Jack Charton – Hughton Knows The Game Inside Out

Jack Charlton knew Chris Hughton during his playing days, because Hughton played for Jack when Charlton managed the Ireland National side.

Chris Hughton – he’s an excellent manager

In an interview today Jack seems to have nothing bad at all to say about the Londoner, both when he was a player way back when, and now he is manager of Newcastle United.

Jack Charlton talked about Chris today:

“It seems like everybody in Newcastle is surprised.”

“Chris was a background boy and more of a trainer and looking after things on the training pitch.”

“He was more instituted than anything.” “But he’s proved himself to be a good manager, a good number one and he deserves some credit.”

“Chris for me was a great lad, he was my left-back and played for me on several occasions for the Irish national team.” “He was terrific.”

Hughton has been at St. James’ Park for just over two years, but it has been the most calamitous two years in Newcastle’s great history, and it’s equivalent to 10 years at any normal football club.

But Chris has stayed loyal to the club through all the uproar.

The great Kevin Keegan brought Chris to Tyneside, and Chris has been interim manager three times since then, and also served under managers Joe Kinnear and Alan Shearer as well as Kevin himself.

Charlton continued:

“I was delighted when somebody gave him an opportunity at Newcastle because he is a very knowledgeable lad.”“He knows the game inside out.” “And he can be good for Newcastle.”

“It looked like at one point we were going to get somebody who is a big name.” “For me that’s Chris Hughton.”

“He is a big name, he was a big player at Tottenham Hotspur and he’s played in the World Cup finals and the European Championships.”

“I like Chris, I think he’s a very nice lad.” “Every single Newcastle supporter needs to know that.”

“If they met Chris they’d like him, he’s smashing and I honestly, if I think about it, can’t say nothing bad about him.”

There was even talk that if  Hughton gets Newcastle promoted, Newcastle can then bring in a big-name manager, but there has been little of that recently.

Most Newcastle fans know that Chris deserves his chance if Newcastle get back to the Premiership, although his record last season was hardly good.

But we must realize he has now built his own team, and some of the players he’s looking to bring in during the summer look good, and his four buys in January were all savvy signings.

Charlton continued:

“He’s not what I call a shouter, he never was like that.”

“He just knows the business and knows what to say to people at the right times.”

“I’m glad he’s had an opportunity to show that he knows the game.”

Although Chris is a very unlikely manager for the Newcastle club, we wouldn’t put it past him to get Newcastle into a decent position in the Premiership next season.

Hughton has a solid squad right now, and he knows he needs more good players in the summer, but his handling of the squad and his players has been first class.

And if Chris can bring some success to Tyneside, Newcastle fans are only too willing to give him their support, given the terrible disasters of the last two years.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • hutchylegend

    Mar 10, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #1

    leon best looks savvy so for mm? why did we sign him any way ranger shola andy pistol pete thats big peckin order even nolan up front wud be ahead in my book maybe just maybe alan smith

  • Ewan Kerr

    Mar 10, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #2

    When Chris was appointed I thought it was a move by Asley to save money on an expensive manager and i genuinely thought he was a good trainer but wouldn’t make it as a manager. I am very happy to have been proven incorrect, he’s done an excelent job and made some astute signings. He certainly deserves a good shot at continuing in the premiership.

  • Alan

    Mar 10, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #3


    Best hasnt played that bad so far, granted he hasnt scored yet but whenever ive seen him play he has played well, held the ball up well and won more headers than Carroll.

    Not too mention hes set two vital goals up, give the lad a chance, Chris has saw something we havent

  • derekm

    Mar 10, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Agree with Alan re: Best – I work here in the midlands with a lot of Coventry fans and they all reckon he undoubtedly had the talent but lacked the motivation in a struggling ( back then! ) side. Only been with us ten minutes and people are looking for faults. We needed back up players with first team potential to beef up the squad to ensure promotion and that’ exactly what Hughton bought at great prices too. Look at Williamson – how the hell can Steven Taylor expect to dislodge him when he’s fit? For me Best must surely be oen for the future – hopefully as a replacement for Ameobi – just check out his injury record over the last three years.

