Opinions On Hughton And The Newcastle United Supporters Trust


I was contacted by the Newcastle United Arabian Web-Site a couple of weeks ago, and they asked me 25 questions on Newcastle United.

Chris Hughton – will he continue at Newcastle

I’m always delighted to do things like this, because one of  the goals of this site is to bring the many Newcastle United fans together, from all over the world.

It also gives those supporters back in the homeland on Tyneside, an appreciation of just how many supporters there exist word-wide for the famous Newcastle United club – you’d be surprised at just how many there are.

All 25 questions and answers were published on the Arabian site, and today I’ve selected just two from that long list, one about Chris Hughton and one on the Newcastle United Supporters Trust.

I may publish some other answers in the future.

Question 2 – What is your opinion about Chris Hughton as a Newcastle manager ? And do you want him to stay as a manager for the team if Newcastle promote to the premier league next season ?

I think Chris is a very experienced coach, who has served  his time as it were with coaching. Chris got an excellent grounding at Tottenham, where he also played of course from 1977 until 1990.

I’ve been surprised he has done so well in management, but he’s a down to earth guy, takes nothing for granted, and has formed the lads he had left last summer into a tough squad.

They are full of fight and spirit, which is more than we had last season – one reason we were relegated.

If Newcastle are promoted it’s hard not to give Chris a chance to manage in the Premier league.

It will depend a lot on whether Mike Ashley sells the club in the summer – but if he doesn’t I can see Chris managing the club next season – hopefully in the Premier League.

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Question 7 – The NUST Project is to buy the club ,and they  have collected half of the amount needed. Do you think that this stuff will work?   And If it works , what is your view and your prediction about their way to manage with the club management?

Well I doubt if they’ve collected half of what’s needed.

They say they have around £50M in commitments and apparently lawyers have told them they’ll get half of that – so £25M – and that sounds about right.

But if Newcastle do get promoted it will take all of £200M to buy the club.

I think they are blazing a trail, and that’s always difficult, and always gets criticized, but I’ve had some contact with them – and they are very straight about things – and truly want to do what’s best for the club – and it’s hard to argue with that.

In my opinion if they can get £50M, and buy some of the club, and most importantly get somebody on the Newcastle board to represent our supporters – that would be a fantastic start.

After that anything would be possible.

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OK – that’s it – your comments on both subjects are always welcome.



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6 comments so far

  • pearceet

    Feb 19, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Unfortunately it will never work…unless someone like moat puts up 50% of the money with 50% NUST then have a coalition running of the club. Even that is optimistic i feel.

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Feb 19, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #2

    anyway highlight Newcastle 4 v 1 coventry 17/02/2010 (Newcastle goals)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_naHvwiY-A&feature=player_embedded

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  • yorkshire toon

    Feb 19, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #3

    Chris Hughton will be manager in the prem next year for sure , I hope the club is not sold at the moment if we get a foreign owner in who is just in it for personnel gain then who no s where we will end up. Who is the in this country who has got a spare 200 million to splash out on a football club im afraid its ashley for the long all at moment and i think he no s that too. The best he can hope for is investers to buy shares from him and hopefully help run the club from SJP

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  • 007

    Feb 19, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #4

    oo oo hazel nust

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  • G

    Feb 19, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #5

    To be honest, I struggle a bit when it comes to NUST, before they re-branded I saw it as opportunistic money making, and until they publish a full set of accruals, I will continue to give them a wide birth. I hope my doubts are unfounded and their intentions are genuine, but in the meantime for me it is wait and see.

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  • Charlietoon

    Feb 20, 2010 at 6:00 AM

    Comment #6

    God I like watching those highlights. Cant wait for us to get up so I can watch more of the games. Its funny I play fantasy league and milner, zog and duff are all doing well. Its a shame we never stuck milner in midfield and zog on the left and went for it. Moving on routledge has proved he can be an assist machine and could do well for us i think

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