New Year & Hughton..Any Body?
Chris Hughton seemed to be on every Clarets fans want list following the demise of Brian Laws.
Unceremoniously dumped by Newcastle after getting them promoted to the top flight, Hughton was viewed as our best chance of getting us back to where we belong at the first attempt.
His name though does not seem to be mentioned much these days and he seems to have dropped down the betting list pecking order.
All of a sudden it seemed that managerless, Crystal Palace had him at the top of their wish list following the sacking of George Burley.
Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish though seems to have poured cold water on that idea and instead they now seem to have Steve Coppell in their sights.
'I have never met him (Hughton)in my life,' stated Parish. 'He came to the Millwall game presumably because he was in town and he wanted to take in a game in London. That obviously set everybody talking.
'But I've not spoken to Chris, I've not had a job application from Chris, obviously he's a very good young manager so if he applies for the job we would consider it out of courtesy, but I've not spoken to him and I don't even know if he wants the job.'
What do we know about Hughton then?
The 52 year old was a former full back and played for Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Brentford. He was also capped over 50 times for the Republic of Ireland team.
Hughton was a coach at Tottenham Hotspur between June 1993 and October 2007 serving under 10 Spurs managers during that period, He was initially in charge of the under-21 team, before coaching the reserve side in 1999. He was promoted to the first team two years later. It is no surpise with the management upheaval at White Hart Lane over those years that he had the opportunity to become caretaker manager. He did so on two occasions. Martin Jol took him under his wing as assistant manager but both were sacked in October 2007.
He moved onto higher things and from February 2003 to October 2005
he was the Republic of Ireland national team's assistant manager under Brian Kerr.
In February 2008, he was appointed first team coach at Newcastle United by director of football Dennis Wise, joining Kevin Keegan's coaching staff.
Hughton was named caretaker manager in September 2008 following the demise of Keegan. More assistant and caretaker manager roles followed under chairman Mike Ashley as Newcastle tried in vain to once and for all find a settled manager.
A positive start to the 2009-10 season saw Hughton win successive manager of the month awards for August and September and then again in November, resulting in the board naming him as the new permanent manager of the club. Newcastle then went on to clinch the Championship title on the 19th April 2010 after a 2-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle.
Hughton then sensationally became the first Premier League manager of the 2010-11 season to lose his job after being dismissed by Ashley. The decision was ill received by the players and the supporters and received the wrath of Lord Alan Sugar, Colin Calderwoo and Alan Shearer.
Would Chris be the man for the job, would he even want it? Let's discuss below.