Does Hughton Have What It Takes To Be Successful?

It looks like Chris Hughton will be installed as the new manager after next Saturday’s home game with Doncaster Rovers – so first things first – let’ s hope we can win that game.

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Chris Hughton – can get the lads promoted – that’s job one!

The question that will be on everybody’s minds now is does the low key Chris Hughton have what it takes to become a manager at a club where some big names like Kenny Dalglish, Ruud Gullet, Graeme Souness and Glenn Roeder have all failed miserably?

We always thought Chris was a very good coach, but when he took over the side last season they invariably lost nearly every game, and he looked completely out of his depth.

But there again, even when Alan Shearer came in he was unable to turn  it around as far as the results went.

However, Alan did make some excellent changes behind the scenes, to set Newcastle on the right track for the future – but that seemed to scare the life  out of Mike Ashley, who then refused to appoint Alan as permanent manager.

Chris will know he’s working for Ashley and LLambias, who have been found out in the Keegan Tribunal as liars, plain and simple, but that doesn’t seem to affect Chris, whose work ethic is an example to everybody.

It;s hard not to like a guy who took over a terribly difficult job on July 1st and has amazingly forged a successful team – so far – and has never complained about anything – ever.

The man just gets on with the job, and he knows the job this season is to try to win every game and he gets upset, as he did on Saturday when the team falls short.

Chris has had 32 years at the top, and his long coaching career has set him in good stead for this job, which he has quite rightly said is an honor for him.

We doubt Chris can be successful at Newcastle long term, but if he can serve as manager while the hapless Mike Ashley still owns the club, and can get the very best out of what he has, and get the lads promoted this season, that’s all we ask.

If he can do that he’ll have been successful in our eyes, and we’re sure Chris himself, with the help of the very able Colin Calderwood and the rest of the coaching staff will know they have done the job – and done it well.

Once we are promoted though and once Mike Ashley sells the club we would expect a higher profile manager to be appointed.

But that’s the next stage in all of this and will not detract from the fantastic job Chris will have done if he can see us back to the Premier League.

Now’s the time for the great Newcastle fans to support the manager and the players – because they have deserved that this season –  we need promotion – and right now – that’s all that matters.

Howay The Lads!!

20 comments so far

  • yemozone

    Oct 20, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #1

    I think he can be successful if MA can just assist him with funds for transfers.

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 20, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #2

    I think it will be an absolute shambles.

    Yes Sir,No Sir,3 Bags full Sir.

  • Waddles mullet

    Oct 20, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #3

    No , never has never will.

    Sorry and all but you have to be ruthless in this life!

  • shear-class

    Oct 20, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #4

    What a stupid question Does he F***

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 20, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Chris is a decent lad..this job will ruin him in a few months..his hair will be completely grey by the end of the season…he will look like Trevor McDonald.

  • AlanSmith.

    Oct 20, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Chris Hughton has done a good job this season.. dont get me wrong. but this is the championship.. when having the caretaker job twice last season.. i dont think he won a game. i dont want him to get the MANAGERS job.. but i DO want him to stay on as assistant.. i think as an assistant he is one of the best in the country..! and has the respect of everyone for what he has done this season. mike should either leave him as caretaker or get shearer in as permanent manager. then give maybe 15 mil in january. of he was to do that i wouldnt mind him staying.. dont get me wrong i despize the bloke but if he actually made one or two good decisions i would support him even if only until the end of the season.

    on the sale of the club front.. we all have to now understand that mike will keep the club.. the club was never going to be bought.. 100 mil is a stupid valuation of the club.. were not even worth half that. for that 100 million someone could buy a good solid premier league team [i.e fulham] that have a good manager, solid fan base, a club that is a top half team under roy hodgson, european football… you could get all that AND give 20 mil in january for 100 million and STILL have change..

    where ed gets the valuation that if we go up we’ll be worth the 200 million he keeps saying i dont know. if we were to go up then we might be worth somewhere around the 80-100 million being quoted now.

  • belfast toon

    Oct 20, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #7

    With the greatest respect to Houghton he’s done us all proud No … Why would he get the job when the likes of Coppel, Strachan, Shearer avalible???

    Just another stupid decision by our hopeless owner

  • curmon

    Oct 20, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Here is the problem.

    Everyone assumes that we will win promotion !

    based on what I have seen this season we will not !

    What happens then, the whole shebang goes into meltdown, Ashley combusts as he realises the club is now almost worthless, we know he will not chase his losses so the valuation goes into a complete death spiral.

    I hope that i am wrong, but many years experience of business and football tells me I am right.

  • sahota

    Oct 20, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #9

    We have not see many examples where someone is promoted from being coach and has done well. You need not to look far away. Just see what happened with Ricky. Till now we were winning. Real test is now.

