Hughton Has Done Good Job – Make It Permanent

Bobby Moncur has come out today and said he think that Chris Hughton is the right man for the permanent Newcastle job and should be appointed.

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Chris Hughton – earned the job

With Hughton’s announcement as permanent boss thought to be made after the Doncaster game, the former great Newcastle captain told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I’ve said all along Chris has done a good job.” “If we go through more change now it could be hard for anybody else to pick up the season.”

“You would have to give them a honeymoon period, and by that time we could be too far adrift.” “If you go back to the beginning of the season, Chris has taken the team a long way.”

“He had a bunch of players who were disenchanted and we had lost some big players like Bassong and Beye.” “We had been relegated and heads were down, but Chris managed to pick them up.”

“He galvanised the side and that’s why they are where they are now. On that basis he’s done a good job.” “OK, the last four results have been poor, but other than that we’re still up there.”

“We’re still in there fighting and it would have been very easy for this club to have gone the other way this season.” “You look at Ipswich and they have had a dreadful start – imagine if we had to recover from that, it would be tough.”

Moncur thinks that the talk of Ashley staying on at the club certainly hasn’t helped Newcastle recently.

Bobby continued:

“It probably hasn’t helped.” “Once people start talking about giving you the job there always seems to be a bad run that follows – it’s almost like a curse.”

“Chris is now just looking for a good performance on Saturday against Doncaster which could take them back to the top of the league.”

“And if they do go back to the top of the pile going into November, I’m sure that’s a position we would have accepted back in August.” “We have to try to forget what has gone on in the last four games and get back to basics.”

“When you talk about playing smaller teams, the only thing smaller is the ground and perhaps the crowds.” “Scunthorpe are in that league on merit, as are Blackpool.”

“We think of them as small, but team-wise they are doing well.” “I thought Blackpool were a decent side.”

“You have to wait until you’ve played everybody in a given season before you decide whether they are good or bad.”  “We’re only quarter of the way through the season, so we’ve got to just keep going.”

“For Mike Ashley, if he is going to stay, the big question for him is whether or not Chris is the man to take us forward if we get promotion back to the Premier League.”

“That’s a bigger test in the long-term.”

We have to believe that Chris has earned the job through the results he’s produced, but anything but a won on Saturday against Doncaster Rovers will cause ripples among Newcastle supporters, whether he is indeed the right man for the job.

We think he is, and at the very least it will mean we will have a single manager in charge this season, a big improvement on the topsy tervy times of last season, when we kept changing managers every few months.

Comments welcome.

42 comments so far

  • G

    Oct 22, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #1

    Sorry to disagree Bob, but I think we should only appoint CH as long term gaffer if we are consolodating for 2 or 3 seasons in the fizzy pop division. I like the guy, but I think he is clueless at knowing how to switch play and a bit short sighted tactically. Besides, if rumours are to be believed he has no control over the team as they are pretty much managing themselves. Doesn’t really inspire much confidence.

  • Ericles

    Oct 22, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #2

    That is about it G. Is Bobby M turning into a pro-Ashley regime hot air blower now as well? Come off it – one cannot rock a sunken boat!

  • G

    Oct 22, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Agreed Ericles, besides, what does Bob Moncur know about management, can you remember his stint at Hartlepool? I think they finished 20th in the old division 3 or around that region.

  • toonsy

    Oct 22, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Disagreed Bob…… Disagree strongly!

  • Ewan Kerr

    Oct 22, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #5

    I don’t think Hughton has done enough. We have (theoretically) one of the strongest squads in the Championship (in terms of ability rather than depth) but recent results have been way below expectations. I still think we need an experienced manager (Strachan would have been ideal) and keep Hughton as coach.

  • G

    Oct 22, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Dunno about Strachan like Ewan Kerr, but I agree with the principle. Keep his as a coach, but get a big man in with some proven ability as the big cheese.

  • toonsy

    Oct 22, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Its ok saying get this man in, get that man in, experience etc etc. But who will come and work under Ashley, not be able to decide who is sold or bought, get lied to etc etc. The only thing we’ll get is yes men like Hughton and Kinnear!

  • shear-class

    Oct 22, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Moncur your an idiot like ashley why dont you sh*g him hughton is not the answer hes just another yes man

  • Mags

    Oct 22, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Whilst we are still lumbered with cheapskate fat ash as owner, then nothing of any significance is going to happen.

    So, I dare say we will have only gets a 12 month rolling contract and nothing more.

    All in all a sad reflection of the state our club under the ownership of this despicable man.

  • Mags

    Oct 22, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #10

    Sorry what I meant to say is… I dare say we shall have to hope he only gets a 12 month rolling contract.

  • frogeordie

    Oct 22, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Has Moncur lost the plot? Hughton is not and never will be management material. Any revival this season has been down to the players soviet. When Smith abd Butt had words, the players unity went up in smoke and the results suffered.
    Our best strike force is Carol and Ranger but the dummy Hughton wont play them at the start.

  • NewcastleMole

    Oct 22, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Hughton doesnt seem to have a plan B in matches i dont think he does his homework on opposing teams either.

