Chris Hughton different to the usual Newcastle United manager

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Chris - Different type of manager who keeps to himself and gets on with the job

Top of the Coca Cola Championship and pretty much a healthy squad with very little injuries. This is a line you wouldn’t associate with Newcastle United too often but it’s the story of our season so far. 12 goals in our last 3 at home and our strikers scoring with ease, for now anyway. Although Leon Best hasn’t hit the net yet, it’s only a matter of time and Vicarage Road would be an ideal spot for him to do so. A lot of this comes down to our boss, Chris Hughton. The Irishman has worked relentlessly with the lads through the turmoil that surrounded the club last year. He trained them, got the pre-season fixtures ready and brought some discipline into the squad. He is now reaping the benefits of his hard work now.

As my headline suggests, Chris Hughton is different to anything Newcastle United as club have had before. Our usual manager, togged out on the sideline with suit and tie and standing on the sideline motionless as Newcastle cruised to victory attempted to lure all three points. Chris Hughton is a manager who looks more like a player, fully kitted out in the training gear and animated per usual in his technical area.

The likes of Joe Kinnear, Sam Allardyce, Alan Shearer, Glenn Roeder and so on had different tactics and different ways of motivating their players. I think it’s fair to say out of all the three, Roeder did the best job in his first season on Tyneside! 😀

That said, it’s not only Chris Hughton physical appearance that is different to what we;re used to. He trains the lads hard, explains what he wants and indeed what he expects from them. He demands 110% from every player and if he doesn’t see it, he’ll soon replace them.

Mind you, he’s probably the first Toon manager in a long long time to succeed in the job, although our job is far from finished here in the Championship and one man knows that more than anybody. Personally, I’m a fan of Hughton. I know that’s easy to say taking our league position and form into account but I have always supported him. His tactics might not be wonderful away from home but he’s not a smug manager and is willing to change the team around should the system not work properly.

Even if we don’t get promoted this season (God forbid) you cannot fault Chris Hughton. He’s worked under serious conditions at some stages and has taken criticism in his stride on Tyneside. As Alan Shearer said today, Hughton has done a great job and deserves a crack at the Premier League. We do look set for an immediate return but whether we will have the same owner come May, and whether they’ll look to keep Chris Hughton only the future will tell.

However, he certainly does deserve a chance and if Mike Ashley is the Newcastle United owner next season, I think he’ll hand Chris the job to keep us up in the Premier League without a shadow of a doubt. Who knows though?

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toon bahdg: ⏱ 24/02/2010

I have to say, Hughton has done a fantastic job, especially under the crcumstances.

toon bahdg: ⏱ 24/02/2010

I have to say, Hughton has done a fantastic job, especially under the crcumstances.

Tuomas from Finland: ⏱ 25/02/2010

What a sh*t! Chris Hughton is a coach and maybe good one but he isn't manager. If we have so big problems against Swansea and Derby we'll be totally screwed in Premier League.

Tuomas from Finland: ⏱ 25/02/2010

What a sh*t! Chris Hughton is a coach and maybe good one but he isn't manager. If we have so big problems against Swansea and Derby we'll be totally screwed in Premier League.

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 25/02/2010

TUOMAS U TALK A LOT OF TRIPE MATE

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 25/02/2010

TUOMAS U TALK A LOT OF TRIPE MATE

Geordie212100: ⏱ 25/02/2010

Chris deserves all the credit and he deserves a shout I last saw players play like that under KK, the late Sir Bobby and Roeder. I can believe u think we will get relegated next season with this spirit in the team I dont think we will look at teams in EPL except Manure, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Spuds, Villa, Everton. No one has a better squad than ours and u all sat we will be relegated. Its about the spirit that is what will drive us on. CH Revolution.

