Chris Hughton Not Always Mr. Nice Guy

Chris Hughton is often thought to be a Mr. Nice Guy, but when conditions are such that he needs to lay into his players, he does just that.

Chris Hughton – gets after players when he needs to – good

One of the times he admits he got after his Newcastle  players was at half time on Saturday afternoon, when after a fairly even first half at Bristol City, the lads found themselves 2-0 down away from home.

And senior players like Alan Smith have already said this season that Chris can be very tough with the players when he needs to be, although the man seems to be very controlled in public, at least most of the time.

We have noticed that emotion pours out of him when Newcastle score a goal, but then he quickly gets himself under control again. 😀

Chris talked about what happened at half time on Saturday:

“We got into a few of them at half-time, that’s all you can do,”

“”But we also stressed that one goal and we’re straight back in it.”  “This was a side that was 2-0 up at home: what do they do? Do they sit back and protect that or do they go and get a third one?”

“We knew that if we got the one goal they would become a little bit nervous and try to sit back and protect the lead, and that is what happened.”

“So during half-time it was just a case of, yes, getting into them, but also giving them a belief that we could go and win the game.”

“That’s what we tried to do and I was pleased with the response because, in the end, we came so close to getting all three points.”

Chris may have to get after his players again tomorrow night at Doncaster,  which looks like it could also be another tough away game.

Doncaster drew 1-1 with Sheffield United at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday, and are unbeaten in their last 6 league games, winning three of them.

They are  currently placed 8th in the league and just 6 points off a play-off position.

As we said, it could be another tough away game tomorrow night.

Comments very welcome.

4 comments so far

  • lolly

    Mar 22, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #1

    I think as fans we are so used to our managers wearing their heart on their sleeves too much in public (kinnear and keegan in particular) so its taken me alot of time to get used to the way hughton conducts himself with the media and fans.

    But have to say it is refreshing and I bet the players resepct him more for it . Too many times in the past managers would come out and say something about the board or a certain player and the media would turn it into a frenzy. Only worry for me is if we get promoted could he take the task on ?? I know people have said he’s turned it around for us in the championship and all credit to him but lets be honest the EPL is a different game all together, hope it works out for him as certainly dont want to go back to big name manager days which was ultimately our downfall

  • shearerbliss

    Mar 22, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Having been away from the blog for such a long time I feel it is time to return! Lolly I agree that it is refreshing to have a down to earth manager for a change. BUT I cannot agree with some of the fans saying that he MAY not be good enough for the prem.
    First of all this is a man who has spent most of his working life in the top flight under some great managers. He will know what he needs to compete in that division more than anyone else. Remember this is going to be slowly CH team. He is still playing with players from the past. I can not fault non of his players he has bought in on loan or perm.
    Being a nice guy like he is I think he would have connections worldwide through his coaching days to bring in top young talant and nurcher them into stars!

  • Kevin Nichol

    Mar 22, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #3

    I wish he would prove it and tell leon best that he will never be a forward capable of playing for newcastre united!!!!

    Why on earth is ranger sitting on the bench whilst that useless waste of space continues to runa round doing nothing, no movement, no basic touch, no confidence….nothing….other than one header in about 10 appearances!!!!!

    F’#K me he is probably…..and i cant believe im going to say this……but probably worse than the xisco kid….x

  • shearerbliss

    Mar 22, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Thats a bit harsh Kevin! OK he hasn’t yet set the world a blaze but typical of modern day fans he has not been given a chance. I may be wrong but I look at it like this:
    LB is an international that will have a lot of playing time over the next couple of years to hone his skill through the euro qualifiers.
    What I have seen he has a lot to offer the squad and will be a much better player next year in the prem. (e.g . there are alot of prem strikers that are below average)
    Ranger is still a very young unexposed player, yes he has had a few good games but please we can not throw these kids in under the pressure promotion, you seem to quicly forget out carling cup exploits! Just look down the road at middlesbourgh, this the championship which is tough for a player to perform week in week out.
    Ranger will get his chance next year in the prem and more protection from the refs therefore he will have more influence as the season goes on.
    Andy Carrol has just started to show his potential 5 YEARS after his debut!


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