Time For Newcastle Players To Step Up For Chris Hughton


Newcastle’s away form this season has been great, and apart from the initial 3-0 loss to Manchester United, which could have been a  lot worse,  the Magpies have been competitive in all of their other games on the road.

Chris Hughton – deserves a break on Sunday against Sunderland

A 1-1 draw at Wolves was followed by a great 1-0 win at Goodison Park, and the 2-1 reverse at Manchester City, when we lost Hatem Ben Arfa to a double leg fracture, was followed by an inspired 2-1 win against bottom of the table West Ham – who stayed in that position.

We’ll not even mention the great wins on the road by the second eleven against Accrington Stanley and Chelsea in the Carling Cup, but if we did that would be an away record of 4 wins in 7 away games and only 2 defeats – not too bad at all.

It’s at home that Newcastle manager Chris Hughton and the lads have come in for some criticism, and since winning the first game by 6-0 against Aston Villa, one of the best Premier League results in Newcastle’s history we may add, we lost to Blackpool (when we should have won), and then to Stoke, and only narrowly fought to a draw against Wigan Athletic, and then our second eleven lost 4-0 to Arsenal last night in the Carling Cup.  While the game was hardly 4-0, it was still another loss at home for Newcastle.

So home form needs to be improved, we all know that, and we have no wins in the last four home games, and certainly in the last two league games against Stoke and Wigan at home, Newcastle have looked woeful.

But surely it is inconceivable that our players will be off form for the vital game against Sunderland on Sunday.

And there were some very good individual performances from the Newcastle side last night and big Haris Vuckic was the pick of the bunch, as the 18 year-old got better and better as the game progressed, and he deserves a place on the bench for the Sunderland game because of his performance last night.

The Slovenian seems to be made to measure for the Premier League, and hopefully it will not be long before this powerful young player is making headlines on the field for Newcastle.

Nile Ranger again showed he will be quite a handful in a year or two, and Tamas Kadar had a decent game at left back, although he’s better in central defense, and a star of the future too at Newcastle – the lad just needs more first team games.

So not one of our first team players  should feel comfortable that they will be automatic starters for Newcastle, and since Chris Hughton has been loyal to the lot of them over the past 16 months, we have to hope they will dedicate this game to their manager, step up to the plate and win it for him – and the great Newcastle fans.

Even the measured statement last night from the Newcastle Board that Chris is the Newcastle manager and the intent is to renegotiate his contract in December, has been widely interpreted by the gossip press in a negative fashion (what – again), to say that he’s on trial until the end of the year.

Well, be that as it may, the goal on Sunday is to win the game, and whoever has the privilege of playing against Sunderland  in those famous black and white stripes, should play as though their lives depended on winning the game.

A good win at home is all the club needs to further stabilize its position in the Premier League and 14 points from the first 10 games, will be a very decent start to our first season back with the big boys, and we’ll even be above Sunderland too.

Our advice to the Newcastle players – do it for the boss on Sunday.

Comments welcome.



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11 comments so far

  • Sav

    Oct 28, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Is Hoots going to be a ble to sign the assistant of his choice – a top coach to develop the team for top honours – while his own job is hanging under such an insecure and unreliable promise as that statement provided?

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 28, 2010 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #2

    I think the headline is a bit harsh Ed. Anyway we have given some very inspiring performances this season and I agree that Vuckic and Ranger deserve a place on the bench at least. Our home form is worrying and the reason why i don’t know. Hopefully on sunday we start to put that right and win against the scum in our home turf. What a shame Ben Arfa couldn’t help destroy them. Can’t wait for kick off!

    Ps. I really am starting to believe there is a well hidden match fixing scandal going on behind the scenes in favour of the Big 3 or 4 of the EPL. Man U , Chelsea and Arsenal. Either that or refs just hate Newcastle. The amount of dodgy decisions that have gone against us are alarming. This has been going on for years but especially this one.
    Howay the lads!!

