How The Journal covered Chris Hughton's reign

HERE we take a look back at Chris Hughton's 16-month reign as Newcastle United manager.

HERE we take a look back at Chris Hughton's 16-month reign as Newcastle United manager.

After being appointed as caretaker boss last summer, United fans were unsure of how the team would fair in the Championship after relegation.

And they suffered a major setback when the side lost 6-1 to League One side Leyton Orient during a pre-season match on July 25, 2009.

After a good start to the Championship campaign, Mike Ashley named Hughton as permanent manager on October 27, 2009, but the announcement was overshadowed as the club said on the same day that the stadium naming rights were up for grabs.

Newcastle were riding high in the league going into 2010, with some fans hoping for a Cup run after they were drawn against fellow Championship side West Brom.

But they were brought back to earth with a bump after defeat by the Baggies on January 23.

There was crisis in the Magpies camp in March when Andy Carroll was involved in a training ground fracas with Steven Taylor, which left the defender with a broken jaw.

But the forward repaid Chris Hughton's faith in him, scoring the only goal against Doncaster on March 23 to send United five points clear at the top of the table.

But the team continued to pick up points, and secured promotion back to the Premier League without kicking a ball as Cardiff beat Nottingham Forest on April 5 to spark wild celebrations on Tyneside.

And modest as ever, manager Chris Hughton laid the team's achievement firmly at the feet of the players. Owner Mike Ashley took time out to personally commend him for the promotion, which came as a relief and a delight to many fans who feared for the club after their dismal relegation.

United are then crowned Championship champions with victory over Plymouth on April 19.

Some 2,400 travelling fans made the long trip down to the south west to see the game, and there were delirious scenes as Chris Hughton was mobbed during a pitch invasion after the 0-2 win.

The first match of the Premier League season throws up a tough test for the Magpies as they face Manchester United. And the Toon are handed a lesson as the Red Devils ran out 3-0 winners on August 16.

There's joy on Tyneside as Andy Carroll smashes a hat-trick as United beat Aston Villa 6-0 in their first home game of the PL season on August 22.

Some mixed results in between, but there's delight again as Newcastle record one of their biggest wins over Sunderland in living memory as they run out 5-1 winners, with Kevin Nolan hitting a treble in the Sunday October 31 match.

And the normally reserved Chris Hughton was beaming about the best result of his career.

But there are storm clouds on the horizon as United are thumped 5-1 at Bolton on November 20.

And the players are kept back for an hour for a dressing-room inquest as the Magpies lose 3-1 to West Brom on December 5, with Chris Hughton angry at his side's tepid performance.

One day later, United announce they have sacked Hughton as they want a manager with more experience.

And Sol Campbell warns of a dressing-room revolt, as Martin Jol emerges as the hot favourite for the job.


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer