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Harper on “ideal manager” Hughton.

Posted on November 5th, 2010 | 84 Comments |

Harper: The one with the s**te sculpture (again).
Harper: The one with the s**te sculpture (again).
Anyone who doubts Newcastle United’s players total loyalty must take a look at comments made since the derby victory.

Shola Ameobi, Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton have now been joined by long serving, and long suffering goalkeeper, Steve Harper, in endorsing Hughton’s hopes for a new contract.

Harper, who has worked with 10 managers since joining the club in 1993 should be more knowledgeable then as to what United need from their boss.

And Speaking to the Telegraphy. Harper has now outlined the characteristics which make Hughton “perfect” for United:

“He has been the ideal manager for us. He doesn’t work the crowd; he just gets his head down and gets on with the job. He doesn’t milk it; he gets on with things irrespective of things going on around him.”

“He is incredible. He is always the same, he doesn’t get carried away when things are going well and he doesn’t get too down when they are not. He is very level-headed, which is what this club needs. He is the perfect man for the job.”

“This club hasn’t always been stable, As recent as 15 months ago we were surrounded by turmoil and uncertainty. It doesn’t help.

“We’ve had far too much of it here over the years. From last August, when Chris was appointed as manager, we have had a fantastic, stable period. Chris has worked hard and he has galvanised the place.

“To manage that situation and get this club out of a very tough position, and to have started so well in the Premier League, the players have worked hard for him, and responded to him.

“He has done a brilliant job and he is starting to get the plaudits he deserves. The fans made their feelings clear. Before we were winning on Sunday there was a “Hughton is a Geordie” banner going up and they chanted his name throughout.

“They are demanding fans, but they know their football. They aren’t daft and they know the job which he has done in difficult circumstances.”

Harper also revealed that he hoped to return to challange Tim Krul for the no.1 spot in Decemeber – despite a slight mishap during the 5-1 hammering of the SMB:

“I hurt myself celebrating the fourth goal when Shola (Ameobi) volleyed it in. While everyone else was jumping around I was nearly crying. I’ll gladly hurt my arm celebrating that.

“I would have loved to have been involved, it was one of those once in a lifetime games. I’ve played in four derby games and haven’t lost, but this was something very special.

“You could tell by the city afterwards and the fans what they were singing on the day showed exactly what they thought of it.”

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84 Responses

  1. It is always good to read this type of articles. Words like this spread and having a manger that players like playing for can only help with recruitment. A mid-table finish or better this year will turn a lot of players’ heads

  2. “He has been the ideal manager for us. He doesn’t work the crowd; he just gets his head down and gets on with the job. He doesn’t milk it; he gets on with things irrespective of things going on around him.”

    Bit of a dig at Kev there I think.

  3. nice post paul keep em comeing m8.

    TOONSY
    jay jay is reet wilshire is back,and he hasnt had a drink,(i think) ;)

  4. The Toon hierarchy better hurry up and tie hughton down to a new contract before some top club and offer him a contract he can’t refuse.
    We potentially have one of the best managers in the game at the minute.
    Exciting times I hope!!
    Get him signed up Ashley and do it yesterday.

  5. B.S.9 see what your at mate,but do contracts mean oot these days,if some club want anyone does a contract stop them ?,after all ashley wont make him a top payed manager imo

  6. icedog says:
    November 5, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    “WORKY your being kind mate (as usual )”

    To be fair, James Lawton IS a journalist who can write a bit, but he’s also a nasty old man who specialises in character assassination usually. I find his character repellent in the extreme.

  7. What’s his point???
    Tells a good story but what is he trying to say at the end of it all.
    Waste of space imo.
    I dont get it.
    Just like so many other journos, obsessed with NUFC.
    got nowt to report so spout some crap about NUFC.
    Grrrrr!!!
    Evening all.
    Glad for your good news Toonsy. Keep positive mate.

