Chris Hughton may find himself without a job at the end of the season given how this campaign has gone with Brighton. Don’t take that statement the wrong way, the ex-Newcastle boss has done a superb job at The Amex, yet it seems he’s taken them as far as he can and ahead of the Magpies’ trip to the Seagulls, we’ll be comparing his stints at each club.
It’s been a very long time since Hughton was unjustly sacked at Newcastle United back in 2010. Mike Ashley was an absolute joke when he had the former Tottenham full-back sacked after a decent spell in charge, and when he was axed the fans were fuming.
Now, though, as Hughton prepares to face his former employers he needs a win to ease their relegation fears and it’s a good time to look at his spells with each club.
Chris Hughton came into Newcastle as a first-team coach under the management of Kevin Keegan, and it seems that now the truth has come out about how Keegan was made a mockery of by the club’s hierarchy it makes Hughton’s achievements even greater. The coy gaffer signed the likes of Cheikh Tiote and Hatem Ben Arfa who both went on to be heroes at St. James’ Park, and became a hero amongst the fans himself.
During his time in the Championship as the Geordies’ gaffer, Hughton won the manager of the month award on four occasions on his way to winning the Championship, and then in his following season in the Premier League, he started so well. The top flight didn’t faze Hughton, but Mike Ashley’s incompetence robbed him the chance to shine when he sacked Hughton in early December.
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It’s now been over four years since Chris Hughton took charge of Brighton and Hove Albion, and the difference in the side since he’s been there is incredible. The 60-year-old took over when the Seagulls were battling relegation, and he managed to keep them up with a 20th placed finish, before they really kicked into life in his first full season.
After one full campaign in the managerial hot seat at The Amex, the Seagulls finish 3rd and were desperately unlucky not to have finished in the automatic promotion spots considering that alongside Boro and Burnley they stormed the league. It then just got better as they were promoted in Hughton’s second full season in charge, and they’re still going strong in the Premier League with Hughton at the helm.
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Hughton did a fantastic job at both Newcastle and Brighton and had he been given the time and the chances at St James Park that he’s had at The Amex this battle may be different. However, as Hughton only delivered what the Geordies’ expected, at Brighton he’s smashed through the ceiling of expectation, something he may well have done on Tyneside if he’d have been given a proper chance.
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