A Final End Of Season Salute To Chris Hughton

Think back to the gloom and doom on Tyneside just before the Newcastle players returned for pre-season training last July 1st, and the club announced that Chris Hughton would take over the training – on an interim basis – and that Colin Calderwood would assist him on a week by week contract.

Chris Hughton – magnificent rookie season as Newcastle manager

The fans were underwhelmed and most of us were wanting Alan Shearer to take over at the club.

But since then Chris has hardly put a foot wrong and has completely transformed the Tyneside club.

It’s true that he has had a strong accompanying cast in Colin Calderwood and the other coaches, and players like Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith, Nicky Butt and Steve Harper, who have  supported him all the way.

But it’s Chris who has been the inspiration behind the club, and an unlikely one at that.

The Newcastle fans’ tears of humiliation and desperation of last May have been replaced with tears of joy and rejuvenation this May.

And it’s hard to think how any manager could have done any better this season.

Newcastle have 30 wins, 22 clean sheets and only 4 defeats for the season, and the 90 goals scored is more than any other Championship side has scored, and the 35 goals conceded is the least.

As we said, it’s hard to know how Chris could have done better with 102 total points from the 46 games in the league.

It’s a time to savor the joy right now, and it’s amazing that it’s still less than a year from the dismal scenes at Aston Villa on May 26th last year, when the club was relegated for the first time from the Premiership.

But the Newcastle club has managed a complete turnaround in that short time-frame – and it’s little short of a miracle.

While there are many we have to thank for this – there’s none that takes more praise than Chris Hughton – the main man.

Well done Chris – you’ve been fantastic for the Newcastle United club – and that’s an understatement.

9 comments so far

  • Turkish Magpie

    May 2, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Did anyone see Britains Got Talent and Britains Got More Talent- There were alot of clips about Newcastle United and St James and alot of talk about NUFC, just shows how much this city loves its club!

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    May 2, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed you can tell you’ve lived in the US for a long time savour is not spelt without the u. Come on man you are English & a Geordie please spell the words properly

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 2, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #3

    Turkish I did mate, it were good. Chris hughton has talent

  • Turkish Magpie

    May 2, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #4


  • Captain Beefheart

    May 2, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Chris Hughton, a hero and a gentleman. Long may he be the gaffer!! Sir Bobby must be smiling…

  • Robbanufc

    May 2, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #6

    I was one of his many doubters, but damnit i’m glad he proved me and all the others wrong! Cant wait for the world cup, and I cant wait for August!

    Walking in a HughTOON wonderland!

  • BT7MAG

    May 2, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Regardless of what happens next season, Hughton has cemented his place in Geordie folk lore and I’m proud to have been a part of it!

    Hope he keeps us up and gets the chance to build from there. After all the ‘big names’ we’ve had in recent years, it’d be brilliant to have our very own Moyes/Hodgson who just gets on with the job!

  • GeordieGerman

    May 2, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #8

    Well done Chris, the staff and of course the players. Go off have a nice holiday, come back, fit and prepared (hopefully with a few new team mates) to keep us in the PL.

  • Brewcastle

    May 3, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Hughton have brought back the spirit. I thought he could do a decent job. But what he have done is just fantastic.

    Thank you Chris!


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