defences with width. The players that have been designated to play out wide don’t and all seem to drift inside instead of getting down the line. They must’ve been told to do this by Hughton. Defences seem to be in disarray when we do get in behind but this is obviously not in Hughton’s game plan.

    We all too often pass the ball around the back and then back to Harper to pump it forward when nothing is on. We seem to worry too much about how the opposition is going to set out when we should simply go for it in this league and let them worry about containing us. Even when we played a very poor Ipswich we ourselves were poor for half an hour until we scored. It seems to take at least half an hour each game to get started.

    I’m not saying who we should get as manager but I would not give it to Hughton.

  • Chitty Chitty Baheng Baheng

    Oct 4, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Wow, £40k per year cut off the wage bill. That’ll go far!

    Why lose him and keep Geremi and Butt both of whom earn more in a single week?

    Perhaps he called Mike Ashley fat, or he thought that was implied in one of his programmes.

    I hope that the BBC article on our takeover being back on is true but then that’s another fabled Friday deadline to look forward to before passing on by once more.

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Oct 4, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Fully Agree DavyC
    The last two home games should of bween gimmees, but our lack of creativity and midfield pace has been our downfall. Whilst CH hands have been tied regarding the players he has, he must take the blame for the lack of width and the return of the long ball for the forwards to run onto.

  • Filthy Malcolm

    Oct 4, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #10

    magpie6699.. I respect your views and would agree that in general the News of the world is trash. However, Martin Hardy CAN be trusted to wirte the truth about Newcastle and along with George Caulkin of the TImes, is one of the few credible journalists about.

  • Matt

    Oct 4, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #11

    Worst idea ever.

    Terrible tactics.

    Stupid team selection.

    No idea how to protect his stars who get booked.


  • komfort

    Oct 4, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #12

    not for me thanks……..another compensation payout in the making……but then again thats one thing were good at.

  • ToonTonic

    Oct 4, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #13


    KK walked out, Shouldnt get bugger all in my opinion. I hate the fact that some of our fans sstill want him back in the hot seat or still love the bloke..


    As for Eds comments on getting back to basics…HELL YEH and SPOT ON.

    Some of our fans have to break away from the past and move away from Kev, I know we all hat Fat Mike but the sod will eventually go. Until then why feed his ego by giving him attention? Just ignore him and his fat partner in crime and wait for them to leave.

    CH and CC are doing a GOOD (Not great imo) job at getting the club back to the Prem and thats commendable.

    Praise the players, Praise the coaches, Praise the fans…..Thats all we should be doing. Confidence brings wins and thats what you and i want.

  • thud and blunder

    Oct 4, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #14

    Ive been saying all along on here that CH is NOT tha man to take Newcastle forward. Yes he’s done well to get Newcastle where they are but as for his tactics?? Shockingly bad.

    No pace, no width, no creative MF’er….he has had the opportunity to bring in a few loan players esp in the positions we needed ie LEFT BACK (esp now Enrique is injured)LEFT WING (so Jonas can go back to the right because I think he is useless on the left, he cant cross at all so whats the point in playing his on the left when he cant even cross with his right foor, never mind his left) and a decent creative MF’er with pace.

    He has had ALL summer to look at certain players to fill those positions.

    It will be a huge mistake to make him permanent manager in my view

  • Nick D

    Oct 4, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #15

    A caretaker does well and all of a sudden he has to be manager – why !!!! Every time this happens it all goes wrong.

  • Nick D

    Oct 4, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #16

    Filthy malcolm

    news of the world, must be true then !!

  • bowburnmag

    Oct 4, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #17

    I was and remain in total support of him but while Hughton is restricted by the squad he has, I’m not convinced by some of his decision-making. I’m also worried that Ashley is sticking around.

    Ed- sorry like but the bit about KK makes no senses. “Local writers have come out since Friday against Kevin’s cavalier actions, and he will never recover from the stigma of that second walk-out at Newcastle. That’s not an opinion – those are the facts.”

    They are unarguably opinions unless someone has a crystal ball. Certainly many fans are still prejudice since before the tribunal but many more now at least respect his decision even if the sum seemed initially high. And even those who may not feel the same way about him anymore accept he was right. It may well be he nevers gets back into footy but it would be difficult to say if that was purely down to stigma. You can’t deal in facts when you’re discussing opinions.

  • bowburnmag

    Oct 4, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #18

    Ed – it’s also frustrating that in an otherwise good article that we can get our teeth into about Hughton and the future you have another dig at Keegan. you do enough articles, surely you can just stick withe the Hughton topic? Talk about moving forward!

