Can Chris Hughton Lift His Players This Afternoon?


One of Chris Hughton’s big strengths last season was to lift his players following a disappointing result.

Lee Clark – while coaching at Newcastle

After we had lost those two away games to Nottingham Forest and Scunthorpe United in just 4 days,  Chris was able to get a win against Doncaster Rovers at home 2-1 the following Saturday, with Kevin Nolan scoring the winner right at the death,  and that sent Newcastle on a 7 game winning streak.

We hope Chris can do the same thing today, when he tries to work out how to penetrate Fulham’s defense, which we think will be very much like Blackburn’s defense  on Wednesday evening, when Sam played 5 across the back.

Former Newcastle coach and player Lee Clark has also played at Fulham, and is now managing Huddersfield Town to some success in League One, where he has The Terriers  currently second top of the league.

And Lee Clark talked to the Evening Chronicle:

“It was a surprise to see Newcastle lose to Blackburn, but judging by the way Chris has lifted the players after other setbacks I’d tip him to do the same again here.“The results against Sunderland and Arsenal were fantastic, but you knew that Sam Allardyce would have his players up for it coming back to St James’ Park.”

“That’s gone now but, having watched Newcastle bounce back from defeats already this season, to still be in fifth is fantastic for everybody at the football club.” “If anybody had said at the start of the season Newcastle United would be fifth in the second week of November then I think fans, players and coaching staff would have snapped their hand off!”

“It’s been a brilliant start and it should be enjoyed and built upon.” “The only cloud for me has been that the manager has not be handed the security he and the club deserve. He deserves a long-term contract and some stability”

“He’s brought players together again and they seem to be dying for him now and running through brick walls.” “The players and the staff have done fantastically well to be in this position at this stage of the season and if he was to get that contract, it would be the next boost to a season that is going well.”

“When you have players who are being linked with a international call-ups then it is in recognition to the work of them and the manager.” “He deserves a long-term contract.”

We agree completely with Lee’s sentiments.

And we’ll be keeping an eye on Lee Clark’s management career, because he’s showing at Huddersfield Town he could become  a very accomplished manager in the future.

Lee’s stated career goal is at some point to become manager of – who else – Newcastle United.

Boy, that’s a surprise  for a lad born and bred in Walker, where we are also from – St.  Anthony’s estate to be more accurate.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments very welcome.



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5 comments so far

  • CT

    Nov 13, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Fulham are well organised and will be set up lke B`burn.
    We need more guile and speed. Won`t happen, but I would like to see the follwing line up today.
    —————–Krul
    Simpson—Sol—-Colo—Jose
    —————-Tiote
    Jonas—-Guthrey—Nolan—-Lovenk
    —————-Carrol

    Jonas(No left foot) Loven(quick and natural left foot)

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  • Thump

    Nov 13, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #2

    I like that line up CT. I’d ideally go for that given half a chance, especially as Jonas seems to be drifting over to the right more and more nowadays.

    Ed, I didn’t know you were from Walker? I live right next to St. Anthony’s.

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  • CT

    Nov 13, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #3

    RE talksport, According to the stats/opta index. Nolan is currently the third best player in Europe. Who needs Messi etc?

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  • Thump

    Nov 13, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #4

    Third best, eh? Bet they were having a right old giggle to themselves when they said that.

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  • Thump

    Nov 13, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Speaking of stats: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/team/squad?teamId=361&cat=foulsSuffered&season=2010&leagueId=23&cc=5739

    20 on JB and that’s only the ones the ref called back!

    Have a deek at Big Andy’s shots – 45! 17 of them were on target… can’t accuse the lad of not trying 😀

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