Q2: Should Chris Hughton be the full-time manager?

Should Chris Hughton be the full-time manager?

Should Chris Hughton be the full-time manager?

Yes 65%

No 35%

Your comments:

1 Oct 28, 2009 12:06 PM Alan Shearer should be, without question. He would receive more respect from the players and would have a greater presence in the dressing room. Ashley has taken the easy way out by appointing a yes man.
2 Oct 28, 2009 12:07 PM He only got the job as Ashley and Llambias knows he can be there puppet. His bubble has already burst and despite a late win against Doncaster it will be all down hill from here.
3 Oct 28, 2009 12:09 PM For this season yes as he is doing an ok job. But for the long term no
4 Oct 28, 2009 12:09 PM I like Chris think he is a good man and done a good job, but don't believe he is the one to take us forward especially when the clubs gets back into the premier league.
5 Oct 28, 2009 12:09 PM he bottled it twice last season and the garbage we have been watching he will get found out again.
6 Oct 28, 2009 12:10 PM why give him a contract when he's happy enough without one?! will just end up paying him off when Ashley changes his mind again and brings in someone else!!
7 Oct 28, 2009 12:10 PM Inexperienced
8 Oct 28, 2009 12:10 PM Not sure he's a Premier League manager though, should we get promoted. He's done a good job this season in very difficult circumstances.
9 Oct 28, 2009 12:11 PM In the short term he has done an excellent job, however we will fall into the same trap as we did with roeder
10 Oct 28, 2009 12:13 PM in the last five games we have only scraped one win against lowly Doncaster on that form we need a new manager
11 Oct 28, 2009 12:13 PM Whilst I admire what he has achieved under very difficult circumstances, I don't believe he has what it takes to move the club forward and has simply been made full-time as he has proven he is sufficient a 'yes' man to suit MA's needs (for now)
12 Oct 28, 2009 12:13 PM But only this season
13 Oct 28, 2009 12:14 PM When things get tough on the pitch he doesnt have anu solutions
14 Oct 28, 2009 12:14 PM better than idiiotic joe kinnear
15 Oct 28, 2009 12:14 PM should only have been till the end of the season though it is too long a contract
16 Oct 28, 2009 12:15 PM Despite doing a good job so far, Chris Hughton is a coach, he is ultimately not good enough to be a manager, we should be bringing in someone experienced.
17 Oct 28, 2009 12:15 PM He definitley deserves a crack after what he has done this season. Will he be able to handle it in the big time? We will wait and see. We have seen it before with Glenn Roeder though.
18 Oct 28, 2009 12:16 PM Not good enough; sympathy vote .. we are a poor side; it's just the other teams in the division are worse. Wait til we get a Premiership team in the FA Cup - this will highlight the weaknesses and expose the team.
19 Oct 28, 2009 12:17 PM With Ashley in charge who else will take it?
20 Oct 28, 2009 12:17 PM Its not worth changing the manager now. Its completely pointless as a new manager would have to work with the same players and Hughton isn't doing a bad job... however his tactics can leave a lot ti be desired. For example playing Harewood (who is terrible) instead of Nile Ranger who hasn't put a foot wrong when he has played apart from the lack of goals.
21 Oct 28, 2009 12:17 PM Yeah, he probably should, he's done a fair job in steadying a sinking ship, but he needs to be in charge. If he turns out to just be another mouthpiece for Ashley's actions, and has no say in team affairs other than training, and picking who starts games with the owner deciding everything else, it will only end in disaster. (For example, look at what happened with Hearts when they were taken over by Romanov)
22 Oct 28, 2009 12:17 PM He is a coach, nothing more nothin less. His 'purchases' are terrible (with the exception of Simpson) - and his tactics are shocking. We are 'getting by' in an awful league
23 Oct 28, 2009 12:17 PM No one else would consider working under Ashley (well apart from Joe)
24 Oct 28, 2009 12:17 PM we need a proven manager chris hughton couldn't hack it in the PL he proved that last year
25 Oct 28, 2009 12:18 PM But it is a short contract.
26 Oct 28, 2009 12:18 PM "I'm not a manager". He was right.
27 Oct 28, 2009 12:18 PM Not good enough, No charisma and an Ashley yes man
28 Oct 28, 2009 12:18 PM Caretaker managers never make the transition to full timers succesfully. Also who will now come in to replace all the coaching staff?
29 Oct 28, 2009 12:18 PM But for this season only, not beyond that.
30 Oct 28, 2009 12:18 PM Chris seems to be a great guy but has already shown to be tactically weak and gives the biggest more senior players to much say. Take control take some risk and my view may change
31 Oct 28, 2009 12:19 PM only said no at the lenght of time of his contract, maybe a contract till the end of the season would have been more appropriate, i also question the calibre of player mr highton will be able to attract to newcastle united
32 Oct 28, 2009 12:19 PM He's not good enough as he's tactically lacking. He wasn't good enough to win a game last season, the only thing that's changed is the opposition are poorer this season, and frankly we've been lucky in a good number of games this season so far.
33 Oct 28, 2009 12:20 PM Chris has done an excellent job and deserves a chance.
34 Oct 28, 2009 12:21 PM He will fail the way Dinnis, McFaul and Roeder have done previously - good coach does not mean good manager
35 Oct 28, 2009 12:21 PM No tactical nonse, and is purerly a coach nothing more...if and its a big if we somehow manage to get out of a very poor league then he should be replaced ASAP because he will be so far out of his depth and he will struggle
36 Oct 28, 2009 12:22 PM He has earned his chance.
37 Oct 28, 2009 12:22 PM probably deserves a go.
38 Oct 28, 2009 12:24 PM He has done a good job so far this season and has the toon top of the league. In my opinion why change something that is working. However i am a bit surprised he has been given the job for 2 years
39 Oct 28, 2009 12:24 PM Could not do it in the Premier League and that's were we need to be
40 Oct 28, 2009 12:24 PM He is a puppet.
41 Oct 28, 2009 12:24 PM Stability and he has done a good job within the circumstances surrounding the club
42 Oct 28, 2009 12:24 PM I dont feel he has the skills to man manage or motivate players but is a `yes`an to Mike Ashley
43 Oct 28, 2009 12:24 PM He has done a very good job,but if we get back up,i just don`t think he would be the man for the job.
44 Oct 28, 2009 12:25 PM The place is crying out for someone with a proven track record who will challenge the mentalityof the curent regime ,not another yes man
45 Oct 28, 2009 12:25 PM Only because we can't take more unrest and turmoil.
46 Oct 28, 2009 12:25 PM Houghton is a coach not a manager
47 Oct 28, 2009 12:26 PM A contract to the end of this season would have been more appropriate, but let's give it to the guy in form at present
48 Oct 28, 2009 12:26 PM But only to the end of the season.
49 Oct 28, 2009 12:27 PM He is too weak
50 Oct 28, 2009 12:28 PM He has done a fantastic job but he is not a proven manager and I cannot believe that he will be in the job in 5 years time. Everything that Ashley does smacks of short-termism. The club needs to be re-built by someone with a vision of where we will be in 5 years plus. Preferably, someone with a track record of success.
51 Oct 28, 2009 12:29 PM decent man but unable to make big decisions (ie substitutions at critical times, seems to maintain faith with senior players that are not neccessarily deserving of their place in the starting lineup)
52 Oct 28, 2009 12:29 PM Chris is a coach. I respect the man but he should take up the coaching duties, not the managerial duties.
53 Oct 28, 2009 12:30 PM On a short term basis to give us some stability. He is NOT a long term solution since he seems to be too non-assertive and subservient to Ashley & Co. As a rider too that i am NOT a Shearer fan either!
54 Oct 28, 2009 12:31 PM He's not good enough. Will fail in the Premiership as he has done in the past with Newcastle
55 Oct 28, 2009 12:31 PM There appears to be more team spirit and commitment at the club now than I have seen for a long time. He deserved his 18 months on that alone. not sure he is the long term future if we want real success though
56 Oct 28, 2009 12:31 PM Chris should have been given the job until the end of the season, "IF" we gain promotion to the Premier league, what sort of players will he attract? Old washups from the likes of Bolton, Wigan and Hull?? It also shows that Ashley has no intention of planning for the future, and as soon as promotion is won ("IF") the nhe will put the club up for sale again.
57 Oct 28, 2009 12:31 PM Although a very pleasant guy, I am not convinced he is experienced enough to steer such a large club through what will be a long and demanding season.
58 Oct 28, 2009 12:32 PM Hughton was out of his depth as a Premier League manager last year and doubts remain about his ability to turn around a game tactically
59 Oct 28, 2009 12:32 PM He's probably a good Championship manager but we need to look forward. A few good results in a lower league means nothing. There's now a massive gap between NUFC and survival in the premiership. I don't particularly like Strachan but Middlesborough have the right idea.
60 Oct 28, 2009 12:32 PM Based on what he's done with what's at his disposal - yes.
61 Oct 28, 2009 12:33 PM he should have been given a contract till the end of THIS season.
62 Oct 28, 2009 12:34 PM Chris Hughton has done a fantastic job but we need an experinced manager in that wont just say yes to mike ashley.
63 Oct 28, 2009 12:34 PM which ashley still the owner chris is the right appointment as shearer will not work for ashley. also what established manager would touch newcastle with ashley in charge. i have a lot of respect for chris so why not let him learn him managerial trade with us
64 Oct 28, 2009 12:34 PM I want an experienced man in the job. Hughton has done really well but we are not playing well. Looks like Pelligrini might be available this week!
65 Oct 28, 2009 12:35 PM I think if ashly is in charge Hughton should be manager at least to the end of the season. He is better than others that have been mentioned like Kinnear.
66 Oct 28, 2009 12:36 PM Hwe is a coach and should have been employed as such
67 Oct 28, 2009 12:36 PM No disrespect meant to someone who's carried himself with dignity throughout Ashley's shocking tenure - but he's merely another 'Yes' man - albeit slightly less foul-mouthed than JFK.
