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Former Newcastle Manager Blazing A Trail In The Championship

7:28 pm, Sunday, August 30th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 57 Comments

Chris Hughton was appointed Brighton manager on December 31st last year, and he went on to keep the club in the Championship, when they finished 5th bottom on 47 points, 6 points above the drop zone.

And Chris has used the summer wisely and after beating top of the table Ipswich 3-2 at Portman Road on Saturday,  Brighton go top of the table with four wins in their first four games, with the other match ending in a  draw.

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Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood at Ipswich on Saturday
Brighton won 3-2

That’s exactly the same number of points that Newcastle had six years ago after five games played, when Chris was the caretaker manager at Newcastle.

Chris got the Newcastle job permanently in October of 2009 and he went on to get us a massive 102 points, 11 points better than runners-up West Brom, and promotion at the first attempt back to the Premier League.

Chris is both a resilient and very good manager, and great with his players, and Colin Calderwood is still his right hand man, as he was at Newcastle.

We particularly liked the way he wildly celebrated Newcastle goals for around 3.5 seconds, before he regained complete control of himself again.


Chris could be on his way to some success with Brighton, after being sacked from Norwich City 16 months ago, when they were 17th in the Premier league and eventually were relegated.

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Chris Hughton – while at Newcastle

It’s always good to see Chris doing well, and of course it was a big shock when he was fired from Newcastle in December of 2010, but as usual he left with dignity, and continues to praises Newcastle  whenever the subject comes up.

He was also the last Newcastle manager to beat Arsenal, when we won at the Emirates 1-0 in early November of 2010, about five weeks before he was fired by Derek Lambias.

At the time of his shock dismissal in 2010,  captain Kevin Nolan hit the mark when he said this about Chris in The Sun:

“Sometimes at clubs, when a manager goes, there will be some players who are pleased to see the back of him .”

¨But everybody liked Chris. He was very popular, not just with the players but everyone who worked for the club.”

Chris reminds us of Sir Bobby Robson,  because he is such a good guy and a gentleman too – and is widely respected in the game, although Chris has never reached the heights that Bobby did as a manager.

If he can get Brighton & Hove Albion promoted,  it would be the second time he’s been able to do that – and it would be great to welcome him back at St. James’ Park with Brighton next season.

He would get a great welcome back from the fans – because he is one of the real gentlemen in the game of football.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Championship · Coaching · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours

57 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Aug 30, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    I have no problems with Hughton – one of the good guys – but at the time he was fired the Prem was too much for him
    It could be beyond Steve McClaren yet but I doubt it – the early signs are good.

  • 2 martoon // Aug 30, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    Jib – Howard Webb does have an official job He is Technical Director of PGMOB

  • 3 cyprus // Aug 30, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Why was the Prem too much for him? He was doing fine, with a limited budget for transfers. He only got a few games following a record breaking promotion.

    Best of luck to this nice guy.

  • 4 geordie157 // Aug 30, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    Good to see Hughton doing well.

  • 5 Jib // Aug 30, 2015 at 7:42 PM


    He is part of a fortnightly talking shop.

    It’s a bit like saying Tony Green was a power in the FA because he sat on the pools panel when games were abandoned.

  • 6 switch365 // Aug 30, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    I have a lot of respect for Hughton.
    Always carried himself in a professional manner, was courteous, honest and a great ambassador for the club.
    He also managed to bring us straight back up, which is no mean feat.
    In my humble opinion, he has everything that Pardew lacks as a man and a manager.

  • 7 Jib // Aug 30, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    I cannot disagree with a word you say .

    However it remains as a matter of record that his man management skills were weak and Nolan and Barton and others had way too much say and influence .Too many chiefs and not enough indians would always end in tears

  • 8 Jib // Aug 30, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    Are you familiar with the phrase
    “Jobs for the boys”

  • 9 geordie157 // Aug 30, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    Seen a few reports that Willems was there yesterday, watching his friend wijnaldum I guess

  • 10 toon kk // Aug 30, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Hughton was an incredible man for us in the championship, for all we were in a lower leagueI i actually enjoyed the football.
    MA treat him with no respect once we were promoted.
    So I’ll always say good luck to him.

  • 11 martoon // Aug 30, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    Jib @8 – You could well be right but it does mean that Webb has some say although, I suspect, not as much as Online Guy was suggesting!

  • 12 Mag52 // Aug 30, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    At the time Hughton was fired we were in the top half of the premiership and going well.
    I’ve never seen an explanation as to why Ashley decided to sack Hoots.

