Chris Hughton Has Done An Absolutely Marvellous Job


Frank Clark has talked today about Newcastle manager Chris Hughton and it seems he has known Chris for some time and is also an admirer.

Frank Clark – played over 400 times for Newcastle

Former Newcatle United left-back and Inter-City Fairs Cup winner Frank Clark told the Evening Chronicle today that he is a big fan of  Newcastle manager Hughton:

“He’s done a terrific job under difficult conditions – he thoroughly deserved the award.”

“To be honoured by your peers is always a particularly moving experience – and the managers in the Championship voted for him.”

“All managers have problems to contend with, but he had more than most at the start.” “The club had just been relegated, and there was a pall of despair, and he had to try to dispel that.”

“He’d lost one or two high- profile players as well, and he’s done an absolutely marvellous job.”

The former Nottingham Forest manager feels that Hughton may be under-rated as a manager and seems the right man to take Newcastle United to the next level.

Frank continued:

“It’s good to see the club back in the Premier League, and hopefully he can push on from there.: “I’ve known Chris for a while.” “He’s gained all the qualifications he can.”

“He’s done the Pro Licence, and the LMA course at Warwick University.” “I’ve been able to observe him at quite close quarters, and he was very impressive on the course.”

“You’re never certain until you get into the job.” “Coaching and management are similar, yet there are differences.”

“I don’t think there’s ever been questions about his coaching ability, but he’s shown leadership qualities, and he took the team to a very convincing points total.”

And of course Frank was asked about the reported restrictions on the transfer money Chris will or will not get this summer, and it seems Frank thinks the current squad is still a little thin:

“They’ve got the nucleus there, but they need to add to it.” “Every club that comes up needs to add a bit of quality.”

“The numbers in the squad are light for a Premier League club.” “I’m sure the people who are running the club are looking at this.”

“Newcastle’s a prestigious club with a fantastic following.” “They get full houses of 52,000, and it’s great for the Premier League to have a club like that.”

“A full St James’ Park has a fantastic atmosphere – the players feed off it.” “I was a Newcastle supporter before I played for the club, and it was a great honor to play for them for 12 or 13 years.”

“I don’t get back often these days, but I keep a close eye on what’s going on up there.”

Frank of course played left-back at Crook Town when they had that great side that went on and won the FA Amateur Cup at Wembley in 1962 (and again in 1964). Frank joined Newcastle shortly after the 1962 final and played over 400 times for the famous Tyneside club.

And writing this article takes my memory goes back to February, 1970 when Frank and I were on a Tyne Tees TV show one Friday night to discuss the youth football scene in the Newcastle area.

I was at Newcastle University in those days doing some research stuff while playing for our successful University side at that time, and I remember it was a good and lively discussion.

But the thing I remember most was how the producers kept filling up the whiskey glasses before we went on – to ensure we wouldn’t freeze in front of the cameras.

They just couldn’t shut us up once the show started, and it was live in those days.   Writing this article has reminded me of that show – when Frank and I were still  young lads. 😀

Comments welcome.



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8 comments so far

  • lesh

    May 14, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Ah, so you were pi**ed!

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  • BT7MAG

    May 14, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Just mentioning Crook there, then Bishop Auckland and Spennymoore a week or two ago. County Durham used to have some really successful amateur teams!

    Also, West Auckland famously beat Juventus in the original World Club Cup many moons ago. Good to see the region with such a prestigious history.

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  • Ericles

    May 14, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #3

    I really enjoyed watching Frank play. A real character and a proper Geordie.

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  • WLtoon

    May 14, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #4

    i remember watching Clark in the seventies,what a cracking full back,then he went on to do what alot of Toon players do,,move to another club and win trophies.winning the big one with Cloughies Forrest. Clark knows a good man when he sees one,we could have a gem inCH, i just hope MA thinks the same.

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  • Ericles

    May 14, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #5

    I agree WLtoon. I hope that Ashley pays CH the respect he richly deserves too. And listens to him aye…

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  • Darryl

    May 14, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #6

    It’s Spennymoor lol.

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  • Captain Beefheart

    May 14, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Frank won a Fairs Cup winners medal in 1969 (I was there), and a FA Cup Runners Up medal in 1974 (it still hurts, I was there as well…). However, as is the story at NUFC, he was made surplus to requirements soon after, so wise old Cloughie picked him up on a free. He played left back mainly, but could cover at RB and was no slouch at centre back either.

    Like Smudger, he seemed incapable of scoring for years, but I’m sure those old enough will remember the cracker of a shot he finally unleashed to end the drought… Happy days, and next to nowt to get in as well!

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  • BT7MAG

    May 14, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #8

    Darryl, I should really be able spell it, I’m from Bishop…Been in Belfast too long!

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