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Could new Brighton manager Chris Hughton call on Norwich City for recruitment?

06:00 01 January 2015

Chris Hughton is paraded as Brighton and Hove Albion

Chris Hughton is paraded as Brighton and Hove Albion's new manager, his first job since being sacked by Norwich City. Picture: Brighton Argus

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Chris Hughton is back in football management with Brighton & Hove Albion – and may find some of his early calls heading the way of his former employer.

Nearly nine months since the 56-year-old’s Carrow Road sacking, Hughton has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the Championship strugglers, replacing Sami Hyypia who resigned last month.

Hughton has Championship pedigree, having led Newcastle to the title in 2009-10 and Birmingham to the play-offs two seasons later – ahead of his move back to the Premier League with Norwich. He takes over an Albion outfit outside the relegation zone on goal difference. His first game is Saturday’s FA Cup third-round tie at Brentford – where Hughton finished his playing career.

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Transfer dealings will be high on Hughton’s early priority list – and that may include City winger Elliott Bennett, who has just completed his loan spell on the south coast.

“He’s a player I know well,” said Hughton. “Unfortunately for Elliott he missed most of last season after having a really good pre-season and starting that first game. But Elliott’s just one of a few we have to discuss over the coming weeks.”

Securing a loan or permanent return for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent is likely to be top of Hughton’s list – although below that could feature some familiar names.

The future of Sebastien Bassong – signed by Hughton at Norwich and Newcastle – remains up in the air following the completion of his loan spell at Watford, while fellow City signings Mark Bunn and Javi Garrido have seen minimal involvement at City this term.

However, as has been a constant theme from Carrow Road, City are under no pressure to let players leave and do not plan on letting anyone do so against their wishes.

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48 comments

  • Nicey- even if the fans only paid the bog cleaners' wages they are contributing to the funding of Norwich City + are entitled to their say. Re: your other point I have praised the team lavishly in the past when we;ve won on a regular basis (I'm going back mainly to Auld Paul McDour here, but I've said supportive stuff about NA too) + have also acknowledged when I've got it wrong ( like when I backed CH's appointment). In fairness to other posters, I've not seen you post that much over the past 5 years compared to people like me, Malaga, Brewer, Dubai etc so you could well have missed postings heaping praise on the team. Anyway, lets hope for some genuine effort against Preston + not the usual Cup farce eh.?

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    Timbo

    Friday, January 2, 2015

  • One reason some fans might shy away from reasoned opinions Niceone is rejections from Archies moderator. For example I wrote a piece comparing Hughtons managerial style with Adams and had it blocked, reason "other". No swear words, no abuse, just a point of view backed up with a smattering of stats. If i were a troll from another club however I would be routinely accepted.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, January 2, 2015

  • Timbo.....The fans actually don't pay all the wages as Parachute Payments, TV money, Placing payments all contribute to the wage bill. Of course fans are entitled to their say I just wish some of it was a bit more coherent and objective and the point I and others are making is that when praise is due then a lot of the critics go absent. Why is that???

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    NICEONE

    Friday, January 2, 2015

  • The fans pay the wages + are ALWAYS entitled to their say no matter what the result + no matter if it's criticism or praise.

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    Timbo

    Friday, January 2, 2015

  • canarybell & paul553......Spot on guys!! What a load of squit us proper supporters on here have to put up with. I notice that most of them are good at giving their opinions but far too often there is little explanation as to how they arrived at said opinion. Is simples!!

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    NICEONE

    Friday, January 2, 2015

  • I can remember much better times in the Chase era Paul553. For example 3 x top 5 finishes at the highest level, European football and beating Bayern Munich. Roeder, Gunn and Hamilton were useless managers appointed during this board's era.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, January 2, 2015

  • You cite remembering worse times under Chase, Roeder, Gunn and Hamilton eras Paul553. In fact I recall very much better times under Robert Chase with regular top flight football including 3 x top five finishes and european football, plus that famous win over Bayern. That was Chase's era (yes, I know about the down side). Now we have a new era under a different board who appointed the other names you mention as managers, all useless. The problem in the Chase era was selling our best players, the Delia era has been blighted by inept managerial appointments. If there is a formula to these appointments it is taking chances on untried individuals who turn out incompetent. They got lucky once and thanks to Lambert at least we are a league above where we were on his arrival. CH, despite the abuse on here, was a more solid appointment that never worked for us although had the board shown enough courage it might have backed him for the long term to rebuild the side post relegation (assuming he did not keep us up). So the current era continues under the management of our latest rookie and I hope to be proved wrong in my concern it will again be a disaster.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, January 2, 2015

  • Paul 552 - have a look at the performance against Reading and tell me which players you thought deserve our support? Which players deserve their place in the side? Which players you thought gave value for money? Which players would thrive in the Premiership?

