Hughton Has Newcastle Top – But Is He About To Be Replaced?


With the news that Barry Moat has finally made his official bid for the Newcastle club, what will that mean if he is successful?

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Alan Shearer – does his appointment mean Hughton gets sacked?

We are hearing that Alan Shearer will be appointed manager if Barry Moat is successful with his bid, and we are now being told that Mike Ashley will decide on the offer within days.

And in fact Alan is reported today by the Journal to be buoyed by the new news, so we assume Barry Moat has updated him on the situation.

But if Barry then appoints Alan as manager, and we are told that would be immediate,  what happens to Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood?

And how will this affect our players since if nothing else, it seems the players are 100% behind Colin and Chris, and what they have done so far this season.

Chris has the club 3 points clear at the top of the Championship, under the most difficult conditions imaginable for a manager.

He has won all Manager of the Month awards so far for the CCC (August and September) – so what why on earth would you want to fix something that just  isn’t broken – and probably the only thing that isn’t broken at Newcastle right now?

We ask this question only because if you look at the pure logic of  appointing Alan now, it  would seem like a risky move at best.

Don’t get us wrong on this – we are big supporters of  Alan Shearer and believe he has everything it takes to eventually become a great manager – but he is untested in management, as we found out in April and May.

However good Alan may be, in terms of his potential, he’s done nothing in management to suggest he can keep the run going that Chris and Colin have underway at the club.

It reminds us a little bit of the state of the club in August, 2004, when we had been flying high with Bobby Robson, and Bobby was replaced on the assumption that whoever came in (it was Graeme Souness eventually, after Steve Bruce of Birmingham turned down the job) could get us back into the top 4.

That didn’t happen and it was the start of Newcastle’s decline from a Premier League power-house.

If Alan does come in and we fall off the pace of the Championship, what do we do then?

The only way we think this would have a chance of working is that Alan and his assistant (John Carver?) came in and were told to use Chris and Colin as the coaches on the training field, and no big changes were made on the playing side of things, or even the tactics we have been using under Chris.

The last thing we need right now is for a change in playing style, when we are winning so many games. We should have learned that lesson from last season.

Let us know your ideas on this.

Comments welcome.



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33 comments so far

  • batty

    Oct 6, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #1

    ed hes good enough for sir bobby so hes good enough for me

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  • G

    Oct 6, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Alans lack of experience does concern me somewhat, however, we do need to appoint a single man in charge of the club. Whilst Shearer will one day make a superb manager, I don’t know if that day is today. CH is a good coach, but no manager, and he has done a fantastic job so far this season. We do need a permanent full time manager, but whoever that manager is would be a fool to dismiss CH and CC given the fantastic work they have achieved. In summary, I have mixed feelings about appointing AS as manager.

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  • sahota

    Oct 6, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #3

    We don’t know yet what will happen. fingers crossed Ashley should not be here after players come back from international break.

    I think its right time for Shearer to come.

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  • DJM TOON

    Oct 6, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    AS will come in but i’d bet my bottom dollar that CH will be working closely with him

    AS is no fool, he’ll be fully appreciative of what CH has done and may well even want to learn something from him!

    and lets not give BM too much stick yet eh… how about we start with some credit that he’s enough of a football man and a fan of the toon to be aware of whats going on on the pitch right now?

    i mean, someone posted on another thread that just because BM is a local business man, that doesnt mean he’s got the clubs best interests t heart?? so i suppose him haveing a box at SJP doesnt indicate what type of fella he is either then?

    come on, the guy aint even through the door and there’s pessimism seeping in!

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  • Ericles

    Oct 6, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #5

    I would have Shearer as manager. He needs time to develop and mature as a manager just as our youngsters do as players. Alan needs some experienced managerial and coaching support though. I would keep Hughton as a coach – because that is what he IS – but for me I think bringing back Carver would be a fine addition to help Alan. Geordies in control and working together at all levels with fan support and loyalty and attendance is what we want. That is the basis to get us back up to the Premier. No more chancers, spivs, dodgy retailers, and roulette wheel spinners ruining our club.

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  • Filthy Malcolm

    Oct 6, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #6

    It should not be forgotten that , Chris Hughton himself has previously said that he IS NOT a manager. He is a coach and should revert back to that job.
    Some Newcastle players have also said similar things in the press.

