There are reports today that Newcastle Manager Kevin Keegan will appoint former Tottenham Hotspur assistant manager Chris Hughton, as his assistant manager at St Jamesâ€™ Park.
Chris Hughton – familiar figure at Spurs
Forest Gate, London born Hughton, who is 49, was assistant manager at Tottenham until last October, when following a 3-1 defeat at Newcastle, manager Martin Jol was sacked and replaced by Juande Ramos.
The news is that he has been brought in to replace Nigel Pearson, who left a couple of weeks ago, and was appointed Southampton manager earlier this week. There are also various members of the back-room staff at Newcastle, that were brought in by Big Sam, leaving – presumably because Kevin will not need their specific skills. So the numbers of back-room staff are probably decreasing.
Hughton joined Tottenham as a coach back in June 1993, initially in charge of the Under-21 team, and then in 1999 took over the Reserve side and then in 2001 became First Team Coach.
Heâ€™s served under 10 different managers in his 14 years at the club. They included Ray Clemence, Doug Livermore, Ossie Ardiles, Gerry Francis, Christian Gross, George Graham, Glenn Hoddle, David Pleat, Jacques Santini and Martin Jol. Chris was a well recognized coach on the Spurs sidelines.
Not unlike Nigel Pearson at Newcastle he served as caretaker manager on two separate occasions for Tottenham.
Hughton was a full-back, who began his career at Spurs in 1977 and spent 13 years there playing 297 games and scoring 12 goals. So in all heâ€™s served Tottenham for close to 25 years as a player and coach.
He earned 53 caps for the Republic of Ireland between 1979 and 1993 and after leaving Tottenham, went on to play for West Ham United 33 appearances) and then Brentford (32 appearances).
We donâ€™t think this will have any impact on whether Alan Shearer joins in some capacity in the summer, since Kevin needed another coach to fill in for Nigel, who left the club for pastures anew, and found them quickly on the south coast.
From what we can tell from his record he is a very solid coach with lots of experience and we welcome Chris to the club.