Chris Hughton Now Part Of Geordie Folklore Whatever Happens

Chris Hughton has an excellent record on Tyneside since he became manager of Newcastle United  a short 16 months ago.

Chris Hughton – deserves a new and much improved contract

Just for the record last season in the Championship Newcastle played 46 games, won 30, drew 12 and lost 4, and scored 90 goals and conceded 35.

And in the Cup games last season Newcastle played 5 games, won 2, drew 1 and lost 2 – so at the start of the season Chris Hughton’s overall record on Tyneside was P 51 W 32 D 13 L 6.

But yes, that was easy, because it was in the second division of English football so let’s fast forward to this season.

So far Newcastle have played 10 games in the Premier league won 4, drew 2 and lost 4,  and in 3 Carling Cup games we’ve won 2 and lost 1 – so for this season, Chris’ record is P 13 W 6 D 2 L 5.

Overall in management at Newcastle, Chris’ record from last season and this is –  P 64 W 38 D 15 L 11 – so that’s a win average of  59.4% and a loss average of just 17.2%

If any fan had been told when Chris took over in July of 2009, that Newcastle would be in 7th place in the Premier League, two places off a Europa Cup position in a short 16 months, we would have all taken it and said that it was a ridiculous proposition.

But here we are after 10 games in the Premier League, and we have a decent 14 points, and there’s even a case to be made that Newcastle haven’t got the points they deserved from their league performances.   Games at home to Blackpool and away games at Man City and Wolves could have got us more than the single point we got from those games.

And Chris Hughton this season has had Newcastle play in 3 games that will go down in history as three of Newcastle’s all time greatest results.

The 6-0 win at home to Aston Villa in August is one of Newcastle biggest ever wins in the Premier League, and as we all know yesterday’s 5-1 ha,me,mring of Sunderland is eclipsed only by two 6-1 wins in 1955 and 1920.

And as testament to Newcastle’s improving squad strength,  the 4-3 victory at Stamford Bridge by our second eleven, made up of  fringe players and youngsters, was as exciting a game as you could ever wish to see, with that man Shola Ameobi scoring the winner in the 90th minute.

We really have no idea whether Mike Ashley will finally step up to the plate and give Chris Hughton a new contract offer, that is befitting of managing a top club in the Premier League, and that Chris will gladly accept.

But whatever Chris Hughton does from now on – he’s a Newcastle hero and will firmly be part of Newcastle folklore – whether he likes it or not, and whether he knows it or not.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Lynxie

    Nov 1, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #1

    The only person who doesnt know the value of Chris Hughton is Mike Ashley.
    52000 people sang a loud hint yesterday, with a rendition normally only reserved for those we truly love (SBR, King Kev, Shearer), However MA is not very good at taking hints or listening to the fans is he?
    Come on MA, do the right thing. FOR ONCE….

    (First!!! wahey!) 🙂

  • Howay The Lads

    Nov 1, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #2

    I’d add Chris Hughton to that list as well, Lynxie

  • RichK

    Nov 1, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Got to give CH a new contract asap so we can all concentrate on moving forwards as a club and put all this talk of him leaving to bed.

    He’s done a tremendous job since taking over and I don’t think anyone else could have done any better.

    We all know that we will have bad times this season and no doubt will be on the end of one or two 3-0/4-0 beatings but at the same time we’re more than capable of holding our own and finishing in a respectable position.

    I’ll tell you something else…………….Chris best keep wearing that suit, it’s certainly done the trick both times he’s worn it so far…….not that I’m superstitious or anything! 🙂

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 1, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Wor Geordie Chris.

  • john_cena163

    Nov 1, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #5

    Play the same team 4 da arsnal game an v r top.

  • Lynxie

    Nov 1, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Taking over a demoralised team full of overpaid and undermotivated mercenaries, moulding a magnificent team spirit, being a gentleman and achieving a runaway promotion at the first time of asking, (something one or two more ‘high profile’ managers could not and would not achieve). What more does Chrissy H have to do Mr Ashley?

  • Lynxie

    Nov 1, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #7

    IF you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise…
    If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    ‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
    if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

    Sounds Like Chris Hughton to me.

  • balubas1

    Nov 1, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #8

    I don’t want to be the ugly duckling here, taking Mike Ashley in defence all the time, but it seems I have to.

    Common sence must prevail. MA hasn’t done much wrong to us. Quite the opposite.

    He had a negotiation breakdown with KK. What else has he done wrong.? Do we hate him forever for a negotiation breakdown that could happen to anyone?

    -He appointed CH in the 1st place
    -He brought in funds for HBA and CT
    -He put the club up for sale when WE asked for it
    -He goes to the games and wears the colours
    -His financial control seems very good.

    Am I missing some wrongdoing of his?? What I have said now is my understanding of his situation.. Please tell me if I have missed something.

  • balubas1

    Nov 1, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #9

    And also: We DON’T know if MA maybe already have plans to give CH a new contract. We can’t start throwing rocks at someone when we don’t know whats going on behind closed doors.

  • balubas1

    Nov 1, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #10

    haha! Im watching Sky right now, and the commentators are saying the FA should sack Baldini if Carroll’s not in the England squad by the 17th 🙂

  • xfer

    Nov 1, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #11

    lol. Nice one there!

