Quiet Dignified Hughton Is Good For High Profile Newcastle


Rather amazingly there are still some fans who want a big name manager in at Newcastle, even though Chris Hughton has done a magnificent job for the club this season.

Chris Hughton – good enough for us

Thinking of some big name managers Newcastle have had in the recent past – Ruud Gullit, Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness were all hopeless for the club, and not one lasted more than 18 months.

What we want at Newcastle is a manager who can bring the club together, generate the team spirit that great Newcastle teams of the past have always had, and get the team winning while playing good football.

That’s what Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan did, and at least in his first season as manager in the England second division, that’s what Chris has done.

We don’t care in the slightest what color or creed the manager is – because it makes no difference at all, and if he’s a quiet gentleman like Chris Hughton,  then so be it.

This is what Chris told the Journal today about whether he would remain quiet in the Premier League:

“Its not a question of me being quiet,”

“Everyone has different opinions. Some will have the opinion that it should be a particular type of manager who is in charge.

“Others will have the opinion that I’m doing a wonderful job and I deserve to be in this position.”

“What I can’t do anything about is change peoples opinions. All I can do is do the best I can and doing the best I can will hopefully give this club further achievements.”

“This season the aim was to achieve promotion. That’s all I can do.” “It’s not a question of preferring to be quiet – you go through all the divisions, look at the managers and everyone is different.”

“Everyone works in different ways but the only thing a manager will be judged on will be what he achieves.”

“We are at a club, a high-profile club, and that is something I have got used to,”   “I have accepted it and it goes with the territory.”

We’re not sure any manager could have created a better record this season than Chris has at Newcastle, so he’s obviously deserved his chance in the Premiership, and it would be crass and stupid to appoint another manager after Chris has dug the club out of a self-inflicted deep hole.

And we have to remember that what fans have wanted in the past has not always turned out good for the club.

We were all delighted when Ruud Gullit was appointed, back in 1998,  but it was Ruud’s egotistical personality that got him into trouble on Tyneside, and he never produced the results on the field, and decimated the dressing room.

We like results, and in any job you either have results, or the reasons (excuses) you didn’t get the results, it’s really that simple.

You only have to listen to managers complaining about the referee after their team has lost (reason they were defeated) to see this in operation every week.

And Chris is very willing to be judged by his results at Newcastle.

That’s good enough for us.


6 comments so far

  • Jamesthefirst

    Apr 19, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Hughton and the rest of the team deserve a full season in the Premier League because they have all worked so hard for it they should reap the benefits.

    Only after a full season can we really assess if CH has what it takes in that league as well. Being a good Championship Player or Manager doesn’t mean you can cut it in the PL. But hopefully he can continue to prove us all wrong.

    Enrique said that too often Newcastle have gone for the big celebrity Manager and it has never worked out. He said CH is the best Manager he’s worked with in terms of tactics and man management.

    But we all know how a bad run of results effects confidence with players and Managers. And then and only then will we see the true qualities of CH.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 19, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #2

    CH deserves his chance in the prem, by his performance in the fizzy.

    Yes there will be lots of supporters that will cry for a big name, but they are just mugs with a lack of working grey matter, “don’t fix what’s not broken.”

    CH has this squad ticking over very nicely and he should be allowed to continue to develop it.

    Yes there will be mugs screaming for his head at the first signs of bad results, just as they have been ripping him apart for the tactics that have so far netted 28 wins 11draws and only 4 losses.

    For what is in reality his first season as full time manager I think is just brilliant, and before any of you whinging mugs start I am not counting caretaker stints.

    Give him a season and if we survive which I feel we will then it is a pat on the back for the quiet gentleman, and he should be allowed to see if he can progress further.

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  • Geordie Matriarch

    Apr 19, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #3

    You are so right Cupiddstunt. What on earth do some of these people want?
    When we went down I was gutted. I did not think we would get back into the Premiership in my lifetime, let alone straightaway. He has done a magnificent job.
    We ought to give him a much better salary – I bet a lot of clubs have been sniffing around already trying to poach him.

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  • Nojdani

    Apr 19, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Jamesthe first

    Spot on!!

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Apr 19, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #5

    ‘We don’t care in the slightest what color or creed the manager is…’ Ed.

    So wtf mention it?

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  • thepict

    Apr 19, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Comrade Chris should remain manager. Has done an amazing job on a limited budget and has the squad playing as a team . No wasters just here for the money.

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