    New owners should mean a new “proper” manager and a new beginning.

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  • dave 1961

    Oct 6, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #7

    i am 100% shearer we need this question answered if he fails then we all know its time to move on, but at least hes not hanging over anyone head like he is at the moment. & on Chris loyalty deserves loyalty, although hes no manager and his tactics at times, look a bit out of place, he has put this league on a plate, so for all Chris’s failings, he has a lot more plus points too, hes never hid, hes taken gambles that did not work, but hes had the guts to admit it, & move on, and if he has to be called to do this job again, he should get it full time & be given the same time as shearer will get, the time is right for shearer, we need to find out one way or the other. then move on.

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  • harry861

    Oct 6, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #8

    How does one gain experience , only by doing the job. Chris has never been manager & look what he’s achieved this season with Colin Calderwood

    Last season fans wanted him & Colin Calderwood out.
    I agree they are good coaches & one can see by the results attained.

    Chris has stated he doesn’t want to be manager.

    Alan Shearer would be my choice as manager, He’s Newcastle United through & through & with the coaching staff that’s in place there should not be many changes needed.
    I hope Alan does not appoint Dowie to be assistance manager . John Carver would be my choice. Leaving Chris & Colin in charge of the coaching .
    Please lets get ball rolling & good bye to Mike Ashley

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  • Jonas18

    Oct 6, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #9

    CHRIS HUGHTON IS A MANAGER!

    THE JOB HE HAS DONE IN GUIDING US TO THE TOP OF THE TABLE IS SURELY PROOF ENOUGH THAT HE IS A MANAGER!

    CHRIS HUGHTON HAS WON MANAGER OF THE MONTH AWARD FOR TWO MONTHS IN A ROW! SURELY THAT IS ENOUGH PROOF IN THE PUDDING THAT CHRIS HUGHTON IS A MANAGER AND CRHIS HUGHTON CAN CUT IT AS A MANAGER!

    SURELY THE MAJORITY OF THE CURRENT NEWCASTLE UNITED TEAM CALLING FOR CHRIS HUGHTON TO BE INSTALLED AS PERMANENT MANAGER SAYS AS CLEAR AS DAY THAT CHRIS HUGHTON IS A MANAGER, CAN CUT IT AS A MANAGER AND AT PRESENT IS THE BEST MANAGER IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP!

    what is the Bull Shish people are spouting?:

    hughton is not a manager but ALAN SHEARER IS LOL GET LOST!

    Alan Shearer had his chance and failed miserably! He knew what he was getting into when he took on the task with 8 games remaining and he FAILED!

    SHEARER HAS NO EXPERIENCE AND PEOPLE ARE SAYING HE IS A MANAGER AND CHRIS HUGHTON IS NOT! GET LOST! MOST STUPID THING I’VE EVER HEARD!

    HUGHTON HAS WAY MORE EXPERIENCE THAN ALAN SHEARER AND IT IS SHOWING THIS SEASON ALREADY, IF YOU CAN’T ADMIT THAT THEN YOU ARE BLINDED BY HERO WORSHIP OF A FORMER PLAYER AND INCAPABLE OF LOOKING AT HIS CREDENTIALS AS A MANAGER OBJECTIVELY.

    HOW DO THE MAJORITY OF MANAGERS START OUT?

    THEY ARE COACHES!!!!! AND THEY WORK THEIR WAY UP THE LADDER!!!!

    USUALLY GOES LIKE THIS:

    YOUTH COACH
    YOUTH TEAM MANAGER
    RESERVE TEAM COACH
    RESERVE TEAM MANAGER
    ASSISTANT COACH
    ASSISTANT MANAGER
    MANAGER

    THE MAJORITY OF MANAGERS IN THE GAME HAVE FOLLOWED THE ABOVE ROUTE AND WORKED THEIR WAY UP THE LADDER AND ALONG THE WAY GAINED INVALUABLE EXPERIENCE NEEDED TO BE A MANAGER.

    ARE YOU TELLING ME THAT SHEARER GOING FROM PLAYER TO MANAGER AND MISSING OUT ON ALL THOSE OTHER YEARS OF EXPERIENCE GAINED BY WORKING YOUR WAY UP THE LADDER MAKES HIM A BETTER “MANAGER” THAN HUGHTON? GET LOST!