  • 13 beautifulmind // Aug 30, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    Frustrating start to the season. Played four games two with 10 men and getting beat. If we keep 11 on the pitch then we get the results no problem. Looking forward to the rest of the season. When the team clicks we will fly up the league. It only takes a few wins on the bounce and you are right up their. Thauvin will turn out to be the best buy of the season imo!!

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // Aug 30, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    Villa 6-0, mackems 5-1, Arsenal 0-1, yup way too much for him.

  • 15 JackButler // Aug 30, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Hughton did a good job for us but the squad was ruled by one or two dominant players and the lunatics were effectively running the asylum.

    Glad he’s doing well but doubt he’ll ever make to proven top flight manager

  • 16 JackButler // Aug 30, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Can’t believe I just read that it was not a pen yesterday and that the lad dived under Thauvans pursuit???

    Some people are blinkered beyond belief

  • 17 Jib // Aug 30, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Mag 52 My@7

    I truly believe the sneaky little scrote Llambias thought Hoots was weak because Nolan Barton et al were allowed to have their opinions aired.

    The sacking of Chris has Llambias’ sticky fingers all over it.

    I doubt Ashley was much involved .

    It could have been a contributory factor to slippery Derek finally getting the bullet ( Joe Kinnear and Hughton were both ex Spurs – by gum there has been some back stabbing at NUFC over the last few years)

    If you have ever seen a play “The resistable rise of Arturo Ui” by Bertolt Brecht where the rise of the Nazi party is compared to Chicago gangsters the parallel with the goings on at SJP is uncanny at times.

  • 18 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 30, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    No wonder fans get piss*d off was Mitrovic’s tackle any worse than Luke Shaw’s today…

    and look where the ref is standing

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // Aug 30, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    The world according to Jib, ha ha don’t make me laugh how can you have a valid opinion on anything while dismissing everone elses as a load of shite.

  • 20 Mag52 // Aug 30, 2015 at 8:38 PM


    Luke Shaw – Man. U.(big time charlies). Mitrovich NUFC.( small time charlies).
    Say no more.
    Could also be accounted for by inconsistent refereeing once again.

  • 21 Jail for Ashley // Aug 30, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    If Joey Barton is to be believed Houghton was sacked because he couldn’t get the players to sign in to that bonus scheme which has worked so well over the last four years.

  • 22 Jib // Aug 30, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    Jail for Ashley // Aug 30, 2015 at 8:36 PM
    The world according to Jib, ha ha don’t make me laugh how can you have a valid opinion on anything while dismissing everone elses as a load of shite.


  • 23 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 30, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    That’s what’s wrong with football – the inconsitency of referee’s and the FA be interesting if anything happens with Shaw’s tackle – doubt it as the referee saw it.
    Notice monk ain’t said anything about yet had a go at the TOON for being dirt and trying to get their players injured

  • 24 Jail for Ashley // Aug 30, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    That’s twice you’ve felt the need to shout after copying and pasting my posts, have you been scowling at pensioners again !

  • 25 Jail for Ashley // Aug 30, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    They need to bring in video refereeing like every other sport, it’s crazy with the money involved and the technology at hand that they refuse to use it further.

  • 26 Jib // Aug 30, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    The problem for the EPL is that they have created this worldwide entertainment money spinning goliath and the refs are destroying the enjoyment aspect of it.

    An early red card effectively kills a match stone dead and thereby its entertainment value.

    I can visualise a complete revamp of the system unless the fussy little herberts that are spoiling the game get their act together.

  • 27 toon22 // Aug 30, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    How many games will it take before it decends into farce.
    Imho it has already happened.

    The refs are either totally incompetent or have been told which team needs to win.

  • 28 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 30, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Hello my man and how the hell are you!

    True got to bring in video evidence or something and get rid of the stupid retro-spective evidence and that if the referee sees it but does not give anything then nowt can be done

  • 29 toon22 // Aug 30, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Jib i disagree the refs are creating the whole mood of the season,with chosen teams doing well and others left to catch up.
    You can see already how the season is shaping up cant you.
    Id say not all of that is down to how teams have played.

    Like ive already said,the league wants as many tems in with winning it and as many teams in possible religation at the end,with the usual Chrimbo shinanagans.

    WWE imho.

  • 30 toon22 // Aug 30, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    If not Refs need there own league with religation for the likes of Mariner untill he can actually do the job.But they are backed by the league so they are probably doing whats required.

