Chris Hughton – North East Sports Personality Of The Year

The Former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has been named Sports Personality of the Year at the BBC North East and Cumbria Regional Sports Awards.

Chris Hughton – accepting the award

It seems that those who voted him as the Personalty of the Year,  had been impressed with the “quiet determination” he continually showed when he was manager of Newcastle United for 18 months.

And of course Chris is already down in Geordie folklore,  for guiding the famous club back to the Premier League at the very first attempt last season.

The ceremony was held at Sunderland University, and Hughton spoke about his sacking in December of  last year, when he received the award:

“I think most people felt the same way, they couldn’t understand that we were able to reach the targets that we’d set earlier in the season.”

“Of course it’s very, very difficult to understand,”

“One thing’s for certain, come the next day, one thing you can do is look forward and that’s what I’m doing.”

As usual Chris was as positive as ever, and we do look forward to Chris getting the chance as manager at some other club, fairly soon.

The 52 year-old will always be revered on Tyneside because of the quiet, dignified and gentlemanly way he went about things at Newcastle.

It’s not an overstatement to say his players just loved him at Newcastle, and he created team spirit at the club that hasn’t been seen for many a long day.

And not only did he help the healing at the club, by getting Newcastle promoted immediately with a massive 102 points in the Championship, but he always presented a calm and dignified front for the Newcastle club, at such an important time.

There are two words that aptly define Chris Hughton – classy gentleman.

And we will always appreciate what Chris Hughton did for the Newcastle United Football club.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Toonkistan

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Legend 🙂

  • Toonkistan

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Messiah 🙂

  • Toonkistan

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #3

    oh & 1st, 2nd & hopefully 3rd 😀

  • Thump

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Well done Chris! Nobody deserves it more!

  • Darling27

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Well Deserved. Brought the club back when it was on it’s knees. I tip my hat to you sir 🙂

  • nobby sol

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #6


  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #7

    Good work Chris – Cheers!

  • Davies

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Good man.

  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #9

    Good on him

  • lesh

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #10

    A well deserved leaving gift which I hope’ll add to any fond memories he has of his time with us.

  • Mags

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #11

    Delighted to see Chris get this award and so well deserved. What a gentleman, he reminds me so much of the late SBR. He will always be loved on Tyneside.

    I wish him well in whatever he does next.

  • ytz

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #12

    Hope to see him come back to Newcastle United in the future….

  • leedodd

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Chris Hughton True Newcastle Legend and also an Adopted Geordie- GiveHim TheKeys To Newcastle !!! Give Him The West Ham Job .

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 21, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #14

    I love ya man!! Hope u get a great job and are successful. Then when The Fat one ain’t around you’re more than welcome back.

    Ed you got it spot on Hughton is a ‘classy gentleman’.

  • ALEK mkd NUFC

    Jan 21, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #15

    great job chris!never be forgoten by toon supporters!

  • Ericles

    Jan 21, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Congratulations Chris. Well deserved and well earned. Just reward for a job well done.

  • willowdalerez

    Jan 21, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #17

    Congrats! Class Act… He’ll be back managing a top team soon… Lets just hope we don’t live to regret it when we face his side next!


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