  • Alan

    Mar 10, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #5

    agreed derekm

    also im from the midlands too 😀

  • pondering

    Mar 10, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #6

    derekm // Mar 10, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Agree with Alan re: Best – I work here in the midlands with a lot of Coventry fans and they all reckon he undoubtedly had the talent but lacked the motivation in a struggling ( back then! ) side.

    since he signed for the toon – coventry have won 5 drew 1 & lost 1 – & correct me if i’m wrong but i dont think he’s even managed a shot on goal for newcastle yet !!!! , coincidence ?.

    no the lads just not good enough & never will be – he’s not even a good back up player.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 10, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #7

    ‘Most Newcastle fans know that Chris deserves his chance if Newcastle get back to the Premiership, although his record last season was hardly good.’

    Undeserved sting in the tail. Ed. Caretaker management is a no-win / no-win situation. To have a woefully inept and always temporary JFK suddenly parachuted in over your head, only to vanish and no doubt be listening to the Shearer rumours from behind the scenes all the while is hardly an incentive. He was in no position to impose order on the squad, as he had no management mandate and the players knew it.

    Predictably, the fact the club went down was more to do with the same two factors playing out:

    1) Ashley’s utter blundering incompetence in dithering over the sale of the club and not securing a new manager as soon as KK departed, and…

    2) the overrated, big-headed players who (in free-fall without a real mandated gaffer) failed to perform game in game out – or even to do the simple things in a professional way.

    I would like to see harmony break out the club, but memories of Ashley’s failings are going to take some time to remove from most fan’s memories.

  • coxonfamily

    Mar 10, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #8

    you’ve got to love our fans… chris makes one poor signing and he doesnt know what he’s doing lol

    “If” he has made a mistake it isnt costing us a fortune in a transfer fee or wages.. id rather take a small risk than the big ones we’ve made in the past 6years!

  • chuck

    Mar 10, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Like most I was of the opinion Chris was appointed because he came cheap and was in place so to speak.
    I was aware he had a reputation as an excellent defensive coach, you dont last all those years at Spurs otherwise.
    My choice would have been Steve Clark, formerly coach at Chelsea, now at W/Ham.
    another manager in waiting IMO.
    It seems there are like Hughton and I believe Clarke plenty of decent managers out there who only need an opportunity to show what they are capeable of, take Owen Coyle for instance.
    Sure there are the Morinho`s and Hiddinks, but personally I dont think either Chelsea or Citeh will be anyworse off had they been managed by someone local.
    As for Chris Hughton, give the man a contract he deserves one, what else does he have to do to prove himself.

  • Mr Books

    Mar 10, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #10

    chuck – prove himself in the prem.
    I don’t mean win it, or even top half. I mean show he can keep the team together and motivated, because there wont be the “top of the league” feeling next year. He has a contract in place which lasts until the end of next season. Give him a big bonus for promotion and a guarantee that 12 points from the first 10 games will secure him a new contract. That’s only asking to show he can manage a 45 point season.

  • chuck

    Mar 10, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Yeah then who do we get Shearer or some other political appointment ?
    Lets go with the horse that has got us leading the league and allmost a cert for promotion and let`s not judge him on a few games, at present most fans would be happy to simply survive the first season back.
    Then again the man can only be as good as the horses he has, so lets see who comes in during the summer, it`s eventually up to our owner and how much he wants to spend.

  • NewcastleMole

    Mar 10, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Good Trainer doesn’t mean Good Manager.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 10, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #13

    Strachan with all his experience and Premier League experience and Scottish titles inherited (arguably) a more stable situation at Boro that CH took on – and look how he has struggled. You can only do the job in front of you, which Chris has with aplomb.

    Let’s not make the same mistake we made with Arthur Cox, which in turn condemned us to a quick return to the old 2nd Div. This decision remains one of the many blights on the idiot directors of this club (second only to sacking Sir Bobby).

    Chris deserves full backing, with no gun to the head. He has his own standards, and I’m sure 12 points from 10 games (as suggested by Mr Books) is well short of that. For mid table. heart attack free mediocrity we need to be hitting at least 1.5 points per game first season (and let’s not get alarmed with a slow start, Man U never do). We need stability, and retaining CH is the key to that. Like Alex Ferguson, CH could well be the only realistic path to any real future success.

    One thing’s for sure, the managerial merry-go-round (c/w indifferent managers & trophy signings) got us absolutely nowhere but relegation. I’d give him a 5 year deal from the moment we get mathematically promoted and simply let him get on with it – I’m sure Sir Bobby would approve, as it’s the chance we never gave him.

  • Tom Mo.

    Mar 11, 2010 at 3:56 AM

    Comment #14

    i agree for the most part captain but maybe a 3 year deal to start out


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