Geordie212100: ⏱ 25/02/2010

Chris deserves all the credit and he deserves a shout I last saw players play like that under KK, the late Sir Bobby and Roeder. I can believe u think we will get relegated next season with this spirit in the team I dont think we will look at teams in EPL except Manure, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Spuds, Villa, Everton. No one has a better squad than ours and u all sat we will be relegated. Its about the spirit that is what will drive us on. CH Revolution.

chrissy ren: ⏱ 25/02/2010

must admit hughton looks decent in the championship ship but that was expected with our squad and the half decent opposition,just look at when we played the better teams in this league did we really look unbeatable?.I think we will get promoted but the quality in the prem has upped a few levels since we were there and i think we need heavy investment in midfield and defence just to stay up,even the lesser teams in the prem look quite good now,,good luck newcastle

chrissy ren: ⏱ 25/02/2010

must admit hughton looks decent in the championship ship but that was expected with our squad and the half decent opposition,just look at when we played the better teams in this league did we really look unbeatable?.I think we will get promoted but the quality in the prem has upped a few levels since we were there and i think we need heavy investment in midfield and defence just to stay up,even the lesser teams in the prem look quite good now,,good luck newcastle

Geordie212100: ⏱ 25/02/2010

If we get in a few better players than we have we can try to scrap into the top 10 finishes and then we can build from there. Looking at no new signings: ...................Harper Simpson..........S.Taylor..........Colo..........Enrique Routledge..........Guthrie..........Barton.........Jonas ...................Nolan(c) ..................................Lovenkrands. This team can survive the EPL.

Geordie212100: ⏱ 25/02/2010

If we get in a few better players than we have we can try to scrap into the top 10 finishes and then we can build from there. Looking at no new signings: ...................Harper Simpson..........S.Taylor..........Colo..........Enrique Routledge..........Guthrie..........Barton.........Jonas ...................Nolan(c) ..................................Lovenkrands. This team can survive the EPL.

Tuomas from Finland: ⏱ 25/02/2010

I am happy that you're so pleased. Still I think Hughton's tactical abilities are rubbish.

Tuomas from Finland: ⏱ 25/02/2010

I am happy that you're so pleased. Still I think Hughton's tactical abilities are rubbish.

Tuomas from Finland: ⏱ 25/02/2010

"This team can survive the EPL." Yes, but surviving shouldn't be the only target.

Tuomas from Finland: ⏱ 25/02/2010

"This team can survive the EPL." Yes, but surviving shouldn't be the only target.

giimps: ⏱ 25/02/2010

Whilst I agree Chrissy has done an excellent job in the fizzy pop, I still think his tactics in EPL at last time of asking were shocking, he may have learned a little in this league but.........and this is the question, when playing teams of similar ability/stature away from home Does he know how to win? He may know how to shut up shop and absorb pressure away from home but he struggles to adapt, this would see us struggle in EPL. I do agree though that he deserves to be given the chance in EPL ...IF we get there after all, his contract expires at the end of next season ,and I think he should be given till then to prove himself (assuming he gets a few points on the board early doors to give confidence). One of the problems he may face is when he is given money to improve the squad....his choices so far have been varied in their successfulness, and his handling and motivation skills with superstars (if we get any) is untested this season but , failed miserably last season (under somewhat different circumstances though)!!!!!! HWTL

giimps: ⏱ 25/02/2010

Whilst I agree Chrissy has done an excellent job in the fizzy pop, I still think his tactics in EPL at last time of asking were shocking, he may have learned a little in this league but.........and this is the question, when playing teams of similar ability/stature away from home Does he know how to win? He may know how to shut up shop and absorb pressure away from home but he struggles to adapt, this would see us struggle in EPL. I do agree though that he deserves to be given the chance in EPL ...IF we get there after all, his contract expires at the end of next season ,and I think he should be given till then to prove himself (assuming he gets a few points on the board early doors to give confidence). One of the problems he may face is when he is given money to improve the squad....his choices so far have been varied in their successfulness, and his handling and motivation skills with superstars (if we get any) is untested this season but , failed miserably last season (under somewhat different circumstances though)!!!!!! HWTL

Neil: ⏱ 25/02/2010

I think this team would have an even better chance of survival than the one Geordie212100 suggests :- Given Beye Taylor Colo Enrique Guthrie Nolan Barton Jonas Owen Martins Subs: Harper, Smith, Viduka, Lovenkrands etc. ...but we still got relegated. So why were we relegated? Not because our players weren’t good enough, but because they were mis-managed. Hughton had 7 games in charge last season, and won only 1 point (albeit in difficult circumstances) – an average of 0.14 points per game. Joe Kinnear (who I think we will all agree is no Wenger / Mourinho / Ferguson etc) managed 23 points from 20 games – an average of 1.15 points per game. Both managers had the same squad of players and faced the same difficult circumstances prevalent at the club. So if a mediocre manager won 1.15 points per game, what does that make the manager who only won 0.14 points per game?

