Chris Hughton’s Newcastle Job Still in Danger?

The People is reporting today that Chris Hughton is still fighting for his job at Newcastle, despite the sides’s excellent 2-1 win at bottom of the table West Ham United yesterday.

Chris Hughton – still under pressure?

We know that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is yet to start negotiations on a new contract for Chris, whose current contract runs out next summer, and Mike wants to be sure Chris is the right man for the job, and that he can manage a side successfully in the top flight of English football.

The People report – by Alan Oliver – the former Evening Chronicle reporter – says that it is the terrible results at St James’ Park against fellow relegation candidates such as Blackpool, Stoke and Wigan that have upset the Newcastle hierarchy.

We’re also sure that they would like to see the home crowds back to over 50,000, and that hasn’t happened yet, and will not happen if Newcastle keep their worst displays for home soil.

It probably doesn’t help Chris that some top experienced managers such as as Martin O’Neill and Alan Curbishley are available in the wings, and both would jump at the chance to manage the Newcastle club in the Premier League.

But the reasons given by the People for Ashley firing Chris Hughton, are a little weak at best,  and it’s probably just a follow-on report from the Daily Mail report last Monday that said Chris would have been fired if Newcastle had lost their game against Wigan last Saturday.

But there does seem to be some concern on the part of Mike Ashley whether Chris is the right man for the job, so it’s now up to the players in our next couple of games, both at home, against Chelsea in the Carling Cup on Wednesday and against local rivals Sunderland next Sunday, and two wins in those games will significantly lessen any pressure on Hughton.

The club last week completely denied there is any pressure on Chris Hughton as far as his job is concerned.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • ToonArmy

    Oct 24, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m sure u meant against Arsenal in the Carling Cup. Chelsea was beaten by us previously..

  • ronaldeano

    Oct 24, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    I would be suprized if CH got the boot, however I would be chuffed to bits of he was replaced by o’neil!!

  • sweendog

    Oct 24, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #3

    hopefully hughton can start selecting the right team .. 4-4-2 at home .. natural wingers etc .. until then there will be doom and gloom merchants .. yesterdays win was a vital win but hughton does seem to play the right team away from home .. hopefully no more slip ups against the lower teams at st james (not many left to play there though)
    Still you have to credit hughton for playing the right team yesterday, he still needs to motivate the team at kick off and not just the 2nd half …
    Just a bit critical but realistic… a good win against sunderland hughton could secure his place as manager .. we need 3 points.

  • sweendog

    Oct 24, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #4

    ronaldeano .. yep would like o’neill too .. hughton as no.2 .. I honestly think the next 3-4 games at st. james will determine if hughton stays as no.1 .. hopefully though hughton can play the right team at home and get the wins to get us out of the relegation battle.. and then win his perm contract.

  • Solaidback

    Oct 24, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #5

    3 points I’d like to make on this story – Point 1) CH has just appointed Steve Clarke as his No2, now Ashley wouldn’t have let him do that if he was going to sack him as it would mean extra dosh to pay out too! Point 2) MON wouldn’t work for Ashley because of the transfer money he wouldn’t get, as Villa he was spend £40m a season almost & Ashley wouldn’t supply that! Point 3) Curbishley won’t work for Ashley for the same reason he left the Wet Spams, owners interference end of!

    So Alan Oliver can go wind his neck in & think of more rubbish to print because this whole story is complete trash!!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 24, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #6

    Why does everyone rate o’Neill ? His teams play the long ball game. He won with Celtic but so could my granny and the only other thing was a a couple of league cups way back.

    Like every other British manager apart from Fergie, he’s won nothing of any significance whatsoever and is a miserable bugger to boot.

    Also O’Neills is a very high maintenance manager and he flounced out of villa after he had been given loads of money.

    CH may have his faults, but if he has to go let’s get a ”footballing ” manager this time. Said at the time ages ago we should have got Di Matteo.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 24, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #7

    Solaid back

    Do you know for 100% definite Steve Clarke is coming in ?

  • Solaidback

    Oct 24, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Thats whats being said in the Sunday Sun RH 🙂

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 24, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #10

    yeah just seen it now

  • leedodd

    Oct 24, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #11

    What a Load of Crap – Change Manager Just Into the season Then Have someone the Players dont Know Then we go Straight Back down. The Players Know and Respect Chris Look what happened 2 Years ago and what Happened when They Got Shot Of Sir Bobby !!!!!!!!!!! If Ashley Get Rid of Chris and they go down He can sell The Club To The Fans for a £1 as he is no good at football desissions on the pitch Football Look at what he did Bring In Denis wise – Then get shot of Keegan then we get JK Then He is Ill Then Chris Takes over Big all HAd a Go and were in the Crap. If chris Quit the Club Then Martin O’Neil would be a Great Manager for us but we can t get shot of Chris This is his side now that he has built for gods sake. Look at Years ago Man Utd were going to get Shot of Sir Alex When He signed Strachan etc and look what he has done since. Long Rain CH !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sweendog

    Oct 24, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #12

    Rotonda heights .. o’neill is one of the best british managers out there .. look at his record from wycombe – leicester – celtic – villa … he gets a team playing as a team and he’s got passion .. but hopefully it won’t come to that after hughtons team beats sunderland and gets a few wins under his belt at home.. and fingers crossed beats arsenal ..

  • sweendog

    Oct 24, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #13

    rotonda heights .. not sure on matteo .. its easy being a manager when a team is winning .. wait till they have their blip and judge him then ..
    have to say hughton gets the team playing well after we get a bad result .. I’d rather have hughton than matteo

  • archaeomag

    Oct 24, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #14

    IMO this is B*llocks, stop buying this rag, and it will go away.

    Anal-olie has built his career making up negative stories about NUFC, he’s a just a Mackem stirrer, a disgrace to journalism, and no friend of the club.

  • thepict

    Oct 24, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #15

    To survive in the premier League, we need a period of stability. No more 4 managers in 12 months.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 24, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #16


    You say O’Neill is one of the best british managers. That’s my whole point, who apart from Fergie is a truly successful British manager ???????? O’Neill has never come anywhere close to winning anything really meaningful, like the premiership or anything in Europe.

    From what I heard the players and coaches couldn’t wait till he left Villa, after all his tantrums.

    So 4th in the table having beaten Arsenal away and drawn at Manu, playing great football, sorry for me Di Matteo is a superb manager. I like CH but Di matteo believes in attacking, passing football and if he can do that with no money at WBA, then I think he could go all the way one day.

  • wilkyvondooom

    Oct 24, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #17

    martin o’neills a filthy mackem


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