Both Chris Hughton And Newcastle United Supporters Deserve Better Than Mike Ashley


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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8 Responses

  1. JohnW says:

    AWESOME WRITE UP. Makes a change as NUFC fans seem to take a lot of stick from other sources.

  2. Charlie says:

    I think we do deserve better but you dont always get what you deserve. One thing the fans will do is try and get behind the new manager and give them a chance. They have a very tough job ahead of them though especially if it is Pardew

  3. Gervillian Swike says:

    I don’t want to be harsh on Hughton, because I think in this particular case he’s got good reason to feel hard-done-by, so I’m talking generally here. How many times do you see a club stay with a manager whose skills are ideal for taking a club to a particular place, but then instead of shaking hands, paying a hefty bonus and then saying, “Right, we’re in a different division, it’s now a different job, requiring different experience, skills and attributes”, they stay with the guy whose been successful at the previous job, and fail? By which time, the club has fallen behind where they started. It happens a lot in business, I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more in football. I thought the role of the General Manager or Director of Football was to provide the long-term vision and continuity, but it’s something we haven’t really taken on in this country.

  4. David Howell says:

    An interesting point from Gervillian, but the point in this case (which he does acknowledge) is that they “stayed with the guy whose [sic] been successful at the previous job” – and not failed.

    It’s possible that they want to maintain continuity, but that flies in the face of other managerial decisions. It is curious that managers are expected to leave at the slightest of failures, but not to pre-emptively leave on a high in the manner you describe.

    At risk of opening a huge can of worms, when Hughton was first talked of as leaving Newcastle in late October, his departure would have left 92 out of 92 white managers in the top four divisions (Paul Ince was hired by Notts County a few days later). The opprobrium that would have been heaped on Ashley in those circumstances might have been even greater.

    Hughton leaves with his reputation enhanced; I’d laugh my head off if he took charge of West Ham and led them to safety at Newcastle’s expense.

  5. Mr Poo says:

    I’ve heard Glenn Roeder is currently looking for work, and he’s got plenty of managerial experience

  6. Dermot O'Dreary says:

    Not quite sure what’s more insane – the fact that Mike Ashley thinks that Alan Pardew is a high-profile manager who’ll attract big names to Newcastle, or the fact that he’s been given a 5 1/2 (FIVE AND A HALF) year contract.

  7. admin says:

    I will, time willing, be returning to this subject tonight, if I can drag myself away from Luton vs Charlton. I don’t remember having seen any manager get a contract that long before.

  8. leslie rogers says:

    GET ASHLEY he,s kicked us in teeth again,untill we stay away from the game he,s not going 2 get it.After Keegan still 45,000 every home game (he,s laughing his head off thick geordies)this time gives us a person with little r no more knowledge of premiership than Chris/h.cos he knows there,ll b a full house every home game UNTILL we stay away he won,t get the message.(GET OUT OF TOON)starting from this SAT ticket holder r not STAY AWAY nd don,t buy anything from his shops,we love this team but if we really loved them we would STAY AWAY .give ashley wot he deserves NOWT,P/S IT,S NOT ABOUT SUPPORTING THE LADS, IT,S ABOUT NOT SUPPORTING ASHLEY (HE CUD HAV DUN JOB PROPER ND GIV WISE THE JOB,HE MUST HAV A HEART SUMWERE HA HA ) LES monty

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