Hughton sacked as Newcastle manager.

Hughton suited, now booted.

Hughton suited, now booted.

The breaking news is that Newcastle have today parted company with Chris Hughton.

Chris Hughton has been the manager of Newcastle United for the past 18 months and masterminded promotion from The Championship at the first attempt. Goalkeeping coach Paul Barron also leaves his role.

The betting had been suspended earlier in the morning, which has happened before, but it appears that this time around they were right. The team has been in a bad run of form of late, but this decision has shocked me to the core as I was fully behind Hughton and feel that he just needed time to turn things around. It’s still early days and there will need to be some time to digest this news before the speculation starts regarding Hughton’s successor.

A statement on the club website said;

“Newcastle United Football Club have today parted company with manager Chris Hughton. Goalkeeping coach Paul Barron also leaves the club today.”

“The board would like to place on record their thanks to Chris for his considerable efforts during the club’s transition from Championship to Premier League football. Chris has shown exceptional character and commitment since being appointed manager in October 2009. The club wishes him well for the future.”

“Regrettably the board now feels that an individual with more managerial experience is needed to take the club forward.”

“The task of appointing a new manager now begins. An announcement will be made shortly regarding transitional arrangements pending the appointment of a successor.”

More reaction to follow…

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142 Responses to “Hughton sacked as Newcastle manager.”

  1. 1
    avatar tattyheed says:

    steve mclaren

  2. 2
    avatar Hart says:

    complete and utter joke.

  3. 3
    avatar lesh says:

    So, the task of appointing a new manager now begins.

    I hope that MA’s got a succession plan in place?

    Mmm, my glass’s always been half full.. or is it half empty?

  4. 4
    avatar DevonMag says:

    I wonder now whether Hatem Ben Arfa will sign at the end of the season? A huge part of his seeming desperation to sign for us appeared to me down to Hughton; or as he described ‘one of the best young managers in the game.’

    Every time we’ve lost this season I’ve been entirley devoid of the usual sinking feeling in my gut as I’ve had complete faith in Hoots to turn it around at some point. We’re a promoted side and we’ve beaten Arsenal and Chelsea away this season, as well as Everton and Aston Villa, not to mention HAMMERING our most fierce rivals 5-1. We currently sit at 11th in the table, have influential players due to return shortly from injury and a morale within the camp that has taken 18 months of solidity and stability to build.
    I think I speak for almost all of us when I say;

    Mike Ashley, what the f*ck have you done?

  5. 5
    avatar toonsy says:

    What a joke. WTF is up with giving Hughton some time? surely he has earned it more than anyone?

    Absolutely gutting.

  6. 6
    avatar Micky Toon says:

    So, what usually happens in this case is that the assistant takes over. Err…..Nurse!

    If you believe the various sports jornos on tw@tter they are saying that they’ve had calls from PL managers saying what a discgrace our club is. Why do I find it hard to disagree.
    If they weren’t happy then they should have at least demoted hoots to #2 and got in someone top drawer at #1.

    Is this marking the 3rd return of King Kev? ;-)
    Or worse the second coming old good old Joe. :-(

  7. 7
    avatar joppadoni says:

    its gotta be Martin O’Neil, theres not another manager in the world right now whos jobless that id get rid of CH for other than him.

    cold, but true.

    i really hope CH goes on though and is successful

    all the best Chris

    TTBaWA

  8. 8
    avatar Cyprus-Toon says:

    I’m devastated at this news, yeah we were on a bad run but not that bad, we’re still 11th & if anything, this will make us getting any points for the next 4 games that much harder imo… the timing is stupid, Nolan & Barton would be back this weekend & if we’d drew or won against Cessepool, the board wouldn’t have made this move!!!

    I know we’ve not been playing well these past few games but there’s no need to sack him, he did more with the Toon in his short period than the last 6 managers have put together, like beating backside-nil at the Emirates stadium, something the Toon has never done before, we also beat the Toffee’s, away, 1st time in 7 years, beat Chelski in the League Cup at Stamford Bridge, we also stuck 6 past Villa at home & the icing on the cake was stuffing the muckems 5-1 at SJP, the biggest result between the 2 side in 55 years… Thats after getting us back in the PL on his attempt with little or no money to play with…. gobsmacked is what I am… gobsmacked!!!

    I’ll say it now, if JFK comes back, I’m throwing the towel in….!!!

  9. 9
    avatar Tino says:

    Ok, I hate Ashley, but I love NUFC more than I hate him so here’s my take on this:
    CH was a nive guy, but he had to go. We lost to Stoke and to Blackpool because he persisted in using Perch who is completely useless, we drew with Wigan when we should have beaten them by half a dozen, we almost lost to Fulham who had Duff in defence for 90 minutes, during time he was never tested, not once, despite him not being a defender! We lost to Blackpool in a game where we had no plan. We went with a home formation to Bolton, and when things started going awry there, we put in Lovenkrands and Ranger! We went with a home formation to West Brom, and had Guthrie lost at sea before his howler, but coach said nothing. Yes, we beat Villa and the Mackems, but that was all Toon Army and Barton if you ask me. If we had won all the games above, or even just the home ones,(Stoke, Wigan, Blackpool (Blackpool!!!), Blackburn, Fulham) we would be on about 32 points – top of table before the weekend and in the top four now.
    No, Chris had to go. Love the guy and all, but he had to go.

