Will Ashley Still Appoint Hughton As Manager?


It is now an interesting situation to see if Mike Ashley will appoint Chris Hughton as the new permanent manger at Newcastle after two disastrous defeats on the trot.

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Mike Ashley – will he still appoint Hughton full time?


After all Middlesbrough are just one point behind Newcastle and that’s not good enough for their Chairman Steve Gibson, who sacked manager Gareth Southgate at 11:30 pm last night, after Middlesbrough had beaten Derby County 2-0 at the Riverside last night.

But quite honestly we don’t think Mike will change his mind, although it would be sensible to wait a week or two to see if  Chris can turn this thing around – but Mike will not do that.

When has he ever done the sensible thing in the past?

Chris seemed confident enough after the game as he said:

“In the game we had a lot of chances but we were not clinical enough,” “The manner in which we conceded both goals was poor because we didn’t deal with situations.”

“Their goalkeeper was man of the match, which tells you all you need to know about how the game went, but if you concede goals in the way we did, then you cannot expect to win football matches.”

“The dressing room is very low but I have no choice but to try and lift the players ahead of Saturday’s game. We need to be more clinical. This is a game we should have won, there’s no doubt about that.”

“As far as I know, nothing is different and I’m confident the situation has not changed.”

It seems like Newcastle have been missing Steven Taylor and Coloccini as both goals were sloppy ones – but that’s what happens when the squad just isn’t big enough.

Of course most Newcastle fans would have hoped Mike Ashley had already left the club, and with just two points from our last 4 games, and the likelihood that Ashley will be staying at Newcastle until the summer at least – things couldn’t look much bleaker for Newcastle fans right now.

We need a win against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday to turn things around.



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82 comments so far

  • toonsy

    Oct 21, 2009 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #1

    I think the opposite. As i said in the last thread, i think the only way were getting rid of fatboy is by making him either fund the club out of his own pocket (which involves fans staying away, not buying anything, and cancelling monthly season tickets) OR results getting so poor that promotion looks unlikely meaning fatboy may want to sell up and cut his losses!

    Lets face it, with recent performances, the 2nd scenario is most likely at the moment!

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  • toonsy

    Oct 21, 2009 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #2

    If we lose on Saturday against a good, mobile, football team in Doncaster then we could be 9th come Saturday eve! Then we follow that up with an away trip to Sheff Utd, thats played on a Monday so we could be even further down, and add a defeat at Sheff Uts and we could be consolidated bottom half within 6 days from now!

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  • Graeme

    Oct 21, 2009 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #3

    There is little doubt that Houghton is a “nice guy” but he most certainly isnt the man to do what MA needs – which is to run a football club – to make up for MA’s admitted inability to do so.

    Houghton will/ should remain as a coach in a new set-up fronted by a proven Football Club Manager. The problem is FCB wont pay the money to get such a person to the club – IF he could find someone to work for him at NUFC!!!

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  • lesh

    Oct 21, 2009 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #4

    As Ed points out – Boro win and Gibson decides it’s time for a change of manager.

    Ashley’s track record to date suggests he does the exact opposite of what would be sensible and as we’ve collected 2 points from 12, he’s sure to appoint Hughton!

    But why the downturn in performances and seeming team spirit? Any coincidence with the arrival of the two new boys on the block?

    Or, as someone suggested yesterday, has the dicipline Shearer imposed on the players slipped back to pre-Shearer standards?

    Hughton’s done a fair job and yes, keep him as coach but we must appoint a manager with a GOOD track record!

    One last question….. who put the Ashley in Scunthorpe?

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  • lesh

    Oct 21, 2009 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Ashley seems to identify a strategy that flies in the face of good business and football sense so yup, after collecting 2 points from 12, he’s sure to appoint Hughton.

    Wonderful!

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  • lesh

    Oct 21, 2009 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #6

    And.. is the downturn in form anything but coincidental with the arrival of two recent incomers?

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  • Solaidback

    Oct 21, 2009 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Why is it we lose two defenders & all of a sudden our strikers are unable to score goals, why is that?? The best strike partnership we’ve had this season so far has been Ranger & Nolan, so why isn’t Hughton playing that instead of playing Carroll/Nolan, Harewood/Carroll. Harewood/Nolan??? It seems that none of those are working, so why not revert back to the strike partnership that does, bring back Ranger & Nolan!!!
    As for what Ashley will or won’t do, who knows anymore.. according to Tribal football, the American Consortium are ‘SUPER confidant’ of buying Newcastle… so why isn’t this being looked into further & seeing if they are actually bidding for us or not!!!