68 Oct 28, 2009 12:37 PM According to Ashley himself it was the best decision he has made to appoint Alan Shearer as manager
69 Oct 28, 2009 12:37 PM No, he is simply not good enough
70 Oct 28, 2009 12:37 PM He kept a small squad together in the summer, has performed ok in the Championship (inexperianced at times) the players are behind him & we need stabillity
71 Oct 28, 2009 12:38 PM Niether should Shearer though, we need a proven manager
72 Oct 28, 2009 12:39 PM but only to give the stability needed untill ashley goes.
73 Oct 28, 2009 12:40 PM he has no ability as a manager which shows in the way the team has been playing this season and last season.
74 Oct 28, 2009 12:41 PM He seems a decent man, and at a push until the end of the season its acceptable, but I don't think he's a man to drive the club forward long-term!!
75 Oct 28, 2009 12:41 PM He has dealt with the situation and kept the team focused
76 Oct 28, 2009 12:41 PM The guy is a yes man of the highest order.
77 Oct 28, 2009 12:41 PM He has had a good start but will he be able to have the pulling power come the Jan Sales.
78 Oct 28, 2009 12:41 PM As much as I admire the bloke, he's a coach!!!
79 Oct 28, 2009 12:44 PM His start to the season has been absolutely fenomenal! As long as the players want him, I'd fully support him!
80 Oct 28, 2009 12:44 PM No, he is a coach not a manager
81 Oct 28, 2009 12:46 PM He said he was a coach not a manager and he was right. Awful appointment just further demonstrating Ashleys complete lack of understanding of football.
82 Oct 28, 2009 12:46 PM We do not need a yes man as manager, we need someone who stand up to Mr Ashley
83 Oct 28, 2009 12:47 PM Chris is a good, honest man but he is a coach not a manager
84 Oct 28, 2009 12:48 PM he,s done a good job under the circumstances
85 Oct 28, 2009 12:48 PM No one else would be stupid enough to work for Mike Ashley
86 Oct 28, 2009 12:48 PM He is tactically inept, has us playing ridiculous football and we've been lucky on far too many occassions. He is nothing but a puppet to Ashley and his cronies.
87 Oct 28, 2009 12:48 PM See Glenn Roeder. Things will deteriorate then Ashley will have to pay off the contract he's just given him. We need a manager who can attract top players to the club. CH isn't be that man.
88 Oct 28, 2009 12:49 PM He is little more than a puppet and the lofty position is down to the players that have been left, rather than the coaching staff
89 Oct 28, 2009 12:49 PM Chris Hughton has had more success than any of the managers including last season. He has earned the right,and support of players .
90 Oct 28, 2009 12:49 PM Not good enough to sustain a promotion bid. He even said he didn't want the job so what has changed?
91 Oct 28, 2009 12:49 PM He's done a good job with what's he's got, but he's woefully inadequate as a manager. As a coach, he appears to be very good, so he should be left to coach, with a manager coming in above him.
92 Oct 28, 2009 12:50 PM Don't think he is the man longterm, previous caretakers have all been disasters. Nice man, seems to have support of players but problem is when things go wrong - not strong enough and I have doubts about his tactical awareness.
94 Oct 28, 2009 12:50 PM He has done a good job, the players have responded to him and stability is needed.
95 Oct 28, 2009 12:51 PM Not the experience of a high flight???? club
96 Oct 28, 2009 12:52 PM He has done a good job and in the current circumstances he is probably the best man for the job - no-one else would take it anyway
97 Oct 28, 2009 12:53 PM Good coach, but will be surprised if he can attract good established players in the future. Hope he does well and prove the doubters including me wrong.
98 Oct 28, 2009 12:54 PM There was never any alternative. This was the cheapest way to go, and he has done a really good job so far. But how much of the 20M is he gonna get?
99 Oct 28, 2009 12:55 PM There was little choice, Ashley will not pay the going rate for a quality manager - he has in effect appointed a manager on the cheap . Whilst Chris Hughton has down a good job in difficult circumstances he is a coach and not a manager. I am not confident that he has what it takes to manage a club on a full time basis. There is a huge difference between being caretaker as opposed to full time manager. Every decision he makes will now be scrutinised and as a result there be added pressure. I don't believe he handled the pressure well last season and have no reason to believe he will be able to do so now. I would also question his ability in the transfer market as the loan signings he brought in are just not up to scratch.
100 Oct 28, 2009 12:55 PM Although Chris is clearly a well respected coach throughout the game, he seems to lack the tactical knowledge to change the team when opposition has figured us out. we only have one game plan this season and it will see us beaten by teams who do a bit of homework. Ashley has appointed a cheap yes man, who will accept whatever is given to him and peddle the clubs 'official' stance on things to the press.
101 Oct 28, 2009 12:56 PM Over the course of the season we we will see he's not good enough.
102 Oct 28, 2009 12:57 PM for now, he deserved that but i doubt how loong he can stay.
103 Oct 28, 2009 12:57 PM we need stability
104 Oct 28, 2009 12:57 PM Although he has done a very good job so far his lack of managerial experience is beggining to show. I would be far happier if we appointed someone with experience in the tasks which he are trying to complete, Paul Jewell would be my personal choice.
105 Oct 28, 2009 12:57 PM As much as I like the guy and commend him for his efforts earlier in the season he is not the right man for the job. We had an electric start when the team "picked itself" due to having a full fit squad. Unfortunately now when faced with a choice of Carroll, Ranger, Harewood or Lovendkrands up front his decision making has been less than convincing. Also with a reshuffle at the back and in midfield due to injuries and suspensions I can't help but feel he is making some bad decisions both positional and tactical....
106 Oct 28, 2009 12:58 PM HARD ONE,CHRIS HAS DONE OK, BUT I THINK A MORE EXPERIENCED MANAGER TO WORK ALONGSIDE HIM WOULD BE BETTER.
107 Oct 28, 2009 1:00 PM We need some stabilty this season.
108 Oct 28, 2009 1:01 PM Chris should be given the chance to get us promoted until the end of the season, and then go back to coaching if promoted.
109 Oct 28, 2009 1:03 PM I don't think he has the tactical nouse or motivational skills needed to manage at this level.
110 Oct 28, 2009 1:05 PM It's a tough decision, as unarguably he's done well to settle the ship at the start of this season. However the suspicion remains that he's too nice to be a manager and would struggle to dig us out of a deep hole. Hopefully the very late winner on Saturday will boost confidence once more. Had that game not been won then we might have faced a very difficult winter.
111 Oct 28, 2009 1:07 PM No experience as a full-time manager and does not command respect from players. One of Ashley's 'yes' men.
112 Oct 28, 2009 1:07 PM Chris does deserve a lot of credit for stabilising the ship as it were, but just because we have started the season in a manner which should see us promoted, doesn't mean he should be given the long term chance, as I would have expected anyone to get these kind of results with the quality of team we still have left. Ashley put Shearer in charge last season, why couldn't he have done so again, just because a buyer has not been found.
113 Oct 28, 2009 1:07 PM Nice bloke, but the easy, cheap option. He had to take this opportunity but it'll be on Ashleys terms.
114 Oct 28, 2009 1:08 PM I'm sure he's a nice bloke, but.... Unfortunately he ticks all Ashley's boxes: Cheap, cheap, cheap.
115 Oct 28, 2009 1:08 PM If Ashley is seriously committed to the future of the club (wonder how long that will last for this time round), he should appoint an experienced manager and implement a long term plan. Again, this is a short term appointment which means no doubt there will be another manager in charge within the next couple of years and then we will have to start all over again. Then again, what credible manager would want to work for Ashley?
116 Oct 28, 2009 1:09 PM Cant fault him.
117 Oct 28, 2009 1:11 PM But only in the short term. The jury is out on his strength of character: it could be Glenn Roeder 2
118 Oct 28, 2009 1:11 PM I say Yes at this moment in time for the following reason: 1) Who else will take the job with this lunactic/dictator running the club? I have alot of respect for CH the way he has handled the situation he is currently part of, however, I don't believe he is a long term solution for the club. Names have been mentioned over the weeks, Shearer, Curbishley etc but what 'experienced' manager in their own right will work for someone who runs the club the way he does, no say on incoming players let alone no money to spend on them. Whether Shearer will be the right man or not, sooner or later he will get his chance and that will show if he is up to the job or not, but any incoming manager has to be given a reasonable chance of success i.e choice of players, a realistic pot of cash for players and most of all time to do his job and achieve possible success, something many of our managers in recent years haven't had the chance of.
119 Oct 28, 2009 1:12 PM As good a job as he's done he has very few ideas of his own. I am of the opinion from his 3 spells as caretaker manager that he is merely continuing the ideas Shearer and Dowie brought in. After that we needed a manager who can build and prepare a team capable of competing in the Premiership again and Hughton isn't that and considering managers like Curbishley and Fatih Terim and even Ketsbaia have been available for free, overlooking them in favour of Hughton and after failing to get Kinnear back, or O'Leary, or Venables or some other second rate manager is just disgraceful.
120 Oct 28, 2009 1:13 PM Give the guy a chance
121 Oct 28, 2009 1:13 PM Small minded club appointing a yes man who does whatever he is told by Ashley.
122 Oct 28, 2009 1:14 PM not at all have you watched our last five games rubbish
123 Oct 28, 2009 1:14 PM Chris has done an admirable job as caretaker and has done so with extremely high levels of professionalism and dignity but he is not a manager. From all accounts the team spirit is a result of a players 'union' rather than to Chris' influence.
124 Oct 28, 2009 1:14 PM Ashley only employed him because he was cheap
125 Oct 28, 2009 1:15 PM Done a ok job in a division that cleary lacks class. Better appointment than Joe Kinnear granted but would have preferd Shearer back like most fans.
126 Oct 28, 2009 1:15 PM He is a nice bloke, but not a good manager
127 Oct 28, 2009 1:15 PM during the present ownership he probally is the best man for vthe job he wont rock the boat and will bring stabilty on the pitch
128 Oct 28, 2009 1:18 PM I think he does deserve a chance but if and when Ashley does eventually sell the club I don't think he will be kept in the job. I also do not see him as the right man to get us promoted this season.
129 Oct 28, 2009 1:18 PM I have no problem with him remaining as caretaker for as long as it takes to find a more suitable replacement, but we need a man with the relevant qualifications to be in control when things inevitably get tough. When a new manager is appointed I believe that Chris should remain in a coaching role should that be agreed my the new manager, as he has done an undeniably good job, and it will ease the transition period to the new style of management.