  10. 10
    avatar Tino says:

    Ok, I hate Ashley, but I love NUFC more than I hate him so here’s my take on this:
    CH was a nice guy, but he had to go. We lost to Stoke and to Blackpool because he persisted in using Perch who is completely useless, we drew with Wigan when we should have beaten them by half a dozen, we almost lost to Fulham who had Duff in defence for 90 minutes, during time he was never tested, not once, despite him not being a defender! We lost to Blackpool in a game where we had no plan. We went with a home formation to Bolton, and when things started going awry there, we put in Lovenkrands and Ranger! We went with a home formation to West Brom, and had Guthrie lost at sea before his howler, but coach said nothing. Yes, we beat Villa and the Mackems, but that was all Toon Army and Barton if you ask me. If we had won all the games above, or even just the home ones,(Stoke, Wigan, Blackpool (Blackpool!!!), Blackburn, Fulham) we would be on about 32 points – top of table before the weekend and in the top four now.
    No, Chris had to go. Love the guy and all, but he had to go.

  11. 11
    avatar joppadoni says:

    @ 8

    im out buying a Sunderland shirt as we speak after reading that comment!

  12. 12
    avatar LS says:

    Fat Ash, you’ve f**ked us in the arse for the last time. You think you can just sit there in your London house and do the dirty on Hoots at the drop of the hat, and get away with it? Well, maybe you can, but you’ve timed this really badly ’cause come saturday, in front of the tv cameras, we’re all going to tell you just exactly what we think about you. And you can shove that f**king sh!te junk shop direct up your big fat clueless arse.

    Get. Out. Of. Our. Club. NOW.

    Hoots: thanks for everything you did for us, we all wish you the very best in your career and hope you and your family have a great Christmas (somehow). We all appreciated you.

  13. 13
    avatar Micky Toon says:

    MON won’t go anywhere outside the Midlands. He went to Celtic to finish some boyhood dream, but he won’t venture north of Leeds.
    MON is penciled in for Wolves, if you believe the rumours.

    We won’t have anyone ready, it’s not MA’s style. He acts first and thinks later. JK as stop gap until the end of the season I reckon.

    Reading that back has literally made me feel sick. I can taste bile in the back of my throat.

  14. 14
    avatar Cyprus-Toon says:

    Papers are saying that O’neill is 3/1 favorite but I can’t see it myself, as he left teh Villians because their owner Randy Learner wanted to cut the wage bill & warchest of £40m a season down to normal, so somehow I can’t see him comeing to us as we don’t have any warchest, never mind £40m to spend on new, better players… so forget him!!!

    Others are Shearer, not a chance, eh said he wouldn’t if Ashley was at the club!!

    Lee Clark – Doesn’t have the PL experience thats needed or wanted!!

    JFK – I can see him coming back… NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    Alan Pardew – Got PL experience with Charlton & Wet Spams, didn’t do anything Hoots has doen, so not a good choice….

    Anyothers anyone can think of????

  15. 15
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Just hope Shearer is not lined up or O’Neil or JK.
    Good bloke CH but moving forwards I think we could do better.
    Bring back JK with Shearer as his understudy.
    :lol:

  16. 16
    avatar GeordioCubano says:

    Unreal. Gutted. Angry.

    Just when I was foolishly thinking Ashley looked to be finally doing some good over the last year, he goes and makes a decision like this. NUFC Comedy Club is alive and kicking thanks to this joker. Can’t imagine many fans agreeing it is anything other than shockingly dumb.

    “The task of appointing a new manager now begins. An announcement will be made shortly regarding transitional arrangements pending the appointment of a successor.” – doesn’t sound like O’Neill is lined up and besides can anyone seriously imagine ANY manager of CREDIBLE experience being prepared to work for this goon? That’s how we ended up with Jokeinhere last time and why we’ll end up with Curbs or some other pointless appointment. Experience is nothing without quality and Hoots had shown strong potential since getting the job.

    *weeps

    *sobs

    *off for a toss to wank the pain away

  17. 17
    avatar StevieA79 says:

    I thought it was a bit of a coincedence that the announcement was made with regards to Chris Hughtons contract ‘being discussed at the end of the year’ comment. Plus of course we haven’t had an assistant manager for several weeks now and the club made no progress in recruiting one.

    I thank Chris Hughton for a job well done but we have been showing signs of slipping recently and if I was MA I would probably consider a more experienced manager to take us on further. Let’s face it with Aston Villa, Liverpool and several others struggling we could make a break for a european spot with the right man in charge and some investment in January. Speaking of which! Isn’t it funny how we will appoint a new manager before the January window?

    Three names come to my head

    Martin O’ Neil will be itching to get back into football management, he’s well known to bring in his own assistant and we have 2 vacancies. I know for a fact O’Neil gets excited by Newcastle United the potential of the club, the fanbase the only doubt would be whether him and MA can co-exist as O’ Neil can be quite demanding at times. Either way he’s the number 1 choice for me.

    Martin Jol well we’ve been linked with Jol in the past and I always thought he’d make a great appointment, has a ton of football knowledge from working in the premiership and abroad and has a good eye for players too. He’s very well liked and thought of throughout the football world and i’d break my back to get him here if O’Neil isn’t possible.

    Frank Rijkard

    Again has a lot to prove, he’ll be itching to get back into football and has a brilliant football brain. He’d have the pull of a big name manager and although he’s fairly young for a manager he’s learned an awful lot as he’s a student of the game and always has been. I could see him having a big impact on us but he’s not my number 1 or 2 choice to be honest.

    I certainly don’t want Curbishley, Pardew, Erikson, or any of the usual mob that are pushed forward by the bookies for that matter.

    It’s a shame because Hughton did a great job in such a short space of time, i’ll always respect the guy for bringing my club back to where it belongs and as much as the press wanted us to do a Leeds we bloody well showed them! Hat’s off to Hughton I wish him nothing but the best as he has plenty of qualities that in time could shape him into a very good manager. He certainly knows how to get the best out of a team of players but he is too defensive minded for my liking against the smaller teams, I think this was ultimately his downfall – the results against the smaller teams which matter an awful lot more this season than ever before so he’s under scrutiny.

