LOOK HUGH’S BACK CHRIS HUGHTON has returned to management as Ghana boss 17 months after his last team Nottingham Forest sacked him.
The former Newcastle and Brighton chief, 64, has been technical advisor for the Black Stars since February last year.
Chris Hughton has been named as Ghana manager after working for them at the World Cup in Qatar as technical advisor
Hughton was sacked by his last team Forest after a year in charge
Now the ex-Tottenham defender replaces Otto Addo, who stepped down after a poor World Cup 2022.
Addo, a German-born Ghanaian, has resumed his position as talent-spotter for Borussia Dortmund.
Former Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Holland midfielder George Boateng, who was born in Ghana, remains as assistant coach for his home country.
So does Ghanaian Mas-Ud Didi Dramani.
The main task for Hughton, whose dad was born in Ghana, is to qualify for the next Africa Cup of Nations in the Ivory Coast in 2024.
The Black Stars share the Group E lead with Angola on four points from two games, three above the Central African Republic and Madagascar.
It was the ex-Birmingham and Norwich manager who led Brighton into the Premier League.
And fans on social media warmly welcomed the one-time Ireland star’s comeback.
One posted: “Definitely should have been considered for the Leeds or Southampton jobs.”
But another joked: “Smart way to distance himself from the Leeds and Southampton jobs.”
A Newcastle supporter tweeted: “Congratulations Chris. Great bloke.”
And the consensus was Ghana have made a sensible choice with popular, well-respected Hughton.
An international football fan wrote: “I think he’ll do well. There is a lot of talent in that squad. Hopefully the GFA give him time, and don’t put restrictions on him.”