  • 31 jane // Aug 30, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    is there going to be a ‘Former Newcastle Manager Blazing A Trail In The Premier League’ article? 😉

  • 32 JackButler // Aug 30, 2015 at 9:09 PM


    It’s easy to slam the refs but when they are taking charge of 22 lying, cheating, diving wasters, they do have a tough job and FA are about as much use as a chocolate teapot.

    The modern game is so far advanced of the methods and approach of those whole rule over the game it’s frightening. A ref has a split second to make a massive call that is then scrutinised by Every man and his dog from ninety different angles and at super slow motion

  • 33 toon22 // Aug 30, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Agree but lets say the Sissoco yellow after 2 mins,had the ref even spoken to the guy.Are we to beleve thats a staright yellow.
    If so are Arsenal players so squeaky clean they only managed one yellow?
    How about the Shaw tackle,ref looking straight at it,are we to beleve that he didnt see it or he thought it was ok?
    Every time we takled an Arsenal player they screamed and rolled around as if shot.The ref thought every challenge had broke a bone?
    Is this the new tacktic of temas like this,scream roll around force ref to side with them and make other team unable to play?
    Mariner is that docile?

    Think not myself.

  • 34 JackButler // Aug 30, 2015 at 9:24 PM


    Yes it was a straight yellow for Sissoko he doesn’t have to speak to a player or give one two or three chances to show a card. Mitrovic was a straight red but he missed an obvious pen for Arsenal as well.

    The problem is that is zero consistency between the refs and that then leads to people arguing about this challenge and that challenge.

    Shaw was lucky in my eyes as his challenge was nasty and put in with intent, but no matter how poor or inconsistent the refs are players like Mitrovic cannot put themselves in the position to allow the ref to even make a decision.

    Before we blame the refs it’s our own players that needs to change their ways or more reds will follow

  • 35 Mag52 // Aug 30, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    How about any red card issued within the first half hour of a game should be subject to immediate video review ?

  • 36 lochinvar // Aug 30, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    As Luke Shaw wasn’t booked at the time surely the FA will deal with his violent play retrospectively as happened to Cisse and Evans the spit ( who weren’t booked at the time of that incident ? ) or other similar incidents

    Over to you FA

  • 37 toon22 // Aug 30, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Ok so Socks was a stright yellow,no warning from ref.
    Are we to beleve that the same standards were applyed to Arsenal?

    The ref obviously sided with them from the first.

    Its not just about consistency,its about refs being un biased and using common sense.
    If he couldnt suss that every challenge was met with a scream and theatrics only for the player to miraculously recover he is either dim witted or bias.

    Imho he was doing what was required.

  • 38 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 30, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    I have the feeling as I did all summer that we will sign Charlie Austin before the deadline

  • 39 lochinvar // Aug 30, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Ref was doing what was required ?
    As in doing what he was told to do ?

    The Refs are now redundant as match officials they are in fact just result controllers.
    The suspicions increase that the Super League ( Champions League ) is a cartel only open to the select few. Just look at all the scandals surrounding F1 and now FIFA and the banking scandals that raises suspicions of iffy practices.

    The only solution is the Video ref / TMO route and the sooner the better. It’s called transparency.

  • 40 Mag52 // Aug 30, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    It’s surprising how many conspiracy theories turn out to be conspiracy facts.

  • 41 stuart no9 // Aug 30, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    loch, the panel wont take retrospective action against shaw as the ref seen the incident \. he cant say he didnt see it , hes right in front of it- so my guess is the ref will be dropped to the championship next week

  • 42 jimmysmith // Aug 30, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Spurs not doing as well as you’d expect, with little money available for transfers, and a new ground to be paid for. Wonder if our owner senses a window of opportunity to usurp them and grab hold of sixth in the meantime, it coming at a time when Liverpool also have the distraction of a major ground reconstruction. Short term we might have the chance to get a look in. Long term less so, particularly when you add West Ham’s seemingly inevitable rise into the mix. Might be a case of move now or ultimately lose touch entirely.

    Liverpool are also

  • 43 toon kk // Aug 30, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    The ref did what he saw as right during the game, no one can dispute we were very physical during the game on occasions, if S mc disputes the red card against Mitrovic he’ll lose.
    it was certainly a bad foul whether people think that it was red or yellow, is a matter of opinion but Refs will be keeping a close eye on him.
    If one of the Arsenal player’s had fouled one of our lads we would be calling for a red for the same tackle.

