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Hughton cool on job prospects.

Posted on October 16th, 2009 | 7 Comments |

Hughton nonchalent about job
Hughton nonchalent about job
As speculation mounts about Chris Hughton’s appointment as permanent Newcastle United manager, the man himself is chilled about the whole thing.

The caretaker manager said:

I am very happy to do this job for as long as I am asked to do it.

Speculation about my future is something that I have very much got used to. But that is not the important thing. The important thing is being able to focus on football matches and up until this stage we have been very much able to do just that.

Any publicity like that is nice and always flattering but the only things we can really deal with are facts. We are where we are and until we are told anything different we just crack on as per normal.

We are just getting into the campaign. We are a quarter of the way through it and we are enjoying the experience so far and we are learning more and more about this division with each and every game.

It is very much about the team and that team is growing with each game. We have to maintain that. We will have to play three games in eight days and we know that the league position could change by the end of the week. There are nine points to play for and we have to very much stay focused on the job we are doing and make sure that we remain at the top end of the table.”

The general consensus in the press is that if Ashley can’t sell the club in the next month then Hughton will be appointed as permanent manager until the end of the season. There were however fresh concerns yesterday that Hughton will be given no money for transfers during the January transfer window and will, at best, have to make do with loan signings.

I can envisage a couple of nightmare scenarios here. The first is that we’re crocked by injuries in January and our promotion chances fade as Ashley fails to cough up the cash for enough back-up players. The second is that we get promotion, Hughton’s contract ends and then Ashley puts the club on the market again, imposing the same sort of transfer embargo he did for most of this summer, leaving us ill-prepared for our first season back in the Premiership.

It will perhaps be a test of Hughton if he has to stand up to Ashley and fight to get some players in to either ensure promotion of that we don’t drift while the club is sold next summer. I can’t imagine Hughton would be too successful in that fight given Ashley’s place on the exit chair, but I’d still expect him to try.

Time will tell how all this pans out I suppose.

NUFCBlog Author: Hugh de Payen

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7 Responses

  1. Whatever happens, Hughton will be regarded as a good guy for all that he’s done. Unfortunately Mike Ashley would appear to be hanging yet another manager out to dry.

  2. It all comes back to the FCB.

    It was him, his useless lying cronies and their total mismanagement of our great club that got us relegated.

    They aren’t interested in investing in the club or taking it forward one inch.

    As a result, they have “achieved” a threadbare squad supplemented by cap-in-hand loanees

    Like a typical blinkered accountant they think it’s all about money – and that finance and making a fast buck is the only consideration……

    So they hang around, unwanted by the fans, like a bad smell…..

    GET OUT OF OUR CLUB

    Until we get rid of the current “ownership” – issues like Hughton’s position are just a sideshow.

  3. I was going to mention this in the Houghton v Shearer (this time it’s personal) thread, but that looks like it’s ran it course.

    Anyway – Chris Coleman for manager. Ideally I’d like Houlier, but that’s not going to happen, so let’s bring the welsh wizard back to England.

  4. i know through a great inside source that joe kinnear will be appointed in november, as soon as hes had the all clear. Ashley no longer has any intention of selling this season but wont announce it until his big mate is fully fit. Hooters will willingly drop back to coach where he feels the most comfortable. These are facts not fiction!

  5. troy stavers says:
    October 16, 2009 at 1:16 pm
    i know through a great inside source that joe kinnear will be appointed in november, as soon as hes had the all clear. Ashley no longer has any intention of selling this season but wont announce it until his big mate is fully fit. Hooters will willingly drop back to coach where he feels the most comfortable. These are facts not fiction!
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