Tony Cascarino has urged the FAI to move quickly to appoint recently departed Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton as the new Republic of Ireland manager.
The 62-year-old lost his City Ground position last Thursday after just under a year in charge. He oversaw just 14 wins from 53 games during his tenure on Trentside.
Hughton was appointed by Forest as an experienced option following the sacking of Sabri Lamouchi.
Things never really worked out for him and ultimately six defeats in seven matches during 2021/22 ensured a change was required.
Former striker Cascarino thinks he’s tailor-made for another job though. Stephen Kenny is clinging on to his position in the Ireland hot-seat and the TalkSPORT pundit fancies Hughton.
He told the Sunday Times: “I think Chris Hughton is capable of overachieving because he’s done that at Norwich, Brighton and Newcastle.
“He lost the job at Forest last week but they’ve had 18 managers in 10 years and the turmoil at the club is there for all to see.
“I think we would get the good Chris Hughton as Ireland manager. He’s always been a deep thinker; if you met Chris you’d soon realise he thinks about football a lot.
“He is a pragmatist and we have got to get back to being a team that is very hard to beat, as we still find scoring goals a big problem.”
Would Chris Hughton do better with Ireland than he did at Forest?
He will do well to do much worse wherever he goes next in total honesty. Hughton didn’t cover himself in glory at the City Ground and perhaps in the 17 months he had out of the game, modern-day football escaped him somewhat.
With that in mind, the international game could be ideal for him. The players Hughton brought in at Forest were typically decent and the defensive approach could be ideal for a nation like Ireland.
It’s interesting that Cascarino is the latest pundit to slam Forest. Using the club’s ‘turmoil’ to apparently suggest that Hughton was unfairly treated at the City Ground. He deserved to be sacked. End of story.
Back to Ireland and Kenny hasn’t really cut the mustard since replacing Mick McCarthy. With Hughton now available perhaps the FAI have a decision to make.
Hughton’s pragmatic style ultimately cost him the Forest job. It could, however, be just what Ireland need at this stage should they choose to part with Kenny.