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  • Solaidback

    Oct 21, 2009 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Btw, Southgate got the sack last night, even after winning yesterday, seem Gibbs has had enough earache from the smoogies after all 😉

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  • lesh

    Oct 21, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Ashley seen in Scunthorpe!

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  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Oct 21, 2009 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #10

    Its not the defence where we have the problem, we have the least goals against us in the league, its up top where we are having the problems, we simply aint scoring enough goals.

    Look at the teams around us: Cardiff 7more, WBA 5 more, even Boro who couldnt hit a barn door last season have scored 1 more than us.

    Chris needs to really get the lads into some shooting practice and, although its okay saying “their keeper was man of the match, so that says all you need to know about our performance”, the lads need some training in which they learn to get themselves the man of the match status by scoring a bloody goal!

    We will be screwed at the weekend with no Taylor, Collo, Smith – thats the spine of our team ripped out right there.

    Chris, if you read this, PLEASE pick:

    ——————-HARPER
    –R Taylor Simpson Kivi Enrique

    ——-Jonas Guthrie Nolan (c) McLoven

    —————Caroll Harewood

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  • Mikey25

    Oct 21, 2009 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #11

    When was last time MA made a good decision????? Yeah Hughton is going to be boss!

    What I would love to see is some evidence of bids, takeovers sheesh even MA appointing a half decent young manager such as Kestbaia or Marcelino or even grovelling to big Al and getting him back on side!

    Went to Anfield last night to watch Champions League with a coupla friends (spare ticket couldn’t resist) and what annoys the hell out of me is our fans make theirs look stupid! They sang a bit of a droning song every 10 minutes whilst the Lyon fans were going mental outsinging the fans the whole match! We have the most passionate fans who are getting equal ticket sales to a Champions League game in the second division!! We deserve better, we don’t need some multi billionaire to do it all we need is an owner/chairman/coaching staff/manager who all work together to make us what we deserve!

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  • premier

    Oct 21, 2009 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Yes he probably will–providing CH dont ask for a performance related pay rise. Alternative cheap option would be Southgate but he would command a bigger pay packet than CH.
    Shame about JFK heart problems or he would have been back quick as you like!!

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  • BigLish

    Oct 21, 2009 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #13

    The team has no bottle whatsoever (Smith apart). We’ve been beaten 3 times now and the similarities are striking. 3 mediocre teams who are willing to fight to the death for a win against the so called big boys. Other teams will be staryting to take notice…. we have a bunch of fancy premiership wannabes in a league that need proper men (or at least 4-5 of them).

    Hughton has never been the answer, he’s a coach not a manager to get the best out of players when the chips are down. Mind you I don’t think for one minute that Shearer is the man either…

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  • dave 1961

    Oct 21, 2009 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #14

    i have tossed & turned all night, what if boro get shearer, we are doomed, Chris Hughton will be the biggest disaster in our history, it will dwarf the appointments of Dinnis & Roeder, Ashley is the most hated figure in north east history, i cant think of a more loathsome figure in history.

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  • Mikey25

    Oct 21, 2009 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #15

    Pressed submit too early…..Team for Saturday needs to show Hughtons intent in my eyes…..

    …………………Harper……………
    Simpson….Kish…Kadar…Bull
    …..Guthrie….Butt……Nolan…
    …..Ranger….Carroll….Loven..

    We have 1 winger, you need 2 of them soooooo…..we can’t play with wingers! Its pretty simple really!!! If we came out with this id be bloody happy, however I’m pretty sure we’ll be a mis-mash 4-4-1-1 with players out of position!

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  • neblexa

    Oct 21, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #16

    We are very much now in the sliding position that alot of people have predicted. Apart from Ipswich, who were terrible, we have played un imaginative, poor poor football all season. When you have poor prem players suddenly they are reasonable to good chumpionship players. Theres no secret formula to what CH and co. have done, simply assembling a team and sending them out there to play. Once the moral was up after wins everything runs itself. He’s clearly a nice guy, that is not enough to manage a club though. He has very much proven that he cant pick teams up when playing badly, last season on two occasions he proved that. Unfortunately we are in the same position again. I firmly believe we will now struggle for the rest of the season and be lucky to get in the play offs.