  • Filthy Malcolm

    Oct 4, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #19

    “KK walked out, Shouldnt get bugger all in my opinion. ”

    Wwhat part of the tribunal result that decreed that Keegan was “constructively dismissed” dont you understand. 😀

  • Alex

    Oct 4, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #20

    If Moat does buy the club in the next couple of weeks and appoint Shearer i can see the season going pear shaped . Thier is players at the club that shearer wanted out in the summer if he had got the job then , so what will that do to the dressing room when he is put in charge . Hughton has built a great team spirit with the current crop of players and although he has defence minded tactics it is working . I do wonder if he was given the money to buy in 2 or 3 new players what sort would he go for , maybe he would bring in more pacy , creative , attacking players and go to 442 with wingers that have the ability to beat thier man and put in good crosses . The only way to find out is give him the chance to bring in his own players which up to now he has not been able to do . loan signings are not the same as scouting and buying your own targets . The fact that he also has another couple of years on his contract means it would also cost Moat compensation if Shearer was to come in and let Chris go . Would that then be money otherwise earmarked for new signings ? we are at the minute stuck between a rock and a hard place . A new owner imo needs to keep Hugton and give him enough funds to bring in his own players and asess the situation at the end of the season hopfully after we have celebrated promotion .

  • Bigbadbob

    Oct 4, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #21

    Not Hughton, please, Shearer is the only appointment to lift this club back up.
    And before the one win in eight mob start, Hughtons premier record was one in ten.

  • toonsy

    Oct 4, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #22

    Im sorry, fair play to CH and CC for the job they have (and continue) done so well but i dont think long term they can take the club forward.

    What happens when/if we get promoted? CH proved last season he was woefully short on his tactics and when we start losing, once the rot sets in the players its hard stop.

    IMO, its now we need to appoint a manager that will stay with us long term….. Shearer! Yes people will point to his games in charge last season, and but for a dodgy ref’s decision or a deflection, we would have stayed up. Dont forget also, those games featured Man U, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and others that finished higher than us. Add to that some sitters that our “star” players missed. He was good enough to come in then, he is good enough now. People said he should learn his trade at a CCC club before Newcastle beckoned. Well now he has the chance to do both!

  • toonsy

    Oct 4, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #23

    Bigbadbob // Oct 4, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Exactly, as i said, Hughtons prem record was hardly stunning!

    Shearer also has a point to prove now after last season, and we’ve all seen first hand when he was a player what happens when Shearer has a point to prove.

    In a season where we have lost one true great filled with class, dignity and respect. I feel its only right we appoint another with the same traits as the great man. Something that Bobby would look down on and approve of.

  • toonsy

    Oct 4, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #24

    Alex // Oct 4, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    I’d say Shearer only really wants rid of Barton that we have left as all the rest have probably gone. And to be fair, looking at his performances and injury record, i wouldnt be bothered anyway!

  • MacToon

    Oct 4, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #25

    Ed, ur turning people against you with ur anti-KK views.

    He won his case and proved the owner to be a liar….

    I love this blog and all you have done in the last few years but this continued bias against KK is getting too much. Why on earth do you hate him so much, just this episode or is there something else that has formed your opinions of him?

    As for the “fact” not “opinions” statement is pure rubbish… they are the reporters or peoples own opinions……


  • punk skunk...

    Oct 4, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #26

    Blah, blah, blah, if it’s in the rags it must be true!..

  • dave 1961

    Oct 4, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #27

    has no one notice the Chris Hughton bubble has burst, & our current form, if continued will see us start to drop down the league, & like i have said on many occasions i do not blame Chris Hughton for this, its the useless clown that owns the club, hes about to undertake our next free fall, and i will not blame Chris, as hes out of his depth at even this level, the last two games should have been 6 points in the bag we got 2. so let me say, bog off Mr Ashley and never return.

  • Alex

    Oct 4, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #28

    one thing i would like to say is people should ignore both hughton and Shearers records last season . The damage to the team was done the minute Keegan gate started . Thier was nobody that could have turned that mess around . Hughton took over a group of players that just did not want to be here anymore and the appointment of Shearer was Ashley trying to desperatly save a ship that was already sunk .The players just did not belive they could stay up and the run of games that shearer had could not have been harder . I think the people that say shearer has to cut his teeth in managment at a lower level than the premiership is rubbish . The guy played for some great managers for club and country and will have learned from them , the problem with bringing him in now is the timing . A new manager should be appointed between seasons and have a preseason to work with and assess the players and not after the season has started . Hugton has had that time and it is working , its not the most attractive football but if it gets us back to where we should be does it really matter for one season ? and lets not forget as a player he played for the Spuds and they have allways played football the way its meant to be played , so surely if given funds he would also bring in players with the skills to play the open attacking football we want .

