Newcastle Manager Has A Lot On His Plate Right Now

It’s not been an easy week for the Newcastle United club, and for manager Chris Hughton, but we can emerge a lot stronger from it, with a good performance and all 3 points at West Ham on Saturday.

Chris Hughton – that hair is a little bit grayer these days 😀

21-year-old striker Andy Carroll spent Sunday night in a police cell and is facing another charge of assault, and Colin Calderwood couldn’t resist the opportunity to go back into management and was snapped up by Hibernian on Monday.

And we must say we are 100% behind the manager Chris Hughton in these tough times for the club – a gentlemen if ever there was one, and Chris has already gained our utmost respect over these last 15 months, since he’s been the manager at Newcastle.

This is what Chris said today about the situation he finds himself in right now:

“They are testing times, the obvious and of course, results and wanting to win football matches. But these are periods you have to go through and certainly at this football club, we have been able to go through these periods and if anything, it has made us stronger as an outfit and stronger as a team.”

“I see no reason why we can’t do that again.” “From my point of view and the club’s point of view, these are the things we have to deal with and we have to deal with them in the appropriate manner. It is a different era these days and these are the things you have to deal with.”

With Andy’s fourth separate altercation with the law in the last two or three years,  Chris was asked if the lad will be in the right frame of mind on Saturday to play.

And we have to bear in mind the 21 year-old has to appear in court next Monday in front of Newcastle Magistrates, to answer an assault and battery charge, for the altercation that took place  at the Blu Bambu night club, in Newcastle’s Bigg Market last December.

Hughton said:

“With Andy, he has concentrated very much on his football. He is a strong-minded individual and I am quite sure he will be in the right frame of mind to play football, quite sure.”

You cannot say Chris Hughton hasn’t got a lot on his plate at the moment, and one thing he seems to be actively pursuing is a replacement for Colin Calderwood, who helped Chris do a great job over the last 15 months,  but of course good people are always in great demand.   But it seems that Chris will now move fairly quickly to bring in a replacement.

Chris continued:

“It will be my appointment who comes in and it is one I don’t want to take too long over in making my mind up. What I need to do is go through the possibilities. I have my own ideas and it is one we don’t want to drag on too long.”

The club seems to be a bit up against it at the moment, and we have to hope the players will dig deep this week and on Saturday in London, and get a win at West Ham, and that would significantly help to relieve the pressure on the club, and on Chris as well for that matter.

Then we can all look forward to beating Arsenal in the Carling Cup next Wednesday and winning our second home game of the season against, who else – Sunderland – a week come Sunday.

If all that happens we will be flying indeed.

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • G

    Oct 20, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #1

    CH does indeed have a lot on his plate, and I hope your optimistic forecast of the next 3 games is correct. In terms of appointing an assistant, a post yesterday implied he had already got at least 1 name in the frame, however, I am very happy to hear he has not thus ruled anybody out. I myself, would like to see an ex player (pref one of ours, but not essential), and some excellent names have already been thrown into the mix (Sir Les for example). The one thing I am certain of is that CH will not be rushed into a descision, and his descision will be based on his own, and not MA / DL’s opinion of a coach.

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 20, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #2

    I think we will get 3 points against West Ham. Arsenal, frankly I don’t give a damn. What worries me is the scum beating us. Just hope Bent gets an injury before 31st.

  • pearceet

    Oct 20, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #3

    He has a huge amount on his plate. Assistant, AC and perhaps worries over his job (wrongly imo) He will be fine and so we will we (touch wood) big game on ss1 5pm sat!!

    However one thing that worries me about CH is that he tries to fit the players to a formation he seems to love 4-5-1, not the formation to the players. Guthrie is not a right winger. And he insists on playing Nolan behind Carroll whereas a 4-4-2 with a midfield of Tiote and Barton/ Nolan rotating is imo better than the 4-5-1.

