Hughton Holding Out For Better Contract Offer From Newcastle


Former Newcastle player Warren Barton is a pundit for Fox Soccer Channel over here in the USA.

Warren Barton – says Hughton holding out for better offer from Newcastle

And Warren was on the Soccer Sunday Show yesterday afternoon our time, when they review all the Premier League games that have been completed so far, and of course Warren couldn’t wait to report on the Newcastle 5-1 hammering of Sunderland.

Warren was talking about the game and he said openly that he was having big trouble not smiling, as he reviewed the game, and he explained how things would be jumping in the City and in the Bigg Market in particular.

Warren also praised Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, whom he said had always been a top coach, but was now showing he could also become a great manager on Tyneside.

Barton said he had recently talked to Chris, and that the Newcastle manager  said he had been offered a new contract on Tyneside by Mike Ashley,  but he had turned it down, because he didn’t think it was enough compensation.

We have no idea what the offer was, but Chris is currently on about £250K/year at Newcastle, and he has to be one of the worst paid managers in the Premier League at the moment.

And we have to think Chris is getting advice from the League Manager’s Association (LMA), and seems to be willing to hold out for a better deal. The LMA will know just how much other managers are getting at their Premier League clubs, and that will help Chris.

Warren Barton also said that it showed Chris has enough confidence in himself  and his own ability, to wait for a better Newcastle offer,  and of course Newcastle’s famous result yesterday will help his case immensely.

And indeed we have to hope the Newcastle players get some good results for their manager before the end of the year, because that will help with a couple of things – it will ensure Chris Hughton stays on at Newcastle and the club maintains its recently found  stability, and then it will also give Chris a decent contract on Tyneside – which he surely deserves.

Remember that Sam Allardyce and Kevin Keegan were both on £3M/year recently, and Chris Hughton has actually earned a good contract on Tyneside, and it cannot be long before Mike Ashley discovers he may have found a  jewel in Chris Hughton.

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10 comments so far

  • sweendog

    Nov 1, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #1

    good news its just a contract wrangle ..probably looking a set transfer kitty etc .. hope Ashley does the right thing .. I think when we get the 2 wins at home in the next 3 they’ll have no choice but to agree ..
    flip me he’s saved the club a fortune already .. ashley has to be blind not to see this.

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  • ronaldeano

    Nov 1, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Hughton deserves a decent contract, weather fatty will give him remains to be seen.

    Well done CH for the fantastic job you have done so far, long may it continue…

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  • korn8

    Nov 1, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Good! As sweendog points out: it doesn`t necessarily have to be Hugthons wage that is the only issue, but maybe funds to spend on new players as well.

    Let`s hope they can sort out this sooner rather then later. Obviously Hughton deserves better wages as manager and by the looks of his signing so far; he also deserves some money to spend on new players(apart from Best and Perch that is. Is it true that Perch was recommended by Colin Calderwood?)

    It was a wonderful gesture by the Newcastle fans when they chanted out Hughtons name yesterday! 🙂
    He deserves it!

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Nov 1, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #4

    aye, im stateside and watch super sunday every weekend, barton also said that even as a player, chrissy always missed out on a big payday and that now was his time to pick up a big check so hopefully he gets it…

    theres only one chris hughton!!!!

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  • Sav

    Nov 1, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Can’t get overly exercised about whether someone turns down 1/4 of a million for any job – let alone one most of us fancy doing for free! Hardly surprising the LMA are encouraging Chris but if Ashley can save a few bob on any wages, good luck to him. I’d be far more worried about the seeming difficulty recruiting his second-in-command.

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  • dave 1961

    Nov 1, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #6

    this is how I would do it,
    basic salary,
    performance 1, bonus depending on finishing place,
    performance 2, ticket receipts over the 52,000 mark go to Chris about £7500 a home game

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  • sweendog

    Nov 1, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #7

    dave 1961 .. exactly bonus related pay .. managers should be on these contracts anyway..

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Nov 1, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #8

    Yeah, that seems fair. I’ve said on another post that we can’t afford to throw money around, and that CH isn’t a greedy man. A decent wage for a decent job- you can’t say fairer than that. CH does deserve a new contract and perhaps a pay rise, but let’s not go silly.

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  • estechco

    Nov 1, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Pay up fatty!

    On current form, if CH isn’t worth at least half of what SA was on then I’m a monkeys uncle.

    I do of course acknowledge that Big Sam’s appointment was by t’other fatty

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  • cupiddstunt

    Nov 1, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #10

    I think the problem with getting a good no 2 is related to the money Chris is on,

    chances are most decent no2’s are on money relative to the money their manager is on, so there is a possibility that any decent no 2 is on money equal to or better than Chris is at the moment.

    I think this is why Chris was already knocked back by Steve Clarke his first choice of no 2 they were unable to get an acceptable package on the table for him, it appears he was getting better money at Chelski for a lower position that NUFC were prepared to offer as a no 2.

    Also this media crap about Chris being close to the door will not help him get his second man, who is going to leave a “secure post” to join Chris at NUFC if they could be back out the door at xmas???

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