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Interesting Chris Hughton quotes as he talks about what happened at Newcastle United when he was there

4 years ago

Chris Hughton has been talking about his time as Newcastle manager.

Like every other decent person [Keegan, Shearer, Rafa]  employed to manage the team in the last 11 years, Hughton was treated abysmally by Mike Ashley.

After relegation, Ashley asked Alan Shearer to produce a plan of how the team could get promotion and establish itself once again in the Premier League.

After duly handing over his detailed plan, the club legend was then totally ignored and never ever heard anything from the owner.

Instead, Chris Hughton was installed as caretaker manager, wasn’t given a penny to spend in summer 2009, plus Mike Ashley sold any player who the club got a decent bid for.

Despite having to rely on bringing in loans and free transfer signings, Hughton did an unbelievable job.

Newcastle were promoted as champions with 102 points and yet…despite having made Chris Hughton permanent manager, Ashley only allowed him to spend a minimal amount on promotion.

Only around £5m was spent in summer 2010, with £3.5m for Cheick Tiote the biggest incoming deal.

However, despite sitting in mid-table with results such as 5-1 against Sunderland, 6-0 v Aston Villa, and a 1-0 victory at Arsenal, Mike Ashley sacked him and brought in Alan Pardew.

Eight years later and clearly he loved the club, the fans and the city [shame about the owner]…’Newcastle and the success we had that season will live with me for a long time.’

Chris Hughton talking to Planet Football:

“Newcastle had been through so much in my time there.

“At the start of our season in the Championship we were in a position where we didn’t know who the owner of the club was going to be, whether I would stay as manager for the long-term and which players would stay.

“So my job in the first few weeks was trying to deflect attentions away from all the political stuff that had the potential to affect the players, and it quickly became apparent that I had a dressing room fully focused on the job in hand.

“One of the keys to success that season was we had a group of lads who made the conscious decision to play their way back into the Premier League rather than looking for a quick route back by leaving.

“It was not easy because every Championship team looked on the Newcastle game as their cup final.

“We were the scalp everyone wanted and teams raised their game against us, so we did well to overcome that.

“I was disappointed by how it finished [Mike Ashley sacking him when Newcastle were mid-table], but I am not the type of person who looks back on what has gone.

“I have had a great reception when I have gone back to Newcastle and the success we had that season will live with me for a long time.

“What happened in the end was unfortunate, but that is the job we are in.”


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