Four Englishman Who Prove Hughton’s Top-Class Coaching


The sign of a great coach is just how much he can get out of  the players he already has.

Chris Hughton – proof of top class coaching at Newcastle United

It’s OK going to a club willing to spend millions and millions on players, such as Roberto Mancini has done at Man City, and which Jose Mourinho did a few years back at Chelsea, but the real sign of  coaching competence and skill, is to get the very best you can out of what you have.

That’s one thing you could always see in the great Bobby Robson, and when he took over Newcastle they were then second bottom of the league, but Bobby transformed Newcastle, pumped confidence into his players,  and got them 52 points by the end of the season, with just one or two new players.

That was a miracle from Bobby – to be sure – and after a hiccup due to too many injuries in the following season,  he had Newcastle in 4th, 3rd and 5th place in the Premier League.

Of course Bobby had already shown that class at Ipswich Town, when he never had much money to spend at all on new players, but brought the youngsters through the ranks, and had Ipswich in the top six in the old League Division One time consistently.

And Chris Hughton has shown he is a great coach, in the way he has revived footballers at the Newcastle club,  who had been under-performing.

The first example is Kevin Nolan, who is now the captain of Newcastle, and having one of his best seasons ever, and has already scored 25 goals for Newcastle in just 69 appearances. That’s a rate of goal scoring that he’s never ever approached before, after scoring only 50 goals in 345 appearances for Bolton Wanderers.

But Chris saw the goal scoring that was there in Kevin, and in the last 16 months has taken advantage of that skill,  by often playing the Liverpudlian as a withdrawn striker. Yes, we know 18 of those goals were scored in the Championship.

Joey Barton seems to have finally got his life in order off the field of play, and he’s been absolutely great for Newcastle so far this season, and looks what he is – an experienced, seasoned and very skillful player.

The third player we present for the case for Chris Hughton is Shola Ameobi,  who has never really fulfilled the massive potential he has always had, but last season at the beginning, and this season so far, he’s arguably been in his best form ever for his home town club, whom he made his debut for a full 10 years ago under Bobby Robson, who always liked the player.

And then there is Andy Carroll who has scored 24 goals in the last two seasons, is on the verge of the full England team, and is still only 21 years old, but is looking like a new star number 9 for Newcastle.

All four of those players are English, and they all played great on Sunday, with Kevin and Shola getting the goals in the 5-1 mauling of Sunderland, and they must have impressed watching England Assistant Manager,  Franco Baldini.

So there are four players, all of whom were superb for Newcastle on Sunday, when Hughotn’s game plan was spot on and helped to demolish Sunderland 5-1, and the Magpies were simply the far superior side on the day.

If that’s not world class coaching from Chris Hughton, then we don’t know what is.

And we haven’t even mentioned Jonas Gutierrez, Fab Coloccini, Mike Williamson or Jose Enrique,  or three of our younger players in Shane Ferguson, Haris Vuckic or Nile Ranger, who are all playing excellent football right now at the Newcastle club.

As a new manager, it really helps when you already have 15 years of top coaching experience in  the game, working under some great managers, as Chris has, and Hughton seems to know just exactly what he’s talking about.  What’s that saying about practice makes perfect, and the more you do something, the better you will become.

And does that mean that Chris Hughton will become better as a manager at Newcastle over the next few seasons – probably – if he remains at the club that long.

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19 comments so far

  • Solaidback

    Nov 3, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Hey Ed, is this a rallying cry from you to Capello to get our lads in the next England squad by any chance… lol

    Personally I’d prefer them concentrating on the Toon games this season & if they’re as good as the last match all season, then Capello can take them to the European Cup with him but I don’t want to any of our players getting injured on England duties this season, as that’s what happened with Owen & we know that story all too well imo.. 🙁

    So Mr Capello, please keep your hands of our players for this season & once we’re safe, feel free to add them to your squad then ok 🙂

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  • traceline

    Nov 3, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #2

    I’d put williamson right in the middle of that bunch too – consistent from the get-go in nufc colours, and seems to be thriving to the point of taylor looking like he might be surplus to requirements (who’d’ve thought of that a year ago?).

