If all of us were asked to go and put a tenner on who do we think Mel will appoint next who would it be?
Personally I'd stick a tenner on Darren Moore. I'm just convinced that's where Mel will go.
I'd be a bit meh about Moore. The appointment wouldn't excite me at all. I wouldn't be angry with it. I'd back him and I'd get behind the boys. He's managed less games than Frank Lampard. So just as inexperienced. I think he'd be ok. We could do worse but we could also do better. For what's it worth, I think he was unjustly sacked at West Brom.
Of all the managers out of work, for me, Chris Hughton is head and shoulders above anyone. An appointment like that would make me confident going into the season and I wouldn't feel that way about Moore.
This next managerial appointment is absolutely huge for us. It has to be right.
I might be in the minority here. But I couldn't care less what the football is like if we got promoted. If someone offered me Karanka now. Football wouldn't be brilliant but you'd finish 2nd. I'd take it. We need promotion. We need the riches of the Premier League. That's why we go. To see our club at the top table and out of every manager available I honestly think that Hughton is the most likely to achieve that.
But from the sound of Mel's interview today. I doubt he's even being considered.
Just posting my tuppence worth -
Chris Hughton is a very under-rated manager (just as he was a player).
He was coveted as a first team coach when at Spurs and after he was let go when Spurs decided on a clear-out when they sacked Jol. He did a terrific job at Newcastle first as coach and then as manager taking them from the Championship to the PL and then got sacked when they were in the top 10 because Ashley wanted a 'world-class' manager - hiring Alan Pardew.
It is rumoured that Hughton had more than a dozen job offers as assistant manager in the PL after he was sacked by Newcastle. Instead he took his time and became Birmingham manager - with no money and in the Championship - he got the team to the group stages of the Europa League and 4th in the Championship.
He was then appointed manager of Norwich and in his first season they finished 11th in the PL. The following season Norwich struggled. In April the Norwich board panicked after a defeat to WBA and sacked Hughton when Norwich were five points above relegation with five games to play. Norwich got 1 point from the last five games and were relegated. Hughton was adamant that he would have kept Norwich up,
He took over at Brighton in December 2015 when they were 22nd in the Championship. The following season he led them to 3rd and then a year later to 2nd and automatic promotion. Brighton finished 15th in the PL and then 17th last season as well as an FA cup semi-final (Brighton were in a worse situation than Norwich last season and Hughton got them out of it).
In five seasons in the PL Hughton has not been relegated as manager - in five (full or part) seasons in the Championship he has saved a club from relegation and finished 1st (with 102 points), 4th, 3rd and 2nd, winning two automatic promotions.
The step up from Championship to PL is massive - it takes years for a promoted club to build a squad capable of sustaining PL status - Bournemouth, Burnley and Watford have taken years (with a few hiccups and relegations along the way). These days a promoted club needs to spend up to £100million a year on transfers just to stand still and hope to consolidate. Like all promoted teams - Brighton struggled for want of a striker - you cannot rely on a 35 year old to score enough goals. But Brighton did not buy well last off-season and Hughton did not have control over player transfers - the Brighton brain-trust using Bloom's gambling metrics invested in players they thought could develop and sell-on for big money. Hughton did what he had to do to prevent relegation - and he succeeded.
The average lifespan for a PL manager since 1992 is 91 games (and this figure is grossly distorted by Ferguson, Wenger and Redknapp). Hughton has managed for 164 PL games. More than 60% of all PL managers only ever manage one club in the PL - Hughton has managed 3 clubs in the PL.
There is an utter misconception that Hughton is a defensively minded coach who parks the bus - this is false - a look at his teams at Newcastle and his teams in the Championship who have all played attacking free-flowing football. Hughton was able to do this in the PL with Newcastle because he had the players at his disposal. But, as I said, the step-up from the Championship is massive - and getting bigger every season. Hughton's job was to get Brighton promoted and to keep them there - he succeeded in doing so for two full seasons.
Often owners and fans develop unrealistic expectations about their club when they get promoted - not realising that it is a massive job just to stand still and avoid relegation. This has happened at Brighton - the assumption that you can make incremental progress in the second season in the PL (when it is actually a very dangerous season for promoted clubs) and thereafter - and that you can play expansive attacking football. To survive you need speed and you need at least one goalscorer who can net 15+ goals and a second one that can get 10. I think Brighton made a massive blunder in sacking Hughton. Potter might work out for them - but in my view he has an inflated reputation (particularly from his time in Sweden). If Potter attempts to play the football he played at Swansea then Brighton will get destroyed in the PL next season - then it comes down to whether Potter knows how to grind out results.
Hughton is probably the top available option for Derby and Derby should gab him if they get the chance - the real question is whether he would want the job. He's 60 now and spent 4 1/2 years getting Brighton to the PL and keeping them there. Would he want to go through that process again only for an owner to get an inflated view of where the club is at and sack him. It is likely that 2-3 manager will be sacked during the next PL season and all of the clubs will probably give Hughton a call knowing that he can grind out results and keep teams from being relegated. He would then get another shot at a full season in the PL with PL standard players in the squad and money to buy players.
And why should he take 2 minutes out of a family holiday just to appease some melodramatic fans on a football forum?
The only person he is answerable to is Mel Morris.
If there is anything to be said about the situation it should be coming from the club and, as far as I am aware, a statement was released last week. Unfortunately, some of you were probably that twisted up in your knickers that you missed it.
Just watched that Instagram video. It is absolutely harmless!! He’s been stitched up plain and simple and it wasn’t even bad.
Anyone offended by that is letting their love for this club get in the way of reality and not viewing it on its merits. Nothing offensive, no disrespect to the club, put him in an awkward spot but that’s what mates do and he dealt with it as well as he could.