The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United Football Club By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Howay The Lads!!



Chris Hughton In Talks For Permanent Newcastle Manager Job

5:37 pm, Monday, October 19th, 2009 by Ed Harrison · 53 Comments

The BBC and almost every other news outlet is reporting this afternoon that Newcastle United caretaker boss Chris Hughton has confirmed he is in talks to become the Tyneside club’s permanent manager.

Chris Hughton  -001

Chris Hughton - new permanent Newcastle manager


Hughton, who is 50, is now in his third spell as caretaker manager since joining the club as first team coach under former manager Kevin Keegan in February of 2008.

While he’s only be on Tyneside a short 20 months – it must seem like 10 years with everything Chris had been through, and yet never one complaint from the man.

Chris has served under three different managers at the club – Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear and Alan Shearer.

Hughton told BBC Radio Newcastle this afternoon:

“Discussions have taken place, and hopefully discussions will continue,” .

“An opportunity to turn it from a temporary role to a full-time role is very exciting for me.”

“We’ve had a good start to the season and that gives you optimism and confidence,”

“It’s a good reaction I’ve got from most quarters so it gives you more of a lift to take this job and, of course, complete this job.”

This must mean that the Barry Moat bid will just not happen, and that Mike has decided, as he said he would,  to make Chris the full time manager, which is not surprising since Chris has done very well in his caretaker capacity since last July. Few would argue with that, and he seems to have earned the position.

Colin Calderwood will also be expected to get a permanent contract as Chris’ assistant at the club.

In another interview this afternoon here is what Chris told Metro:

“I am honoured to be offered the job.” “We are still in negotiations, but it is something we hope will get resolved.”

“I have always felt that the manager’s situation was an issue, but not the most important one. Getting results has been the most important thing.”

“Once we have got Scunthorpe and Doncaster out of the way, we will have discussions with Derek Llambias.”

“It will involve moving from caretaker to manager on a full-time basis.” “They have indicated to me that they want to turn it from a temporary role to a permanent one.”

We need a win tomorrow night at Scunthorpe though – that’s the most important thing right now, as Chris rightly says, and this appointment could act as a spur to the players, who have wanted Chris installed as permanent boss for some time now.

But it does mean that Mike Ashley will be around at least until the summer, and that’s not good news, although it will help to settle things down at the club. We would now hope Mike would do two things that would help to rehabilitate himself on Tyneside

  1. Appoint  an experienced Chairman who knows how to run a football club, and get rid of Derek LLambias, who is clueless after all
  2. Give Chris some transfer money in January to help the squad become stronger – it will be worthwhile to Mike long term, if the team gets promoted this season, and would seem to be an excellent investment

Doing these two things would further help the club to stabilize under Chris Hughton as the new manager.



Tags: Newcastle News





53 responses so far ↓

  • 1 dave 1961 // Oct 19, 2009 at 5:39 PM

    well the record for the shortest serving manager (Norman smith) is 9 months i can see Hughton breaking that by a mile October 1961-June 1962

  • 2 hitman // Oct 19, 2009 at 5:43 PM

    ploy by ashley to get moat to hurry up..

  • 3 toonsy // Oct 19, 2009 at 5:46 PM

    Ive been a lifelong fan, but if Hughton has got the job then thats it for me and going through the turnstiles at SJP. Through all this i have always said a boycott is not the way forward….. it seems i was wrong! Fatboy wont get another penny from me until he is dead! Even then the only penny i will spend is pissing on his grave! He has systematically destroyed what could have been one of the most investable and profitable opportunities in English football, mugged the fans off with disrespect, fcuked over an array of local icons and now ive had it.

    I will still go to away games of course as the fat cnut wont get a penny out of it.

  • 4 sirjasontoon // Oct 19, 2009 at 5:46 PM

    Is there no end to this disaster that is NUFC.
    Offer the caretaker a job after three of the worst performances of the season?

    Don’t get me wrong CH is a decent bloke,but he hasn’t got the Balls and Attitude of a real manager…seems a bit of a softie to me.

    Another yes man…the football reminds me of the JK era…dull as fk.

  • 5 sirjasontoon // Oct 19, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    Good shout Toonsy…I am sick as a pig as well :)

  • 6 BlacknWhite Barmy // Oct 19, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    If CH had an ounce of self respect he would of walked a long time ago – no he is happy to take the money whilst having no say in the day to day running of the club – he hasnt even been able to get lardarse to fund some loan players.

