Former Newcastle United manager becomes 'sudden favourite' for Fulham job

Chris Hughton

Ex-Newcastle United, Birmingham City and Norwicch City boss Chris Hughton has become the new favourite for the Fulham vacancy.

Felix Magath was always going to be on a short leash at Fulham having failed to keep the Cottagers in the Premier League last season, but his dismal start to the Championship campaign meant that owner Shahid Khan had to sack his third manager in just 14 months in charge.

Magath, formerly of Bayern Munich, followed Martin Jol and Rene Meulensteen out of the Craven Cottage exit door in September after a 5-3 defeat to Nottingham Forest, but Fulham have still yet to announce who will be replacing the German in the dugout.

Caretaker manager Kit Symons has done a great job in temporary charge of the club he once played for, but the international break has slowed down the momentum in his charge to land the permanent job.

However, now it's former Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton leading the race. The 55-year-old was sacked by Norwich in April with the Canaries set for relegation alongside Fulham, and has been out of work ever since despite being linked with positions at Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion.

A London native, Hughton spent his entire playing career in the capital with Tottenham, West Ham United and Brentford, and would surely be open to a return there, with the odds tumbling on Hughton today, according to Sky Bet's Jamie Munro.

"The interest in Hughton has been sudden but it’s all one-way traffic this morning," said Munro. "He was 10/1 when we first opened the betting on Felix Magath’s successor and there’s no shortage of money riding on the appointment, but there’s still hope for our initial favourite Symons at 11/4."

Having guided Birmingham City to the play-offs in his sole season in charge at St. Andrews and won the Championship title with Newcastle, Hughton has impressed in the second tier before, which may make him the perfect candidate for Fulham.

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