Magnificent Chris Hughton Closes In On Newcastle Miracle

Chris Hughton was extremely pleased with the way his Newcastle side overcame some obstacles, like a bumpy pitch, and a poor first half performance this afternoon, to get the job done once again, against Peterborough United by 3 goals to 2.

Chris Hughton – has done magnificent job this season – no doubt about it

We’ve said it many times this season, that Chris Hughton is an unlikely hero on Tyneside, but hero he certainly is, and we hope those fans at the game on Monday night, will let the manger know just that, in no uncertain terms.

It’s a miracle that has been achieved by this man and his players this season, a miracle when you consider the pitiful state of our club and the players when pre-training commenced last July 1st – what a difference 9 months makes.

And after the 25th win in the league this season,  the Newcastle manager, who has been little short of magnificent for the Newcastle United club this season, told the club’s TV channel:

“We are very, very close now.” “We would have loved to seal promotion today but we can only affect our own results and we have done our part of the job.

“Forest’s draw keeps the pressure on us to keep on performing and winning games.”  “We’ve got the opportunity now to go back to St. James’ in front of our passionate fans and a big crowd and do it there which would be great.”

“We know that a win takes us up and that’s what we want to do.”  “But I was delighted with today’s win and the manner in which we came back.”

“It wasn’t the greatest first-half performance but we got that goal on the stroke of half-time which was very important.”

“We came out after half-time and were a lot better as we got used to the pitch.”  “Joey Barton has scored a great free-kick and Shola has once again shown his quality with a super finish.”

“Credit to Peterborough they came back and had a go but I thought we dug in and showed a lot of spirit.”

“I’m delighted with the win but there will be no celebrations tonight, we’ll be back in tomorrow ahead of another big game on Monday.”

But there will be celebrations on Monday night, no question about that one, and the only question is – who is going to bring that cup of coffee for Chris to enjoy after the game, when promotion has been mathematically guaranteed?

A little hint – the rumor is he prefers Starbucks.

We cannot wait for Monday night to come – good job it’s only about 48 hours until the game against Sheffield United will kick-off at 7:45 pm local time.

And by the way, if Nottingham Forest don’t win their earlier Monday afternoon game against Cardiff City at home, then Newcastle will already be promoted before the game even starts.

A draw is not even good enough, because the maximum points they can attain right now by winning all their remaining 5 games equals Newcastle’s current total number of points of  86.

But we still need all 3 points whatever happens. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • T00nt00n

    Apr 3, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Every player, every coach all the backroon staff,everyone behind the scenes at St James’ Park and Mr Ashley deserve our thanks. Mike Ashley may not be well liked now, but he’s managed to keep the players we needed to totally outclass this league, I hope he completes the job by making enough funds available so this relegation fiasco never happens again. Well done the Toon.

  • skiptoon

    Apr 3, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #2

    3 points on Monday and then an announcement over the PA of a contract extension for Chris and Easter will feel like xmas.

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 3, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #3

    lets face it we are up 🙂

    lets just put on a show,, and win the league in style,, 🙂

  • Sav

    Apr 3, 2010 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #4

    ‘Mr. Ashley may not be well liked now’, he ‘deserves our thanks’, and ‘he’s managed to keep the players we needed to outclass this league’!!!!!

    Are you for real?

    Are we supposed to forget it’s the lord of misrule, Mr.Costcutter, who has us in this crap state? We could win silverware every second year running the club like this, up, down, up , down.
    I’m trying to be positive and tolerant so as not to spoil the good feeling (more relief than celebration really) and you go and ruin it by all that lickspittle stuff.
    Lets just forget about the fat jester for 5 minutes, ok?

  • pearceet

    Apr 3, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #5

    Ashley needs to be ignored in all thanks and criticisms this season. Apart from the £2om (admittedly that is quite significant) he has done nothing. All congratulations go to firstly the players and also Hughton and his back room staff. I am a bit fed up of all this Ashley chat. IGNORE HIM and praise all the people who have been actively involved in the season.

    Also Monday night’s game should be a cracker. I am making the long trip from Kent.


  • hardknot

    Apr 3, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #6

    A Newcastle win today in spite of Mr Hughton with his team selection, surely we could have got through these 2 games then those who needed resting could have been.

    New contract for Hughton? If he keeps us up next season then fair enough but a year is a long time @ NUFC as Glenn Roeder would testify!

    Does anyone know the situation with Ranger? I thought the very good goal he scored vs Palace might have been a breakthrough for him but he’s barely been seen since! Instead we’ve had to endure the very blunt performances of Leon Best. Surely it’s better to persevere with a maybe be rather than a never will be!

  • Captain Beefheart

    Apr 3, 2010 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #7

    We risk ignoring the fact that the turnaround on the pitch and the turnaround in Ashley’s executive decision making run broadly in parallel…

  • Captain Beefheart

    Apr 3, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #8

    …that’s not to credit Ashley with promotion, but merely to acknowledge that (in the words of Bart Simpson) his half-assed under-involvement was a lot less damaging than his half assed over-involvement last season.

