Players Unhappy At Hughton Dismissal – It’s Goodbye To Ben Arfa


Sol Campbell will not have endeared himself to Mike Ashley tonight, as he has come out and said that Chris Hughton’s dismissal makes no sense at all and it will hit the Newcastle players hard.

Sol Campbell – why did this happen?

Campbell told ESPN tonight:

“You have got to ask yourself why this has happened because it makes no sense,” “Here is a guy who has done an unbelievable job.”

“He got the club back into the Premier League and any manager would have been rewarded for that with a new contract – but Chris wasn’t.”

“The players are sure to be asking themselves ‘what the hell is going on?’, that is only natural.”  “We all had a good relationship, and when we left training this morning none of the players had a clue this was coming,”

“But word started to spread that the bookies had stopped taking bets and the players started texting each other with the news.”

“Yes, it has come as a shock, and it will affect the dressing room there is no doubt about that.”

And Campbell was coached by Hughton when the former England International was at Tottenham, and Chris was the Assistant manager there, which is one reason he came to Newcastle United in the summer.

And of course Chris was well suited to Newcastle’s strategy of bringing through youngsters at the club, because he was a great coach and a wonderful man-manager.

Chris had already worked wonders with players like Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton to name but three – but that’s out of the window now, and we even have to hope Chris doesn’t join a PL club, because they’ll all be wanting to join him there.

It’s not the first time that Sol Campbell has waxed lyrical about his manager, and he said these parting words tonight:

“Chris is such a lovely guy – Top man. This will hit the players hard,”

“The players admired him, and liked him, and won’t be happy now he’s gone like this.”

And Campbell admitted that after leaving training this morning, none of the players had the slightest clue regarding the events that were about to unfold, that would put Newcastle in the news spotlight again – and the press asking – what on earth is going on at Newcastle?

Well at least we had 16 months of stability, and it was nice while it lasted,  and we even got to hammer and humble Sunderland 5-1.

And we hate to even bring this up – but we doubt if Hatem Ben Arfa will want to come to Newcastle now.

One reason he was so interested in joining Newcastle was that he admired Chris Hughton so much, and often waxed lyrical about Newcastle’s London-born manager.

And unless we get a great man-manager in to replace Chris – we can kiss goodbye to this expert Frenchman – and that could be another sad legacy of this stupid decision by the absolutely clueless cockney – Mike Ashley.

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68 comments so far

  • ebol

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #1

    depressed

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  • Howay The Lads

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #2

    depressed too

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  • SL_toon

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #3

    me tooo….

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  • pearceet

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #4

    thirded
    but surely any manager with any sense would know that HBA is very good player and someone that we should sign????? But there seems to be no sense at NUFC today

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  • pearceet

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #5

    or fourthed!

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  • clarkeey

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #6

    carroll & ben arfa will be gone, ashley wants the cash from carroll deal!

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  • tjshawsey

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #7

    and me…

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #9

    say goodbye to..

    Krul
    Enrique
    Campbell
    STaylor
    Coloccini
    Tiote
    Jonas
    Nolan
    Barton
    Ben Arfa
    Ranger
    Carroll
    Best

    Say Hello to…

    Npower Championship.

    🙁 :'(

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  • BarcelonaMag

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #10

    I can only guess that this is something personal between Hughton and Ashley; otherwise it’s unfathomable. It looks very much like a knee-jerk reaction because even somebody like Ashley would see that this is only going to take the club backwards. He can’t have thought it through, which, I’m sorry to say, means that he probably doesn’t have a replacement lined up.

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  • CT

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #11

    I`m angry, f**kin livid, not sure where we go from here. Hoots had limitations in tactics and substitutions but I still believed our best chance of survival was with him here.
    Better be one hell of an inspired appointment or Ashley can kiss his money bye bye!!

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  • Howay The Lads

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #12

    JFK’s odds just halved! *yikes*

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  • ginkoh

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #13

    I don’t know what to say. Just sad and depress.

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  • Thump

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #14

    We can also kiss away any chance of a point at Liverpool.

    Hopefully Chris will tell the lads to go out and win the game for him. Hope he at least shows up at the game, like.

    For the first time in years I thought Chris was a manager who had genuine potential. Shrewd deals in the transfer market, some great results, shattered club and national records last season… and now look at us. I honestly believe that given the time, Chris could very well lead this club to the top.

    Thanks Mike, you fat, useless, horrible b***ard.

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  • davcon22

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #15

    FU*K OFF ASHLEY.
    No 10 Think it was personel,rumours he was doing Mrs Ashley up the “back eye”,that fat fu*ker couldnt sort her out so she got Hoots in!!!

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  • mightymag

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #16

    goodbye arfa????????????? what a load of kak!!

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  • toon1987

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Thanks houghton but he Lost to many important 6pointer games, tactics weren’t good enough just hope we get a good manager in now.

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  • norn iron exile

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #18

    What a joke!! Stability all round the club, good kids coming through, good players bought cheaply, CH on a low pay package, 11th in league, can any one really see Pardew doing any better??? Well done Fat MIke, f****ed us up yet again!!! No one will do better than CH.