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    kenfoggo

    Friday, January 2, 2015

  • I have to agree with Canarybell.I have over the last few weeks I have witnessed lots of abuse pointed at Jonny Howson, Russell Martin and most of all Neil Adams.When Norwich win they all keep quiet. As as soon Norwich lose out come the NA and the board abuse..I can remember much much worse times in the .Mr Chase,Glenn Roader,Brian Gunn, Bryan Hamilton eras.Theres around ten people on here who constantly criticise and sometimes think they are numerous but fail to support our team.Its about time they looked at themselves and question whether they really want to support Norwich City.?NA,The Board!The players want your support.Get behind them!Even through loses!We do not have a devine right to be top of the championship even with the good players we have.Its got to be worked at with the supporters in full support.Look at Alan Pardew?With the abuse that this manager has had do anyone blame him for leaving for Crystal Palace?The supporters who bemoan at NA may get their wish one day and we could end up back in League One!?Give Norwich City players and NA your support.

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    paul553

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • Things were a bit weird from his very 1st press conference when McNasty described him as "Norwich's first..err...football manager"...Never did understand that one...Oh well, he's Brighton's "first" problem now !

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    Timbo

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • "Abandon All Hope Albion" -- or did I misread the writing on the scarf? Pity, as I've got a soft spot for Albion from their Goldstone days.

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    atlanta canary

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • I agree with Michigan. No forelock tugging from me.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • Although I did not like his tactics and team selection, I still think we might find CH was not the only issue over the last two seasons. The board tolerated, or even was content with his performance for all that time. I still think the board is our major issue stopping NCFC progressing. After all it is the common factor with CH and NA.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • Canarybell , Harry Kane didnt look too good here but got an injury that ended his loan spell . Also he is now a couple of years older wiser and stronger.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • Taking that to extremes Budgiegong, would you be happy if we had a twelve year old future football genius on loan? At the time of his loan, Harry Kane was not up to first team football in any division. Hughton still signed him though. That doesn't mean he hasn't developed into a good player. To quote Dire Straits (whicj=h is exactly where any Hughton team will end up) "It was just that the time was wrong. For Harry Kane that is. There has never and will never be a right time for an inadequate manager.

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    waclor

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • He always looks to me like he would wear a string vest and sweat a lot.

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    waclor

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • Has he taken his useless entourage with him?

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    waclor

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • You lot of so called city "fans" nearly every player should leave according to you because they are no good. Its about time you supported the players we have here and not moan about them, I believe you lot don't deserve a team in Norwich. I have just watched how Harry Kane play brilliantly and I bet you used to moan about him because I remember that happening at Carrow rd

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    canarybell

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • Bassong to agree personal terms on Friday.....I wish.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • Bassong I imagine will be sold to Brighton.

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    21

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • As long as he snaps up Bassong I don't care.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • D'accord Swiss.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • Given that his mindset is all about not conceding rather than scoring ,one goal wonders like Elliot Bennett and the Winkle are right up his street .Certainly not Whittaker.He's far too keen to get forward for his liking

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    irongloves

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • I had forgotten about that El Dingo. I guess that he then made a wow to never say anything substantial in public again. I do remember the muted performance at his induction not the hall of fame. He clearly knew something then that he was not sharing. Anyway, the best thing about the past is that it's over. Onwards and hopefully upwards.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • Given Hughton's recent history of shrewd signings, Whittaker is worth £15 million, Wolkswinkel, £40 million, Bassong £ 25 million. that will do for starters. Kerr-shang.

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    waclor

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • Does Elmander like the South Coast?

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    el dingo

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • I bet CH is upset that Grant has an injury. he must have been top of Hughton's wanted list.

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    waclor

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • I disagree with Suffolk Canary about CH find his true level. Read the article again. CH has become manager of Brighton not Brightlingsea.