    Considering our first team we need to focus on keeping possession and making the other team work hard for it then exploit weaknesses when they appear.

    But what do i know im just a Fan

  • komfort

    Oct 22, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #13

    bob moncur sits in room 206 at every home game …. eating fat boys food & drinking his wine ! … …so he’s hadly gonna disagree with anything he does….

    ….CH permanant manager ?….no way !!!

  • Ericles

    Oct 22, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #14

    We have always had the best informed management in the world – trouble is they are called fans and nobody listens. It would be good to see 52,000 taking some 20 odd players for a training stint. Now that really is a way to learn how to pass a ball and score!

  • waddles millet

    Oct 22, 2009 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #15


  • premier

    Oct 22, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #16

    hhhmmmm 2 points out of last 12, hhhmmm
    4-5-1 at the mighty Scunthorpe. Yes a dam fine job!!

  • banana strip

    Oct 22, 2009 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #17

    First of all…I have never heard of him.
    second of all…where’s the source from?.
    third of all…there is only one player who’s coming here in january and this player is him:

    tarik al taib, hes on a free atm, and he had a trial afew weeks ago with the Toon, and his playing style suits the championship.
    have a look at his skills.

  • Fak_you_ashley

    Oct 22, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #18

    @banana strip // Oct 22, 2009 at 3:59 PM

    First of all…I have never heard of him.
    second of all…where’s the source from?.
    third of all…there is only one player who’s coming here in january and this player is him:

    tarik al taib, hes on a free atm, and he had a trial afew weeks ago with the Toon, and his playing style suits the championship.
    have a look at his skills.

    Is he really joining us?.
    cause if he is hes world class man.

  • OHurley

    Oct 22, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #19

    On one hand, the stability of having a permanent manager is good, but it’s true- there are some SERIOUS questions regarding Hughton’s tactics and willingness to attack. Personally, I’d love to see us use (or at least TRY) a 4-3-3. We have the squad to do it. We’re somewhat short on wingers, but we have several CM’s. We also have several strikers (especially once Shola is fit). I’d say line ’em up like this-






    I mean, we might as well TRY it. Employ it against a weaker side, and I bet we’d see results.

  • dave 1961

    Oct 22, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #20

    Bobby Moncur is a plonker he said the football served up by hughton was rubbish on Tuesday.
    boycott & make Ashley get his hand in his pocket. he might then go, administration would be a quicker way to get rid of old elephant plop. i have grown to hate him, i think more highly of osama bin laden that Ashley.

  • Ericles

    Oct 22, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #21

    Agree OHurley – seems a reasonable squad to try out. A pattern that is also adapted for our young ones to slot into when needs be. I think we should now train Butt to use a lawn mower!

  • NewcastleMole

    Oct 22, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #22

    nice idea ohurley but Lovenkrands is a passenger and in the championship we cant afford to carry any so maybe replace him with some one else and play a diamond 4-4-2.

  • Bigbadbob

    Oct 22, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #23

    Hughton is probably the only man who would be willing to work for Ashley seeing as he has lost all credibility in football circles, Hughton will not be a manager as such and all they are doing is formalizing his status without cost or change.
    He wont be able to buy players or decide who stays so whats the point?

  • NewcastleMole

    Oct 22, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #24

    @ dave 1961

    Administration would drop us to 17th place, sure it would get rid of Ashley but leave us with a hell of a job to get back to where we were

  • dave 1961

    Oct 22, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #25

    i wish i was a mob boss i would put a hit on anyone that suggested making hughton manager. good coach crap manager. mind if he thinks hes good at other things i have a plumbing job going, at least he could only flood the place water instead of crap.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 22, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #26

    Couldn’t disagree more Houghton has not doen a good job I think at the start of the season the players thought the club was being sold and that Shearer would be manager so they were playing out of their skin to make sure he kept them. In the last 3-4 weeks it’s become obvious that Fat Tw*t is not selling and Shearer wouldn’t be coming in now the players are playing like they did last season. Basically they couldn’t care less (apart from a few like Steve Taylor) as long as they pick their big wages up. I can only see this season ending up as a complete disaster

  • G

    Oct 22, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #27

    Talk of boycotts is stupid Dave 1961, it simply will not work, MA has more wedge saved up than you or I shall ever see. If the gates go down, he reduces overheads, releases support staff, sells assetts (Playing Staff & facilities?) and makes money. As this business is in sole ownership and therefore classed as a private enterprise he can do as he likes with it. He could in theory go down the administration route, however, for anybody to force the issue MA would have to be skint. By my reckoning at current costs he could in theory bankroll the club for over ten years (and that is the lower estamate of his personnal wealth), so talk of boycotting is stupid, you will only hurt the staff who pull your pints, heat up your food and stewart the games, as well as yourself for making the club suffer longer.

