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Chris Hughton One Of Lowest Paid Managers In Premier League

Chris Hughton’s current contract probably makes him one of the lowest paid managers right now in the Premier League.

Chris Hughton – lowest paid manager in Premier League?

The contract he is said to have signed almost a year ago runs through next summer, and is thought to be around £250K/year, which is a lot less than the players he coaches at the club get in wages.

Chris is quoted in the Guardian today as hoping to sign a new contract at Newcastle soon, but that it is not a priority for him at the moment.

But as you would expect from Chris, he is hardly allowing any uncertainty about his future at the Tyneside club, impact his efforts at turning Newcastle into a Premier League class club once again, that can hold their own in England’s top division.

Chris told the Guardian today:

“At the moment I’m just getting on with the job,” “Yes, my contract is up at the end of the season but my priority is just to get on and do the best job that I can and let other things take care of themselves.”

“From my point of view where I want to be is manager of Newcastle United. That is where I am and I would like that to continue.”

“But the most important thing is to get the results because I am also conscious that, as managers, we can go through bad periods. Things can change very quickly in football so all I want to do is concentrate on the job at the moment.”

It’s a measure of the man that he has worked so hard since he first arrived at Newcastle, and especially since he was appointed as caretaker manager for the third time in July of last year, when the club was on its knees.

Chris has done a tremendous job for the Tyneside club so far in his tenure, and we would expect if Newcastle continue their good results this season, he will get a new contract – and probably before the end of the year.

When Sam Allardyce and Kevin Keegan were managing Newcastle under Mike Ashley, they were both on around £3M/year, and both cost the owner many millions when they left their jobs at the Tyneside club.

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • Ericles

    Sep 7, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #1

    This just shows the massive contradictory and hypocritical position that modern football has arived at. Is CH underpaid or are some other managers grossly overpaid? The salary quoted for CH is still around 48,000 a week. Still a nice wad even after tax! The real reflection is how much Ashley values his manager and his players – still on the cheap it seems compared to the over inflated trends when it comes to Premier pay outs. If Ashley judges the worth of a man in terms of cash only then he himself ain’t worth much! All the more reason for us to support CH and his efforts for the club. Hey Ashley – one turkey, one Christmas, don’t cost much. Ask Scrooge you tight wad!

  • batty

    Sep 7, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    he deserves more than 5 k a week

  • Doha Mag

    Sep 7, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #3

    CH will get a new improved contract if he continues the excellent work with the Newcastle United team and leads us to a respectable mid table position by January…..

  • Rangerman

    Sep 7, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #4

    The club don’t need to rush into giving him anything, it’s not as if he’s going to walk out to manage a bigger club.

    They should review it again around Christmas time when he’s had a chance to have a good run in the Premiership.

  • estechco

    Sep 7, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #5

    Ericles: I think your Maths is a bit off…it’s 4,800 a week not 48,000. Still not to be sniffed at, but a traversty given what the players that he manages earn!

  • hitman

    Sep 7, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #6

    you have to ask your self why hasnt contract talks started…

  • Davies

    Sep 7, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #7

    I don’t get this whole “tightwad” attitude. Hughton signed the contract himself, and I doubt anybody had a gun to his head when he did it. Bearing in mind he had no experience as a manager at the time, he got the right sort of money. I’m sure his next contract will be a more lucrative one.

    I think the manager and the owner are definitely on the same page now and Ashley probably understands that it’s important to have a manager who is good at his job with the team and works well with the club’s hierarchy. He’ll be aware that other teams will have taken note of Hughton’s first stab at management and will do his best to keep him. A good salary awaits.

  • Davies

    Sep 7, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Hitman; how do you know they haven’t?

    If they haven’t, it’s probably because Hughton is untested as a full time premier league mananger. Three games in isn’t soon enough to be offering 3 more years at £30k a week. He might turn out to be sh1t. I don’t think he will, but that’s because I like the bloke. An investment of that kind has to be worth it, otherwise it could turn out to be a massive waste of money.

  • andysimpson89

    Sep 7, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Very much hope that contract talks are well underway. Chris seems to have a great understanding with the players who respect him. Who else would have brought us the 9 players he has in the past yr for peanuts whilst never complaining and getting such good results on the pitch. Keep it up chris.

