Happy Anniversary Chris!

Posted on February 25th, 2010 | 44 Comments |

Part of the furniture?
Part of the furniture?
This week marks manager Chris Hughton’s two-year anniversary at The Toon, and I’m willing to bet that when the guy signed on at Newcastle that he couldn’t foresee what was just around the corner.

It has been easy to forget about Hughton amidst all the turmoil of the past 2 years but you have to give the guy credit for sticking around when many others wouldn’t.

In his two-year tenure as an employee at St James’ Park, Hughton has overseen:

Working with Kevin Keegan who brought him to the club.

The subsequent fallout from ‘Keegangate’ which resulted in him being placed in temporary charge amidst protests and fan boycotts.

Working with Joe Kinnear.

Being handed temporary charge again after Kinnear fell ill.

Working with Alan Shearer and ultimately failing to keep the club in the Premier League.

Being handed temporary again during the summer with the club up for sale and a vast amount of uncertainty surrounding many aspects of the club.

Being given the job on a full-time basis and leading the team to the top of The Championship.

Not exactly a quiet couple of years then, and reading back through that list, it’s hard not to give Hughton the highest praise for sticking with us through all the turmoil. If reports are to be believed, then Chris Hughton isn’t on fantastic wages, said to be around £5,000 a week, surely it would have been easier for a fully-qualified, highly-respected an experienced coach to get near enough the same salary at another club?

He stayed with us though and here we are today. Speaking to The Chronicle, Hughton was as modest as ever. He began by saying:

“A lot has gone on in two years, there have been a lot of changes and different managers. There have been highs and lows. with the ultimate low being relegation.”

“But it is now my responsibility, along with the rest of the team, to make sure we make the club stable again and achieve our ultimate goal, which is promotion back to the Premier League.”

We are not a million miles away from doing just that, with only 14 games remaining and a 5 point cushion back to 2nd placed Nottingham Forest and a 6 point gap back to West Brom in 3rd. Hughton remains determined to stay focused on the job in hand though, adding;:

“That all continues at Watford and we can’t afford to look at anything other than Watford.”

Sometimes you can’t help but be impressed with the guy. To remain so modest, calm and carry himself in the manner he does is a credit to himself and his family. Looking back at joining Newcastle and all the events that followed, whilst playing down personal praise, Hughton recalled:

“I probably wouldn’t have believed you, nobody in that position would.”

“But I came here as one of Kevin’s assistants and it was a role that I enjoyed. I’ve enjoyed whatever I’ve done at Newcastle.”

“A lot has happened but I think what has happened to me is no different to what’s happened elsewhere in football.”

“If you are in the game you have to be conscious that you must adapt to whatever situation presents itself to you.”

One thing, among many things Chris Hughton has done since he took charge, is add the stability that Newcastle United has been crying out for, after all, he is now our longest serving manager under Mike Ashley which in itself is perhaps a contributing factor to why we were relegated.

Whatever has been thrown at him he has dealt with, and out of the ruins a team has emerged, one that plays for each other and one that has got us to the top of the table. Hughton must surely take a large part of the credit for that?

Happy anniversary Chris!

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44 Responses

  1. Even the people who knock him as a yes man and all other crap must admit he’s done a better job than expected. Yes, we don’t play exiting attacking football, but didn’t we all say the most important thing this season was the league, the optimists wanting promotion and the pessimists hoping to be able to stay in the league? We are top with a bit of a cushion and have a reasonable wage budget for the first time in ages. Pheonix from the flames. Well done chris, you’ve been the only stable component we’ve had for the past two years.

  2. He must be made of good stuff to do what he’s done and to keep working with the taskmasters he has without so much as a minute of self-pity. Not many decent people in this game, and we’ve got one of ’em.

    I think his adaptability and ability to steadily learn and improve has to be the most impressive – and promising – thing.

    In January he showed that he can form strategies, recognise and rectify weaknesses, and work with whatever he has available. Who’s to say he can’t keep doing that up to any level?

  3. Spot on whumpie, I never gave the man a chance when he got the job full time, but I’m happy enough to eat humble pie. Credit where it’s due.

  4. jay jay – Sound mate, bit busy like.

