“The Ghana Football Association is delighted to appoint Chris Hughton as head coach of the Black Stars following extensive discussions between the two parties.”
“This appointment is in line with GFA’s vision to continue with the plan to build an exceptional squad that began with Otto Addo in the lead-up to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament.”
“Mr. Hughton has been the Black Stars’ technical advisor for the past twelve months.
“The GFA has also decided to retain assistant coaches George Boateng and Mas-ud Didi Dramani”, the FA said.
Chris Hughton comes into the job as one of the most experienced coaches Ghana has hired in the last decade.
With the enviable experience of coaching various teams in the popular English Premier League, we take a look at the teams he has managed in a coaching career spanning over two decades.
Tottenham Hotspurs: From June 1993 to October 2007, Hughton coached at Tottenham Hotspur, initially in charge of the under-21 team, then the reserve team in 1999, before being promoted to the first team two years later.
On 25 October 2007, Hughton was sacked as assistant manager along with then manager Martin Joll.
Newcastle United: On 22 February 2008, Director of Football Dennis Wise was appointed first team coach at Newcastle United.
A positive start to the 2009–10 season saw him win back-to-back Manager of the Month awards in August and September and then again in November when the board named him the club’s new permanent manager.
City of Birmingham: Hughton was appointed manager of Championship club and League Cup holders Birmingham City in June 2011.
In the club’s first European campaign for 50 years, he led them to the group stages of the UEFA Europa League with a 3–0 aggregate win over Portuguese side Nacional. In October, Birmingham won four and drew one of their league games, a feat Hughton was named Championship Manager of the Month for.
Norwich City: He signed The Canaries on 7 June 2012. His first league game was against Fulham, where Norwich lost 5–0, although this result followed memorable league victories against both Arsenal and Manchester United and a League Cup win against Tottenham Hotspur.
Brighton and Hove Albion: On 31 December 2014, Hughton was announced as the new signing of Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion on a three-and-a-half-year contract.
His first game in charge ended in a 2–0 win at Brentford in the third round of the FA Cup on 3 January 2015. In May 2016, Hughton signed a new four-year contract that runs until June 2020.
By April 2017, with three games remaining, Hughton had guided Brighton to the top of the 2016–17 EFL Championship, earning the club automatic promotion to the Premier League after a 2–1 win at home to Wigan.
Nottingham Forest: On 6 October 2020, Hughton was appointed manager of EFL Championship club Nottingham Forest, having sacked Sabri Lamouchi the previous day.
Hughton’s first game as Forest manager was on 17 October 2020 in a 1–0 win at Blackburn Rovers.
After taking over a Forest side bottom of the Championship table with zero points, Hughton guided Forest to 17th place in his first season in charge, finishing nine points above the relegation zone.