Chris Hughton narrates how he landed Black Stars job

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Chris Hughton has disclosed that it didn’t take him long to make a decision on becoming the new Head Coach of the Black Stars.

According to Chris Hughton, the talks of him becoming the coach of the Black Stars commenced after Ghana’s failure to shine at the 2022 African Cup of nations in Cameroon, bowing out in the group stages.

Hughton first got involved with the Black Stars as technical advisor for the team for the World Cup qualifiers against Nigeria, working alongside Otto Addo as Head Coach and, George Boateng and Mas-Ud Didi Dramani as assistant coaches.

Following Ghana’s qualification to the World Cup, his mandate and that of the three coaches was extended until after the World Cup.

“It actually started when I was on holiday in Ghana and we hadn’t done so well in the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon and the FA changed the coach and they wanted to bring in another coach…,” he told TalkSports.

“Most people thought I was there for the job but that was not the case. It worked out because I was not working… I was asked if I will want to be a technical advisor for the two big games against Nigeria in the 2022 World Cup playoffs which we won.

“So the fact that we won, they asked me if I would want to continue this role going through to the World Cup because they saw me as an experienced coach and also have a Ghanaian background so I was asked if I could help. My role was to support the head coach and the technical team.

“Post-World Cup, I was asked if I would be the head coach and it didn’t take me a long time to accept,” he added.

Since being appointed coach of the Black Stars earlier this year, Hughton has led the team in three games, beating Angola 1-0 and drawing 1-1 and 0-0 with Angola and Central African Republic (CAR) respectively.

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