Does Hughton Have Ability To Be Successful Long Term?

Chris Hughton is nobody’s fool and when he decided to allow a player committee to be formed in the summer, some thought that was a sign of weakness.

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Chris HughtonColin Calderwood has his back to the camera

But it has turned out to be a success with the player committee of Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith, Steve Harper and Geremi taking some of the responsibilities off the new manager.

They decide who will be interviewed by the press, and the four of them are experienced and reasonable guys – and have all done well this season.

Well, that’s apart from Geremi, who hasn’t played too well and cannot get a starting place – but surely the Cameroon International’s vast experience wll come through for the side this season?

We just have to hope so – for the team’s sake.

Chris Hughton talked about setting up things in the summer, when you have to remember everything was complete chaos at the Tyneside club:

“We set about building and rebuilding relationships and got tight and close,”

“Certainly the senior players are very much to the fore. We’ve got a few leaders.”

Chris’ reported meager wages of £5K/week – around £260K/year are dwarfed by the players’ wages in his committee, who are all on close to £3M a year.

But such is the character of Chris that that will hardly upset him at all.

Newcastle fans are still trying to gauge what to make of Chris – and many think he will turn out like Glenn Roeder.

Glenn was brilliant at the end of the 2005-2006 season, after he took over form the hapless Graeme Souness, winning 6 of the last 7 games to get Newcastle into 7th place and Europe.

With that record there wasn’t much then Chairman Freddy Shepherd could do but to appoint him full time, and the players loved him too.

It’s very much the same with Chris now, but many doubt he can be successful at Newcastle long term.

The way we like to look at it is that Chris has a job to do and it’s short term – in fact it’s this season.  If he can get Newcastle promoted he’s done the job, and he will long be remembered for it.

But in the summer if we are a Premier League side we cannot see us attracting too many good players with Chris in charge – which is why we’d like to see Alan Shearer come in – but that means Ashley would have to go.

Hughton’s former Tottenham team-mate Peter Taylor, who was at Spurs from 1976-1980 with Chris, and who managed the England U21 side from 2004-2007, believes his friend has demonstrated considerable intelligence at Newcastle:

“Chrissy is cool, very calm and very honest. There are no unnecessary dramas with him, he’s not a ranter or a raver and that is what Newcastle needs,”

“Chrissy’s clearly given his senior men responsibility, got them fully onside and everyone is working together to get Newcastle promoted. It’s been a clever move. Chrissy’s very diplomatic.”

Hughton seems very diplomatic and some readers on this blog have labeled him as simply a “yes” man – perfect for Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias, but that’s being unfair to the man, who’s always been a top coach.

Charm is  Hughton’s strong suit and Peter Taylor believes he has used it well to get the Newcastle job:

“Chrissy’s very charming,”  “You shouldn’t underestimate the power of that charm.”

If Newcastle had been mid-table or worse right now, you wouldn’t have expected Chris to be appointed manager of the club, so we cannout under-estimate the job he has done so far – he’s done just great!.

We want Chris to continue doing very well this season, and as we’ve said before he’ll be a hero on Tyneside, if he can get the side promoted – and he knows it.

However then the hard part starts – and if Ashley sells the club in the summer (although that’s unlikely now), we’d like to see Alan Shearer brought back – and we’d like to see both Chris and Colin stay on at the club as coaches – at the wages they are on now – or given a raise.

They have both proved their loyalty when the chips were down in the summer – and we applaud them sincerely for that.

We’ve covered a lot of ground here – so let’s know your views on all of this – comments are very welcome.

Howay The Lads!!

37 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 30, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Judging by recent results and other times he has been in charge I have to say no it won’t be a successful appointment.

    He is a frontman for a corrupt,deceitful,incompetent regime that will fail in every footballing decision it ever tries to make.

  • G

    Oct 30, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Agreed SJT, much as I would love the statements above to be true, I can’t help but feel you nailed it right there. Still, no point crying over spilt milk, bring on the Blades and 3 more points.

  • Rangerman

    Oct 30, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #3

    No, but he’s good enough to get us back into the Premiership at the first attempt which is all I’m concerned about at the moment.

  • Jan Stavik

    Oct 30, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #4

    CH is a good lad and a good coach. He’s inexperienced as a manager, and I hope we’ll go into the 2010/2011 season with a new manager.

    All the best for Chris Hughton though, he’s done a decent job under very bad conditions.

  • UTD111

    Oct 30, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #5


  • premier

    Oct 30, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #6

    has he enough personality and charisma to attract top players?

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 30, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #7

    Chris won’t need to attract top players as we won’t be buying any.
    He will be great at snaring foreign 15 year old “starlets “and division 1 junk,failed jaded premiership stars of seasons past.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 30, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #8

    In a word “NO”

  • ObaMartins

    Oct 30, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #9

    simple answer…..NO… i dont even think we will get Promoted this year with him as manager

  • dave 1961

    Oct 30, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #10

    i hope i am wrong, but i expect this puppet to be the biggest flop in our history, & the clock is ticking down on the 9 months, he has to beat, to become our shortest ever serving manager. saying this i hope the opposite.

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 30, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Roy Hodgson is out of contract end of the season…he the man,give him so dough,complete control and we would be a force to be reckoned with.
    That would never happen though.

