There Was A Lot Right At Newcastle Under Chris Hughton


Newcastle United had the best team spirit seen at Newcastle under Chris Hughton for some time, and probably since Sir Bobby Robson was managing the club back in 2004 – before he was sacked too.  Chris Hughton brought Geordie Pride back to Tyneside – even though he was a Londoner.

Mike Ashley – this action will not endear him to the Newcastle faithful
But Mike Ashley doesn’t seem to know the first thing about Geordie Pride (and probably never will), and Mike seems completely out of step with Newcastle fans – as he always has been ever since he bought the club – but this is another howler by Mike Ashley – make no mistake about that.

Chris had Newcastle put in some of their finest performances for a long time, and  this season too, in beating Aston Villa 6-0, Sunderland 5-1 (best result in 55 years), Arsenal 1-0 at the Emirates – their first win there in 9 years, and a 1-0 win at Goodison Park- the first win there in 9 years too.

We may now ask the question where does this leave the Newcastle players, and in particular players like Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Alan Smith – who were the player committee that worked so well with Chris on Tyneside to turn the club around in the summer of 2009.

And what does it do to the team spirit?  It will hardly improve, that’s for sure.

We have to think that Mike Ashley has acted in haste, and presumably has only been waiting for the chance to sack Chris – which he couldn’t do any earlier – because Chris did so well in those first 11 games of the season.

Hughton had Newcastle in 5th place after 11 games, and we thought  the goal this season was only to survive in the Premier League, and Newcastle are still in 11th place in the league.

It makes no sense at all, and this seemingly under-the-table move by Ashley, will hardly endear him to Newcastle fans, who will think that the workaholic Chris Hughton was harshly handled.

Not only has Chris’s dismissal been very badly handled,  at an inopportune time, but after all Chris has done for the club, he’s been literally dumped out of the Tyneside club, with little ceremony and certainly with no class at all.

But that’s the owner of the club, and we suppose he’s also ruthless in his other businesses too.

Certainly Mike will never win many popularity contests – and none on Tyneside – that’s for sure.

Since it is as it is – we have to hope he’ll now surprise us all with the appointment of a very good manger – we hold our breath.

Comments welcome.



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47 comments so far

  • danf98

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #1

    you forgot one main thing ed.

    “The guys a c**t”

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  • Brettoon

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #2

    Balls – all I have to say

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  • Thump

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #3

    He will not find another manager who will dance to his tune, it’s that simple.

    Absolute and total fool and I wish I could offer a personal apology to Chris on behalf of the fans and the club minus Ashley.

    Joke.

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  • Hugo_Viana

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Steve bruce! Local lad, geordie faithful!

    Loves newcastle! either him or we should get dalglish!

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  • beardsleys chin

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #5

    STUNNED…………. is all I can say… Feel Chris’s pain, he’s been treat like shit basically. Mr Prickashley has made another **ck up…. I hate that blerk with a passion.

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  • alex84

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #6

    we wont find someone who had so much respect from the players,
    im still utterly shocked!

    looking at it, maybe the players new before yesterday something was up, maybe CH said his good bye’s when he kept them in the dressing room after the game???

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  • Hugo_Viana

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #7

    mike ashley to be next manager!!! get in!!

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  • Whitecap

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Alex84, according to Sol Campbell the players didn’t even know when they left training this morning.

    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=849782&cc=5901

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  • G

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #9

    @ post 3, taking the proverbial there on 2 counts. KDs last apointment didnt end too well did it? SMB’s would want big compo, not gonna happen, besides, I wouldn’t want SB as my manager, tainted from his time down the road, and hasn’t done enough imo to warrant a job offer. Look at the way he treated Palace, Wigan and Brum… no loyalty.

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  • Toon1978

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #10

    OOHHH NOOO the boat is rocked again. Does Ashley want this club in the EPL??????? i have my doubts.

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  • alex84

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #11

    Whitecap, cheers mate didnt see that link.
    really feel what sol is saying there, this is guna hit the players hard!! which is not what we need!

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  • dak76

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Does this cockney gimp have a death wish??.

    Tell me something, why would oneil come to the toon??, Ashley didn’t want to spend money on hughtons contract dispite the great job he was doing, so why would he spend money on a expensive contract for oneil?. This guy built his reptutation at celtic (not a hard thing to do in all honesty – strachan anyone?). He only buys expensive players (he is not a trainer like hoots – developing talent and making them better players)… second point – MA will not spend money on new players as proved with hoots.

