Hughton To Hold Crunch Contract Talks With Ashley In May

The News Of The World is reporting today that Newcastle United will open talks with Chris Hughton, their manager, to discuss a contract extension in May, once the Championship season is over.

Calderwood and Hughton – pay these guys what they are worth!

Hughton and Colin Calderwood, the assistant manager, both have one more year left on the contracts they signed last October.

That deal for Hughton was reported to be around £200K/year, and made Chris one of the lower paid managers in the top two divisions of English football.

When you consider Chris is handling players like Barton, Smith, Butt, Nolan, Collocini and others who are getting more than 15 times those wages, we would hope that Chris and Colin will get substantial raises.

They deserve them.

Sam Allardyce and Kevin Keegan were both getting £3M/year to manage the Newcastle club.

But we would expect the extension to initially be for just one year, so Chris and Colin will have two seasons to prove themselves in the Premiership.

Mike Ashley will be in direct discussions with Chris, but we would hope there would be no problems with those discussions.

We have to hope that Mike will be loose with the purse strings – at least for Chris and Colin – since they have saved him about £100M on the value of his club, Newcastle United.

We would also hope that Chris and Colin get a bonus for getting Newcastle promoted this season, and would have expected some clause in the contracts they signed last October that covered that.

The new news is that Hughton is hoping for a 3 year deal, so he can plan ahead and continue to build up the Tyneside club, and bring on the many younger players at Newcastle, who will improve over the next year or two.

Hughton is now 51, and only got the caretaker job last July, because the club was up for sale, and Ashley didn’t want to appoint a permanent manager, as the new owners would want the freedom to bring in their own manager.

But once it was clear that Ashley couldn’t sell the club, Mike appointed Chris full time last October, but by that time Newcastle had been doing really well in the league and were already top of the Championship.

Not only that, but the players were showing some great team spirit and fight – and that was something that was almost non-existent last season.

Since October, things have gone from good to great, and since the end of October, when Chris was appointed full time manager,  Newcastle have lost just one league game at Derby in February, but in the 14 games since that defeat, have won 11 and drawn 3.

Newcastle are now certain to win the Championship, and already have 95 points with 9 points still to play for.

If anybody deserved a good deal from Newcastle it’s Chris Hughton, and his talented assistant coach Colin Calderwood.

Hughton has proved this season that he may have built up his experience and ability over his 14 years as an assistant  coach, to become a solid manager, at a club that needs stability.

It’s hard to think how any manager at Newcastle this season could have done any better.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • G

    Apr 17, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #1

    I would like to think they deserve improved contracts, but does this mean we are believing the NOTW now? If that’s the case I shall start writting letters to santa, and expectantly waiting some overdue money from the tooth fairy.

  • stuart no9

    Apr 17, 2010 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #2

    apart from believing the NOTW one thing (imo)is for sure, M A is still trying to recoup as much money as he can before he bails out. he will never be the fans fave person, £15 m will be the max he will give for new players, CH will be given a chance in the prem, because he comes cheap,not because he deserves it ( in MA eyes) he needs to be very careful when negotiating a pay rise ( which he deserves) or he could be looking for a new club very soon

  • Spuggy

    Apr 18, 2010 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #3

    When are people gonna start understanding that Ed, although he has his own opinions, which he shares from time-to-time as he is entitled to seen as this is hid blog, he also reports on NUFC news from whichever source it comes……and he does a pretty damn find job of it……even if the papers make half of the stuff up, he does a great job of letting us know whats going on….made up or not.


  • wickywoowoo

    Apr 18, 2010 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Many different places have reported Hughton is on about £200k a year, which for a manager is quite ridiculous since some of his players make that in a month.

    Hughton’s wages are about right – its football players who make disgusting money. If every Premiership footballer donated a year’s wages, they could write off a country’s debt to the Western world and allow it to develop.

    That is insane but true.

  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 18, 2010 at 2:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Hmmm why not give it 6-12 months first. hughton deserves a shot at the prem 100% yes….but if its a disaster (as whenever he took over last season albeit difficult circumstances) then we would be stuck with a bigger compensation package.

    IMO if we are in the premier league come the end of next season when Hughtons contract is up give him a new one, if not say thanks but bye.

  • Rodzilla

    Apr 18, 2010 at 4:36 AM

    Comment #6

    17th time I’ve tried. No one gets it, still…..

  • Rodzilla

    Apr 18, 2010 at 4:52 AM

    Comment #7

    bagbuss, bagpuss, saggy old rag puss. Stittch up the cockernee rag ‘n’ bone fad wuss.

    Ancelotti is a war criminal.

    …well, he looks like one anyway.

  • fongct

    Apr 18, 2010 at 5:01 AM

    Comment #8

    that 200k wages is simply ridiculous, Hughton deserves a huge pay rise, he deserves to get huge rewards by helping Ashley earns millionssssss again…

    but I also think we should give Hughton another 12 months contract first, he has done a good job so far, but I think he will has to earn it again in PL….so if we can stay in PL next season, he will be rewarded with a better new contract again

  • Rodzilla

    Apr 18, 2010 at 5:11 AM

    Comment #9

    fongct you

  • Rodzilla

    Apr 18, 2010 at 5:19 AM

    Comment #10

    …sorry, er, yeah, NUFC conversation, Hughton has done brilliantly, shame he’s still a puppet…..


  • kimbo

    Apr 18, 2010 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #11

    What is wrong with managers having a 12 month rolling contract.

  • murvar

    Apr 18, 2010 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #12

    I would prefer it if Ed stopped referring to our owner as “Mike” – which makes him sound like a member of the family – and instead showed him the respect he is due. So please start calling him “Mr FCB Ashley”.

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Apr 18, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #13

    What Spuggy said: seconded.

    As for referring to Mike Ashley as “Mike”, it’s his name. Not everything he’s done has been bad. Get over it and move on.

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Apr 18, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #14

    As for Hughton’s wages, they should be bumped up, quite obviously. I’d also give him a one year extension, so we know that if he does brilliantly this year he can’t walk at the end of the season.

    In terms of compensation if he is sacked, just write into his contract that the compensation is a relatively small amount. Simples.

  • G

    Apr 18, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #15

    Spuggy @ 3 / AngerOfTheNorth @13, with regard to Ed’s blog, I don’t see anybody slagging anything, apart from a ‘light hearted’ dig at the red top papers. Also, if you are both long term blog readers you should have by now noticed the last statement on the threads posted is usually ‘Comments Welcome’. People commented, deal with it.

  • Bucks mag

    Apr 18, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #16

    Regardless of the article I would gve him a 2-year contract.


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