Chris Hughton Is A Credit To Himself And To Newcastle United


We’re delighted that Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was last night honored by Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion campaign.

Chris Hughton – wins yet another award last night

Chris won the award for his exceptional achievements as Newcastle United manager this last season, his first ever season as a manager, and it would be hard for anybody to have done better than Chris did, with 30 wins and only 4 defeats in the 46 league games.

Let’s cut to the chase – Chris was magnificent for Newcastle United last season, and we were surprised to learn that Chris is the only black manager in any of the four English divisions, which seems strange.

The official Newcastle site is reporting that Hughton was joined by Garth Crooks, Sol Campbell and Ian Wright at Paramount in London last night, where he was presented with a special trophy by Kick It Out chairman and founder, Lord Herman Ouseley.

Lord Ouseley said:

“Chris Hughton is a pioneering figure whose achievements we hope will be recognised for years to come.”  ” As the first black manager to achieve such heights, we feel this is worthy of recognition.”

Hughton talked about the trip to WBA by Newcastle on the opening day of the season and said:

“”Apart from one major hiccup (a 6-1 defeat to Leyton Orient), we’d had a good pre-season.”

“When we got to the opening day of the season it was an opportunity for the lads to put something right that had gone wrong the season before, to turn that into a good feeling on the first day.”

“One thing we’ve always tried to have is a good environment at the training ground and that makes it easier.”

Hughton also talked about how winning and success has brought back that feel-good factor to Tyneside, and to the thousands of Newcastle fans spread all over the world.

Chris continued:

“As the season’s gone on the feelgood factor has come back, and that goes for everyone involved in the club. When things are going well at the club, it’s a lively and busy place.”

And Chris talked about the lack of black managers in the football game in England – which surely will change and the quicker the better as far as we are concerned.

Chris continued:

“We still have an imbalance between those playing and those going into coaching, but it’s important that anyone who gets there is there on merit.”

“If me being the only black manager in the league can be a positive influence on anyone coming through, then great.”

“Going back over the years, you rarely saw black faces in the boardroom. Although there’s been an improvement, there’s still room for more.”

“For me, as someone who played in the 70s and 80s, seeing the racism around on the terraces then, things have improved dramatically, and Kick It Out has played a massive part in this.”

“A lot of this is to do with cultural barriers as well, which are reflected in the changing room.”

We are very proud of Chris Hughton, not only for what he’s doing at Newcastle, but for the fact he’s blazing a trail as one of the first successful black football managers in England.

But we couldn’t couldn’t care less if he’s black, yellow or any other color, because it makes no difference at all to us.

He’s the Newcastle United manager first and foremost – who had a terrific first season in management – and has done a tremendous job for the Newcastle club since last July – and that’s only one of the reasons we are so proud of him.

He’s a credit to himself and the Newcastle United club, and long may he be successful as Newcastle’s manager.

Comments welcome.



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20 comments so far

  • Tom4Nufc

    May 18, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #1

    100% agree Ed… Well done CH!

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    May 18, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #2

    I always forget that CH is black. I guess it’s just not an issue these days.

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  • Toonmania

    May 18, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #3

    also he doesn’t look that dark that i think people forget that he is black, not that is makes any differance not everything in this world is black & white (although it should be hehe!!)

    talking of black and white has anyone seen the new shirts yet??

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  • jimiley

    May 18, 2010 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #4

    CH will prove himself an outstanding manager who even without funds from the fat man will get us into 8th position without any new signings. He will then be poached because the fat man will not fund the team and we will then appoint a dubious manager who will have us in a relegation battle. Why would any manager want to stay at a “big?” club which will not spend any proper cash on players? Barca want to spend 70 million on two players so don’t tell me splashing the cash does not bring success eg Chelskeee and Citeee.

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  • NewcastleMole

    May 18, 2010 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #5

    @jimiley

    8th?

    Everyday we seem to rise in where people think we’ll finish next season. I bet before long fans will be saying we’ll qualify for the champions league.

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  • Toon-Army

    May 18, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #6

    IF YOU COUNT LAST SEASON (JUST PAST) THEN SURELY PAUL INCE COUNTS!

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  • JSYproject

    May 18, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #7

    i have white friends who are blacker than him, if hughton counts then ince definitely does

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  • Robby Bobson

    May 18, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #8

    AngelOfTheNorth….exaclty what i thought when i heard about the award that he got.

    Kick racism out of football by distinguishing between black and white managers? Hardly makes sense as the only time ive ever thought we have a black manager is when hes given credit for being a black manager.

    Surely kicking racism out of football is not to award him for being a successful black manager.

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  • thelongshanks

    May 18, 2010 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Lads, does ne1 know where i can find highlights of qpr vs newcastle last game of the season.I have looked everywhere and cant find nething.Cheers.

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  • Robby Bobson

    May 18, 2010 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #10

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ins5eONPopI

    go to the end for the goal….

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  • thelongshanks

    May 18, 2010 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #11

    nice one Robby!

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  • rossrich

    May 19, 2010 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #12

    Black manager?????? I’m darker than that when I come back from Lindos!!

    I have to agree, I never really noticed until it got brought up with this award and as Robby says, do these things really need highlighting. Where does it end, best Jock manager, best manager thats under 5 foot 5. Manager with the best haircut. Lets just get on with the football.

    I just hope the boo boys give him a chance if things dont go to plan and we hit a sticky patch. People who boo deserve to have thier tickets taken off em.

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  • MacToon

    May 19, 2010 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #13

    Good vid Robby, some great goals especially by Carroll and hope he can continue his fine run for us in the prem.

    Somehow I just don’t think he’ll get the time or space and will be more difficult for him to out muscle most defenders in the division…. but here’s hoping.

    As for the “black manager” bit , seems very unnecesary.

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  • Robby Bobson

    May 19, 2010 at 4:21 AM

    Comment #14

    MacToon…i didnt make the video by the way.

    And i think if Carroll has the ball in the right area he will still head in the goals. Chris Morgan got bullied senseless by Carroll and had to result to cheating again and again.

    However to be a top top player, he does need to work on his movement in the box….he cant just hang out at the back post in the prem…a few (as i hate to say it) Owen type front post runs across defenders will be needed.

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  • Doha Mag

    May 19, 2010 at 5:10 AM

    Comment #15

    I’m not concerned what color CH is; he’s the manager of Newcastle United and done an excellent job for us so far!

    Keep up the good work buddy……

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  • geordielad880

    May 19, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #16

    I really dont know why some people think we should sign joe ledley, he is a good player, but we already have barton, nolan, smith, guthrie and vuckic, we need a new RB at least one new winger, and a striker at a minimum. I would really like to see collocini given a chance at def CM at some point in pre-season, always thought it was his best position when he played there for his country or deportivo.

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  • Shabilla1984

    May 19, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #17

    To be fair lads it does make a difference. Back in the day (15-20 years ago) the North east was a proper racist area. BNP used to hand out leaflets outside St. James’s Park on a matchday. A lot has changed since then – what is extremely good about NUFC is we really dont care if someone is Black (Martins, Shola, Cole) or Asian (Chopra is half Indian) or any nationality for that matter – as long as they do well for our club. Thats not the case everywhere you go – a black manager wouldnt always be welcome in some parts. Not here tho – CH is done a fantastic job- and credit where credit due hes actually turned out to be a very good solid manager (not just a good coach). As an asian guy looking to get into football coaching(and maybe management one day) he’s been an inspiration. Make no mistake Houghton has made History by being the first successful (won something with a club) Black British Manager Great Britain has seen. The best thing about it we didnt even notice and – he’s ours!. HWTMFL!

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  • Ericles

    May 19, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #18

    True Robby Bobson. The only black and white of importance in Newcastle is our team’s shirts we love and wear. The colour of CH is irrelevant compared to his achievement as OUR manager in getting us back into the Premiership.

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  • balubas1

    May 19, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #19

    OFF topic post:

    Anyone see the clip of the joey barton interview on norwegian television???!!!!!!!!!!

    It seems a boy is turning in to a man.. finally.

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  • cupiddstunt

    May 19, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Hey Robbie Bobson that was a cracker of a battle between Carroll and Morgan and the best of it was at the end of the game there was a shake of hands between them.

    It was nice to see Carroll not buckle under the pressure Morgan was putting him under, it was a very mature performance from a very young centre forward.

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