    The only way to sweat the darklord from SJP is for a few empty matches – actions speaks louder than words and the ’support the club’ crowd have to believe that it is Ashleys club and him that they are supporting. Remember KKs speech after selling Andy Cole – he had the bottle to face the crowd (unlike FATASH) and explained that aometimes you need to take a step back to go forward – that step back is to abstain from SJP unitl AShleys gone!

  • 7 sirjasontoon // Oct 19, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    “An opportunity to turn it from a temporary role to a full-time role is very exciting for me.”

    Yes Chris I bet it is very exciting…it’s a shame come xmas we will be mid table and continuing HOOFBALL in front of 25,000 sleeping geordies.

  • 8 sirjasontoon // Oct 19, 2009 at 5:52 PM

    Totally agree Boycott and massive protests on matchdays…get this fat tw$t out before it is too late.

  • 9 Nobby_Long // Oct 19, 2009 at 5:54 PM

    I feel physically sick at this news ………Ashley is staying & he needs a puppet….if it wasn’t for taking my son, I don’t think I would go anymore….

  • 10 sirjasontoon // Oct 19, 2009 at 5:57 PM

    I saisd he wasn’t going as soon as the club was up for sale-it was another scam to avoid buying players.

  • 11 Shot Bru // Oct 19, 2009 at 6:03 PM

    To be honest i’m not that surprised, at the end of the day it was gonna be Hughton or Kinnear who got the job, looks like Kinnear isn’t fit to work anymore so Hughton’s the man. I think the only way we’re gonna get rid of Ashley is if we go bust and appointing Hughton FT might do the trick. This will now allow Ashley to sell the likes of Smith, Enrique, Krul, Ranger etc in jan and we will drop like a stone.

  • 12 Edinburgh Mag // Oct 19, 2009 at 6:03 PM

    Worst news possible!

    Does the club never learn a lesson. Stinks of the Roeder appointment all over again.

    He never was and never will be a manager!

    Ashley is a grade A Tool and you’re kidding yourself Ed if you think he will do any of the 2 things you have listed!

    The club will only go one way under Ashley and it aint up!

  • 13 hitman // Oct 19, 2009 at 6:05 PM

    if this is true (i have me doubts),ashley staying we can forget about going up and if by some lucky chance we do scrape by and go up,is ashley going to make MAJOR investment in the first team,is he fk we will go back down the follwing seasom,this is bad news all round,this club carnt move forward with ashley.

  • 14 yemozone // Oct 19, 2009 at 6:05 PM

    Really deserved it

  • 15 Jay jay // Oct 19, 2009 at 6:14 PM

    This fat idiot just gets it wrong on every level, wants to keep hold of us so he can get some money back if we’re promoted, at the same time strips the club of it’s assets, brings in no real talent making promotion unlikely. You can’t do both you t**t!

  • 16 Toonmania // Oct 19, 2009 at 6:17 PM

    Totally agree with the comments above, i wasn’t feeling great today and i feel worse now after reading this news, CH is a good coach and has steaded the sinking ship, but as i have said all along he is NOT the man to take us forward he is also not the man to take us into the prem, why would we be any better now than we where last year playing under him, although i have loads of respect the man, he is no manager and no tacticion.
    i agree we should boycott the games from now until ashley has left the building, i will no longer spend £200 to £300 on every home game as thats what it costs me with my flight tickets and spending money for the day.
    if he thinks he can insult NUFC fans, we can show him who really is in control of the clubs finances

  • 17 Toon_Factor // Oct 19, 2009 at 6:23 PM

    I WANT TONY PULIS!

  • 18 toonsy // Oct 19, 2009 at 6:25 PM

    In all fairness though, nowt has been confirmed yet. Im still seething dont get me wrong, but lets just wait and see what happens and then react when its confirmed/denied!

  • 19 Nobby_Long // Oct 19, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    The thing with all of this is never to trust Ashley, and never to draw the obvious conclusion from anything that happens……the man is extremely devious and tries to manipulate situations to get the result he wants….

    This could just be another attempt to prod Moat or whoever into matching his asking price……

  • 20 Jay jay // Oct 19, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    Hitman i hope you’re right, but i feel moat is just a ploy to take the pressure off ashley and keep supporters going through the turnstyles. Ashley believes if we think a sale is probable we wont hit him where it hurts, he’s s**ting on us!

