As Hughton Convinces Ashley He’s Good Enough – We Love It

As we’ve said to anybody who will listen over the last week or so, the fact that Chris Hughton has not signed a new contract at Newcastle United, is hardly a huge problem or crisis.

Mike Ashley with Chris Hughton

Indeed, what seems to be happening right now is Chris Hughton is earning his new contract, by letting a certain Mike Ashley know that he indeed can manage in the Premier League, and be very successful too, and it’s been great for Newcastle.

You really cannot blame Mike too much, for not rushing into a new contract for Chris, until he shows he can hold his head above water in England’s top league,  and certainly Chris has been little short of magnificent for Newcastle this season – we’ll not even mention what this man did last season. 😀

Don’t forget that the Newcastle club paid out millions to Sam Allardyce and his huge staff, when he was fired, and that Kevin Keegan also cost the club some millions, although in that case it seems that Mike and the club only got what they deserved,  for treating a Newcastle legend with no respect at all.

We have to hope that Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias have learned from their previous experiences at Newcastle, if  Mike is to stay as owner of Newcastle United, which appears likely.

So when you look at the history of the managers, and what they’ve cost the club, since Mike took over 42 months ago, it’s not really too surprising that Mike wants to be really sure he has the right man before committing millions to Chris over the next few seasons.

And with Mike Ashley delaying the contract it could well be that Chris gets an even better contract than he had even expected – with three league wins in a row, Newcastle are now in 5th place in the league.

And certainly if  the lads can win their next two home games against Blackburn and Fulham, then  heaven knows how high in the league table Newcastle will be by this coming Saturday evening.

Right now Chris is concentrating only on getting Newcastle as many points as he can – and that will of course help him in the contract negotiations – once they start – which is hopefully fairly soon.

And after Chris signs his new contract, he will then be concentrating  on getting Newcastle as many points as he can – so he can fulfill the goals for this first season back in England’s top league – – which is simply to stay in the Premier League.

If Newcastle keep playing like they’ve played in the last three league games, it will be an odds-on certainty that Chris will have reached his goals for two seasons running,  as manager of  Newcastle.

We just love Chris – he’s straight as an arrow – and so honest – and never looks for excuses – and seems completely and utterly dedicated to doing well for the Newcastle United Football club.

What more could you ask for in a Newcastle manager?

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • CT

    Nov 8, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #1

    Hoots will get his contract of that there is no doubt, at the same time give Steve Stone the assis. manager`s job. Results and performances outstanding since CC left. Coincidence??

  • balubas1

    Nov 8, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #2


  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 8, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #3

    CT, let me put that another way. Has anyone noticed how well Hibs are doing since CC took over?

  • Thump

    Nov 8, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #4

    Long ball tactics have been employed by Mr. Calderwood. Glad to see Chris telling the players to hit it along the deck – the results speak for themselves!

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 8, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #5

    does Chris really need an assistant?

    See how well we’ve been doing without one 😀

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 8, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #6

    Turkish Magpie, “does Chris really need an assistant?

    See how well we’ve been doing without one”.

    Call me superstitious if you want, but I think that has more to do with CH and the suit.

  • CT

    Nov 8, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #7

    CC recomended Best and Perch, coincidence?? Steve Stone and Pedro are geordies, they know the area, club, players and the supporters, why bring someonelse in that could disrupt everything?
    Thump, Hoots has learned to adapt his tactics, yesterday using Shola to link play and play more direct when going forward forward was brilliant!
    Tiote had Fabregas in his pocket, Simpson marked Nasri out of the game, Arse never looked like playing thro us and reverted to more direct in the last 20 minutes.
    Barton and Simpson on the right have made us more solid and balanced.
    4:4;2 happened after CC left . NO COINICIDENCE!!

