Chris Hughton opens up on becoming Newcastle United manager by default and not being surprised when Mike Ashley 'unfairly' sacked him

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Chris Hughton has opened up about his time as Newcastle United manager in 2009 and 2010, explaining how he fell into the role and his lack of surprise when Mike Ashley controversially sacked him.

Despite four separate interim managerial spells at Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United, Hughton had never managed on a permanent basis until he, in his own words, became Newcastle manager by default in 2009.

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Ryan Dabbs
Staff writer

Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future.