Chris Hughton Gets New Deal – Why Not Rafa Benitez?


Former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was appointed Brighton manager on 31 December 2014, and in the three and a half years since then, Brighton have done brilliantly.

In Chris’ first full season in charge, they were beaten in the playoffs after they had finished in third place tied with Middlesbrough on points but had an inferior goal difference – of just 2 goals.

But finally, in May of last year, they were automatically promoted with Newcastle.

And Chris has done another terrific job this year to keep Brighton in England’s first tier.

The two popular managers shake hands

Chris has been given a new deal ty the Seagulls that keeps him on the south coast for the next three years – good for him and great for Brighton.

This is what Brighton Chairman Tony Bloom has said about one of the real gentlemen of the game:

Chris’s record as our manager is absolutely superb, he has been great for the club and his measured and calm approach brings out the very best in all around him.

Our first-ever Premier League season has been a brilliant experience for the club, with some iconic moments.

“Thos include an unforgettable night at the Amex against Manchester United to secure our Premier League status earlier this month .

Brighton have moved quickly to keep Chris at the Amex.

Chris deserved a new deal and he was nominated for Premier League Manager of the Year along with Rafa Benitez for the season just finished.

On the home front – why doesn’t Mike Ashley quickly accede to Rafa Benitez’ demands – after all they are for the good of the club  – and sign him on a long-term deal at Newcastle.

Come on MIke – try to move quickly to keep Rafa at Newcastle – he’s our main (only) hope for the future.

Comments welcome.


213 comments so far

  • Jib

    May 16, 2018 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Brighton have moved quickly to secure his services ?
    What !!!
    There are a few PL teams looking for new managers
    Chris hasn’t been mentioned in connection with any
    of them.
    I love the fella – one of the games real gentlemen
    but Brighton is probably the best gig he’s gonna get

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 16, 2018 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #2

    Y’all need to calm down about why has this person by that club been offered a new contract and why hasn’t Rafa…

    …maybe he has or maybe he didn’t like it. Too much headache to be honest!

    About a call up for Shelvey and Lascelles…they haven’t been part of the qualifying games and w finished 10th.

    Plenty of good players at other clubs…

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  • Lindisfarne

    May 16, 2018 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Well that is the world cup over with then, back to NUFC!

    Ed says Haidara, Gomez and Good are going due to their contracts not being extended, as is Stuart Findlay who has been out on loan and another 6 of the U23 squad are also going.

    As well as Saviet, Aarons, Colback and Mitrovic, there is also Mat Sels and Ashraf Lazaar to return from being on loan and whos’ futures at the club remain uncertain. Perhaps Adam Armstrong, Ivan Toney and Freddie Woodman should also be included in this group, but they have age on their side and possibly the potential to break into the senior squad, given time.

    If eventually Dubravka is bought in one of our existing goal keepers could be potentially sold, along with the seemingly redundant Chancel Mbemba. Although Dwight Gayle would raise greater revenue I would rather see Joselu be sold first along with any of the other senior players mentioned above, as I believe it would be difficult to integrate two new forwards when Rafa only plays a single striker.

    So there are actually a total of 10 players leaving at the end of their contracts and a further 8 that could be sold or would need to be loaned out, making a total of 18 players going in a mssive ‘clear out’!

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  • Lindisfarne

    May 16, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #4

    #missed one player out#

    …..and a further 9 that could be sold or would need to be loaned out, making a total of 19 players going in a massive ‘clear out’!

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  • Lindisfarne

    May 16, 2018 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Hughton has done a great job but if Brighton are in the relegation zone by January, he will likely be replaced.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 16, 2018 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Probably better for Shelvey’ fitness anyway 😉

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  • barkel

    May 16, 2018 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #7

    Lindisfarne

    The only way we keep Lazaar is if a) no one wants him b) we can’t get anyone else as cover for LB. With Gamez, Haidara & probably Mbemba going, Clark is the only cover at LB. He has done well for us when played there but it’s not his best position

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  • lochinvar

    May 16, 2018 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #8

    News is coming in that Sunderland have delayed appointing a new manager until the right man is available.
    Southgate is expected to hold talks with them upon his early return from his holiday in Russia.

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  • Lindisfarne

    May 16, 2018 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #9

    I would like to see the following players (x7) sold to add (a small amount) to the transfer kitty:
    Aarons, Colback, Lazaar, Mitrovic, Saviet, Sels and either of Darlow/Elliot.

    Perhaps £2M each and more than £15M for Mitro would give Rafa approx. £30M

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  • Lindisfarne

    May 16, 2018 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Damn missed one out again……and Joselu…….would give Rafa approx. £30M!

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 16, 2018 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #11

    Even though Ashley hasn’t been attending games he must surely be aware that the fans want Rafa to stay. Charnley will have made him aware or his other puppet that goes to the match.

    There’s no way Ashley wouldn’t keep Rafa at the club just to p the fans off or would he?

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  • hibbit

    May 16, 2018 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #12

    bettyswallocks

    Bishop

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  • RobLeenio

    May 16, 2018 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #13

    bettys, no he wouldn’t do anything just to piss off the fans. On the other hand, he wouldn’t do anything just to please the fans either. We’re irrelevant to him, all he sees are figures on a balance sheet and fireplaces (normally in twos).

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  • Pitmatic

    May 16, 2018 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Shelvey’s England ship has probably sailed with this announcement. Winks will be back next season, and they’ll be keen to bed him in. Loftus-Cheek has similar passing ability, and could be played deeper than he currently does. Southgate is also likely to start promoting from the WC-winning u17 and u20 teams – Foden and Sessegnon will probably get call-ups on completion of their first PL starts.

