Maybe Chris Hughton Wants To Delay Contract Negotiations

If we were Chris Hughton then he may want to even delay the contract negotiations with Derek LLambias.

Chris Hughton – could delay contract negotiations to his benefit?

The reason is that Newcastle look to be in tremendous form right now, and not only that, but the lads seem to have become a lot more professional over the last several games, as they seem to have managed to become a lot more consistent.

And of course they have even managed to play well at home in smashing Sunderland 5-1, last Sunday.

Newcastle have two home games coming up, Blackburn and Fulham, and 6 points cannot be taken for granted, but if the Newcastle side continue with the attitude that Chris Hughton drums into them every single day – that the next game is important and all that ever matters, then there’s a decent chance they can get two more wins before Saturday night – maybe.

And we also expect the fans to start returning to St. James’ Park, following some great displays from the lads recently.

So we could have 23 points from the first 13 games and then we don’t know how high we’d be positioned in the Premier League – maybe even in the top four.

We are still very surprised at how good Newcastle have looked in their last 3 league games, happily surprised mind you, and if the team continues to play like this, then surely we can at the very least,  avoid a relegation battle this season.

But Chris has done nothing but put his contract value way up over the last three games, and that could be even higher come Saturday evening. And we know the Newcastle players are playing out of their skins for their manager, so Chris can get a long term contract and stay on Tyneside.

It’s got to be looking good for Chris Hughton, to be offered a good long term contract.

And when was the last time a Newcastle manager actually earned a good contract?

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Young_Mag

    Nov 9, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Fair point Ed
    There isn’t anyone since Sir Bobby that has deserved a good long term contract.
    Hughton has revived Newcastle and since being promoted he hasn’t done anything wrong that would suggest he shouldn’t be given a long term contract
    When NUFC got relegated it was a disaster in the short term BUT in the long run it may be the best thing that could have happened to the club and he has been a vital part of that IMO.

  • BeeGuy

    Nov 9, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #2

    I continue to believe that right now MA should hand CH a nice bonus check for work well done, and as a down payment towards putting together a multi-year contract that shows his value to this club.

  • DrunkenSteve

    Nov 9, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #3

    “The wolf that climbs the mountain is hungrier than the wolf that sits on top of the mountain” – Arnold Schwarzenegger


    That said I think that New Year rather than the end of the season is the time to tie CH down to a lengthy contract.

  • tdt

    Nov 9, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #4

    I think the Roeder example is putting MA off. He was great as caretaker, but was somewhat disappionting own he became full time (albeit due to major injury situation).

    So really its only sensible business from MA. However that said, CH obviously isnt a one trick pony as he has consistently performed over the last 16 months.

    Anyway I’m pretty sure it’ll all be sorted soon and we’ll have nothing to worry about. Its only seen as an issue because the media are desparate to unsettle us in any way they can.

    Ed – why dont you write an article about how all the media are moaning about how “badboy” AC maybe getting an England call up when they turn a blind eye to adulterists (Terry, Cole, etc) and convicted doping offenders (Rio)?

    Surely cheating on your wife/long-term girlfriend or missing a drugs test (which looks highly suspicious no matter how much of a goody two shoe you are) is worst than having a scuffle with a random bloke out on the town?

    Not if you’re a player for a “big” team, it would appear.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Nov 9, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Think we all know that if MA showed Hoots the door then there would be uproar because every single player in that dressing room in pro-Hoots.

    MA would be completely stupid to not give Hoots a new contract, but I think he may be holding off to see just what contract Hoots deserves, I think Ed said it yesterday, that if Hoots continues as he is doing then his stock is rising.

    This could be a shrewd move from MA, because if he was to offer Hoots a lower value contract now, then as soon as a bigger club came in to talk to Hoots then it would be so easy for him to move on.

    For me, the contract issue is not a big one, sure it needs sorting, but is Hoot’s commitment in question? I think not!


  • Hugo_Viana

    Nov 9, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #6

    looks like we’re about to have a Rooney situation with Chris here.

  • traceline

    Nov 9, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #7

    If the threat of going down is playing on MA’s mind then here’s an option, offer Chris:

    An X year extension with triple wages (due to him being paid awfully at the mo) to take effect after nufc guarunteed survival (40pt mark?)

    A bonus payable at the same time to make up the gap on the “lost” wages between here and that point.

    That way hughton knows and is effectively paid for, his worth and MA isn’t exposed if we go down and he wants rid (why?!)

    For my twopenneth, Chris being smuggled away by some other team would completely (and fatally) destabalize the club again (a’la Robson -> souness) – IMO much more of a threat to us than us going down.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Nov 9, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #8

    I know MA wants to cover his arse in case it looks like we may be dragged back down, but that said there are 2 questions to that:

    1. Who else would come in?
    2. Could anyone else do better than Hoots?

    1. Noone of any calibre.
    2. Doubtful.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Nov 9, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #9

    @ Hugo_Viana // Nov 9, 2010 at 2:19 PM (6)

    “looks like we’re about to have a Rooney situation with Chris here.”

    How do you work that out? Chris has come out and said he wants a contract.

  • Hobs

    Nov 9, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #10

    If Chris stays until the summer, he’s the first manager in a VERY long time to actually stay at the club for the full duration of his contract, am I right?
    I don’d know who was the last to do this, was it Keegan og Bobby?

  • fongct

    Nov 9, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #11

    People can find a thousand excuses for Ashley for not offering CH a new contract which CH is totally deserves

    But why not now?…It is better for our board to show they value him, appreciate what he has done for the club and show their support to the manager by offering him a new contract within this month?

    Yes, it is right that CH has to earn his new contract….but the board has to find the right balance, in order to do the right thing at the right time and run the club professionally

    Derek is enjoying his holiday…so it is unlikely they will offer CH a new contract anytime soon anyway….oh, where is CH’s assistant by the way?…


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