Former Newcastle Bosses Battle For Promotion Next Season


As everybody seemed to be reporting yesterday, former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has been appointed the new manager at relegated Birmingham City.

Chris Hughton – with the Championship Trophy last summer

His brief is to win promotion back to the Premier League for the Midland’s club next season, which was his one and only brief at Newcastle, when he took over in the summer of 2009, following the club’s dire relegation to the Championship.

And on Sky Sports today,  the Birmingham fans seemed to be happy enough with Hughton’s appointment, and they all said he will play a lot more attacking football than Alex McLeish ever did – but of course that’s not saying much.

We are big fans of Chris because he;s a good man, and will give everything he has to Birmingham – just like he gave everything to Newcastle while he was manager.

Chis was always the first one to arrive in the morning,  and the last one to leave at night,  at the Benton Training grounds while he was manager, and of course he’s an excellent coach and gets the very best out of his players, there’s just no doubt about that.

And another former Newcastle manager, Sam Allardyce, has said he doesn’t want to sound too arrogant, but with all his massive experience, he expects to get West Ham back to the Premier League at the first attempt next season.

And Sam also told Sky Sports he had given up the Premier League to take over the chance to manage West Ham, so he was taking a chance.

‘We just hope West Ham fans will now know just how great big Sam is – and if they don’t he seemed to be anxious to ensure the Hammers fans received an education about their new manager, on  Sky Sports late this afternoon.

Sam was always his own biggest fan of course, but he’s a good personality too, and in truth he’s not a bad manager at all, and joking aside, we wish him all the best.

On the Birmingham web-site this is what The Blues said today about Chris:

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Following productive talks with the former Newcastle United boss, acting chairman Peter Pannu felt that Hughton was the perfect candidate to take charge at St. Andrew’s and he is now looking forward to sharing the new man’s ambition. Pannu was particularly impressed by Hughton’s vision and footballing theories of garnering youth and playing attractive and effective football.

Hughton started his coaching career at Tottenham Hotspur where he served under a host of vastly-experienced managers before moving to Newcastle in February 2008 as part of Kevin Keegan’s staff.

Following a series of spells as caretaker manager at the north-east outfit, Hughton eventually took over the reins permanently in October 2009 having made the best start to a season in Newcastle’s history. Hughton successfully led the Magpies to promotion back to the Barclays Premier League at the first attempt before departing the club in December 2010.

London-born Hughton, who is held in high regard in the game for his tactical know-how and calm management style, spent the majority of his playing career at Spurs before spells at West Ham United and Brentford.

The former full-back also won over 50 caps for the Republic of Ireland, and went on to work as assistant manager for his national side under Brian Kerr between February 2003 to October 2005.

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We wish Chris Hughton all the best in his new job, which is an excellent opportunity for Hughton, and wouldn’t it be something if Chris can guide Birmingham back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Those are successes that people in the game like Chris Hughton deserve – he’s the salt of the earth.

And to be fair to Sam, we’d like to see West Ham and Birmingham finish one and two next season, whatever the order, and both come straight back up.

That’s exactly what happened when relegated clubs Newcastle and West Brom finished first and second in the Championship a year ago, after being relegated together the previous season.

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156 comments so far

  • FollowMyTwitterLewisKing7

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Good luck to Chris.
    Blog, U are a little slow on transfers today.
    Way behind me.

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  • hainesy

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Seb Larsson and Keiren Westwood have joined the scum. So we certainly won’t be signing either of those 🙂

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  • Stuart

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Good luck to Hughton.

    @Lewis King – What do you want, a gold medal?

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  • Hope he’s got a decent length contract. All the best Chris.

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  • DJM TOON

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #5

    smack in the chops?

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #6

    on whose twitter was it that we will announce a signing tonight?

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  • nimo

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #7

    DoNt like the brum but hope they get up cos of old chrissy, top man

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  • hainesy

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #8

    It’s cwarr07 with the rumour about the signing. It may not be him that started it but he has posted it about an hour ago.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #9

    GOOD LUCK TO ED CHRIS AND SAM

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Well thats the certain promotion spots for the Championship taken next season 🙂 Nolan (Hammers) and Hughton (Birmingham)

    On another note job done to Hughton he is in Europe as a manager! Job done fella!

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  • DJM TOON

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #11

    believe it or not but ed’s in america so to get any threads posted at this time of (our) day is a privilege to say the least… not to mention everything else. i’m glad this blog can be a positive distraction for ed… can all posters please bare that in mind when you think it’s going to be big or clever to to post anything but positive and constructive comments?

    show some respect and be grateful that ed is still finding time for us.

    a suggestion… i have emailed NUFC and am petitioning for some kind of recognition to ed for all his commitment and hardwork in everything related to NUFC

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  • Stuart

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #12

    @Roshan – Sam?

