Chris Hughton Thriving As Newcastle United Manager


The Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was able to name 23 senior players, two short of the 25-man limit, in Newcastle’s first team squad yesterday afternoon.

Chris Hughton – named 23 players for first-team squad

But to add to the 23 senior players named Chris has lots of youngsters under 21 on the first of January this year, who are also able to play for Newcastle, including Andy Carroll, Haris Vuckic, Nile Ranger, Ryan Donaldson, James Tavernier  and Tamas Kadar.

And we were very pleased to see the transfer-listed 24 year-old defender Steven Taylor, make the list, and it is understood the defender could be ready for first- team action by the end of the month, so that’s good news.

We also hope Steven signs his contract by then, and then the local lad can push for a first team place on Tyneside, maybe even at right back.

Both the Chronicle and Journal had reported there were rumors coming out of the club, that Steven could be omitted from the list,  as a move to get him to sign the new contract – we are pleased that has not happened.

Only LuaLua (Brighton) and Fraser Forster (Celtic) of the youngsters at Newcastle have been loaned out to other clubs, and today Chris talked about the youngsters:

“When I look at the fringe group, lads like Ranger and Kadar are so close to the first team,  they have a chance of playing.” “We have players like Brad Inman and Greg McDermott who are developing this season too.”

“Maybe Shane Ferguson and Ryan Donaldson are the type of players who are in the middle and need to go out on loan.”  “We don’t need to make those decisions this week, we’ll look at it again. We don’t expect many more going out on loan, possibly one, maybe two.”

Hughton will need to ensure the youngsters at the club get games, and presumably we could see a couple of them loaned out to other clubs.

And when asked if we would keep faith in the players who knocked out Accrington in the last round, Hughton said:

“Very much so – the Carling Cup is a chance to give people games.”

But we cannot believe that means he will play a lot of youngsters at Stamford Bridge in three weeks time – surely not?

And forgotten 20 year-old defender  Ben Tozer – who played for Leyton Orient during pre-season and was a budding star from Swindon when he was signed in January, 2008 – and young Italian striker Fabio Zamblera, who has now returned from his loan spell with Roma last season, seem to be two young players out in the cold at the moment on Tyneside.

Hughton added:

“They’re still contracted. Ben’s been out pre-season to a couple of clubs. We have told him we would be prepared to let him go on loan.”

Certainly with all the top youngsters at Newcastle right now, the Newcastle manager has his hands full ensuring they get the games they need to develop into top players.

But there again Chris seems to have his hands full with lots of stuff at the club right now, but he continues to get the job done for the Newcastle club, and seems to be just thriving as Newcastle manager.

And maybe it’s not that surprising when players say he seems to be at the Newcastle club 24 hours a day.

You may have different opinions on Chris Hughton,  but his work ethic is one of the best we’ve ever seen –  and it rubs off on his players.

Comments welcome.


106 comments so far

  • short trousers

    Sep 2, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #1

    aye houghtons done a craking job

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  • CT

    Sep 2, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Think we could be the surprise package! same result v Blackpool at home last season would do for a start!

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  • ginkoh

    Sep 2, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Grateful and feel we’re lucky to have him as our manager last season.

    Even now he continue his good job especially the style he set up on the pitch. Good passing football that i haven’t seen for the last 3-4 years. Credit to you Chris.

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  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Sep 2, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #4

    is S Taylor listed??

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  • komfort

    Sep 2, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #5

    blackwhitebarmy he got listed last weak lollol

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  • Dennis Twice

    Sep 2, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Europe here we come!!! ; )

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  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Sep 2, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Komfort – missed that. It would be a shame to loose him for free, but a least the club are not been messed around with.

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  • komfort

    Sep 2, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #8

    my spelling is very week…

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Sep 2, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #9

    w1 d1 l1 = 4pts

    And that is ALL that matters. If we can average 1.4 to 1.5 points per game we’ll be safely mid table. Any crap about Europe is counter productive this season. Target key fixtures and organise team strategy to suit.

    Boring, but necessary. We are getting waayyy ahead of ourselves here – and Hoots will be the one who suffers the backlash.

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  • Thump

    Sep 2, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Very true Cap’n.

    What’s the story with Tozer? I thought he was released at the start of the season? I also thought Zambrela was a player with a bright future. Obviously opinions of him have changed.

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  • CT

    Sep 2, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #11

    Captain u r so rite! Mid table and entertaining football will do nicely. Consolidation is first priority! anything more will be a bonus!

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  • atom

    Sep 2, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #12

    Wow. I had no idea that Zamblera ever came back from Italy. Maybe there is hope for him yet.

