Former Premier League manager holds "positive" Fulham talks - report

Chris Hughton

Ex-Newcastle United and Norwich City manager Chris Hughton has reportedly held 'positive' talks over becoming the next Fulham manager.

Fulham are searching for yet another manager after owner Shahid Khan sacked the third manager of his 14 month reign in charge of the West London club. Martin Jol was the first to go in December, and his compatriot Rene Meulensteen lasted only two months in the job before Felix Magath was appointed in January.

None of them enjoyed any sort of success last season, as the Cottagers were relegated even with the appointment of former Bayern Munich boss Magath. The German also struggled in the Championship, picking up just one point from the opening seven games of the season before Khan lost his patience and sacked him following a 5-3 defeat to Nottingham Forest.

That means that Khan needs to find another new manager, and the likes of Gianfranco Zola and Steve Clarke have been linked with returns to West London after being prominent figures at Chelsea, whilst caretaker manager Kit Symons is the choice of many fans as well as centre back Dan Burn.

Yet reports today suggest that there could be someone else in the frame - Chris Hughton.

The 55-year-old is no stranger to London have played for Tottenham and West Ham, as well as having been Spurs' assistant manager for ten years. When he became a manager in his own right, Hughton won the Championship with Newcastle before being harshly sacked in their first season back in the Championship, before heading to Birmingham City to replace Alex McLeish in 2011.

Having taken the Blues to the playoffs at the first time of asking, Hughton became Norwich City's new manager after Paul Lambert left for Aston Villa, and whilst he kept the Canaries in the Premier League in his first season in charge, Hughton struggled in his second term at Carrow Road and was sacked just a month before the end of the season.

Since then, Hughton has been out of work and whilst he's been linked with a number of jobs, the Fulham one is the strongest link yet. According the The Mirror, Hughton held 'positive' talks with the Cottagers over becoming their new manager, which could well make him the favourite to take the reins at Craven Cottage.

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