    WE WILL STRUGGLE WITH ALAN SHEARER AS MANAGER BECAUSE HE IS STILL LEARNING THE ROPES AND WILL MAKE MISTAKE AFTER MISTAKE WHICH IS HOW MANAGERS LEARN WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN IRONED OUT AND AVOIDED IF HE HAD THE EXPERIENCE AND GOT JUST LIKE THE MAJORITY OF OTHER MANAGERS OUT THERE GOT IT! STARTING OUT AS A COACH AND WORKING YOUR WAY UP THE LADDER AND GAINING YEARS OF EXPERIENCE!

    THERE ARE FEW EXCEPTIONS TO THE ROUTE I GAVE ABOVE, AND THEY ARE RARE!

    Alan Shearer is NOT Kevin Keegan so don’t expect just because one didn’t have the experience and went on to be successful the same applies for Shearer as he also has no experience! THAT IS STUPID LOGIC! If that was the case we would see former great players going into management immediately ALL THE TIME and they would be taking their teams to the highest level…..THAT IS NOT THE CASE AND NEVER WILL BE!

    HUGHTON IS A MANAGER , ALL OF THE PALYERS HAVE COME OUT AND SAID AND THAT HE IS A GOOD ONE AND HUGHTON HAS DONE MORE THAN ENOUGH THIS SEASON TO PROVE HE IS A MANAGER……….END OF STORY!

    FANS WHO SAY OTHERWISE ARE PROBABLY THE SAME FANS WHO WANTED ROBSON TO GET THE SACK AFTER A FEW POOR RESULTS, AND THEY GOT THEIR WISH! THE SAME FANS WHO PROBABLY SCREAMED FOR MANAGER AFTER MANAGER TO GET THE SACK BECAUSE NO ONE WAS GOOD ENOUGH, BUT APPARENTLY ALAN SHEARER THE EGOTISTICAL MESSIAH WHO THINKS I’M SUCH A GOOD MANAGER, MANAGEMENT IS EASY I’M GOING TO COME IN AND RESCUE THE CLUB WITH 8 GAMES TO GO, MY STATUS WILL GIVE THE CLUB A LIFT AND THE PLAYERS NOT MUCH MANAGEMENT SKILLZ AND EXPERIENCE NEEDED!

    PPWWWHHH…….CAN’T EVEN MOTIVATE A TEAM FOR 45 MINS AGAINST ASTON VILLA TO SAVE THE CLUBS PREMIER LEAGUE LIFE!

    ALAN SHEARER IS NOT THE ANSWER! NOT NOW AT LEAST. HE CAN GET HIS EXPERIENCE ELSEWHERE, PERHAPS DO WHAT SIR BOBBY DID AND GO ABROAD AND GET A GOOD EDUCATION AS A MANAGER BY MAKING A NAME FOR HIMSELF IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND DIFFERENT LEAGUES, LEARNING AND ADAPTING TO DIFFERENT STYLES AND SITUATIONS. DO THIS FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS AND BE SUCCESSFUL AND ONLY THEN WILL I WANT HIM AT THE HELM OF NEWCASTLE UNITED AS MANAGER!

    THE BEST THING FOR NEWCASTLE UNITED IS TO HAVE AN EXPERIENCED MANAGER AND NOT SACK HIM EVERY 6 MONTHS, MAYBE THAT MIGHT HELP BRING SOME SUCCESS AND HAVING THE BOARD/CHAIRMAN/OWNER LISTEN TO THE FANS EVERY TIME A FEW BAD RESULTS COME ROUND AS THEY SCREAM FOR THE MANAGER TO BE SACKED!

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  • pubcat

    Oct 6, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #10

    Hang on, Ed!! At the start of the season, especially after the Orient friendly, you were saying how we are crying out for Shearer and how inept Hughton would be.

    Well, okay, Hughton and Calderwood have done a fantastic job and I like CH. But any slight downturn in results and both the views of supporters and the headlines on this blog would change rapidly!

