Just How Well Will Chris Hughton Do Next Season?

Many Newcastle fans are starting to wonder just how well Chris Hughton can do next season, when he will be up against some top-class managers and teams.

Newcastle fans just love this quiet unassuming gentleman

Chris did not do well in his two stints last season as the caretaker manager, and apart from the 3-2 win at West Brom, didn’t win a single game.

And Joe Kinnear had really prepared the side for that game at the Hawthorns, before he took ill with heart problems, no doubt with the significant strain of trying to keep Newcastle in the Premiership.

The positive side of things is once Chris has been put in full control this season, he has been able to meld the team together both in the dressing room and on the field.

Having been a backup for 14 years at Tottenham and Newcastle, the 51 year-old reminds us a lot of Liverpool’s great Bob Paisley.

Bob had been at the Liverpool club for 35 years as a player, coach and assistant manager, before he took over the club in 1974,  when Bill Shankly surprisingly resigned, , and Bob became Liverpool’s most successful manager ever.

We are hoping that Chris is similar to Bob. 😀

Certainly Chris Hughton has made a terrific start to management, and yes we know it’s only the second division in England, but go back to the mess the London-born manager took over last July 1st, and there”s a very good case to be made that he has saved the Newcastle club this season.

One of the things he and Colin Calderwood have managed to do – which has to be positive for next season – is that he’s made the Newcastle side very professional – and they want to win every game, and take nothing for granted.

With players like Harper, Enrique, Taylor(S), Barton, Smith. Gutierrez, Lovenkrands. Coloccini  and Ameobi in the squad, who have spent all their careers at the highest level, we have to think we have a solid basis for next season.

Four good players in the summer to replace Fitz Hall, Nicky Butt, Fabrice Pancrate and Kazenga LuaLua should make the squad even stronger.

We’re not getting carried away – really, but if Chris turns out to be anything at all like Bob Paisley, we may be in for one or two positive surprises next season and in the future.

A really successful return to the Premiership is if we can stay out of relegation trouble and finish mid-table next season.

That’s the next step in Newcastle’s progression back to our former greatness.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Mags

    Apr 21, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #1

    With thre greatest of respect Ed, why are we not just savouring every last second of this season for the time being and leaving next season alone? These moments come along all too rarely and I cannot see the need to rush into whatmaybes for next season just yet.

    We have a SPECIAL DAY on Saturday to relish, our last home match of the season with 100+ points at the end of the game followed by the presentation of the cup for us finishing THE VERY LAST CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS OF THE COCA-COLA CUP. Just let us wrap every single moment up for our memory banks.

    I canna wait, roll on Saturday.

  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 21, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #2

    How about a double swoop from Blackpool, of

    Charlie Adam (aged 24)
    Goal scoring midfielder, 4 caps for Scotland.

    Neal Eardley (aged 21)
    Right back, 13 caps for Wales

  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 21, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #3


    Don’t forget the glorious moment we all get to see Roy Keane’s face as his team lose and newcastle get presented the trophy!

  • Toontastico

    Apr 21, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #4

    “A really successful return to the Premiership is if we can stay out of relegation trouble and finish mid-table next season”

    Completely agree Ed, lets hope everyone sticks together if we dont get the best of starts and most importantly the WHOLE of St James stayes behind the team & CH no matter the score. Nowt worse then lambasting our own boys and it only has negative consequences, and besides I dont think theres one Toon player in the currents quad who is’nt trying 100% when they pull on that jersey, you cant ask for more.

    Saying that I really do think that with 4 good additions we can comfortably cement a mid table position and then continue to grow from there. After last seasons shambles Ive got that feeling back and i must say its great!

  • UTD111

    Apr 21, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #5

    It’ll all come down to whether the FCB is going to reward his puppet with some real money to spend on strengthening the team.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 21, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Vuckic has said he would not say no to rednise down the motorway there.

  • mattyNUFC

    Apr 21, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #7

    My three candidates who would improve our squad dramatically if we two of them….

