From the perspective of a young fan like myself, I am more than happy with the choice to appoint Hughton who I thought did a brilliant job at Newcastle before being unjustly sacked by the controversial Mike Ashley. Turning around Newcastle so soon after they got relegated; contributing to one of their best starts to a league season ever and gaining promotion at the first time of asking was a great achievement and something he can hopefully replicate in his first season at Birmingham.
Hughton then began Premier League life by successfully guiding Newcastle to mid-table safety in the first few months, before he was somewhat controversially sacked in December, shortly after a 3-1 defeat to West Brom whilst the club were eleventh in the table. This sent shockwaves throughout the Newcastle fans whom had taken to Chris Hughton and admired him as a manager. This was just another decision by Mike Ashley which further dampened his relationship with fans who weren’t too delighted with him beforehand.
Since then he has been out of work however when Alex McLeish resigned from his post at Blues almost two weeks ago, Chris Hughton was one of the first names mentioned amongst the Blues faithful, and was the first to be interviewed by acting chairman Peter Pannu for the vacant managers position.
Apparently impressing with his ideas and vision about attacking football in his meeting with Pannu, it seems as though the future may be a bit brighter for Birmingham City than we first thought. The appointment of Hughton has obviously pleased the majoirty of fans, but it will hopefully been a positive for the players too, as Hughton has previously been described as manager whom has a great releationship with his players.
Now is the time to forget the past with McLeish and relegation, and look to the future with a new manager in Chris Hughton at the helm who can hopefully bring a positive attitude and a much more pleasant style of attacking football to St. Andrews. Let’s hope that Hughton can repeat his successes at Newcastle here at Blues so we can get back to playing Premier League football as soon as possible.
Welcome To Birmingham City, Chris Hughton.