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Chris Hughton to Everton: The move that makes sense

“With the resources that he’s had to deal with, he’s always done brilliantly well with them, and you just feel like, with a job like Everton or even Leicester, with the resources that they’ve both got, why does his name never get mentioned? It just seems a little bit strange to me. It’s almost baffling.”

It’s not very often one can agree with Ian Wright’s opinion  but this observation by the ex-Arsenal pundit hit the nail on the head. Why isn’t Chris Hughton’s name at the top of every ‘next manager’ list?

Same old names

The odds for the next permanent Everton manager brings up the usual suspects. Big “I’ve actually announced my retirement from football” Sam, follows Sean Dyche in the betting. David Unsworth is there but his prospects don’t like so positive since Joey Barton went on a rampage, but mainly down to the very disappointing defeat to the Foxes. Chris Coleman (poor club record), Marco Silva (surely can’t move again) and Thomas Tuchel (tough ask) follow in the betting. David Moyes is even in there! Can you imagine? Hughton is only listed by one bookmaker and he’s a longshot.

Success over a sustained period

We previously wrote about why Chris Hughton should get the Irish job. Just imagine what he could have gotten out of India’s finest, Robbie Keane? Ask Newcastle fans who they would like to replace Rafa in the likely event of the Spaniard leaving and the majority will respond with ‘Hughton’. He’s now no less than a living God in Brighton. Hughton’s spells at Norwich and Birmingham were relatively successful, too. The ex-Irish full back is constantly improving. While it may take some compensation to prize him away from the Seagulls, it would surely be worth it.

Brighton sit pretty in mid-table. They’re an organised, focused and tough team to break down. Brighton also play some pretty decent attacking football. Nearly all of the qualities Everton supporters wish they had at Goodison Park. While Sean Dyche is the clear favourite, one could easily argue that Hughton’s credentials are as strong. His name should at least be in the hat.

What do you think? Let us know if you feel Chris Hughton should be the ‘chosen one’ for the Blues:

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