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Born: 11 December 1958, Stratford
Playing Career: Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham, Brentford
International Career: Republic of Ireland (53 caps)

Chris spent 11 years as a reliable full-back with Tottenham Hotspur from 1979-1990 before short spells at West Ham and Brentford.

A knee injury ended his career in 1993 at the age of 34. During that time Chris also won 53 caps for the Republic of Ireland.

Chris was a member of the Tottenham side that won the FA Cup in 1981 and 1982, and also the UEFA Cup in 1984

Following his retirement as a player, from June 1993 to October 2007 Hughton was a coach at Spurs, initially in charge of the Under-21 team, and then in 1999, the Reserve side.

In 2001 he became First Team Coach working under George Graham, Glenn Hoddle, David Pleat, Jacques Santini and Martin Jol. During this time he served as caretaker manager on two separate occasions.

He joined Newcastle United in February 2008 as coach under Kevin Keegan.

Took over as caretaker manager for a second time in July, 2009 and, assisted by Colin Calderwood, guided the Magpies to the top of the Championship table after the first five matches of the 2009/10 season.

Chris won back-to-back Manager of the Month Awards for August and September and was confirmed as permanent manager on October 27, 2009.

Won his first game as permanent boss by a goal to nil at Sheffield United on November 2, 2009.

Subsequently led United to promotion and then the Championship title in his first full season in charge.