Chris Hughton – Who Are Ya, Who Are Ya?!   5 comments

Birmingham City have moved on swiftly and appointed Chris Hughton as their new manager. From what I read and hear the majority of Birmingham fans are very happy with the appointment and welcome him with open arms. Not to mention the renewed hope for what the future season and beyond holds.

But who is Chris Hughton and is he the man for the job?

Well Newcastle United fans seem to think so and they know more about him than most, as a manager.

Chris Hughton was born on 11th December 1958  in Stratford London and started his professional career with Tottenham Hotspur at 18 years of age after coming through Spurs youth ranks. He played 297 times for Spurs as a defender and scored 12 goals in his 13 year spell at White Hart Lane.

He then moved to West Ham and from there to Brentford where he ended his playing career aged 34.

Internationally, Hughton won 53 caps for the Republic of Ireland between 1979 to 1991 and played in the 1988 European Football Championship finals  in West Germany.

He then started his coaching career back where his football career began – at Spurs. From 1993 to 2007 he worked with youth teams, the reserves in 1999 before being promoted to the first team.

Hughton worked under a host of managers whilst at Spurs including; Ray Clemence, Doug Livermore, Ossie Ardiles, Gerry Francis, Christain Gross, George Graham, Glen Hoddle, David Pleat, Jacques Santini and finally Martin Jol. Chris parted company with Tottenham at the same time as Jol, when the manager was sacked in 2007.

He was soon back in coaching though and a few months later when Kevin Keegan came calling Hughton joined the coaching staff at Newcastle United. Hughton became caretaker manager when Keegan moved on and then became assistant manager when the Magpies appointed Joe Kinnear. When Kinnear became ill Hughton once again regained first team control until he was replaced by Alan Shearer. Newcastle were relegated to the Championship under Alan Shearer’s reign which resulted in Shearer leaving and Hughton becoming the caretaker manager for the last time.

In the 2009-10 season Chris won successive manager of the month awards for August and September and then again in November – this finally prompted the Newcastle board to make him their permanent manager.

Hughton signed Mike Williamson, Wayne Routledge and Leon Best on permanent deals and Patrick Van Aanholt and Fitz Hall on loan.

The Toon Army then went on to clinch the championship title on 19 April 2010 with a record of 30 wins, 12 draws and only 4 losses from their 46 matches. Newcastle were unbeaten at home for the entire 2009–10 season which included both cup competitions.

In the 2010–11 season Hughton signed Sol Campbell and Dan Gosling for free, then bought James Perch, the powerhouse attacking midfielder Cheik Tiote and the highly rated winger Hatem Ben Arfa, to help the Magpies stay in the Premiership.

His first home win on return to the Premier League came on 22 August, when the Toon thrashed Villa 6–0, with Andy Carroll’s hat-trick, 2 goals from Kevin Nolan and 1 goal from Joey Barton.

Chris became the first Premier League manager in the 2010-11 season to lose his job, as he was dismissed by Managing Director Derek Llambias despite leading his newly promoted side to healthy ninth place by the end of October.

This decision to sack Hughton was ill received and before a match with Liverpool, hundreds of Newcastle supporters protested outside St James’ Park showing their anger to Mike Ashley as well as thanking Hughton for what he achieved.

Despite being sacked  Houghton won the “North East Sports Personality of the Year Award” at the BBC North East and Cumbria Regional Sports Awards.

Speaking at the award, he was asked if he was “a little bit hurt by the way it all ended.”

To this Hughton replied;

“Yes, of course. I think most people felt the same way, they couldn’t understand that we were able to reach the targets that we’d set earlier in the season. Of course it’s very, very difficult to understand,”

“One thing’s for certain, come the next day one thing you can do is look forward and that’s what I’m doing.”

Newcastle Players commented at the awards;

“He’s well respected from our players, throughout England and throughout the game, and I’m sure he’ll be back in a job soon”.

Chris Hughton Honours:


Tottenham Hotspur

FA Cup: Winner 1981, 1982, runner up 1987

League Cup: Runners up 1982

UEFA Cup: Winner 1984

FA Charity Shield: Winner 1981, runner up 1982


League Division 3: Winners 1991-92



Newcastle United

Football League Championship: Winner 2009-10


Football League Championship Manager of the Month: Winner (August 2009, September 2009, November 2009, April 2010)

Football League Championship LMA Manager of the Season: Winner (2009–2010)


Personally I think he’s well qualified to do a great job at St Andrew’s and as a Bluenose I wish him all the best with his new club… Our Club… KRO

What do you think?

Leave me a Comment below. 

PS. I would also like to thank all the Newcastle fans for all the good luck messages on Facebook and on our Forum.




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5 responses to “Chris Hughton – Who Are Ya, Who Are Ya?!

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  1. Very pleased to see Chris Hughton back in football, and at a great club like Birmingham. As a Newcastle fan, I was shocked when he was unfairly sacked in December. Not only is he a great manager, but he acted with such dignity throughout his time at the club (even after the sacking). He keeps his head down, gets on with the job and gets the team to play some good football. I hope he succeeds at Birmingham and manages to get the club promoted at the first time of asking. All the best for this season.

    • Chris Hughton will get the full backing of us Bluenoses and most can’t wait to see some entertaining football at St Andrews for a change.

      The flood of Good Luck messages from Newcastle fans just shows us how much he meant to you….KRO

  2. I am overjoyed to see Chris Hughton has been appointed as Blues manager. His drive and desire to succeed will be a welcome change at St Andrews. We can look forward to entertaining attacking football again – something sadly lacking for a good while.
    I was impressed by Chris’s comments regarding our beloved club and our fans – it’s good to see that we’re appreciated by someone so highly regarded in footballing circles.
    I would also like to thank the board, especially Peter Pannu, for acting swiftly to get the right man for the job – and getting him at the first time of asking. This is in complete contrast to our neighbours, who were left with their 5th choice candidate (and they’re welcome to him).

    Chris, welcome to our club – I for one am much more optimistic now you’re in charge and I’m looking forward to the coming season.

  3. I think I can speak on behalf of 52000 plus Geordies in thanking bcfc for appointing chris hughton as manager and giving him the chance he so thoroughly deserves. In hughton he will bring honesty and dignity and most of all a great team spirit. Its safe to say bcfc is now our 2nd team and we will be watching for your results nxt season. Gud luck Chrissy hughton and bcfc. Birmingham city to win the championship!

  4. Wishing you all the luck at blues and looking forward to some attacking football, you have a great following from the newcastle fans and sure the blues fans will do the same.

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