  • dave 1961

    Sep 7, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Chris & Colin should get their new improved contract the day the clubs safe in the premier league, this should be target based, so the better the club does the better off Colin and Chris should be. it should be a 12 rolling contract, with bonus payments on performances. remember that we as fans pay the wages at the club so they should get more money the happier we are.

  • G

    Sep 7, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #11

    I think the way forward for us may be to have a manager with a lower salary, and include a lucrative win bonus, of say £10k for every game won. Just a thought.

  • Solaidback

    Sep 7, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #12

    Wasnt this subject covered last season when this was brought up by the crap-loids??

    Also, yes Ch isn’t earning as much as some of the players that work for him, no manager is, I don’t think SAF is on £160k a week like Rooney or Ranoldo, so the manager doesn’t get anywhere near as much as the players but I do think if we’re still in a good poistion come Xmas, then CH will probably get a new contract, probably around £25k a week which isn’t to be sniffed at!!

    I wish I was earning £4.8k a week, I don’t earn that in 4 months, nevermind a week 🙁

  • aoOjee

    Sep 7, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #13

    I asked this question before, dont know if anyone replied on it, but i cant remember which thread it was.. so here it goes again. How much does Nufc owe ashley? He bought up like 120 million in loans or something, and then we lost a lot of money in the CC season. But with sales of players and PL money etc etc, does anyone have a rough figure of how much nufc owes him?

  • CT

    Sep 7, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Lads, this is a double edged sword. CH the gentleman he is doesn`t want to make a fuss and prefers to concentrate on the job in hand! but this is now in the public domain and he has many admirers on what he has achieved so far under difficult circumstances and on a shoestring. The general rule of thumb is if a manager is poached the compo to be paid is the value of the outstanding contract, in CH`s case somewhere around 36 weeks x £5k=£180k. Peanuts by EPL standards, I would offer him £2ok a week, 12 month rolling contract, and £1ok for every point achieved above 40(50 points = £100k bonus)

  • murvar

    Sep 7, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #15

    I’m sure he will have got a big bonus for promotion and that his salary is loaded towards performance rewards. But the more successful he is the more attractive he will become to other clubs.

  • Ericles

    Sep 7, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #16

    Estechco – you have found out one of my faults. I am hopeless at mental arithmetic. Five thou a week would do me – with CH’s responsibilities he is worth far, far more. I keep on saying Ashley’s arse squeeks when he walks. Have you seen the size of the padlock on his wallet? No wonder he has got such a wide arse!

  • Bao Zheng

    Sep 7, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #17

    If I was the fat boy I would like to see how he deals with a run of bad results before I give him a long term contract. From Hooton’s pov if he renegotiates now he will get a 2 year deal on a decent enough wedge (paradise by our standards). Now let’s say we are in the top 10 coming out of the Xmas period. Managers will be getting sacked left right and centre. Hooton will have shown he can do the job and will be in demand. Good chance of getting a much better offer and a 4 year contract. And btw I think he’s a decent bloke who is genuinely more concerned about the club than his contract.

  • Bao Zheng

    Sep 7, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #18

    And I think the idea of 12 month rolling with a lower base and bigger bonus for league position is a good one. Not just for the manager.

  • dublin mag steve

    Sep 7, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #19

    4,800 a week for what he has so far done for this club is pathetic mike wanted to let the club go for 100mill this time last year chris got him 50mill by getting him back to the prem league and the only front page story theres been since he took charge was the row between carroll and taylor and not a thing since he runs a real tight ship and should be duly rewarded if mike was paying fat sam 3m and king kev the same then surely the new king of the castle is worth more than 8 per cent of what they were on sort it out mike youve stumbled on a good 1 here.

  • jimiley

    Sep 7, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #20

    Because CH is employed by the tightest owner in the Prem. It makes you laugh that Smudger earns more in a month than CH does in a year. And CH wasn’t sick for most of the promotion season. CH would have been outed if he had been ill for a few weeks never mind most of the season

  • Captain Beefheart

    Sep 7, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #21

    Why is the likes of Steven Taylor worth more than Chris Hughton in the minds of most NUFC supporters (judging by the responses)?

