Chris Hughton – Miracle On The Tyne – 2009/2010


It’s hard to think of any person in English football who has  a better name right now than a certain Chris Hughton — the former manager of Newcastle United.

Chris Hughton – Miracle On The Tyne – 2009 through  2010

He has been lauded by most of the managers in the Premier League and of course by Newcastle United fans everywhere, and the only question is which football club will Chris be joining – so at least he got something out of his trials and tribulations at Newcastle United.

He was at Newcastle for 34 months and for the last 16 months he produced the Miracle on the Tyne, by getting Newcastle promoted straight back to the Premier League last season, and then we were 5th top just a few weeks ago.

Chris has done himself a power of good and he’s not only a hero on Tyneside, but he seems a hero to most people in football, such was the dignity which which he conducted himself – right through to the end – which turned out to be rather bitter.

I had a note from one of our readers yesterday, saying he lived just up the street fro Chris’ father,  so I told him to go and knock on the door,  and make sure the father knew what a fantastic job his son had done for Newcastle UNied.

And Chris even got to wear that suit a few times, which his father had requested him to wear on match days. 😀

Alan Pardew, the new manager is up against the overwhelming popularity of Hughton, just as Graeme Souness was up against the legend of Bobby Robson, when he took over.

This is what Alan said today and said what everybody knew about Chris – he is a football gentleman of the highest order:

“I have not determined what’s happened here, I am the new guy,”  “But the the fans have a team to be proud of.”

“The team have been excellent and I can understand the frustration of losing that stability with Chris Hughton.

“He was a gentleman and someone who coached me so I know him well.”

“I can imagine the feelings for him but I hope they can channel their frustration into the support of the team on Saturday.”

And we know Chris was a huge fan of Sir Bobby Robsomn,. and he’ll have the consolation of knowing that Bobby himself was given the sack in a way that is an ambarrasment to this day of the Newcatsle club.

Chris joins Bobby Robson as being the only two decent managers we’ve had on Tyneside, since Kevin left the first time in 1997.

Both were shockingly sacked, but still left the club with their dignities intact – and that’s really the most important thing in life.

And moving onto the game on Saturday – some people are suggesting we’ll get hammered by Liverpool, but we certainly hope not.

And in fact the Liverpool game  is turning out to be a pivotal game for the club, because if we can get anything out of  it, it would be unexpected, and a win would help to revitalize a lot of fans, who are losing hope on Tyneside.

We are hoping for a win.



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55 comments so far

  • whoarya

    Dec 9, 2010 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #1

    Chris Houghton will get another job and win trophies unfortunately it won’t be with NFUC.

    Thats hard to deal with

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  • Nicky Papavasiliou

    Dec 9, 2010 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #2

    I honestly think Chris Hughton will one day be a potential England Manager – maybe in 10-15 years time – but it will happen. He has that much potential.

    Good luck in your next job!

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  • Stardust

    Dec 9, 2010 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #3

    I appreciate we are meant to support the club at all costs – I campaigned for that after the walkout of KK.

    I know its not the players fault, or “our NUFC”.

    But I feel bewildered, wronged, that we (NUFC) have stooped so low – I cant forgive Ashley for what he did to Chris – a man with true honesty, dignity, talent and class to his core.

    I can not accept Pardew was not part of this fait accompli – his relationship with Ashley and Llambias is simply too convenient to ignore.

    Not sure what I will do, kind of grieving…trying to make sense of it all, and just yearning for what might have been – what should have been – had we done the decent thing by our best man AND manager since SBR.

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  • Hughton Till I Die

    Dec 9, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #4

    legend. simple as.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 9, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Are you the ‘real’ Nicky? If so, good luck with your coaching work.

    Chris, thanks for all you’ve done for this club. Dignified in victory and defeat. We can’t thank you enough.

    Alan, what can I say? Honeymoon’s over mate!

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  • korn8

    Dec 9, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Thank you, Chris Hughton. We will never forget what you did for us!

    HWTL!

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  • alex84

    Dec 9, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #7
  • cyprus

    Dec 9, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #8

    I’d love to hear what the players think… People like Barton, Nolan, Colo, Jonas, Andy. Anyway, hope they win on Sat. and when Andy scores he has a t-shirt saying ‘This one’s for u Chris’

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  • magpie999

    Dec 9, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #9

    Future England Manager???????

