Hughton To Turn To Someone He’s Worked With In The Past

Chris Hughton had a tough day on Monday when he woke up to news that Andy Carroll had got himself in trouble again,  that if Coloccini hadn’t equalized on Saturday in the 94th minute then Chris would have been sacked, and then Colin Calderwood left the club at lunch-time to go north to manage Hibs.

Chris Hughton – will take his time picking a new number two

But that news on Chris being sacked has been loudly condemned as nothing but a Daily Mail made-up story, and surely the club will not start to chop and change managers again, it certainly didn’t do us any good at all in the past.

And Andy Carroll will have his day in court in that previous assault and battery charge next Monday morning in Newcastle, but it was just such a terrible time to get into trouble again.

Chris has again said he’s not going to hurry his appointment to replace Colin at the club, and he has talked about that today with the Newcastle Journal:

“It will 100% be my decision because it has to be. He is going to be my assistant so it is important I know I can work with that person.”

“I’m looking for someone I have worked with, or at least someone I know I could work with. It is a very important relationship and I’m going to think about it for a while.”

“I’ve given myself a few days to think it over and then I’ll let the club know who I want. I hope we can get them, but you don’t know what barriers will be put in our way.”

“I have an idea of who I want to appoint, but I’ve not made a definite decision yet. We aren’t going to draw up a shortlist, I’ll just come up with the name and give it to the board. They’ll do the rest.”

Hughton of course is used to the role of Assistant Manager, as he held that position at Tottenham for years, so he knows what characteristics to look for in a new appointment.

We have to think former manager John Carver is a good bet, but there again Chris has not worked with John in the past.

Chris continued and talked about the characteristics you need to have as an assistant:

“As an assistant you have to get on with the manager and you have to be able to offer ideas to the manager as well.”

“I want someone with good coaching ability, but also someone I can trust.” “I need someone who I know can deal with the players and who can look after them when he needs to.”

“The modern manager is out on the training pitch every single day, but the training program is designed with the assistant so it is important they have good coaching ability.”

“It will ultimately always be the manager’s decision, but you also want an assistant who comes up with ideas and who can discuss things with you on a match day. You need somebody to bounce ideas off.”

One of the things that has come shining through since Chris and Colin have been in charge is that the lads are very well coached, and generally are well organized for each game, but that doesn’t stop the individual mistakes being made, which has cost us dearly in our last two home games, of course.

The candidates to join Chris that have been mentioned so far include John Carver and Peter Beardsley, although the Journal is saying today that Peter is not in the running.

Steve Stone, already at the club is also a possibility as is Clive Allen, who Chris knows well from his playing and coaching days at Tottenham, but it’s unclear whether he would to come up to Newcastle to join Chris.

We would assume the appointment will be made within the next week, so it could be that Chris and Paul Barron will be in charge for Saturday’s game at West Ham.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • G

    Oct 20, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #1

    This suggests that the rumours about Martin Jol coming in to work with CH as co manager may have some legs. Although, would MJ realy give up the Ajax job to come here?

  • wadamja

    Oct 20, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #2

    G – martin jol working under CH or jointly – seriously, there’s more chance of Rooney joining us!!!

  • G

    Oct 20, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #3

    I hope you are right, because honestly I don’t think MJ’s recent CV is particularly impressive. I would rather CH bought in an ex-pro who has been coaching, such as Les Ferdinand.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Oct 20, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #4

    @ G // Oct 20, 2010 at 12:04 PM (3)

    Sir Les is employed by spuds as a coach.

  • G

    Oct 20, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Yeah, I noticed that yesterday, he works alongside Tim Sherwood as a first team coach apparently. He doesnt seem to be on a big contract, so it is feasable.

  • BeeGuy

    Oct 20, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Let’s hope CH is not in a dust-up with DL and MA about who he brings in to replace CC. By now, CH should have some cred with the big bosses and be able to bring in his own man to sink or swim with.

  • ende

    Oct 20, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #7


  • Solaidback

    Oct 20, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Zola, well him & Clarke are both available, so why not 🙂

    Pity we can’t get some one like Rob Lee, Tino, Ginola or some of the other oldie favorites in to coach the lads on how to wear the B&W shirt with pride.. 🙂


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