  8. workyticket says:
    November 5, 2010 at 7:22 pm
    “He has been the ideal manager for us. He doesn’t work the crowd; he just gets his head down and gets on with the job. He doesn’t milk it; he gets on with things irrespective of things going on around him.”

    Bit of a dig at Kev there I think.
    ___________________________________________

    Congratulations!

    You’ve just won “stupidest comment of the week”

    You a cockney?

  9. KINGKEV how nice of you,how clever you are (NOT)move on pal.

    not that it has owt to do but unlike some hes human,so the jokes on you

  10. Icedog – wish I knew what you were on about – “move on”

    To any true United fan – it was a stupid comment about Kev.

    Are you just a bairn or summat??

  11. toonsy,
    there’ll always be a few stuck in the last century i guess.
    Don’t get me wrong, i loved it back then, but it’s the past, great memories, but the past.
    ;)

    How you doing mate?
    All good i hope?

  12. CLiNT – I’m spot on mate. Been for a few sherbets so I’m merry. The mrs is out with her mate. It’s happy days :)

  13. Good old Toonsy sherbit dib in one hand something else in the other with redtube on the net way to go Lad, you might as well make the most of haveing the house to yourself mate :lol:

  14. CLiNT – Erm, the sherbet without liquorice. Dib-dabs.

    Dave – Nowt wrong with loving KK and what he done for us, but there is also nowt wrong with accepting that it was nearly 20 years ago now ;)

  15. Batty we are a dying breed mate, long live the King.

    Toonsy or Worky when are we getting the poll on the result of the Arse game ? I cant wait to see how many deluded fans like me there is :) as I am sure we will come away with something

  16. CLiNT FLiCK says:
    November 5, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    “Pity auld Guido didn’t get it right way back when.”

    I was arrested and locked up in the Houses of Parliament just like him once, Clint. I was held at the mercy of Betty Boothroyd.

  17. CLiNT FLiCK says:
    November 5, 2010 at 9:02 pm
    I think you’ll find that most Geordies are over kk mate.
    ______________________________________________________

    What??

    I think you’ll find we’re not mate!

    Just like we’re not over Joe Harvey, Jackie Milburn, Supermac, Tony Green, Bobbie Mitchell, Hughie Gallagher, Wyn Davies

    Kevin Keegan stands alongside these Geordie greats – who made our history – and don’t you forget it pal.

    And for some nobody in here to have a dig at a legend like Kev is sh@te….the bloke who said it should hang his head in shame

  18. Toonsy it doesn’t seem like 20yrs ago tbh, I think it could do with age. I can remember my parents saying that school is the best yrs of your life and they would love to be back, but I use to think they we’re just B/S us to get us to go. But now I know what they meant ;)

  19. Aye 20 years ago mate. Alas, it is history. A fantastically great part of our history, but history all the same ;)

    I mean, Newcastle United would have been history had Kev got his £25 million quid compo or whatever it was ;)

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  20. King Kev – Yes, long time readers know that.

    I also have an opinion thank you, which I will share, thank you. Now cheers for nibbling on my rod and get in the net bonny lad.

  21. Toonsy he deserved every penny of it mate. and it wouldn’t have meant we would have been history if he got it, it just would have helped the Fat Controller with his gambling habit ;)

  22. I remember the last time I said King Kevin Nolan on here :lol:

    Could we be set for another purge of posters the neet? :lol:

  23. workyticket says:
    November 5, 2010 at 9:53 pm
    KingKev says:
    November 5, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    “Are you a geordie?”

    We’re all Cockneys on here, KingKev.
    _________________________________

    No they’re not. There are some good geordie lads come in here…people who’ve actually been around longer than 5 minutes and were actually born in the Town and know what they’re talking about.

    But don’t for one moment think that a small blog like this is representative of what United fans think – as was implied by YOUR stupid comment about Kevin Keegan, which just shows a lack of any fundamental understanding about United, our history and our heroes.