  18. 18
    avatar Roy Cropper says:

    no doubt all the fat ash arse lickers will be happy hooters will be walking away with only aboot £150k of the – clubs money – wot a fantastic business man we’ve got running our club.

    what a stroke to pull after getting promotion & sticking £50 mil on the clubs valuation.

    – f@cking c@nts trick.

  19. 19
    avatar Free Scoring Smudge says:

    Maybe Ashley was upset that he didn’t play Smith more?

    Remember whose shirt Ashley used to wear to matches?

  20. 20
    avatar GeordioCubano says:

    Unreal. Gutted. Angry.

    Just when I was foolishly thinking Ashley looked to be finally doing some good over the last year, he goes and makes a decision like this. NUFC Comedy Club is alive and kicking thanks to this joker. Can’t imagine many fans agreeing it is anything other than shockingly dumb.

    “The task of appointing a new manager now begins. An announcement will be made shortly regarding transitional arrangements pending the appointment of a successor.” – doesn’t sound like O’Neill is lined up and besides can anyone seriously imagine ANY manager of CREDIBLE experience being prepared to work for this goon? That’s how we ended up with Jokeinhere last time and why we’ll end up with Curbs or some other pointless appointment. Experience is nothing without quality and Hoots had shown strong potential since getting the job.

    *weeps

    *sobs

    *off for a toss to wa_nk the pain away

  21. 21
    avatar toondog says:

    Jeeeeeesus!!!!!!!

    Had my car nicked and now CH sacked .What a week !!!!!!

    and we lost again !!!

    Martin O Neil or Martin Jol the rest dont even worth a mention

  22. 22
    avatar stuart79 says:

    Now are people going to realise what a fckin prick we have as a owner?!

    For what its worth I believe the only way Ashley can justify this decision is by appointing someone like O’Neill and I doubt that will happen.

    What a fckin mong!

  23. 23
    avatar Cyprus-Toon says:

    SJT – you are frakin kidding aren’t you fella??

  24. 24
    avatar Beardsleys Boots says:

    Just wondering if perhaps the fat one has finally sold the club and the new owners dont want sir Hoots.
    Silver lining and all that.
    or just wishful thinking.

  25. 25
    avatar stuart79 says:

    We really are a ruderless ship now! We don’t even have an assistant to take over!

    Knew it was strange that he couldn’t appoint an assistant.

    Totally predictable.

  26. 26
    avatar Hugh de Payen says:

    Ludicrous. Simply ludicrous.

  27. 27
    avatar JJ says:

    Unbelievable

    Not only does he get rid of half our scouting network.

    He then gets rid of a coach, and then doesn’t replace the leaving assistant manager. And finally, he sacks Hughton.

    Who on earth is left??? We have nobody left!!! Beardsley or Stone, but who coaches the reserves?

    Its just completely unbelievable!

  28. 28
    avatar toondog says:

    @21 correction –I meant “warrant a mention” . Too upset to type proper like !!!

  29. 29
    avatar batty says:

    pulis is the name on twitter

  30. 30
    avatar Michael12 says:

    Unexpected. At least he might have kept Chris on in an assistant capacity but to sack him right out.

    It is Mike Ashley’s club and he is the boss he has every right even though I disagree with him in this instance.

    A number of players’ futures are going to be in doubt after this. Shola, Jones, HBA, Nolan, Guthrie, Tiote, to name a few. Carroll I think is safe but the rest will be concerned. We do not need big name money spenders as managers nor do we need big name highly paid players.

    This is insult to injury and I think Mike should be careful with decisions like this Chris is one of a kind a yes man who does not pressure the owner and worked well with Ashley’s vision on buying good cheap players.

  31. 31
    avatar icedog says:

    TOONDOG@21 ask batty nice and might get it back :)
    at a price like

  32. 32
    avatar Raffo says:

    Having had a good hours drive home to reflect on this and listen to some impartial radio I actually think Ashley may have been astute IF HE GETS A BIG REPLACEMENT.

    We have had a mixed bag with results and for me wins against arsenal and everton aren’t as good as getting points from Blackpool, Wigan, west brom, fulham and Blackburn. All of whom are the sides around us, or are likely to be.

    I for one think he shouldve had till the end of the season, but there’s an argument for Ashley getting shot now as if he doesn’t view him as the long term manager, he isn’t going to give him the funds we need next month. At least this way the new man will have some money (I hope) and a long term deal and a long term vision.

    Houghton wasn’t ashleys first choice anyway, shearer wanted too much money.

    There’s no reason that this can’t be a positive as long as the right man is brought in and I agree with those above, o’neil, jol or rikjard. Anything else is a sideways move and a waste of time.

    Not happy CH has been treated like this though

  33. 33
    avatar power ranger says:

    gazza is on his way as we speak, with a can of lager, a roast chicken and his CV

  34. 34
    avatar Penalty-Spot says:

    Not posted in ages…

    My 6 reasons why we the fans should make a bigger protest than seen before…

    1.He got us promoted and we’re looking good for survival in the prem (main aim)
    2.He’s done it with minimal resource.
    3.We need stability (how many times have we said that) and he was providing it.
    4.He has supported the club, players and fans throughout his tenure.
    5.The fans and very importantly the players really rate him as a man and a manager
    6.He led us to a magnificent win against the Makems, amongst others.

    I’m absolutely gutted.

  35. 35
    avatar AngelOfDeath says:

    Frank Rijkaard would be good cHoice..in the meanwHile i start cursing ASHLEY again

    I hate Mr mIke cause why can’t he leave THIS to end of season,and always sack manager in mid-way~~~

    And i guess Paul barron resigns and not fired.

