Newcastle Fans Seem Solidly Behind Chris Hughton


There’s a certain amount of pressure on Chris Hughton this week, after just a single point from the last 3 league games, and his assistant Colin Calderwood having left the club only yesterday, for Hibernian.

Chris Hughton – has Newcastle fans behind him

Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today about Calderwood’s departure:

“For us it is very much a case of business as usual.” “It’s a big blow to lose Colin Calderwood but certainly one I can understand.”

“He’s not only very good at what he does as a coach but he’s also a very good friend.” “When an opportunity like this comes along it is difficult to turn down.”

“And it is no surprise he was in the frame because he has such good pedigree.” “He’s looked to take the opportunity and I wish him well.”

“It all happened very quickly and over the last day or two.” “When it happens like that you just have to deal with it the best you can, and that’s what we’ll do.”

Certainly Chris seems to have growing support on Tyneside, after a Daily Mail report yesterday that he was close to the sack at Newcastle, but the club denied that yesterday, and it was probably a made up story.

But the reaction from the Newcastle fans seems to have been some solid support for the London-born 51 year-old,  and after all 8 points from 8 league games isn’t too bad is it?

Chris Hughton has already started his search for a new right hand man and the two early names in the frame are former Newcastle coaches John Carver and Steve Clarke.

Chris talked about how he will handle training this week sans Colin:

“As I say it’s business as usual – the endeavour to bring somebody in has started.” “And that is what I will be doing over the next couple of days.”

“Myself and Paul Barron will take first-team training, and we have to make sure we prepare correctly for West Ham.”

“The attitude, no matter what, always has to be focusing on the next game and putting out a team capable of getting the right result at West Ham.”

We trust the Newcastle players, who have been so supportive of Chris since he took over the manager job at Newcastle last summer, will dig deep this week in their training and on Saturday afternoon at West Ham, and give Chris and the club a good win.

We need that, and since the lads have played well in all their away games this season, yes even at Old Trafford where they manfully stuck to their task, it’s not unreasonable to think we can win on Saturday – and that would be just great!

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28 comments so far

  • rwpoynter

    Oct 19, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #1

    There is absolutely no point in not getting behind Chris Hughton at this time. Almost everybody these days disbelieves the Daily Mail, quite frankly the pits of journalism. Chris has had a difficult couple of weeks, what with Harper’s and Ben Arfa’s injuries, Carroll’s stupidity,and Colin’s departure, but he will ,with the club’s support get through all this. I am very optimistic about this season, more so than for many years.

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  • Ericles

    Oct 19, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #2

    As much as I have some niggles about CH’s tactics I am firmly convinced we must get behind him and the team.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 19, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Bring Back Souness !!
    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  • G

    Oct 19, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Wash your mouth out SJT!

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  • Ericles

    Oct 19, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #5

    CH has a lot on his plate right now and Carroll has been no help at all. Innocent or not we could all do without uneccessary shanaigans by players. So we give CH an extra loud one at the next match OK? Make the Daily M(anure)ail see the real truth for once!

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  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Oct 19, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Sad but it seems to be true.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Oct 19, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Hoots is passionate and has the support of the squad.

    Whoever is in charge has the support of the fans, but the players are the ones who need to be most comfortable with who is in charge of them, and as we have seen, that seems to be the case with Chris.

    Would I have picked him as manager? – Probably not.

    Am I glad he is manager? – Yes.

    Do I have Faith in his abilities? – Yes.

    I think Hoots showed what he was made of last season, the PL is a HUGE leap from the Fizzy Pop and I think, so far, Hoots is doing Okay.

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  • G

    Oct 19, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #9

    I second Ericles suggestion at the next game, lets all cheer as loud as possible for CH. Lets prove to the gutter press that Newcastle is indeed United.