    Are you gannin to the Peterborough match?

    There is a lift on offoer of you fancy it?

  5. Whumpie – Agreed. Whilst our January signings were far from the huge names that some fans wanted, it does at least show that Hughton can identify where we need strengthening.

    All of his permanent signings have imporved us as a team, same with the loan signings (Fitz Hall excluded)

  6. batty is the perfect example of why this club does not deserve any success.

    Deluded, arrogant, borderline psychopathic mental illness. The bizarre idea that Newcastle deserves “better” than Hughton just because the fans still buy tickets to see the match live.

    21st best team in England is Newcastle’s position. It’s a real one based on fact, statistics and it works to the minds of any human whose mind actually functions.

    If you’re honest, you would even say we don’t deserve Hughton. We really should be in Portsmouth position considering how bloody thick everyone connected to this club outside Hughton really is.

  7. I don’t even live in Scotland, you brain dead spastic.

    If I still lived in Scotland, why would I bother with Newcastle at all? I’d just stick with my birth club, the first British team to win the European cup, with all players born within 30 miles of the stadium and with one of the largest international fan bases on the planet. Not a team in the English second division.

    Unfortunately for retards like you, I have a love and respect for the city of Newcastle and the culture of the area. It’s just a stand up place that unfortunately has complete dildos like you staying there.

    Also, just to wind you up, Newcastle’s mind frame, general outlook on life and a lot of its slang terminology is FAR more related to Scotland and Scottish culture than England. Christ, Newcastle’s barely English at all.

  8. seedless grape @ 17…..”newcastle’s barely English at all”……& were even less like the – ginger gene carrying , skirt wearing , haggis eating , irn bru drinking , susan boyle loving – second rate nation of pricks like your lot….

    ..us geordies are the salt of the earth & that’s just the way it is.

    ….if there’s one breed i wouldn’t mind see going into extinction then it has to be the “pluckys”…..

  9. well we r celebrating another future unsuccesfull manager…what is wrong wid nufc fans i think all of u forgot what kind of club this is …we have the 3rd largest stadium in the country and we r still in the coca cola and some fans r happy we beat teams that are worth colos siniging …what were u expecting that we will end u like leeds hell no we r better than them in a lot of ways cause we almost have the same squad that made us relegated last year so do u even think that we wont be promoted it u thought that was it u r stupi*d ….cris is un classy manager look at his sinings like simpson and williamson 2 players who r un wamted by clubs that used to be lower than us…and some ppl who were tripin about my last comment suc*k my extended dic*k….

  10. Wicky, calm down the criticsm ay, mate?

    Not funny joking about mental illness stuff to be honest.

    Henock, what more can we do but be top of the league? Did you expect Mourinho to come in and sign Champions League players and for us to win every game?

    Hughton has done as much as mananger could have been asked for of this season – be top of the league and go for promotion. His signings have been realistic on sustainable prices and will see us out of this league. Once we’re in the Premier League we can look at beating teams better than ‘worth Colo’s signing’, but until then, what else can NUFC or Hughton do?

  11. Anyway,Let’s congrats our Newcastle’s U18 side for booking to the semi-final with either Fulham or Aston Villa

    I would preferred Fulham though. hehes

  12. i have to agree with wickywoo. batty is truly mental. all he does is bitch about how shit the club is and how ed’s blog sucks. are you a mackem biatch

  13. anyone else make a noise like they were ejaculating when they saw a replay of Sporting’s third goal?? no? no? just me then? lol
    unbelievable teckers…

  14. I’ve got to agree with wickywickywildwest, Newcastle is just full of slow runners. We are who are left when Hadrian put his wall up.

    As for batty, once a radgie always a radgie.

  15. Mick – I was pillorying the bloke for being jammy and then saw the replay and thought fecking hell, he meant it.

    Utter genius.
    P*ss-taking genius, but genius all the same.

    MT – och aye the noo.

  16. hammy – you were just praising toonsy for his work and then question it? Typo or split-personality? 8O

  17. I don’t quite understand that last comment by hammy69

    I think the quality of the work by Ed Harrison, Toonsy, Worky, Bowburnmag and all the others is quite exceptional, and I’m grateful to all of them for providing these forums for intelligent debate

    It’s just a shame that some people on here abuse that privilege by posting inane comments that do drag the quality down

    I tend to agree with wickywoo on this one. All this anti-Scottish/anti-Cockney crap is pathetic. Don’t these people remember Hughie Gallagher, to name but one?