  36. 36
    avatar I Love Mike says:

    so, any chance we could stop crying like women??
    The bloke was an employee, his employers thought he wasn’t up to the job so took action (early I might point out, which is positive) all this “he’s a gent” or “he’s liked and respected throughout football” crap makes my skin crawl.

    Though I don’t agree with the decision, for the sake of objectivity, can we really argue with the statement “the board now feels that an individual with more managerial experience is needed to take the club forward.” ????

    As people have seen, substitutions on 89 mins to rescue a point, no plan B, consistently inconsistent performances, I have to be honest, at times this season i’ve found myself saying, “Hughton, you haven’t got a clue mate”.

    Can’t speak highly enough of what he has achieved and his obvious work ethic, but I can’t help but admit there is a little part of me which is actually agreeing with the principle that we need someone else to take us forward.

  37. 37
    avatar tattyheed says:

    somebody no-where else mentioned i wouldnt mind seeing – he doesnt even appear in any betting – Dave Jones

  38. 38
    avatar icedog says:

    ashley and monkey heed showing once again how not to run a football club,nowt new eh

  39. 39
    avatar toondog says:

    Icedog ,

    Thanks mate I will !!!!

    Batty can I have me car back please? The price , how`s aboot Pie `n Chips with MA

  40. 40
    avatar icedog says:

    ashley is just kidding us,J.M. is coming in :)

  41. 41
  42. 42
    avatar blip says:

    @I Love Mike –

    A sensible and (IMO) correct post there, PROVIDED we get a better manager in. But I can’t in all honesty see a better manager coming in to work with MA and his clowns.

    No transfer kitty and the risk of firing after a few iffy results means no manager worth their salt will want to touch us.

    I see us getting a manager with a wealth of experience, but no real track record of success.

  43. 43
    avatar Raffo says:

    @33 – priceless

  44. 44
    avatar Kam says:

    Didn’t the Boro board say that they needed a more experienced manager by replacing Southgate with Strachan?

    The rest is history and the Championship.

  45. 45
    avatar AngelOfDeath says:

    Looks Like Mr Stone will be the team caretaker manager.

    Oh gosh.

    i guess we are in for another beating by Liverpool again.

    damn it.

  46. 46
    avatar DJG says:

    Well non of us know what really goes on behind the scenes do we.

    C.H could have another job lined up and not fancy the pressure of the premier league.

    Ashley might have someone lined up who he want to give money to.

    We don’t know anything do we. I don’t think this will help though even if he had a big name lined up. C.H has been shat on from a great height. I don’t think he did himself any favours with his tactics and team selections at times but thats just my opinion.

  47. 47
    avatar saltysellars11 says:

    could be a blessing in disguise only if ash gets the right man,but do any of us have faith in that? er,no…

  48. 48
    avatar acroosthepond says:

    Hats off to CH, he did his best. Problem is, in big time sports, the manager gets the sack so this is no surprise. But, I must say I was unsure of his skills in the EPL.
    We all know who should go. You know, that fat f*** up top.I have felt this season that there’s stuff going on in the locker room we just don’t know. I feel that there are certain players who feel that their s*** doesn’t stink and that they’re above it all. Another problem is that with a new manager, no matter who he is, we can’t expect some sort of miraculous turnaround so be prepared for the continuing rocky road.

  49. 49
    avatar icedog says:

    see A.S.has said he doesnt want to know about the job
    how strange

  50. 50
    avatar Antrim Andy says:

    When will this club ever stop knee jerking? It’s a shitty way to treat a man who has been nothing short of fantastic since he took over. Who cares weve had a few shite results, where are we in the league? Look at the results that have gone our way, Sunderland 5-1 anyone? Again we’ll have to suffer another transition period while a successor is found and he will need time to sort out the squad, this time the choice of manager is going to have to be perfect. If Ashley tries to take on O Neill or Jol on second division wages we’ll end up with JFK and Dennis Wise in charge.

  51. 51
    avatar batty says:

    dog AS knows ashley is a shithouse

  52. 52
    avatar Ross says:

    Been out of the loop all day and just signed onto the blog to see this story. Had to check the likes of .Com/SSN to make sure I wasn’t going bloody mad and what I was reading, was actually true.

    Shocked, Devestated, Angry, none of the above begin to cut it. I just cannot believe we’ve done this. Mike Ashley again proving he’s nowt more than a pathetic scumbag who’s using Newcastle United as a play-thing. Someone needs to make a public apology to Hughton and make it fully aware that the fans in no way supported action like this. What the F*CK is Ashley and his w@nker of a sidekick Llambias thinking?

    No Manager, No assistant manager, No first team coach. Picking up points from Villa, Everton, Arsenal, Chelsea, a 5-1 destruction of Sunderland and 12th in the league.

    Pathetic from all involved. Thankyou very much Chris Hughton. You’re a gentleman and you’ve done a fantastic job since day 1 here on a pathetic shoe string budget. Absolutly Gutted.

  53. 53
    avatar Cadbury says:

    I can’t remember the last time I was so shocked about the news… Poor Chris… This is so unfair… I’m speechless…

  54. 54
    avatar Raffo says:

    Betting suspended on pardew! NOT the step forward we hoped for

  55. 55
    avatar batty says:

    beardsley

  56. 56
    avatar Ross says:

    Beardsley to take charge for now with Stone as number 2.

    Anyone hear that Ambulance ripping past SJP there? Hopefully coming to pick up Ashley after his meeting with Hoots today.

  57. 57
    avatar toonsy says:

    Pardew is at the ground now so I hear, and that is from the same person that told me Hughton was gone before it broke on SSN.