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    waclor

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • Hey Swiss - remember the "I want to manage in Germany one day - Lambert" headline? Strangely his 'exclusive column' disappeared shortly afterwards!

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    el dingo

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • Agree Lincs Canary, the stats don't lie. If the board hadn't been so weak we may have kept the faith and stayed in the Premiership.

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    Johny

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • I reckon Bags will already have emailed them Grabban's CV.

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    cutty

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • Given history what is the betting that if he takes any of our under-performers they will immediately make an impact at Brighton? However I am currently more concerned about what kind of team mentality will turn up at Deepdale? It had better be the nothing like that which saw us surrender to Luton without a whimper or care! Adams, Phelan and the players need to remember that a lot of our fans will spend valuable cash travelling up there and realise that they owe them a performance full of commitment and effort. We may not win but if we show the same lack of interest that has been the norm in cup games in recent years it will be totally unacceptable.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • Yes, I would suggest NA as a very capable assistant !!

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    Bob Hunt

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • It's a slow news day given it's the 1st. Should be a cracker of a match down at Brighton! I'd like to think we'd give them a pasting just for old times sake and thank Chris for all his hard work... But then I'm not sure we'll be capable of that...

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • This story is right up there with "Paul Lambert buys new pair of Y-fronts at M&S".

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • Devastated for Brighton what a terrible decision, certainties for relegation now

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • New year just begun and my first "may be delay no need to resubmit". Briefly then Hoots managerial career reads played 231, win percentage 40.26% After Newcastle relegated, managed immediate return, 4 defeats, 65.2% wins. Took bankrupt Birmingham to play offs. That's what Brighton have bought in to. Our board sacked him and brought in a rookie.. Like Brighton did with Hypia

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • I remember the one about Mick Channon and his racehorses. That WAS a good read. Doesn't happen any more. Access to players restricted apparently.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • Sad to see this cast off getting the headlines rather than news of our own team. How about some news on who is likely to be leaving us and who is possibly joining us. Perhaps the next article will be on how happy RVW is in France or has he been dropped recently. Come on Archie, let see some interesting news.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • Spot on Wivenhoe. I'll add # 4. Sell Bassong to CH. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • Good to see CH finding his level at last. My New Year's wish is that NCFC find a board and experienced manager worthy of their great fans and propel the team up the league with us all pulling in the same direction again.

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    suffolkcanary

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • Jacob is available as a loanee.

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • Please... Does this mean we can get rid of the real "winners" he signed? Bassong, Turner, Whitaker, Garido, Bunn, becchio.... Whether you like them as individuals or footballers the sad fact is that with these individuals in key first team roles we HAVE and with some even now, as a team we CONTINUE to come up short. Consider our goals against average since the defenders arrival, how many chose to sit on the sidelines and collect a cheque without ever playing.... And Johnson and O'Neil are THE central midfield partnership with Wes ahead of them. We have become too predictable and boring and I personally might suggest that actually, under NA (alone) we were a lot more offensive.... Just at the moment, despite MP bringing obvious organisation, we actually quite predictable.... 4 central midfielders playing together is less inspiring on a teamsheet than even a CH team and is a dream for the opposition: you will never pin the opposition back with the likes of Howson effectively playing on the wing... And on the contrary, a winger playing against his lack of pace INVITES significant pressure. Start taking the game to them, and drop HOwson... Johnson and ONeill supporting Wes in turn supplying creativity through the middle and spreading the ball wide for WBs or attacking FBs is the way to get the best from our team.

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    mikeskisandflies

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • A happy and prosperous new year too all.Three new year wishes 1\. A run of consistency[not losing] 2\.Two good right sided defenders. 3\.The board to grow a pair. Its going to an interesting 3-4 months.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • .....Let's just hope that this is the last story that Chris Houghton features in on these pages this year!... He oversaw our problems in 2014, and had to be ejected!.....Our writers should make more effort to report to us to the happenings in our camp rather than the easy pickings from News Now!.....Having said that, it will create interest in how he performs in rebuilding a Brighton team that picked up 4 out of 6 points, with a temporary manager in charge!.....Happy New Year to fellow contributers!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • This should be interesting! One wonders how many players will be queueing up to join Chis Hughton at the bottom of the Championship?

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • Please take our manager as your assistant then everything will be forgiven Chris. You know our supporters deserve better than this.

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    Regulador

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • Take em' down Chris!

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

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