Hughton – Newcastle Chairman And Owner Have Supported Me


You can never accuse Newcastle manager Chris Hughton of not being completely down to earth, with his feet firmly planted on the ground.

Chris Hughton – so down to earth

Hughton talked about the expectations that surround the Newcastle United club:

“It would be silly to say I can see us challenge in the next year or couple of years. I have to be realistic. One year ago we were plying out trade in a lower division. It has to be a growing progress.”

“We have to become a steady member of the top flight and at some stage push for cup finals and Europe and be where our supporters want us to be.”

“What is best for everyone is to get stability to the club. We achieved that last season. The periods when I needed support from the owner and the Chairman that support came.”

“We strengthened last Christmas. I could not have asked any more at that stage. We have stability. The next stage is to become a fixture in the Premier League.”

“Our fans want entertainment and have expectations. I have seen the wonderful teams and individuals we have had here in the past. I have to give the fans some kind of success.”

Great words from Chris – and we are becoming big admirers of this man.

And it’s good that Mike Ashley is supporting him and there is some money available this summer for transfers.

First of all Chris displays a fantastic work ethic, which seems to rub off on his players, and he even seems to have a good understanding of the expectations of Newcastle fans.

We just hope he can fulfill those expectations over the next few seasons, and if he can do that – that success  couldn’t have happened to a better guy.

Comments welcome.

Written from Plymouth, England.



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60 comments so far

  • Charlietoon

    Jul 21, 2010 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #1

    I think his attitude sets a fantastic example for each and every player in the team. He also sets a standard he can and should expect his players to live up to on the field. It certainly seems there is no room for ego just work.

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  • geordie_india

    Jul 21, 2010 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Yeah i think he can take us to Europe. Excited to see how he performs as a manager in top flight. Players are with him and according to him the owner is too with him,then whats the problem in dreaming now about Newcastle being in Europe in the coming years !!

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  • Hugh G Hampton

    Jul 21, 2010 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #3

    “Great words from Chris – and we are becoming big admirers of this man.”

    We do no t share the same sentiments. As long as Chris remains a yes man and does Ashleys dirty deeds on the cheap, we are convinced that Newcastle will struggle. In fact we think that Chris and Colin will have left Newcastle by the end of October due to working restraints imposed by thy Ashley and the fact that they will receive a far better financial offer to manage another club. We think that the club is still in deep trouble as long as the tightest billionaire in the world owns the world famous Newcastle club.

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  • Mac

    Jul 21, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #4

    Hugh, shut up

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Jul 21, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #5

    Mac@4

    I second that…!

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  • Mac

    Jul 21, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Thank you kind Captain Beefheart

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  • Freddie

    Jul 21, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #7

    Hugh, you are a massive berk! Chris Hughton has done everything he wants to steady nufc, and it has seemed to work. For once, the chairman doesnt seem to be getting involved at all!

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  • Doha Mag

    Jul 21, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #8

    Chris Houghton is doing a fantastic job for us consiering the economic situation and the down turn in the economy. The days of big spending (except for City, Chelsea and a few others) are over and we have to be real with the signings we can expect going forward.

    Please be patient and support Chris and his team……

    What’s the score on Benjani; is he really on trial at Newcastle?

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  • altern8tif

    Jul 21, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #9

    @Hugh: Who is this “we” that you keep mentioning about?

    Anyway my thoughts on Chris:

    I am actually quite encouraged by the direction NUFC is taking under Chris Hughton. This is somewhat reminiscent of a certain Arsene Wenger and his youth policy – Develop talent and do not splurge unnecessarily.

    As Chris says, look at Wolves and Birmingham in previous seasons. They survived in the Premier League largely with the same squads that got them promoted. Our main aim for this season would be to secure our Premiership status for us to build on in the forthcoming seasons.

    Look at where Arsenal has been for the past decade. The reason why they are still at the top is that Wenger (and his scouts) are good judges of talent. Granted that you may need a couple of impact players to take the team to the next level but you still need a core group who are familiar with each other and play cohesively. I believe that is Hughton’s strategy. If we do perform above expectations this season, we may be able to get one of these “star” players (of course at a reasonable price).

    Keep in mind the England team at the World Cup: Big names who couldn’t play well together. This was the cause of our downfall over the recent few seasons. What we need is a cohesive team with potential for the coming years, which I believe Hughton has got right.

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  • Hugh G Hampton

    Jul 21, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #10

    Mac. we think that you are a doofus and we second that.
    Hughton out.

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  • slazberger

    Jul 21, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #11

    people who keep saying we need to spend big need to catch up. we dont have much money and cant keep expecting ashley to dip his hand in his pocket. i for one would be happy to get a couple of cheap signings with something to prove and still have a club to support at the end of the season, than end up like pompy

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  • Davies

    Jul 21, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #12

    Hugh G Hampton. Shut up you fking idiot. Nip off and support another club, you obviously don’t support this one.

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  • slazberger

    Jul 21, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #13

    well said davies

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  • Milzzy Rascal

    Jul 21, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #14

    Hadaway Hugh Lad. If you ain’t got anything decent to say go and flush your head down the bog for a bit.

    See if it puts a bit sense into you

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  • Milzzy Rascal

    Jul 21, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #16

    Good News. Next target wants to be a good left back to challenge Enrique

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  • slazberger

    Jul 21, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #17

    if we can get Patrick van Aanholt from chelsea i would be pleased, he can cover the whole left side.