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  • Jib

    May 16, 2018 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #15

    I wouldn’t be too quick to write off
    Rolando Aarons
    I know he only played 10 times for
    Fabio Pecchia but he is recovering
    from a hammy which can be a bastard.
    He’s left sided , it looks like Kenedy is
    gone plus Rafa really rated him last year

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  • Bianconeri

    May 16, 2018 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #16

    Who in their right mind would buy joselu

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  • magpie6699

    May 16, 2018 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #17

    Fascinating to compare the Newcastle Fans’ opinion of Shelley with WBA fans of Jake Livermore! They don’t even think he deserved to play for them!

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  • Jib

    May 16, 2018 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #18

    Ashley clearly reads blogs hence the
    panto villain remark.
    He’s a businessman first and last
    He’ll see the logic of keeping Rafa
    I’ve no doubt

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  • Pitmatic

    May 16, 2018 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #19

    I wonder if Rafa will be tempted to snap up Peter Crouch now he’s a free agent. As a part-time squad player he’d be a much better option than Joselu, and would be cheap enough to free up cash for one or two serious striking options. I for one would be very happy to see him in on a one-year deal.

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  • Ron Knee

    May 16, 2018 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #20

    Jib

    “Ashley clearly reads blogs”

    Correction: “Ashley’s PR team clearly read blogs.”

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  • hibbit

    May 16, 2018 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #21

    Pitmatic

    Crouch might be free but he won’t be cheap,

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  • Bobbybee

    May 16, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #22

    Sounds like West Ham have just ensured Rafa won’t entertain them, by signing a new Director Of Football. Rafa wants complete control for his project and certainly won’t entertain a DOF imo. We’ll done Wet Spam, shot yourself in the foot – again. 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    May 16, 2018 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #23

    Jib, a pantomime villain? Oh no he isn’t….

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  • 9

    May 16, 2018 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #24

    On a similar theme to Crouch, how much would it take to bring Andy Carroll back?

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  • Jib

    May 16, 2018 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #25

    20 hours ago the Everton head of marketing Denise Barrett-Baxendale
    replaces Robert Elstone as CEO.

    48 hours ago Fat Sam sneered that she knew nothing about football

    Shut have kept your gob shut fatty

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  • Lindisfarne

    May 16, 2018 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #26

    I consider our owner as more like the back end of a Pantomime Horse and as he always says Penfold is in charge, that would make him the head….[insert horse sound]

    1
  • Jib

    May 16, 2018 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #27

    Ron
    Whatever
    Do you think Maybot and Jezza
    don’t use PR writers ?

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  • Bobbybee

    May 16, 2018 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #28

    Did anyone watch the Villa v Boro game? Have you ever seen such a weak capitulation in such a crucial game?
    Considering what the prize was, they just didn’t turn up. At least Derby gave Fulham a run for their money, although they lost the tie in the first leg imo. Boro were just awful. It was like watching West Brom or Stoke…
    If someone could teach Adama how to pass or shoot he would be brilliant. Runs past defenders for fun and then… quack quack oops! 🙂 Wonder what Rafa could do with him?

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  • Bobbybee

    May 16, 2018 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Wonder if Sunlun will go back for Hippo Heed? They’re probably the only club that view him as a legend after all. Might be worth them using the parachute payment to sign him just to bring some fans back through the gate.

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  • Ron Knee

    May 16, 2018 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #30

    Jib

    Do you think Maybot and Jezza
    don’t use PR writers ?

    What’s that got to do with the price of fish?

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  • mactoon

    May 16, 2018 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #31

    Bianconeri Comment #16 Who would buy Joselu…

    Lee Charnley!

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  • mactoon

    May 16, 2018 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #32

    The reason why Chris Hughton has got a new contract is because the club have ambition and understand that Hughton is a massive part of realising that ambition, whereas Ashley….

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  • 9

    May 16, 2018 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #33

    Tony Bloom is a superb owner; local and (like someone else who isn’t local to his club) a gambler. Lucky Brighton.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    May 16, 2018 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #34

    I am actually really excited to see who rafa decides to bring in. I suspect there will be a few surprise names in the list.

    Just hope he gets enough of what he wants in to take the club forward the way he wants to. Can’t fail to be an exciting future if he does.

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  • Jib

    May 16, 2018 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #35

    Ron Knee
    What’s that got to do with the price of fish?

    You and your pals talk about Ashley as if he’s
    the only man in the world who uses PR people
    and as if it’s something terribly wicked.

    I wonder if you Lesh Geordie 2 Lindisfarne et al
    have ever attended a footy match?

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  • OneAlanShearer

    May 16, 2018 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #36

    9 – I’d take Carroll back for circa 10million as one of 3 new strikers. Might not play every game but when he did he’s bring more than our current 3 to table.

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  • 9

    May 16, 2018 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #37

    One Alan, You won’t be getting Andy for £10m I would guess.

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  • Ron Knee

    May 16, 2018 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #38

    Jib

    I wonder if you Lesh Geordie 2 Lindisfarne et al
    have ever attended a footy match?

    Bit of a non sequitur, no?

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  • lesh

    May 16, 2018 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #39

    Why’s Rafa not been signed up? Because Ashley’s off on holiday at a critical time for the club – just as he did last January.

    So who’s left to deal with Rafa’s contract? Yup, Charnley and Barnes who’ll do nothing but push back or tread water until Ashley decides to devote some time to his club. Yet again, he’s being a real hindrance, a liability, a dead weight on the club. Come on Amanda, make the greedy git an offer and get him out.

    Bobbybee

    You seem to have a thing about Tammy Tap in and his seeming inability to do anything from more than a few yards. Remember Alan ‘Sniffer’ Clark who got most of his from inside of the box – he was good at drawing penalties too.

    1
  • Jib

    May 16, 2018 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #40

    Ron
    I think
    more
    quod erat demonstrandum

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