130 Oct 28, 2009 1:19 PM Whos going to want to sign for him. He's done a decent job so far but how much has the collective attitues of Smith, Harper and Nolan done that anyway. Is the tail wagging the dog?
131 Oct 28, 2009 1:19 PM I am convinced this season's form is nothing to do with Chris Hughton, but the players. He has only managed to get a 18month contract out of Ashley - how will he manage to get money for reinforcements!!
132 Oct 28, 2009 1:20 PM Why not.
133 Oct 28, 2009 1:20 PM If we really are as skint as Mike Ashley seems to suggest, then keeping with Hughton is the cheapest option. He has taken us to the top of the league with an un-balanced squad and no real opportunity to add to it (Loan players aside). Also what self respecting manager would want to work at our club. If it aint broke don't fix it. He deserves a shot.
134 Oct 28, 2009 1:20 PM Too soon
135 Oct 28, 2009 1:21 PM until end of this season then see what happens
136 Oct 28, 2009 1:22 PM Although a decent man, Hughton is no manager, and the folly of appointing another yes man (after Kinnear) will become evident over the coming months. We may get promoted under this regime, but the test will be the Premier League
137 Oct 28, 2009 1:22 PM Chris has done extremley well in a very difficult situation, But should have been given the job until the end of the season only. it could have been extended after that.
138 Oct 28, 2009 1:23 PM Give him his dues - he has done well and should be given the chance to continue. Long term I am unsure.
139 Oct 28, 2009 1:24 PM It makes no difference if and when he is made manager, he is not the future of NUFC
140 Oct 28, 2009 1:24 PM For this season...
141 Oct 28, 2009 1:25 PM Stability. To take us through the short term until Ashley gets us promoted and sells the club. Then we may see another change.
142 Oct 28, 2009 1:29 PM Basically because I can't see anyone else jumping at the job, and couldn't stand more humiliation as one has been after another publicly knocks the job back.
143 Oct 28, 2009 1:29 PM He has done enough to get by so far, give him a crack I say. Whop are we going to get anyway? What self respecting manager would come into the situation that Ashley has created? No one. Simple as.
144 Oct 28, 2009 1:30 PM We need a serious, experienced manager with a track record of success. not a yes man and not necessarily a geordie or someone with toon connections, just someone good at their job. Look at hodgson at fulham
145 Oct 28, 2009 1:30 PM Why not, he's stabilised the team and they appear to want to play for him.
146 Oct 28, 2009 1:30 PM I don't think he's shown anything to justify his appointment of full-time manager. We've had some poor results and performances this season, despite the fact we have by far the best squad of players in the championship. We should be out of sight by now, but 'only 3 points seperating us from 6th place. I think some poor results by other teams have kept us up there.
147 Oct 28, 2009 1:31 PM Richard Dinnis, Glenn Roeder, Ricky Sbragia ... Can anyone name a person who has successfully made the transition from caretaker to full time at any club? Can anyone imagine Hughton still there in 2 years?
148 Oct 28, 2009 1:31 PM Has done a very good job so far with a very inadequate squad - still not entertaining to watch
149 Oct 28, 2009 1:31 PM He will be excellent at getting them relegated to league two
150 Oct 28, 2009 1:32 PM OK he has done a decent job so far but he has the best players in a very average division and a more experienced manager would have done more.Also one of the most import parts of managing a huge club like NUFC is having a strategy for long term success and I am not sure Chris is the right man for this.
151 Oct 28, 2009 1:32 PM I don't believe that he is going to be a good manager, so for me this is the wrong choice. I think he is a very good coach, but he does not have what it takes to take us forward. He is basically going to be a yes man for our woeful owner.
152 Oct 28, 2009 1:32 PM Tactilcally naive and has proved that he knows nothing about motivating a team. Seems like a really nice guy but we need someone with a proven track record.
153 Oct 28, 2009 1:33 PM He has been very very good for the club, not just to get us where we are now, but also giving us dignity all throughout the summer when the higher echelons of the club were not.
154 Oct 28, 2009 1:34 PM Obviously no-one else is going to come in, but he's never going to be a long term appointment - not if we get promoted.l
156 Oct 28, 2009 1:38 PM Given that no creditable offer has apparently been received for the club, and therefore no prospect of regime change, then it makes sense to give it to the best man available. He seems to be a genuine and honest man, so good luck to him.
157 Oct 28, 2009 1:39 PM up to now he has done well at a difficult time in the clubs history
158 Oct 28, 2009 1:40 PM No, he has done a reasonable job so far this season but the performance have hardly been inspiring. The quality of football is poor as have some of his tactical decions. At the end of the day the majority of our squad on between £30,000 - £60,000 and we are playing against teams such as Doncaster, Scunthorpe, Blackpool, Bristol City, who's players are on a fraction of these wages and we are struggling, getting beaten on a few occasions, drawing and relying on last minute winners in undeserved victories. Does he really have a long term vision of how to take the club forward? Does he have that aura that most great managers have that make players stand up and take notice? I doubt it and I don't really see this changing.
159 Oct 28, 2009 1:42 PM As many seem to be saying, Hughton is a (somewhat decent) coach, not a manager. At this moment in time, the best solution would to have had Shearer as manager, Hughton as coach and if Shearer felt he needed it, to get Dowie alogside him as an assistant.
160 Oct 28, 2009 1:45 PM Not as a long-term solution. He has no experience managing on higher levels, except from his caretaker periods with Newcastle. We should aim for a more proven manager.
161 Oct 28, 2009 1:47 PM good coach and thats it (another glen roder situation)
162 Oct 28, 2009 1:49 PM I really like Chris and believe he is both a good honest fella and a good coach but I don't believe he has the leadership qualities required to guide the club to where it should be. He lacks presence and I would really fear for him when the going gets tough.
163 Oct 28, 2009 1:49 PM But just for this season, he has done a good job so far but im not sure about if / when we are in the prem again.
164 Oct 28, 2009 1:50 PM Great as a caretake but going forward if we gain promotion I don't think he's premiership management material. No disrespect to Chris he's doing a great job but then the rest of the Championship aren't that hot.
165 Oct 28, 2009 1:55 PM Barcelona of the north
166 Oct 28, 2009 1:58 PM Chris has done a good job so far this season and he knows the players, however if we do get promoted, I am not sure if he would cut the mustard in the top flight
167 Oct 28, 2009 1:59 PM He has done a great job in steadying the ship but its quite obvious he is a yes man for Ashley.
168 Oct 28, 2009 2:01 PM If it is our aim to return to the Premier League why would we want someone who only last year admitted he was only a coach and not a manager? He was found wanting last year when taking charge temporarily and is only a cheap option "yes man" for Ashley. His lack of reputation, experience and charisma will not attract quality players to this club (although it has to be asked - does Ashley want quality players?) No one can question his loyalty to date but he is NOT the man to take this club forward, or indeed sustain it at Championship level.
169 Oct 28, 2009 2:04 PM At least until his contract runs out.
170 Oct 28, 2009 2:04 PM He's done a good job taking us to top of the Championship however should we go up then I feel that we need a bigger name to attract good players
171 Oct 28, 2009 2:06 PM no disrespect to chris but he is a coach. we need a manager!
172 Oct 28, 2009 2:10 PM Although Hughton has done a reasonable job as stand-in manager, he's not the answer on a long term basis.
173 Oct 28, 2009 2:13 PM A great coach but I worry he will fail as a full time manager. The timing is strange as the team have played very poor football in their last few games
174 Oct 28, 2009 2:15 PM Chris Hughton has done a good job in the Championship but its not much of a league
175 Oct 28, 2009 2:17 PM No, he is fine as an assistant, and he may very well get us promoted, but we will get ripped to shreds in the top flight if he is manager and with the team we have
176 Oct 28, 2009 2:17 PM It appeared to be working okay as it was with him as caretaker, why change it if it isn't broken. CH was doing a decent enough job in the Championship as caretaker, but this isn't the premier league and he's proved he hasn't got what it takes to be a Premier League manager. Why give him the job on a permanent basis when we know that if he get us promoted he won't cut it in the top league and will need to be replaced. I would have left him as caretaker until the end of the season and see if he got promotion. If he did then the club would have the option of attracting a new permanent premier league manager without having to sack Hughton who is quite honestly one of the few decent blokes at the club.
177 Oct 28, 2009 2:22 PM look at Middlesbrough - Strachan - great for them, why couldnt we get a proven manager? -Money??
178 Oct 28, 2009 2:24 PM until may 2010
179 Oct 28, 2009 2:30 PM Not up to the job he's very much Ashley's man.
180 Oct 28, 2009 2:32 PM hes made a great start with the team even though the last 5 matches are starting to show last seasons performance.
181 Oct 28, 2009 2:39 PM good coach but not a manager
182 Oct 28, 2009 2:43 PM A contract should be granted for the rest of the season
183 Oct 28, 2009 2:55 PM The guy is doing a good job in difficult circumstances but IF (big if!) we gain promotion, his record in the Premiership is poor.
184 Oct 28, 2009 3:08 PM Nice guy but he's been caretaker 3 times and it took until the 3rd to win a game. The suspicion is he's a yes man with limited abilities. Middlesbrough go for Strachan on a 4 year deal, we go for Houghton for maybe 12 months - which is the greater declaration of intent?
185 Oct 28, 2009 3:11 PM Chris has done well so far this season but I have grave doubts he can do it long term. His results last season speak for themselves. The question will always remain, was he only appointed as he's Ashleys yes man.
186 Oct 28, 2009 3:15 PM Whilst a decent coach, Hughton has frequently, in the past, dismissed the idea of his taking up a full managerial position. What has changed? Newcastle are currently riding high despite poor performances in a very mediocre championship. What will Hughton's strategy be when we start to decline through injuries to a very small squad?
187 Oct 28, 2009 3:18 PM As long as he gets funds to bring in players to strengthen the squad he should do alright. Whether he would survive if we were promoted though is another story
188 Oct 28, 2009 3:22 PM Who else would take the job.
189 Oct 28, 2009 3:26 PM But only until the end of the season, he's done a great job so far and hopefully we'll gain promotion, but he's not experienced enough for the EPL!