    I hope he sends west ham even further down. Don’t mind the club but I can not stand Sam Allerdyce haha.

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  • hainesy

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #13

    DJM- I would take great pleasure in campaigning with you for such a truly magnificent man.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Hainesy…..
    We should have jumped in and signed Larsson from under their noses.
    Bad mistake by NUFC.
    Good luck to Chris Hughton-thanks for all you did up here and the stability you brought as you can see the stability is all gone again

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  • Stuart

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Yeah DJM, I tried to do that earlier but I couldnt find where to get in contact.

    Could you give me an address or link or something so I can do it aswell.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #16

    ED,you`re a great man.A true Geordie like Sir Bobby 🙂

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  • mfox

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #17

    Hang on in there, Ed. We’re all behind you.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #18

    thats why i put sam s name in last stuart

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  • Thump

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Good luck to him! I hope the Birmingham board treat him with more respect than Ashley ever did.

    hainsey said:
    Seb Larsson and Keiren Westwood have joined the scum. So we certainly won’t be signing either of those

    Now we need them to sign Carlton Cole.

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  • Stuart

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #20

    Haha, fair one Roshan.

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  • luke-k

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #21

    eden hazard would be nice

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  • Stuart

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #22

    Haha, I’d love it if thats what happened this window. Sunderland end up signing all the sh1te players we’ve been linked with that none of us want.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #23

    DJM – Newcastle are a bunch on w**kers when it comes to stuff like tht.. my mate who was only 21 died a few month ago a emailed them and rang them asking if they could donate a signed club shirt which i could auction off at a charity event we had,, they emailed me back saying we only give to our chosen charitys

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  • Stuart

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #24

    Hazard is going to end up at a champions league club I reckon like luke-k

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  • Coming up to nearly 42 and a half MILLION hits Ed, I remember the countdown to the first million and seems like yesterday.

    Ed, you are a legend and again best wishes we’re all thinking of you.

    DJM TOON, cracking idea (11) but as soon as the peeps at SJP read what we think of them well………….
    Good idea though.

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  • luke-k

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #26

    craig gardner rejects 90k a week deal with liverpool to join exeter city

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #27

    Thanks stuart

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  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #28

    Marty-Toon

    how is it a bad mistake not signing larsson ?

    he is crap, we have way better players already at newcastle

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  • luke-k

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #29

    if new signing is neil taylor ill be pissed off

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Will there be a facebook page created for the recognition of what Ed has brought for NUFC through his blog. thousands of people around the globe of newcastle fans come in here to discuss.. Only a legend can continue updating this blog immediately after his cancer treatment. Hope NUFC will recognize his efforts and can come up for something for him. I have email-ed newcastle united as well regarding Ed’s contribution.

    Honestly if there is 1 person right now for that number 9 shirt. it has to be for ED.

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  • Stuart

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #31

    The only people that will be upset that we missed out on Larsson are dirty mackems and Ed, we all know he’s got a bit of a man crush on him.

    Good on sunderland though, if they keep signing that quality and we keep signing the quality we’ve got so far I’ll be very happy.

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  • So who’s been saying we’re announcing a signing tonight?

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  • leeb1982

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #33

    Where has this rumour about an announcement come from? Any1 know if theres any truth in it

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  • luke-k

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #34

    not many people will be good enough for tht no 9 shirt

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #35

    I think C Cole will sign to mackems since they want all the useless players in premier league

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #36

    a think the new signing will be Barnetta if they even is one which i highly doubt.. cwarro talks out his ass all time… MSI Douglas has said Barnetta is definately here so more likely will be him.. btw lads you know how they is supposed to be 2 players in the hotel could one not be Abeid? he could be up finalising his move as it aint been done yet

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #37

    Also MSI reckons weve ruled out having any loan signings this summer… so if wer after Sturridge we’l have to buy him outright

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #38

    Larson is a good player and he should of been a NUFC player in January but we have now moved on to (hopefully) better targets….mainly because we have so much capital (again hopefully)

    Sunderland could have a pretty strong team next season if their targets do come in

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  • If the club booked 2 or 3 rooms in the hotel it doesn’t neccesarily mean they are all for players, could be for agents or companions, don’t wanna put a downer on it but there’s other posibilities.

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  • RichyRich

    Jun 22, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #40

    Just got in.
    Ed, Sorry to hear your news but I’m sure your a fighter and you’ll fight like our team did in the fizzy pop league. All the best marra! Keep fighting and keep ya chin up m8.

    RichyRich

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