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United no longer for sale as Hughton appointed boss

By Lee Ryder on Oct 27, 09 10:13 PM

NEWCASTLE UNITED were tonight removed off the market as Mike Ashley handed Chris Hughton the manager's post on a permanent basis.

The Chronicle revealed earlier this month that Ashley intended to hand Hughton full control of the team after making a great start to the season which currently sees the Magpies top the table.

Ashley spent the day on Tyneside after arriving by helicopter at lunchtime before watching a behind closed doors friendly at the club's Benton base, which United lost 3-2 against Celtic.

A club statement revealed tonight: "The Club had been trying to broker a deal with a number of prospective buyers in recent months however none of those deals came to fruition.

"With regard to the possible sale of the Club to Barry Moat, that particular bid has now fallen through due to the cash price of £80m not being met.

"In confirming the news, Mike Ashley stated that he is totally committed to the future success of Newcastle United and will be focusing on gaining promotion back to the Premier League. Mike will put a further £20m into the Club this week.

Derek Llambias, Managing Director of Newcastle United, said: "We are delighted that Chris has accepted the post of full time manager.

"He has done a terrific job this season and we wish him every success for the rest of this season and beyond.

"He will continue to receive our full backing and support."

And Chris Hughton added: "It is a very proud day for me to be named as the manager of this magnificent football club. I thank Mike and Derek for their support and will be doing everything in my power to get the Club back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.

"Having the unequivocal backing of the players has helped me enormously and I would also like to thank Colin Calderwood, Paul Barron and the rest of the backroom staff who have never been anything but tremendously supportive to me this season."

The statement also said: "Whilst confirming these two matters, Newcastle United now aims to move forward on and off the pitch.

"The Club aims to maximise its commercial revenues; this includes renegotiating its Club sponsor and kit deal, which expire at the end of this season, as well as welcoming offers for the stadium naming rights for next season."

20 Comments

Sy said:

Naming rights?! I'm lost for words.

george bradley said:

if your staying at least listen too people that know what there talking about! on a positive note it shows you have lots of guts mr ashley the best of luck

Magpie said:

That's it for me, renaming SJP is the last straw. That is our identity, part of our history you can't rename SJP. My father, grandfather and great grandfather have all stood/sat in SJP, no way could I attend games at the 'Sports Direct Stadium' sorry but I just couldn't.

sirjasontoon said:

Great news on renaming the stadium-This might just be the spark that lights Revolution to remove this buffoon from SJP.
I have nothing but contempt for this regime,they have shown nothing but contempt for everything our once proud club and city stands for.


Richard A said:

Clearly Chris Hughton hasn't done his due diligence and seen what happens to Ashleys managerial appointments !

It's all very well everyone complaining in columns such as this, but something more needs to be done. This ludicrous man is damaging the whole city !

Mike said:

Three words sum things up: 'Not surprised' and 'DISASTER!'

Everyone who continues to buy tickets, merchandise, etc. Your money is keeping Ashley there. It is that simple.

I understand all the arguements about supporting the team, but that only deals with NOW. What of the future?

Even if by some miracle the club do get promoted (the squad remains far too small) they will be torn to shreds in the Premier League. They were woefully inadequate last season, and that was with a bigger, better squad. Good new players needed to be brought in during the summer to prepare for NEXT season, not just this season.

There will be no big investment in January-which all managers say is not a good time to buy players anyway. There will be no big investment next summer. It has NEVER happened under Ashley, and it never will. Under Ashley, the best players have been sold off. No doubt this will continue given half a chance.

So, there IS NO CAUSE WHATSOEVER to be happy about this announcement. What we have just been told is it is 'service as normal'. More empty promises and bitter disappointment. For anyone who thinks this is just negative talking, well, I can only judge Ashley by his actions, certainly not by his words.

