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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.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 5 2011

Time: 3:27PM

Your Comments

What do you reckon? Has the moment passed? Do you think Hughton is on Kilby's wish-list? Could he do a job for us or would it be a risky strategy? Apart from Newcastle, his clubs do tend to have a Southern-bias as a player,coach and manager. No wonder Palace were linked
turfmanphil
Not sure there is much to discuss on this one tmp, if he wanted it I would pay him anything he asked. The right contacts, the right experience and the right attitude. He would be on my short list of yes please.
VinRogue
Depends if he applies, if he does I would be disappointed if the Board turned him down.
cornwallclaret
I'm now ignoring all the press speculation, and hoping that Allardyce and Hughton are still in our sights and until someone tells me different, then it's still possible. They both fit into the category of 'not currently employed' as stated by the board, and they both fit the category of taking us up and keeping us up. Next.
WelshClaret
Agree 100% with you Welsh. We have to learn from the events post Cotterill and if we do then this appointment could just be a Harry Potts moment.
VinRogue
I would have no complaints on this one, would be well received by most football supporters in most clubs hard done to at Newcastle doing nothing wrong in my book, My slight concern is he got Newcastle promoted with 40M worth of talent! could he deal with the constrains of a much smaller budget
hollinsclaret
Oh my VR, another Harry Potts, did not know anybody remembered him, got all my fingers and toes crossed for such a manager.
cornwallclaret
I think I might have to start ignoring all speculation. Every time a name is mentioned I think that he would be ok. Then when reality sets in I realise that no-one half-decent will come to Burnley. Then I remember that Owen Coyle did. So did Steve Cotterill and Stan Ternent and Harry Potts. Oh, and Chris Waddle.
RickersTwickers
Telegraph (Lancashire) stating Big Sam has no interest and is NOT looking for a return to management and has also extended his break in Dubai ..... MMmm if correct you can scratch him of the list (He's top of mine so that's disappointing) I do hope the board are pro active on this one and don't just look at candidates that have applied for the job, we really do need the right man even if we have to be Pro active and go incite him .... in short that's two tickets to Dubai please. Have to say the Telegraph are really running with the Malki Mackay story they arn't letting go on there earlier story that he is top of Burnley's list, have to say this is a very believable story they are very very accurate when it comes to the affairs at Burnley do they know something we don't ?
hollinsclaret
****** CONFIRMED NEWS EDDIE HOW GIVEN PERMISSION TO TALK TO PALACE******** Apparently he will meet with officials from palace tomorrow ( next 24 hours) all bets suspended on him becoming the new palace manager
hollinsclaret
Also no mention from the Bournemouth Chairman that Burnley have requested permission to talk to him despite confirming Palace have requested and have been given permission to speak to him....... Strengthens the statement that BFC talking ONLY to unemployed managers
hollinsclaret
Does that rule out Malky MacKay as well then?I hope they are speaking to someone and are not going to miss the boat again..Howe-Palace, Brown-Preston, Big Sam looking disinterested,WTF is going on
turfmanphil
I'am absolutely aligned with you TMPl I cant help but get that horrible sinking feeling can you? I agree with your comments on Houghton his popularity is waning with clarets fans ...... can we have a fresh poll bud? cant help but think Big Sam is flying out in front certanly changed my mind in favor of him, if he is the man then BK and Board really do want to start listening and booking an emirates flight, of the rookie managers I have to say I think Howe would have been worth a look at
hollinsclaret
If thats what believe who is left out of contract? Gareth Southgate has moved into the top ten at 9/1 Paul Cook now at 8/1, I think Cook is under contract though?
8clarets8
What we Believe* long day sigh!!
8clarets8
Yeah Cook is Sligo manager. Please not Southgate, he can instill deep sleep in me before he even opens his mouth! FFS sake Burnley get over to Dubai and make Big Sam an offer he can't refuse
turfmanphil
I believe we have spoken to Howe also. I wouldn't expect we would necessarily have to go public with the "permission to speak" line. Not in either clubs' interests if we're speaking to 5 or 6!
cubanclaret
I agree about Southgate zzz, at the risk of sounding thick who is Andy Scott at 12/1
8clarets8
Christ clarets ya gotta laugh!!!! within an hour were talking about ...southgate, cook, scott etc god I hope these arnt even on the radar or there ill be a revolution at the turf .... we gotta get this right gang
hollinsclaret
Just giving out the biggest movers of the day at the bookies hc, I think we all agree we should be looking a lot lot higher, none of still know nothing concrete yet though.
8clarets8
What about Jol and Hughton rekindling their act at TM? a better bet than BFS I suggest
sben8
Sben8 ..... Jol was a bloody nightmare at Tot an ham though wasnt he bud? Cuban what do you mean when you say you think we have spoken to Eddie Howe? the timings just don't work for me pal the directors were at the club this morning Bournemouth a five hour drive away what makes you thing we have spoken to him?
hollinsclaret
I'm going to put a bet on Toshack tomorrow. That should bring him in around 8/9 to 1.
WelshClaret
How about the telephone hollins?
cornwallclaret
 

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