  • giimps

    Oct 30, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Roeder (when he did well) had Shearer as an assistant, he was Roeders voice in the dressing room, and on the pitch.
    Hughton does not have that, but he does have his “committee”, I believe chris will do a job for us this season, as long as he does 2 things (not sure if he will)
    1. he needs to have some luck with injuries, especially in key positions (leftback , left midfield and cb) up till now, the only times we`ve struggled at the back is when our defence is decimated.
    2.Play players in their rightful positions and play to our strengths ,rather than try and analise other teams strengths.He seems to play players out of position to accomodate them,rather than put a decent youth prospect in who will have desire and energy.
    If he does this,uses his committee correctly,and has a bit of luck, we should do enough to go up this season, If however, he continues to play with Harewood, Geremi and Butt rather than the likes of Ranger, Lua Lua and Donaldson etc ,I think we will struggle.
    I think, if we get our defence back this week, (S Taylor Colo, Enrique and Simpson) and we play to go and win the game, I think we can beat the blades and push on .
    Heres hoping for 3 points and a good performance from the boys,then, get revenge on the posh for the cup .
    HOWAY THE LADS !!!!!!!!

  • G

    Oct 30, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Interesting idea about Hodgson SJT, although he flopped at Blackburn, he seems to have delivered relative success elsewhere since then. He could be worth a shot, and I suppose it could always be worse (Phill Brown anyone?).

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 30, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #14

    I like Hodgson G…not had a massive budget but his team play a decent game and seem to want to raise their game and play for him.

  • G

    Oct 30, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Yeah, seems like a good motivator, can pick a decent squad and get them grafting together. If he could arange to fetch along the Norweigan centre half too (forgot his name!) I would be more than happy for him to take charge.

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 30, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Hangeland ?
    Scored a banging header against Roma as well.

  • cornish-magpie

    Oct 30, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #17

    I’d take Roeder over Hughton, at least he played the youth players

  • cornish-magpie

    Oct 30, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #18

    Also G Hodgson didn’t flop at BB, he got them mid-table, they got relegated after he left

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 30, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #19

    I just see us being brushed aside by inferior teams under CH….The football will be incredibly Dull,transfer wise Mike will never give Houghton cash to spend on any decent players and the team will fail to win promotion this season.

    The squad is frail,lacks pace and skill,nothing is created from the wings for the strikers and we make hard work of crap opposition on a regular basis.

    I am surprised how poor this division is, we are currently best in a league of no hopers.

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Oct 30, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #20

    CH does not fill me with confidence – a manager surely has to take tough decisions and be prepared to upset some players. Dont think he has it in him and this talk of player commitees does nothing to ease my fears. Its not as though these players have earned the privilige to wear the shirt let alone have a say on the running of the team!

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Oct 30, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #21

    Next home game should be interesting !!

    Now that FatArse has nailed his arse to the mast we will see how many collaborators turn up to heap praise on the Mike Ashley show

  • nobby sol

    Oct 30, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #22

    sol campbell just announced a statement on sky sports news saying he wants to join newcastle united!!!!!!!!!!

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Oct 30, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #23

    Campbell – one for the future !!

  • ganiyu

    Oct 30, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #24

    im very happy mike ashley is staying.pls say no to sol campbell

  • ganiyu

    Oct 30, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #25

    i know mike ashley would snap us a joe cole and kalou when we get promoted.

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 30, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #26

    Ganiyu-You talk utter 5hit.

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 30, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #27

    ganiyu // Oct 30, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    im very happy mike ashley is staying.


  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Oct 30, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #28

    Hes either retarded or a spud – if you can tell the difference

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 30, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #29

    Clearly a TW4T BWB 🙂

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 30, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #30

    “Chrissy’s clearly given his senior men responsibility, got them fully onside and everyone is working together to get Newcastle promoted. It’s been a clever move. Chrissy’s very diplomatic.”

    In other words “Chrissy” has no power,the players do what the hell they like,everyone is working hard but are low on talent and skill to defeat pub teams and if the geordies think they will get promoted with my mate “Chrissy” in charge….haha think again 🙂

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Oct 30, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #31

    SJT – back to the richard dinnis days

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 30, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #32

    I just see the club really going on an even bigger slide now…all this Bravado…”Galvanized” – the constant Friday Battle Cry’s from players (YAWN),Having Pub teams out playing us regularly,We are in deep trouble and I see no way out.

    Chrissy…..welcome to Hell.

  • Monument Mal

    Oct 30, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #33

    G: Phil Brown???? Give us a break! He’s Allardyce MKII, route one and playing for set pieces. And don’t forget he has nailed his colours firmly to the Mackem mast on more than one occsion

  • Rem

    Oct 30, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #34

    I find it ridiculous that everyone says that hughton has no experience then they want Shearer.

    Keegan had no experience and Hughton has way more experience than Shearer in terms of coaching etc. Shearer doesn’t even have the proper licence.

  • OHurley

    Oct 30, 2009 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #35

    Ok, I’m not gonna sit back here and say that I think CH is necessarily the end-all be-all manager for the ages, but for christ’s sake, give the guy a break. He HAS kept us top of the Championship. When was the last time Newcastle was the top of ANY league? I mean, sure our wins aren’t the prettiest, but if they were pretty, WE’D BE IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE. He’s gettin the job done like, so forget all this negative slaggin. He’s not that bad.

    Ashley on the other hand, can take a long walk off a short pier.

  • OHurley

    Oct 30, 2009 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #36

    Addendum to previous comment:

    Do you want pretty or do you want WINS? C’mon, the answer is OBVIOUS.

  • geordie deb

    Oct 30, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #37


    Thanks for a voice of reason. Some people are never happy. Yes the league is poor, the players lack quality, the manager the necessary experience, but despite that and against all the odds and predictions we are top of the league. Not at the bottom that some would have you believe with the amount of bitching and moaning. It may not last long, it will probably go pear shaped but for christ sake get off the guy’s back. He is manager of NUFC so he should be backed whether you agree with the appointment or not.


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