  • pearceet

    Apr 3, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #9

    Just realised something. Forest are playing Cardiff before us at 5:15. So we could have already gone up by the time we play sheff utd….. That would be a kind of annoying anti climax for those going to watch the game.

  • OHurley

    Apr 3, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #10


    Are you serious m8?? You attribute our relegation to Mike Ashley? What about Fat Sam? What about the run of awful managers before him (Souness, Roeder)? What about the pants and overpayed players without a loyalty in the world? THAT’S why we got relegated. And btw- it’s MA’s costcutting that has kept us out of administration. Just look at Pompey as your paradigm of hope….

    So eat some smart pills and get and intellect. MA deserves a little credit in this.

  • OHurley

    Apr 3, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #11


    And Fat Freddy Shepherd. He did a LOT to pave the way for relegation.

  • OHurley

    Apr 3, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #12

    And that’s not to absolve him of any past mistakes (and there have certainly been a few), but for god’s sake, give a little credit where it’s due and don’t blame MA solely for getting us relegated. Besides- look at all the good relegation has done for us. Do you honestly think we’d be in a situation this good had we survived? We’d just be another West Ham or Hull right now. And in a LOT more debt. Relegation has been a wakeup call that we have made the most out of.

  • jimiley

    Apr 3, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #13

    You must be on the fat man’s bank roll. The fat one is a total disaster. Credit to CH who has achieved a lot with n o resources. The fat one has pocketed all the money and will sell for another 100 million when the apportunity arises. But please remove your head from the fat one’s nether reaches. Listen to the fans man at Peterborough. I know its hard in the good old US of A but he is hated.

  • jimiley

    Apr 3, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #14

    I am no fan of Freddy S but al least he put his hand in his pocket. This fat man called Ashley merely drinks at the well. Some idiots call it prudence but I call it daylight robbery. He will not spend and will not pay the wages but pockets all the profits. Wait and see when he sells and stufffs another 200 million down his drawers. Cockney thief.

  • OHurley

    Apr 3, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #15


    If that happens, I’ll be the first skewer him. But I’m not convinced that will happen. If you can’t see the good he’s done, then you need to take your glasses off.

    Also- Fat Fred stuffed his fat little grubby fingers into his pocket for sure, but look where it got us! You think that’s GOOD??? Great day, m8… you need your heed examined… Fat Freddy’s exorbitant spending habits got us relegated and close to administration. MA has saved us money, has the club as close to self-suffiency as possible for a club as big as we are, and has found bargain buys in terms of players who are producing on the pitch. How is this bad??

  • jimiley

    Apr 3, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Why does the fat man get any credit for what CH has achieved?
    The fat man has spent virtually no money on players, copped all the transfer and sponsorship money and reduced the maximun wage bill so we cannot attract top players. What’s good about that?
    Oh I get it. He has lent the club a load of money!!! Do not forget its a LOAN. When we get back in the Prem, he will call in the loan and pocket a fortune. All he has done is to defend his interests to maximise his profits. Why does he get any credit at all. Ed, get your head out of it!!!

  • jimiley

    Apr 3, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #17

    You and your like, including the author ofthis blog are in the vast minority. Have you or Ed been to any away matches recently where the true fans are. They go to games and do not write about them. The fat man is hated by the people who travel hundreds of miles to games. The real fans. Not the bloggers. I happen to blog occasionally when I read such dross about the fat man being a good owner. Come over and watch a live game Mr Harrison and listen to the real fans.

  • nightfa11

    Apr 3, 2010 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #18

    OHurley – i agree with u..except for the roeder part…i think he did a great job with all the youngsters.

    as for u jimiley – remember that ashley bought the club in debt, with BS being our manager – the man who bought smith for parker, barton for dyer, viduka, geremi, cacapa…players who got 89271983741974918 k /week…but he gave him a chance…didnt work, so he started to listen to his pal wenger.. if there werent for Sam we’d be ok.. u should also remeber that we bid 16 mio for modric, schweinsteiger, etc. but they rejected us.. he tried to fix the situation by giving the job to keegan, but keegan wanted to sign lampard, henry & beckahm…players who were 30+ at the time, cost $$$$, ther wage would be $$$$…

    who’d give him funds for that? i wouldnt..NO WAY!

    so to say that ashley didnt try & deserves to be hated…that’s sth id expect from the media..not from “true fan”.

    & also..ur basically saying that people who cant afford to travel with the team are not true fans…well..some of us are not from england..we cant afford to fly to newcastle & support NUFC live.. so to say that we’re not true’s simply retarded.. your phylosophy is quite similar to nazis’s..

    zj pa spizdi!

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 3, 2010 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #19

    see mike ashley sporting a new head cut, getting asked if he was alright, he just went yeah. the fella went you sure? he said yeah. obviously loves the camera haha. on the football league show that was

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 3, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #20

    oh and btw i nowthink the fat man is running us very well, and from what i hear is also getting alot of his wealth back.

  • toonoholic

    Apr 3, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #21

    First kudos to chris for doing such a great job this season . his team selection was horrible today and it still got us 3 points, so whatever. Credits also to the staff along with CH for bearing up with all the circus in toon since last season.

