The Ghana Football Association (GFA) is close to appointing Chris Hughton as new Head Coach of the senior national team of Ghana, the Black Stars, according to an exclusive report from the ever reliable Muftawu Nabila.
Following the sacking of Milovan Rajevac due to Ghana’s poor display at the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon, the Ghana FA has been in hunt for a new Head Coach for the Black Stars as the 2022 FIFA World Cup playoff against Nigeria in March gears.
Earlier this week, the President of the Ghana FA, Kurt Okraku and two other people who are the Technical Director of the FA, Bernhard Lippert and erstwhile Eintracht Frankfurt defender Tony Baffour travelled to Germany to convince Otto Addo to take the job on interim basis.
Otto Addo, who’s currently an Assistant Coach at German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund agreed to take the job. However, there has been a turn of events and the Ghana FA are edging closer to naming British-born Ghanaian manager Chris Hughton as permanent Head Coach of the team.
Chris Hughton, who’s pushed for the vacant Black Stars managerial role by some prominent people in the government arrived in Ghana last week Friday and has already demonstrated what he will add to the team by luring Chelsea star, Callum Hudson-Odoi to play for Ghana.
The Chelsea winger is one of many Ghanaian players born abroad Chris Hughton has set sights on convincing to play for the Black Stars once he’s confirmed as new manager of the team.
Chris Hughton, whose managerial pedigree spans across 20 years and includes leading two clubs, Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion to promotion to the Premier League will also be looking to convince the likes of Tariq Lamptey, Eddie Nketiah, Brain Brobbey, Enock Kwateng and others.
The 63-year old’s last job was at Championship side Nottingham Forest where he led them to safety in the 2020/21 season before leaving in September 2021 at the start of the 2021/22 Championship season.
Hughton has also in the past managed Norwich City and Birmingham City. He has also managed Tottenham Hotspurs as caretaker boss and the Ireland National team as assistant coach.
Chris Hughton’s appointment as the new Head Coach of the Black Stars is expected to be made official in the coming days and he will lead Ghana in the playoff of the FIFA World Cup against Nigeria next month.