  58. 58
    avatar JayDee says:

    Well this is upsetting….
    Hughton was the best thing to happen to NUFC since Shearer retired; he got us playing as a unit and got the best out of some of the questionable buys from a dim period in the clubs history (Barton, Nolan, Colo, Enrique, Jonas etc.). He got us promoted with little to no financial support and got us some fantastic results in the Prem with a paper thin side. It is the aforementioned lack of investment which, in my mind, has lead to the poor string of results after key absences. The fact that Hughton was paid very little for all his efforts should also not go unrecognized.
    Looking forward, I too thought of O’Neill as a “best case”. However, his rationale for leaving Villa was that the club wanted to scrimp on its future investment, so unless Ashley is ready to “Splash the cash”, it is unlikely we will lure O’Neill.
    The the other names I have heard mentioned, in my mind, are lesser lights next to Hughton, and would be a decisive step backwards, possibly into the Championship.
    It is frustrating to hear the excuse of inexperience used as it was “experience” which saw the club decline.
    Hughton symbolized the new Newcastle for me, a fresh outlook which had us building the club in “the right way”. I hope this ideal hasn’t been surrendered for the sake of “experience”.

  59. 59
    avatar Stuart79 says:

    toonsy says:
    December 6, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    They spoke to him 6/7 weeks ago. I believe I said something similiar on here at the time, but I was told it was all bullshit!

    I will be underwhelmed to say the least and he hasn’t got that much PL experience anyway.

  60. 60
    avatar icedog says:

    please not him please.
    is ashley trying to turn people off footy,makes you sick

  61. 61
    avatar Micky Toon says:

    Got simpson on twitter. He seems more interested in what happened on XFactor. His insight on this? “Shocked”.
    I supposed it could be difficult saying much more as Ashley is still his paymaster.

    Forget Rikaard or however you spell it. Forget both Martins(O’Neil and Jol) the next manager will be Joe K or Pardew. It will be someone who is desperate to manage and will do anything the owner says.

    Just read that Hoots didn’t want Beardo as reserve team coach, but it happened anyway.
    Goes to show what he was up against. The man had no power at all at the club. Wouldn’t be surprised if he was sacked because he disagreed with Owl Heed.
    Sound familiar?

  62. 62
    avatar Free Scoring Smudge says:

    Kill me, please

  63. 63
    avatar AngelOfDeath says:

    Hell No.

    Pls

    I will be preparing for another relegation if Alan Pardew is appointed.

    Anyone other than Him.

  64. 64
    avatar DJG says:

    toonsy says:
    December 6, 2010 at 5:22 pm
    Pardew is at the ground now so I hear

    Please tell me that is a very bad joke.

  65. 65
    avatar Mick G says:

    The next manager will have to tick certain boxes,ie,be cheap and lick ashleys arse at every given opportunity,Llambas it is then.

  66. 66
    avatar Stuart79 says:

    Not shocked though…

  67. 67
    avatar Ross says:

    Micky Toon-Reckon you’ve got it spot on mate. Nee chance we’re getting anyone half decent. Names like Jol and O’Neill are just a dream. Who on earth would work under the likes of Ashley? No one again, after this.

    If it’s Alan Pardew then we will AGAIN, be the laughing stock. A man who was sacked by Southampton last year.

  68. 68
    avatar DJG says:

    Micky Toon

    To be fair though, if he didn’t want Beardo as reserve coach, he hasn’t got a clue there. Beardo has done an excellent job.

  69. 69
    avatar Raffo says:

    Ashley has a very real chance to prove us all wrong. He wont. Pardew is a joke of an option and a step backwards if anything. He is not the man to take us forward at all. What is he trying to do to us. Just when we were actually starting to get a bit of good feeling from the press and other fans towards us this is going to make life a little unpleasent again.

    Beardo is in charge for the weekend so that suggests that the new appointment wont be quick so theres hope yet

  70. 70
    avatar Stuart79 says:

    If they appointed Harry Potter he’d struggle to make much of an impact with the tools that Ashley’s handing out.

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    avatar Andrew Hunter says:

    Well its a nice birthday preasent for me isnt it? I’ve always been suspicious over Ashley.

    1. He didnt give Hughton an assistant
    2. Why didnt we just give him a new deal after the Arsenal game which would have been a perfect reward?

    Ashley has had this planned for a while now, I hope Jol takes over.

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    avatar DJG says:

    I expect someone very cheap and very desperate, with maybe 20% more experience than C.H

    The fact that Pardew is being rumoured is very worrying.

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    avatar Ross says:

    Divvent be daft Stuart. “Messi’us Hypnotismus” and we’d have the best player in the world in black and white by January.

    On another note, it’s obviously speculation, but a few Pardew stats:

    Reading: 48% win rate. West Ham: 41% win rate. Charlton: 31% win rate. Shampton: 53% win rate.

    He’s also been involved in numerous public altercations and scandals, once claiming Michael Essien “Raped” Ched Evans in a tackle. Sounds like a slimmer JFK without the heart issues. Fantastic.

  74. 74
    avatar Whumpie says:

    I feel gutted, confused, angry, betrayed and humiliated by this. I cannot think of anyone I’d rather have in charge than CH. Nobody. I’m dreading watching this weekend’s match with my reds-supporting brother-in-law.

    I can only think of two possible explanations for this apparent brain-fart of a decision:

    1. Ashley has someone exceptional lined up who either has some blackmail over him or is his secret lover.

    2. Capello is about to be sacked, ‘arry is replacing him (usual sense of loyalty there) and Spurs have already agreed to take CH.

    Alas, I think the real reasons may be arrogance, and stupidity. However, I’m clinging on to this:

    Almost all of us were against Ashley’s decision to appoint CH. He was right, we were wrong. Could lightning strike twice?