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  • d_craig

    Sep 2, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #13

    slippers and beer and pickled onion nipples

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  • Dennis Twice

    Sep 2, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #14

    Chelski
    Man C
    Man U
    Spurs
    Liverpool
    Us

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  • Dennis Twice

    Sep 2, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #15

    ..Arsenal down : )

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  • CT

    Sep 2, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #16

    Captain B, tell Den B to behave himself! CH dont need the bar raised any higher! Ambition ok, but realism this season please! Top ten, maybe if we stay clear of injuries to key players and we get some luck like Mackems v City for instance!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Sep 2, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #17

    ************ Harper

    Saylor ** Willo * Collo ** Enrique

    ************ Tiote

    Ben Arfa * Nolan * Barton * Jonas

    ************ Carroll

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  • CT

    Sep 2, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #18

    NUFC Richy, Good set up for home games! Away not sure?

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  • sweendog

    Sep 2, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #19

    NUFC_Richyg01 .. that would be my away set up

    home squad

    ************ Krul

    Saylor ** Willo * Collo ** Enrique

    ************ Tiote

    Routledge * Ben Arfa * Barton * Jonas

    ************ Carroll

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  • burnsie

    Sep 2, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #20

    richy, i agree with u lad. that certainly is our best team at the moment. and to be honest that team, in my eyes could EASILY finish 6 or 7th. thats not a joke either.

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  • sweendog

    Sep 2, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #21

    burnsie .. as long as Barton and Carrol are injury free we’ve a decent chance of pushing up the table .. 6/7 I hope so .. but with injuries etc .. I’d be happy with anywhere from 8-14 .. come Jan we’ll know ..

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  • CT

    Sep 2, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #22

    What a dilemma to have? Can`t make my mind up! team certainly doesn`t pick itself now. Got to hand it to CH, MA n DL. Did the biz, n some great kids to come, plus Guthrie, Gos, Smith etc. Even the bench will be the strongest for some time!!!

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  • stevothegeordie

    Sep 2, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #23

    CH is doing a fantastic job as manager and i never thought i would have been saying that when he first got the job. The squad we have now is probably the best ive seen for years, lots of english grafters and plenty of exiting youth coming through. Well done CH !

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  • lesh

    Sep 2, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #24

    Totally off thread but here’s an overheard conversation between two scousers. You’ve got to imagine the accents.

    Scouse 1 – “Been anywhere nice at the weekend?”

    Scouse 2 – “Yeh, Prestatyn”

    Scouse 1, looking puzzled – “Pressworrin?”

    Scouse 2, exasperated – “Prestatyn!”

    Scouse 1 – …….

    ….. skulks away sheepishly

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  • JerseyGeordie

    Sep 2, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #25

    although fans of and outside the toon might look at a 6th place finish as ridiculous, it is actually possible because of one unexpected factor, and his name is not ben arfa. His name is andy carroll. He has been absolutely dominant in the first 3 games, and you can see it in the eyes of the defenders of the opposition. Everytime there was a break in play, you could see them walk away with a look of “fcking hell!”. If all the sudden we have a top 5 striker then that changes the equation. If andy stays fit and keeps causing havoc in the offensive 3rd and the defenders continue to give harps little to do, it is very possible that we could finish well up. For me all i care about is 17th and up. But the predictions of 6th place are not as ridiculous sounding as they would have been a month ago.

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  • sweendog

    Sep 2, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #26

    JerseyGeordie .. next 4 premier league games will sort out if we’re gonna have a sniff of the top half of the table .. 7/8 points and we’ve got a chance
    ie
    Home against Blackpool – win
    Away against Everton – draw (at least)
    Home against Stoke – win
    Away Man City – draw (hopefull – defeat most likely)

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  • sweendog

    Sep 2, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #27

    JerseyGeordie .. you’ve missed out barton too whos looking good .. one of our best players IMO ..

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  • Edd Case

    Sep 2, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #28

    I like CH, he’s doing us proud at the minute.

    Trouble is, if we fail to win against Blackpool, the usual suspects will be call ing for his head.

    Terrible really but it will happen.

    Someone on hear the other day said CH could be our Arsene Wenger – I think that’s quite possibly spot on.

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  • cynicaltoonfan

    Sep 2, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #29

    I cant belive the stuff i am reading here
    i dont mean to rain on your parade but i personally would be overjoyed with 13-14
    we have just come up and fair enough we have had a decent start , but i seem to recall we had another decent start the year we went down !
    I myself will be content with mid table and i hope they prove me wrong but 6th -8th is an outrageous prediction !

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  • sweendog

    Sep 2, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #30

    Edd Case .. hope so .. time will tell .. we need to beat blackpool and stoke though first .. but now we have grit .. and flair (arfa) .. feeling optimistic about are chances of doing ok this season ..

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  • sweendog

    Sep 2, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #31

    cynicaltoonfan .. agreed ..