Neil: ⏱ 25/02/2010

I think this team would have an even better chance of survival than the one Geordie212100 suggests :- Given Beye Taylor Colo Enrique Guthrie Nolan Barton Jonas Owen Martins Subs: Harper, Smith, Viduka, Lovenkrands etc. ...but we still got relegated. So why were we relegated? Not because our players weren’t good enough, but because they were mis-managed. Hughton had 7 games in charge last season, and won only 1 point (albeit in difficult circumstances) – an average of 0.14 points per game. Joe Kinnear (who I think we will all agree is no Wenger / Mourinho / Ferguson etc) managed 23 points from 20 games – an average of 1.15 points per game. Both managers had the same squad of players and faced the same difficult circumstances prevalent at the club. So if a mediocre manager won 1.15 points per game, what does that make the manager who only won 0.14 points per game?

chuck: ⏱ 25/02/2010

Gotta laugh, when people who, if you examine there statements, obviously have`nt a clue about football. Suddenly decide they know more about the game than a guy who has spent his entire life either playing as a pro.or coaching and now managing. Yeah I know it`s just a blog where people can exchange opinions about their team, but to criticise Hughton and make the claim he does`nt know what he`s doing, just defies logic.

chuck: ⏱ 25/02/2010

Gotta laugh, when people who, if you examine there statements, obviously have`nt a clue about football. Suddenly decide they know more about the game than a guy who has spent his entire life either playing as a pro.or coaching and now managing. Yeah I know it`s just a blog where people can exchange opinions about their team, but to criticise Hughton and make the claim he does`nt know what he`s doing, just defies logic.

Neil: ⏱ 25/02/2010

I wonder, to whom is Chuck referring?! I enjoy reading blogs because, whilst I have my own views, I also like to see whether or not others agree with me – good points well made may even cause me to review my own opinions! I don’t think it is fair to say that if one fan disagrees with another’s views, then they “obviously have`nt a clue about football.” When a fan puts forward the opinion that Hughton isn’t the right man, that isn’t the same as that fan saying that they “know more about the game” than Hughton. When I criticise Hughton, I’m not necessarily saying that I could do a better job myself, or that we should sack him and appoint a random supporter or blogger instead (I thought that this went without saying). I’m comparing him to other managers and concluding that I don’t think he is good enough to be manager of a club of the size and stature of Newcastle United. I look at other teams who I think we ought to be competing with, and who they have as their manager (e.g. O’Neill at Aston Villa, Moyes at Everton, Hodgson at Fulham) – men who have track records of success as managers at the top level over a number of years. I want someone who overachieves with the resources at their disposal. Someone who commands respect throughout the football world. Someone who can attract the right players. Hughton doesn’t fulfil any of those criteria. Had we been doing exceptionally well right now (e.g. if we were 15 points clear, on a cup run and playing good football), then perhaps I would have warmed to him. But we’re not, despite having a squad and resources the like of which the Championship has never seen.