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  • Solaidback

    Oct 21, 2009 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #17

    You are seriously having a laugh, how many goals have Harewood & Carrol scored for the toon this season so far, not as many as Nolan & you want to leave him out of the side??? he’s the only one scoring for us, so why would you do that??? get a grip for god sake!!!!

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  • BigLish

    Oct 21, 2009 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #18

    Dave 1961 – why do you see us doomed if Shearer goes on to manage Boro? What has he done to prove to you that he can get us out of this league??

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  • hitman

    Oct 21, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #19

    where going the way of the dodo under ashley,its going to get a lot lot worse.

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  • sahota

    Oct 21, 2009 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #20

    Its very frustrating. I think we we lose again against doncaster on week end then we will go on a run similar to what we faced in Premier League. Yes we support CLUB not Mike. But don’t you guys think its now time to take a step back and just think WHOM we are feeding. I think we are just filling pockets on Mike the Stupid KUTTA …..

    It was terrible night sleep after the defeat. Not sure what the solution is, but Is till think we need to force Mike out he won’t go otherwise without pocketing every penny possible. Why don’t fans get together and raise voice. What NUST is doing? If they can not take any action now when they will get chance to stood for us all fans in real PAIN.

    You basta** Mike I just want to SH**T you today.

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  • komfort

    Oct 21, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #21

    sahota..i agree whole-heartedly.

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  • Timmers

    Oct 21, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #22

    Hughton must NEVER play 1 up front. Its the most negative tactic, and it shows the mind set of negativity creeping back in. I might accept one up top against Brazil, but Scunthorpe no way. PPL moan about the defence its no worse than any other in this league, in fact i think we’ve conceded the least. You must start 2 up front, my pick is Carroll/Ranger-they need to try and form a partnership, and you cant rely on Harewood even if he did come good he’s not our player and we wont re-loan him in Dec.

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  • dave 1961

    Oct 21, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #23

    shearer is the only one that would take the job, no other manager wants it, i am confident shearer will succeed as a manager, and the way the clown of an owner, is going, it will not be with us. i can see him succeeding and when he has the choice of us or man u, history will not repeat itself. we will have a clown of an owner, and a clown for a manager. Chris & Colin were referred to as the chuckle brothers on nufc.com & they are proved to be right.

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  • lesh

    Oct 21, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #24

    Hitman, were not going the way of the Dodo, under Ashley, it’s SNAFU, more like carrying on in the way of the don’t-don’t!

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  • sahota

    Oct 21, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #25

    bloody hell ….first time in my life I was not able to bear the stress yesterday night…have to take tablet to help myself for few hours sleep…

    You will go to HELL MIKE ASHLEY
    r u listening. What you are made of POOR FAT MAN. I want to PUNCTURE your TUMMY…come here

    Its time to WAKE up now or NEVER. Don’t give this man a penny. Don’t shop from NUFC website or club outlet. Don’t buy anything from SPORTS DIRECT. Don’t go to games ?
    We won’t achieve anything by becoming NICE GOOD FANS. Everyone in world knows why we will do this. It won’t cause any harm to NUFC in long term while it might do loads of good.
    Mike won’t run away till he knows we care for our money. He thinks we are waste bunch of supporters. We first demonstrated against him and still we keep on supporting the crap team and this OWNER. We got relegated we still supported in a hope that Mike will go away. But he has not.
    Just run away man ….put us in administration …I would accept that….You F***ING Bastar*

    He don’t give us any respect. Why the hell we go to St James Park. Guys wake up.
    I know lot of people here might say I am wrong. But I never said all this till now, I think its time for us all to realize whats happening. Is it worth supporting these players and OWNER. Other than 3-4 players in our team rest is total crap. Nobody even in League 1 would employ them. By us going there in every game we are feeding Mike with confidence that he can hold onto NUFC even if he don’t invest anything in team.

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  • Archie Brand

    Oct 21, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #26

    This is all very reminiscent of Roeder.

    Nice guy takes over, gets a few results, sun shines out of his arsenal.

    A few games in, a few big players not available, now the team cant cope. Results go the other way.