    Also something has been getting at me for a while now, why are all our balls directed at Carroll as the furthest man forward when there is no-one ahead of him. I would play Nolan as the furthest man forward when we are doing a route 1 ball

    team for sat:

    Simmo colo willo el toro
    Rout tiote barton jonas
    carroll shola

    Perch has to go and i would have played sol instead of wilo but obv not now, for me jonas has been by far our most dangerous player this season. OK his final bal might be lacking sometimes, but off the top of my head he did put the ball in for sholas goal vs chelski and the two vs wigan, hes getting better and his pace and skill most of the time!) is destroying teams. Shola needs a start hes now scored as many as AC in fewer games


  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Oct 20, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Stop defending Hoots all the time!

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 20, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #5

    North Atlantic Magpie. Looks as if you are in a minority here. in fact in such a minority you could be a Mackem. Now be a good boy and pick your dummy up.

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 20, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Sorry, but let’s look at why managers should be sacked:
    1) Lost the dressing room.

    2) Tactically inept.

    3) Wastes his money on poor players.

    Now let’s look at Hughton and whether any of these apply:
    1) No. Definitely not. The entire squad is behind Hughton. When was the last time that happened? Oh, that’s right SIR BOBBY ROBSON. Possibly the greatest manager to lead us ever. It was a good idea sacking him wasn’t it? Wait. It wasn’t you say. But how come we want the same to happen to Hughton?

    2) Tactics may not be a mega strong side, but, going from what Jose said, Hughton is the most tactical manager he’s played under at Newcastle.
    Who are we to say that he’s tactically inept when we AREN’T in the dressing room when he’s giving tactics! Of course we can see a little from team selections, but not the entire picture.

    3) Although he has had the odd blip, Hughton’s signings have been phenomenal.
    Lovenkrands, Simpson, PvA, Harewood, Williamson, Pancrate, Routledge, Best, Zurab, Hall, Perch, Gosling, Campbell, Tiote and Ben Arfa are Hughton’s major signings since he joined.
    We can only really judge him on those still here:
    Lovenkrands – did the job in CCC and for free and on low wages is well worth having in the squad somewhere.
    Simpson – Decent player.
    Williamson – He’s been poor in the last 2/3 games, but it’s his first season in the EPL and of course he’s gonna struggle a little at times.
    Routledge – Incredible in the CCC and started the season in alright form, but has too struggled a little recently.
    Best – Awful really, but, from what I’ve heard it was Calderwood’s signing as he tried to get him at Forest.
    Perch – Poor, but again, it was Calderwood that had him as captain of Forest. Coincidence?
    Gosling – NA: but on a free, well, looks like a good signing.
    Campbell – Looks very good and again free.
    Tiote – Oozes class.
    HBA – See above.

    Doesn’t seem like a manager that DESERVES sacking to me.

    If anyone can explain what tactical mistakes Hughton has made to me then I’ll happily say he could/should be closer to the sack, but I doubt it.

    Sometimes making the manager the scapegoat isn’t a wise idea. The players we have are players to survive. Only Barton, Coloccini, Enrique and Tiote are players above the line.

    Also, I love the people saying, ‘Rijkaard’s free’ et cetera. Do you really expect him to come to a relegation-battling team when he knows that, unless he finishes in the top half playing the most attractive football ever, he will get sacked after a few games and not even get a half-decent pay-off?

    Put yourself in a manager’s position and think whether, if you had no allegiance to us, you would WANT to join us?

    I can honestly say I wouldn’t

  • CT

    Oct 20, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #7

    HTL, think you forgot one other tinsy, winsy reason RESULTS! Performance pay is also the future, as it used to be in the olden days!

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 20, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Yes, CT, but if the manager is performing fine, but the results aren’t coming, maybe it’s the players, or, even, the owner!!!

    Results are a combination of people working together. If the players aren’t pulling a shift, or the owner, or whoever, then the manager gets it. Why?

    A society based on merit. You work hard and do your job well you get rewarded. If you don’t you get the chop.

    Why is it managers that get it every time?

    Because they are scapegoats.

    If you learn about the very early history of the manager, you’ll see he had no job other than to collect balls in training, et cetera, he didn’t even DO the training!

