Ireland considering former Ghana gaffer Chris Hughton for head coach role



Chris Hughton, former coach of Ghana’s national team, is reportedly in talks to become the head coach of the Irish national football team. Hughton has been without a job since his departure from Ghana’s coaching position in February, following the Black Stars’ disappointing performance at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast.

After leaving Ghana, the 65-year-old returned to the United Kingdom (UK) to be with his family while awaiting his next coaching opportunity.

According to reports from the Irish Sun, Hughton is a top candidate for the head coach role with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI). It’s said that some members of the Irish FA view Hughton favorably and are considering offering him the position.

Currently, Ireland is without a permanent head coach, with former Manchester United player John O’Shea serving as the interim manager.

Hughton’s tenure as Ghana’s coach ended with a lower win rate compared to his predecessors, including Charles Kwabla (CK) Akonnor, Milovan Rajevac, and Otto Addo. His win rate of 31% is the lowest among the last four coaches to lead the Black Stars.

During Akonnor’s time as coach, Ghana achieved a win rate of 40%, while Rajevac and Addo had win rates of 38% and 42%, respectively.

Hughton’s departure from the Ghanaian team came after the team’s disappointing performance in the 2023 AFCON group stage, where they failed to secure a single victory.

Since then, Ghana has reinstated Otto Addo as the head coach of the national team.

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