Friday 18 January 2019

The great survivor: Chris Hughton's career in football

A product of Tottenham's youth system, Hughton played more than 300 games for the club and was the first black player to play for Ireland, winning 53 caps.

After one year with Brentford, a knee injury forced him to retire at 34. He swiftly returned to Tottenham in the summer of 1993 as a youth coach.

In November 1997, he served as Spurs caretaker manager for one game, before Christian Gross arrived, a 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace.

Appointed Gross's assistant manager and held the position briefly under Gross's successor, George Graham, before being replaced by Stewart Houston. Hughton was retained as coach.

He outlasted managers Ossie Ardiles, Gerry Francis, Gross, David Pleat (three times), Graham, Glenn Hoddle and Jacques Santini before finally being shown the door at Tottenham on October 25, 2007 when Martin Jol, to whom he was assistant, was sacked.

Tottenham won one trophy while he was coaching at the club, the 1999 League Cup, after he was demoted by Graham. The club's average league position during his 14 seasons was 10th.

Acted as Brian Kerr's assistant with Ireland for two years, as they failed to qualify for Euro '04 and Germany '06.

Appointed Kevin Keegan's No 2 at Newcastle in February 2008, before a brief stint as caretaker manager when Keegan left in September. He returned to role of assistant as the club were relegated under Joe Kinnear, Colin Calderwood and then Alan Shearer.

he took Championship manager of the month awards in August and September '09, and got the job permanently in October, leading Newcastle back to the Premier League as runaway champions.

Sunday Independent

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