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  • Solaidback

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #19

    Sorry but isn’t HBA’s loan contract stipulation that if he plays 25 games, he automatically becomes our player?? if thats the case, hwo’s he gonna get around that unless he make his injury worse & doesn’t play 25 games!!!

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  • Solaidback

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #20

    davcon22 – Ashley not married you moron.. lol

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  • carl nufc

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #21

    i am the only one who thinks that this might just be for the best?
    i do think CH has done a great job but i also think he has took us as far as he can.. maybe we would have beat relagtion this season but i think we would have went down next season with Ch at the helm.
    But i would like to thank CH and wish him all the best for he future

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  • boater

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #22

    I love the way people come on here referring to Hughton’s tactics and substitutions being not that good; like you know what the FOOOOOOK you are talking about!?!?!?

    We have two hard working/workman-like players at the top of the league scorers list, mauled sunderland and villa; beaten everton and arsenal AWAY! And currently sit mid-table with the most limited toon squad since KK first took over.

    Oh but you didn’t like the fact someone went off and then someone else came on ,,, ooooh boo boo boo,, yee eejits.

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  • J88

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #23

    Sommats obviously happened behind the scenes, chris probably stood up for the team saying needing new players and also wanting his own contract, cashly will have gave him an ultimatum on a spur of moment in an argument, like it or your out of a job, chris finds out it was no bluff

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  • shaun83

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #24

    why is everyone on about HBA he’s played a handful of games, he’s not the god of football, he’s a good player yes but there’s a bigger picture here we should be more concerned with!

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #25

    yes but if he doesnt want to sign after the 25 games he doesnt have to sign, but if say o’niell comes in and still wants him am sure he will still sign but its weva the new manager will want him pardew will probz say no and go pay 6mill for boa morte or summit.. and Carl this season was only ever about staying in the league and then building on that next season with addition of extra players to go with the decent players we already have and with the release of new funds for next season hughton would of been able to build on this season and finish mid tableish or even pushing for top half, its all about building cant expect instant success when we got no one who will happily bank roll it.. CH deserved to keep this job and i would like to say who will be the first player to hand in a transfer request..O’niell is a great manager but he always wants and wants and wants money £100million in 3 seasons at villa and still had smallest squad in the league although on positive he still managed 3 successive 6th place finishes, just question is if him will ashley give him money to spend in order for the club to be successful and hopefully someone to hopefully buy the club

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  • bozjacko

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Absolutly gutted Hoots could not of done a better job last year getting us promoted back up as champs n this year has had some brillant results.I was at the Sunderland game n was thinking how amazing he has turned things round also with some great buys of cause we are gonna lose games n yesterdays a for next to no money!west brom game was awfull especially a certain Danny Guthrie should be ashamed but there was always gonna be ups n downs!God knows who that muppet will appoint now if its Pardew i cant even describe how depressing that will be!
    And Ed please stop using the phrase waxed lyrical all the time now…….Great blog though mate keep it up

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  • JoeColl87

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #27

    I fully agree with the idea that it was a kneww jerk re-action behind the scenes.

    Probably due to an inquest into the weekends game.

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  • toon1987

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #28

    we Got lashed of Bolton 5-1 playing 442away from home. Got lashed of west broom playing 442 away from home poor tactical decisions and making shola amoeba captain say no more!

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  • mightymag

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #29

    agreed carl!!

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #30

    skysports wer saying earlier that rumours have been saying that behind the scenes it hasnt been as rosie as its been made out and its meant to have been quite fragile

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  • boater

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #31

    toon1987 – you are an inbred teenager, but mercifully, you represent only the tiny minority of supporters.

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  • carl nufc

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #32

    Shearer and MON having a pint at a hotel net to newcastle airport, just had a phonr call from the manager of the hotel. 100% genuine

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  • carl nufc

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #33

    sorry for the spelling but tring to feed baby a bottle, take a phone call and write on here al at the same time

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #34

    why would shearer be having a pint with MON

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  • carl nufc

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #35

    i thought the same but its what i was told?

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  • toon1987

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Haha, said before I like houghton but some of the performances this year against Blackpool, Stoke, fulham, westbrom, Blackburn, Wigan have been really dissapointing in my opinion,

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  • connor1009

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #37

    I do find it quite funny that the people that come on here after a loss, or any sign of trouble, automatically blamed Hughton straight away, either because of his tactics or because of his lack of experience, but yet now he’s been sacked they seem to be praising him, acting like they care he’s gone just to get on the back of Mike Ashley. Sicken’s me to be honest. In no way am i condoling the actions of Ashley though, loved Hughton as a coach, and as a man.

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  • magpie999

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #38

    here we go with toss pots going on about seeing MON or Jose Mourinho having a pint at the slug and lettuce with Terry Mc and the Chuckle Brothers

    ollocks

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  • carl nufc

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #39

    100% agree toon 1987.
    yeah there has been highs but yesterday we were totally outclassed by the team we have to be beating

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #40

    carl nufc…if its 100% get on the blower to your mate get his to take a quick photo send it to you via text and you can post it to ed on here then we can see, if he cant take a photo then its obv not true mate

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