    Get a grip

    I bet you a million quid he does not get a job as a Premier League manager again never mind England.

    lovely lovely guy, good manager???? not for me

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  • magpie999

    Dec 9, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #10

    alex84 great video but need to put into context that these are 2nd rate championship teams we’re playing against.

    Do you know how you can tell because Jonas looks like a world beater

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  • alex84

    Dec 9, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #11

    magpie999, yeah i no fair doos, im going through the lot on youtube, just watched tino put 3 past barcelona.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 9, 2010 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #12

    magpie999 of course u know better than maradona and messi. And of course, u know about mgmt too

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 9, 2010 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #13

    magpie999, I think when Arry is England manager Chris will be in.

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  • lborotoon

    Dec 9, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #14

    Hughton isnt English for you muppets saying he will be England manager

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 9, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #15

    lborotoon, true he’s Irish. But I’m saying he will (in the next 2 years) be Tottenham’s manager.

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  • lborotoon

    Dec 9, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Could very well be the case, Id love to see him go to another club and win a trophy before we do. No better way to stick two fingers up at Ashley

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  • donno78

    Dec 9, 2010 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Ashley only uses the club so that he can instantly lay his hands on money (player sales) to support his other bussineses. For a guy with such a huge turnover each year to only make ten mil profit is not great. So when things run dry he raps in with player sales. Only way to get rid of him is to stop paying into his pocket. Don’t go to matches and don’t buy the merchandise. Am not watching any more matches till he is gone. It’s no longer a club it’s just a cog in his bussiness. Depressed.

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  • howay man

    Dec 9, 2010 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #18

    he got a premier league squad into the premier league, lets be honest

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 9, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #19

    donno78 , Don’t go to matches? So who’s going to pay the wages? It’ll be the tea ladies firs then he will work his way up. After a year of Boycotts there will be no NUFC any more. It won’t be Ashley to blame, it’ll be your mentality. I support NUFC not Ashley… !

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  • chuck

    Dec 9, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Yeah gotta add my voice to praising Chris. Hughton, who deserves the credit for doing an exemplary job, of bringing this club back from chaos and the second tier, to a respectable mid EPL position.
    Unfortunately it`s over for we the fans and Chris, but many of us will never forget his honesty, work ethic and the respect given to him by the players.
    Course that means little to people who only think in terms of the bottom line.
    But for what it`s worth, thanks Chris and better luck with your next club.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 9, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #21

    firs=first.

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  • chuck

    Dec 9, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #22

    Thats a thought, he would fit as the republc if Ireland`s manager, could`nt do a worse job than the present import.

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  • donno78

    Dec 9, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Remember it is supposed to be fun to support your club. And I have stuck with them as has my dad and brother. But since Ashley came we had our season ticket seats relocated to a poorer position sold lots of pl ayers with minimum investment and to be honest treated like s”‘t. If you honestly believe enrique Carroll Ben arfa etc will be there next year with this sort of carry on then you are dreaming. I’d love to be wrong but somehow I don’t think I will be. Until it is no linger to ashleys advantage to own the club he will continue to screw us. Only way to get shot is punish his pocket as it’s all he cares about. Belive me he doesn’t give a sh”@ about you or any other fan.

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  • Nicky Papavasiliou

    Dec 9, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #24

    lborotoon- I forgot you have to be English to be the England manager. Fabio capello was (as everyone knows) born in Birkenhead.

    Chris was born in London.

    Anyway good luck Chris – and good luck Alan (you’ll need it)

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 9, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #25

    donno78, and he doesn’t give a sh!t about his staff. He is number 1. He’ll sack everyone around him so his bank balance remains the same. First the guppy’s, then the cod, and so on, but never the shark.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 9, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #26

    Nicky Papavasiliou, that’s not the point. where Chris comes from. He’ll be offered a job by Ireland before England. Point is. He won’t be out of a job for long.