190 Oct 28, 2009 3:34 PM Another person who will do as Ashley and Co. say.
191 Oct 28, 2009 3:36 PM Should only have been offered a contract for this season as he is only doing just enough to keep things ticking over. However he has been a great servant to the club the past couple years and i'm sure he could have walked away from the entire mess and found employment elsewhere easily enough. I really wish him all the best but I see it being Roeder all over again.
192 Oct 28, 2009 3:37 PM He's done a geeat job with the little, but this is a classical case of the 'Peter' principle in action. However, which experienced top manager would out their reputation on the line here at the moment??
193 Oct 28, 2009 3:42 PM he deserves it and besides no one else in their right mind would take it
194 Oct 28, 2009 3:43 PM He's not the right person for longer future.
195 Oct 28, 2009 3:48 PM He has not got the experiance he`s a good coach and has done a decent job.
196 Oct 28, 2009 3:51 PM He has done a good job this season but i would rather have big al in charge
197 Oct 28, 2009 3:53 PM Unfortunately Chris has not enough experience to be manager as was proven in the points lost when they should have been in the bag.
198 Oct 28, 2009 3:53 PM Based on results, yes. Top of the table. Tough league and all.
199 Oct 28, 2009 4:05 PM Without him were would we be now? He deserves a chance to finish what he has started. He has done a tremendous job with no money, a skeleton squad and pure tumroil behind the scenes.
200 Oct 28, 2009 4:06 PM Not long term. He`s done a brilliant job so far but we need a experienced manager who understands what this club is all about.
201 Oct 28, 2009 4:10 PM He has no track record, he said he didnt want the job last year. The football being played is awful. His comment that we played "very well" 2nf half v Forest and the game against Doncaster sum up his expectations.
202 Oct 28, 2009 4:11 PM This is another short term measure to give the appearance of long term structure without the longterm foundation required.
203 Oct 28, 2009 4:13 PM If the club was sold, or if Ashley was willing to invest more then Hughton would not be the full time manager. With the situation as it is though, there is very little alternative. He has done well in difficult times, but if he does get us promoted, we will need someone else to take us forward from there
204 Oct 28, 2009 4:17 PM He's done the job. Give it to him.
205 Oct 28, 2009 4:18 PM Chris is simply a puppet who will not cause Ashley any problems
206 Oct 28, 2009 4:23 PM for 1 season only
207 Oct 28, 2009 4:25 PM He seems to be doing a perfectly good job with his present status, but in the event of a late ownership change we will then have the usual buy-out clause to fund, in addition to the costs of new players to contend with. If we gain promotion under the current set-up that will be the time to offer rewards.
208 Oct 28, 2009 4:28 PM Chris has done an excellent job as coach/caretaker but he will now be under enormous pressure to deliver because the fans utter disillusion with Ashley will result in their anger being turned on Hughton - and that is something he doesn't deserve. Fans went along with CH while they thought the club was being sold and their hero Shearer would be taking over. It's a whole new ball game now and I'm afraid Hughton will see the type of pressure that drove allardyce out.
209 Oct 28, 2009 4:31 PM He has earned it with small squad and no money.
210 Oct 28, 2009 4:31 PM For the time being, he should be full time. We need as much stability as possible. He is not the long term answer though.
211 Oct 28, 2009 4:32 PM Chris Hughton was ok as a temporary manager, but he is simply not the man to lead us once we are (eventually) back in the premiership.
212 Oct 28, 2009 4:35 PM I dont think anyone else would take the job until Ashley, Lambias and the rest of the Cockney crew can show there is some sort of stability in the club, until the Chris HOughton has done an ammicable job in difficult circumstances. It gives the players, if no one else, a firm leader.
213 Oct 28, 2009 4:35 PM With Mad Mike in charge Chris is the only manager who would put up with this crazy situation and still get loyalty from players and fans.
214 Oct 28, 2009 4:36 PM History tells us this never works, eg Dinnis, Roeder
215 Oct 28, 2009 4:39 PM No. The is a step back for the club. This is too similar to Glen Roeder incident where the caretaker manager did a fine job temporarily and appointed Manager only for the club to regress. Chris is not Premier League Manager material. Sorry, Shearer doesn't fit the list either. His tactics at the end of last season was awful although i have great respect for Shearer.
216 Oct 28, 2009 4:39 PM Nice Bloke.. Not a Manager
217 Oct 28, 2009 4:39 PM It's just the easiest decision for Ashley right now. He knows CH won't give him problems. It's a short term contract anyway and if he doesn't cut it a cheap pay off while he tries to shoe-horn another desperate dope into the role.
218 Oct 28, 2009 4:40 PM Whilst Hughton has preformed remarkably well against a backdrop of instability at the club, he is not a manager. Hughton appears to be a good coach and this seems to be the general consensus amongst footballers and people he has worked with previously at Spurs, but he has absolutely no tactical knowledge whatsoever. This has became glaringly obvious in recent games, for example 4-5-1 away at Scunthorpe was as good as giving the game up before we had even started. I do not claim to be a football manager but these kind of decisions are just common sense rather than anything else. God only knows what he will be like in the transfer market after his persistence on playing Nicky Butt when he is clearly too old for professional football. I admire him for trying to steady the ship when everyone else was looking to jump off it, but he will invariably feel indebted to Ashley for giving him the opportunity to be a manager and the power will be with Mike in that relationship. When you look down the road at 'boro (a club that is ran well with a committed and loyal owner) and see that they have appointed Strachan as manager you cannot help but think we have seriously missed a trick here. Mike Ashley has proved he just wants a Yes man who will not pressure him into spending his money. I do not hold that against Hughton and I will support him, but many supporters I have spoken to feel let down by his appointment and when results start to go bad (like they have done already) he will face harsh criticisms over his decisions and if he is unable to cope then returning to the Premiership will be near enough impossible.
219 Oct 28, 2009 4:42 PM Not good enough
220 Oct 28, 2009 4:45 PM No other choicw once he took the club off the market. No one else would work for him
221 Oct 28, 2009 4:47 PM He's not the right person, his tactics are shocking
222 Oct 28, 2009 4:48 PM I have a great deal of respect for Chris, because of the job he has done in the current situation. But he himself stated that he is a coach not a manager. We need someone with more experience to come in and do the job. But I feel its more of a cost cutting messure by Ashley.
223 Oct 28, 2009 4:50 PM I don't beleive he is the man to lead NUFC forward
224 Oct 28, 2009 4:59 PM We wll not get aanyone better. Sacking Allardyce - to please the fans turned all the managers in the country against us. Shearer was a failure - far too cautious when we needed to attack teams. He was just a Dalglish clone.
225 Oct 28, 2009 5:01 PM Has done a good job so far, so deserves the chance
226 Oct 28, 2009 5:01 PM should stay as coach
227 Oct 28, 2009 5:05 PM Hughton just does not fill anyone with a feeling of confidence and that the club is in good hands. A bad decision and a bad day for Newcastle United.
228 Oct 28, 2009 5:22 PM Hughton deserves the job based on the team's performances this season. He should be given the backing he requires to complete the job
229 Oct 28, 2009 5:23 PM REASONABLE coach (no better) - no good as manager.
230 Oct 28, 2009 5:40 PM No way, he is a proven failure as a manager
231 Oct 28, 2009 5:42 PM All he is, is a yes man and acheap option for Ashley
232 Oct 28, 2009 5:49 PM Possibly another who cares scenario as far as fans go! However he may as well be given his shot at managing the side on his own (sic) merits.
233 Oct 28, 2009 5:50 PM In the long term, just as Ashley has to go, then so should Hughton, he's not he man for the job long term. Having said that, he has just as much chance to get us back in the Premiership as anyone else. Ashley or any new owner should avoid populist appointments, such as the the inexperienced Shearer and start the search for the next Alex Ferguson by scouring the lower leagues or SPL for an experienced manager. A suggestion would be to keep an eye on John Hughes at Hibs!
234 Oct 28, 2009 5:50 PM lets face it he's only ashleys lap dog a yes man manager in title only he will have no say what so ever and if it's right about his wages £250,000 a year that in itself is a joke
235 Oct 28, 2009 5:50 PM Chris will be OK for the Championship Division, I wish him all the good fortune possible to get promotion back to the Premier League, but will he stay if we do get promoted?
236 Oct 28, 2009 6:01 PM I like chris and he seems like a nice bloke, But before this run of results got to his head he admitted he was a good coach but not a Manager so i dont see why all of a sudden he would become one
237 Oct 28, 2009 6:05 PM the best appointment the club could make
238 Oct 28, 2009 6:06 PM Hughton has done a fantastic job this season and he deserves his shot, far too many times we go out and get that so called big manager, thats why we are where we are today.
239 Oct 28, 2009 6:06 PM he has the suport of the squad and can handle the owner. most of the current league topping side were on shearers "get rid" list, (and they knew it ) so bringing him in would have caused chaos
240 Oct 28, 2009 6:07 PM He deserves a chance for staying loyal to the club and reaping early success
241 Oct 28, 2009 6:12 PM He's not up to the job
242 Oct 28, 2009 6:14 PM He's done such a good job up until now so let's give hime the opportunity to prove he can get us promotion.
243 Oct 28, 2009 6:16 PM He will never be seen as anything other than a puppet. Seems as though he tries to lay claim to changes implemented by others.
244 Oct 28, 2009 6:25 PM Chris is a nice guy and probably a good coach but I do not believe he has the necessary character to inspire players to 'play above themselves' particularly when the going gets tough. Furthermore I think he will be exposed as tactically weak should we get back to the Premiership (as was the case last season when he took charge) and he certainly does not have the charisma to tempt big name players to come to Newcastle.
245 Oct 28, 2009 6:27 PM he is a good coach not a manager
246 Oct 28, 2009 6:28 PM As Ashley has withdrawn the club from sale again , short term, Chris's appointment can at least give the dressing room some stability.
247 Oct 28, 2009 6:46 PM For stability reasons only at the present time.
248 Oct 28, 2009 6:49 PM He has done a good job so far and I believe everyone should be given an opportunity. Changing managers now could destabilise the form.
