Is Chris Hughton Following In The Footsteps Of Bob Paisley?


There are legitimate cries from very reasonable people, calling on Mike Ashley to give Chris Hughton the much improved contract he has thoroughly deserved over the last 16 months.

Chris Hughton – thoroughly deserved a new much improved contract

After a couple of weeks on constant media attention surrounding Chris’ job on Tyneside, Chris put together a match plan that just decimated Sunderland and it was a championship fight it would have been stopped at half time.

We don’t need to go on about the fantastic impact Chris has had on the club and the players, who seem to bend over backwards to say what a great man and a great manager Chris is behind the scenes.

Even Ben Arfa has come out in praise of a man he says he trusts absolutely.

And we are seeing just one or two reports suggesting that Chris may be fed up with not getting a good contract on Tyneside, and that now would be a terrific time for him to leave Newcastle because he would be inundated with offers as either as a manager or the much less hostile position as coach.

The wages he would be offered would be more than he’s getting on Tyneside, and maybe more than Newcastle will finally offer him.

But Chris will not do that, it’s not in the man’s DNA, because he is just too good a man and too loyal to the Newcastle club to do anything of the sort – that’s one of the things that makes him so good!

Don’t forget this man was at the club when Kevin was manager and oversaw all the comings and goings at the club with Joe Kinnear during the relegation season, and was replaced with Alan Shearer.

But he didn’t leave then and he will not leave now.

And no, we don’t think Mike Ashley will offer Chris a new contract until the end of the year, and will hope the players will now do that little bit extra, as far as our results go, to ensure Newcastle are fairly safe from relegation, even as early as next January.

Yes, we think Chris will be offered a new contract before January, and yes we think it will eb a good one and certainly the best    contract he wi has ever received in his football coaching career.

We are just hoping that in a year or so he gets an even bigger and better  deal, because of the way he has taken Newcastle back to the big time, and into Europe again.  Yes, that’s a dream, but it could also be a very good bet to put on Chris right now.

As we’ve said before, maybe Chris Hughton is the new Bob Paisley, who was a coach and physiotherapist behind the scenes at Liverpool for 20 years,  before finally taking over from Bill Shankly as Liverpool manager in 1974.

Paisley led that famous Liverpool team for nine seasons, winning at least one trophy in eight of those seasons and initially disappointed to finish only second in his first season as manager, the team went one better the following year, winning the title, and it got even better after that.

Paisley remains the only man in history to coach three European Cup-winning sides (1977, 1978 and 1981), and his success was honored with six Manager of the Year awards.

When we issued that report earlier in the year – we were laughed at and criticized immensely – and there’s a danger it will happen again.

Don’t get us wrong, we are not saying Hughton will emulate Paisley, but what we are saying is that a man who’s always been in the shadows can prove that when he’s finally made manager, he can be a lot lot better at it than even he expected. He’s already done so much better than we ever thought he could do at Newcastle.

That’s what really happened with Bob Paisley at Liverpool, and he turned out to be one of the greatest man  managers of all time, and had a better record than the legendary Bill Shankly.

We are not saying Chris will become that, let’s again be clear about that, but there is ample evidence already that he can take Newcastle further than the 7th place they are in right now, after the first 10 games of the season.

Wouldn’t it be something if he can become the best Newcastle manager for 20 years,  because that would mean he will have emulated what the great Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan did at Newcastle, and that wasn’t too bad.

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10 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 2, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #1

    It always seems that when you give someone a new contract or promote someone from caretaker to full time it all goes t..ts up.

    A bit like a couple who have been going out for years, get married and it all goes sour.

    I think Ashley is partially right to say hang on, lets review at the end of the season. We as NUFC fans are notoriously fickle. A couple of losses instead of beating West ham and Sunderland and we would have been bottom 3.

    I really want CH to go and get better and better but I don’t want to tempt fate either.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 2, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #2

    On an earlier article here, I called Chris “Chris (Busby) Hughton. Because I hope Chris can do to NUFC what Matt Busby did for MUFC in the 60’s. But Bob Paisley isn’t a bad example either.

    Rotonda heights, I don’t think it would be tempting fate. If Ashley give Chris a one year roll on contract. It would at least stop all this crap from the press.

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  • rooks

    Nov 2, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #3

    “And no, we don’t think Mike Ashley will offer Chris a new contract until the end of the year…
    Yes, we think Chris will be offered a new contract before January”

    is this possible?

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  • RichK

    Nov 2, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #4

    CH has been watching Jonathan Legear of Anderlecht according to SSN. Don’t know anything about this player apart from that he’s a winger, has anyone got more info on him?

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  • RichK

    Nov 2, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Just watched a video or two on Youtube of him and he looks pretty decent – can deliver a good ball from wide areas and set pieces and his goal vs athletic bilbao was immense. Not sure if he’d be available or how much he’d cost but worth an enquiry!

    While you’re on the phone to Anderlecht CH ask if we can have Lukaku too, now there’s a player! He will be at one of Europe’s big clubs very soon!Why not join the toon instead 🙂

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  • mushy

    Nov 2, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Anybody know how much CH is currently on, and how does that compare with other Premiership managers?

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  • lesh

    Nov 2, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Mushy… I’m told by a mate whose mother’s aunt’s third cousin who’s married to Mrs Hughton’s daughter’s best friend’s father, that he’s on £30 a week…. NETT!

    Other Prem managers are on £35 0r in some cases, £45.

    Does that help?

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  • Davies

    Nov 2, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #8

    rooks – Yes, it is. The end of the year comes before January. I’m guessing late December.

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  • wynsleap

    Nov 2, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Why can’t everyone just settle down about Chris Hughtons’s contract? That includes fans and media. At the moment he is doing a fantastic job, following on from the unbelievable season he had in the Championship.
    I’m sure Chris just wants to be left alone to get on with his job and keep going the way he is going until January when The Controller will review his contract as he’s promised.
    Keep on with things they way they’re going and Chris will get his contract no problem – even Ashley isn’t that stupid.
    Conversely if he DOESN’T get his contract or is humiliated with a derisory offer that’s when fans, players and media should all be voicing their opinions – as loudly as possible
    Let’s just all have a bit of patience until then. After all things could go rapidly downhill by the Festive Season (although I’m pretty certain they won’t).

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  • Sawbuck

    Nov 2, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Comrade Hoots is a genius. Things get better under his leadership.

    The conspiracy against him must be purged and harmony restored.

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