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Hughton Says Newcastle Is Magnificent Club To Work For

There’s a great piece in the Daily Mail today by Kenny Dalglish about Chris Hughton and the Newcastle club,  and it’s very complimentary to Newcastle, so have a read of it before today’s massive game with  Sunderland.

Chris Hughton – important to bring good new man in

And it suggests that the Newcastle Board may have unwillingly invited the criticism of Chris Hughton by not offering him a contract now, but we don’t think that will change,  and surely this should give our players and Chris himself, some time to get those points on the board.

And Chris has come out again today, and said how honored he is to work at the Newcastle club:

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the time I’ve been here and had a good relationship with the staff and the fans.” “It’s a magnificent club to work for and I’m very honoured to be manager.”

“It was a blow when Colin went. I am doing a lot of work behind the scenes.” “I don’t expect it to take too long. It will be very much my decision. The strong likelihood is that it will be an external appointment.’’

Chris has said that Steve Clarke didn’t want to come to Newcastle as assistant manager because Steve is looking for a full manager position somewhere.

That’s the same reason Jose Mourinho gave Bobby Robson for not joining the club in 1999, and of course Jose went on to manage Porto and win the European Champions League and then joined Chelsea, Inter Milan and he’s now at Real Madrid, and in the future will manage Manchester United – in all likelihood.

It’s important that Chris get somebody in that he can work with, and will buy into the strategy already set out at Newcastle, and seeming to work quite well.

The new assistant, whoever he is, will help Chris to continue to build the Newcastle team,  which we think he’s done a great job at over the last 16 months.

To bring the club to mid-place in the Premier League from where we were in July of last year – on our knees – is just amazing – and he’s bring criticized for it?

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Thump

    Oct 31, 2010 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #1


    Theres the article Ed’s talking about. It’s a great read.

    Bit nervous about the game today. Hope Shola was right about stopping the rot at home.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Oct 31, 2010 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Kenny’s bang on the money there, no doubt.

    The volatile axis of expectation is between incompetent board and long-suffering fans, with each antagonising the other. It’s like some ancient tribe with the council of long bearded wise elders and the black and white painted warrier class.

    The poor manager is stuck in the middle, tied to a tether like a sacrificial goat. The one and only thing the disparate tribal factions can agree on every blood moon is slitting the kid’s throat to apease the supposed gods of misfortune….

    Then after the slaughter a few teary eyed black & white clad warriers will slowly step forward from the throng and view the still twitching animal and declare…. “why did we do it, it was so cute…”

    Our paganistic viking folklore is deep in our Norse DNA, concentrated like no other part of the UK. We are bound to repeat the same error, especially if we lose badly today. The Sunderland game if often the time of the blood moon, ask Ruud Gullit.

    Goat burgers for supper anyone??

  • leedodd

    Oct 31, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Its Going to be a Hard Game today but we will win – This is The Game were Chris Shows Everyone that he is MR NEWCASTLE UNITED- He is why we are here today in The PREMIER LEAGUE not away to Doncaster or QPR.
    We need to stick behind him not start the crap we did in years gone by. WHY did we sack Sir Bobby ?? IS The Fat Controllers Bum Squeeking Like Freddy The Shepheard ??

  • Jarra

    Oct 31, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #4

    “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the time I’ve been here and had a good relationship with the staff and the fans.” “It’s a magnificent club to work for and I’m very honoured to be manager.”

    Interesting points CH states, yet in his position difficult to complain about lack of support from the owner.
    If the club intend to give him a contract, why not now why wait?
    Time will tell but as I have previously states CH deserves better so we can really see if he has the potential to be a bloody good manager.
    His team seem 100% behind him, are the board?
    For me my hope is he stays keeps us up then Ashley moves on for someone to finacially back us and give it a go without making the club bankrupt.
    good luck today CH win and pressure will go but as soon as we slip MA will panic.
    Problem is MA and his side kick have lied so many times in the past how can anyone believe them a new contract is in the pipeline for CH.
    He desreves better than this

  • moonraker

    Oct 31, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #5

    The reason CH hasn’t had a pay rise is because nobody’s falling over themselves to poach him; there’s a message there for us all isn’t there?

  • moonraker

    Oct 31, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Off topic but I watched Real Madrid last night and it was a masterclass by Mourinho.

    Madrid were drawing 1-1 with Hercules a newly promoted side, and time was running out.

    Mourinho sent on Benzema for a midfield holding player and within minutes having three strikers on, they scored thanks to Benzema. He then took off a forward and strengthened the midfield again and Madrid went on to win easily in the end.

    He’s a freakin genius and not only that he’s got every one of them working so hard for him.

    Great to watch. Anyway back to reality; Toon to win 3 – 1 today with some inspired management by CH!! HWTL

  • Brisvegas

    Oct 31, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #7

    I don’t know why you guys think the Dalglish article is good. All it does is churn out the same old crap.

    “For all this wonderful support, the flip-side is the machinations behind the scenes and in the city, which always seem to lead to Newcastle shooting themselves in the foot when things are going well. From what I’ve been hearing about Chris Hughton and his future, history might be about to repeat itself.”

    That’s right blame the fans and the club – as always. Not a word about the scurrilous newspapers that have created the story and perpetuated it.

    You guys are easily led up the garden path.

    And wtf are you on Beefheart?


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