Shepherd Wonders Why People Complain About Hughton


Former Newcastle Chairman Freddy Shepherd has come out in support of Chris Hughton today, and has hit back at critics of  the Newcastle manager.

Freddy Shepherd – defends Hughton’s record at Newcastle

Freddy was speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show this morning and said:

“I think Chris has done a great job, when you bear in mind the restrictions that he’s had of him and that’s football today.“ “I think Chris has done a great job, when you bear in mind the restrictions that he’s had of him”

“How can people complain about him? He brought them back up last season and I think he’s doing a great job. I don’t know how people can have a go at him, it’s just impossible.”

And of course with the Newcastle Sunderland game on Sunday and local lad Steve Bruce now manager of Sunderland, of all clubs, Freddy reminisces of when Steve turned down the Newcastle job back in September of 2004, when Steve was then manager at Birmingham:

Shepherd said:

“Brucey’s doing really well at Sunderland as well, I’ll never forgive him for not taking the Newcastle job, I offered it to him once and he couldn’t take it for contractual reasons. He’s a Newcastle boy and if he’d have taken it, who knows what could have happened.”

Indeed Steve Bruce didn’t fair too well at Birmingham because in the 2005-2006 season Birmingham were relegated from the Premier League.

And  Graeme Souness had taken over from Bobby Robson in September of 2004, but by the time Birmingham were relegated in May of 2006, Souness had been fired by Shepherd in that February, and Glenn Roeder had taken over as manager, and got Newcastle to 7th place in the Premier League.

But then Glenn was fired by Shepherd the following May and then Sam Allardyce took over and then …… well you know what happened – a real merry go round of managers at Newcastle, and we hope it stops with Chris finally bringing some stability on Tyneside.

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9 comments so far

  • balubas1

    Oct 29, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #1

    i cant understand whats going on… who started these rumors? I doesn’t surprise me since toons are the most critical and club-hostile fans out there, but by following blogs, I havent seen any Hughton critics at all !!! Just media comments…

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  • toonpigeon

    Oct 29, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #2

    i think the media are trying to highlight our poor form and the fact that hoots hasn’t signed a new contract. I think it was all meant to have started after Kinnear said he would like to come back to newcastle and then the press have taken it further to make sure that they get a good story

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  • Glenn

    Oct 29, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Chris had done a fantastic job, I go to the matches and have never heard a single person have a go at him. But Fat Fred is the last person in the world who should be talking about undermining mangers (remember he got rid of Kenny for the unforgiveable crime of drawing the 1st two games of the season? remember when he got rid of Sir Bobby?) and most of the trouble we’ve been through is down to him, Mike Ashley just accelerated the process due to his total lack of knowledge of football. I don’t know why we let ourselves get so worked up by journos talking rubbish to increase the hit rate on their newspapers website. If they get rid of Chris they must be insane.

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  • Toon-tinted-glasses

    Oct 29, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #4

    A lot of people have been saying it is us fans that have started this rumour….What rubbish!

    I believe some hack called Alan Oliver (Oh yes the ex-Chronicle scribe) broke the story in a London Rag last weekend…Of course, he is unbiased, and felt no ill-feeling towards the NUFC heirarchy when they refused to talk to him, unlike the previous regime where he had access all areas!

    …and reports that he walks with a list due to the massive chip on his shoulders are totally unfounded….allegedly 😉

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 29, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Why does anyone give that leech Shepherd any air time ? We all know Shepherd is just a media whore who played the geordie populist card while he stabbed us in the back.

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  • murvar

    Oct 29, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #6

    Thank you Mr “Credibility” Shepherd. He comes second in the “Most Respected Football Man on Tyneside” after Joe Kinnear and in front of Sam Allardyce. So we hang on his every word. The only people responsible for these rumours are Ashley and Llambias, by dragging their feet on contract talks. That was always bound to set tongues wagging. The press look at Calderwood’s departure and somehow see it as a sign of problems rather than a sign of the man’s success. They look at our home record and see problems instead of considering that we played Blackpool off the park and their goalie had a blinder, and that we would have got a draw with Stoke but for an own goal. Had we had those extra 4 points Hughton would have been seen as a genius. So 4 points is the difference between genius and failure in this barking mad football world we inhabit.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Oct 29, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Shepherd cant talk about anyone putting pressure on managers.

    Oi, Freddy, the Toon is nothing to do with you no more, so but out!

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  • dave 1961

    Oct 29, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #8

    the moaning that is done on blogs is just fans venting their frustrations, better on hear, then give Hughton 100% support at the games, & let Ashley decide when a change is needed. but we don’t want Joe the clown, if we got him no season tickets next year, Chris has not failed yet & until he does we back him all the way. if we are relegated this is the point I would want a change, and no matter how Hughton annoys me with his sometimes comical team selection, these are the things he needs to learn, and on Sunday he gets my total support.

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  • Mr.OSH

    Oct 30, 2010 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #9

    Says the guy who sacked sir bobby for not finishing 4th. =/

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