Former Newcastle Captain’s Wise Comments On Hughton And Shearer

Mick Martin is now 58, was born in Dublin and played for Newcastle from 1978 until 1984, appearing 147 times for the Magpies with 5 goals.

mick martin

Mick Martin – former Newcastle captain outside St. James’ Park

And yesterday he was quoted in the Evening Chronicle, and after reading through his comments, he offers a very wise and balanced view of the situation at Newcastle, especially as it relates to current boss Chris Hughton, and potential future boss Alan Shearer.

And while Mick knows that Hughton has made the very tough  job look rather easy, he knows  it wouldn’t take too much for Shearer’s name to return rather quickly:

“The team are thriving at the moment. Chris has done a remarkable job in the circumstances and I commend him and the team for their efforts,”

“It was always important for them to get a good start and to hit the ground running, and Chris has managed to achieve that. Everything has really followed that – players have confidence and Chris himself is starting to feel a bit more confident as a manager.”

“I played with Chris for Ireland for six years and he’s a great guy. I pop in to see him from time to time and I’m delighted it’s working out for him because he’s dedicated and hard-working.”

“He would have said himself that he was more of a coach, but he has developed as a manager and I wonder whether now he wants the job. I don’t think he’s ever come out and said that in so many words but, having got to this stage, he’ll be thinking ‘I can do this job’.”

“But he’s been in the game long enough to know that people have short memories. He only has to lose two games and people will start to get uncomfortable again, and it is inevitable that Alan’s name will begin to crop up again.”

“My feeling is that Alan would still love to do the job and he’s a legend in Newcastle. He is up there with Jackie Milburn, not just for what he did on the pitch but for the fact that he stayed in Newcastle and he knows the people, he knows the area and he has that understanding of the club.”

“Newcastle United is still a big club that maybe needs big characters, and that is where Alan fits in. He’s a phenomenon round here and that is why people are still talking about him. If it was anyone else, maybe they wouldn’t be.”

But any questions on who will be the long term manager at the club will be held in abeyance until we understand just exactly what current owner – the clueless Mike Ashley – wants to do.

He certainly doesn’t appear too keen to sell the club quickly.

Rather than mess around he should decide if he wants to sell the club or not, rather than keep everybody hanging on, and letting the gossip press spread all kinds of rumors about who is in to buy the club.

Ashley appears willing to keep things as they are, but if he eventually sells, whenever that may be, the very first question for the new owners is who will be the next permanent manager.

But whoever gets the job, Martin thinks it will still be tough, as he continued:

“I have said that people’s memories are short, and that applies for Alan as well,”

“If he did get the job permanently if new owners come in or whatever, he’s taking over a team doing well and a couple of defeats would maybe have people questioning his abilities as a manager.”

“There are no guarantees in football, and just like I said that he wasn’t guaranteed to keep them up, there is no guarantee that he’d be a hugely successful manager. You have to say he has the potential to be one, though.”

“I don’t think too many people in Newcastle or who understand what happened would lay the blame for relegation at his door, though. He took over a club with so many problems and it was just too much to ask – although he came close.”

Whatever the uncertainties that currently face the Newcastle club, over the ownership and potential new permanent manager, Mick is just delighted at the start the lads have made to the season, as he continued:.

“They have taken the challenge head on and I think that was always the best away to go about it,”

“Now they have started it well there is a real chance for us to get promoted. I hope the owner and the people at the top see that and give Chris a few quid to spend because it would be wrong to think things can’t begin to unravel.”

“I said before the start of the season it’s a difficult division to get out of and what I meant was that it is a real test of endurance. We have seen that the quality isn’t perhaps there but there are a lot of games to go and there is still a lot of work to do.”

“We’ve still got to be fortunate in terms of injuries and suspensions and it may be that we do need a few reinforcements as the season goes on. That is where Chris might need a bit of help from those at the top.”

Really good comments from Mick, and it’s not often you get such an accurate, sober and well balanced viewpoint on what’s going on at the Newcastle club.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • G

    Oct 13, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #1

    I agree that we need to give CH a few quid to spend in Jan, as it is looking increasing likely that Fat Ash aint going anywhere fast. Get yer hand in yer sky rocket tubby!

  • lacedaemonian

    Oct 13, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #2

    Sack Hughton!