  • 44 toon22 // Aug 30, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    toon kk

    Yes i agree but that didnt happen,they acted like they had been shot and the ref backed them up.
    Every challenge they should have been flagged for they wernt.

    The ref decided they were going to win,as for Mitro are we to beleve that jumping is not allowed.He didnt use his elbows and he landed on a leg the ohter guy shoved under him.

    Its a farce.

  • 45 toon22 // Aug 30, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    The refs are being used by the league to shape the season to help the TV rights.

    If not we have the biggest bunch of blind,biased refs you could hope to find.
    Its been evedent in almost every game so far this season.

  • 46 toon22 // Aug 30, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Pundits and the like are forced to toe the line due to the fact that they cant bitethe hand that feeds them.
    Who is going to say the refs are bias if they depend on income from the league?

    Its a farce.

  • 47 jimmysmith // Aug 30, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Newcastle should approach Shearer to work with Mitrovic. He was hard as f@ck, and constantly testedd the boundaries of the referees rule book, although I don’t remember him getting too many reds or suspensions. Mitrovic has a similar real physical presence, and talent, witness that header, but also has control, and how easily he can get the ball out of his feet, even the red came after a beautiful chest down into space after a fifty fifty contest. That rashness has to go, but the hardness has to be encouraged and developed. Top, top prospect,

  • 48 beermonkey // Aug 30, 2015 at 10:37 PM


    all our strikers would benefit from a few sessions a month with shearer

  • 49 toon kk // Aug 30, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    The trouble is more of the Spanish game by means of getting a player from the other team booked is coming more and more into English football, it’s all part of helping to win a game by getting someone sent off. Sad buts thats just the way it is.

  • 50 SUTTY1978 // Aug 30, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    Strangely with the Shaw tackle the commentator (alan Smith I think) agreed that the ref had given the right decision in not giving a foul because “he didn’t mean it”. Its just unbelievable the treatment of players/teams they like and the ones they don’t.

  • 51 SUTTY1978 // Aug 30, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Jimmy, if Mitro played like shearer he would be sent off every week. In the same way we get pissed off with other players getting away with things, Shearer used to get away with murder. He wasnt called elbows for nothing. Admittedly he was a bit more subtle about it than Mitro!

  • 52 toon22 // Aug 30, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    The who league is decending into a farce.

    The refs are the symptom,not the cause.
    Any body connected to the who shibang will toe the line,its no different to Blatter and Fifa.

    Its a football version of WWE

  • 53 Mister Tuff // Aug 30, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Decided to pop on during my holis in France -pity about the result yesterday and the sending off – Mitrovic will learn.
    On other matters looks like Jib is getting very cocky and offensive again for no reason really.
    Jail – if he thinks you are a plumber can you not borrow a length of say 22mm coper pipe and ram it up his jacksie. Might not stop him being a scumbag but he would start speaking in a high pitched voice.
    On second thoughts 22 mil pipe would be a rattling fit – something of a larger diameter would be better.

  • 54 Mister Tuff // Aug 30, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    error coper = copper.

  • 55 jimmysmith // Aug 30, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Yeah, probably so, if Shearer had been an import from Serbia, not Englands number 9 and skipper, he’d have been sat down more often, you might imagine, especially now, but Shearer used to go in and up with elbows, knees, arse, head out within a degree that was hard to penalise, but enough to rattle centre backs no end. Mitrovic coulsd still learn plenty, and Shearer would surely love to mentor him. He’s as big a fan as us lot.

  • 56 lesh // Aug 31, 2015 at 12:38 AM

    I read the headline as far as ‘Former manager blazing trail…..’ and was disappointed that the article wasn’t about Pardew.


  • 57 willowdalerez // Aug 31, 2015 at 5:29 AM

    Hughton will make his mark in the prem or another top national league… Give him time. He has all the qualities of a top mgr and had he not been sabotaged by a disrespectful undeserved sacking he would have done well (as possible with no transfer resources) with us and better than Pardew. Palace are doing well under him by Chelsea back 4 were adrift without Terry (saw the game) and Hazard and Costa looked tired / complacent. Can’t see the Eagles flying much higher as the season drags on. Our lads on the other hand I expect will turn it around if we can avoid these sendings off we seem to have spirit and cogency and I’ll give SM his due on that… can’t hold the sendings off against him unless they continue much longer.

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