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  • ballerfan2

    Oct 19, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Yes – Souness, Allardyce, Kinnear, Gullit, even Dalglish who IMO was largely responsible for the dismantling of the best Newcastle team I have watched over the years have been the “experienced” managers who have let down our club so badly. Can anyone think of someone better than this bunch of clowns who would be willing to come here. Personally I have more confidence in the man who has quietly put the team first and foremost and given the club back its respect. There seems to be a lot of people who just a few weeks ago were saying that 17th place would be just fine and acknowledging that there would be rocky moments along the way. Now at the first hint of danger they are ready to destabilise the club once more and bring in another “big name”. Calm down, allow Hughton to do his job and with a little more luck with injuries and refereeing decisions we’ll be absolutely fine. Would we be looking differently at the situation if we had the 3 extra points (and 7th place) had the officials done their job properly. The defeat at City was nothing to do with Hughton.

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  • ronaldeano

    Oct 19, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #11

    If CH plays Perch at West Ham, my opinion of him will start to change. Why is Perch getting the nod over Ryan Taylor when everyone can see that he is way out of his depth ATM.

    We cannot be playing players like Perch week in week out when there’s better players on the bench.
    Perch will get his chance in the future… We need Ryan Taylors free kick taking abilities right now, not James Perches school boy mistakes….

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  • jimiley

    Oct 19, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Ed
    The fans are not right behind Hoots but they are putting up with him because a change MAY be worse. The fat man will not pay for a top manager. He is the root of the problem. CH plays Perch and 4-5-1 at home and we lose and draw against relegation teams. We are one ourselves. We play boring football at home. We play route 1 football to Carroll and against Wigan even had Carroll, Ameobi and Ranger up front. For God’s sake that is Allerdyce par excellence. We were rubbish in the first half against Wigan. Still Hoots escapes the wrath of the fans because we fans know the real culprit is the fat man. No good moaning to him because he does not give a …. He has total contempt for the fans. But we will start having a go at Hoots if he loses to WHU and the scum. The fat man will sack him because the curve will be a downward one and it will cost him next to nothing as Hoots in on peanuts.

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  • wynsleap

    Oct 19, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #13

    For what Hughton did for this club last season he HAD to be given the chance to manage in the Premier. It was the only right and honourable thing to do.
    Unfortunately his tactical uncertainty, lack of attacking ambition (at home), playing favourites at the expense of others, playing certain performers out of position to “fit them in” and not giving youth a first team opportunity except when there is no other choice (eg Ranger), is all very worrying.
    I have no doubt he is a good guy but that, and his record last year, will not guarantee his job if we fall precariously close to the relegation trapdoor at the business end of the season.
    Although I would love to see him succeed, if things don’t improve I think Ashley will always be gauging that moment when he feels he has to act to try and save his investment.

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  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Oct 19, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #14

    We would have been promoted without a manager, so no thanks to Hoots

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  • munch27

    Oct 19, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #15

    heres hoping calderwood takes perch up over the border with him.

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  • Ericles

    Oct 19, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #16

    We have to get behind CH at the present time. This for the sake of the club not because of individuals. Wynsleap is very close to my own views and I am waiting to see if CH changes direction with a new number 2 now that motorway one way street footballer Calderwood has headed north. It is a well known joke that Ivor Allachurch’s daisy
    cutter passes nearly got the grass mower at St James made redundant. Passing the ball to you CH.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Oct 19, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #17

    At the end of the day, it all comes down to Ashley and what he sees as acceptable.

    Me, Im happy with 17th place, always have been.

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  • Lynxie

    Oct 19, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #18

    North Atlantic Magpie you are talking utter tripe. Promoted without a manager? CH brought in just the right amount and calibre of players to get us up. One size (Fitz xHall), Routledge, and even Best made a contribution (bests cross for Bigger lad to equalise when totally outplayed at Swansea.??) Lets not demean the effort that Mr Hughton put in last year, which was pivotal in our history. the ground would be (even more) empty, the finances and decent players would have left, and we would be a nother eeds in the making if CH had not stuck so dilligently to the task, and made sure the palyers understood their duty to the club and fans.
    Promoted without a manager my arse…….. Stick to B & Q and Metro radio every Saturday, we can do without numpties like you spouting nonsense at SJP.
    Re-align our expectations and KEEP THE FAITH. But for two bad refereeing decisions (Man city) and a bad ten minute spell against stoke (two daft goals given away), and an assault on our wonderkid (Mr HBA) we would be dusting off our passports fro next year, and dreaming of European football, despite knowing we may be not yet good enough. Wake up!!!