    Then, one owner’s team (I forget who) were doing badly, so he sacked their ‘manager’. They sacked a ball man because the PLAYERS weren’t doing it on the field.

    You’d think that, with the manager’s position becoming more serious, we’d sometimes not make a scapegoat of them, alas, we have not…

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 20, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #9

    In Germany you have a manager and a trainer. The manager makes all the signings and big decisions the trainer gets the sack if it doesn’t work.

  • baro

    Oct 20, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #10


    Steve Clark former Jose Mourinho assistant! will be under Chris Hughton and replace Calderwood

  • DarloGeordie

    Oct 20, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Yeah that North Atlantic Magpie is definately a C.O…..K. We still need to give CH more time was only 8 wks ago when everyone was kissing his backside… I really thought our fans were all loyal and were a good breed.

    Went to the match against Wigan and despite having a right laugh as was in row cc right behind the goal all the goals were scored in but sat right infront of a set of racist tossers who abused Al Habsi for 45 mins straight. Was quite embarresed to be a fan the abuse that was getting sent out about mud huts and visas etc etc..

    CH has made some weak decisions this season but our biggest downfall as a club is sacking managers too early n i dont knw the figures but going through so many managers has definately disruppted our game in recent years.

    Give him a little more time and our support FFS sort it out!!!!

    Howay the lads

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 20, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Steve Clarke.

    That’s the guy that brought Rob Lee back into the team when Gullit left him without a number, isn’t it?

    I remember him vaguely, he was there under SBR for a few weeks I think. He seems like a decent guy and his CV says it all. Although it’s probably rubbish, I’d love it if it wasn’t

  • Turkish Magpie

    Oct 20, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Evening Lads

    Just been browsing twitter (although i dont have it myself) because one of my mates told me Andy Carrol and Kevin Nolan made a page. Some of the tweets are absolutely hilarious and you get all the inside info from whats going on in the ‘Nolan household’ 😀 Seems like everythings fine with Andy and every1’s really up for the derby

    Their name is KevinandAndy

    Although Andy never posts it’s great banter from Nolan

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 20, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Rikjaard and Henk ten cate.
    Well i can dream !!

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 20, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #15


    Not sure about Clarke again. Miserable looking bugger – he was a gritty defender. We need an attack minded coach like beardo or Sir Les or Rob Lee even.

  • baro

    Oct 20, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #16


    Coaching career
    [edit] Newcastle United

    In 1998 Clarke joined Newcastle United as assistant manager to Ruud Gullit, his former boss at Chelsea. Clarke was caretaker manager following Gullit’s resignation,[4] taking charge of one match, a 4–1 defeat against Manchester United.[5] For that game, Clarke reinstated Alan Shearer and Rob Lee to the team.[5]
    [edit] Chelsea

    After a stint in charge of the youth teams at Chelsea, Clarke was promoted to the position of assistant manager when José Mourinho was appointed manager in the summer of 2004.[6] Clarke was a part of the coaching set-up which saw Chelsea win two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups over three seasons under Mourinho.

    When Mourinho departed from Chelsea in September 2007, his services were retained by Avram Grant, although Henk ten Cate was brought in as another assistant coach.[7] Both Grant and ten Cate left the club at the end of the 2007–08 season.[7][8] BBC Sport and The Times both reported then that although Clarke remained on the Chelsea coaching staff, he would be looking to pursue opportunities to become a manager in his own right.[7][8] Chelsea assured Clarke of his status, citing his loyalty, popularity amongst the club’s supporters and work in the aftermath of Mourinho’s departure.[8]
    [edit] West Ham United

    On 12 September 2008 Clarke handed in his resignation to Chelsea, hoping to move to West Ham to be assistant to former Chelsea teammate Gianfranco Zola.[6][9] Chelsea initially rejected his resignation, demanding compensation worth two years of Clarke’s salary.[6] After a deal was agreed between the clubs, Clarke became West Ham’s first-team coach on 15 September.[10]