    Also as much as I hate mike ashley, as I still believe he is the reason for us to come to this league. However it is also fate. To take a jump forward, you need to take a step behind. This is exactly what has happened to us this season. He is a greedy but in jan transfer window, he got us players . We got players on loan and we are also paying their salary.
    The question is about the future. 0/10 for ashley in the start of the year but, now 7/10 as we get close to the end of the year.

  • tripp

    Apr 4, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #23

    Freddie Shepard putting his hand into the Club’s pocket would have put us in administration. MA saved the club, then did his best to completely mismanage it. However, he seems to be learning. No he doesn’t deserve loads of credit for our success this season, but he does deserve some credit for helping get the financials under control. In this day and age that’s important. Pomey won’t be the last club that we see rent asunder by debt.

    As for the team selection… obviously he was resting his best players and giving others (like Barton) time on the pitch. Doubt we’ll see much of Pancrate again. Can’t say he’ll be missed.

    And yeah, Jimiley, you’re way off the mark with your “real fans” bollocks. Ed’s up at 4 am to write articles for this blog every weekend. His energy and dedication is tremendous, so you can check that rubbish at the door.

  • Yorkie Dave

    Apr 4, 2010 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #24

    First of all well done to the lads, lets face it promotion in the bag now. Only the biggest collapse in football history will stop us now.

    As for all you “REAL FANS” why not give MA a break. Our club was on the verge before he bought us and yeah fair nuff he has lent the club probably over 100 mill but if you owned the club and remember its not his true love…. Would you give the business 100mill of your own money?????
    NO you would loan it interest free like MA has. Yes im the first to pipe up with the old “he has made too many mistakes” but he is human who hasnt???
    Have none of you thought relegation is a good thing get rid of the biggest cancer at our club…OWEN. get rid of the overpaid spungers the you “REAL FANS” complained so much about and start again!
    Id rather owe MA 100 mill then owe the banks 100mill with piles and piles of interest on top every year.
    Our clubs stratagy is right, concentrate on youth and each year maybe spend 20mill on players. The club should try and pay 10mill a year to MA so the club can become DEBT FREE!!! we would be one of the very free clubs in the world debt free. we will never be Barca or Real we will never be government funded. But with hard work and bringing through the youth and making the right contracts with smaller clubs to loan our players out to then we will become a big club within the premiership! Theres alot of work to be done at our club but i believe that it will be done.
    I still believe that our youth players should play as our cup team for the next 3 seasons, if they can push on and into the first team great if not sell them those who arent ready loan out. Remember our business model is the way arsenal have run their business for years now! Patience is the word now!


    Apr 4, 2010 at 6:00 AM

    Comment #25

    Great job Chris has done,think hes going to be a great manager for us.Always calm, never gets flustered,always respectful,and a very good player motivator by the looks of it,, by the way hes got the team playing.Hes brought at bit of the siege mentality to Newcastle dressing room,like fergie dos for man u.Now push on and get the championship title mate,lets do it in style.


    Apr 4, 2010 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #26

    Sav you are a very depressing fella take a chill pill mate.


    Apr 4, 2010 at 6:24 AM

    Comment #27

    Geordie-Gerrard7 yeah saw it 2 mate, rather have mr Ashley, than them 2 joker idiots west ham have.


    Apr 4, 2010 at 6:26 AM

    Comment #28

    jimiley shut up mate

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 4, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #29

    nufclite- if we had sullivan, gold and brady, id top myself

  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 4, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #30

    Jimiley when you take into consideration the fact that MA has dipped into his pocket to the tune of somewhere around £300mil. £130mil on purchase and the rest on bailouts just tell me where is MA pocketing all what money????

    You have to be one of the biggest mugs to post on here, you probably believe the crap the NUST posted about him creaming £7mil a month when the club is only earning about £50mil a season in the CCC, these type of figures only make any sense in minds like yours.

    MA is already out of pocket by around £300mil so for him to as you so eloquently put it “Wait and see when he sells and stufffs another 200 million down his drawers. Cockney thief.” He would have to sell the club for around £500mil and I for one cannot see the club hitting that value for a long long time.

    You and sav should take your bitter ramblings and set up your own blog, it would be interesting to see just how many visitors you get.

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 4, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #31

    jimiley, You must get your highs on blind hate tablets. Ashley did cock up last season and I became an Ashley hater. But as this season has progressed that hate has slowly diminished. Oh, I don’t love the man, but respect where respect is due.

    As for your remarks on true fans/supporters. You maybe lucky/rich enough to be able to be able to follow Newcastle around the country. I am not! I don’t have 300 pounds + to fly to England 1 or 2 times a week to support the club that I love, I do love it and love cannot be measured. The remark comparing you to a Nazi was a bit over the top. But you are a bigot and a silly one at that.


    Apr 4, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #32

    Geordie-Gerrard7 me 2


    Apr 4, 2010 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #33

    cupiddstunt if they set up the own blog the hits would be a big fat zero.


    Apr 4, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #34

    Keep up the good work Ed ignore the 2 wallys mate.


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