Neil: ⏱ 25/02/2010

I wonder, to whom is Chuck referring?! I enjoy reading blogs because, whilst I have my own views, I also like to see whether or not others agree with me – good points well made may even cause me to review my own opinions! I don’t think it is fair to say that if one fan disagrees with another’s views, then they “obviously have`nt a clue about football.” When a fan puts forward the opinion that Hughton isn’t the right man, that isn’t the same as that fan saying that they “know more about the game” than Hughton. When I criticise Hughton, I’m not necessarily saying that I could do a better job myself, or that we should sack him and appoint a random supporter or blogger instead (I thought that this went without saying). I’m comparing him to other managers and concluding that I don’t think he is good enough to be manager of a club of the size and stature of Newcastle United. I look at other teams who I think we ought to be competing with, and who they have as their manager (e.g. O’Neill at Aston Villa, Moyes at Everton, Hodgson at Fulham) – men who have track records of success as managers at the top level over a number of years. I want someone who overachieves with the resources at their disposal. Someone who commands respect throughout the football world. Someone who can attract the right players. Hughton doesn’t fulfil any of those criteria. Had we been doing exceptionally well right now (e.g. if we were 15 points clear, on a cup run and playing good football), then perhaps I would have warmed to him. But we’re not, despite having a squad and resources the like of which the Championship has never seen.

marshy: ⏱ 25/02/2010

I agree with you neil,one of the problems we have is or geographical position and to over come that we need a big name manager who can overcome this and attract nearly top name players[the top players will always opt for lon.don or manchester]

marshy: ⏱ 25/02/2010

I agree with you neil,one of the problems we have is or geographical position and to over come that we need a big name manager who can overcome this and attract nearly top name players[the top players will always opt for lon.don or manchester]

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 26/02/2010

managers dont attract players marshy the wages do

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 26/02/2010

managers dont attract players marshy the wages do

Drew: ⏱ 26/02/2010

From the USA, I love this team. NUFC and the Geordies remind me so much of the Boston Red Sox - A burning desire to win at the highest level, consistent questioning of management's abilities and wisdom, total commitment to see the team wherever & whenever, and a touch of misery are always present. This is the hallmark of longevity, and that will see you through the hard times. My boy (9) has never touched English soil, but he wears the black and white every chance he gets. Keep it up, and up we go!

Drew: ⏱ 26/02/2010

From the USA, I love this team. NUFC and the Geordies remind me so much of the Boston Red Sox - A burning desire to win at the highest level, consistent questioning of management's abilities and wisdom, total commitment to see the team wherever & whenever, and a touch of misery are always present. This is the hallmark of longevity, and that will see you through the hard times. My boy (9) has never touched English soil, but he wears the black and white every chance he gets. Keep it up, and up we go!

chuck: ⏱ 26/02/2010

Niel Was`nt it Shearer that got us relegated ? three points from the last eight games, not exacly a sterling record. And how can you critisise a manager who took the remnants of a relegated team stripped of its best players and made them into a cohesive group with self esteem and to-getherness at present leading the league. Guess you just dont want to give the guy the credit he deserves, for some unknown reason? You mention managers with track records, M. O`N. he was offered the job here and turned it down. As for Moyes he was given an opportunity at Preston when they were in Div 1, yes he brought them to the championship, not a big deal , I remember them as a 1st. division side, a decent manager but has accomplished nothing yet. In order to have a track record you have to first get the opportunity to manage and Hughton is doing pretty good right now.

chuck: ⏱ 26/02/2010

Niel Was`nt it Shearer that got us relegated ? three points from the last eight games, not exacly a sterling record. And how can you critisise a manager who took the remnants of a relegated team stripped of its best players and made them into a cohesive group with self esteem and to-getherness at present leading the league. Guess you just dont want to give the guy the credit he deserves, for some unknown reason? You mention managers with track records, M. O`N. he was offered the job here and turned it down. As for Moyes he was given an opportunity at Preston when they were in Div 1, yes he brought them to the championship, not a big deal , I remember them as a 1st. division side, a decent manager but has accomplished nothing yet. In order to have a track record you have to first get the opportunity to manage and Hughton is doing pretty good right now.

Roy Cropper: ⏱ 26/02/2010

chuck - unless you want trouble you better lay off - BIG AL - ok buddy.

Roy Cropper: ⏱ 26/02/2010

chuck - unless you want trouble you better lay off - BIG AL - ok buddy.