249 Oct 28, 2009 6:52 PM credit to him he has done a great job in trying times but you need a manager that players want to come to the club and play for so i would rather have sheara but with houghton still on the coaching side
250 Oct 28, 2009 6:53 PM Good coach
251 Oct 28, 2009 6:59 PM Chris freely claims to be a coach and not a manager. As it stands we need a manager, so i would say no he is not the correct choice. He is doing his best with limited resources and in a tough situation and he filled a void, however he seems tactically inept and his signings have been average at best.
252 Oct 28, 2009 7:06 PM He's not Premiership material, so where is the ambition of the club?
253 Oct 28, 2009 7:13 PM Not my first choice but deserves his chance now.
254 Oct 28, 2009 7:17 PM we need a manager not a coach chris is a nice man but when results go against him will he be able to kick backsides i doubt it
255 Oct 28, 2009 7:21 PM If newcastle are to bring in the top players, stay up in the premiership then it will take more than chris who?
256 Oct 28, 2009 7:23 PM but only for this season and if we are promoted we need a quality experienced manager. Would love to see stuart pearce or someone who can share the passion of the fans.
257 Oct 28, 2009 7:29 PM Given the circumstances, this is the only sensible appointment. Shearer will not work under Ashely following the debacle during the summer. Under different owners, Shearer or someone of demonstrable experience would be a better choice.
258 Oct 28, 2009 7:30 PM Of course not. He's a good coach. we need a manager, an experienced manager.
259 Oct 28, 2009 7:36 PM He has done a great job
260 Oct 28, 2009 7:37 PM Whilst in the Championship. He should be bonused on getting us back into the premiership and then let's see where we stand. Perhaps we need a more high profile man then. If we go up, give Chris a mega bonus.
261 Oct 28, 2009 8:06 PM No experience or tactical nouse.
262 Oct 28, 2009 8:08 PM He's done a good job as caretaker of a Championship club, but if we return to the Premiership, he'll never manage to attract the big players the club deserves, and any he did attract I doubt he'd be able to manage. And most significantly, when Ashley finally sells, Hughton will almost certainly be out and we'll have lost someone who's proved to be an excellent assistant manager.
263 Oct 28, 2009 8:16 PM he's done great with the difficult job and position he has been in. however he has acknowledged that he is a coach not a manager
264 Oct 28, 2009 8:23 PM Although I do not believe Chris Hughton has the proficiency and to a lesser degree, experience to develop the team on a long term basis, as manager, I think given his composure and dignity under pressure Chris has more than earned his opportunity to take the club forward, albeit potentially as a lame instrument of Ashley’s regime
265 Oct 28, 2009 8:27 PM he is not the future we deserve better
266 Oct 28, 2009 8:28 PM Another example of Ashley making a poorly timed, bad decision.
267 Oct 28, 2009 8:31 PM he will be ok in the championship but hes not a premiership manager
268 Oct 28, 2009 8:43 PM at least for the season, which, if it all goes pear-shaped should lead to a radical overhaul of the club.
269 Oct 28, 2009 8:43 PM He's a good number 2 but a Manager ....NO
270 Oct 28, 2009 8:51 PM He's done well but he's got a good squad. A top manager would easily get this team promoted. It is a little bit unfair to judge him now nut we could of attracted a good manager and kept Houghton on as well as coach. We've scraped a win (last minute) in the last five games against poor opposition and he has been appointed straight after this? Houghton is not the problem and is doing his best but I'm sure people would of rather seen someone with experience (even Strachan) or a big name that demands respect such as Shearer.
271 Oct 28, 2009 8:57 PM canny coach, not management material as was proved last season
272 Oct 28, 2009 9:05 PM For stability and I think he can do a job at this level but he will need funds if they are serious about promotion.
273 Oct 28, 2009 9:15 PM A good coach and has been successful at bonding the team post relegation, but not sure if this is enough to take Newcastle forward. Take away a couple of performances (Ipswich, Reading) and we haven't played well all season. And unfortuately Chris will always be tainted with the suspicion that he gotr the gig because he is a yes man.
274 Oct 28, 2009 9:20 PM Chris deserves the chance, seeing as he has led them to the top of the table with a very limited squad. I think Chris is a decent man who actually cares about the club and the fans and will do a good job in this division, Premier league is a different story.
275 Oct 28, 2009 9:30 PM As it stands I think he deserves the opportunity and security that comes with the permanent role. i do not think he is the man to take the club forward.
276 Oct 28, 2009 9:33 PM He is a nice guy but lacks drive and personality to really get the best out of the team.
277 Oct 28, 2009 9:40 PM Decent bloke who should be given a shot at it
278 Oct 28, 2009 9:45 PM He is too soft.
279 Oct 28, 2009 9:47 PM as done a good job, but if promotion is secured I don't believe he has the charisma to attract quality players
280 Oct 28, 2009 9:51 PM in the current circumstances has done a great job- however not the man for the long term- but who knows? fans need to support whoever is in charge-we need to get promotion
281 Oct 28, 2009 10:16 PM Keep him in place to the end of the season
282 Oct 28, 2009 10:18 PM We are only top of the league because when we have lost games that we should be more than capable of winning, other results have gone our way.In a long season we can not rely on other teams doing us favours, when the going gets tough Hughton will not be strong enough.
283 Oct 28, 2009 10:31 PM There are better managers, there are worse. We have him he will try his best no doubt, I cannot foretell the future but his record with very little material so far is good.
284 Oct 28, 2009 10:47 PM Chris is a good coach, but we need a manager who can inspire not just the players, but the fans imaginations too.
285 Oct 28, 2009 10:53 PM Great coach and top professional but not a football manager
286 Oct 28, 2009 11:03 PM Yes - he is a uniting figure. He may not be the most brilliant tactician - but what he's done is to unite a team currently feeling uncertain/ disgrunted about their future. That is a whole different sets of skill altogether.
287 Oct 28, 2009 11:21 PM Just because he won a few games does not make him a good manager. even in the games we have won we have not been convincing. He is a yes man which is why ashley appointed him.
288 Oct 28, 2009 11:35 PM He has not done a bad job. Wouldn't be my first choice but don't seem to be any other options at the moment.
289 Oct 29, 2009 12:00 AM the man has done the best he can in such riddiculous circumstances.
290 Oct 29, 2009 12:12 AM But should remain as head coach - he's done a good job so far. Someone with more experience would be more appropriate - Strachan would have been nice, or Curbishley (Keegan in an ideal world!)
291 Oct 29, 2009 12:22 AM I like the guy but he is not the spark we need to drive the club forward.
292 Oct 29, 2009 12:32 AM Only for this league
293 Oct 29, 2009 12:35 AM But I have reservations about his ability to work under pressure such as a few more injuries or suspensions or even his ability to handle Barton when he is fit again, but I hope he proves me wrong.
294 Oct 29, 2009 12:45 AM not hughtons fault at all,probably not the best man for the job but you cannot sack a manager at the top of the league no matter how bad the league is.
295 Oct 29, 2009 1:10 AM I don't think so, he is a nice guy but not a manager.
296 Oct 29, 2009 3:14 AM What happened to Sheare we now have a cut price manager for a cut price owner
297 Oct 29, 2009 3:23 AM Under the current circumstances
298 Oct 29, 2009 4:33 AM Has no natural leadership, fails to impress as a coach and certainly (Danny Simpson excluded) has no idea about players ability, can't see him having any longterm plans to maintain or push on from our existing position.
299 Oct 29, 2009 6:18 AM But only until NUFC are promoted

300 Oct 29, 2009 6:28 AM untried
301 Oct 29, 2009 6:35 AM Seems decent bloke but not cut out for management. I cannot see his role changing much at all as ashley has thefinal say on any thing that costs money.
302 Oct 29, 2009 7:26 AM he is doing ok and has a good team spirit
303 Oct 29, 2009 7:42 AM i dont think he has the ability our recent record shows this will we still be top of the championship at xmas.???
304 Oct 29, 2009 7:46 AM we need someone who has the pulling power to bring in new exciting players who dont cost a fortune in transfer fees and wages where has all our local talent gone to better clubs who have a good scouting system and chase after our youngsters ten in a few years time we end up paying massive transfer fees to bring these guys back
305 Oct 29, 2009 8:12 AM rubbish manager look at his loan signings all rubbish
306 Oct 29, 2009 8:19 AM Think Chris is a lovely bloke but not the future of this Club. The problem is, of course, Ashley and no Manager worth his salt would touch the job with a bargepole.
307 Oct 29, 2009 8:25 AM Stability is the key. He has done a decent enough job at the moment.
308 Oct 29, 2009 8:41 AM for the moment but hasnt got it it for the prem league
309 Oct 29, 2009 8:50 AM Long term stability will not be achieved with Hughton, ala Roeder. We need a long term plan and he is not it.
310 Oct 29, 2009 8:51 AM nice guy, good coach, not a manager
311 Oct 29, 2009 8:58 AM His record is not good enough yet
312 Oct 29, 2009 8:59 AM Hughton is a good coach and has done well this season, but Shearer should have been brought back. That's what the majority of the fans want!
313 Oct 29, 2009 9:00 AM after five shockingly bad performances he gets a two year contract! sheer craziness!
314 Oct 29, 2009 9:07 AM No - he's not a manager and if we do get promoted god help us in the premier league with someone like that in charge we'll be near to Derby's 11 point haul
315 Oct 29, 2009 9:08 AM Chris Hughton comes across as a nice guy and possibly a good coach - but he is not a manager. Ashley has only appointed him because he is malleable and won't make waves.
316 Oct 29, 2009 9:13 AM Time will tell.
317 Oct 29, 2009 9:13 AM Some say he´s done a good job, yes he has with getting the lads together and work as a group. Is he a great manager? In my opinnion no, cos in ti many a game this season he has waited to long to act, make changes etc. CH feels like Fat ashs YES man nothing else
318 Oct 29, 2009 9:24 AM He's held the team together through very trying times. He's earned a shot at the job on a permanent basis. Also, if the last five years teach us anything it is that the club needs stability and continuity.
319 Oct 29, 2009 9:25 AM he is not the man for the job, get martin o`neil
320 Oct 29, 2009 9:29 AM if he was that good he would have been given the job first time round
321 Oct 29, 2009 9:31 AM Good coach but not a manager. Alan Smith is running the show behind the scenes. We need an experienced manager but none will be appointed as they would challenge Ashley. Hughton will not.
