Can Hughton Make Jump From Great Coach To Great Manager?


Peter Lovenkrands was a little unlucky not to make the Danish side for this summer’s World Cup, especially when we saw the strikers they did have, who couldn’t seem to punch themselves out of a paper bag.

Peter Lovenkrands – former Rangers and Schalke 04 striker

Peter talked about his manager, Chris Hughton today to the Evening Chronicle:

“I’m sure a coach who can go through the Championship, and win as comfortably as he (Hughton) did, can do really well in the Premier League.” “He had a lot to deal with behind the scenes last season, and he did a tremendous job.”

Certainly the people who really know what management is about – the top managers paid tribute to the Newcastle boss, in his very first season in charge as a manager.

Harry Redknapp, Martin Jol and Arsene Wenger all said that Chris did just great for Newcastle last season, and of course Chris fully deserved the League Managers’ Association Championship manager of the year award.

Lovenkrands continued:

“He deserved all the credit he got.” “He’s calm, and took everything in his stride.” “He expects a lot from the players, and we expect a lot from him.”

“It’s all about teamwork and team bonding. Chris knows all about that, and I think everyone has a really good connection.” “It’s been great. The boys are really up for it.”

“There’s the same kind of attitude as last year.” “The boys really want to get started. We want to enjoy ourselves as well.”

“We’re working towards the Carlisle game, and the boys are looking forward to getting out there.”

Certainly in the dressing room when things were tough last season, Chris apparently was relaxed and seemed to know exactly what to tell his players.

Of course he’s been through it all before, and has immense experience from his 13 seasons of coaching at Tottenham, where he coached under some top managers, and that valuable experience certainly showed last season.

Whether he can make the jump from great coach to a great manager, we don’t know,  but he could hardly have gotten off to a better start to his management career than his performance at Newcastle last season.

We are hoping (and praying) Chris can continue where he left off  last season.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.



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18 comments so far

  • WesJameson

    Jul 14, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #1

    A “LITTLE” unlucky? He was frikken robbed, not to be in that danish team, im from south africa and went to the holland Vs denmark game, i promise you now…they needed him BADLY

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Jul 14, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #2

    CH will do a good job, but he will not perform miracles. he’s got nothing to prove as far as I am concerned. As long as his importance to the club is understood by fans and blogs alike we’ll be just fine, but please don’t start underminng him again like you did most of last season, Ed.

    First we will not get into Europe by 2012, so stop creating stupid, unachievable targets to hold CH accountable to.

    Second, we know has no Prem experience as manager (so lets cut out the reminders, eh?), but he has abundant experience as Premiership coach to draw on.

    The moment I see any blog start crying out out to replace CH with the inexperienced, unimaginative and pathologigically job-shy BBC sofa-boy Shearer after a few bad results I will personally despatch a giant rotten tomato via Special D. CH is the best thing that has happened to us since SBR, don’t rock the boat, we are VERY lucky.

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  • WesJameson

    Jul 14, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #3

    @ Captain Beefheart // Jul 14, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    “crying out out to replace CH with the inexperienced, unimaginative and pathologigically job-shy BBC sofa-boy Shearer after a few bad results”

    A bit harsh on THE GREATEST ever player to wear the black and white there mate

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Jul 14, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #4

    As far as I can remember, Peter wasnt overlooked – He rejected the chance as he wanted to be with his family to heal the wounds after hs father past away.

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  • John

    Jul 14, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #5

    He will be judged on the players he is able to bring in and what difference they can make to the team, we need goals, pace, and creativity in our squad, fair enough he hasnt the cash to spend but we are still a bid draw for players, our staduim, fans, training facilities etc harry redknapp has been wheeling and dealing for years on buttons, they always seem to know when a player is past it, and are always able to find hidden gems for peanuts, we need that kind of scouting network infasstructure at our club, problem is we are always chopping and changing managers and back room staff maybe we and indenpentant company to scout for us as a club or maybe set up partnerships with african and korean clubs and get some players in that way?

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Jul 14, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Cut and Paste from a Newspaper:

    Today, though, that option list of potential cover just got a little shorter. Peter Løvenkrands just took his name out of consideration for the 23-man squad for the World Cup. This is owing to his need for a clear summer to work through his emotions regarding the recent death of his father.

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  • WesJameson

    Jul 14, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #7

    cheers toon sweden, didnt know that

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  • John

    Jul 14, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #8

    The reason Shearer is not the manager of NUFC today is money plane and simple. Appenly he wanted the salary of a top4 manager and a top4 transfer kitty to boot when the club wer nearly dead and buried fananically, If he cared as much about the club as he said he would have put hes demands in hes back pocket rolled up hes sleves taken the salary offered (which CH gladly took by the way) and got on with the job.

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  • WesJameson

    Jul 14, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #9

    How pathetic are these so called “supporters”?

    @ John // Jul 14, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    How do you know that mate? Frikken tired of people giving Shearer stick for no reason? The last time i checked, Shearer turned down moves to some of the biggest clubs in the world, all so he could stay with his beloved NEWCASTLE, so all this about Shearer wanting all this money….seems a little ridiculous, doesnt it Lads?

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  • Mag 48

    Jul 14, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #10

    Shearer to me has always given Nufc 100%
    More likely Ashley can’t handle the big guys of football Shearer Keegan etc He’s much happier with the little guys Houghton Kinnear etc…

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  • DoctorZelig

    Jul 14, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #11

    As a Dane myself i can confirm that Peter asked the National manager, Morten Olsen, not to consider him for the world cup.

    He should however be ready for the Euro qualifications that starts soon. I just hope that they pick him.

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  • BillBurch

    Jul 14, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Who are you John, Shearer’s sacked agent? How do you know how much he “demanded” in salary and transfer kitty? Shearer has shown his loyalty to the club and he’s his own man! He would only want what’s best for the club and if Ashley couldn’t or wouldn’t provide it then he had every right to walk! What’s your actual problem with Shearer?

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  • Thump

    Jul 14, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #13

    As much as I love Shearer, he’s a case of burning out or going out with a bang. He’s not the kind of lad to let himself burn out so we certainly haven’t seen the last from him. Whether he’ll come back to Toon is a different matter entirely but I can honestly say that he’s his own worst enemy. He won’t build up slowly like Carver, Lee and so many others did. I honestly hope he comes back and manages to get his hands on a trophy (hopefully while managing us) but I don’t see it happening in the near future.

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  • madman67

    Jul 14, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #14

    i dont think John nd Thump are knocking Shearer. but they seem to agree with my line of thought, there is an obvious huge difference between pulling on a footy shirt in the changin room, and standing there in suit n tie as a manager. as a Player alan is a legend, end of 😉 but i want CH as manager, nd he will be for at least 1 year.

    we seem to be building a canny club atm, with the academy, training facilities, recruiting young nd gifted players, financial stability. this all sounds good to me 😉 however the proof of the pudding is the eating, so we need points nd some flare 😉

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 14, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Hughtons biggest challenge is this season and most importantly in the next few months in the transfer window.

    Our team was the best team in the championship and hughton had two different systems which got the high scoring wins at home and scraping wins away from home.

    In the transfer windows as well he buys players who fit into the bigger picture, not players who think they are the picture (crap metaphore i know). Like Routledge, signing him gave a balanced team and allowed our most creative player to move into the middle of the park.

    Our relegation season, Hughton had a considerable amount of time in charge and results improved under Kinnear, so he does have a point to prove as a premiership manager, but with HIS players who you know will have the right attitude, i cant see us going down.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jul 14, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #16

    A great coach? You mean like Armstrongs or National?

    Hughton is a great manager.

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  • dave 1961

    Jul 14, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #17

    I have said it many times Chris Hughton must be allowed to fail totally he should be given the hole season and we can decide what to do after that, he could just surprise us and do better than anyone thinks. he has earned a crack at the big time, I will never shout for his sacking & I will never leave my seat before the whistle blows.

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  • Flair: 20

    Jul 15, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #18

    “Can Hughton Make Jump From Great Coach To Great Manager?”

    That’s a question for 2009, not 2010. He is already doing a brilliant job as manager of NUFC and he deserves better than to still be having his managerial credentials questioned.

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