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 8, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #8


    I can’t argue with that 😉

  • Thump

    Nov 8, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Well put CT 😀

  • Solaidback

    Nov 8, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #10

    It’s got to be the Jacket & jumper thats dong it for us.. 😉 lol

  • Solaidback

    Nov 8, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #11

    My only concern is, I know CH loves the Toon, the club & the area as he said so just this week, so if Ashley can tie him down for 3-5 years & we start to go places, how long will it be before one of the other big clubs comes a calling, as Manc Usa, Spurts & even Arse-nil will be looking for new managers in that space of time & if CH can do what he has with us, will he leave if they come a calling??? 🙁

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 8, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Solaidback, think it depends on how far CH can take us, when he hits his maximal, how much Ashley, or who ever, is willing to pay compared to other clubs. My bigger worry is our team. I can’t see it remaining together for long. In the next transfer window or so a few clubs will be lining up for a few of our players. Or (and I compared CH to Matt Busby the other day) CH does a Matt Busby and builds a team around him. Something like the “Hoots Babes”.

  • Solaidback

    Nov 8, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #13

    GG – yeah that would be good, lets just hope the players we have currently want to stay with us for a few years, it’s been too long since we had a team of players who wanted to play for the B&W shirts & not their wages packets as in the past decade….

    Hoots babes sounds good to me… 😉 lol

  • cupiddstunt

    Nov 8, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Slb that has been my worry as well, I understand how MA wants to get the wages under control and at a level that is balanced to the clubs earnings.

    But there are other clubs that will still be prepared to throw money around until the new rules force them to stop, in that time we could well have several cherries picked from our club and I think the first targets are going to be Carroll and Hoots himself. I think Jan will see some serious interest in those two, both they and MA’s business mind are going to be tested.

  • BeeGuy

    Nov 8, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #15

    If I were Ma, I’d be giving CH a big bonus check right now to show intentions to keep him on board for the long term.

  • mark9403newcastle

    Nov 8, 2010 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #16

    I dont think its a coincidence since CC left, pretty much all my friends are Forest fans and having watched them in League 1 and Championship under Calderwood, they were terrible! Long ball tactics, it was only McGugan who would play it on the floor. Not a good manager at all in my opinion and no doubt in my mind Perch was Calderwood’s decision! Good ridence!

  • mark9403newcastle

    Nov 8, 2010 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Well put CT as well about Best, he tried desperately to sign him at Forest too. He isn’t the man we need at Newcastle, definitely doesn’t play attractive football. Keep CH in charge and let that man develop as a manager. Stone could be a shout but I honestly wouldn’t mind an experienced assistant!

  • Bao Zheng

    Nov 9, 2010 at 3:53 AM

    Comment #18

    One more thing which I would considerif I were Big Mike, Hooton has also shown some ability to manage his way out of some bad results, and that is absolutely vital at any level. I honestly think sorting the contract at the Xmas party may be best for all concerned.


    Nov 9, 2010 at 5:37 AM

    Comment #19

    As far as the assistent is concerned i would look no further than Peter Beardsley.

    Hoots will get his contract, of that i have no doubt. Hope its a long term one!

    I,me curious as to whether there will be any movement in the transfer window in Jan?

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 9, 2010 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #20

    I’m delighted people are seeing that we are so much better off without calderwood. Since he left we are playing far more football instead of ”hoof ball” and actually showing Carroll can play a bit on the deck.

    I think CH did well in spite of Calderwood not because of him. Hopefully he will take Perch and Best off our hands as they were obviously his signings not CH’s.

    I thibnk CH is almost better off on his own or just let Steve Stone keep doing his thing. If it ain’t broke…..

  • Graeme

    Nov 9, 2010 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #21

    If MA keeps Hoots on a crap contract – and by Premier League standards, its crap – whats going to happen when some of the so called “Bigger Clubs” who are behind us in the table start to panic??

    Once they hit the panic button, their managers will be sacked and replacements will be required, with experience. Who’s the obvious man to try and prise away from his current club – his club dont value him or they wouldnt have him on such a poor Contract.