    I need a drink.

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    avatar Micky Toon says:

    Whumpie – remember we are talking about ashley here. Neither of those options will be true. I’d stake my house on it.

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    avatar richietoon says:

    Pardewn can do one, cant see him gettin in the stadium without the press seeing

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    avatar Ginkoh says:

    Alan Pardew is better than Hughton !? what the bad joke.

    If Ashley believe Pardew (more experience ?)is the man the take club forward, Amen just rest in Peace for our beloved Newcastle United.

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    avatar Micky Toon says:

    Oh also to add. You don’t think Ashley’s appointment was an astute decision where he saw a man who could motivate the team and get them playing together as a team again? Someone who can spot a talent (HBA, Tiote) and get them in on a limited budget?

    In case it’s not obvious the answer is no. He saw CH as the cheap option and got lucky.

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    avatar Beardsleys Boots says:

    ILM @36.
    Though I don’t agree with the decision, for the sake of objectivity, can we really argue with the statement “the board now feels that an individual with more managerial experience is needed to take the club forward.” ????

    Yeah its all good if we get someone with more experience. But Pardew FFS.
    Oh and Peter the Great can hardly even speak. Cant wait to hear him after the whooping at SJP on sat.
    Christ I was just saying this am we could end up with no points this month, and now I believe it.
    Pardew!
    God Help Us

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    avatar DJG says:

    Na I trust Beardo to do ok if the players respect him and don’t do a boycott. He may not be the ‘special one’ talking to the media, but I think he has more of a football brain than C.H.

  81. 81
    avatar Beardsleys Boots says:

    It seems obvious that CH has been getting undermined for the last couple months by the fat one and owl heed.
    He wasn’t perfect as a manager, but was open and honest and got the respect from the players. Initially anyway.
    I wish him good luck away from NUFC. He can and will do much better.
    Feel sick to my stomach with all this.

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    avatar ~ El Toro ~ says:

    I’m not normally one to get “the exclusive”, but I do a bit of free journalism for a mates footy website that’s soon to go live as a bit of a favour. A well known journalist from the Daily Mirror has been speaking to us in the last half hour or so and he reckons Pardew is nailed on. So depressed. :(

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    avatar Geordie69 says:

    Alan Pardew can go and fook himself! Odds on with befair now!

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    avatar Beardsleys Boots says:

    Fucking Pardew sacked from southampton. Pure class. You couldn’t make this shit up.

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    avatar DJG says:

    I could understand if it was someone like Jol, Erickson, O’Neil ect but Pardew!?!?!?! What has he ever done?

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    avatar Ross says:

    Toro-Everyone is saying Pardew. Obviously it’s all hearsay at the moment but is it true betting has been suspended on him? Absolutly pathetic if true. Alan Pardew, as far as i’m concerned is quite genuinly a step backwards. We’ll get turned over on Saturday I reckon. The players will be gutted I reckon.

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    avatar Beardsleys Boots says:

    Pardew sacked from southampton. pure class. You couldnt make this up if you tried.

    is that better?

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    avatar Ginkoh says:

    It will be the end of my 18yrs to be Newcastle fan if Ashley appoint Alan Pardew to be our next manager. The man to lead club forward. No more Soap Opera for me.

    Better if I stay away from football than support the Ashley’s football club. It’s not Newcastle I love anymore.

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    avatar DJG says:

    The bookies have closed their book on Pardew.

    WTF!!!!! Grrr

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    avatar toonsy says:

    The only thing about that Pardew rumour, and I told the lad who told me this, is that with the coverage at the moment, how on earth will he get in the ground without being spotted?

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    avatar Beardsleys Boots says:

    Ah NUFC the laughing stock again.
    The press are just going to love this.

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    avatar toonsy says:

    Ginkoh says:
    December 6, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    “It will be the end of my 18yrs to be Newcastle fan if Ashley appoint Alan Pardew to be our next manager. The man to lead club forward. No more Soap Opera for me.”

    “Better if I stay away from football than support the Ashley’s football club. It’s not Newcastle I love anymore.”

    Thats what I love. Real fans….

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    avatar AngelOfDeath says:

    If Pardew is appointed,i will stay out of newcastle news till ashley gone.

    and for that meanwhile i will support my favourite Italian Team Milan.

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    avatar wessaundersgloves says:

    no wonder he never got a contract,a lot easier to let him go for paltry money rather than sack him and expend another fortune,at least fat mike has learned something!seriously though there was always a hidden agenda and that was the sale of the club.to me we can expect another announcement soon re new owners and therefore there will be no replacement of chris until this happens.

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    avatar I Love Mike says:

    and people say the club are kneejerkers…

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    avatar DJG says:

    We can only hope it is because of a high volume of bets for Pardew.

    How could Ashley possibly think Pardew would do a better job? It seems like he has made his mind up to get rid of C.H and is just looking for another a-licker.

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    avatar Stuart79 says:

    toonsy says:
    December 6, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    He has probably been there since last night.

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    avatar Beardsleys Boots says:

    pardew. walked out on reading, sacked by wet spam after worst performances for 70 years, relegated charlton and walked out, sacked by southampton.
    Now thats what I call experience.

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    avatar Ross says:

    “Many expected Charlton to bounce back from relegation into the Premier League with signings such as Chris Iwelumo and Luke Varney in the 2007/08 season. But Charlton failed to mount a serious promotion challenge and finished the season in 11th. This put Pardew under pressure going into the 08/09 season but Charlton started the season off well with victories over Reading and Swansea. However, Charlton’s form very quickly deteriorated and they were near the foot of the table and after 8 games without a win and a 5-2 home defeat to Sheffield United on 22 November 2008, Pardew parted company with Charlton by mutual consent.”