  • Bill F

    Oct 13, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #3

    How old is CH? If Mick is 55 and played with him, there must have been a massive age gap, I would have thought. I was under the impression that CH was still, in managerial terms a very young man and still, let us not forget, learning the job.

  • newcastle29

    Oct 13, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #4

    i want to see the squad strengthened, but i don’t know how chris would do in the transfer market!! who he could attract to the club, i don’t know but being top of the table come the window opening will be a big plus for him!

  • newcastle29

    Oct 13, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #5

    oh and another thing!!! whats frank butcher doing in the picture above?

  • DJG

    Oct 13, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Nah Chris Hughton is 50 Biff F. Although he looks younger it must be said.

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 13, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #7

    Nah Nah Nah Nah
    Nah Nah Nah Nah
    Hey Hey Hey

  • premier

    Oct 13, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Martin probably would still be more creative now than any of current midfield

  • punk skunk...

    Oct 13, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #9

    Who’s frank butcher?

    Not chowed what ex-players think about this whole thing tbh, they always just say what they think the fans wanna hear, don’t they?..

    …That said, i think this MM one is more balanced than usual, nice one Mick!..

    …Whey hey!..

  • punk skunk...

    Oct 13, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #10

    Sorry, typo…What’s frank butcher?..

  • punk skunk...

    Oct 13, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #11

    I meant,
    What’s a frank butcher?..

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 13, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Premier gets creative when he goes down on a man.

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 13, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Dull as FK Premier..Worst WUM Ever.

  • lesh

    Oct 13, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Sack Lacedaemonian!

    And Punk….. you’re having trouble string your words together today eh? They must be working ya too hard!!!

    And the Chron’s reporting that the US bidders are saying that everythings now in the hands of their and Ashley’s lawyers. MIght there be hope yet?

    Presumably there’ll be a need for the Star Foundation’s shareholders to put ther hands up and I wonder whether they need to pass the FA’s Fit and Proper Person test?

    We know from the duplicity that prevails in the Ashley camp that he’d be a cert to sail through a Fat and Improper Person test with flying colours.

  • lesh

    Oct 13, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Shoot mesself in the foot eh Punk….

    trouble string = trouble stringing

  • punk skunk...

    Oct 13, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Lesh… 🙂
    Mate, it was a little joke i was, seemingly, havin’ with myself!..
    …I know it wasn’t very funny tho’, & not very transparent!.. 🙂

    …& btw, are they workin’ you too hard mate?..

  • chuck

    Oct 13, 2009 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Apparently Ashley is not as dumb as many think.
    Look Shearer was given his opportunity to save the club from relegation and cement a permanent role for himself.
    Unfortunately he proved to have neither the tactical nous or the ability to get the players up for the task.
    What was it ? three points out of a possible twenty four, anyone who can put to-gether a
    positive argument on his behalf using those statistics (that even Ashley understood) has to base it on a messianic belief.
    Why was he not hired post season ?
    Too much in wages.
    Would want to spend, (we all saw his wish list)
    What could he do that Hughton could`nt.
    It`s not rocket science.
    What would be the pro`s of having him as manager ?
    Probably name recognition , that could attract new faces, thats about it.
    Say what you like he was given his opportunity and blew it, so how about a little support for the guy who picked up the pieces following a series of managerial disasters and has twice won manager of the month prizes plus has the club in first place.
    Instead of constantly picking at him and advocating for a messianic Geordie, get behind him and the team and prove what you believe, that Newcastle fans are the best in the country.

  • ash1001

    Oct 14, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #18

    Re the Chris Hughton for manager comments – I accept that h has done a reasonable job with what is available, but would still doubt his ability to manage, whos to say its not Calderwood thats the good coach, not Hughton, has he ever stood up to Ashley and fought his corner – very much doubt it, a blind man on a galloping horse can see that the squad is not good enough, we got relegated last season for exactly what has happened in the last two home games picking up 2 points instead of six. Hughton was involved in both periods – loosing point to teams you expect to beat is not the signs of good management whoever it is.

  • ArtyH

    Oct 14, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #19

    Whatever happens IMHO the club needs to play Krul more or the lad will be off soon. I like Harper but he will only last another 3/4 years then we will be looking for another keeper. Krul is the future and we need to keep him here! He has already proved himself at club and international level. This is a priority and must be addressed now.


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