    How dare you (who TF are you??) slag off a United hero like Kev??

  24. Starkadder, Big Dave – Apologies, but according to King Kev your opinions count for shite because you aren’t Geordie :lol:

  25. That is a remarkably familiar posting style you know ;)

    And he seems to know a lot about who is who on here considering it is only his fourth post ;)

  26. toonsy says:
    November 5, 2010 at 10:01 pm
    Starkadder, Big Dave – Apologies, but according to King Kev your opinions count for shite because you aren’t Geordie

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    toonsy says:
    November 5, 2010 at 10:02 pm
    That is a remarkably familiar posting style you know

    And he seems to know a lot about who is who on here considering it is only his fourth post
    _________________________________________________

    How predictable! Toonsy starts the personal attacks!!

    How sad!

  27. KK was great and turned the club round but he did walk out on us twice, oh and every other club he managed.
    Unfortunately football moved on and KK didn’t
    Hughton is spot on for us at the moment, if he keeps us up it’s job done for this season

  28. Big Dave:

    That’s the story that goes around the most of all. I kind of like that story, but I also heard stories going back before the influx of seamen (can I say that).

    I’ve also heard stories of religious festivals being held on the beach involving dancing. I don’t know which is true, but all the tales have been around for ever.

  29. KingKev says:
    November 5, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    “How predictable! Toonsy starts the personal attacks!!

    How sad!”

    That isn’t a personal attack. Toughen up you fanny :lol:

  30. workyticket says:
    November 5, 2010 at 10:05 pm
    toonsy says:
    November 5, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    “That is a remarkably familiar posting style you know”

    batty usually forgets his capitals, Toonsy.
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    OMG the girls are getting paranoid!
    No doubt I’ll be barred soon for speaking my mind.
    Tarra to the good lads on here – keep the faith and don’t let these fookers diss our history

    Take care

  31. workyticket says:
    November 5, 2010 at 10:05 pm
    toonsy says:
    November 5, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    “That is a remarkably familiar posting style you know”

    batty usually forgets his capitals, Toonsy.<<< you slacking worky

  32. Batty – Winner as you guessed exactly what I was thinking.

    King Kev – Don’t go. With you on board we fulfill our care in the community quota. How is life down in London?

  33. Well, his little wind up didn’t work. Given my goo health news it was going to take a hell of a lot more than that to get me going.

    Now tomorrow may be different…….. :lol:

  34. Big Dave says:
    November 5, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    “Worky your not really saying that Wor Batty gets up to no good at times are ye”

    I can keep an good eye on him here, Dave! Big Brother is watching batty!

  35. toonsy says:
    November 5, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    “King Kev – Don’t go. With you on board we fulfill our care in the community quota. How is life down in London?”

    That wasn’t me if that’s what you’re saying Toonsy. I haven’t a clue who it was yet.

  36. workyticket says:
    November 5, 2010 at 10:15 pm
    batty says:
    November 5, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    “<<< you slacking worky”

    I was just cracking off a quick one,<<< toonsys always doin that ,bet his key board is sticky as fck :lol:

  37. Worky – No, not you. It was either UTD111 or someone else whose name escapes me now. He came back on as “black” not so long back and lived in the East End of London.

  38. Although UTD111 isn’t banned I don’t think? Mind you, I haven’t seen him for ages. I should keep a log :lol:

  39. Nah it wasn’t UTD111. I’m sure of it. He is a good lad actually. I remember him now.

    It’s that tosser from London whose name I can’t remember.

  40. Cant wait until dan gosling gets fit great prospect
    he will build up our midfield big time and when ben arfa
    gets back there will be great comp for places there
    the future is looking bright for the toon!!! chris hughton doing great job!! perfect for our club.NEWCASTLE 2-1ARSENAL

  41. Is it just me or does Harper’s award thing look not like a goalkeeper but a guy bowling, and not with shorts but trowsers buched up at the knees.