    “In February 2007, shortly before Pardew’s new club Charlton faced West Ham, The Sun published a report documenting a video of one of Pardew’s media training sessions he took whilst manager at West Ham. In the video, Pardew jokingly made several disparaging comments about West Ham’s fans.”

    “In March 2009, on Match of the Day 2 Pardew stated that Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien “absolutely rapes” Man City player Ched Evans during a midfield tussle for the ball, in the sense that he bested him physically”

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    avatar Raffo says:

    For goodness sake. Whoever the manager is, whoever the owner is we support the toon. Its in our blood and to say if this happens or that happens is stupid.

    I will support whoever the fat one puts in charge, and I will support whoever that plum puts on the pitch. I can have my right to criticise after the games but for gods sake surely we can all agree that we all want the same and thats the toon to do well.

    I am not so sure Pardew is the one we will get, maybe blind optimism but hey I am still hoping for MO’N or better still Jol.

    Ginkho et al, I think your comments are daft and I dont believe for one second you will turn your back on the toon,

  101. 101
    avatar Toon_Factor says:

    Fat Mike is a FCKIN C**T I HAAAAAATTTTTEEEEEEEE HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHY WHY WHY!! I cangt be bothered with this FCUK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

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    avatar Big Dave says:

    I am really dissapointed that we have parted company with CH, but not surprised as to me the writing was on the wall when it was clear that CH wasn’t getting a new assistant.
    I do think that has been MA’s plan all along that he would wait to see how he does in the prem hence him not really letting him spend any real money on players or an assist.
    I do know he (MA) has done some stupid things before but I dont think he has got rid of CH without having someone lined up this time.

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    avatar Geordie69 says:

    Martin O’Neill followed by 50 million in January then Mike might be forgiven! Alan Pardew as manager then we need a whip round for a hitman! I’ll put it £500

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    avatar Beardsleys Boots says:

    I thought he was quoteing someone else

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    avatar Free Scoring Smudge says:

    Worst part of this whole thing…. Chrissy Hughton MADE Andy Carroll into an impact player. I can’t imagine our star man and only hope of survival is happy about this move.

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    avatar Axel says:

    did pardew not get a couple of teams relegated , This is like a horror film series first the poison Dwarf , Then foul mouth joe and the 3rd in the series Pardew kills the club
    FCUK me i am now depressed

  107. 107
    avatar Beardsleys Boots says:

    Axel read post 97

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    avatar StevieA79 says:

    The only thing Pardew did well at West Ham was shape a good strong young team and when he had the rub of the green I remember him looking like a good manager BUT I would rather have Terry Venables than Pardew because as much as I am not keen on a southerner being in charge you can’t argue with Terrys knowledge of football he did a great job with England and I am sure he’d do well with Newcastle given half a chance.

    If we get Pardew i’ll be far from happy because it smacks of Glenn Roeder all over again. A young promising football man who can shape and mould a decent young team but can they take us to the next level? HELL NO.

    It will take a Rijkaard, Jol or my first choice Martin O’ Neil failing that i’d take Terry Venables over any other candidates. I am still wondering if Steve Mcclaren will take over totally out of the blue because he will probably tick all the boxes good knowledge, can build teams, can get on well with players, ex england, experience in several leagues now etc.

  109. 109
    avatar power ranger says:

    Alan Pardews’ recent managerial career:

    West Ham- Lead the club to its worst run of results in 70 years, sacked after being beaten 4-0 by Bolton

    Charlton- Finished 11th in the Championship in his first year, sacked after 8 games without a win and bottom of the Championship after being beaten 5-2 at home

    Southampton- Finished mid-table in League One. Sacked

  110. 110
    avatar DJG says:

    Big Dave

    Yeah, I would be suprised if he didn’t have someone lined up. Ashley has obviously been planning this for a while, it’s not a sudden fall out, the axe has been hanging, hence no assistant, contract, little money. West Brom was just the ‘embarassing defeat’ and 2 points in 15 he was waiting for.

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    avatar Geordie69 says:

    A bit of hope lads Pardew has drifted to 4-5 on now! Remember the betting for the 2018 world cup! England were 1-2 to get it! There is no way Ashley is mad enough to appoint Pardew! Surely.

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    avatar Bobby Shinton number 9 says:

    I told yous all last week that hooters was going to Chelsea . It’s a done deal. Yous all scoffed that hooters wouldn’t be sacked.
    My source says pardew is gonna be appointed . It’s too early for kinnear to come back.
    Apologies on a post card please!!

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    avatar BeeGuy says:

    Something happened during the week that resulted in CH losing the support of the team. Was what we saw on Sunday actually a demoralized and disinterested squad referlcting the events that transpired prior to the game?

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    avatar Bobby Shinton number 9 says:

    Pardew is a done deal. You better believe it.

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    avatar Ginkoh says:

    ” pardew. walked out on reading, sacked by wet spam after worst performances for 70 years, relegated charlton and walked out, sacked by southampton.
    Now thats what I call experience.”

    Don’t forget he appointed Joe Kinnear after sacked Keegan.

    ” Ginkho et al, I think your comments are daft and I dont believe for one second you will turn your back on the toon, ”

    This time I don’t think it will take much time for Ashley to announce the name of our new manager. We will wait and see.

    I never has the second favorite team in PRM and I don’t think I can do that too maybe I have to see Laliga or Serie A more.

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    avatar Beardsleys Boots says:

    This was probably meant to come out after the wigan game, but getting a draw cocked things up slightly.
    Hoots must have known the writing was on the wall. Carried on regardless tho.

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    avatar DJG says:

    Mcclaren would actually be a good choice although no doubt some people wouldn’t be happy.

