Hughton back in business!

Good luck Chris!

Good luck Chris
In December Chris Hughton became the first Premier league manager to be axed during the season, following a 3-1 defeat to West Brom, a decision that was heavily criticised by fans and the media alike.

No-one was prepared for this as Hughton had seemingly been performing above what was expected of him, having had some great results and dwelling in mid-table (remember our target was survival).

Alan Pardew was quickly lined up as his replacement, and after some rather meek protests at the Liverpool game Chris was pushed to the back of everyone’s minds.

Chris had the chance to almost instantly be thrust back into the limelight after the West Brom managerial post became vacant. However after brief talks both parties agreed that it wasn’t in their best interests and Roy Hodgson appeared from virtually nowhere to become gaffer at the club. Rumours had also travelled the rounds that Hughton had been interviewed for both the Cardiff and West Ham jobs although nothing official was ever announced.

However Thursday brought with it the news that after long discussions with the board, Hughton had signed a deal with Birmingham City after being the bookies favourite for some time.

Chris briefly spoke to the BBC earlier: “I am absolutely delighted”.

“To be joining a club of the stature of Birmingham, with the history it has, is a pleasure”.

“We are going into an extremely competitive Championship and with the players set to return for pre-season training very soon I need to get into the job straight away.”

Also on the official Birmingham website Hughton stated: “For as long as I have been in football the name Birmingham City has been right up there and it is what I regard as a real football club with extremely passionate supporters.”

A man like Chris that dedicates himself to football was always going to be back in a job sooner rather than later. Thanks for the memories Chris, and all the best for the future!

95 thoughts on “Hughton back in business!

  1. I’m a strong believer in letting strong characters run team sports but ultimately let the manager make the final decision .

    I saw no evidence that wasn’t the case with Hughton and to me used the characters to his advantage.

    Really hope he does well and I’m sure the Toon army will give him a great reception the next time he visits SJP.


  2. Army69,

    Newcastle didn’t pay for Forster, so anything is pure profit. I expect this to be rejected on the idea of a higher price coming back at them.


    We got two guys in that summer – Lovenkrands on a free, who was a high goal scorer and Danny Simpson, our permanent right back.

    The Tiote deal is disputed. Keegan said they were looking at him when he was there – Carr wasn’t. I don’t give Carr the credit on that one and Ben Arfa forced the move himself really.

    Also – I am talking about Hughton as permanent manager, when he was given the confidence by the board as the real boss. The same position Pardew has now. I also don’t think you can say Hughton was responsible for relegation either, really.


  3. Was Hoots not sacked cos he wouldnt agree to a performance related contract yet Pardew would?

    Thats what I understand to be the case.


  4. Hughton will finish in lower half of championship probably next season now he’s at an average club like Brum with his £1M signings and clueless tactics. The league has better teams now aswell than when we were there.


  5. I really find it mind boggling how fans of this club can call Hughton clueless and insult him.

    I give up. I guess I expect too much from people.

    Have a nice night.


  6. @DJG

    There’s no doubt alot of fortunate circumstances assisted Hoots whilst managing the Toon but he was an absolute gentleman the way he conducted himself.


  7. fj,

    Carr first saw Tiote when he was scouting for Pleat at Spurs. He watched him play against Arsenal for roda JC and has been keeping an eye on him since. That was in 2006.

    He decided that he had developed enough to come to the PL


  8. @FJ

    Dont give up like that man! I would be a broken man if I reacted like you. 😆


  9. Im not disputing that he was a gentleman but I sat through at least 3 really pathetic home performances at the start of this season maybe thats why he got sacked ?? ❓


  10. The ‘Manager’ – manages individuals and personalities in the hope to achieve a good outcome.

    Did hoots not do that? I would say he was a good manager.


  11. Bobby re: Carr.

    He is just director of football with a lesser title and wage.

    He has fantastic knowledge of European leagues having watched them for years and he was also a successful player and manager.

    He is a bigger influence than you’re regular scout


  12. @DJG

    I watched the demolition of the mackems and that cancelled everything else out! 😆


  13. The Arsenal away game I was really impressed with Hughton. The Villa 6-0 was just one of those freak games that happen every once in donkeys years. The three wins together was good where we got 9 points on the board but that was it. Everything else was either expected defeats or dissapointing home defeats against teams like Blackburn and Stoke ans very lucky draw at the end against Wigan.

    I can’t think of any dissapointing games like that under Pardew, the start of the Arsenal game, but howay that is Arsenal not like Wigan!!


  14. bobby aye but that was one game. And how much of it was down to Hughton we don’t really know. How much was it down to the atmosphere and the game itself. Not gonna say Hughton was great coz of one game. Maybe Im being harsh but the reality is I just worried under Hughton and Calderwood. I think we are in better hands now its just a feeling.


  15. It’s like you wouldn’t want to go to the dentists and be worried would you. 😆

    I felt a bit like that when C.H / C.C were in charge.


  16. I can see him coming for Smith, Routledge, Lovenkrands and maybe Barton witch would be nice and reduce our wage bill considerbly,


  17. ‘Chris Hughton is lining up a £1m bid for Danny Guthrie as he prepares for another promotion challenge in the Championship.’

    There you gan.

    Good luck getting a striker for £1M that will fire you into the premiership. Personally I would sell him Perch and Simpson and sign a French RB that can defend. :mrgreen:


  18. On that basis pards should have been sacked as well, sat through many a shite performance under him – team didn’t change when he took over and were still inconsistent – we can only judge pardew next season, he obviously has some say in transfers hence Nolan now slagging him off for not backing him up
    Hughton did everything that was asked of him and we were higher in the lathe with him than we finished under pardew so fair play to him. Pards gets credit for not fvcking it up but we need to judge him on the coming season


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