    West Ham finished ninth in the Premier League in the 2008–09 season,[11] earning Clarke and Zola extended contracts that made Clarke the highest paid assistant manager in the league.[12] The club struggled during the next season, however, narrowly avoiding relegation.[11] In June 2010, not long after the dismissal of Zola as manager,[11] Clarke left the club by mutual consent.[13]
    [edit] Honours
    [edit] Team playing honours


    * FA Cup: 1997
    * League Cup: 1998
    * UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup: 1998
    * Full Members Cup: 1990

    [edit] Individual playing honours


    * Chelsea Player of the Year: 1994
    * Chelsea centenary XI: 2005

    [edit] Coaching honours


    * FA Premier League: 2004–05, 2005–06
    * FA Cup: 2007
    * League Cup: 2005, 2007

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 20, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Not so great at West ham though eh ? Nearly got them relegated.

    Be honest a blind, deaf and dumb bloke could be Mourinho’s assitant and still win.

  • DarloGeordie

    Oct 20, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #18

    agree RH

  • CT

    Oct 20, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Good appointment, knows the club, worked under Morino and Zola, def won`t favour 4:5:1. Played diamond in the middle when with Chelsea. Prob prefers 3:1:3:2(wingbacks):1. Ashley`s saftey net appointment if it goes wrong over next few games.
    HTL your posts are normally the better ones, this time maybe a lil naive, we all want Hoots to succeed, it will mean we are doing ok but he`s the MANAGER who accepted the job to MANAGE on MA`s terms and resources promised which Hoots must have agreed were sufficient to reach their mutually agreed targets. If Hoots fails whose fault is it then?

  • pearceet

    Oct 20, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Turkish Magpie // Oct 20, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Loving the twitter chat! lets hope Carroll doesn’t read it or Kev might be nursing another broken jaw!

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 20, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #21

    Quality, Turkish!

    I’m not 100% it’s him, but it’s still funny anyway. The best one has to be:

    “Just finished training, quite a short session today. Routledge nutmegged Andy, by running under his legs with the ball… well funny!”

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 20, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #22

    “HTL your posts are normally the better ones”


    Why thank you, CT 😉

    Maybe my comments are a little naive, and I’m a bit of a fantasist, but I just feel that until we are really down in it, and the table is taking shape, we shouldn’t be thinking of sacking Hughton.

    If by mid-December we’re in the relegation zone and it’s not looking bright, then I’d be more accepting of this talk, but, at the moment, it’s too early.

    We’ve been incredibly unlucky this season. If we’d beaten B’Pool, Man City and Wolves I don’t think there would have been many complaints from the opposition.

    Blackpool was one of those days.
    Wolves could have been down to 10 after about half an hour and we had the better chances.
    Citeh, well, Martin ‘MCFC’ Atkinson says it all!

    If we’d got those results, and it was for influences other than Hughton that we didn’t, nobody would be complaining at all.

    West Brom have been lucky this season, and that’s just the way it goes. Van der Saar’s drop of that ball shows it perfectly.

    They got a result that was decided by influences other than Roberto di Matteo. Hughton didn’t. One is having his head called for. The other is being praised beyond belief

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 20, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Howay The Lads, “Blackpool was one of those days.
    Wolves could have been down to 10 after about half an hour and we had the better chances.
    Citeh, well, Martin ‘MCFC’ Atkinson says it all!

    If we’d got those results, and it was for influences other than Hughton that we didn’t, nobody would be complaining at all”.

    Never looked at it like that. But you’re right.

    Hear hear.

  • CT

    Oct 20, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #24

    You know what they say, a lucky manager is better than a good manager BALLS, you make your own luck in life, harder you practice luckier you get n all that! Just playing devil`s advocate, noone deserves it more than Hoots for every reason going but worry for him if next 2 league results go wrong.

  • Toon XI

    Oct 20, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #25

    We need results. Period. I am a firm believer that you make your own luck. We have a lot of “what ifs” with regards to our results this season. Once or maybe twice would be okay, but week in and week out lately it seems that we are making excuses for the squad. The excuses must stop.

