Chris Hughton teases shot at international management amid Ireland links

Chris Hughton

“International football is more appealing to me now than it was a few years back…”

Chris Hughton has fuelled the fire regarding a possible switch to international management, with his club career looking like it is coming to an end.

During his last job in club football, Hughton was dismissed by Nottingham Forest after a dismal start to the season at the City Ground.

But Hughton is keen to get back in the game, suggesting that he would be open to taking over an international side should the opportunity present itself.

Chris Hughton teases switch to international management.

As recently as September, former Ireland international, and ex-teammate of Hughton, Tony Cascarino called on the FAI to replace Stephen Kenny with the former Brighton boss.

But despite that, Hughton has explained that a potential move to international management would be something he needs to consider.

“International football is more appealing to me now than it was a few years back,” he told the Nottingham Post.

“But a return to club management would still be my first preference as I speak now.

“I’ve always respected anyone who takes on an international role because it is a tough job. You have a few windows every year when you get the players and in eight days, there are two important matches.”

Chris Hughton on international football.

While admitting he would be willing to take the ‘right’ international job, he has expressed reservations at not being able to work with players every day.

“If you are the England, France or Germany manager, you have a chance to succeed and compete for big competitions,” he added.

“But being in charge of one of the smaller nations is more challenging. Also, the lack of time with players is a major problem for me at international level.

“What I have enjoyed about football management is the day-to-day involvement with players.

“And you also have the issue of the pool of players you are working with – you can’t control that at international level.

“So my first choice would be to return to a club and the day-to-day working with players as that is what I have enjoyed about the role, but the right international role might be interesting.”

Despite Hughton’s admission on going into international football, he is, however, linked with a return to club football in England to Ipswich Town.

With that, and Stephen Kenny’s position as Ireland boss appearing solid, the ex-Brighton boss is unlikely to take over as Ireland boss any time soon.

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