Praise Be To Newcastle Manager Chris Hughton

When you consider all the news yesterday related to the reported altercation between Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor, the fact that Newcastle could go out and get an excellent 1-0 away win, is testament to the spirit in the Magpies side this season.

Andy Carroll – great goal last night

And this was Doncaster’s first defeat in 7 games so they were a team in form, but Newcastle now have done the double over the Doncaster Rovers side, after beating them 2-1 at St. James’ Park in October with a goal 3 minutes into injury time, from Kevin Nolan.

Doncaster played very well last night, and only two good saves by Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper kept the clean sheet, which is Newcastle 19th in the league this season – a club record.

And of course only Andy Carroll could have been the match-winner, with an excellent individual goal on 59 minutes, his 16th goal of the season.

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton – has done wonders this season

But of all the people that should be complimented for showing such professionalism in the midst of a possible crisis at the Newcastle club yesterday, the one at the top of the list is manager Chris Hughton.

This man goes unheralded on Tyneside, maybe because many Newcastle fans  still think he’s got the job the great Newcastle legend, Alan Shearer, should be in.

But Chris has considerable sway over his players, and after the unseemly incident on Sunday morning, he got the players together, and again with the help of the mature lads in the squad like Harper, Nolan, Smith, Butt and others, managed to keep the side together, and keep them concentrating on what they are paid to do – play football.

And what do the lads go out and do when everything is looking like it could just fall apart so late in the season – they go out and get a great away win.

At some point,  if  Newcastle continue in this winning vein, manager  Chris Hughton will start to get some credit for doing what is literally a magnificent job for the Newcastle United club this very tough season.

It’s hard to imagine how he could have done much better.

Praise be to Chris Hughton.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Bucks mag

    Mar 24, 2010 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Well said Ed. The belief of the team is clearly still intact. The 4-5-1 away formation worked again with our Ginger General marshalling the midfield. No worries for the tactical tip off Chris ;). I’m really looking forward to the Notts Forest game now, what with our home form and more players coming back from injury.
    Promotion – only 4 wins away. After everything, it seems unreal…

  • boater

    Mar 24, 2010 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #2

    Hats off to Chrissy boy indeed – he may just go down in history at nufc for his miraculous contributions to our cause this season.

    I say it everyday on here but lest we forget the state of things when he took the reigns – albeit on a caretaker basis. Toxic was the only word for it. To turn the entire club around like he has- lesser league or otherwise is incredible.

    People still moan about his tactics, selections and sub’s which I find staggering,, this being his first year in management. You can see his learning curve if you look back over the season,, we have learned how to go for the jugular at home, and at the same time tightened up away.

  • tdt

    Mar 24, 2010 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed, do you know what I think? I think that Mr Shearer should sit Andy Carroll down, and tell him his career depends on him acting sensibly, and not getting into childish fights.

    After all, if he’s going to listen to anyone in football, its going to be him.

    Great win tonight, hope S.Taylor’s injury isnt too bad. Is Lovenkrands going to be fit for the next game? For the next match, I think we should play:


    Bring Barton, Smith and Ranger on between 60-75 mins

  • boater

    Mar 24, 2010 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Routledge sounded fantastic again – can’t tell you how happy I am to have someone like him in the side again – reminds me of the SBR dash, give n’ go footballers he used to love so much.

    Ed, the only people who still think Shearer should be running the club are now thankfully a tiny minority who haven’t learnt the painful lessons of old, and probably never will.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 24, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #5

    boater, i was delighted we got routledge from day one, it was a lovely suprise and i think he is genuine qaulity. biggest win of the season the neet.

  • EatEthiopian

    Mar 24, 2010 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Hey ED,
    Call me a bit superstitious but pleases keep Chris off the top banner. every time you have changed it to our new manager things tend to go south….. just sayin 🙂

  • darryl burleigh

    Mar 24, 2010 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #7

    Just wounder how many of the bloggers who were calling for carrols head yesterday post positive messages today!! Yesterday was absolutely ridiculous for the amount shite that was directed straight at carrol!! Nobody knows what happened between him and Taylor, so unless the club releases a statement/account if what happened nobody can have an opinion in the matter. I don’t think I heard a single comment on football related issues leading up to the match! This needs to stop now!! I’m so pleased for the lad and I hope he keeps it up! Yes, Maybes he does need to work on his temperament but he is still learn his trade! This lad has got talent!!

