Newcastle’s Unsung Hero Chris Hughton Starting To Turn Heads


Chris Hughton is a very experienced coach, having spent the last 17 years in the coaching profession.

Chris Hughton – cool and  calm manager

Chris joined the coaching ranks at Tottenham, back in 1993 and was there until he was fired, along with then manager Martin Jol in October of 2007, after leading Spurs to a poor start to the season, and two days after suffering a defeat at the hands of  Sam Allardyce’s Newcastle United at St. James’ Park.

During that time Chris was also an assistant coach to the Ireland team from 2003-2005, and in his coaching career has served under many notable managers, and has time in the job.

And that experience is paying off big time at Newcastle, since he took over the managerial role in July of last year – initially on a temporary basis.

Former Newcastle great Les Ferdinand has come out today and  insisted that it is now time to fully recognize Chris Hughton’s role  in turning the Tyneside club around.

This is what Les told the Mirror today:

“I worked with Chris at Tottenham and I have always had a lot of respect for him.” “That respect only increased when I saw the way he conducted himself when all hell was breaking loose at Newcastle.”

“He was shoved into the background again when Alan Shearer came in. He had been a No.2 for a long time and people say No.2’s always fail. Well, Chris has broken the mould.” “Chris is cool and calm. He understands football very well. He knows how to treat players.”

“His man-management skills are second to none. He has worked with some very good managers over the years.” “I think he was an unsung hero for a long time but now people are beginning to recognise how good he is as a No.1.”

Chris Hughton  took Newcastle to the Championship title last season, in his first season as a full-time manager, and they won the league by 11 points from WBA and were 23 points above 3rd placed Nottingham Forest. Chris had a superior record to when the Magpies were last promoted into the Premier League under Newcastle legend, Kevin Keegan, back in 1993.

And the Newcastle side has again made a good start to this season with  7 points from their first 5 league games, and they are also through to the 4th round of the Carling Cup, when they will meet Arsenal at St. James’ Park.

Chris Hughton certainly has Newcastle looking up again, and hopefully returning to their former greatness over the next few seasons.

But a win today against Stoke City at home,  is what is needed to keep the feel-good factor alive and well on Tyneside.

Comments welcome.


10 comments so far

  • Purely Belter

    Sep 26, 2010 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #1

    CH and newcastle have started the season very well.

    i just hope people dont put the boot in as soon as we go on a little bad run later on, which is bound to happen

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  • stuart no9

    Sep 26, 2010 at 3:05 AM

    Comment #2

    give CH a 5 year contract now, minimum, what he has done for this club, no one could better, no we may not win anything this season, nor the season after,but if one man can get this club back on track, look no further,he bleeds black and white, got a heart of a lion and i think most important , he dont panic, which rubs off on the players, which in turn rubs off on the fans, i can honestly see him being one of our most succsessful managers, but he needs time,we are going to have more blackpool results, more cr,p games , but like CH, stay calm, it will come

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  • austoon

    Sep 26, 2010 at 4:01 AM

    Comment #3

    hey ed, if you can try and include the appearances on the goals table on the side.

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  • alip123

    Sep 26, 2010 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Our aims by the end of January (realistically)
    1. Be well clear away from the drop zone – perhaps top half
    2. Keep our form up and try to stay clear of injurys.
    3. Give Hughton at least a 2 year extension with a wage rise – £250k a year is not what a manager of his calibre deserves.
    4. Keep hold of Ben Arfa and Carroll and our key youngsters
    5. Sign a new striker and a new winger – sell Gutierrez if necessary because Gutierrez is over-rated
    those five things that are achievable, if we do that we will even be challenging for a European place

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  • Birts

    Sep 26, 2010 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #5

    Gutierez and Enrique linked up brilliant down the left last season, I think they just need to settle into it again. Give him time and he will be throwing himself forward again like last season lads.

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  • Muzza

    Sep 26, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #6

    For the first time in a long time we’ve got real competition for places in the team and I’m sure we’ll see the lads up their game for a starting spot. The arrival of Ben Arfa and Tiote as well as the quality of the young talent we put out on Wednesday will definitely help the lads raise their game.

    I think it’s that kind of competition that’s been missing from the team for a long time and why the team has been stagnant until recently.

    Give Gutierrez another chance; I’m sure competition with HBA will spur him on to be a better player.

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  • Solaidback

    Sep 26, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #7

    Alip123 – Jonas played a blinder against Chelski in the League cup the other night, so no way should we be selling players like him, if you want to sell anyone, Raylor & Smith would be 2 players I’d let go, not because they’re not good players but Raylor reckons his best position is RB but played crap in the Cup game & Smith is getting on a wee bit & his wages are too high, so keep Jonas & sell them 2 if need be…. 🙁

    As for CH, he’s a very good NEW manager & should get all the praise he deserves but we all know how fickle fans & owners are when a team starts to lose games, it started when we lost to Blackpool & that was 1 game, so if we go on a losing streak of 3 or 4 games, most of the fans will be shouting for his CH, saying he’s never been any good blah, blah, blah…. I say let the man do his job, let him run the team, as Ed has said, he’s been a coach for 17+ years & know way more than anyone of us fans, so let him do what needs to be done & just keep off his back yeah!!!

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  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 26, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #8

    @4 Sell Gutierrez??? This is just the type of guff that people latch onto when they are ripping NUFC apart.

    There is not a player that requires or needs to be sold at the moment, we now have a squad that is giving competition for just about every position on the team, and you are wanting to sell some? Get a grip.

    Spiderman is one of the hardest working wingers in the prem, he never stops running and when he loses the ball he tracks back to recover, his end product may well be less than desirable at times but in saying that he generally has2 or 3 defenders on him by then, which means that there are several opposition defenders out of position which open up chances. You should really look at the bigger picture before condemning someone, and also have ample back up before crying to getting rid of them.

    Take a chill pill.

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  • rwpoynter

    Sep 26, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #9

    CH is in soon going to have Guthrie back and then Gosling and S Taylor which are going to give him still more options. We could be in a position where a lot of good players may get disillusioned by not getting regular games, but that is one side of the coin. The other is with a smaller , less talented squad, you only need a few injuries and then you have glaring gaps in your armour which the other teams are going to notice and exploit. It’s easy to knock Smith, after his horrible injury at Man Utd he isn’t as pacy as he was, but he is still a good player and it’s very noticeable that the Ameobi critics have gone dead quiet since Wed night! I certainly would not sell Gutierrez, he can only get better. Actually I would not sell any of this squad, certainly not this season.

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 26, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #10

    what we need to do is give Chris Hughton a 12 month rolling contract with the emphasise on success, the better we do the more bonus he gets, with targets set, and once he reaches those targets, he automatically get an extra year, when you give a 3 year + contract this rewards failure, the worse you do the sooner you get your contract paid up. some might say that he will eventually leave, the answer to this is Alex Ferguson. it’s not set in stone Chris could stay for the next year or the next 20, the thing is we should not reward failure again, and what he will earn will make him a wealthy man if he is not already.

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