‘Possibly my biggest job’ - Hughton up for the Championship challenge
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Former Norwich City manager Chris Hughton knows the pressure is on to produce the goods after taking over at Nottingham Forest.
Hughton was unveiled as Sabri Lamouchi’s replacement, who paid for a poor start to the season after the Reds’ missed out on the play-offs on the final day of the previous campaign in dramatic fashion.
The experienced Hughton has managed in the Premier League at Newcastle, Norwich and Brighton but ranks his task at the City Ground as tough as anything in his coaching career.
“Possibly the biggest job with the timing. There is always a reason why a new manager has been brought in and it has been a difficult start to the season,” he told Talksport. “First and foremost it is about picking up good results. You could say it is in at the deep end with seven games in 21 days but it is a big job.
“I see it is a big responsibility and one I am looking forward to it.
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“It is my responsibility to go through the squad and unfortunately there is only a short period of time (before the domestic transfer window closes on October 16) and I have to make as many assessments as possible but what I would like to do is by the time the window closes I have the best balance to the squad I can get.
“I don’t see a lot of changes but we will certainly look to capitalise on any opportunities to improve the squad before that window closes.
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“I am certainly of an age and have been around the game long enough to know the standing of a club like Nottingham Forest. Once there was that opportunity to become manager it was something I instantly felt was a really good job for me. Really pleased and happy to be here.”
Hughton is poised to make his latest return to Carrow Road on December 9 with his new club.