  • 21 Nobby_Long // Oct 19, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    Sorry…….I think I may have been trying convince myself that this wasn’t really happening with my previous comment…..

    what have we done to deserve this moron…?

  • 22 Mags // Oct 19, 2009 at 6:33 PM

    If this is the case, then it means we are lumbered with cashless – this is disastrous. Deep sigh. Bad Bad News.

    I think the only reason Hughton is being offered the job is because he is a ‘yes’ man and will have little or no say in which players come into and out of the club and will toe the party line without rocking the boat.

    Ashley is not daft, he will not employ anyone who will stand up to him.

    However, if he is appointed then as a Toon fan, I wish him the very best of luck.

  • 23 shear-class // Oct 19, 2009 at 6:35 PM

    Edinburgh Mag – Totally agree glenn roeder all over again what a shambles chris hughton decent coach sh**e manager he hasnt got a personality either just another puppet and part of the COCKNEY MAFIA

  • 24 Robby Bobson // Oct 19, 2009 at 6:49 PM

    HE deserves the chance just like Roeder did, but i dont think he is good enough to manage. Top bloke though.

    Ashley didnt appoint Shearer because he had no experince…so now hes appointing Hughton? Hmm.

  • 25 dave 1961 // Oct 19, 2009 at 6:55 PM

    i did not want to say it but our start had nowt to do with Hughton it was the shearer fear factor, the players were expecting shearer at any time, that’s why now they are not, they go back to being a bunch of tossers, the fitness levels will decrease, when the players start to poke fun at Hughton again, half the team think hes a door mat, we are in deep trouble now, Hughtons going to take us to levels we have never reached before, unfortunately its downward.

  • 26 Parisian_magpie // Oct 19, 2009 at 6:58 PM

    I am seeing a lot of negative thoughts here, guys come on! Yes life is rather painful under Mike Ashley and Maybe Chris Hughton is not the best appointment, but I like the guy and respect his loyalty to the club. He could have easily walked away but he hasn’t and he has worked tirelessly to get us to the top of the league. Don’t know about you but I thought we would be scrapping for relegation, but we are doing well.

    The last three performances have been disappointing, but thats gonna happen during a season. Lets support the lads and give CH a chance, we finally have a bit of stability in the dressing room, its about time!!! Glass half full guys, am sick of it being half empty all the time!

  • 27 geordie jock // Oct 19, 2009 at 6:59 PM

    This can not be happening Hughton is not a manager. He has had a lucky start in a piss poor league and we still have a piss poor team who have hit a bad patch so why the hell has the overblown F*t B*****d offered him the job. Hughton might be a nice person but not many nice people become good managers ( remember Glen Roeder ). He had a shit time in charge in the premier league so he has proved he cannot manage at the top level. If Ashley doesn’t get out of town i am afraid i am finished with supporting the toon after 50 years of giving everything i have for the team. I also agree with a total BOYCOTT.

  • 28 sirjasontoon // Oct 19, 2009 at 7:03 PM

    Downwards very quickly with CH in charge and Ashley at the helm…very disappointing and the football currently on offer is 1 dimensional sluggish PLOP with zilch in attack.
    People won’t keep paying to watch this cobbled together rubbish much longer.

  • 29 sirjasontoon // Oct 19, 2009 at 7:05 PM

    I am proper Angry.

  • 30 Edinburgh Mag // Oct 19, 2009 at 7:14 PM

    Likewise Sir Jason. I really cant understand anyone’s logic who thinks Hughton should be made full time manager.

    Just like Roeder, he may be a good coach but he’s a sh*t manager. As was Sbragia at the mackems and Sammy Lee at Bolton.

    I despair, i really do!

  • 31 ToonMobile // Oct 19, 2009 at 8:25 PM

    This could be taken as good news in the sense that instead of fans being split between going and supporting the team and those who are abstaining until a major change at St James, surely all fans must now unite and realise that something needs to be done by the fanbase before more damage is done to the club.

    The honeymoon period at the start of the season is over. There was no squad overhaul. We are paper thin. Already suffering from injuries and soon suspensions. When Hughton said a few weeks back that we had a good enough squad for this division it was obvious he is simply a puppet for the hierarchy. Lots of people including myself said weeks/months ago that his attitude towards being caretaker was not good for the club, and here we are at Ashley’s eventual target of him being the full time / cheap / yes man manager who won’t rock the boat.

