Newcastle Must Allow Hughton His Own Choice For Assistant


After Chris Hughton orchestrated one of the best wins Newcastle have ever had against Sunderland, hopefully he will now be able to appoint a new assistant manager before the next game at Arsenal next Sunday.

A smart Chris Hughton on the touch-line this afternoon

But if you read between the lines as to what is happening,  it seems like Ashley and Llambias  would like Chris to appoint his assistant from those coaches already at the club, and while promoting from within is good, we cannot help but think that is so they don’t have to pay out  a big wage to the new man.

Maybe we are being a bit cynical there, but if Chris Hughton is going to be judged on results, which he is and every manager is, he must at least be able to bring in the assistant he wants – whoever that may be.

And the Newcastle boss also says he will not be rushed into naming his assistant, and he is adamant that the decision will be solely his.

This is what Chris said today about the assistant manager position:

“At this moment, it is my decision on who comes in as my number two, and all I am doing is just making sure I do the correct homework I need to do,”

“It is one that I wanted to bring in as soon as possible, but I need to make sure I bring in the right person. That will be my decision.”

“At this moment it is my decision” – suggests it may not be his later on – but we hope we’re making too much of this.

Some of the coaches who have been mentioned recently as potential assistants include Clive Allen of Tottenham and Brian Kerr, who is currently managing the Faroe Islands, for whom our own 19 year-old Jóan Edmundsson plays.

Either of these two men would be good choices, and both have worked with Chris in the past, with Brian being the Ireland manager from 2003-2005, after Mick McCarthy resigned.

Apparently Steve Clarke was interviewed for the position last week,  but the news is that Newcastle failed to agree terms with Steve, although Chris has since said that Clarke wanted to hold out for a full manager position somewhere else.

Chris should have time to wrap up the appointment before we visit the Emirates next Sunday, and there are rumors that Chris’ own  uncertain position at  Newcastle  is not helping with the appointment, but surely the 5-1 thrashing of Sunderland today will help with that one.

Comments welcome.



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10 comments so far

  • Sav

    Oct 31, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Kerr did very well with Irish U-21s before he got the senior job. Has no league experience to speak of but is a good bloke. However the role reversal could be tricky (he was Hoots’ boss in the Ireland set-up).
    Isn’t Faz still out of work? And it would be an ideal job for Shearer if his ego would let him apply for it. He would be a good foil for Houghton and could learn a lot about man-management from him. Al needs to know only a desperate side is going to take a risk on him solely because of his playing reputation. There’s no doubt he’s a good worker and fully behind the team but he will be all the better for 3 or 4 years in Houghton’s shadow.
    But would Hoots risk having such a candidate working under him?

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  • stuart no9

    Oct 31, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #2

    could this have something to do with the fact that that the owner is not coming forward and publicly telling CH that his job is safe. CH MUST select his own man, without a doubt, is CH being forced to to select someone already at the club, will ASH refuse to accept terms of any CH choices , so the end result WILL be someone from within? then depending on how CH deals with the situation, will see him being sacked or given a new contract, i still dont trust ASH, never will

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 31, 2010 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Fat Tw*t & Lamears* give CH a new contract NOW

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  • Sav

    Oct 31, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #4

    This is what you get when your club is run by CostCutters – or a miser with a gambling addiction – take your pick.

    To be honest, if the club want to take their time over appointing Hoots permanently, That is fair enough, sensible even. The numpties on Sky today were complaining that Newcastle went through far too many knee-jerk managerial appointments (and subsequent expensive pay-offs, Allardyce forgot to mention). So if the club decide to be circumspect and see if Hoots can deliver over a Premiership season, fair enough. It probably is, at least in part, a cost-saving exercise but if Hoots is only getting half of what ‘arry Redknapp and Co. are getting its a helluva lot more than you and me so I’m not shedding any tears on that score.
    And no real fears Hoots will walk – he is loving every minute of it, I’m sure.

    But if his lack of a permanent contract or the offer of a decent salary is preventing Chris from bringing in the quality assistant he requires to take us on, that is a different story altogether.

    Ashley is a disgrace, but then we knew that already. Those of us who had chosen to see Chris Houghton’s team spirit as a reflection of a new ethos throughout NUFC can now see the error of that assumption.

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  • Sav

    Oct 31, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #5

    A Great Day.

    But unfortunately, if the story about Ashley and Smithers penny-pinching over appointing CH’s choice of assistant is correct, then the idea that this rounds off and concludes a rough week for Houghton is not the case.

    If every success is taken by the management as proof that the shoestring can take still more strain, rather than evidence that further investment could bring even greater rewards, what is the point? Hoots is as loyal as can be but he must be asking himself that question.

    Is he in a ‘win on a budget and we told you so’ or ‘lose and we’ll sack you’ situation?

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  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 31, 2010 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Anyone noticed that we have won 2 PL games on the trot one away and more significantly one big one at home since Colin Calderwood has gone? Question is. Do we really need a couch from outside?

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  • Sav

    Nov 1, 2010 at 2:12 AM

    Comment #7

    Not sure e need a couch from outside – it’ll be a bit soggy – but definitely its a case of sofa so good since CC left.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 1, 2010 at 2:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Haha Sav.

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  • Toonmania

    Nov 1, 2010 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #9

    i wonder if the so called supermac apologieses? to hughton!!! for his nasty comments yesterday/saturday

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  • shearertodomorebigmacads

    Nov 1, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #10

    Just wondering what people think!? Hughton wearing a suit at west ham and scumderland matches! Do you think the board have told him fail to win and its the sack hence why he is wearing the suit to look smart at his departing press conference? They were must win cames! I hope that we do not get rid of CH he is exactly what newcastle need someone who cares about football and not the dosh!

    Europa League next season lol?

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