Steven Caldwell played under Chris Hughton at Birmingham City and during an interview with Planet Football, he has suggested the 61-year-old has a scary side to his management.
The former defender was being quizzed on what it was like to play under Roy Keane at Sunderland, given the perception he has of being one of football’s hard men.
Caldwell insists he had no fear of Keane, however, claiming Hughton was actually more intimidating than the former Forest midfielder.
He told Planet Football: “I had no fear of Roy Keane. The public thinks everyone is scared of him; I never thought that once.
“I was more scare of other managers; guys you wouldn’t believe, like Chris Hughton or Walter Smith, these guys are scary.
“If you shout and shout, eventually people stop listening. Chris was a brilliant guy, and when you gain so much respect for someone, if you let him down or he was angry, it was scary. I wouldn’t mess with him.”
Hughton is one of football’s most respected people. His calm persona and willingness to discuss in length pretty much anything the media ask him gives off a perception of warmness.
Inside the dressing room, he appears to have a different side though and that is a useful string to have to his bow.
Hughton hasn’t won promotion from the Championship twice without ruffling a few feathers and it would appear that anyone who doesn’t match his ambition could regret crossing his path.
Forest now have the managerial appointment they have waited years for and he should be allowed to mould the squad and the football affairs exactly how he wants them.
Caldwell’s comments suggest that each and every Forest player will need to maintain high standards, otherwise they too might see the scarier side of Hughton.