This Is A Worrying Comment From Chris Hughton


Former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has quite a bit of management experience in the Championship and was unlucky last season not to get his latest club Brighton & Hove Albion promoted.

Chris will be at St. James’ Park again in the coming season although in April and May we were hoping that would be with both clubs in the Premier League.

But it didn’t turn out that way and it was bad news for both Newcastle and Brighton that both clubs are in England’s second division.

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Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood at Brighton

Chris (along with assistant manager Colin Calderwood) will get a huge welcome on Tyneside when he brings his Brighton side to St. James’ Park on 27th August and he will deserve it.

Chris still hasn’t received the full credit he deserves for the way he brilliantly managed the team seven years ago and got us promoted from the Championship in 2010 with a massive 102 points and 30 wins.

His reward was to get fired in early December of that year, with Managing Director Derek LLambias being the main instigator of that daft decision.

We respect Chris’ opinions and when he says Newcastle will find it hard this season down below – that’s a cause for concern.

This is what Chris said last week in the local Brighton paper – The Argus:

“I think Newcastle will find it hard because the league is hard.”

“Ritchie and Gayle are two Premier League players, but they know the Championship as well.”

“The impression I get straight away from their purchases is they are buying to get promotion from the Championship.”

“They have bought two very good players and because of the financial clout they have, I expect them to buy well for the Championship.”

“And however hard they find it,  one thing is guaranteed, it will be a tough place to go. I expect them to have a good season.”

“Rafa Benitez is a well-traveled manager and a very good manager. Even though he hasn’t experienced it, he’ll know what the Championship is like.”

“He’s very good at what he does. Rafa Benitez sets his teams up very well and I think that will be a plus in this division. He is just going to have to do that more often than he is used to, with the volume of games.”

“I think he’ll cope because he is an adaptable manager. They are entitled to be favorites and I’d be very surprised if the two players they have just signed are the only players they bring in.”

“I think they’ll have a real go at getting out of this division.” “The favorites will be determined by the end of the summer transfer window and what work they’ve done.”

“If Villa bring in several players to do the same they will be on the same level. Both of them will be very difficult places to go.”

“It lifts the profile of the Championship when you have got Newcastle and Villa in particular, no disrespect to Norwich.”

Most of that is positive from Chris apart from that first sentence.

We still think people are under-rating Rafa’s ability as a manager to handle a long tough season in the Championship.

Rafa’s teams often play close to 60 games  a season, because they are nearly always  in Europe – like Valencia, Liverpool, Inter-Milan and Naples.

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Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood at Newcastle

So Rafa is used to playing lots and lots of games in a season and using his squad appropriately.

So we are not sure Rafa himself will find it that tough – although he is not a person to take anything for granted.

It would be good if both Newcastle and Brighton can be in the Premier League next May.

Comments welcome.



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66 comments so far

  • scout

    Jul 9, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Hughton saying Benitez will COPE in the Championship haha. You couldn’t polish his shoes son. Ill always have a warm welcome for Hughton after what he done for us but come on get a grip.

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  • cousto

    Jul 9, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #2

    misleading heading

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  • Slank

    Jul 9, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed,

    It ain’t worrying it’s realistic from someone who probably knows more about the Championship and Newcastle than any others in that league.

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  • expatmag

    Jul 9, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #4

    More to the point, I think it is Hugton who us worried or else why comment on a club ither than his own.

    Feebke attempt at reverse psychology

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 9, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #5

    moaning about our new signings, ffs, been crap in past Windows because we’ve been targeting players from the French league that either haven’t put the work rate and effort in, moved on to bigger clubs and failed miserably or still here moaning about how good they are and should be playing champions league football.

    Benitez have signed players who have got better work rate, much better than the French players we have got or had and not up their own backsides either.

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  • rossrich

    Jul 9, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #6

    Seems to me he’s just stating the obvious. It is going to be tough. Not really worrying comments.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jul 9, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed you don’t need click bait we already come to the page regardless.

    Obviously as a Championship manager with strong ties to Newcastle I think Chris is entitled to have an opinion on Newcastle. In fact he was probably asked to give his opinion on Newcastle by a journo so I don’t think he’s went out of his way to play mind games with Rafa.

    I think we may find the Championship a little tougher than when we were last in it in 2009/10 but still fancy us to walk it fairly easily. Looking forward to welcoming Chris Hughton back as I have a tonne of respect for the guy, treated awfully by MA at the time.

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 9, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Welshie

    Totally agree mate. People expecting us to sign bloody champions league players ffs they need to smell the coffee we are in the championship not the prem anymore

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  • funlovingexpress

    Jul 9, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #9

    Hanley is a mistake. He is not a good CB. I get it if we are bidding something like 2 million and want him as a squad player but if we are paying proper money then its a mistake.

    Hughton can’t exactly call the league an easy league now can he? People need to get some perspective on this.

    He has to please his own fans. Many clubs fans will be asking why their team arent investing in the same way to go for promotion.

    They need to cover their backs. They do this by saying how hard the league is. They have to look like they are doing a good job after all.

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  • Big Archie

    Jul 9, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #10

    “Chris still hasn’t received the full credit he deserves for the way he brilliantly managed the team seven years ago and got us promoted from the Championship in 2010 with a massive 102 points and 30 wins”

    Seriously?

    Harper, Colocini, Enrique, Nolan, Williamson, Barton, Guthrie, Routledge , Duff, Simpson, Taylor, Smith, Jonas, Best, Butt Ameobi, Carroll, Lua Lua, Krul, Saylor.