    Mohamed Diame from Wigan – Linked with Barca, Real, Arse early in his career but his French club (i think Lens) dropped him due to fears over a heart issue. It was cleared and he went and did his time in Spain’s second division to prove he’s fine. Any time i’ve seen Wigan play this season and see his cool, calm composure on the ball, I’m in awe as to why no one else has set their sights on him. A true DM in the mold of Essien, Makelele.

    And if we got one of these two, I’d be absolutely thrilled. Both 20 years old, both their clubs players of the season

    Gylfi Sigurdssen – Reading – he’s proved he can handle the english game and excel in the environment. Great talent. 15 odd goals from midfield.

    Adel Taarabt – QPR on load from Spurs. – No chance of getting in the spurs side with a ridiculous amount of CMs already….and on a side note, anyone could’ve done what ‘arry’s done at spurs with the amount of stupid money they’ve spent…and they just go after anyone whether they’ve got three backups in the position or not. just letting off some steam.

  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 21, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #8


    Same could be said for Man City and Liverpool, yet Spurs are in 4th place!

  • Mags

    Apr 21, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Yes indeed Tino Asprilla (3). Another moment to enjoy!!!

  • mattyNUFC

    Apr 21, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #10

    true true, to a certain degree….Liverpool are hopeless with Rafa though and a team built around one player who’s out injured most of the time

    Man city I’d say, more so than spurs, have tried to strengthen in key areas (bar the attack, where they’ve bought everyone who wanted in)

    I really feel if we had Mohamed Diame between our centre halves and a combo of guthrie/noland, our team would improve drastically. We know no manager will try Colo out at DM for whichever reason(s), so lets go out and buy one!!! even if we had to spend 7-8 mil on him, he would double or triple his value if he keeps consistent, and judging by his past and his determination, he will.

  • mattyNUFC

    Apr 21, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #11

    additionally, how great would that be to see something like this next season:

    simpson/RB Colo/MW/TK/Stayls – Enrique

    Nolan Guthrie
    Routledge Jonas

    the chances of us playing a european formation like this are slim but this would be a good squad for survival in my opinion. Carrol could just sit in the pocket and do what he does best, heading from Jonas and Routledge playing a bit more advanced where they both look more than comfortable

  • BeeGuy

    Apr 21, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #12

    CH, and the staff will determine their fates this Summer, not next season. They have hard choices to make about who goes, who stays & who gets bought. Not a task many of us would relish. Who would nopt be sentimental about some of the lads on the roster? Who would not worry about someone we let go suddenly blossoming into a real star? Who would not worry the big signing does not perform at St. James, but still gets playing time hoping for the man to find himself, all the time the team not winning matches while the newby screws up? You need stone clod logic, and nerves to run the ship that is Newcastle.

  • rwpoynter

    Apr 21, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #13

    It’s been a great season and I can only take my hat off to Chris Hughton. As for next season, I hope for one thing and that is that the great Toon Army ( and they are the greatest) show some patience if all does not go right straight away. Some chairmen in the recent past have been too quick to react to pressure from the fans which is why we have had too many managers in a very short time span. You only have to look at the last twenty odd years and the best times were with Keegan (first time) and Bobby Robson both of whom were in charge for five years (and why on earth Shepherd sacked Bobby Robson, I will never understand). As I see it Chris Hughton is calm and not confrontational and gathers players together which in recent years has not been the case. It is clear from the endless quotes, his players respect him. That has got to be good for the club. I am very hopeful for next season if stability can be maintained

  • Bao Zheng

    Apr 22, 2010 at 2:12 AM

    Comment #14

    Seems to me Hooton is more of a builder than a messiah. So look forward to steady improvement with 1, 2 or 3 players coming in each window. More than three is very disruptive and puts us back a year. All of them need to be introduced over time not straight starts. This gives them time to integrate and also avoids the “he’s not good enough to wear the shirt and has to go” conclusion after the new players first 5 minutes on the pitch. My guess would be 10th to 14th, 10th would be a triumph. And there will be some bad patches to endure.

  • Davies

    Apr 22, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Bit sick of seeing articles like this one now. I know there’s a positive spin on it, but the headline is exactly the same as every other slow news day rag.

    We won’t know how Hughton does until he’s had a season at the top. Leave ihm alone to get on with it. How about some current news?


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