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  • ToonLegend

    Dec 9, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #27

    anyone else see Chris being next west ham manager? …..
    Anyways thanks for the Work Chris good luck for the future you deserved better

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  • Edd Case

    Dec 9, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #28

    Right Pardew, first things first.

    1. Drop Strola
    2. NEVER EVER play these players in a Toon first team again;
    Smith
    Perch
    Raylor
    Best

    Sell, or release if no one buys;
    Smith
    Strola
    Perch
    Raylor
    Harps
    Best
    Xisco? (is he even still alive?)

    Please play 442 with Ranger/Carroll up top.

    Get in more palyers like Tiote (quality-wise)
    Get us back towards Europe and playing some decent footy and that’ll do me.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 9, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #29

    I sent my thank to Chris to the LMA.

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  • colwell

    Dec 9, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #30

    Guys i love CH as much as the next guy but saying how well he did to get Ben Arfa and Tiote when it was actually done by a gem of a scout of ours his name has been mentioned before he`s in a pic with Ashley aswell part of the Wise clan but he stayed on.
    He had the best squad in the league so had too be close too promotion with it. He did well this season but we keep giving the teams around us 3pnts that could get us relegated.
    AP not a choice i`d go for but he`s there i will just live with that maybe he`ll get a few pennies as MA you could tell didn`t want too back CH! Bring on saturday!

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  • baro

    Dec 9, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Newcastle United are close to agreeing terms to sign highly-rated Dutch youngster Ricky van Wolfswinkel from FC Utrecht. The 21-year-old has been likened to Ruud van Nistelrooy, one of Mike Ashley’s favourite players, and the controversial owner is ready to open his chequebook for a player he sees as the perfect partner for Andy Carroll at Newcastle.
    Regardless of the manager-less status of the club, Wolfswinkel is said to be lined up by the Ashley regime, with United chief scout Graham Carr strongly recommending the Dutch star. The transfer of the player was also one of the topics of discussion with former Spurs and Ajax boss Martin Jol, who rejected Ashley’s advances due to the boardroom interference in transfer affairs – something Jol does not tolerate.
    A fee north of £5 million has been tipped, but new manager Alan Pardew is said to be warming to the idea of offloading Spanish flop Xisco, Hughton-signing Leon Best, and installing van Wolfswinkel in the Magpies’ attack – should he get the job.

    Now this would be awesome!
    Ricky Van Wolfswinkel

    http://www.sportingo.com/football/a16848_newcastle-transfer-quest-dutch-star-still-course

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  • davis_toons

    Dec 9, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #32

    Its a damn politics world.

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  • baro

    Dec 9, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #33

    I think Alan Pardew will go with a 433 vs Liverpool

    —————————Krul————————–

    Simpson—-STaylor——–Campbell—-Enrique

    ————-Barton——Tiote——Nolan———-

    Ranger—————–Carroll—————–Jonas

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  • colwell

    Dec 9, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #34

    Baro i would love that well spotted!

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  • baro

    Dec 9, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #35

    Anybody know if it will be Beardo and SStone or Alan Pardew in charge of the game vs Liverpool? Because i think it said Beardsley was going to be in charge vs Liverpool

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  • alex84

    Dec 9, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #36

    Ricky Van wont be comin here!, he wouldnt have heard of our new manager!

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  • colwell

    Dec 9, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #37

    Grahem Carr thats the scout that got Ben Arfa and Tiote!

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  • Toonarmy1994

    Dec 9, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #38

    Hughton was an absolute Hero! Did so much for the club and everyone knows he will be snapped up and have a good career as a manager. Got to move on now though..Bring on the Scousers!

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  • baro

    Dec 9, 2010 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #39

    One thing i don’t get is ………..

    Alan Pardew gets
    5 1/2 year contract???? What the he11 has he done?? Got sacked by a 3 divison side and comes gets a job in first division with Newcastle United. Chris Hughton worked his a55 off and didn’t even get a 1 year extension. But this random white a55 just comes in and gets a 5 1/2 year deal. Total nonsense. Dam Mike Ashley.

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  • baro

    Dec 9, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #40

    Who i would like to see come in ………

    At least 2 of these

    Gregory Van Der Weil
    Ricky Van Wolfswinkel
    Ben Arfa
    Ioannis Fetfatzidis

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