Neil: ⏱ 26/02/2010

Chuck: I totally agree – Shearer won 3 points from 8 games. That’s 0.375 points per game, which is nowhere near good enough and a factor in why we were relegated. But, as I said in my earlier post, Hughton won 1 point from 7 games. That’s 0.14 points per game. You say Shearer got us relegated, but it is undeniable that, of the four(!) managers we had last season , Hughton was the most culpable of them all – the figures are undisputable. In my opinion, they all have to take a share of the responsibility, including Keegan, Hughton, Kinnear, Shearer, Ashley, Wise, the players – everyone. I agree that we were stripped of some of our best players. But once the summer transfer window closed and we still had Harper, Taylor, Coloccinni, Enrique, Jonas, Smith, Barton, Carroll, Ameobi etc. in the squad, it was clear that automatic promotion would be a minimum requirement. So lets not get carried away at the fact that we might reach our minimum requirement. As for the team spirit thing, that is just a natural consequence of winning games and being at the top of the league – all due to having by far the best squad in the league and resources that our competitors can only dream of, rather than anything Hughton has said or done. I’d be happy for Hughton to get an opportunity at being a manager, to cut his teeth, learn his trade and gain some experience - but not at Newcastle United. That’s because I think that all managers should start in the lower leagues and work their way up to a club like NUFC. I want NUFC to be a place for proven winners, not novices trying their hand at management. But then, I want us to strive to be the best we can be, whereas others are satisfied with mediocrity.

Neil: ⏱ 26/02/2010

Chuck: I totally agree – Shearer won 3 points from 8 games. That’s 0.375 points per game, which is nowhere near good enough and a factor in why we were relegated. But, as I said in my earlier post, Hughton won 1 point from 7 games. That’s 0.14 points per game. You say Shearer got us relegated, but it is undeniable that, of the four(!) managers we had last season , Hughton was the most culpable of them all – the figures are undisputable. In my opinion, they all have to take a share of the responsibility, including Keegan, Hughton, Kinnear, Shearer, Ashley, Wise, the players – everyone. I agree that we were stripped of some of our best players. But once the summer transfer window closed and we still had Harper, Taylor, Coloccinni, Enrique, Jonas, Smith, Barton, Carroll, Ameobi etc. in the squad, it was clear that automatic promotion would be a minimum requirement. So lets not get carried away at the fact that we might reach our minimum requirement. As for the team spirit thing, that is just a natural consequence of winning games and being at the top of the league – all due to having by far the best squad in the league and resources that our competitors can only dream of, rather than anything Hughton has said or done. I’d be happy for Hughton to get an opportunity at being a manager, to cut his teeth, learn his trade and gain some experience - but not at Newcastle United. That’s because I think that all managers should start in the lower leagues and work their way up to a club like NUFC. I want NUFC to be a place for proven winners, not novices trying their hand at management. But then, I want us to strive to be the best we can be, whereas others are satisfied with mediocrity.

MacToon: ⏱ 27/02/2010

Neil, good posts and quite refreshing. As for "NUFC to be a place for proven winners, not novices....." I can't see it happening while this owner is here and tbh it's probably a blessing in disguise considering what's happening to the likes of Pompey. Saying that though I want the best at SJP and for a while we did have, I can't see when we will again though afterall this guy never even authourised a replacement for Emre and sold promising young players like Milner and N'Zog etc. Surprised we were relegated, no, I hate to say it but we deserved it, why, because of the owner and his decisions and his appointments. Getting us back into the prem is a start but we have to be a challenge to other teams and not just also rans. The real work will begin in the summer if we are promoted, Hughton will certainly have a job on his hands and I wish him good luck and truely hope he's successful.

MacToon: ⏱ 27/02/2010

Neil, good posts and quite refreshing. As for "NUFC to be a place for proven winners, not novices....." I can't see it happening while this owner is here and tbh it's probably a blessing in disguise considering what's happening to the likes of Pompey. Saying that though I want the best at SJP and for a while we did have, I can't see when we will again though afterall this guy never even authourised a replacement for Emre and sold promising young players like Milner and N'Zog etc. Surprised we were relegated, no, I hate to say it but we deserved it, why, because of the owner and his decisions and his appointments. Getting us back into the prem is a start but we have to be a challenge to other teams and not just also rans. The real work will begin in the summer if we are promoted, Hughton will certainly have a job on his hands and I wish him good luck and truely hope he's successful.