    Answers on the back of a postage stamp to….

    ‘Why we were relegated in the first place’
    c/o Sports Direct @ Big Mike’s Big Stadium
    Somewhere north of London.

    No other business would have the workers earning more than the boss… So, 50K a week, no arguments.

    PS: Don’t start bleating about your own wages either, if you want the club to be successful we need the right man, and this is what we have allowed the wage levels to become by agreeing to shell out obscene amounts to get in the ground or watch on Sky.

  • CT

    Sep 7, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #22

    Fact of life Beefy son, obscene as it maybe players generally earn more than the manager!! doesn`t make it right but there it is! One of the wealthiest managers in the game is monkeyheed for being crap at his job! Got to find a balance, remuneration gotta be to an extent results based going forward!!

  • stk85

    Sep 7, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #23

    the money really doesnt come into it when you do a job you love.

    also, 250k a year, i think anyone can live on that and also, i think ashley isn’t tight at all, he just sees how ridiculous wages actually are.

    if hughton gets a new contract, and he should all being well, 500k is fine. 10k a week, jesus, thats not only alot but to do that in a job u love doing is amazing

  • Captain Beefheart

    Sep 7, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #24

    stk85@23 Just ’cause you love your job doesn’t mean you should accept less than the going rate to do it. Didn’t see Shearer do a cut price deal to join his home club.

  • dave 1961

    Sep 7, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #25

    I bet if another team come in for Hughto he will turn them down, he would not put the hours in if he did not get anything out of the job, he will get the rewards that he will deserve, just hope all those bleating on about his low pay will stick by him when we have a wobble, which we are sure to have, I bet Chris Hughton does not even check his pay slip, to me he only seems to care how the team played last weekend, then how they do this week, Chris Hughton now’s that as long as he doing a good job Mike Ashley will keep up his employment, it’s the fans that are the most risky factor in who long he get’s. instead of shouting for his head when we go thru a bad spell lets shout our support for him, let’s remember he did not desert us, but we will knife him in the back when we lose a few games, well I won’t. he’s earned the right to this full season, and now he’s earning the right to the next one also.

  • moonraker

    Sep 7, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #26

    Chris Hughton knows now, after what he’s achieved in stabilising Newcastle and getting promotion to the PL (and it was down to him), that his future in management is secured whatever happens this season.

    What most commentators seem to miss is that Chris has a huge affection for the club and supporters and the prestige that goes with running NUFC is enormous.

    He will get his reward in time but he’s hardly on the breadline at the moment is he?

  • Ericles

    Sep 7, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #27

    The logical outcome of some views on here is that if one loves one’s job to the vital end then one gets paid nowt. Cobblers! What happened to a fair days pay for a fair days work and the proper rate for the job? OK our manager gets a comparatively low salary for the job he does. We accept he is worth more too – at least some of us do. Ashley is a tight arsed scrooge and is taking the urine out of CH.

  • geordieal

    Sep 7, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #28

    I think the 12 month rolling contracts should always been given to managers, unlike players, the managers are more likely to leave before them given some bad results and disillusioned fans, it gives the manager and club stability in the knowledge that everyday they wake up they are contracted for a full year, however I things go bad it doesn’t cost the club the millions that they have had to pay out for several bad management decisions since sir bobby.

  • geordieal

    Sep 7, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #29


    hughton was happy to sign his contract on the wages offered by Ashley a year ago, fair enough it’s not the best but he will get an improved deal, as for other clubs looking at him, which clubs would that be, it won’t be a man u or a Chelsea or even a spurs for that matter, only clubs left couldn’t afford the wages he will get off Ashley once he has proved he can manage a decent side in the premiership.

  • baro

    Sep 7, 2010 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #30

    He truly does deserve a pay rise and contract extension. An very determined hard worker. Never quits and took us to promotion. Which is a very excellent thing.

  • gorskino10

    Sep 8, 2010 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #31

    This shouldn’t come as a shock he should be the 3rd lowest paid manager tbh as we have just came up from Championship and in terms of mangement he has very little experiance so its about right.


    Sep 8, 2010 at 4:03 AM

    Comment #32

    Chris has done a great job for the club and im sure he will get a new improved contract no problem.


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