    Hughton is not the man for the job.

    Get someone else in and let Hughton go back to what he does best – coaching.

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  • UTD111

    Oct 21, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #27

    Will the FCB still appoint the puppet?

    Probably!! No real manager would touch the club at the moment with this hapless mob running it….

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  • sahota

    Oct 21, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #28

    Nobody will come near us. neither they should. Only someone who is out of money might come in to cash for few months. All credit goes to Ashley and us fans who have created this MESS.

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  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Oct 21, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #29

    Think CH is going to have to dip into the loan market again, we are getting even thinner on the ground!!!

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  • ObaMartins

    Oct 21, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #30

    This piece from the “Times” says it all >>>>Making sense of a senseless regime is impossible. But after two years of decline, five managers, Dennis Wise, relegation, cost-cutting, redundancies, admissions of deliberately misleading supporters and dunder-headed policy, we have precedent to point to and Newcastle’s owner is incapable of stringing two good decisions together.<<<<what a twat

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  • ObaMartins

    Oct 21, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #31

    Hughton as manager, he is having a LAUGH at our expence….We deserve nothing more for SUPPORTING Ashley , he could be forced out by Boycotting the matches but the Sheep will follow come what may…

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  • Bigbadbob

    Oct 21, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #32

    Hughton is hopeless, but perfect for Ashley who cant have any ambition for promotion as if he did he would have provided funds to strengthen the squad.
    Mediocrity is what we have in all departments and to be honest, after recent showings does anyone want to see this pathetic bunch in the Premier league getting spanked every game?
    After baffling team selections and tactics, its unbelievable that he still thinks he can do a job and seems unaware how humiliating it is for us fans to be beaten by Scunthorpe.
    His loan signings have been average to crap, his teams are like him, bland, ordinary, boring, no pace, no zest, no invention, no sparkle, another season written off im afraid.

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  • Bigbadbob

    Oct 21, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #33

    Hughton is hopeless, but perfect for Ashley who cant have any ambition for promotion as if he did he would have provided funds to strengthen the squad.
    Mediocrity is what we have in all departments and to be honest, after recent showings does anyone want to see this pathetic bunch in the Premier league getting spanked every game?
    After baffling team selections and tactics, its unbelievable that he still thinks he can do a job and seems unaware how humiliating it is for us fans to be beaten by Scunny.
    His loan signings have been average to crap, his teams are like him, bland, ordinary, boring, no pace, no zest, no invention, no sparkle, another season written off im afraid.

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  • G

    Oct 21, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #34

    Mid table finish, half the squad looking to their agents to re-locate them in Jan window, no depth in the team, lack of pace and creativity throughout the squad, no width, a un-ambitious owner who seems to be taking too many disco biscuits if his interviews are to be believed. On top of everything I had a right ding-dong with the missus last night because she bought me some cycling gloves… from MA’s shop! Is this week going to get any worse for me? I hope not.

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  • sahota

    Oct 21, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #35

    @G its not your fault. its frustration getting on top of our heads. How much we can cope, there is limit to it. Also return those cycling gloves and get your cash back from Ashley’s shop. I won’t give this stupid a penny of my well earned money.

    STOP GIVING HIM YOUR MONEY. HE WILL RUN AWAY.

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  • premier

    Oct 21, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #36

    Could get worse G–yer bike might get a puncture!!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 21, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #37

    What a mess….too angry to type today.

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  • G

    Oct 21, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #38

    @ sahota, I would love to, but she took all the labeling off and binned it in an attempt to disguise the origin. Unfortunately, there was no hiding the brand name – Dunlop, one of fattys brands. Still had cold hands this morning out of contempt for fatty (MA, not the missus!).

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  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 21, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #39

    Anyone Hiring someone after 4 abysmal results needs their head examined.

    CH and MA will have us playing in Division 1 next season.

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  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Oct 21, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #40

    Sorry but after the last few games and then MA’s comments that he will decide on players cos he puts more money in than the fans. “SO HE SHOULD ITS HIS BLOODY BUSINESS” the great ouf. I will refuse to aid him in his deconstruction of our ONCE great club. I would be in agreement in a mass boycott of games, club shop and Sports Direct. Away games only for me now on Im affraid. FU(K YOU ASHLEY hope you die a slow and painfull death.

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