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Chris Hughton

Christopher William Gerard Hughton is a professional football manager and former player. Born in England, he represented the Republic of Ireland national team.

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As a manager, you manage a team and there are good periods where there are good feelings in the group.
When I signed for Spurs, I was the only black player in the team.
I certainly believe in a type of Rooney Rule - in legislation that doesn't give black and ethnic individuals a job but, at least, puts them in the frame. — © Chris Hughton
I certainly believe in a type of Rooney Rule - in legislation that doesn't give black and ethnic individuals a job but, at least, puts them in the frame.
You don't expect to have a happy changing room when things are not going so well.
There is no better feeling than knowing you are pushing for something.
Well, it's about getting points. And there are different ways of getting points. Whether you're offensively good, capable of scoring enough goals to win enough games, or resilient enough not to lose too many.
It is harder to win Premier League games playing 4-4-2 without having players of the quality the top teams have.
I remember going to stadiums and huge sections of the stand gave you racial abuse. It was never nice but it wasn't a surprise - particularly when I was first at Spurs.
When I started my pathway, black players were often considered to be good wingers, good players, but not captain or management material. It has changed since then, which is pleasing, but we still have so far to go.
I've always had strong views on social issues such as hospitals - I think we should have a good health system - and the education system, too.
The nature of football can bring out the best in people, but it can also bring out the worst in people.
We don't see enough women in the boardroom.
One thing I would always say is speculation is always flattering because if someone is talking about you or linking you to a job then it's something that is flattering. — © Chris Hughton
One thing I would always say is speculation is always flattering because if someone is talking about you or linking you to a job then it's something that is flattering.
As a manager, if I saw a female on the line for my match, that would not worry me in the slightest. To get to that level, it means they are deemed to be good enough.
I remember the days when a footballer who had an issue in his personal life may have been told to grow up and deal with it but in 2019, that approach won't work any more. A manager needs to make sure the problem is solved, as a player will not play at his best unless he is happy in his mind and in the environment he has around him.
As a manager, a coach and a player, you want to be at the top end of the table.You want to be challenging.
I always keep busy it gives you an opportunity to go through your coaching methods, your files, to see how other managers are working and re-educate yourself.
I was a coach at Spurs for 15 years. I did want to go into management but what was important to me was doing a very good job in whatever capacity I was employed.
What I do know as a manager, as a person, is that you have to try and be honest with everyone around you. If I leave a player out, they deserve an explanation. It's about communication, about being clear in what you want.
Racism doesn't go overnight. It's over a period of time and education.
As a coach you're able to have better relationships with the players because you're not picking the team.
What you have to do is work around whatever the 'circumstances are at a club.
I was brought up in a football environment where we saw a lot of racism - whether it was abuse from other players or huge groups of supporters in away matches.
The most important thing is that you can make tough decisions, discipline people when you need to, but also create a spirit to get the ultimate thing you're aiming for, which is winning enough games.
Jose has managed at some big, big clubs, and at all of those clubs, there is pressure, it comes with the territory. But he has a wonderful way of dealing with that pressure, and when you manage these sorts of clubs, you've got to be used to that.
There is always pressure on managers at whatever stage of a season because we want to be winning games and we want to be winning football matches.
I was brought up working class in east London with my own thoughts and my own beliefs and, when I began playing, I got involved in charity work and expanded those beliefs.
We have seen a lot more black and minority ethnic coaches at grass-roots level, academy level, development level, but of course at senior level there is a massive void. That is something that has to be addressed and there has to be a pathway for them.
I feel there has to be a concerted effort that we encourage, in whichever way, more black and minority ethnic coaches to take their badges at the higher levels.
One thing that will never change as a manager is that there is so much game stuff and management stuff to deal with that you want good information.
It's tough when you are fighting relegation.
When I played and got abused by another player, called a 'black so and so,' I always said 'that's out of order' but I tried to ignore it. I'd be thinking: 'You're not going to bring me down to that level.' But there were occasions when something was said and the next tackle went in a lot firmer.
It's true, I did write - but it's probably not as dramatic as it sounds.
Of course you get butterflies as a manager.
The percentages of black and ethnic players compared to those in management is a massive gap. We have to make sure we work hard enough to resolve that.
Don't get carried away when things go well, don't get carried away when they go badly.
The ideal time to take over a club is always in the summer, but I'd certainly rather take over with four games having gone than 10, 14, 20 played.
If you're not starting well and not taking the lead, then you're constantly putting pressure on yourself as a team. — © Chris Hughton
If you're not starting well and not taking the lead, then you're constantly putting pressure on yourself as a team.
If you are a manager who is in your first or second job, the big worry would be where is your next job coming from, but I'm not in that position.
You're always looking where you could do better.
It's very difficult for me to talk about myself, it's not something I enjoy.
My managerial drive has always been about doing the best job I can.
If there is one rule I have, it is you have to remain level-headed.
Part of the game is moving on. And you do.
When the game is played by such a high percentage of black and ethnic minority players and we're looking at the percentage of managers and coaches, at the top level it is minimal.
I am naturally very disappointed to have lost my job but immensely proud to have served as Norwich City's manager.
When you speak to potential black and ethnic coaches who want to go into the game, one aspect that they always speak about are role models. They would like to see representation, more at a higher level. And any part I can play in that I am delighted to do.
Management has never been the most important thing for me. — © Chris Hughton
Management has never been the most important thing for me.
What I have done in my management career means I would have a good chance to get offered a job that will give me a chance to achieve success again.
All we want eventually to see is more black and ethnic coaches involved at the higher levels of the game. Anything that promotes that is something very much worthwhile.
I went through 15 years as a coach at Spurs working under seven, eight different managers. And every time a manager went, you weren't sure whether you'd still be there. Some people might worry about these things but I never have.
I think the nature of the game can be very unforgiving and of course, the longer you are out of the game - this is a very fast evolving game and particularly with the media we have.
When you play the top sides you cannot afford to be as open as 4-4-2 can leave you. Consequently teams adapt their formation.
When we see something as a problem, we have to try and solve it and the best way is generally through education.
I've always been a great believer that you work as hard as you can and try to have some direction in your life.
When I was a player the mentality was black people would make good players but weren't captain material or managerial material. That stereotyping existed.
Ossie Ardiles got the job at Tottenham. I knew Ossie well and he brought me back as his reserve-team coach. That was my intro into coaching. Over the years I have known lots of other potential coaches who couldn't see a pathway. They couldn't see role models. There were so many BAME coaches who would apply for jobs and not even get an interview.
Winning the Championship was my biggest achievement.
If you said to me there's a top quality player who you can bring in and we are confident he will add to your squad, but you have to work with him a bit and he can be a bit fiery, then you feel if you are bringing him into a good group the group can take care of that.
You have to take each player as a separate case and understand how to deal with them, which is not easy when you start in the job and are confronted with a player telling you he has a gambling or a drink problem.
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