  • geordie deb

    Oct 22, 2009 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #28

    G comment 24
    I agree. He will only cut costs further as revenue goes down. Who wants to be responsible for more job losses of the average worker at SJP? These people are working diligently to support the club and provide us the fans with a service. The manner in which our owner and Lamb Madras run the club
    cannot be affected by ordinary workers at the club. Dumb and dumber clearly don’t listen to anyone, so potentially becoming the cause of more workers becoming unemployed because of boycotts is not on. You won’t hurt Ashley that much by staying away.

  • nufc2009

    Oct 22, 2009 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #29

    iif we get promoted we will go straight back down ih huhghton is in charge

  • G

    Oct 22, 2009 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #30

    Agreed nufc2009 – nice bloke, but the wrong man for the job. To be fair to the comments made earlier like, I can see strength in the argument that no established ‘proper’ manager would work for MA’s regime. Professional suicide? Or just stick with the nice easy punditry roles when the job offers dry up?

  • dazza

    Oct 22, 2009 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #31

    Where did you hear that banana? Could have would have should have had him 3 years ago but he could still add some much needed creativity (vision) tonour useless lot of underachievers.

  • kristfro

    Oct 22, 2009 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #32

    Even though I can’t praise this man (and calderwood) enough for keeping the team together, I just don’t think he is cut out to manage long-term. I severely doubt we can earn promotion this season unless some real, experienced management is put together. Hoping Ashley won’t be in charge much longer, but as always with nufc, we gotta be careful what we wish for.

  • marshy

    Oct 22, 2009 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #33

    G a boycot to me is the only answer to getting rid of ashley.nobody said it would be easy but what are your suggestions for getting rid of this idiot of an owner?

  • irishtoon9

    Oct 22, 2009 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #34

    I agree with Moncur, give Chris the permanent post, he deserves it. But more importantly the club needs the stability, and beside, we all know that to become a great/successful manager at a club you need the time. When will we ever understand this fact, look at the Managers who were given the “time”, they had potential and the club stuck with them even if it took time!! After all, how significant was the name Alex Ferguson in football when he was given the reigns at United?? not very..

  • p doff

    Oct 22, 2009 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #35

    34 -now that is Irish.
    Was told Butt would have been sold at Apelby Fair except he has got used to the grass on town moor.
    Cant manage, cant pick a team, cant buy any one, evidence proves he cant employ tactics, cant even select a formation and he is to become the new manager. Its all a big Joke and one day this nightmare has to end

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Oct 22, 2009 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #36

    You can stich your head in the sand and come out with any excuse – the latest been the people that work in hte shop will loose their jobs – but a boycott is the only way to get rid of fatarse. As long as their is a revenue stream the fatman will milk it – he pobably deliberately goes to games so that the crowd will be bigger so that the ‘fans’ can sing their anti cokney songs !!!! DOH

  • jordi

    Oct 22, 2009 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #37


    Ferguson was very successful in Scottish football. He won the European Cup with Aberdeen. That’s not happened recently eh?

    Comparing Hughton to him in any way is like comparing a Lear Jet to a paper aeroplane…

    @banana strip
    are you saying you don’t know who bobby moncur is?!?!

  • irishtoon9

    Oct 22, 2009 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #38

    I’m just making the point, who are we before we are famous or successful at something?? We’re the Chris Hughtons of this world thats who..
    The guy took a bunch of deflated under achieving so called players during the summer and managed to get them to show pride in their Jersey, and not to mention he had to watch his 1st team squad deplete further every passing week. Through the month of August, he had to pick a team every week and not know if these players would even still be at the club in a few weeks. After all that, he has had a great start in a league that allot of us thought we would be at the wrong end of at this stage. But Chris has never been negative and has never took a pd-off attitude to all his had to deal with, he has just got on with the job. We should be backing the man!!

  • jordi

    Oct 22, 2009 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #39


    If Hughton had shown an inkling of managerial quality then I would back him. The trouble is his tactics (lump it up to Carroll) are poor and there really seems to be no plan B (let alone C or D). He plays 4-5-1 at home! Against another title contender I could understand it but his negativity has cost us games in my eyes.

    His substitutions are sometimes baffling and he seems hell-bent on playing players out of position just to accommodate them (Guthrie is not a winger for example), some changes are forced and not his fault but is it better to play Simpson at CB than Kadar for instance?

    Starting with Harewood at Forest proved a massive mistake as anyone who watched the game can testify, the guy is only interested in getting on the scoresheet which is fine if he takes the chances but not if he misses when other players were open in better positions. No teamwork.

    The biggest problem with Hughton might also be his greatest quality. He’s a very nice bloke. He just doesn’t appear to have the ruthless, hard-nosed, disciplinarian of someone like Ferguson for example. Whilst not speaking out against MA may be very noble in itself, it will always lead to accusations (rightly or wrongly) of CH being MA’s ‘yes’ man to replace Kinnear. Someone who will do what he’s told as opposed to what’s best for the club.

    All-in-all hats off to him for doing his job but it doesn’t justify getting the manager’s spot. Nothing he has done has proved he is any more capable than Joe Bloggs at getting performances from ‘this bunch of lads’.

  • jordi

    Oct 22, 2009 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #40

    can’t edit

    missed out attitude after disciplinarian


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