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  • G

    Jul 21, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #18

    Agreed, PVA looked great when we had him on loan last season. I wouldn’t consider him back up for Jose, rather competition, and that’s no bad thing at all.

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  • lewman

    Jul 21, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #19

    i think when hugh refers to “we” he means him and all his car stealing burglar mates down in sunderland.

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  • hitman

    Jul 21, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #20

    stardust,your a 2faced tw@t all you ever did when you were on .org was slag this blog and ed off to the hilt,your a disgrace..

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  • buddy

    Jul 21, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #21

    pre season has already started and we hardly have a coaching staff and we have brought in one player!! such a long way to go and so little happening thus far

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  • howay man

    Jul 21, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #22

    dan gosling
    sol cambpell
    jonathon de guzman
    paul scharner
    all for free! and then a buy a top striker

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  • slazberger

    Jul 21, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #23

    relax buddy, plenty of time. i cant see us bying more than 3 more players anyway unless some get sold.

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  • buddy

    Jul 21, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #24

    but is 3 players realistically enough? especially seen as perch is one and he is completely unproven

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  • slazberger

    Jul 21, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #25

    i meant 3 on top of perch deal, i dont know if its enough, i m not sure we can afford more than that, we could get a couple of loans in as well incase of injuries

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  • Stardust

    Jul 21, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #26

    Hitman – I said on there and here that Ed’s Uziblogging made it too tough to comment – and it was difficult to get into the flow. I also always respected Ed as a forefather to .org. Something those remaining on there seem to have forgotten.

    Good to see you anyway – I know you love me xxx

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  • buddy

    Jul 21, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #27

    slaz,

    i would agree that 3 more are enough if they are quality players but if they are in the perch bracket then i fear. i find it strange that with all the relatively cheap talent around the championship that we have gone for the fairly average james perch and dont seem to be targeting any of the other more impressive talent that had been on show last year

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  • Partizan

    Jul 21, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #28

    Philip Degen is available on a free transfer,,it could be a perfect deal for us if we get him.I know this player since his days in BVB,,excellent CB and RB.
    Former Swiss international who wants to get his place back in the national team.

    http://www.goal.com/en/news/9/england/2010/07/21/2035357/liverpool-manager-roy-hodgson-shows-philipp-degen-the

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  • slazberger

    Jul 21, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #30

    who did you have in mind from the championsip buddy?

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  • buddy

    Jul 21, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #31

    well peter whittingham for one would be quality!! wickham from ipswich….sigurdsson from reading. although i hate name dropping they are all good players with potential and are all viable options. thats not even taking into account the 3 relegated teams who in fairness have a couple of very good players between them

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  • Newutd

    Jul 21, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #32

    Being linked to a lot of players today:

    Ashley Williams – If he comes on a cheap, he would be a really good backup.

    Ben Arfa – very good footballer, but not sure about his personality and mentality…

    Flamini – a loan move is talked about. Would be fantastic.

    Benjani – trained with us these last days. NO thanks.

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  • Milzzy Rascal

    Jul 21, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #33

    I tell you who I’d love from the championship – Nicky Maynard. If we could get him for 2 or 3 million I reckon he’d work perfectly with Big Andy. It’d be almost like the Shearer – Bellamy connection again.

    I agree with you on Whickham and Sigurdsson tho buddy. Great talents

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  • slazberger

    Jul 21, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #34

    i bow to your knowledge of the championship. if any of them end up like routledge signing then great.

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  • buddy

    Jul 21, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #35

    haha i dont have a great knowledge of championship at all. just was impressed with those guys is all

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  • MacToon

    Jul 21, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #36

    Rumours about Killian Brennan of Bohemians at SJP, 26(ish) left winger, sounds like a player anyone else know much about him?

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  • Toontastico

    Jul 21, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #37

    As an Irish NUFC and Shamrock Rovers Fan I do know Killian, He would be the best Left winger in the Iris League and has a bit of pace, crossing and scoring ability. He played for a few Irish underage teams but never got senior call up and at 26 it dosebnt look likely. Whilst he might be the best L Wing in the Irish league this does not say much as the standard of our league is terrible (prob high league 2 standard) as witnessed by Bohs 4-1 drubbing at the hands of The New Saints last night. Give him a miss he wont cut it.

    Whickham would be good however If he has another season like last I can see one of the big guns taking a punt on him.

    HUGH G — “Hughton Out” ??? your a fuckin disgrace

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  • Toontastico

    Jul 21, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #38

    ss

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  • Toontastico

    Jul 21, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #39

    As an Irish NUFC and Shamrock Rovers Fan I do know Killian, He would be the best Left winger in the Iris League and has a bit of pace, crossing and scoring ability. He played for a few Irish underage teams but never got senior call up and at 26 it dosebnt look likely. Whilst he might be the best L Wing in the Irish league this does not say much as the standard of our league is terrible (prob high league 2 standard) as witnessed by Bohs 4-1 drubbing at the hands of The New Saints last night. Give him a miss he wont cut it.

    Whickham would be good however If he has another season like last I can see one of the big guns taking a punt on him.

    HUGH G — “Hughton Out” ??? your a disgrace

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  • MacToon

    Jul 21, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #40

    Cheers Toontastico and fast reply 🙂

    OK the other is the Scunny player Hooper, 30 goals last season, we apparantly will pay £2.5 m even though they got him for a few hundred K last season!

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