Hughton Making The Switch From Top Coach To Top Manager


After Newcastle’s unbelievable win on Sunday afternoon, both the players and the Newcastle supporters are now hoping that Mike Ashley will reward Chris Hughton for everything he’s done for the Newcastle United club over the last 16 months.

Chris Hughton – achieved so much in just 16 months

I mean to get Newcastle promote don 102 points from the Championship at the first time of asking was monumental and Chris is now starting to prove that last season was no flop.

Newcastle’s supporters have now been fully convinced that Chris Hughton is indeed the man for the job, and of course Chris cannot help himself when he waxes lyrical about the Newcastle club and the fans, and you just know this man is so genuine.

Shola Ameobi has come out today and talked about his manager, who seems so popular with his players:

“In an ideal world you would like to think he would be given a new contract. All the stuff has been nonsense. As players we’re fully behind him,”

“When you read this stuff,  the mind boggles. Chris has done such a good job – we’re all fully behind him.” “Hopefully we can put it to bed and a contract can be sorted out.”

And surely the speculation that has surrounded Chris Hughton for a couple of weeks is just another made up story from the Daily Mail, which caught on.

But we did find out from Warren Barton after the game on Fox Soccer Channel in the US, that Newcastle’s first contract offer to Chris was too low, and he has not signed that one, and seems willing to wait for a decent offer from the club, which we’re sure will be forthcoming before the end of the year.

And by the way over here in the US Shola Ameobi  has just been announced as the player of the week on Fox Soccer Channel – which has just been announced as I’m watching the show, and Kevin Nolan also makes the team of the week.

Shola was asked about the speculation surrounding the manager:

“It’s nonsense. From our point of view as players, it’s nonsense,” “We know Chris, we know what has gone on and what he’s had to do and what he wants to do. Now he just needs to be given time to do that.”

“By the fans, the staff here, by the press … you can see the fans are fully behind him.” “He needs to be give time to achieve what he wants to achieve here. As players we’re fully behind him and we showed that here.”

It’s a sign of Chris Hughton’s great coaching skill that he seems to be getting the best out of Shola Ameobi, and Chris has also brought Andy Carroll through big time in the last 16 months.

But it seems obvious that Chris is now successfully making the move from being a top coach, which he’s been for many years, into a top manager, and we’ll know by this summer.

If Newcastle are in the top half of the Premier League by next May, things will look very bright indeed for Newcastle supporters – and the club is so stable these days too.

And who would have thought it would have taken a quiet Londoner, a gentleman, and one of the good guys of football, to rehabilitate Newcastle United?

You just cannot make this stuff up.

Comments always welcome.



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6 comments so far

  • Purely Belter

    Nov 2, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #1

    im wondering who exactly it is making these rumors about hughtons job.

    give the man what hes worth.

    time for the newcastle board to step up to the plate

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  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 2, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #2

    If there is any positive news for the southern press to write about NUFC, they don’t, or will at most just skim over it. If there is anything negative, then it will be headlines. If there is no news then they seem to make negative news up.

    As for Chris on the way to being a top manager. Chris (Busby) Hughton.

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Nov 2, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #3

    For once, i agree with the Cashley on this.

    For me it is a mountain out of a mole hill!! Garbage really. Just a few weeks back, the majority were on here slagging Hughton off, ‘Tactically inept’ to mention just a few issues pointed in his direction….after the blackpool debacle, and now, after a semi decent run (Rmember the wigan game) and the total humiliation of the unclean, he deserves a hyouge contract.

    I mean come on guys, 2 swallows and al that. We have been stung big time in the past by managers being given huge contracts, going through a sh1te spell of results, everbody wanting them out and then its millions of quids of compen.

    I say, Cashley shoudl keep his grubby little hand in his pocket and come xmas time, we are doing well in the league, then offer Hughton a 1 year rolling deal…no more!! This all needs to be put into perspective FFS. We aint won anything yet and we aint guaranteed our English Premier League status!!

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  • BeeGuy

    Nov 2, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #4

    For those of you out there who have failed to notice, the Clueless Chris, a defensive minded coach, has seem what he has as a manager and is using it as a barnstorming attacking horde. That, my friends, is a 180 degree turnabout from last years Coca-Cola league boys who allowed less than a goal a game.
    But, IMHO, the defernse is getting better each week, as bodies heal and the backline gets more comfortable with each othes play. But note there, too, Ch makes changes on the increment, not wholesale, for the PL games.

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  • Sav

    Nov 2, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #5

    I agree, its a mountain out of a molehill. fat sam Allardyce and Monkey’s Heed were sat smugly as TV sages saying the club had had too many managers and need stability now. Surley, with the size of kiss-off FSA took its no wonder Cashley is reluctant to commit! I nearly spilt my beer!

    So the logic is, because we’ve had too many managers in recent years we should ignore the ststed and agreeed procedure for negotiating Houghton’s contract at the end of the year when we have had a chance to see if he can cut it over at least half a season in the top league and instead rush out and hand him a long-term deal right now while he is on the crest of an emotional derby success?
    Have I got that right?
    Thank you, Big Sam and Reidy.

    However, the impediment to appointing Hoots’ choice of a no. 2 is another matter and needs to be addressed straight away. That in itself should be sufficient to quell the press sniping about Houghton getting the chop.

    How to be a hack at the Daily Hate Mail:
    Day 1. Make outrageous claims (whackier the better)
    Day 2. Interview major names for comments. ‘…What?’
    Day 3. Outraged fans’ reaction. Other papers and TV pick up on it. Its on Sky News now.
    Day 4. Print ‘Club denies Claim!’ – see we told you it was true!
    …and so it goes on until the next time, or X Factor final.

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  • jesus was a geordie

    Nov 2, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Angryman, I agree it’s a mountain out of a mole-hill but I’m not entirely sure about the rolling-contract…

    There are times when, even in the face of impending disaster, you need to stick by your coach! Had United sacked Fergie after his first 3 unsuccessful years they’d never have had the success that followed etc. A larger contact might just stay the hand and prevent them pressing the preverbial big red button!

    I want Hughton as manager, but I also want a sensible decision that’s right for the club – therefore, I think a happy medium has to be found…A 3 year contract with a reasonble compo. It gives us BOTH security without taking unnecessary risk.

    Furthermore (i’ve just thought of this while writing) Dirty Arry looks pretty much nailed on choice for the England job come 2012…Should we only have Hughton on a rolling contract, he would (especially if he continues improving at the rate he has been) first choice for the Spuds as a replacement…I’d HATE!!!!!!!! to see them poach another of our talents!

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