    The worst that can happen this season is relegation again, which due to our good start seems a way off, but that is closely followed by not getting promoted at the first chance – that would be a true disaster from which the club wouldn’t recover from for a good few years at least, there just won’t be any money around – or anyone interested in buying us. Getting promoted with Hughton as manager and Ashley not bringing in players seems like a pipedream. Remember a few of our current first team players are only loans until January as well…

  • 32 dave 1961 // Oct 19, 2009 at 8:29 PM

    this is what hughton told the chronicle. Hughton is also refusing to underestimate Scunthorpe United tomorrow night after the Iron beat Sheffield United at Glanford Park in an impressive 3-1 win.

    He said: “The quality of this league is very good.

    “Forest were a good side and we have to be able to compete with these sides.

    “We need to be able to make sure we don’t concede when we aren’t playing so well.

    “I’m quite sure if we had gone in at half-time at 0-0 we would have gone on and won the game.

    does he realize we did not score against Forrest, when you listen to what he says, he talks some rubbish how could we have won you plank we could have scraped an undeserved draw at best.

  • 33 listie // Oct 19, 2009 at 9:34 PM

    If CH becomes permanent manager then I fear we will be stuck with Ashley for the foreseeable future, god help us

  • 34 buda boom // Oct 19, 2009 at 9:39 PM

    Fraser Forster just flogged the game versus dirty Leeds
    Ashley is screwing us. Hughton never has been and never will be a manager.
    Fans need to get message to Ashley again.
    I cannot boycott games though.
    Nobody with any with ounce of self credtability would work for him so we are only going to get some dickhead

  • 35 tom tomb // Oct 19, 2009 at 9:55 PM

    Draw 2 home games- lose away to notts forest, don’t answer Ashley back- agree to his signings. always appear confused-have no tactical nous. Play 2 big dopes up front and a quick striker on the left wing. Yeah an obvious choice in the tiny mind that is Mike Ashley. Mid table here we come he will accept anything ashley says anything. After all Ashley did confess he knows nowt about running a football club- He just likes to remind us on a regular basis that this is still true-the fat tosser.

  • 36 Stardust // Oct 19, 2009 at 10:03 PM

    Just thankful Shearer never got it.

  • 37 MacToon // Oct 19, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    “Chris has done very well in his caretaker capacity since last July. Few would argue with that…..”

    ummm well he has got some good results but the team are shyte, playing really dull boring rubbish.

    How can CH be mad enough to take the job and be a puppet for the owner. I really thought he’d have more sense.

    Did anyone start the petition, when’s the protest?

  • 38 geordie Jack // Oct 19, 2009 at 10:24 PM

    “Chris has done very well in his caretaker capacity since last July. Few would argue with that, and he seems to have earned the position” Lol. Seems like a few would argue with that after all! Or the 90% on a poll on another blog who do not want Chris as manager!

  • 39 Geordiedoonsooth // Oct 19, 2009 at 10:38 PM

    I’ve been saying all along that Fat Tw*t & Lamarse will stay I really do believe that they objective is to ruin the club. Houghton has done okay but the last 3 games has shown up his shortcomings as a manager. That’s it for me I hope we don’t get promoted & I won’t be back at SJP until this lot have gone. Sad Day for all true toon fans we are f*cked we can forget the Premier League for a long time

  • 40 GeordieLander // Oct 19, 2009 at 10:43 PM

    @stardust 34

    I take it you’re not a Shearer fan Stardust.
    Who would you go for ?

  • 41 Geordiedoonsooth // Oct 19, 2009 at 10:44 PM

    That’s me finished with the Toon after 55 years man & boy. I’m gine until Fat Tw*t & :Lamearse are gone. What a sad day

  • 42 Geordiedoonsooth // Oct 19, 2009 at 10:46 PM

    Ignore Stardust he’s a moron & a closet mackem. Pea brained idiot

  • 43 sirjasontoon // Oct 20, 2009 at 12:06 AM

    Let’s get Stardust in charge at the Toon…he will be a fans favorite in no time and may even appoint Keegan as Tea Boy/Groundsman : )

  • 44 sirjasontoon // Oct 20, 2009 at 12:09 AM

    This season just hasn’t sunk in properly…then names pop up like Scunthorpe…Very sad.

    Non of the teams we play have many if any players I have ever heard of either…well weird.

  • 45 sirjasontoon // Oct 20, 2009 at 12:09 AM

    I don’t even know where Scunthorpe is.