Richard A said:

Steve Gibson (Middlesborough Chairman) recently nade a comment about his own club stating "The club is not our plaything, it belongs to the fans and the town".
This is especially true at Newcastle and everyone in the whole country seems to see it except Ashley and his cronies.

blitz said:

agree with Mike..the only ways to drive out the fat shopkeeper would be to boycott evrything associated vf Ashley...forget about supporting the team...geordie ie. Taylor would play their heart out even though we're not there to cheer for them...they know what is happening now and i'm sure they'll understand this situation as well as we do..Stevie would do the same if he need not play his heart out for our beloved team..c'mon toon army !!! if ashley keep giving us empty promises, we'll repay him with empty stadium...

londontoon said:

oh dear god! he will sell the lot come jan. SJP wil always be SJP they might say something different on TV but thats it. not sure who would want to put their name on it and be associated with such a shambles and bad press? i bet even northern rock can't wait to leg it!? i think not buying his pies is one thing not supporting the players is another. look at liverpool and portsmouth, its a mess there to but they are still 100pc behind the team, thats the olny way to get through it.. take a leaf out of the scoucers book and stick with the team.

Sulphuric909 said:

'renaming SJP' has left me speechless...

Mike said:

I blame the fans for the mess we are in. The 40000+ that turn up every home game. Are you really suprised mike ashley thinks he can do anything he wants with the club. The fans are so short sighted, Yes i agree with the idea that it is not the players fault and we should support them. But this is not helping the long term future of the club. if the fans would have just stayed away, we would have been rid of this moron by now. I once used to be proud to be a Newcastle fan, but i am now embarrassed to be associated with newcastle utd and its fans!

steve P said:

We all hate the FCB but we are stuck with him. so let's all support the one thing that matters - our team. Chris has done a really good job in motovating them and they all are playing like they want to - unlike last season. Get shot of Spider Man and Floppocini in January and replace them with players who can actually play! We need a midfield wizard and another fox-in-the box goal poacher. We also need to play Ranger every game - he can only get better.

Mike said:

We are geordies, the greatest football supporters the world has ever seen......should say the thickest supporters the world has ever seen. Its our fault Ashley is keeping the club.

Mike said:

We are geordies, the greatest football supporters the world has ever seen......should say the thickest supporters the world has ever seen. Its our fault Ashley is keeping the club.

Ben said:

We NEED TO BOYCOTT MATCHES!!! It`s that simple and its for the good of the club as its the only way to get rid of Ashley, he has taken our support for granted,the only way to get rid of Ashley is to have only away fans at our home games. It`s time for us to all stop talking and act or our club will be ruined beyond belief if Ashley stays in charge, were do people think the moey would go for re-naming the stadium...Ashley`s pocket just like all the players sales under his reign!!!!!

londontoon said:

jeddi dee right mate spot on!!

and to those who think boycotting the game will help -rubbish! these are the same people who said it would be a good idea if we went down a divison..

i was thinking if MA wants out and he owns the place -

WHY DOES HE NOT FLOAT THE CLUB BACK ON THE MARKET AND SELL THE SHARES OFF???????????????????????????????????

colytoon said:

We'll never relate to SJP as the Sports Direct Arena or whatever and despite what we think if the cash is right it will happen! Lots of fair comment but more boycotts - what about all the staff that work at SJP - admin staff, box office staff, kiosk, bar, waiters, - we stop going - boycotting the pies and all the other suggestions - he'll just get shot of the staff to keep the profits up and we are all having a tough enough time with the other jobs being lost around here!
Get behind our beloved team and be the real TOON ARMY to help make sure we get back where we belong - then he'll punt it and we'll be rid - we'll just have to have a go at the Yank, Shiek or Russian thats in charge - Mr Moat's obviously not got the dosh!!

reetoon said:

We'll never relate to SJP as the Sports Direct Arena or whatever and despite what we think if the cash is right it will happen! Lots of fair comment but more boycotts - what about all the staff that work at SJP - admin staff, box office staff, kiosk, bar, waiters, - we stop going - boycotting the pies and all the other suggestions - he'll just get shot of the staff to keep the profits up and we are all having a tough enough time with the other jobs being lost around here!
Get behind our beloved team and be the real TOON ARMY to help make sure we get back where we belong - then he'll punt it and we'll be rid - we'll just have to have to hope the Yank, Shiek or Russian thats in charge as spends well and not like the one at Hearts -Mr Moat's obviously not got the dosh!!

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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