322 Oct 29, 2009 9:42 AM It's fair to say he has done a half decent job, however, long term he is not the answer.
323 Oct 29, 2009 9:42 AM He is a coach, no more, no less. And he is niave. He BELIEVES these guys. After what the Keegan tribunal said of Llambias and Ashley, only a fool would believe a single word either man says. They are untrustworthy.
324 Oct 29, 2009 9:45 AM Hope he continues with the results he has gained todate good luck
325 Oct 29, 2009 9:46 AM Chris Hughton is avery good coach and 2IC and will probably do well in this division. If we get promoted however, he has already been shown to lack the necessary skills to succeed in the top flight.
326 Oct 29, 2009 9:48 AM Chris should stay but we need a more high profile manager
327 Oct 29, 2009 9:48 AM Chris should stay but we need a more high profile manager
328 Oct 29, 2009 9:49 AM Caveat: we don't know how much he is benefitting from Shearer's end season input which was surely a factor in the good start. That influence will recede and then we will see Hughton's potential. Suspect he is the best available with this regime.
329 Oct 29, 2009 9:49 AM So far so good
330 Oct 29, 2009 10:02 AM He should be appointed to end of season only
331 Oct 29, 2009 10:04 AM For the short term yes but the long term view is that they should go for a stronger manager. But who knows he could shock us all.
332 Oct 29, 2009 10:08 AM Anyone buying should be allowed to appoint their own choice for manager, although Chris is doing a decent job under the circumstances.
333 Oct 29, 2009 10:10 AM Because no established manager would touch us while Ashley is still around and the club is still a national laughing stock.
334 Oct 29, 2009 10:10 AM I don't doubt he's a good coach but there is a big difference between being a manager and a coach. Who is he going to attract to the club? If Marlon Harewood is anything to go by what sort of players is he going to get in in January, assuming there is actualy money to spend.
335 Oct 29, 2009 10:14 AM No future in the medium/long term with this man
336 Oct 29, 2009 10:21 AM great coach, not doubting that, but not the leader at the front that we need in the fight to get back up, even if thats not Shearer, atleast at that time he had Ian Dowie there.
337 Oct 29, 2009 10:26 AM He will be another Dinnis, Roeder
338 Oct 29, 2009 10:31 AM might as well give him the support while he continues in the job. Ashley won't bring in a top name manager as he'll have another KK situation on his hands.
339 Oct 29, 2009 10:45 AM Not the best choice, or most popular choice, but under the circumstances at least we have a manager.
340 Oct 29, 2009 10:45 AM I think alot of the success so far this season is down to a number of senior players helping the squad to gell and inject some passion into playing for the club. Chris Hughton has helped but any manager would - he struggled last season but has a more committed squad this year and are playing inferior teams
341 Oct 29, 2009 11:00 AM I respect him for what he has done but i dont agree with what sounds like the team running the show. His team choices are sceptical and i cant see him having any clout with Ashley, hes another 'Yes man'.
342 Oct 29, 2009 11:01 AM Good to recognsie the good work he has done - but he'll be gone in a few months
343 Oct 29, 2009 11:01 AM But Shearer shouldnt either he had his chance and blew it, 8 games was more than enough time to save NUFC far as i am concerned he didnt motivate the team. But us fickle fans could never blame him ? Strachan was the man but we missed the boat again !
344 Oct 29, 2009 11:03 AM I like Chris as a coach, and as a man, I just don't think he is strong enough to be full-time manager, and we have started to wobble recently. Still, he has taken us to the top of the league amongst the shambles so I guess he has earned his shot!
345 Oct 29, 2009 11:04 AM He's too weak to control the dressing room and some of his squad selections have been dodgy to say the least we need a big character and proven manager.
346 Oct 29, 2009 11:05 AM Whilst the nice guys don't always make successful managers he appears to have the support of the players and has been Number Two to many illustrious names in his career. He can't do any worse than the ones before him. Daglish, Souness Gullitt to name a few.
347 Oct 29, 2009 11:07 AM At least he comes across as an honest, straightforward guy , who puts the team and club first. Not having full management control up till now must have been a real problem for him.
348 Oct 29, 2009 11:08 AM He may get away with this league I'll still call it Div 2 ,I doubt very much he or many of the current crop of players will cut the mustard in the EPL ,Chris is probably a good coach ,but I'm not sure about top flight management ,Glen Roeder comes to mind a few seasons ago as being in a similar position .
349 Oct 29, 2009 11:09 AM The answer is No, but in all honesty it could just as easily be Yes. That is because there needs to be a degree of stability for the playing side and no self respecting manager would come to the club as long as Ashley in in control.
350 Oct 29, 2009 11:14 AM Yes for the same reason again, stability, the players seem to have responded to Chris Hughton and his staff, and all the noises from them are, they wanted him to get the job, they now have no excuses, they have what theyv'e asked for, and that should reflect on the pitch. He seems to have put some confidence back in the team, and i think he deserves a chance to get us back up. Is he the long term solution, no ( i would like to see Curbishley in there ), but he deserves respect, and thanks from us for what he has done and is doing, and we should get behind him, i for one will not be putting him in the Ashley/Lambias camp, i think he genuinly wants to do well for us, and i hope he does. As important as the manager is, i want to see David Dein at Newcastle, you watch our club turn around with the right backing, and him running our club ! He would be the best appointment Newcastle United would ever make, and let him pick the manager, if i was running Newcastle United, the first thing i would do would be to ring David Dein, and say " Name your price ".
351 Oct 29, 2009 11:30 AM Whilst he has done admirable job so far I think the results against Scunthorpe and the struggle to beat Doncaster Rovers indicates an impending implosion and they will end up in mid-table mediocrity at best.
352 Oct 29, 2009 11:33 AM Chris has done a wonderful job so far this season. He has little backing up to this point, he has had the toon army in favour of an untested manager (Shearer) over himself and he’s been working with a paper-thin squad with little motivation. His presence this season has been monumental and with the exclusion of a couple of hiccups, his attitude and performance has been flawless. Chris Hughton has my full backing as a Newcastle supporter.
353 Oct 29, 2009 11:35 AM A reasonable start but we all saw how he fared last year when he was a total disaster managing the club in the premiership
354 Oct 29, 2009 11:36 AM Chris Hughton is a coach not a manager and not a man who will attract the footballers we need to gain success even in the relative short term.
355 Oct 29, 2009 11:39 AM He has more bottle than shearer ever will so good luck to him.
356 Oct 29, 2009 11:41 AM He's done a good job under difficult circumstances and has earned the chance to prove himself.
357 Oct 29, 2009 11:42 AM For now. If we get promoted, against the odds (as I don't think anything good will happen in January - as well as no new signings I wouldn't be surprised to see some of the loans go back) I don't think he has the mettle for Premiership battle. But no manager will succeed without funds from a supportive management structure, so it hardly matters.
358 Oct 29, 2009 11:43 AM Whilst a decent coach who has steadied things in difficult circumstances, history tells us "caretaker managers" promoted spurred on by player power dont work. eg Richard Dinniss, Glenn Roeder etc. Nice guy he maybe, but can he attract players - I doubt it...
359 Oct 29, 2009 11:48 AM Yes he is doing a good job, but this will just create future problems - he has not got the nohow to manage in the Premier league so we will need to change manager next year which will lead to more upheaval - I wish him luck and hope he proves me wrong but think this is a mistake..
360 Oct 29, 2009 11:53 AM Why not, he's done a good holding job and I dont think there is a queue of top quality experienced managers waiting to take on the job is there!
361 Oct 29, 2009 12:06 PM Whilst Chris is a great guy and a very good coach,he is not the manager that the toon needs.
362 Oct 29, 2009 12:10 PM Chris has done a brilliant job under the circumstances, but, he seems to be a bit of a Yes Man. Just Ashley's type of person which is why Shearer didn't get the Managers position. Anything for the easy life.
363 Oct 29, 2009 12:10 PM no fair to ch he´s done a good job but he is not he person to take the toon forward
365 Oct 29, 2009 12:26 PM Done a good job,but he had 2 shots last year in the prem and his results were woeful
366 Oct 29, 2009 12:27 PM no he has done really well but!!!!!!! i do not think he can take us any farther because he does not have the pulling power of a big name
367 Oct 29, 2009 12:31 PM He's a Yes man
368 Oct 29, 2009 12:37 PM Good coach, but not a manager. I feel sorry for Houghton as he will be the fall guy in all this.
369 Oct 29, 2009 12:43 PM i firmly believe any newcastle manager should be well recompensed but should be on a limited term contract, that way the money saved in paying off contracts can be used on transfers and player salaries.
370 Oct 29, 2009 12:48 PM No. Simply not up to it. He's exactly the same as Glenn Roeder - nice guy but tactically inept and dreadful team selections.
371 Oct 29, 2009 12:52 PM if you want to attract good players you need a big named proven manager
372 Oct 29, 2009 12:52 PM No. NUFC needs a top ,tactically aware manager,experienced at the highest level and strong enough to control the egos of top players in the PL which is where we must be. Get Fabio Capello!
373 Oct 29, 2009 1:02 PM Put him back in a tracksuit and do what he does best-coach people.
374 Oct 29, 2009 1:03 PM He deserves it, irrespective of previous few results
375 Oct 29, 2009 1:05 PM no other option at this moment in time .
376 Oct 29, 2009 1:07 PM On the basis that we need stability and an end to speculation. It is a short term contract and iin the unlikely event of us being taken over, should not be a stumbling block as ay compensation due to him would be small.
377 Oct 29, 2009 1:07 PM Yes - but only at Championship level - he's untried in the Premiership - great Coach, but sorry not enough for us in the Premiership. We need some strong leadership and experience given how far we have fallen in recent years. Who else would come at this point in time, apart from Shearer - and much as we all love the great man, he's untried as well - let's be honest about this
378 Oct 29, 2009 1:10 PM He has not got enough managerial experience,he is a good trainer,but not a manager.
379 Oct 29, 2009 1:16 PM it should have gone to alan shearer with iain dowie and chris hughton working with alan shearer
380 Oct 29, 2009 1:21 PM He has no proven track record as a manager and is not a strong enough character. The players want him because he lets them do what they want, and Ashley wants him because he is a weak yes man.