    Would Hoots stay at NUFC if say, Everton or West Ham came knocking on his door and offered him £5-600,000 pa plus bonuses?? Still cheap by Premier League standards, but a damn site better than he’s getting at NUFC!!!

    Its not a situation we should be risking just to save a few quid – or is MA still hankering after a “Name” to run his football club for him?? I wouldnt trust MA as far as I could throw him – he would stab Hoots in the back as soon as it suits him and loyalty is a two way street!!

  • Bobbazs

    Nov 9, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #22

    Im sorry but I have to say the comments of perch and best being calderwoods decisions/signings are total and utter tosh. Yes he may have had some input but somebody like Chris Hughton is going to make his own decisions on players. Since when have the assistant managers made decisions on signings??? what rubbish.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Nov 9, 2010 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #23

    Just ’cause Ashley is an a**hole doesn’t mean all southerners are… they are already marking him for the Spurs job…

    ‘After working for the soulless, penny-pinching regime of Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias, Hughton certainly deserves more caring employers.’ seee the rest here & worry:

  • lesh

    Nov 9, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #24

    Captain Beefheart // Nov 9, 2010 at 8:46 AM

    Just ’cause Ashley is an a**hole doesn’t mean all southerners are… they are already marking him for the Spurs job…. you took the wind outa my sails with that link.

    Of course it’s the Torygraph speculating but you can bet your boots that if he were to get the call from Spurs, he’d be off like a shot!

    Assuming he’s not on a good contract soon and ‘Arry doesn’t get put inside for allegedly evading tax (just when is he going to appear in court I wonder?) and he gets an England role, then there’s a strong possibility that CH will get the call.

    A contract offer made following submission of a resignation, is an offer made too late!

    C’mon Mr A, you’ve got a manager who’s done a marvellous job so far, so at least look after him otherwise we’ll be faced with another JFK-inspired debacle!

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 9, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #25


    it’s called having influence. CC leaves and we start playing good football. Coincidence I don’t think so. CC was Forest manager and made Perch captain. Perch doesn’t play, we win 3 on the spin. I rest my case. I had it on good authority CH wanted Moses but was persuaded by CC to go for Best. Coincidence that he’s crap I don’t think so.

  • chuck

    Nov 9, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #26

    It would be no surprise if CH was poached by Spurs, as Arry has recently and in the past expressed interest in the England job.
    After all , who would`nt? get to watch all the games you want to, with no great expectations to win anything, sounds like a great job !
    On the subject of great jobs, Arry has certainly built a decent side at WHL, possibly the best Spurs team in decades.
    As for Ash., he better get his act to-gether if he intends to keep possibly the best manager NUFC have had in a long time, even Sir Bobby would have been hard pressed to match CH`s record.
    He`s got an average team punching way above their weight.
    And the teams that are presently in trouble, have they paid attention to what he`s accomplished ? bet your ass they have !
    They are also aware CH is doing it on a salary that`s peanuts compared to the rest of the EPL managers.
    Look it`s time he was rewarded for what he has accomplished, if necessary give him a rolling contract, (after all Sir Bobby had one)
    But CH deserves a bit of dosh, give him a contract, before we lose him and everything turns to s**t.

  • chuck

    Nov 9, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #27

    In regards to Calderwood, no surprises there.
    Seems anyone who leaves the club is immediately knocked by those who can`t understand why anyone would want to leave NUFC.
    For C****t sake grow up, the man was offered a managing job and would have been foolish to turn it down.
    It`s also a knock on CH, who brought him in to begin with, guess he does`nt know much about football either ?
    As for Beardsley, great player, but the word is lousy coach (hey it`s possible) and is only at the club for the (jobs for the boys) reason.
    The logic is, you dont have to be a Geordie to do a good job at the club, the London born Irishman presently in charge proves that argument.

  • dave 1961

    Nov 9, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #28

    why would chris go back to spurs when they sacked him?


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