    Am not saying hughton has coached him to greatness, but he’s had the vision and wherewithall to engender an environment @ nufc that allows this sort of flourishing to happen.

    Top job.

    Now: if he can only work his jedi mind tricks on perch and routeledge.

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  • aoOjee

    Nov 3, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Houghtons hair is black n white..

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  • ginkoh

    Nov 3, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Don’t forget Simpson, Williamson, S.Taylor, Guthrie, Ranger, Gosling. They’re waiting to shine in PRM and they’re all English too.

    Sorry for Best, R.Taylor, Smith and Perch who cannot break into the team now but hopefully they can improve the skill and get the chance in the future.

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  • ballerfan2

    Nov 3, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #5

    I would love to see Hughton as our manager for the next 10 – 15 years. First of all that would mean he was being a success and secondly I just love the spirit he has created in the squad. If he can maintain that respect from the players then nothing is impossible. There will be difficult periods no doubt, some almost certainly before this season is ended too but I believe that if he gets the support of management and us the fans even when things appear rocky then he can go on to become a manager to rank with Keegan and SBR and you never know even better. The comparison with Sir Bobby in his early days is spot on.

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  • ballerfan2

    Nov 3, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #6

    While i’m on …. I don’t know if anyone feels the same way but I have to say I have been extremely impressed with Joey Barton’s interviews/comments recently. I don’t mean that he just says things that we want to hear but that he comes over as extremely intelligent and eloquent. Given this apparent intelligence, how on earth has he managed to get himself in all the trouble he has? It does explain though how he seems to have completely altered his lifestyle for the better. Long may it continue so that we get to see the very best of a hugely talented footballer.

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  • Solaidback

    Nov 3, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #7

    My only concern is, if these players start to get the recognition they derserve, what will happen if/when bigger clubs come in for them?? 🙁

    Will they want to leave for a chance of winning silverware or will Ashley cash in on them because of the rising stars we currently have waiting in the wings or will Ashley try to keep them at the TOON & try & win some silverware for the club???

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  • NUFC2010

    Nov 3, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #8

    There is so much wrong with this article that I really do think it might be time for a reality check.

    Fair play Hughton got us promoted last season, and we’re doing ok so far this season. But bear in mind that we had the best squad that Championship had ever seen. We’re only 10 games into this season in 7th place (great) having won our last 2, but before that we were averaging 1 point per game which is pretty much relegation form. Hughton hasn’t achieved all that much yet, so to compare him to Sir Bobby is a bit ridiculous.

    As for Nolan, he may well have scored 25 in 69 for NUFC, but most of them came in the Championship. So to compare that with his record at Bolton is comparing apples with oranges.

    I’ve lost count of how many times Barton has talked a good game about having made mistakes in the past and cleaning up his act, only to go and get himself into even more trouble! He has played well the last couple of games, but overall has been fairly for disappointing for NUFC under both Allardyce and Hughton considering the player he was for Man City.

    Ameobi has always been able to put in the occasional excellent performance, but has never been able to do it consistently. No change there at all under Hughton.

    Carroll, as with Nolan, scored most of his goals for us in the Championship. He still has much to prove before he can be considered a top Premier League striker and a star no.9 for NUFC.

    Don’t get me wrong, I think Hughton is doing ok, and I enjoyed Sunday’s game as much as anyone. I’m happy to give Hughton his dues in that we were spot on in terms of both tactics and motivation. But I also saw the Blackpool, Stoke and Wigan games in which we were awful – I saw no evidence of “world class coaching from Chris Hughton” in those three games.

    Hughton still has a lot to prove so let’s not get carried away just yet.

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  • nden85

    Nov 3, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #9

    now now, lets not all get carried away, we were just above the relegation zone a week and a bit ago and we’ve got some tough fixtures coming. We are not world beaters just yet. Great job anyway though Hoot.

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  • nden85

    Nov 3, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #10

    oh, and has anyone else noticed that one half of hughton’s hair is black and the other side is noticeably greyer?

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  • punk skunk...

    Nov 3, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #11

    We don’t want/need our players playin’ for mingland…F*** That!..
    Let ’em just get on with playin’ for the Toon…
    Fu*K mingland!..

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  • stk85

    Nov 3, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #12

    the thing with these players is they all respect hughton and will back him to the hilt and with this team spirit and nolan as captain, i believe they have all been bitten by the NUFC bug and will be with us for the next few years. and to think in two years time, we’ll probably have vuckic regularly strutting his stuff too.

    williamson is very much an unsung hero, apart from the B.A.N.C, i’d say he’s another miracle of chris’ coaching. steven taylor has a fight on his hands!

    i’d expect at least barton and carroll to be in the next england squad. if they arn’t and barry gets told to play deep and stay there all game again, then capello needs shooting and will havee completely disproved his selecting form players policy.

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  • alkinou

    Nov 3, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #13

    It’s a shame Guthrie doesn’t get more time on the pitch, he seemed a really good prospect playing through the middle last year. I guess it’s normal you don’t change a winning team.

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  • Davies

    Nov 3, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #14

    I’d just love it if people stopped calling Colocinni “Fab”. It’s awful.

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  • Brutooon

    Nov 3, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #15

    Perch is the only player not improvr

    Hope CH will force smith to retired early

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  • ardenTOON

    Nov 3, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #16

    Chris Hughton may not yet measure up to SBR in managerial ability but he is every bit the gentleman he was…And in the last two of our PL games he is showing attacking intent which many(including me) thought he was incapable of. Parking two Hummers up front in ameobi and carroll(my M.O.M) has created that little bit extra freedom for our midfield which we have exploited. And Tiote has to be the buy of the season. Most influential toon mf since rob lee.. All in all kudos to Hughton for the job he’s done 4 the toon. HWTL

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  • Sav

    Nov 3, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #17

    Yes you are getting a bit mushy now, Ed. For a man who ran a multi-million IBM empire, that’s not very objective. Can’t let sentiment cloud your judgement.
    On Hoots’ contract, the average tenure for a manager in the leagues is barely 2 years ok its shorter in the lower end and a bit longer in the Prem,. where the likes of Taggatr and Arse-end skew the stats a bit. But that bein the case, why the clamour to dish out 3 and 4 year contracts when, statistically, you know you are likely to be paying most of them off for the last one. The contracts for managers should be for no more than the average tenure or the game just ends up dishing out fat cheques to the likes of Allardyce – no wonder he says Hoots should be banging on Cashley’s door, the greedy nowt.
    A rolling contract is the best option for most managers and paying out millions a year is rubbish. Glad to see Houghton is making less fuss about it than most.

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 4, 2010 at 3:25 AM

    Comment #18

    bru, perch has only been at the club for like 3 and half months. i reckon he wasnt bought to be a major impact right now. only played him as our main rb was injured i reckon

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  • chuck

    Nov 4, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #19

    SAV
    What more has CH to do in order to get the contract he deserves ?
    Actually it`s rumored he has turned down a lowball figure from the club and there`s the possibility he could move on, unless there`s an improvement.
    If so Ashley would be making the biggest mistake he`s made since he took over the club and he`s made quite a few.
    We could end up with a re-tread like Joe Kinnear or worse whom he would have to pay more.
    A return to the same revolving door syndrome of managers and possibly resentment and discord in the dressing room, where it`s reported everyone both like and highly respect Hughton.
    We all remember the chaos of pre Hughton times and to risk a return to the lows of that period, would be devastating to the club.

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