    ‘Gallagher was part of a growing Scottish contingent at Newcastle; the side that won the league in 1927 contained a fair share of Scots, players such as Willie Wilson, Alf Maitland, Roddie McKenzie, Willie Gibson, Bob McKay, Tom McDonald and Jim Park and Jim Boyd. Gallagher himself scored five hat-tricks in that league-winning season and was well on the way to become a legend on Tyneside, as children in the streets could be heard singing

    dýa ken Hughie Gallagher, the wee Scotch lad?
    The finest centre-forward Newcastle ever had.’
    http://www.insideleft.net/archives/167

  18. Chris G – I’ve found that people from north of the border don’t like being called a scotch. They don’t much like Jock McSporran either.

  19. toonmanfever says:
    February 26, 2010 at 5:35 am
    i have to agree with wickywoo. batty is truly mental. all he does is bitch about how shit the club is and how ed’s blog sucks. are you a mackem biatch
    <<<<< never slag the club or the players ,only the owner so get your facts right dimwit

  20. Micky Toon says:
    February 26, 2010 at 9:16 am
    I’ve got to agree with wickywickywildwest, Newcastle is just full of slow runners. We are who are left when Hadrian put his wall up.

    As for batty, once a radgie always a radgie.
    <<< :lol:

  21. wickywoowoo says:
    February 25, 2010 at 11:22 pm
    I don’t even live in Scotland, you brain dead spastic.

    If I still lived in Scotland, why would I bother with Newcastle at all? I’d just stick with my birth club, the first British team to win the European cup, with all players born within 30 miles of the stadium and with one of the largest international fan bases on the planet. Not a team in the English second division.
    <<<<< listen dickhead well stick too your birt team instead of slaggig our club and our people off u jock prick

  22. I love you too batty.

    I hope that comforts you when you discover that you most likely have Scottish heritage in your family tree.

    Only the small deluded aspect of football fans can mistake someone complimenting the spirit and passion of a city as an insult. Then again, they are the deluded aspect.

    Why are Newcastle’s idiots more vocals than everyone elses? Toon fans are easily the best in England by quite a distance yet the coverage from the fans themselves is almost entirely stereotype.

    No other club has the “boycoutt” and Brown Ale brigade about. Do the normal fans just not shout as loud?

  23. wickywoowoo says:
    February 26, 2010 at 9:47 pm
    I love you too batty.

    I hope that comforts you when you discover that you most likely have Scottish heritage in your family tree.
    <<<< if only u knew lol my surname is a very well known mint and u never hurry 1 and we do have a tarton so ur most prob right never hurry a @@@@@@ cos there too good too hurray lol

  24. angus murray – batty i think you should keep that one under your tam o’shanter along with your ginger wigg.

    :) :( :) :(

  25. worky – i’ve handed my notice in on .com & will be full time on here from now on :) – full of shit bags on ed’s bog :(

  26. Morning boys, just to clear something up, my earlier post was referring to some bloggers in general and not to the quality of the articles submitted by Bowburnmag, Toonsy, Geordie Deb, Ed at all, seems like the football is taking a back seat these days and making way for intimidation, insults, online bullying etc….
    I think people in general are getting tired of this, as Ed struggles to get double figures on most articles, and numbers seem to be dwindling on here, I’m afraid if it continues the folks putting all the effort into keeping these blogs running will get sick and just stop bothering, a shame really.

  27. worky i agree with hammy69 so maybe u should start banning people like hammy wickkywoo and stardust because there the most misrible gets ive ever seen plus eds blog has been going down bank for ages

  28. Roy Cropper says:
    February 27, 2010 at 12:27 am
    worky – i’ve handed my notice in on .com & will be full time on here from now on – full of shit bags on ed’s bog

    Fantastic news, Crapper…

  29. Susan Boyle is an incredibly talented lady who’s been subjected to considerable criticism in the media. IMHO she deserves every bit of success that she is experiencing.

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