Hughton Happy At Newcastle – Can Take Club Much Further

Chris Hughton has said today he is very happy at Newcastle, and would sign a new contract at the club, if  it was offered to him.

Chris Hughton – can take Newcastle further than they are right now

Chris’ contract runs out next summer, along with that of his able Scottish assistant Colin Calderwood, and no action has yet been taken by owner Mike Ashley to offer Chris  and Colin new contracts.

We’ve been surprised at how well Chris has done at Newcastle, since he effectively became manager a short 15 months ago, and he has put Newcastle on the right track, and given the club much needed stability.

And it seems the next step is to solidify Newcastle’s place in the Premier League this season.

Chris seems an easy person to work with,  and since coming to Newcastle he seems to have embraced Mike Ashley’s policy of building the club from within,  by concentrating on Youth and bringing the youngsters through on Tyneside.

Indeed it’s been a long time since Newcastle have been able to field a second eleven in the Carling Cup and get through a couple of rounds,  by winning games at Accrington Stanley and Chelsea this season.

We’re even starting to look a little like Arsenal – just a little – but don’t worry, we’re not getting carried away.

Hughton is very willing to discuss a contract extension at the Tyneside club, and he feels he can take Newcastle further than they are today, and so do we, and in 12 months time Newcastle will be a lot more solid and a better side than they are at the moment.

And Chris says it’s not an issue for him that he hasn’t yet agreed a contract extension at Newcastle, as he told Sky Sports News today:

“I have always said that I am very happy here at Newcastle,” “I have been here for two-and-a-half years and it’s a place that I have always felt very comfortable. For me, though, that’s not an issue.”

“The most important thing is that we start the season well. We have had our ups and downs, we are on the back of a couple of defeats, and we need to get back to winning ways as quick as we can.”

Maybe a couple of successive wins will convince Mike Ashley that indeed Chris is the man to take Newcastle forward for the next few seasons.

We have a suspicion Mike wants to see how well Chris does back in the Premier League, since his performance as caretaker manager in our relegation season was not too good.

While we were hardly exhilarated that he was given the job 15 months ago, he has done a tremendous job at the Tyneside club since then, and we’re becoming convinced he can take the club a lot further from where we are today.

What do you think about this?

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 13, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #1

    No matter the result against Wigan give him a two year contract, either before or after the game.

    A bit of a pay rise, but nothing for him to get carried away with and say you’ll give him enough that’s needed in January.

    It would make him more relaxed about the future, knowing that both he and the club would be well looked after, whilst keeping his, and the player’s, feet on the ground.

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 13, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #2

    I think wait a few more games the home form needs to be found and a run of decent results put together-if this doesn’t happen he can be sent packing at christmas with no extra costs.

    Pointless offering contracts for 2 years when the football so far is hit and miss,some excellent results granted but some pretty poor ones as well.

  • G

    Oct 13, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #3

    To be honest, once the sack race well and truly kicks off, I can see MA getting his finger out and offering better terms to CH. Regardless of what happens with results, as long as we finish outside the bottom 3 then it is mission accomplished, and CH unlike other recent managerial appointments here, has already earned it.

  • dak76

    Oct 13, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Houghton is the best thing to happen since SBR, He’s a young(ish) up and coming manager. He needs to be given time and space to grow and learn – which will add stability to the club which is what it needs. Pointless giving him til xmas, we might aswell turn back the clock and change managers every six months / year – that got us nowhere, sorry, relegated….

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 13, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #5

    sirjason, I think some of the poor results are to do with Hughton being edgy and the players sensing something is wrong.

    And definitely don’t get rid of him at Christmas, that would just destroy us again

  • leedodd

    Oct 13, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #6

    We Need to Tie Up Chris a.s.a.p.
    The Players Respect Him – He is Newcastle Through and Through- He has Pulled the Club back together. Could Keegan ?? Shearer ?? Not Really unless we have a Billion £ cheque book. Maybe Sir Bobby Bless Him But No One could have done what he has over the last 18 months or so. If we change manager now then Doncaster and The Rest of the teams we played last season will be were we will be heading for !!!! Mike Get Your Finger out Get Chris’ Colin and Steven Taylor Signed up With New 2 Year Contacts NOW !!!!!!!!

  • joppadoni

    Oct 13, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #7

    i totally agree he needs his future sorted and a public show of faith with some more money. i dont think however our results have been altered by the lack of contract negotiations though i see your point and its a tricky one. i really this bloke and hes done grand by me, the stalwart newcastle fan who cant live near the club inorder to get a season ticket! grrr. hmm.. give him a fortune, let him buy a mansion near the ground ( where!?! ) and i can be his butler.. think im on a winner or the brews just kicked in mid massive paragraph :S

  • bkeena00

    Oct 14, 2010 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #8

    I want CH at the club for many years to come. He’s a stabilising influence in a club that really needs it, and I think he’s growing into the roll all the time. He’s the main reason we’re playing football in the top flight this year!


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