Hughton To Determine Incoming And Outgoing Players

Chris Hughton will not have to work for a Director of Football at Newcastle, but since it failed dramatically when Dennis Wise was here (what a disaster), that’s hardly surprising – even for Mike Ashley.

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Mike Ashley – no Director Of Football

A Newcastle source told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Chris has done a fantastic job and Mike is delighted with what he has achieved so far this season.”

“It’s unlikely that they’ll go back to a director of football, which means that Chris should get some say when it comes to bringing in new faces.”

“But everybody knows that Mike will get the final word on whether it is financially viable to bring players in, and Chris will be working on a limited budget.”

We’ll never forget when 13 months ago Kevin Keegan walked out on Newcastle, after he was put in an almost impossible situation by Ashley and his cohorts after a series of rows with Dennis Wise over player recruitment.

Wise left United on April 1st, the same day Alan  Shearer came in as manager, and Alan demanded that Wise be fired, which he was.

It looks like  Hughton and Colin Calderwood will be given freedom to select their own transfer and loan targets – but there will not be much transfer money if Ashley stays which seems almost certain now. 🙁

This will be the system that has been in place since Hughton was appointed caretaker boss on July 1st, and done so well.

Hughton made some good decisions to bring in Danny Simpson, Zurab Khizanishvili and Marlon Harewood on loan and free transfer Peter Lovenkrands. These are all good signings by Chris.

And apparently  Hughton turned down an offer from the Newcastle Board to bring in Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink at the end of August, but we don’t think much of the player and we’re pleased he didn’t make it to Newcastle (our opinion only).

Hughton said today:

“Colin has done a wonderful job here.” “It’s fair that once the discussions have taken place there will be lots of things around it that become clearer.”

“Yes, the club have offered me something.” “And they have told me they want to turn it from a temporary one into a permanent one.”

“I am delighted by that. It will be a plus to get it resolved in the near future.” “I have always said I will do it for as long as I am asked to.”

“But to manage this club is a honor for anybody – and certainly me.”

Chris and Colin have done great so far, but now they need to keep it up – with or without the help of a certain Mike Ashley and his cohorts.

20 comments so far

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Oct 20, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #1


  • Ross

    Oct 20, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #2

    I doubt it Ed, with Ashley reiterating at the weekend through his quotes that he will be the one who has final say on players coming and going through our revolving door.

    Also, not that i even believe said insider (or that they actually exist), but the article says Hughton “should have some” input. Even our best mate the Newcastle source is unsure as to whether Hughton is just going to be left as a yes man or not. Not promising.

  • hitman

    Oct 20, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #3

    aye reeto.

  • Partizan

    Oct 20, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #4

    I would like some Scandinavian players in our club

    1-They adapt fast
    2-No language barrier
    3-They’re cheap
    4-They’re strong

    Just look at some of the players atm: Agger,Carew,Pedersen,Larsson,Steinsson,
    Bendtner,Jaaskalainen,Hangeland etc

    And the ones who just moved : Forssell,Melberg

  • Spitfire

    Oct 20, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #5


    They should bring back Benny Arentoft

  • Partizan

    Oct 20, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Spitfire….You never know 🙂

  • yemozone

    Oct 20, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #7

    Don’t wanna believe yet

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 20, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #8

    What a load of dogs poop, complete & utter b*ll*cks

  • lesh

    Oct 20, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Greggs to open 600 shops eh?

    They must’ve heard Ashley’s likely to stay!

  • Bigbadbob

    Oct 20, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #10

    Bullcrap, Hughton will do as he is told, thats why he is being appointed, a nodding dog to do as he is told.
    No way will he fight his corner for the team or fans, what an underwhelming predictable appointment.
    When he speaks i could almost fall asleep with his monotone bland voice droning on about this group of lads this and this group of lads that, we are going nowhere with this man in charge, we are tom ducked im afraid.

  • Ericles

    Oct 20, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #11

    I agree – we need some Scandinavians in the team. I am not joking but the side does not do so well with Taylor and Ameobi missing! Harewood? Lord who?

  • batty

    Oct 20, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #12


  • Ewan Kerr

    Oct 20, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #13

    I like Ashley. He looks like Bobby Hill.

  • lesh

    Oct 20, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #14

    Bring in some Scandinavians? But gentlemen, that involves spending money and whilst Ashley’s acknowledged that he knows nowt about football, then he’s not going to be convinced of the need to spend to safeguard his investment.

    He’ll understanably be focussed on the cash and the club’s overheads but we really need someone in who knows football and he’s comfortable with. Mmmmmm.

    Looks like we’re in for a real roller-coaster ride….. again!

  • tdt

    Oct 20, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Ha he totally does loook like bobby hill!

  • premier

    Oct 20, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #16

    Incomings–is he free? yes–hands snapped off.
    Outgoings–is he on decent money? yes–shift him at all costs.
    Sunsay sun reported even long serving programme editor Paul Tully was axed!!!

  • NewcastleMole

    Oct 20, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #17

    @ Ericles #11

    Ameobi? uve got to be joking we’d be playing worse if its possible if he’s in the squad. Fouls too often in final 3rd when he doesn’t need to

  • chuck

    Oct 20, 2009 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #18

    Looks like Scunthorpe ….Who ?, yeah f*****g Scunthorpe are going to give us a hammering.
    How did things reach this point ?
    Hello Leeds !

  • chuck

    Oct 20, 2009 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #19

    Well with Jimenez and Dennis wise gone, who else is there to choose, Llambias ? he knows less than Ashley.
    The blind leading the blind.
    In choosing not to bring Vennegoor of Hesselink, Hughton made a good decision, guys pants.
    Celtic gave him plenty of opportunity, before dumping him.
    We should be looking at those youngsters with the top clubs, who have little hope of breaking into the first team.
    An example would be Johnson @ Citeh and his team mate Oanahu, there are others with Liverpool and Man. U. (both in financial trouble) .
    These players would in most cases jump at an opportunity to play first team football in a side heading for PL promotion and could be the stimulus to get us there.
    We could make a start with Simpson.
    That is if we had someone with a little vision in charge.
    Which I doubt.

  • Winston Potski

    Oct 21, 2009 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #20

    ‘Fair play, he deserves a crack at the whip!’
    That’s what we said about Kinnear (worst record as toon boss since the war!)
    Hughton’s impromptu management has been OK so far – and no better, considering the calibre of opposition!

    Ashley will do it on the cheap (again) and Hughton will be the next flop in a series of ill-appointed gaffers.

    Ashley, I hate you and what you’ve done to this club. Get out while you can.


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