Hughton’s Assistant Coach Appointment Likely To Be Delayed


Assistant manager Colin Calderwood left Newcastle to manage Hibernian on Monday, 18th October, and 25 days later there’s still no sign of Chris bringing in a new assistant at St. James’ Park.

Chris Hughton – still to get new assistant in

Calderwood has had a tough time since moving north and lost his first three league games.

But on Wednesday night they beat Rangers at Ibrox 3-0, and that was the first time Rangers had been beaten at home in the league for 20 months. Not a bad first win for Colin.

And on the same night Celtic were losing 2-0 at Hearts, with Newcastle’s on-loan goalkeeper Fraser Forster making his 12th appearance for Celtic,  and former coach Alan Thompson now an assistant there to manager Neil Lennon.

In that game Celtic’s former Cardiff player Joe Ledley, was sent off after 56 minutes.  So for once the two Edinburgh clubs beat the two famous Glasgow clubs – when did that last happen – and on the same night too – and for that matter when was the last time the two team Scottish Premier League,  had both their top sides beaten on the same night?

Back to the Newcastle Assistant Manager position, and  Chris seems to have said all the coaches that have been linked with the post, are in fact not being considered, so who may get the job – we have no idea.

Since Colin left the club, Newcastle have won three of their four Premier League games, so it’s not as if Chris seems to be missing not   having an  assistant.

That could be true in the short term, but Chris needs a good coach as his right-hand man, to help with all the stuff that needs to be done on Tyneside – Chris has a very tough job at Newcastle.

We had hoped that former Newcastle coach John Carver could be coming back to Newcastle, but he’s currently the Assistant manager to Gary Speed at Sheffield United, so it’s unlikely John will be coming back home anytime soon.

It could be that since Chris has not yet signed a new improved contract on Tyneside, that  could delay the signing of a new assistant until Chris is on his new and higher wages, because then the assistant manager wage offered by Newcastle should also rise significantly.

The wages of Chris and Colin were both set when Newcastle were a Championship side, and we’re now currently 5th top of the Premier League.

That’s the main reason we think the appointment may be even further delayed.

Comments welcome.



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13 comments so far

  • macn0ble (Finland)

    Nov 12, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Ray Wilkins got sacked from Chelski yesterday. Maybe Hooton will go for him?

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  • BeeGuy

    Nov 12, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Could CH briong in a “coach emeritus” to help him bridge the gap until he has his new assistant? NUFC is getting into the time of the season where players get hurt, tired and disinterested. Keeping tabs on all that is more than a one man job. I say, give the man some help!

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  • Solaidback

    Nov 12, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #3

    From what I’ve seen, it looks like Steve Stone is doing the job at present, he’s always at the matches & on the bench, so maybe they’ll promote from inside & then find someone to replace Stone as Beardo’s no2 for the reserves???

    Either way, as long as we keep winning, who cares when they come in.. lol 😉

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  • toonman

    Nov 12, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Steve Stone is a nice bloke and can see him being popular with the players. But does he have the knowledge to assist Chris in terms of tactics?

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  • archaeomag

    Nov 12, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Bringing in a new face could be disruptive, Steve Stone was a good pro, and PB is part of the furniture, both ‘loyal servants’. It’s hard to judge if CH needs tactical support, as, realistically, he does not have a lot of options.

    [Ray Wilkins- perhaps too big a fish, and god knows what he was paid at Chelski]

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  • Lynxie

    Nov 12, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Steve Stone is a genuine nice guy, but I firmly believe that we need someone with coaching genius and the ability to get more out of a bunch of players who are already motivated (as it appears) team spirit is there, we just need to add some tactical nous to our (at times) niave squad. CH appears to be unable to provide a plan B at present, perhaps because of the players available, or more worryingly perhaps becasue he is a little short (currently) of tactical awareness. Against Blackburn it clearly was not working, yet we could not (or would not) change the team shape.
    Good coaches improve good players. We have all seen the improvement in the short term (thanks to CH and CC), but we need to move up to the next level, and that measn bringing in PROVEN coaches, if need be. Lets not forget that Stoney is still learning his new trade too.
    Alternately, heres a few possibles to ponder:
    Ask John Carver to come back home???
    Les Ferdinand as striking coach?
    Big Sol to move into assisting Chris with the coaching side (defensively) I am sure this is already happening after seeing the defending against Arsenal.

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  • MacToon

    Nov 12, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #7

    No real hurry and important to get the right person rather than fill the vacancy quickly!

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  • davies9

    Nov 12, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #8

    maybe a chance to get wilkins…

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  • Lynxie

    Nov 12, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Macoon, I totally agree. dont make do with less, wait for the best.
    Its not that long ago that Wilkins was a telly pundit (for years) so his talent as a coach is noit that great. He only got invited back to Chelski in much the same role as Terry Mac had at SJP. (bookies runner, pie man, and general lads pal). If the managers at Chelea could have spoken English, he would not have got the job. Clearly he is no longer required, and they have punted him. What makes everyone think we need another Jester / Yes man on the backroom team? Steve Clarke is a different proposition, good proven copach with excellent credentials and track record. GET HIM.

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  • Lynxie

    Nov 12, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #10

    ** MacToon** sorry. (typo)

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  • chuck

    Nov 12, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #11

    Yeah agree Clarke would be a great choice, unfortunately he has turned down the opportunity, setting his sight`s on a management role, which no doubt he would IMO do well.
    I dont see this as something negative, the fact CH is taking his time, as I`m ssure there are a pile of resume`s on his desk and better to be sure than sorry.
    Too many rash decisions have been made @ this club in the last few years.
    As for the comments on CH`s lack of tactical nous, this is a guy who has been in the game since he was a kid, both as a player , coach under some of the biggest names in the game and manager.
    You really should`nt embarass yourself with such statements, unless your name is Morinho !

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  • leedodd

    Nov 12, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Ray Wilkins would Give Us The Very Valuable Experience We Need For this Season !!!!!!! Maybe Chris May Call Him Up ???? Gis a Job My Son !!!!

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  • bill

    Nov 12, 2010 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #13

    Did someone mention tactics. Football tactics are simple. Strange isn’t it that most coaches and managers have very few brain cells. They cannot work out differential equations but they are masters at football tactics. Give me a break.

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