Managerial Review: Chris Hughton (including caretaker spells)

A great manager and a wonderful man took the reins at St. James' Park in the midst of a chaotic time for the club. Hughton initially took temporary charge following Kevin Keegan's departure. Three weeks later, Joe "f*****g" Kinnear became interim manager and seemed to lose more dignity at every turn until he became ill which left Hughton in charge for six weeks before Alan Shearer stepped in to try and save the club from relegation.

Shearer was not given the job full time after Mike Ashley "put the club up for sale". Chris was left in temporary charge until he was announced as the permanent manager on 27th October 2009 following a great start to the season to put the club in good stead on course for the much-desired promotion. Indeed, the club were back in the big time as Hughton achieved promotion on the Easter weekend with six games to spare and later won the title, remained unbeaten at home throughout the season and surpassed the 100-point mark on the final day thanks to a 1-0 win at QPR.

The club hit the ground running as they adapted well to life back in the Premier League. Big wins against Aston Villa, Sunderland and an away win at Arsenal but the looming problem remained that Hughton's contract was only valid until the end of the 2010/11 season. With results giving Hughton every reason to deserve a new contract, Mike Ashley sadly failed to recognise that and Hughton was sacked in December 2010 with Alan Pardew taking charge a few days after Hughton's sacking.

Dates: 4th September 2008 to 26th September 2008

7th February 2009 to 1st April 2009

1st June 2009 to 6th December 2010 (630 days)


League: Played: 70, Won: 36, Drawn: 18, Lost: 16, Goals for: 122, Goals against: 74, Goal difference: +48, Pts: 126. Win ratio: 51%

Home (league): Played: 35, Won: 20, Drawn: 9, Lost: 6, Goals for: 75, Goals against: 30, Goal difference: +45, Pts: 69. Win ratio: 57%

Away (league): Played: 35, Won: 16, Drawn: 9, Lost: 10, Goals for: 47, Goals against: 44, Goal difference: +3, Pts: 57. Win ratio: 46%

Domestic Cup: Played: 9, Won: 4, Drawn: 1, Lost: 4, Goals for: 17, Goals against: 20, Goal difference: -3. Win ratio: 44%

Home (all competitions): Played: 39, Won: 22, Drawn: 9, Lost: 8, Goals for: 83, Goals against: 39, Goal difference: +44. Win ratio: 56%

Away (all competitions): Played: 40, Won: 18, Drawn: 10, Lost: 12, Goals for: 56, Goals against: 55, Goal difference: +1. Win ratio: 45%

Total: Played: 79, Won: 40, Drawn: 19, Lost: 20, Goals for: 139, Goals against: 94, Goal difference: +45. Win ratio: 51%

Season by Season


Premier League: (Played: 8, Won: 1, Drawn: 2, Lost: 5, Goals for: 8, Goals against: 14, Goal difference: -6, Pts: 5. Win ratio: 13%)

League Cup: 3rd Round (v Tottenham)


Championship: 1st (Played: 46, Won: 30, Drawn: 12, Lost: 4, Goals for: 90, Goals against: 35, Goal difference: +55, Pts: 102. Win ratio: 65%)

League Cup: 3rd Round (v Peterborough United)

FA Cup: 4th Round (v West Bromwich Albion)


Premier League: (Played: 16, Won: 5, Drawn: 4, Lost: 7, Goals for: 24, Goals against: 26, Goal difference: -2, Pts: 19. Win ratio: 31%)

League Cup: 4th Round (Arsenal)

Landmark Matches

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