  • jesus was a geordie

    Nov 1, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Balubas, I thinnk it was the way he went about his business was extremely poor and massively insulting. We were treated as unimportant, we were kept in the dark, we were lied to and when statements were released they often seemed as if they were chastising the fans…Not good enough at all!


    I do agree that since the start of the Championship Season he has demonstrated what a sound Owner he can be; we’ve not wasted money (though Best/Perch are questionable) we’ve tried to invest it. We’ve seen stability and a level of togetherness and I think he does have to take some credit for this.

    Also, I think Ashley has the right to be sensible and shouldn’t necessarily be held to ransom by the press. We all know Chris Hughton’s quality, but we all know how things can change and how a few bad results can start you on a slippery slope.

    Since Ashley’s arrival he has had to pay out around 10m in damages/compo for fat Sam and Keegan, he won’t want to do that with Hughton so I’m sure he is protecting himself against that, and in my oppinion rightly so. The only issue is that on the other hand, he needs to show Chris the financial respect he deserves!

  • cupiddstunt

    Nov 1, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Balubas1 #8

    I think lying to the fans by appointing KK telling him he has full control over the players in and out as he knew this would put the fans behind him, while setting up that poison dwarf wise and the rest of the cockney mafia to move players behind KK’s back. Then lying about the whole thing in court. You missed that little morsel out for one.

    I do not think most will hate him forever as now he is showing he is screwing the loaf a bit and being a bit more sensible in running the club he will be getting more and more fans backing him.

    I understand the case for being canny with the cash but that has to be tempered with knowing when to open the purse a little bit more, he is used to being the hard man in his business dealings but football is a different animal, unfortunately agents have a far bigger say in negotiations that they should just look at the Rooney situation, look at why STaylor has not signed a new deal yet his agent has him gready.

    Ma has been going in the right direction for a while now but still has a long way to go, Hoots got us promoted which put around 50 to a 100 mil back in the club Ma should be rewarding that so why is he waiting??????

  • Thump

    Nov 1, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #14

    I wrote a column about Ashley during the KK scandal for True Faith and it was generally well received but you have to give credit to the man where it’s due.

    I commented this on the last thread:

    Mike Ashley is doing everything right in terms of saying “we’ll evaluate how well you do at the end of the season”. It’s fairly obvious our squad is relegation favourites and that our aim is solely to survive in the EPL this season and if CH can do that then he’ll get his contract. The higher up the table he gets, the better the results will be.

    Ashley is playing a game of cat and mouse and keeping our manager on his toes as opposed to years gone by where we would pay out massive money to a manager only to get nothing in return.

  • dave 1961

    Nov 1, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #15

    I too am 100% behind Ashley at the moment he is doing everything I would do if I was in his shoes, the job in hand is to get the club used to winning football matches, to give a rookie manager now would take the pressure of the players, I would expect Chris knows that if he delivers, he will be at the club as long as he wants to be, Chris is still learning the ropes, he has been to extremes this season, he’s been good he’s been bad, but he’s never been worse than his best achievements, so we take from that he’s learning week in week out. let’s keep behind Chris, but also we have to get off Ashley’s back as he will deliver success, I am totally convinced of it. he gets his wealth from sports direct, so the better they do the more disposable income mike Ashley can spend on his hobbies. it boars me to tears the attacks on him or his business. anyone doing so is pathetic & petty.

  • balubas1

    Nov 1, 2010 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #16

    Tanks for some decent feedback.

    I am though in the opinion that MA hasn’t done any intentional damage to the club. I would think his intentions are the best, since he actually tried to get Keegan back for us. Too bad it didn’t work out. When he appointed Wise&co he probably wanted some people in that knew the nature of the game.

    From my own experience by working with administrative matters I have learned that no matter how good intentions, thing go to hell somtimes. Wherever there is people involved, thing will go wrong from time to time. When you say he was “lying” to the fans, I would not dream of him being so stupid that he would do it intentional. His intent was what he said, then something or someone screwed up.

    Has this man owned a club before? He probably got a few surprises himself, and he is probably devastated by some of the things that has happend.

    Still most of us refer to him as a fat stupid rich idiot who knows nothing. Cashley and so on……

    I’m saying “probably” alot here, because I can’t say what has really happend. But I think even though he is a fat, rich, ugly, stupid idiot, he deserves a 2nd chance like other human beings.

  • jesus was a geordie

    Nov 1, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #17


    the 2nd chance has been afforded to him through circumstance already, he couldn’t/didn’t sell the club when he tried and this coincided with our upturns in fortune…Now he has the opportunity it’s up to him to prove to the fans he is the right man for the job.

    I’m happy with him as owner and i’d far rather see him in the stands than Freddy Shephard who actually insulted us AND Shearer, spent money like an idiot and was the cause of much of our trouble…

  • chuck

    Nov 1, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #18

    The fact is, as relayed via former Newcastle defender warren Barton on the US FSN channel this weekend,that contrary to common knowledge, Hughton has been offered a lowball contract, which he has refused and is prepared to either accept an improved contract or leave NUFC .
    With a track record like his over the last year, I`m sure this has been noted by a number of struggling sides and doubt if he will have difficulty in finding employment in the business.
    In which case I hope MA wises up and gives him the contract he deserves.
    It`s either that or back to the revolving door policy and chaos of the times preceding Hughtons taking control.
    And no one wants a repeat of that !


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