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    avatar Big Dave says:

    Lads it wouldn’t surprise me if MA and Owl heed give Pardew an interview just to take the spotlight of their real choice, knowing that it will get out in the press resulting in Fans expectations being lowered .
    Then he brings someone else in who in the Fans eyes is a far better replacement than Pardew resulting in the fallout not being that bad.

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    avatar Raffo says:

    Bobby – I cant see hoots going to chelski to be no2 when he has now got the thirst for the top job. I can see him dropping down to the championship maybe. Also, I dont think Pardews going to get the gig, just a feeling.

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    avatar Micky Toon says:

    Venables? Serious?

    Actually with this lot in charge, it’s a good shout, but not one I’d like to see.

    Who next? Brian Little?

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    avatar AngelOfDeath says:

    Phews,at least Milan is doing well for me.

    sort of appease me awhile thinking of that.

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    avatar NUFC-ULTRA says:

    Pardew = Christmas is ruined

    I agree DJG, Ashley has obviously been planning this for a while. It all adds up and to be honest ive been waiting for this day for a few weeks. All the best to Chris wish you every success.

    I hope for hoping’s sake that when the club say ”experience” they have been talking to O’Neill.

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    avatar Raffo says:

    blind optimism maybe!

  125. 125
    avatar Johno Toon says:

    This a disgrace , im heartbroken i really am , when will this club learn?

  126. 126
    avatar summerof69 says:

    get out of our club, get out of our club……………………..

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    avatar Free Scoring Smudge says:

    Bobby Shinton writing that Pardew is a done deal has to be the best news I’ve read today. He’s always spouting utter shite, so maybe we’re not dead in the water after all.

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    avatar StevieA79 says:

    Roy Evans makes a triumphant return to the premiership I can see it now ;-)

    I hope to GOD it’s not Phil Brown..

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    avatar AngelOfDeath says:

    Apparently,Mike loves to sack manager during this time of the period.

    Why Can’t Mr Mike Leaves this to end of season,and if he really wants CH to leave,at least there will be more time finding a good replacement rather than in mid of the season where choices are limited.

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    avatar Micky Toon says:

    Bobby – Anyone could have said what you said, it’s been rumoured for ages now. 1st it was “sacked if 5under1and beat us.” We hammered 5under1and and that was that. Sacked after 5under1and would be perfect for MA as more fans would have been sympathetic. They’ve just been waiting for an excuse.
    You’re so called source also said JK was nailed on. Too early my arse. You said that the club were waiting for him to come back before acting.

    It’s easy to say Pardew when that is what everyone else is saying.
    The bookies are rarely wrong, so i wouldn’t be surprised.

    Booby – you’re a chancer that uses events to seem more informed than what you are.
    At least you post with some intelligence around your BS, I’ll give you that.

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    avatar DJG says:

    Howay man, look at what the club said in the statement.

    What ‘experience’ has Pardew got in the premier league? Getting religated. It can’t be him man surely.

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    avatar richietoon says:

    why apologies BS9, you were wrong, you said CH would go to Chelsea in Jan and Kinnear woulod be appointed, neither has happened.

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    avatar richietoon says:

    *would

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    avatar Ross says:

    BD-I can’t help but think we’re just not that sensible mate. No decent manager will touch us with sh!te on a stick. Pardew is being touted around by a huge number of people and I think he’ll be the choice. Maybe even in by Saturday. Depressing mate.

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    avatar StevieA79 says:

    Get yourselves on here http://www.skysports.com/

    Go to the bottom right corner and vote for Martin O’Neil!

    Remember Mike Ashleigh is mad about Sky Sports and keeps track of it all the time so why not make a noise for Martin O’ Neil just on the off chance we can make a difference?

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    avatar Ross says:

    The Guardian are branding him ‘Alan “Mascherano and Tevez on the bench” Pardew’. Would be amusing if it wasn’t so f*cking depressing.

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    avatar Free Scoring Smudge says:

    Campbell, who made his 500th Premier League appearance this weekend, told ESPNsoccernet: “Chris is such a lovely guy. Top man. This will hit the players hard. The players admired him, and liked him, and won’t be happy now he’s gone like this.”

    The former England, Arsenal and Tottenham centre-back added: “You have got to ask yourself why this has happened because it makes no sense. Here is a guy who has done an unbelievable job. He got the club back into the Premier league and any manager would have been rewarded for that with a new contract – but Chris wasn’t.

    “The players are sure to be asking themselves ‘what the hell is going on?’, that is only natural.

    “We all had a good relationship with the players, and when we left training this morning none of the players had a clue this was coming.

    “But word started to spread that the bookies had stopped taking bets and the players started texting each other with the news.

    “Yes, it has come as a shock, and it will affect the dressing room there is no doubt about that.”

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    avatar MrT76 says:

    Martin Jol has just left Ajax!! Coincidence?!? Now favourite for the job.

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    avatar tooncrazy says:

    i think we should now go for a big name van basten cruyff venables maclaren

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    avatar acroosthepond says:

    Our first half “performance” against WBA tells us all we need to know. They’re a roundly pathetic lot that not even CH could rally to personal responsibility. This game was not a “bad day”, rather it was a statement of a spineless cadre of spoiled idiots. The next manager better have brass balls and a big stick if anything’s to be made of this crew.The lot of them shame the name Newcastle United and most importantly they thumb their noses at the great fanbase that is the Toon Army.

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    avatar HAHA says:

    You going to say sorry about your attack on Alan Oliver now? Joke club, joke fans.

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    See what Ben Malkin made of it in his weekly Premier League round up on FootballFarrago:

    http://www.footballfarrago.com/2010/12/premier-assembley-newcastle-united-win.html

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