  • tobes

    Mar 24, 2010 at 2:59 AM

    Comment #8

    I think Routledge is a geniune weapon. I am really suprised he was left to lanquish in the Championship for so long without being picked up by a premier league club. I always rated him while at QPR but he seems to be playing on a different level at the moment. If Newcastle are forced to sell Carroll (which would suck), I hope we pick up another big man for Wayne to link up with.

  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 24, 2010 at 3:34 AM

    Comment #9

    I think Hughton has handled it well in public…but hopefullly he has got a right earfull in private.

    Sit Carroll down in a room with Calderwood….would scare some sense into the lad!


    Mar 24, 2010 at 3:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Debut on this site – howdy!

    Thinking towards next season squad, how does this sound to you guys…

    GK: Harper, Krul
    RB: Simpson, R Taylor
    CB: S Taylor, Coloccini
    CB: Williamson, Kadar
    LB: Enrique, New Signing needed
    RM: Routledge, Pancrate
    CM: Smith, Barton
    CM: Nolan, Guthrie
    LM: Gutierrez, New Signing needed
    CF: Carroll, McLoven
    CF: Ameobi, Best

    First Team back ups: Ranger, Vudic, Donaldson, Tozer

    Contracts not extended: Butt, Hall

    Notes: Time should be given to Pancrate and Best to settle, however, if time runs out then Ranger, Vudic/Donaldson to come in otherwise buy replacements next Jan.

  • sahota

    Mar 24, 2010 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #11

    You all are right about Routledge. He is player which will also do well in PL. Great addition to squad. But as soon as we get promotion, CH need to seriously think about squad. Off load few and add 3-4 PL standard players. We should be fine then in first season in PL.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 24, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #12

    ‘At some point, if Newcastle continue in this winning vein, manager Chris Hughton will start to get some credit for doing what is literally a magnificent job for the Newcastle United club this very tough season.’

    So does this also mean no more faint praise, cynical side swipes, lists of managers ‘who would love the NUFC job’ and constant reminders that he has no Prem experience in your blogs, Ed?

  • lesh

    Mar 24, 2010 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #13

    All credit must be down to Hughton as the reported misunderstanding between Taylor and Carroll had the potential to undo all that’s been achieved this season.

    He’s managed to harness players’ attention and focus them on what was a very tricky game – as Doncaster showed.

    Whatever’s been behind the spat needs to be resolved and yes, tdt @ 3, a Shearer man-to-man might just help Carroll realise what’s at stake and waht a fool he’s been.

    It’s reported in the Grauniad (and I stress, reported) that the spat may have been the result of taunts about relative earnings and women and if wages are a sore point with Carroll, then there’s potential for more problems as time goes on.

    Perhaps the matter of players’ wages needs to be sorted out as matter of priority – perhaps by paying sensible wages with bonus incentives? After all, we can’t realistically expect players to pull together when some are earning more than others. Could that be something for the club to think about and resolve in the close season?

    Back to the point of the article though, credit where credit’s due – to the players for a marvellous three away points and moreso, to Hughton for managing those players, the majority of whom will be earning a darn sight more than him.

    All in all, a superb performance all round and any congratulations were and are deserved.

  • greekgeordie

    Mar 24, 2010 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #14

    I was one to be hard on Carrol and his perfomance last night has not changed my opinion, if rumours are true then CH has to deal with the lad, we do not want another player that can upset the harmony and togetherness of the squad.
    Taylor is the man that will hold the key to Carrol’s future in NUFC and depends on whow he will deal in the next few days with the case the majority of fans will react accordingly.
    Meanwhile the team and CH should consentrade on the next Monday’s game as a win against Forest will almost garantee Premier football at SJP

  • estechco

    Mar 24, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #15

    One small point that seems to have been overlooked in the last 24 hours is that I think this win makes us mathematically assured of a play-off place.

    I, like most people, wouldn’t want us to have to rely on this fact, but perhaps still worth noting?

  • Tom4Nufc

    Mar 24, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #16

    If we go up, CH for BBC Sports Personality Of Year lifetime achievement in sport?! 😀


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