    I definitely would like to see CH and CC as coaches to a new manager for us, which could be Shearer, but as far as the CH/CC pair taking us into the longer term future on their own…they are probably not the answer. Even though we are doing so well, we should be brave and appoint someone new but definitely keep Hughton and Calderwood in supporting roles.
    And you’re right Ed, in that changes have to be smoothly transitional now. Any new owner and manager (be it Shearer) should speak to CH/CC and the players , ask “what is it that’s made us successful so far this season?”, make sure to maintain team spirit and take things from there.

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  • Macas35

    Oct 6, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #11

    Jonas18: You judge Shearer on a mere 8 results in the Premiership with a struggling side – are you one of these people that called for Robsosn to be sacked after a few poor results??!
    Hughton was just as bad as Shearer in the Prem so that’s hardly the basis for saying one is a manager and the other isn’t.
    A lot of people want Shearer in because of his status and the fact he could attract better players if we got promoted which is a valid argument.
    The other side of the coin is that Hughton has done a reaonable job so far and we are top of the table.
    Somebody has a tough decision to make at some point, and we need to support that decision no matter what it is.

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  • G

    Oct 6, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Jonas18, stop spitting your dummy, put the toys back in the pram, and turn off your caps lock. The main reason that people state that CH is no manager, but a decent coach, are because they are the words from the man himself. Simples

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  • noir9

    Oct 6, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #13

    I think Chris has done a superb job and certainly deserves a senior role but there probably won’t be a better time for Shearer to come in and get some experience. As long as AS is in the background I don’t think any manager will be given the time needed.

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  • G

    Oct 6, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Incidentaly Jonas18, since when did SBR go abroad to learn how to manage? Fulham? Ipswich?. Learn a bit about the game before spouting your opinion, and learn some protocol for dealing with the opinions of others. Numpty

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  • Jonas18

    Oct 6, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #15

    No I judged Shearer on his experience and merits as a manager!

    He had none before taking charge of Newcastle last season, and when he came in I said to many this is the wrong choice he has no experience, I don’t think he will do well……and what do you know? he didn’t do well.

    Do I believe had a more experienced manager been brought in we would still be in the Premier League….YES!

    Hughton took over after Keegan left and the whole squad was on a downer and feeling sorry for themselves and the hugely distracted by a protest in the ground at Hull and all the off field problems.

    Shearer had no such excuse with the wave of optimism and lift was supposed to have given the players! His only excuse was his lack of managerial and coaching experience! And what do you know it told with a different formation for almost every single one of his 8 games in charge, back 3’s, taking too long to drop a player out of form in Michael Owen.

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  • Jonas18

    Oct 6, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #16

    G……

    I know Sir Bobby’s Career and how he started out and what he won.

    MY POINT IS SIR BOBBY DID ALL THOSE THINGS ABROAD BEFORE BECOMING NEWCASTLE UNITED MANAGER and brought all that EXPERIENCE to the table at Newcastle United.

    Was it coinciedence that Newcastle did well in Europe with Sir Bobby and that had nothing to do with all the years of experience gained abroad?

    I know enough about the game to know that ex players/NOVICE managers DON’T make the best managers!

    Numpty! G the capitals are to get a point across to all the Numpty’s like yourself and there are loads of them, who lack the common sense to see that Hughton has the credentials to be a manager, is a manager, and belittle him because they Hero worship Shearer the player and lack rationality concerning Shearer the “Manager” so much so that they can’t even see that Hughton has years more experience than Shearer does and that is the reason why he is doing so well!

    IF anyone is offended by the use of CAPITAL LETTERS I apologize…..Numpties!

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  • Macas35

    Oct 6, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #17

    Jonas18 – Hughton had 2 spells as manager last season if you remember, and he had poor results in both those spells. So it’s incorrect to say it was purely because of the Keegan effect. And as for the wave of optimism with Shearer, we were in serious trouble at the bottom of the table! At the end of the day all that matters is the facts, and they are that both Hugton and Shearer didn’t get great results when they were in charge last season.
    Hughton has done well this year because we have retained a number of Premiership players and are against lower teams, so you would expect this bunch of players to do well.
    He deserves a lot of credit, but neither you or I know if Shearer would be able to do as good a job or not.
    Experience can help but there are a lot of people who have been in the game for years that aren’t good managers, and vice versa.
    I think you need to chill out a bit instead of being so self-righteous.