    Do I think it was all CH’s fault? No, the players have a great deal to answer to for their lack of play/effort for 90 mins many times this season. But I also believe players are motivated and inspired by their manager…be it out of fear, out of respect, whatever the reason. I am not sold that CH gets his players fired up and inspired on matchdays.

    I’m not saying that CH should be sacked, but we also cannot afford to be have an emotional, blind loyalty this season. Our club’s future is teetering and results consistently throughout the season will determine our fate, not results in the second half. Tough decisions will need to be made at some point if we continue to struggle. I see the Everton win as our only true win. The Villa match was an abberation and a joy, but not the type of result we will see again anytime soon.

    If we continue to drop points to the bottom half clubs it’ll be decided in early January and we won’t even have realized it.

    I hope CH gets it sorted out this weekend and we bury the Hammers.

  • chuck

    Oct 20, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #26

    Prior to Hughtons appointment as manager, i had mentioned Steve Clarke as a possible replacement for J. Kennear .
    In which case i am delighted to find he will sign as a coach.
    I might add that if we have a coaching opening
    (perhaps the reserves) would love to see John Carver return, as i firmly believe that good coaches are what makes good teams.
    Think of the coaching talent of all three, Hughton, Clarke and Carver not many clubs could match the combined experience .
    So lets not stop at Clarke, get Carver also.

  • chuck

    Oct 20, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #27

    As for sacking Hughton, only a moron would make such a remark !
    Face it he has done a miraculous job with a mediocre side.
    Every club in the EPL has outspent NUFC during the last window and we are missing two of our significant signings through injury.
    Think what kind of side we could have with the addition of a few quality players.
    The clubs present position is due for the most part (even though we are earning big bucks in the PL) to our owners unwillingness to put his hand in his pocket, until he gets his money back.
    Well that may be a shortsighted gamble that could back fire and land us back in the second tier.
    This is a tough league and teams that lack quality are candidates to go down, don`t take that gamble Mr. Ashley.

  • CT

    Oct 20, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #28

    CHUCK , ASHLEY won`t,CAN`t afford to let us go down this season, why I worry for Hoots, Pedro by the way is doing great things as our reserve manager. Let`s just hope 6 pnts agin hammers n macks the catalyst to re kickstart our season!

  • Toon XI

    Oct 20, 2010 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #29

    Question for everyone:

    You are the owner of NUFC. We lose to West Ham and Sunderland in our next two games. You wake up Monday morning November 1st to find your team sitting in either 19th or 20th position. What do you do?

    Tough question. Not an easy answer.

  • pearceet

    Oct 20, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #30

    sell the club…… 🙂

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 20, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #31

    “I am not sold that CH gets his players fired up and inspired on matchdays.”

    I agree, but firstly I think bringing someone in (a trainer say) that is like that would be better than outright. Like Peacre does (I assume) for England.

  • Toon XI

    Oct 20, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #32

    HTL – agreed. The coaching staff could do with an attacking, passionate personality on the payroll.

  • Brutooon

    Oct 21, 2010 at 4:08 AM

    Comment #33

    He got Perch at his plate

    remove him!

  • tiki_toon

    Oct 21, 2010 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #34

    Carroll’s range rover torched on Nolan’s driveway over night. Police surrounding house.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 21, 2010 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #35

    I think it’s great Claderwood moving on. I think Perch and best were down to him. Hopefully he’ll take them with him.

    Ch does have some good points, but I’m afraid I think Di Matteo plays much better football and is very single minded to get the job done.

  • Ericles

    Oct 21, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #36

    We need an attack minded number 2 – bring in Beardo or Rob Lee or Clarky!!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 21, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #37


    We need an attack minded number one, let alone 2 !!!

  • Ericles

    Oct 21, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #38

    Touche Rotunda heights! Could not agree more really. Do not know about what’s on CH’s plate cos I cannot afford to go shopping till Friday!


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