    And on other note I think all Newcastle fans should stop giving Mike any penny.I would now even support STOP going to games. He has no respect for us fans. He think its his club then let that be true. let him come alone to watch games. Guys we need to get over our feelings and try to push Mike to sell.

  • btnek1664

    Oct 20, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #10

    I like most NUFC fans like Chris,he is a nice genuine bloke-show me any nice genuine bloke at the top end of the premiership??? none,they`r all hard-merciless-selfish-arrogant or a combination of all of the mentioned.Chris deserves `something` for his hard work but he is not a top manager and astley want`s him because”he never complains-just get`s on with the job”he`s not what we need and too predictable-every manager in the championship has our team sussed out,Harwood is a waste of space as a starter-what did Nile Ranger do wrong? is it a coincidence that we drop Ranger-we lose and the midfield score no goals any more?no tactics and a negative midfield-no pace-no width-playing to deep-it`s not rocket science,push out-push wide-stretch OTHER teams midfield/defences and create space-chances for our strikers.We`r gonna need all the luck we can get-starting tonight.

  • Dmanx

    Oct 20, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #11

    Chris is a nice guy but the worst mistake he is ever going to make is by becoming Newcastle manager and Ashley’s puppet. Glenn Roeder all over again 🙁

  • Graeme

    Oct 20, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #12

    Unfortunately, for the FCB to SELL the club, he has to find a BUYER, with the money to pay for it!!!

    So far not one person has been able to prove that they have got the funds to pay for it and run it. Moat has been struggling for months to come up with the money and he has even been given a lower sum to make it easier for him, which he still hasnt come up with.

    Looks like we are stuck with the morons we have, for a while longer!!

  • dave 1961

    Oct 20, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #13

    to me Chris Hughton now seems like the creepy bum kisser most company’s have, creep around the bosses hoping to pick up the crumbs when someone else gets dumped on, i was fine with him as long as he stepped down, it looks like its what he wanted all along, lets see him make it until January, at least Dinnis & Roeder were in the top flight, we are out played by teams that were in the 3rd tear of English football last year. god help us.

  • Stardust

    Oct 20, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #14

    In life we all have to be realistic – accept the parameters we work with or find ourselves in.

    Chris Hughton has done that, Alan Shearer and KK couldnt.

    I cant really see how we could demote Chris at the moment and appoint a manager over him, just approaching another manger right now for an interview would be all over the press and destabilise the team.

    So maybe a year rolling contract is the only option at the moment and perhaps the correct decision – again its a fine line call – but I support Chris – he is an honourable man.

  • Stardust

    Oct 20, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #15

    Dave 1961 – I think its disingenuous to suggest Hughtons a bum kisser.

    He has shown himself to have far greater strength of character than many men. If you look at the difficulty of the last year – he is one of the only ones to come out with his reputation enhanced, and people (fans – players and management) respecting him even more.

    I would argue that he is more of a man than many – anything but a bum kisser – he knows what a great club Newcastle is – he describes it as a privilege – and it is – a bum kisser tends to do things in private and look for scapegoats to explain mistakes – he never hides.

  • the holy grail

    Oct 20, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #16


    how on earth will fans stop paying to watch newcastle be a good idea and HE HASNT TAKEN MONEY FROM OUR CLUB so to do it against him is stupid.

    Yes boycott sports direct and that will affect him and his pocket BUT NOT NUFC.

    We want nufc to be as attractive as possible to the real people who matter and doing stupid things again(the mass protests) just turns the credable and respectable people away.
    Yes i tatally agree things should happen and be said against him because as the fans we have the right to do so but there are the rught and wrong ways of doing this, lets start doing it the right way

  • pubcat

    Oct 20, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #17

    I think the wise thing is…don’t make too much of it. If/when CH is made permanent manager, DON’T analyse everything or blow a fanfare of trumpets. Just let the transition happen smoothly. To me, it’s much better just to think that Hughton and Calederwood will be running things longer term and that to some extent the players themselves will be the prime motivation in the dressing room and on the pitch. That’s exactly how we started this season well, not by placing too much focus on Hughton – which is not the best way forward in my opinion.

    If that makes sense!

  • premier

    Oct 20, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #18

    See Fat Sam looking like he is going to keep Blackburn up again–Amazing what a manager can achieve when board and fans show a bit of patience instead of delusion!!

  • chestnut

    Oct 20, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #19

    “We doubt Chris can be successful at Newcastle long term”

    on what basis do we make this statement? Hughton has never been a manager anywhere, but neither has Shearer. But bcoz AS was a succesful player, we assume that he would be better than CH. this assumption is utter b**ll**ks. CH should be given d chance to prove he can manage our club for at least 1 premiership season. only then, can we decide if CH is right for the club or not. give the bloke a chance. afterall he has proven himself at Championship level where even AS may not be capable of winning.


  • ObaMartins

    Oct 20, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #20

    Its Pathetic, same as Fat Ashleys whole time in charge of Newcastle…….


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