Introducing The Pragmatic And Dedicated Chris Hughton

Chris Hughton is a down to earth man – who shuns not only the limelight but any praise sent his way.

Chris Hughton – pragmatic and dedicated to the Newcastle cause

Nothing was more obvious today than when he was continually asked about the chorus of song on Saturday afternoon – coming from the singing section at St. James’ Park – put in place by former Chairman Chris Mort.

“There’s Only One Chris Hughton”  was heard loud and clear from the terraces, along with “Hughton, Hughton Give US A Wave” which Chris finally acknowledged.

But when asked today about that chorus of appreciation Chris completely brushed it off by saying:

“It’s always nice to hear, of course.” “But the most important thing is the team and that continued backing.”

“The levels of support this season have been outstanding and we thank them for that.”

“But, of course, anything that is directed towards us doing well is always welcome.”

“We just hope we can continue to get the points to get us promoted because our fans certainly deserve to be in that top division – they are best bar none.”

Most us like getting compliments, let’s face it, but it seems that Chris is so dedicated to bringing promotion to Tyneside this season, that he shies away from any public appreciation – in case it gets in the  way of his only goal this season at Newcastle – promotion.

It says something of the man that even when he is applauded, he deflects that applause to his players.

That kind of quiet leadership doesn’t go unnoticed by his players  – who seems to be willing to give everything they have for Newcastle and Chris this season. And it’s just wonderful to see that.

And it may auger well for the future of Newcastle United, not just this season, but in future seasons still to come.

Just think, we may even have a decent team in the Premier League in a couple of years time – maybe.

Howay The Lads!!

4 comments so far

  • Pons Aelius

    Feb 22, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m glad someone has highlighted Hughton’s selfless attitude. Every time anyone mentions how well he has done personally he immediately passes on all credit to his players, unlike other managers we’ve had over the years.

    Certain managers (like Mr Gullit) would happily bask in glory when winning , then snipe at their own players when losing.

  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Feb 22, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Although sometimes tactically not entirely proficient, the man deserves a massive amount of credit. Despite all the doubters (myself included) he kept his head down and has managed the club in a professional manager the likes of which we haven’t seen since the late great Bobby Robson, promoting first and foremost a togetherness at the club.

    Hats off Chris and keep up the good work!

  • Smithy

    Feb 22, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #3

    He has brought something but has to look into tactics that dont include hoofing the hopeful balls and relying on defensive errors.He has to play guthrie in centre midfield every game.

  • Warwick Toon

    Feb 23, 2010 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Here’s my two penneth…

    I applaud and congratulate Chris Hughton on his achievement so far, and also the manner in which he has conducted himself, both during the bad period of instability after the end of last season and also since then.

    He has brought a degree, and only a degree of stability to our club when we needed it most. He should never be forgotten for that.

    Tactically and man-management wise, I have serious doubt’s but before going on, let me say I’m prepared to support him going forward.

    My doubts begun when Shearer took over and began putting basic disciplines in place like turning up on time, and players eating together.
    This was at a time when our head coach was Chris Hughton. He was head coach when players were taking the pi$$. I worry that as head coach, he should have excercised more clout than that. The coach should be closer to, and perhaps have more influence over the players than the manager.
    My point is that I fear that he does not have the nature to instill discipline when necessary.

    The purple patch that we experienced in the first half of the season, I believe, was mainly due to a bunch of players who were self-motivated for a number of fairly obvious reasons, and we were after all a Prem side pretty much.

    We’ve shown some good football and some inept football since the second half of the season began, and I’m more than a bit worried that Hughton won’t hack it in the Prem.

    Now, to calm everyone down again, I support Chris Hughton, and believe that the man MIGHT be a good long-term manager, who SHOULD be given that shot at the Prem next year (fingers crossed).

    I also note that I’m enjoying life in the Champ this year more than the last few years that we spent struggling in the Prem. We’re winning games and feeling good generally. Interesting that – isn’t it…

    The biggest influencing factor over how happy we feel next year will be how the owner operates. I stress the owner, not necessarily Mike Ashley.


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