Birmingham announced Garry Monk's sacking on Tuesday - much to the dismay of the club's fanbase.
But re-hiring Hughton, who led the Blues into the Championship play-offs as boss at the start of the decade, could go some way towards healing those wounds, it seems.
The 60-year-old has promotions on his CV with Newcastle United and Brighton, who sacked him at the end of last season - the second in succession in which the Seagulls had survived relegation back to the second tier.
This is what those of a Birmingham persuasion are saying on Twitter...
I don’t wanna go to league 1 if that’s what they mean by long term ffs only saving grace is if someone like Chris Hughton comes back— Josh (@Joshblues21) June 18, 2019
Chris Hughton Or We Riot— Tom (@Tom12956152) June 18, 2019
Give me Chris Hughton or there'll be consequences @BCFC— James Walker (@DajerbalJames) June 18, 2019
Bring back Hughton..... the only acceptable and credible guy available #BCFC— Michael Edwards (@BcfcMichael) June 18, 2019
You’re dreaming if you think Hughton is coming back— Chris (@_chris96bcfc) June 18, 2019
Interestingly, Monk leaves behind his entire coaching team, with his long-time assistant, Pep Clotet, taking the Birmingham reins on a caretaker basis.
Hughton is said to have been among the contenders for the recent vacancy at Birmingham's local rivals, West Bromwich Albion, who eventually hired Slaven Bilic instead.
Brighton have since appointed the former Swansea City manager and ex-Blues defender, Graham Potter, as the Irishman's successor
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