  • 46 NewcastleMole // Oct 20, 2009 at 2:02 AM

    As fans (Prob like his employee’s) there is nothing we can do.

    You can say you’re not going to the matches anymore but when the revenue starts to drop and the club becomes in danger of not being able to stay afloat all ashley would do is put club into Administration and put the blame on us.

    You can hold demonstrations and what not but all that does is unsettle the players and then the team plays poor (if its possible at the min).

    We are left in an unwinnable situation with the club not for sale and no transfer money available and a squad which should breeze through the league struggling for form.

  • 47 G // Oct 20, 2009 at 2:17 AM

    Ok, I’ve been diplomatic about this so far (which makes a change from my personality by the way), but CH is no manager, he never will be, just like the last stint that CH and CC took charge they looked out of their depth when faced with an inefficient tactic that wasn’t going their way… they have no idea how to switch play and change formation. CH & CC are coaches, not in any way shape or form managers. If they were CC would have it nailed on the head against forest. We have been sussed already in the fizzy pop league, watch our position plummet. We might have well have appointed Glenn Roeder again, as this is the same situation, nice guy, decent coach, management ability and tactical ability… less than zero.

  • 48 G // Oct 20, 2009 at 2:19 AM

    P.S. I have a small glimmer of hope that CH or CC reads this, guys, for the sake of your own professional integrity and reputations, turn down this poison chalice. It will end in tears, ours and yours.

  • 49 pubcat // Oct 20, 2009 at 2:56 AM

    Time will sort everything out. If we don’t do that well under CH over the whole season, the situation will be reviewed and changed if necessary. If we do well then there’s no problem.
    I’d rather have Shearer but will get behind the team no matter what.

    It does make me a little embarrassed when I read the Goddawful posts that most “fans” put on here – no wonder some of the press call Toon fans whingers.

  • 50 Sav // Oct 20, 2009 at 4:09 AM

    At the weekend Ashley states Moat has one week to come up with 80 million. Then he goes and offers Hughton talks after the Doncaster game. Then why make any statement at all now?
    Why say anything – have talks and then, if there’s a positive outcome, make an announcement.

    It looks to me like Ashley and Llambias using Hughton to pressure Moat and possibly Shearer into finally making a move. If so, it is despicable, shabby treatment of Hughton. If Shearer does come in now, Hughton pretty much has to go after saying he definitely wants the top job. Up until now, discreet Chris has always kept himself silent so he could quietly slip back into the coaching ranks if Shearer or someone else came in. Instead, Llambias has now conned CH into holding a press conference – saying what exactly? There’s been talks about talks?

  • 51 tommy_trouble // Oct 20, 2009 at 5:58 AM

    same sentiments as above. Roeder all over again, will anyone ever learn. Why do always end up with either saps (roeder and hughton) or mugs (take your pick) as managers. Just a good reasonably experienced manager with balls. As a few people have said, the ‘yes man’, I’ll do whatever is asked of me and not criticise anyone or thing approach seems to be enough to get you a managers job. We’ve played some proper rubbish football this season, it’s just most teams are even worse than us in the championship.

  • 52 will die for the toon army // Oct 20, 2009 at 8:59 AM

    Looking at all this we were all happy with MA. He fired Big Sam for us until KK came and then he left for a small reason I dont understand and then from that moment MA became the enemy.

    I dont mind MA and I have never he is a man who set his goals and werent achieved. He loved us watched games with us with no fear had KK name on the back of his T.shirt.

    I still think KK coming back was wrong move and the turning point for the club. I only wish we had got another manager.(Dechamps or Macelino).

    Al has no experience not even coaching anywhere.

  • 53 Johno Toon // Oct 20, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    I think everyone is jumping the gun and two been very harsh of Chris Hughton

    He has not been appointed….yet

    And if he is ( which i hope he is ) he deserves it , has done a good job so far, we were never gonna go through the whole season or unbearten , we will take a dip in form , simple as . But he has done enough for this club for the fans the support him. No I dont think he would be the worlds greatest appointment but he will do a good job and every fan who is calling for his head really needs to look at themsleves.

    Now I would of always considered myself fairly pro-ashley and thought that his intentions were in the right place but he failed miserebly and needs to go.

    But dont take the fight against Ashley and turn it to hughton.




previous post: Khizanishvili Looking To Bounce Back Against Scunthorpe

next post: Gutierrez And Nolan Both Looking For 3 Points At Scunthorpe