Sky Sports pundit says Chris Hughton has proven Newcastle United wrong

Brighton manager Chris Hughton

Hughton's could get one over on his former club with his Brighton side right behind Newcastle in the race for the Championship title.

Don Goodman has told Sky Sports that Brighton manager Chris Hughton has proven himself as one of the best coaches around after being harshly dismissed by Newcastle United in 2010.

The 57-year-old was hugely popular among supporters on Tyneside for overseeing their return to the Premier League in 2010, gaining an astonishing 102 points in the process during their Championship winning campaign.

Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton celebrates with the trophy after winning the Coca-Cola Football League Championship

Hughton then began re-establishing Newcastle in the top flight before being surprisingly sacked midway through the season with Alan Pardew entering in his place at St James’ Park.

However, the former Tottenham caretaker has not let such a premature and unforgiving end to a hugely successful spell in charge of The Magpies cloud his managerial career, with his Brighton side currently breathing down the necks of his former club at the top of the league.

And Goodman believes Hughton is without doubt one of the division’s finest coaches, though his work often goes under the radar.

“Goodness me, when I think about Hughton, I think about how talented a coach he is, and how he hasn't got the credit for what he's achieved,” the Wolves legend wrote in his column for Sky Sports.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton

“But also, for the dignity he displayed when he was unfairly sacked by Newcastle, and possibly unfairly sacked by Norwich as far as I'm concerned.

“Never once did I hear him whinge, complain or feel sorry for himself. He's now showing not only Brighton fans, but all of us who watch the EFL, what a fantastic manager and coach he is. All credit to him for that.”

Hughton departed Carrow Road with Norwich on the verge of relegation from the Premier League, although he had guided them to a hugely impressive 11th placed finish the season prior.

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton (L) and assistant manager Colin Calderwood

And, if his Brighton side keep performing at their peak, there is a good chance he could earn a return to the top flight in time for next season.

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