    John Carver and Joe Kinnear could have brought that team straight back up.

    No manager at all would have done it.

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  • Veltmann

    Jul 9, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #11

    Now Rotonda will be here,reverting to type and telling us how good Hughton is and how awful Pardew is..

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 9, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #12

    JamesToon

    I rather have hard working players like Gayle and Ritchie for example than one trick ponies like Cabella and thauvin.

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #13

    CISSE HAS LEFT FOR A CHINESE CLUB

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #14

    Welshie

    It’s not even that mate, Richie has everything Cabella has plus the work rate determination and everything else.

    Anyone thinking Hanley will be added as a CB option with Hayden potentially replacing Tiote?

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #15

    Welshie

    Its easy to say that now RE Thauvin and Cabella, Simply because they were a failure. At the time the Nufc fans were buzzing because of the supposed calibre of players coming in. The same can be said for the current crop of incomings

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #16

    You beat me to it.

    Lee Ryder ?@lee_ryder
    Cisse joins Shandong Luneng in the Chinese Premier League #nufc

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  • Yo-yo

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #17

    Welsh

    Totally agree that Rafa respects players with high work rate and commitment as much as their technical abilities. We have had our fair share of prima donnas who turn up when they feel like it, but are world class on their day and look where we are.
    Leicester, Wales, Iceland all show that a team is more than the sum of its players and football is a team not an individual game. Moments of magic by such and such a player are great but cannot happen every match and win us a league, unless all the players work as a unit.
    Our past amateur ‘managers’ were forced to rely on odd moments from HBA and their ilk when basics such as setting up the side, making sure we can pass to each other and move into space were ignored.

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  • Son of Geordie

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #18

    Been a while between posts, glad that we have Rafa in charge. I am sad that it took a relegation for Mashley to change his tact on how to run the club, but hey it has happened, and we now have a manager back in charge so some good has come of it.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #19

    All the best Papisse. Another player that has overstayed in the team simply because of the lack of depth in the squad

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #20

    jazzyp

    Yeah i get that, I think Benitez is very good judging players before he signs them unlike our previous managers.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #21

    Just been thinking why leave cisse go before rivière, so with Armstrong might be going out on loan.

    Mitrovic
    Perez
    Gayle
    Rivière (Ffs)

    Need to replace cisse.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #22

    Good luck Cisse. I’ll never forget some of those memorable goals you scored after we signed you. Magnificent.

    Shame you got stifled being played on the wing.

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  • nut meg

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #23

    Hayden has already passed his medical!!

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #24

    I foresee more blood letting and that’s only a good thing. We’ve managed to get rid of the likes of Saylor, Obertan, Marv, Colo and Cisse, now all we need is to rid ourselves of the likes of Riviere, Sissoko, Janmaat and Gini and we’ll have a good core of players to build from.

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #25

    Ohhh yesss! Good news, cisse is packing his bags for China. That’s 40 grand off the wage bill, to a player who contributes very little to linking the midfield with attack.

    Also colo 60 grand off the wage bill.

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  • JAMSHA

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #26

    gr8 cisse of, now plzz gufo n rivere out

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #27

    Cisse went on a lucky streak and was stifled by the fact he’s a shit striker.

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #28

    Jazzyp

    Not sure about that, yes everyone were backing the signings more because we had to as we’d spent good money on them, but think nearly everyone had their concerns over whether they’d adapt, and the fact that they weren’t proven in the premier league

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #29

    Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    What about gourffran and thauvin.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #30

    It was a non-exhaustive list, if I was being ruthless I’d get rid of the likes of Anita, Tiote and Dummett as well.

    But yeah I’d flog Gouffran and Thauvin as well.

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  • Son of Geordie

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #31

    Mclaren and Charley’s wasteful spending on transfers last season was a disgrace. They were totally out of their depth. No doubt charnley has survived termination due to Rafa standing by his side. Charnley will be scared to upset the apple cart now.
    Rafa seems to be doing a good job so far with transfers, I hope Gayle comes through with the goods, I am excited by having Jesus in our defence. Matt Richie is a quality player.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #32

    Going back to cisse, i wonder if Rafa is going to keep Armstrong now cisse has gone.

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  • Son of Geordie

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #33

    Happy to see Colo go. He had his moments, sometimes unfairly maligned on the blog, other times fair cop.
    Rivière and cisse both need to go. Lots moe transfer business to come.

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  • Fostino

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #34

    Hayden and hanley comes…Then janmaat and tiote can go. Goofy and riverie don’t make the grade either so space for a new no.9 ..Although only a good St warrants this position. The likes of vuckic..Sammy. .bigi will be moved out too. The squad is taking shape. We won’t be able to hold on to sissoko either unless we make him captain and vocal point of the team.

    A lb is still needed. Haidira not food enough

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #35

    According to Sky Sports News, Cisse has gone for undisclosed fee, wonder how much.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #36

    Jamestoon

    Feel free to go back through the past post’s years gone by mate. there was a lot of Optimism especially with Cabella.
    My point is That every signing is an unknown quantity buddy, No body knows if they are going to be a success or failure

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #37

    Welshie

    I would have hoped for around the 5 mill mark pal

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #38

    jazzyp

    Do think he will be replaced.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #39

    Cisse gone! (Just beat me to it, welshy).
    Fone nowt for ages now. Space in the squad for better players now.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #40

    *done

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