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  • dave 1961

    Oct 28, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #3

    we need a strategy to bombard the FA over these dodgy refereeing and maybe get an unemployed fan to seek legal aid to sue the referee’s for incompetence.
    I could get most of the evidence put onto an interactive DVD to highlight what is blatant cheating, I could prove that this could not be a case of errors, as I could highlight no one could be as incompetent and remain in employment, but it would have to be a team effort, I might be able to track down some sophisticated computer gear to do it, but i earn to much to get legal aid, and I would guess it would cost £100,000’s to fight it to a good conclusion. and it could be extreme revenge from the wife.

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  • ksmit

    Oct 28, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Well, to be realistic of course he’s “on trial” until the end of the year. That’s that case before any contract is re-signed. If he had a guaranteed contract before it was signed I would be concerned about the board’s sanity. If our overall record stays the way it is I would be shocked if he didn’t receive a new contract. You have to expect that our away form will drop a bit and if our home form doesn’t get better to compensate for that (1 draw, 2 losses against probably bottom ten teams) then he may not be offered a contract, or may be offered another short term contract with little increase in pay. For the record, I think he deserves a massive raise for sticking it out and doing a better job than most could have expected.

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  • Suklowor

    Oct 29, 2010 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #5

    may be, because Sportdirect.com :-p

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  • Sav

    Oct 29, 2010 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Did Steve Clarke turn us down because Hoots isn’t even secure in his job yet? If he did and it means we get Carver, I’d be pleased enough.

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  • Sav

    Oct 29, 2010 at 3:45 AM

    Comment #7

    I’d have thought the best endorsement of Hoots to quieten the press, short of a 4 year contract, would be the immediate appointment of whoever was his choice of no.2.
    Nevertheless, were it Clarke or Carver, no doubt they would be trumpeted as ‘manager-in-waiting’, should we lose a couple of games on the trot. (I love that one, as I always thought it was only ‘Ladies’ that were ‘in waiting’ not football managers!).
    Presumably, for their own reasons (£££?) the club have decided not to do anything about Hoots’ contract until later. That is their right and is probably a sensible course if they don’t have to. Clearly he isn’t about to be poached, the suggestion posed in one paper that he might have left Newcastle to go to Fulham to work under Martin Jol is obviously barmy. He is loving every minute of this job, there’s no doubt about that.
    Another tabloid cliche, the snub, this time from the DailyStar who claim Steve Clarke isn’t coming in as assistant to Hoots; – why is it when someone says ‘no, thanks’ it has to be ‘Clarke snubs Toon’ or ‘Clarke snubs Houghton’? Why can’t anyone just politely turn it down?
    – you just have to love ’em!

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  • Toonmania

    Oct 29, 2010 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #8

    Louise taylor is just a sad lonely whore 🙂

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  • Marty-Toon

    Oct 29, 2010 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #9

    Hope that Vukcic gets on the bench too,but who to drop?
    Tiote,Barton,Nolan,Guthrie,Jonas,Routledge!!
    I hope that R.Tayls gets a game instead of Perch as we have definitely missed his free kicks and Perch again was woeful the other night and Willo showed he is a weak link at times in the back line.
    Don`t get me wrong,i think the guy has potential and has played well but his positional skills aint the best.You could have driven a bus through the Defence the other night

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  • Sav

    Oct 29, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Don’t think this will be one for Vukic but he is definitely ready to be loaned to a championship side now we are out of the CCup and he will be pressing for a place when he returns.

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  • BarcelonaMag

    Oct 29, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #11

    I don’t really see what the problem with the board’s statement is. Admittedly, it’s not gushing with praise, but it’s pretty clearly supportive and presumably “renegotiate” means “review the conditions of his contract”. You have to suppose that that means improving his salary. In any case, where did these rumours start? Somebody wrote a non-article for the Daily Mail and everybody has picked up on it.

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