  • Alex

    Oct 4, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #29

    toonsy your right about Barton lets face it , who would’nt want him out of the club but was both the argentinians and Geremi not on Shearers hitlist also .

  • batty

    Oct 4, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #30

    Davy Craig agree m8 and could you stop having little digs at keegan ed

  • punk skunk...

    Oct 4, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #31

    Most teams will come SJP this season & park the bus, then hope we hit the bar, post etc. & rely on crap ref decisions to get thru!..

  • geordie deb

    Oct 4, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #32

    Alex I agree with many of your coments. If Moat does buy the club I don’t think he should change the manager ie bring in Shearer at this time. One of the key reasons we were such as shambles last season and have had no consistency for years is the constant swapping and changing of managers which is very disruptive to the players, style of play etc. At the moment while we have some stability on the pitch and a positive dressing room the last thing we want to do is upset the apple cart. Whether Shearer is the right person or not for the long term is irrelevant imo. If Moat does buy the club I think he should leave well alone. We know in any promotion season that players who give their all and help a club achieve promotion are often sacrificied and sold because they do not have the quality/ability to step up to a higher league. If we are fortunate to be promoted this season we know the same will happen at NUFC to improve our chances of success. If Chris Hughton does a good job this year and has some of the financial shackles removed by having a new owner, we may be surprised what he can do if he is allowed to go out and buy some half decent players in January. If not and he wants to return to being a coach then get a new manager but at least we have some continuity.

  • batty

    Oct 4, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #33

    if moat buys the club shearer is nailed on

  • Bigbadbob

    Oct 4, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #34

    geordie deb – i have always been an advocate of the need for stability at the club but that must start with a proper manager in charge not a coach filling in.
    Appointing caretakers has never worked, the coach is too close to the players and therefore finds it hard to make the difficult decisions a manager needs to make for the good of the team.
    There is an urgent need for us to get back up at the first attempt and its too risky to gamble on Hughton and allowing him cash in the window.
    Hughton does ok and thats about it, what we need is big push not to meander along, filling places with out of position players and deploying five across the middle at home games with midfielders wasted protecting the back four when they should be running back and forward with the ball.
    Sorry, Shearer in for me together with new players please.

  • komfort

    Oct 4, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #35

    yes shearer failed to keep us in the premiership whilst in charge for 8 games but it was under exceptional circumstances…..harry redknapp was appointed southampton manager and had 7 months to keep them up but failed …does that make him a failure !…NO he’s now the manager of spurs sitting third in the prem with a fantastic team.

    ….yes i’ll take my chances with big al thanks.

  • komfort

    Oct 4, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #36

    and of course not forgetting his time at portsmouth….the fa cup & european football.

  • dave 1961

    Oct 4, 2009 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #37

    has anyone that want things left as they are actually seen us play lately, we are poor, Chris’s tactics are poor (hes a good coach not a manager), he has worked a minor miracle getting us to this point, but the only way is down now, the time to appoint a permanent manager is now, again i will say the only man that will get the time to take us to the next level is shearer, he’s the 10 ton block you used to see in roadrunner cartoons, the very block that will fall on the next manager, and the one after that, & even the one after that too, in short shearer is the inevitability that has to take place before we can move on, that’s why 80%+ fans want him. to put it plain as i can THE KING IS DEAD LONG LIVE THE KING.

  • Sav

    Oct 5, 2009 at 4:31 AM

    Comment #38

    Hardly in Hughton’s interest to take the job until the ownership is sorted. Whatever about sticking until the end of the season hoping for promotion, beyond that, Ashley is gone. If Hughton is named permanent and Moat or another buyer takes over and appoints somebody else, Hughton would have to leave – you can’t just go back to being a coach. Has he done enough to guarantee an appointment elsewhere? No; he inherited a side that is seen as an automatic contender for the Championship.
    At best he’d cop for MORE compo, but that is hardly likely to be much. If Ashley is selling, he’s not going to saddle the new owner with a compensation package to pay out – that would simply devalue the club in the eyes of most potential buyers. After stringing CH along fairly successfully for this long, Ashley will not turn honourable or sentimental at this point.
    Forget it.


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