Smith, Harper, Nolan And Butt Pay Tribute To Hero Chris Hughton

Newcastle now have an unlikely manager, who shies away from publicity and praise, and continually deflects it to the players.

Chris Hughton – miracle man!

Well, it looks like today that the “player committee” of four of our most senior players, Alan Smith, Steve Harper, Kevin Nolan and Nicky Butt, who have worked so closely with the manager and his assistant, Colin Calderwood, in what has turned out to be a magical season, have come out today with all guns blasting – in support and praise of Chris.

The player quartet have paid tribute to the man they believe deserves the full credit for this season’s success.

Alan Smith was first in line to pay tribute to Hughton today:

“Massive credit must go to Chris for our success.”

“It’s a job that a lot of people might not have wanted to take, because of the situation we were in and the expectation from within – because we knew we had the players.”

“We knew we had the characters but it was about putting it all together.”

“But thankfully we’re now back in the Premier League and Chris and his staff deserve a great deal of praise for that.”

Goalkeeper Steve Harper, who’s had a terrific season in goal for Newcastle with 21 clean sheets in the league – a new club record – also chimed in with his praise for the rookie Newcastle manager:

“Chris Hughton has united a bunch of players, a team, a staff, a club, a bunch of fans and deserves a massive amount of credit.”

“Along with Colin Calderwood and Paul Barron they deserve credit for what they have done this season because they have made it easier for us on the pitch by picking the teams and doing their jobs.

“Chris came in last summer and went about his job with tremendous dignity and professionalism and promotion and the title are the rewards which he and everyone at this club deserves.”

And Kevin Nolan, probably our best player this season, and seemingly the new face and voice of Newcastle United FC, who has 18 goals and must now be considered a Liverpool Geordie  added:

“Chris has been absolutely fantastic.” “From day one he had the respect of the players and that has shown by what we’ve done on the pitch.”

“There have been one or two difficult times, yes, but the manager never panicked and stuck by us.”

“I’m delighted for him especially because he deserves this success for all of the hard work he’s put in to getting us back into the Premier League.”

And finally club captain Nicky Butt, who has played only intermittently this season, but has been a huge presence off the field and in the dressing room said:

“Chris has done a fantastic job and all of the lads admire him for that.”

“It wouldn’t have been easy taking over last summer considering all that had gone on, but he came in and united the squad.

“That has led to promotion and he deserves a great deal of credit.”

It’s been such a huge season for the club, it’s hard to know what to add to that.

Chris Hughton deserves all the plaudits for what he’s done for the Newcastle United club this season, which was on its knees when he assumed control back on 1st July last year.

And for those local fans who are lucky enough to attend Saturday’s game, please make sure you let Chris know what this fantastic season means to the thousands and thousands of  Newcastle fans who are situated all over the world and away from the home base.

He’s brought back the pride to the Newcastle United Football Club in just a short 10 months – and that to us is a miracle.

Well done Chris Hughton. 😀

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • gallowgate chris

    Apr 21, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #1


  • tdt

    Apr 21, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #2


  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 21, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Chris Hughtons Black & White army.

  • tobbe77

    Apr 21, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Shouldnt Newcastle be wearing their new puma kit on saturday,last homegame of the season??anyone seen it yeat?

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 21, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #5

    tobbe77- i dont think so mate as we have a contract with addidas untill the end of the current campaign, from what i have heard it is stunning, we get to see it tommorow no?

    i got my white champions top delivred today got it off the site like, its abit taccy, just like the black one from the other night, but its good to have both.

    i took the missus the other night and the old dear but they were in the family section, over in far left, as the missus is expecting, atleast ill be able to tell he or she that they were there when we got promoted under big chris

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 21, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #6

    did anyone just see that red card for ribery. haha

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 21, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #7

    he is another very over-rated player, i think he’s sheet man.

  • DJG

    Apr 21, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Hull 0 Aston Villa 1

    Villa seem to have a habit of kicking teams when their down and about to be relegated.

    I dont know why Hull got Ian Dowie in, I think he’s been down with every club he’s been at. He’s the last guy I would have picked in that situation. I wouldnt like to go on a cruise ship with that guy. It would be on the sea bed.

  • DJG

    Apr 21, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #9

    Not sayin I dont like the result though, Hull back down where they belong and Liverpool down to 7th. hahahahaha. not even europa league.

  • Jamesthefirst

    Apr 21, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #10

    DJG – I heard Dowie upset our dressing room last season and kept mouthing off to the players after games. No wonder we went down.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 21, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #11

    Did anyone see jose mourinho’s interveiw, he is pure genius

  • BeeGuy

    Apr 21, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #12

    When you’ve got the big guns Mourinho’s got, you can tell people what you are going to do, and then do it, cause you can’t be stopped. Any team with Maicon holding down his half of the field is just awesome. Now if NUFC could do that,( maybe Vukic could be that massive type of player) top half of the table would be a starting point for the Geordies.

  • marlonisourking

    Apr 21, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #13

    @tobbe77 @Geordie-Gerrard7

    Kit launch is getting done tomorrow apparently. Season ticket holders were emailed back end of last week with the following:

    “How would you like to get involved in the Newcastle United kit launch?

    Newcastle United and Puma would like to invite up to 300 season ticket holders to feature in the new kit launch campaign at St.James’ Park on Thursday 22 April.

    To be part of this campaign you must be available from 2.30pm on the day. Further details will be supplied to successful entrants.

    To register your interest please send an email to with Kit Launch Campaign in the subject line. Entries need to be received by 5pm on Sunday 18 April.

    Please include your name, address and supporter number xxxxxxx in the email.”

    So they’ll be taking all the snaps and getting it all sorted tomorrow. Whether they’ll be playing in it on Saturday is another matter though. They played in the new Adidas one last home game of last season, but given that this is a different make it’s a bit of a grey area.

    Quite excited to see it even though I wasn’t thrilled at the prospect of having a black cat on our shirts…

  • stk85

    Apr 21, 2010 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #14

    we have won the chapionship. great. i hope that the team spirit with the bunch of players we have, along with 4 solid class additions, could see us maybe push for tenth? its doable

  • baro

    Apr 22, 2010 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #15

    More Leadership is the farther we go at this rising beautiful Newcastle club. More people now have to step up and youngsters for the future can step into their shoes. Only if Manure dont come after our brilliant Haris Vuckic, dubbed the next Cristiano Ronaldo. If Ferguson gets him than he can turn him into Ronaldo I bet.

  • baro

    Apr 22, 2010 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #16

    I think we have a good chance of finishing in the top half ( Top 10 ) in the Premiership if we keep our heads held higher, than no one will stop us, as long as each player on this current Toon squad and hopefully a few top signings, that can only come off cheap because of the 15 million transfer money Big Mike Ashley is willing to give Chris, while Chris got 60 million for gaining promotion. But, Mike really pumped a lot of money into this club according to previous reports, it looks like we would of been in administration if it wasnt for Mike. But, than we have little transfer budget. One way good other way bad. But, you never know what Chris can do with that money. 🙂 He is really smart. I believe. Juan Albin is ours right in the summer? Whos next? Roumors linking us with Charlie Adam + Austin.


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