This Is The Pinnacle Of My Career – Hughton

Chris Hughton is certain he will be appointed permanent manager at Newcastle in the next day or two, even though negotiations are said to be continuing with Barry Moat to buy the club.

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Chris Hughton – Newcastle manager soon

These slow moving negotiations with Moat seem to have been going on for years – that’s what it seems like – and it will be a huge surprise if anything comes of them now.

Chris seemed a proud man today, as he talked of the Newcastle job:

“I am massively proud. I spent a long time at Spurs, which is a great football club, and this is a great football club. How many teams are going to play Doncaster, with respect to Doncaster, and have a 43,000 gate?”

“I’m pretty confident that, if we manage to stay at the right end of the table, we will be approaching a full house this season.”

“This club gets under your skin massively, the club and the people. I’ve had great responses from everybody from day one, even in the difficult periods.”

“I know the way I’m perceived possibly changes when I become full-time manager and there will be a little bit more pressure, but it will be an incredibly proud moment for me – as proud as any other moment in my career.”

“My priority has been to get these games out of the way. There is an offer there and I want to be manager of this football club. I expect it to be done in days. I’m quite sure it will be done.”

Hughton’s appointment has of course  divided the opinion on Tyneside.

There’s no doubt the vast majority of fans would have preferred to see Alan Shearer as the permanent manager, but as long as Ashley is still at the club,  Alan will not be coming back.

Of course Mike Ashley is already n borrowed time on Tyneside,  but why some big consortium hasn’t come along and taken the club off his hands for £80M is a complete mystery to us.

But if Chris manages to get us promoted, the club could be sold and Alan could be brought in as manager in the summer, which is the likely outcome.

We’d love to see Chris stay at the club if that happens, but he will be in big demand by other Championship clubs, if he is successful in getting Newcastle promoted, and it will indeed be a proud moment for the Londoner.

But of course a couple more bad results and Chris he will be under terrific pressure, but to Chris’ advantage he seems to be able to put up with the white heat that accompanies the manager job at Newcastle – and that will never change.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • HarryWorth

    Oct 26, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #1

    “but why some big consortium hasn’t come along and taken the club off his hands for £80M is a complete mystery to us.”

    Its probably because Ashley still wants £100 million for the club. The £80million you mention is what fatty wants UP FRONT.

  • p doff

    Oct 26, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #2

    Note; he did not say “the pinnacle of my career” Poor man, a good servant as a coach, out of his depth as a manager. A Cashley cash saver and clearly sycophant.

  • dave 1961

    Oct 26, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #3

    plus other money’s too, or the club could have been sold, & anyone who thinks the value will double in the premiere is deluded, Ashley is clueless about football, if he’s happy to watch the awful displays at the moment.

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 26, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #4

    He is just so grateful….We really don’t need this man as Manager he is starting to really get on my nerves.

    A tailor made puppet for Mike and his cronies.

    We will not win promotion with this man in charge…we scraped a win yesterday against a poor side and the run up to this fixture was a series of games where we have looked and played dreadful.

  • komfort

    Oct 26, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #5

    every decision the fat man has made has been a complete disaster – FACT !…so chris enjoy your appointment as manager while it last’s , but true to form i can see this also ending in tears..

  • lesh

    Oct 26, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #6

    There’s a gap between his pinnacle and the nadir so Chris, be prepared to be shafted!

  • premier

    Oct 26, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #7

    A decent enough guy–but afraid he will be an Ashley fall guy. Boro will be on the up with new gaffer, Cardiff and QPR flying and banging goals in. A few more performances like Scunny and Donny and toon will be out of top 6.

  • Nobby_Long

    Oct 26, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #8

    What is the point of this ??

    He has the best part of two years on his current agreement…maing him manager will only lead to him getting sacked…….

    If he had remained as ‘coach’ or ‘temporary manager’ then he could possible have carried on as a coach should a takeover ever happen.

    Appointing him manager, will surely lead to him being sacked or paid off……once he has had the official title & role, he is hardly going to wnat to be a coach at NUFC again……it is utter madness…..fair enough, give him a ‘temporary’ pay rise to go with his ‘temporary’ status.

    He is not the long term answer, and is becoming more of a concern as the short term answer.

    His loannees, Harewood & Khiz are both substandard and his one permanent signing, Lovenkrands has been a total waste of space.

    Playing Harewood, could seriously jeopardise Ranger’s development, and if I was Ranger, I’d be seriously peed off.

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 26, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Most performances this season have been woeful…the championship is so low on quality compared to the premiership the gulf is far greater than I imagined.

    I just can’t seem to get excited…playing teams like forest,doncaster S’thorpe….is a real wake up call.

    If we where hammering these little teams and moving forwards with a sense of purpose then I would be happier….but scraping a win,at home,against terrible opposition does not fill me with excitement.

  • Whumpie

    Oct 26, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Ed – you say you’re mystified as to why nobody’s bought the club. Here’s a suggestion:

    We now know that not only do Ashley and Llamearse make terrible decisions, they also do not see anything wrong in deception, conniving, intimidation and that wide-boy garbage that poisons any organisation run by crooks like them. Arrogance, ignorance and a total lack of morals are a pretty destructive force.

    We ‘outsiders’ only get to read about the horror stories which make it into the open. Imagine what the company looks like from the inside.

    They say ‘the fish stinks from the head down’ and you can guarantee that the awful attitude and stupidity of the management over the past 2 years will have pervaded every little detail, right down to the contents of the half-time pies.

    I strongly suspect that anyone who gets a look inside the door of the club will soon back off because it’s a huge, festering pile of fishy decay in there.

    That is probably also why Moat still hasn’t taken over: his bid will include a toam of caveats and demands which are essential to cover his back from the fall-out of all the dodgy goings-on, and Ashley can’t get his head around what it’ll take to make the club sellable. He simply cannot comprehend the idea that he’s destroyed each little bit of the club, and that he’s either got to drop the price or put it right. At the moment he’s doing neither, and we’re sinking.

    All this was confirmed by the KK case. Moat is no idiot, but I honestly think Ashley, once outside the dodgy world of casinos and nylon shirts, is a total one.

  • Sav

    Oct 26, 2009 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #11

    Some good, old-fashioned common-sense posts from Whumpie, SJT and Nobby Long.
    1. We HAVE to get shot of Fatboy.
    2. The Championship is shocking – much worse than its reputation and anyone who judges Hughton or the team on the fact we are on top of this particular pile of manure is deluding themselves.
    3. The saddest part is seeing CH conned into giving up his coaching status to become manager because when the REAL manager stands up, Hughton will have no choice but to leave. He will be Ashley and Llambiarse’s last victim, which is a pity as he doesn’t deserve that.


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