    So the big question, if and its a big if, oneil does join he’d have to take a contract making him one of the poorest paid managers in the PL AND have to sell the prized assets to make money availible for transfers ( so good bye to carroll / enrique / taylor / colo??)…. but didn’t he spit his dummy out and walk at villa because he had to sell his best players to make money availible???.

    Sorry this probably sounds like a load of crap, still trying to come to terms with what the fat bastard has done AGAIN to our club.

    I had us down for a comfortable midish table finish with hoots, now, honestly think we’ll be in the dogfit at the bottom, as he’s gone and destroyed the team spirit in the squad and rocked the boat again. Bet the lodon rags are gonna have a field day with us tomorrow – just what they’ve been waiting for all season.

    Ahhh rant over i think

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  • gorskino10

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #13

    I don’t understand this at all i heard when within minutes of any site finding Chris was sacked and im still not understanding the reason why he was sacked, this year goal was to avoid relegation which we are doing, he was steering us into the right direction with good astute signings of Tiote, Ben Arfa and Gosling, so from a signing point of view he has done amazing, he has also used youth in some games, Ranger getting some minutes etc.. which a club wants to see! Results wise we were safe and with Chris we were gunna avoid relegation like when Keegan was at the club, and then Mike got rid of him and look we got relegated! will this be the same this time? if so we are more than screwed as EVERY player will leave unlike the last relegation! If we were in the bottom 3 and the fans started “Booing” Chris and the team then i would understand why Mike did this, but we arn’t in that trouble (unlike West Ham) Also Chris was cheap for a manager if you look that Clarke wanted more then Chris to just be assistant , there isnt ANYONE that will make this the right decision i dont care who this guy is he isnt gunna be better than Chris for THIS year maybe at end of season review it BUT damm i think Ashley thinks we are a top 6 team or something! sacking a guy for a team in 11th fucking place, i wil be intregued to see who we get!

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  • clooneytoon

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #14

    all these rumors about pardew, i hope are nonsense, if they have sacked hughton to appoint him instead then ashley is a nutjob, he isnt nuch more experienced and was relegated twice

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  • gorskino10

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #15

    Dont understand at all! we are 11th, Chris made great signings (Arfa/Tiote/Williamsson) and has brought in some youth at times (Ranger/Vuckic etc..) he had a AMAZING releationship with both the fans and players and was a genuine Nice Bloke! Our goal has to be surival which we are doing well, beat teams like Chelsea (cup) Arsenal,Sunderland Villa but have lost a few too quite badly but this is cause of injuries and suspensions, from Sols quote the whole dressing room will be depressed by this the Morale we had is gone and we will now defo lose at Liverpool and then continue to lose untill we are in the bottom 3! is this all worth it for a guy Mike likes or wants who is more “Experianced” to come in……..NOOOOOOO

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  • mashearer

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #16

    now who’s next to go?
    i think it is either enrique or carroll..if ma is stupid enough to sack hughton at this time im sure a 10mil offer to either one of them and he will snap it right away

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  • Thump

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Whitecap // Dec 6, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    Alex84, according to Sol Campbell the players didn’t even know when they left training this morning.

    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=849782&cc=5901

    This has just really pissed me off. I stand by Ashley doing some good for this club, but he needs to f*** off and soon.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #18

    dak76, “The Sun Online” is having a field day now. but the worst is all the fans from other clubs saying we deserve to go down again. Bloody hell I didn’t sack Hughton none of us did. It was that Tottenham plonker Ashley who sacked Chris. I hope Ashleys (I was starting to like him) balls drop off.

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  • shearer4pm

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #19

    i would absolutly love dennis wise to be installed as manager,

    turned 11 men on a pitch into a team.

    hate to say it but he was never going to last.

    anybody thought that mabye a sale of the club is in the works. ashley does surprise me. and no manager would make the sale a whole lot smoother :/

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  • DarloGeordie

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Beardsley to take charge steve stone to support…. hmmm

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  • geist

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #21

    beardsley and steve stone temporarily in charge

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #22

    Mike Ashley is a Fat F**king Cocney W*nker, and i hope he pisses of asap along with his pathetic prick of a chairman Llambias, Im F**king outraged and I will let me feelings known to the stupid twat on saturday.!! wish i could get my hands on him now GRRR.!!