381 Oct 29, 2009 1:22 PM He is doing ok and no one else is showing much interest!
382 Oct 29, 2009 1:30 PM Only till end of season he doesn,t have all his badges for the premiership and he couldn,t cope before
383 Oct 29, 2009 1:35 PM Perhaps not the ideal choice but stability is more important at the moment.
384 Oct 29, 2009 1:44 PM Not good enough
385 Oct 29, 2009 1:52 PM Yes based on this season however would have prefered an alternative
386 Oct 29, 2009 2:02 PM Not a man for a crisis when it arrives.
387 Oct 29, 2009 2:06 PM only for remainder of this season
388 Oct 29, 2009 2:23 PM But only until the ´Fat Shopkeeper´ eventually sells NUFC
389 Oct 29, 2009 2:34 PM He is just a fall-guy for the Fat One. I also believe the team is being "managed" by committee i.e. Nolan and other senior pros
390 Oct 29, 2009 2:58 PM He may not be the answer long term but he has stayed where many others would have walked, he deserves a shot at least...
391 Oct 29, 2009 3:14 PM we had all sort of managers big/small names young/old so why not try CHIRS
392 Oct 29, 2009 3:17 PM Looking at our position in the table and run of results excluding Scunthorpe and Forest you would have to say he desrves a shot a the job. Wether Chris can secure promotion remians to be seen , I think he will be judged on that and that alone, he has a tough job ahead.
393 Oct 29, 2009 3:56 PM No leave him as caretaker. It changes the atmosphere at the club and relations with player - leave well alone!
394 Oct 29, 2009 3:58 PM He has no charisma whatever, the least inspiring "manager" in my 63 years of supporting the club
395 Oct 29, 2009 4:04 PM His permanent appointment for 2 years or so is fine and his main target should be top get NUFC into the Premiership. After that, we need a top quality manager to keep us there.
396 Oct 29, 2009 4:25 PM hes not that good even the others times hes been in charge
397 Oct 29, 2009 4:41 PM He's a coach, he only wanted to be a coach. Mike Ashley thinks he'll be a pushover and won't stand up to him.
398 Oct 29, 2009 4:43 PM He's a good coach, but he doesn't stand up to ashley. He's too weak in my opinion, but I would love to be proved wrong.
399 Oct 29, 2009 5:19 PM Cannot really manage and was responsible for fateful decision to play Shola against Huddersfield which may yet cost us promotion
400 Oct 29, 2009 6:25 PM he always said he was a coach, not a manager...what's changed? He's won a couple of games & now thinks he's capable of being a manager, what happens when the team starts losing again?
401 Oct 29, 2009 6:33 PM after everything he has been though i think he deserves it
402 Oct 29, 2009 6:34 PM Even though i dont think Hughton should be the full time manager i still think he should be given the chance & if he manages to get us promoted we need a big name manager to help us stay up
403 Oct 29, 2009 6:38 PM Short term to give some stability to the players
404 Oct 29, 2009 6:56 PM We need a manager with experience and good credentials to bring fresh blood into the club. what was his idea of bringing in marvin harewood! the player is not good enough for this club.
405 Oct 29, 2009 7:32 PM He is a coach, not a manager. I also question his ability to attract real quality players IF we return to the PL
406 Oct 29, 2009 7:32 PM better i suppose than joe f.k
407 Oct 29, 2009 7:39 PM I like him as a person, and as a training ground coach, but he's just not quite of the Manager mould.
408 Oct 29, 2009 7:43 PM good coach. we ve been here before with roeder
409 Oct 29, 2009 7:47 PM he is a good coach but not a manager - Shearer should have gotten the job but then he is no yes man and that is all ashley wants around him
410 Oct 29, 2009 8:11 PM I don't think he has enough experience - especially if promoted
411 Oct 29, 2009 8:28 PM By all accounts Chris Hughton is a very good coach, but we the fact that we have remained at or near to top of the Championship so far this season is in spite of his lack of tactical prowess rather than because of it. The man is simply not suited to management. I wanted to see Steve Coppell come in.
412 Oct 29, 2009 8:36 PM he is second best, we have taken the easy option yet again
413 Oct 29, 2009 8:37 PM I doubt he is the right man when things go wrong. We hit flat spots last season and he failed to lift the side. I fear he will be the "yes" man Ashley craves.
414 Oct 29, 2009 8:53 PM Getting results in the championship should be easy with the players at his disposal. Remember his performance in the PL last season which ultimately took us down
415 Oct 29, 2009 8:57 PM There is no alternative as Shearer is unproven and in the clubs current position no top class manager would want the job
416 Oct 29, 2009 8:58 PM He's doing a reasonable job in difficult circumstances and appears to have the support of the players but I think he should only have been appointed till the end of this season.
417 Oct 29, 2009 8:58 PM Chris has done a sterling job and deserves all the praise he has received but we need a more experienced Gaffer to take us back up with any degree of certainty.
418 Oct 29, 2009 9:01 PM hes a cheap and controllable option, hes a coach not a manager.
419 Oct 29, 2009 9:05 PM Only because we need some stabillity & i am not one of thouse deluded souls who think Shearer is the answer
420 Oct 29, 2009 9:25 PM The bubble has already burst and I cannot see him as along term success
421 Oct 29, 2009 9:28 PM seems a decent bloke but he is a coach and not a manager, we need some one who has top level experience
422 Oct 29, 2009 9:37 PM He has done alright under the circimstances and with the limited players he has, but especially after recent hiccups I can't see us even challanging for promotion later in the season. Giving him the full time job just doesn't seem to show any ambition or thoughts towards next season back in the premiership
423 Oct 29, 2009 9:54 PM For this seaon only
424 Oct 29, 2009 9:55 PM Chris Hughton is as good as any man in our current situation. Having no manager is worse than having Chris.
425 Oct 29, 2009 9:57 PM He has already shown he is not up to the job and is destined to continue to be Ashley's puppet. We need someone with an independence of mind.
426 Oct 29, 2009 10:05 PM i dont think Chris is a manager.
427 Oct 29, 2009 10:06 PM Good coach but Manager??
428 Oct 29, 2009 10:11 PM As Ashley is staying there is no other option. Who else would take the job from outside. Hughton is the only candidate and even though he has done a good job with the circumstances it is a short term blinkered decision.
429 Oct 29, 2009 10:25 PM No Chris Hughton is a good coach and a good person but he is now just another puppet with no authority. The cheap Option, as he will not get any financial backing worthy of the name so he has no chance. He will get the blame if we dont go up and if we do by some miracle then he will be blamed when we go straight back down which make no mistake will happen under Ashley
430 Oct 29, 2009 11:17 PM by his own self admission, he is not good enough
431 Oct 29, 2009 11:18 PM Chris has been very good,but for the for future there must be a stronger manager, I think Alan Shearer is the man for the job
432 Oct 29, 2009 11:28 PM Yes, for this season but I would like to see Shearer as manager when they advance next season.
433 Oct 30, 2009 12:15 AM Chris has led the team well during his time as caretaker manager and he has seen a lot of troubled times at the club. He's been through the mill with the rest of us and knows how to handle a crisis. After losing so many of our top class players, he has pulled the remainder together well and despite showing a few signs of weakness the team are playing well week after week.
434 Oct 30, 2009 4:55 AM Hughton has been a great servant to the game but he's never going to be a top Manager. There's only one person for the job and we all know who that is.
435 Oct 30, 2009 8:19 AM We must have some degree of stability and if not Chris Hughton, and in the absence of Alan Shearer, Ashley would no doubt appoint some non-descript without football experience!
436 Oct 30, 2009 8:29 AM Out of his depth.The players have upped their gamethis season.Hughton will be gone bt the start of next season
437 Oct 30, 2009 8:39 AM Just because the start of the season went well - he has not been good enough over the long term before - and I doubt his results over a full season - cheap option for Ashley
438 Oct 30, 2009 8:42 AM he is just a Ashley puppet and does not have the strength to manager at this level or the one above
439 Oct 30, 2009 8:42 AM not good enought
440 Oct 30, 2009 9:04 AM I think he deserves the job on merit for what he has had to deal with this year, but I do not think that has the attributes needed to be a top class manager, and that if we are promoted we will be quickly found out.
441 Oct 30, 2009 9:48 AM Any other manager would have the same problems. At present we seem to have a period of short term stability.
442 Oct 30, 2009 10:04 AM He is only there as a yes man.
443 Oct 30, 2009 10:15 AM i dont think he is the right manager to take the club forward. we need a manager with proven premiership expearance.
444 Oct 30, 2009 10:19 AM Okay Coach, never a Manager.
445 Oct 30, 2009 10:29 AM But who else would take it at present
446 Oct 30, 2009 10:29 AM No proven track record although has done well enough up to now.
447 Oct 30, 2009 10:32 AM Nice guy, behaved with dignity during the upheaval but does not have the gravitas to be manager of NUFC or a premier league club (which hopefully we will be sooner rather than later.
448 Oct 30, 2009 10:33 AM I have no problems with Chris Hughton being the manager after the current results and he deserves his chance, but there are better managers out there. The problem is they wouldn't touch this club in it's current state. Our position in the league is flattered by the terrible clubs already in this league. A run of 4 games like we had should not result in you still being at the top.
449 Oct 30, 2009 10:38 AM FOR NOW ITS HARDLY PERM ON 18MTH
450 Oct 30, 2009 10:42 AM manager on the cheap while Bruce and Strachan slip through our fingers
451 Oct 30, 2009 10:43 AM He should stay as a coach or asssitant, but not as manager. He failed the first twice he stepped into the role as caretaker manager, his success on this occasion is largely due to the very poor standard of the championship. Alan shearer should be the manager.
452 Oct 30, 2009 10:44 AM Great coach, but not a manager. We needed experience, and i realise that would have ruled out Alan Shearer aswell, but it absolutely needs an experienced hand, that can stand up to the owning regime.
453 Oct 30, 2009 10:51 AM Shocking Football. No tactical awareness. We are very lucky to be top of the table.
454 Oct 30, 2009 10:52 AM He is a coach, he is naive with tactics and team selection and I fear he will not pull results around when we struggle but I also think Fat Arse is well aware of this and looking forward to watching us slide
455 Oct 30, 2009 10:55 AM He has done an ok job so far and I would say exceeded some fans expectations this season. Personally I would have gave him till the end of the season and then hopefully (regardless of which division we are in) a new owner can come in and appoint his own manager.
