Chris Hughton was appointed Brighton manager on December 31st last year, and he went on to keep the club in the Championship, when they finished 5th bottom on 47 points, 6 points above the drop zone.
And Chris has used the summer wisely and after beating top of the table Ipswich 3-2 at Portman Road on Saturday, Brighton go top of the table with four wins in their first four games, with the other match ending in a draw.
Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood at Ipswich on Saturday
Brighton won 3-2
That’s exactly the same number of points that Newcastle had six years ago after five games played, when Chris was the caretaker manager at Newcastle.
Chris got the Newcastle job permanently in October of 2009 and he went on to get us a massive 102 points, 11 points better than runners-up West Brom, and promotion at the first attempt back to the Premier League.
Chris is both a resilient and very good manager, and great with his players, and Colin Calderwood is still his right hand man, as he was at Newcastle.
We particularly liked the way he wildly celebrated Newcastle goals for around 3.5 seconds, before he regained complete control of himself again.
Chris could be on his way to some success with Brighton, after being sacked from Norwich City 16 months ago, when they were 17th in the Premier league and eventually were relegated.
Chris Hughton – while at Newcastle
It’s always good to see Chris doing well, and of course it was a big shock when he was fired from Newcastle in December of 2010, but as usual he left with dignity, and continues to praises Newcastle whenever the subject comes up.
He was also the last Newcastle manager to beat Arsenal, when we won at the Emirates 1-0 in early November of 2010, about five weeks before he was fired by Derek Lambias.
At the time of his shock dismissal in 2010, captain Kevin Nolan hit the mark when he said this about Chris in The Sun:
“Sometimes at clubs, when a manager goes, there will be some players who are pleased to see the back of him .”
¨But everybody liked Chris. He was very popular, not just with the players but everyone who worked for the club.”
Chris reminds us of Sir Bobby Robson, because he is such a good guy and a gentleman too – and is widely respected in the game, although Chris has never reached the heights that Bobby did as a manager.
If he can get Brighton & Hove Albion promoted, it would be the second time he’s been able to do that – and it would be great to welcome him back at St. James’ Park with Brighton next season.
He would get a great welcome back from the fans – because he is one of the real gentlemen in the game of football.