The Daily Mail is reporting today that relegated Birmingham City are set to appoint former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton as their new manager.
Chris Hughton – while manager at Newcastle
We hope this news is accurate, because if anybody deserved to get a chance again in management, it’s Chris Hughton.
We’ll never forget the tremendous job that Cris did when he was the manager at Newcastle United for a short 18 months.
During that time Chris took Newcastle from the Championship, winning it with a a massive 102 points, and Hughton had Newcastle in 11tth place in the Premier League after 17 games, when he was replaced by current manager Alan Pardew.
Newcastle eventually finished in 12th place in the PL for the season.
Chris will replace Alex McLeish, who left the club last week to take over at rivals Aston Villa, and there’s obviously nothing like getting your current team relegated to get a plum new job elsewhere.
Why Aston Villa think Alex McLeish is qualified to be their new manager we have no idea a all.
Ironically, Birmingham have selected Chris Hughton over his pal and former WBA boss Roberto Di Matteo, who had WBA promoted with Newcastle a year ago, when they finished in second place a full 11 points behind Newcastle.
Hughton’s great success in getting a club apparently in a complete mess two years ago, promoted at the very first attempt obviously impressed the Birmingham board – and so it should.
It remains to be seen whether Chris will bring back current Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood, as his Assistant Manager – since Colin was his assistant manager at Newcastle during the promotion year but left last Ocotber to manage Hibs.
New Nottingham Forest manager Steve McClaren has been attempting to get Calderwood back to Forest, where Colin was the manager from 2006 though 2008.gether hand in glove and they are very g
Hughton and Calderwood had a very successful working relationship on Tyneside, and seemed to work hand in glove, and are also good friends.
As we said, we hope this news is true, and we wish Chris Hughton great success at Birmingham, and maybe we’ll see Chris back as an opposing manager at St.James’ Park before too long.
If and when Chris does return, he’ll no doubt get a terrific ovation from the very grateful Newcastle fans.