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Sep 2, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #32

    look lads, bottom line is this season is a bit of a
    crapshoot. anything could happen. injuries and luck
    are probably gonna play just as an important role
    as form, tactics, and coaching. when i say luck i
    mean the form of the big boys when we play them. if
    man city play like they did against the unwashed we
    will smash them. if we catch man u or arsenal on
    a day when they arent at there best we could nick em.
    with the squad we have if everything went perfect all
    year long as far as injuries and another big window
    in january and a good run of form. we could very easily
    be europa league bound. that would be a perfect season.
    if lady luck doesnt favor us we could be heading
    closer to 17th. me personally i see us somewhere
    in the middle like 10th. point is as long as we stay up
    there should be no complaints cuz thats the goal. keep
    your feet on the ground lads and dont run off the
    1st class gaffer we have had seen sir bobby over
    a couple bad breaks. we are shooting for 17th, anything
    better will show how class ch is. lets get behind our
    troops, the gaffer, and (cant believe im saying this)
    the fat man and dl cuz they have earned our trust
    and support back. with the toon army firmly behind
    thr lads anything is possible, but 17th should be are expectations.

    all the way from the usa,
    howay the lads!!!!!!

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  • CT

    Sep 2, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #33

    Young kids ala Arsenal who have huge potential accompanied by experience is MA`s business model for NUFC! Consolidate and build for the future, may take 2-3 seasons whilst creating a sound financial footing! Know what, he`s right! Buying trophy signings didn`t work! Wenger rebuilt Arsenal on a relative shoestring with inspired signings! Not many of his players leave for less than he paid for them! Got to be our way too!

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Sep 2, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #34

    Predictions of 6th place are not only inaccurate & irresponsible, but ultimately damaging both to morale ad Hoots’ position.

    We have no proven Prem strikers, not even the commendable Big Andy, who might himself be sewing mailbags by Xmas. Pressure like this followed by howls of disappointment when we miss out is how this club has conducted itself ever since KK’s days.

    I have often remarked that we got back from the Fizzy too quickly, and the sheer torture of that league didn’t inflict as much pain as we needed to get our heads collectively together – players, owner and supporters. And so it is already proving, we beat a wobbly Villa and suddenly we are in Europe. Truth is, Blackpool will give us a much, much sterner test than Villa. And what if Blackpool beat us, are we then going down? I doubt it, just as I doubt we will manage 6th in our first season. Although, on balance, I still think we stand a better chance of the drop than Europe!

    After 10 games it will become much clearer, by Xmas we will know which end of the table we are destined for, and by the end of January (hopefully) we will have bought in the additional resources to do the necessary. Look at our end of season fixtures, if we aren’t clear of the drop zone by April we have had it.

    So please, optimizzi, let’s not put any more pressure on Chris and the lads! We will not demolish Blackpool, but we might just nick it 2-1. 3 precious points – and that’s more than good enough to justify uncorking the Saturday night whisky.

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  • G

    Sep 2, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #35

    I just thought I would add my comments to posts above regarding the expectation. I think it far more likely we will finish in the bottom 6 or 7 than the top 6 or 7, however, it is likelier still that we will finish in that ‘relative’ comfort zone of mid table. Based on what I have seen so far of the games in the prem, I think between 8th and 12th will be where we end up, but there’s plenty of time for everything to change. I would love to see us finish in that top 6 or 7 berth, but that would take incredible luck on our part.

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 2, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #36

    let’s not build Chris Hughton up to soon the less we do the less likely he will become a fall guy, things are going in the right direction, the first thing is to get to safety, then if we have games left go to the next target, that being in the top half, then if at all possible E****e, just don’t say it out to loud at the moment. i am getting more confident about him by the week, he will make mistakes, just keep your mouths shut and except them, and we will move forward.

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  • sweendog

    Sep 2, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #37

    blackpools gonna 3-0 the toon .. carrol to score another header ..

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  • JerseyGeordie

    Sep 2, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #38

    just to clarify, i’m not predicting a 6th place finish. I have zero expectations for this season, only hope that we stay up. That’s all i want and i said that in my post.
    But it is not completely ridiculous to feel like we could finish 6th with a little luck. There is no pressure because i’m not demanding or expecting that, i’m just saying it is possible. It’s a long season and many things can still go wrong. But if this team stays fit and together, it has the potential to be more than just a relegation battler.
    But i guess this isn’t a matter of opinnion so much as a matter of faith. Last season to present the lads have won that faith from me, and i believe in their ability as unit. So long as they continue to fight like they have, they will long have my support, regardless if they finish 6th or 17th. I will not be disapointed if they finish 17th, but i do believe they have the ability to do far better, and i think they would strive in that belief. Belief is very different from expectation.

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  • CT

    Sep 2, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #39

    Minimum 17th this season, top 10 season after and top 6 or 7 season after that once everyone has gelled! Gotta be happy if we get to there! Anything sooner would just be incredible!

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  • sweendog

    Sep 2, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #40

    JerseyGeordie .. just enjoy the ride .. so far we look like we should be safe .. I think blackpool and stoke at home are key winnable games.. we must take 6 points.. if so we can enjoy the hughton express ..

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