456 Oct 30, 2009 10:57 AM I like chris as a man he has held himself well but look to history Richard Dinnis, Iam Mcfaul, Glenn Roeder it does not bode well
457 Oct 30, 2009 11:09 AM C.H. has done very well this time around but he's not the strong character that is needed for NUFC.He will not fight his corner & argue his case for funds to strengthen the team but will simply nod his head & accept whatever the pie eater says.Shearer had a transfer list already made out & wanted to make other changes,the pie eater looked at it,said nothing,never spoke to Shearer again.Enough said.
458 Oct 30, 2009 11:16 AM to inexperinced management record poor
459 Oct 30, 2009 11:18 AM While he deserves the job on merit thus far, he has precious little experience of management, which may prove problematic in the long run.
460 Oct 30, 2009 11:19 AM He's not good enough ... simples. Why did MA replace CH with Shearer last season ? Why did he replace him with JFK before that ? Why is CH ok now and he wasn't then ? Simply becuase CH is a puppet.
461 Oct 30, 2009 11:27 AM He has done well and is a very nice respected man, the fans will thank him for the job done so far but everyone, even chris himself knows who is the fans choice as manager...... shearer. A Caretaker manager usually does well for a short period as players are playing for their futures, once they are given the job full time it usually goes wrong. His lack of tactical ability will start to show as injuries and suspensions take there toll. Cant see Chris Hughton doing well in the premier league. Sorry Chris.
462 Oct 30, 2009 11:30 AM I like Chris but I have seen some bad moves in the loan market with Harewood and Zurab Khizanishvili and his inability to drop Harewood for the inform Ranger shows he is not the man for the job.
463 Oct 30, 2009 11:30 AM Why not? No one in their right mind would come and work for this man. Hughton is just another yes man to this disgraced,disgraceful owner.
464 Oct 30, 2009 11:32 AM A poor manager with average players in a poor league. Recently teams have started to find us out.
465 Oct 30, 2009 11:34 AM Whilst he has done a super job he is another Glenn Roeder super coach, but possibly not manager. Go for Glenn Hoddle,
466 Oct 30, 2009 11:39 AM but he has done a great job considering
467 Oct 30, 2009 11:40 AM He is doing ok under the circumstances but Ashley is calling the shots and the team will need a "proper" manager to command respect and bring players in.
468 Oct 30, 2009 11:40 AM Perhaps till the end of the season but not 18 months. Why wouldn't Ashley invest in getting a proper manager?
469 Oct 30, 2009 11:44 AM He is a first class coach and his work for the club in difficult circumstances deserves reward. There were no other serious contenders for such a difficult position and Shearer proved himself totally unsuitable last season.
470 Oct 30, 2009 11:45 AM Let's face it...he ain't good enough for both levels.
471 Oct 30, 2009 11:54 AM He is a coach....no more than that.
472 Oct 30, 2009 11:54 AM Worth giving a try, rather than a relatively untested Shearer. Why do we need a "big" name, we need someone to run the team who is tested. Being a brilliant played does not necessarily equate to being a good manager.
473 Oct 30, 2009 12:02 PM this man is nothin more than a puppet ,who was brought in by mike ashley
474 Oct 30, 2009 12:02 PM Especially not since Gordon Strachan has gone to Middlesbrough. Far more experience, better football, better manager.
475 Oct 30, 2009 12:02 PM Not good enough - did the two spells as caretaker manager last year not prove that?
476 Oct 30, 2009 12:08 PM We need an experienced manager, unfotunately Chris Hughton has yet to demonstrate any sustained success under pressure
477 Oct 30, 2009 12:12 PM Yes, I think he deserves to be full time manager because of the good results he has helped us achieve but long term I think he will be completely the wrong appointment. He deserves the job on merit but let's face it everyone knows that this is an easy, cheap appointment for Ashley and Llambias. Those two know that Chris won't step out of line like Shearer or Keegan, that he will obey all their commands even if I suppose it costs him his dignity because he's found himself in a job way above his station and he knows how very lucky he is. If results start to slip then I'm afraid Chris will soon be seen as another Ashley puppet and he'll be banded in the same group as messrs Wise, Jimenez, Mort, Kinnear, Llambias and Vetere.
478 Oct 30, 2009 12:13 PM 2 x caretaker attempts last season were awful. This season is average as far as performances are concerned (in a very poor league) and his loan signings have hardly stood out!
479 Oct 30, 2009 12:15 PM He has done a decent job and should be allowed to continue
480 Oct 30, 2009 12:17 PM Chris is a "nice guy" but a YES man, unfortunately. His tactics and "too late" substitutions have cost us dear recently. e.g. Why does he insist on playing Harewood instead of Ranger?
481 Oct 30, 2009 12:21 PM Has neither the experience nor the tactical awareness to lead the club to promotion and has only been appointed as he will not present a barrier to Ashley calling the shots.
482 Oct 30, 2009 12:28 PM We've been down this road before with Roeder, it doesn't work in the long run.
483 Oct 30, 2009 12:29 PM A good appointment if we fail to go back up into the Premiership next year. More compensation to be paid by prospective buyers of the club if we do go up. The fans pay (emotionally as well as financially) regardless.
484 Oct 30, 2009 12:31 PM Keegan should be Manager of our club but Ashley lied to him, the supporters, and he lied at the tribuna.
485 Oct 30, 2009 12:35 PM Ashley has already replaced him twice, with Kinnear and then Shearer.
486 Oct 30, 2009 12:39 PM Give him a 6 month rolling contract to see how we go this season, with a view to replacing him if we fail to perform in the top flight. But at least it is better than having him n as a caretaker
487 Oct 30, 2009 12:55 PM In short term it makes sense
488 Oct 30, 2009 1:07 PM Caretakers rarely succeed and Hughton has never shown interest in being a manager previously. Apparently he has set up a p,layers committee! I wonder what Fergie would make of that. Just the cheap option.
489 Oct 30, 2009 1:08 PM Top of the league despite
490 Oct 30, 2009 1:12 PM under the current circumstances yes.at least it helps retain some stability.
491 Oct 30, 2009 1:14 PM he should be given a chance with all he has done around the team in turmoil
492 Oct 30, 2009 1:18 PM Under the current regime, Yes
493 Oct 30, 2009 1:18 PM 50 000 supporters deserve the best there is, plus millions around the world
494 Oct 30, 2009 1:25 PM He is not a manager , he is a coach . We have made this mistake so many times in the past nice blokes that come from a coaching background dont make good managers , successful managers surround themselves with people like Hughton only reason ashley has given him the job is he is trying todo everything on cheap like he does with the staff in his shops.
495 Oct 30, 2009 1:32 PM No. We have played good football under Hughton once. Ipswich. Most of his wins have been DESPITE him and his tactics.
496 Oct 30, 2009 1:42 PM Boro manage to get hold of a manager with years of experience, managing on tight budgets yet all we can get is a yes man. Don't get me wrong, Hughton has done a better job than I expected but it doesn't mean he's a manager.
497 Oct 30, 2009 1:43 PM So far so good. Plus, he's not demanding a ridiculous wage.
498 Oct 30, 2009 1:43 PM HE ID DOING A GOOD JOB BUT HE PROVED LAST SEASON HE CAN NOT DO IT IN THE TOP FLIGHT
499 Oct 30, 2009 1:43 PM Until Ashley is gone, Chris is the best option.
500 Oct 30, 2009 1:50 PM i think he should have remained as coach
501 Oct 30, 2009 1:56 PM He is not a manager - and has said as much himself
502 Oct 30, 2009 2:04 PM MIKE ASHLEYS YES MAN
503 Oct 30, 2009 2:07 PM Under Ashley, Hughton is the best manager we could get as no proven manager would come near this club while Ashley is still here. He has stated that as long as he is owner, he will have final say on transfers. In these circumstances, Hughton should be full-time manager. However, medium-long term I have no confidence in Hughton being able to drive this club forward. He lacks the single-mindedness and tactical awareness to ever be a good, progressive manager.
504 Oct 30, 2009 2:19 PM He's not an experienced manager and recent results have been poor
505 Oct 30, 2009 2:21 PM Not good enough to take this club forward and to where it should be. A cheap and cheerful option for Ashley.
506 Oct 30, 2009 2:58 PM Chris has worked wonders so far this season and hopefully a little stability will get us promoted. Not sure about how well he will fare in the Premiership if we get promoted first time though.
507 Oct 30, 2009 3:20 PM Alan Shearer should be manager
508 Oct 30, 2009 3:41 PM not likely, get somone in that has track record. Strachan would have been good, Bruce better, Houlier probably better again
509 Oct 30, 2009 3:45 PM Tactically naive. Harwood starting ahead of the youngsters for one.
510 Oct 30, 2009 3:59 PM He has no track record as a manager. He has been riding his luck big-style this season, his substitutions have been terrible, his tactics worse and why keep playing players out of position? I know we have been affected by injuries but that does not excuse his poor decisions.
511 Oct 30, 2009 4:02 PM I believe he has done as well as any other manager may have done, including Alan Shearer, although I want him in due course.
512 Oct 30, 2009 4:11 PM He should be this season, as like with Leeds, Southampton ect they have gone further down with better managers than Hughton, So for Hughton to get us playing like we have and top, then yes. However should we go up. We would need someone with more expirience.
513 Oct 30, 2009 4:13 PM Our recent managerial record has been traumatic. Now, against the odds, we have a settled playing side with faith in their manager.
514 Oct 30, 2009 4:33 PM We must have some stability
515 Oct 30, 2009 4:41 PM I think Chris maybe a good coach, but I dont look upon him as manger. He may have the team at the top of the league at the moment, but his last four games are relagation form. It is not entirely his fault but I dont think squad is good enough or big enough to take them back up. That is Mr Ashley's FAULT.
516 Oct 30, 2009 4:44 PM Yes, but not if we get promoted. He is not a premiership manager as was proved last season.
517 Oct 30, 2009 5:20 PM He doesnt have the leadership skills nor the authority. Last time we had player power picking the manager we got Richard Dinnis

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