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  • Jonas18

    Oct 6, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #18

    ………..and also those who think Shearer will be half the manager Sir Bobby was and has half the experience Sir Bobby had with literally ZERO YEARS EXPERIENCE you really are Numpties!

    Shearer should go out and get the experience.

    he should follow Sir Bobby’s example and broaden his horizons to become a better manager.

    At least Sir Bobby won things and has a sterling CV compared to Alan Shearer.

    What is Alan Shearer’s coaching and Managerial CV like? LOL

    Appointing Shearer is a mistake at this point in his Managerial career! He will make mistakes as a manager that is how they learn, why should he be making them here at Newcastle United instead of elsewhere while learning the ropes elsewhere?

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  • Bigbadbob

    Oct 6, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #19

    jonas 18 – youre blowing out your backside, calling folks numpties when you cant even work Hughton out calling him a manager?
    Shearer was 1 in 8, Hughton was 1 in 10, if Hughton was that good why did the players come out after Shearer had been appointed and slate the training beforehand?
    They also said Shearer was a breath of fresh air which indicates to me that they hated the coaching set up of JFK which Hughton was part of.
    Keegan had no experience when he took us over first time and Guardiola at Barca didnt have either but they both had a great affinity eith their clubs so your childish argument is out of the window.
    You have got to be a mackem in disguise wanting anything other than Shearer as manager, FFS , he is one of us you numptie.

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  • Jonas18

    Oct 6, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #20

    HAHA I’m no mackem!

    Guardiola was the manager of Barcelona B side, still WAY MORE EXPERIENCE than Shearer LOL! And I’m sure his success had nothing to do with having a line up that included, Messi, Eto’o, Henry, Iniesta, Xavi LOL!

    Keegan was a RARE case. Go on and name former players that have gone straight into management with NO COACHING EXPERIENCE at all and have made a massive success of themselves! Van Basten, Maradona, Klinsmann,

    JFK had the final say on how training was run and it wasn’t very strict, it was very lax. Hughton just does what the manager above ask him to do as assistant coach. Just Hughton did under Keegan.

    Besides that argument doesn’t hold! Especially now that just about all of the team have come out and given ringing endorsements of Chris Hughton now!

    As for Hughton’s record vs Shearer.

    I count:

    Shearer 1 in 8
    Hughton 1 in 7!

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  • G

    Oct 6, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #21

    Jonas18, first off, I have reservations, documented on many past posts on here, inclduing 1 today regarding Shearer as manager. Secondly, I don’t spend my day slating others opionions, I respect them, unless they are ill-informed (like yours), misjudged (of which I have been guilty myself, and I apologised for), and written by somebody (like you) who would be more suited with a crayon (as long as it isnt too sharp!) because yes, capital letters are irratating.
    Oh, by the way Pip G @ Barcelona, coaching exprience zero – relative success infanate. Go boil yer ar*e you child, or even better, stop commenting on subjects you clearly know nothing about.

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  • G

    Oct 6, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #22

    That should read Pep G btw (Lesdyxia), and refers to the fact that Barcelona B, are in fact a league side in Spain, what with their set up. Therefore – instant management, instant success

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  • Jonas18

    Oct 6, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #23

    yeah and Pep was coach of Barca B for 1 year before taking charge of the first team that included messi, eto’o, henry, iniesta & xavi etc! He enjoyed much success with Barca B in that 1 year.

    He had Expereince and much more than Shearer!

    Shearer has no experience but relegation.

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  • Jonas18

    Oct 6, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #24

    and again

    Alan Shearer is NOT Kevin Keegan

    Alan Shearer is NOT Josep Guardiola

    at least Guardiola had some expereince. Keegan was a rarity and we won’t see what happened with him again in this lifetime.

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  • G

    Oct 6, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #25

    Pep went straight into Barca B, and won the division (Spanish rules prevent A & B sides competing in the same league / cup competitions). Therefore, the rules still apply. Keegan was not a rarity, he would be the norm for most first time managers, in the sense that he won nothing (promotion, yes, trophy’s no). BTW, you got home from school fast Jonas18!

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  • Jonas18

    Oct 6, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #26

    I’m at work!

    You’re argument would be sound G if Pep was appointed Barcelona first team manager, but he was NOT. He was appointed B team manager for a reason, he had no experience. As far I’m concerned they appointed Guardiola was nothing more than manager of Barcelona Reserves for 1 year and won the Reserve league, call it B league if it sounds better and that is still WAY MORE experience than Alan Shearer!

    Barca B Coach is what he was and they gave him that as a prerequisite to being manager of the first team. Less risk involved of being a flop if you try and test him first for 1 full year, 1 full year more than Alan Shearer has.

    As for Keegan, you will probably not in this lifetime see a former player with no coaching experience at all take charge of a 2nd division club, save them from relegation to the 3rd division, win the 2nd division the following year and immediately challenge for the Premier League title finishing 2nd while playing some of the best ever attacking football seen…..ever again. In that respect Keegan is a RARITY, Shearer is not Keegan, they are different people and Shearer will fair differently to Keegan if appointed now. Keegan was a massive gamble that paid off.

    When you gamble be prepared to lose. we gambled on a no experience manager to save us from relegation with 8 games to go rather than an experienced head that has been in similar situations such as Venables. What did we get? Relegation

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  • G

    Oct 6, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #27

    The damage was done for the relegation when the players lost thier faith after Keegan went. Their heads went down, and never came back up until Shearer came in. Agreed, he didn’t save us, and agreed, the performances didn’t exactly inspire confidence, however, myself, and others on here have been saying this all along. To degrade other opinions based on a very inflated ego that you carry is ridiculous, that is why myself and others have lambasted you in return. Must be tough to get the internet on a paper round btw.

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  • G

    Oct 6, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #28

    Anyway, I’m bored now. Off to the pub for some grown up conversation with the adults.

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  • ende

    Oct 6, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #29

    Jonas18, I would have liked to have read what you wrote, but unfortunately I refuse to read comments that are in ALL CAPS! 😉

    I think CH might have some manager qualities in him, but I’m not sure he’s the man to retain in the PL if/when we get promoted. Do I think AS is? Not sure. I think Alan would be a good motivator, and his reputation could help in bringing in quality players. I also think he ‘gets’ the team and the fans, and his status within the Toon would insulate him from much of the pressure that previous managers have had to cope with.

    I suppose a good combination might be AS with CH as Asst Manager, or CH as Head Coach. He deserves a dignified position.

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  • chuck

    Oct 6, 2009 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #30

    Whoa, whoa!
    These arguments are all based on the premis Moat is about to take over the club, right ?
    Well I got news for you, aint gonna happen guys.
    And Ashley is not about to put someone on the payroll costing big money, when he can get the job done for whatever Hughton is being paid.
    We should expect nothing to change until the club is sold at the end of the season .
    Well perhaps some changes to the team, new loanees perhaps a permanent signing or two, but nothing major.

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  • Filthy Malcolm

    Oct 6, 2009 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #31

    Jonas. You slag Shearers record for those 8 games he was in charge but Hughton was PROVEN to be an abysmal manager in the Premier League.
    Chris is a coach, its as simple as that and Newcastle should employ him as one whoever the new manager will be.

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  • magpie6699

    Oct 6, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #32

    I’m glad so many people are sure of the right answer to the “Hughton or Shearer” question – because I don’t know at all. On the one hand, Hughton has been working in the championship and proved no better than Al in the Premiership. Also, I am worried that he will “blow up” as a manager, resign or be sacked and we will lose a good coach, as has happened a number of times in the past.
    On the other hand the team clearly like CH and are now working hard, the defence looks a good base to build on and we risk rocking the boat if we change things.
    On the other hand (3 hands? – Could be useful!) Alan is known nationally and internationally and would have more drawing power for transfers.
    Oh, I don’t know!

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  • dave 1961

    Oct 6, 2009 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #33

    some time this season (if we are not at that point now) we will have a bad spell, & i bet it will be the Chris for manager brigade that are the first to call for his head. i have been threw this so many times, & after Richard dinnis i vowed never again to call for the coach to be made manager, because it always fails, & you find you have wasted a year. we need five years minimum, to take the club and stabilize it, & shearer is the only one with the potential to do it, & when people start listing all the top managers that could do it, well your wrong as they did not want the job, & they still don’t want the job. just like when Keegan left and the only one that would take the job, was a foul mouthed yob that no other team wanted. the 80% of fans that want shearer as manager, also want no one else, these are the facts, Chris for 5 months or shearer for 5 years.

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