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  • Thump

    Oct 19, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #19

    “Myself and Paul Barron will take first-team training, and we have to make sure we prepare correctly for West Ham.”

    I think I’ve just found out who’s going to be the new assistant…

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  • BeeGuy

    Oct 19, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #20

    Due to CH’s low salary, promotion will have to come from within the organization. No one else out there works at the sweatshop wages CH earns.

    I’m behind CH as he is not one to push the panic button. He may be a bit conservative on tactics and line-up, but the people he puts out there compete and keep their cool despite lousy ref decisions. NUFC is an “afterthought” gamer for most refs, and NUFC will only get the breaks when the talent and manager show their mettle.

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Oct 19, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Some very good points ballerfan2 (post 10) and I agree, no need to push the panic button, let’s calm down and have some faith. So long as we stay up, that’s good enough for this season, then next season we build, and so on, and so on. I don’t care if it takes us 5 seasons to get back in the top half of the prem, what’s more impoprtant is that we find some stability, and CH has given us that. Performances need to pick up a bit… and they probably will. 3 points on saturday and we’ll look alot rosier. No-one’s talking about sacking the Hodg (yet) or Moyes at Everton, so why sack CH? If Man UTD get another poor result will they sack sir Alex!? Of course not! Enough of this silly talk, that’s the last thing we need at the moment. Sorry North Atlantic Magpie but I couldn’t disagree more- we’d have gone up last season without a manager!? What? We’d have sunk for sure! Please don’t undermine the hard work of CH last season with such a ridiculous statement! If we can win the champo without a manager then we wouldn’t have been relegated from the prem in the first place.

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  • jimiley

    Oct 19, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Rowan,
    Of course Manure won’t sack Fergy because he is a proven winner. Compare that to Hoots record in the Prem and you can understand why the rumours have started. Hoots is two defeats away from the sack. Bloggers who say they are happy with 17th placing are playing with fire. Fingers might just get burnt. Who can call it whether we finish 18th or 17th? We want mid table not a dogfight to see whether we come 17th or 18th. Hoots is a nice guy and working hard for NUFC. Unfortunately that is just the sort of person who loses. Ferguson is a bastard and a great manager.

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  • atom

    Oct 19, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #23

    I am 100% behind Hoots. Is he the best manager or tactician in the world? Maybe not. I think he is a good fit for this team at this time. At this time, barring a tremendous dip in form, I suggest everyone get behind him. Now I would be lying if I said I am content with our home form, but I think it will improve and our luck too.

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  • aoOjee

    Oct 19, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #24

    why on earth are some of you still moaning over “the lack of 442”. I wonder, have you actually seen the games this year? The 451 formation has been so much better than the crappy 442 we played vs wigan. All those chances wasted and slip ups in defence is the reason we lost vs stoke and blackpool. Atleast in those matches we looked A LOT more dangerous than vs Wigan where it just looked bad really. Hope houghton is given a longer spell than just 10 games if we loose the next two. Joe Kinnear will be sniffing about for the caretaker job, and I for one dont want him back..

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  • balubas1

    Oct 19, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Of course we’re behind him. He deserves a shot in the big league.

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Oct 19, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #26

    I know Jimiley, I was just making the point that great teams don’t get to where they are by sacking manager after manager and starting over again all the time. Haha, you’re right though, he is certianly both a b*stard and a great manager! He is also a massive chewer of gum.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 20, 2010 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #27

    Have to agree with Smiley. CH as a person and an all round good egg is second to none. However, I am getting really sick of watching hit and hope hoof ball to Carroll and watching it come back with snow flakes all the time and then seeing inadequate players like Perch try and deal with it.

    All ex – defender managers seem to want to play the Allardyce way – negative, route 1, but at least in our case not kicking people.

    I a so glad Claderwood has gone because I think he had a huge influence in us becoming a long ball team. Hopefully someone like Beardo will redress the balance somewhat.

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  • jarra geordie

    Oct 20, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #28

    anyone else think CH should be the new number two and try to get Martin O’Neill in before the scousers sack Hodgson? Maybe this is out of the question tho, since MA and MoN would probably clash. Could be another KK exit and leave us back where we were 18 months ago… give CH time and faith HWTL

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