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  • kentonmags

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #23

    iv not been on here since the ben arfa affair i have just come on to say thanks very much to chris and paul you did not deserve to be sacked you brought us back from hell and we are currently sitting 11th so on behalf of all true nufc fans thanks very much

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  • DarloGeordie

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #24

    He would eat you GeordieToon89 lol

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  • puffinmuncher

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #25

    He’s not going to hire a new manager. He’ll save money by having the team watch these instead of train
    http://www.soccer-training-guide.com/how-to-play-soccer.html

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  • bill

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #26

    This seems like a strange decision even taking into account the poor results of late. There has been extenuating circumstances when results haven’t gone well.

    The long term injuries, the suspensions, and having to bring in players without much match practice to replace them.

    CH has made a couple of poor signings but he has also brought in a couple of good ones as well. Considering all things I think CH has done a reasonable job. I cannot see how anyone could have done any better than him given the circumstances.

    His biggest problem has been in not being able to replace quality players with quality players due to the financial restrictions imposed on him by the Fat Man. The Fat Man was responsible for our relegation, and is now responsible for the same this time around unless he spends the millions required, or sells the club to someone who will.

    This man is in denial.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #27

    true true very true

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #28

    I feel as if I’ve lost a member of my family. Lost my job today, but this hurts more. I hope Ashley loses weight and all of it from between his legs.

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  • archaeomag

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #29

    What a ‘ ucking stupid move – even for that serial incompetent Ashley; we know he’s not the brightest, but this will probably send us down again.

    Dumb, dumb and dumber, what a cretinous bit of mismanagement – maybe he thinks we should be pushing for Europe.

    Stupid, stupid, idiot, why?

    Boycott Sports Direct & not just for Christmas!

    God speed Chris Hughton, and many thanks for the sense of honour you brought to our sullied and despoiled football club.

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  • DarloGeordie

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Hope things turn around for you GG… chin up sounds like you have had a bad day mate

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  • archaeomag

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #31

    Boycott Sports Direct & not just for Christmas!

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  • mangkukmerah

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #32

    Can someone please shoot that fat@sshley, pretty puhlease ? 😐

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #33

    the only way we can get a good experienced manager in at this time is to promise a lot of money for january transfers, i can also imagine alot of the players at the club currently will be seriously reconsidering they position Enrique, Nolan, Barton, Carroll and last but certainly not least BEN ARFA.!! Mike Ashley just F**K OFF

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #34

    a dunno about shooting him but i wouldnt half like to smash him across the face with a baseball bat =] how much fun i can have

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #35

    DarloGeordie, Bloody rotten. But cheers mate. Starting to down my troubles now. 🙂

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  • kentonmags

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #36

    ashley is a complete and utter tosser he hasn’t got a clue about football he should stick to selling his shit cloths in his shit shop iam for sure boycotting sports direct dont but a programme or pies or although it pains me even a pint that will teach the fat bastard for fucking with the geordie faithfull

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  • alex84

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #37

    i really really hope that alan curb or alan parduw dont get the job! they are poor managers who have done bugger all… but i think ashley will want someone who will bow to his demands and these two clowns will do that coz there desperate for a job!! coz no one else wants them!!

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  • chuck

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #38

    Yeah ! it`s unbelievable, with the job Hughton has done, to then turn around and thank him with a “f**k off mate, you ar`nt getting the results i expected”.
    Hey to accomplish what he has, is in itself a minor miracle, this is not exactly a Real Madrid or Barca. side we got .
    The cheapo should realise it takes Dosh to build a decent side.
    The guy panicked, he is deadly afraid of relegation and to miss the opportunity to unload the club during the next season .
    He also wants i believe to do it without spending anything, in order to garner as much as he can from the club.
    Look you dont suddenly become a proud owner after attempting to sell the club on various occasions, it`s all about profit with this guy, been his MO for ever.
    Hey got no problem with good business practice,
    but this guys a cold shark !

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  • DarloGeordie

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #39

    Might start following the Cricket instead football has taken a battering this week everyone is bent as a 9 Bob note and have there own agendas. Just wish it wasn’t on my door step and it was happening to Shiteh instead lol

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  • kentonmags

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #40

    go die ashley you b***ard

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