MAIN MAN: Chris Hughton addresses the audience
Photo credit: Sylvester George
FAMILY, FRIENDS, colleagues and associates paid tribute to Brighton manager Chris Hughton on May 17. Hughton, who has guided his club to the Premier League, was celebrated by an event hosted by football’s anti-racism campaign, Kick It Out, and the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA).
Venue for the occasion was Soul Store West in Kilburn, northwest London, and humble admitted that while he had an inkling that something was afoot, he was still taken by surprise by the hundreds of people that gathered to pay homage to him.
There were a plethora of top names in attendance including Argentinian World Cup winners Ricky Villa and Ossie Ardiles, who gave Hughton his big break in coaching and management while they were together at Tottenham.
Also in attendance were former Spurs’ Alan Mullery, Gary Mabbutt and Garth Crooks and Mitchell Thomas, West Brom legend Cyrille Regis, ex Watford striker Luther Blissett, PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor, Michael Emenalo, Chelsea’s technical director among others.
GUESTS: Tottenham legends Ricky Villa (left), Ossie Ardiles and PFA chief executive Gordn Taylor (right)
Hughton told The Voice that there was now a short break coming up for him and family and then it was full steam ahead as Brighton begin life in the top flight.
Also present was Steve Parish, chairman of Brighton’s arch rivals Crystal Palace. Pre-event Parish told the media: “He’s (Hughton) a very, very nice man. He’s done a fantastic job there.”
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Troy Townsend, Kick It Out’s education and development manager, said: “It was a real honour for Kick It Out to celebrate Chris, in this way. He deserves all the credit he receives and more, for what he has achieved not just this season but throughout his career.
“Chris a is role model who will continue to inspire managers and coaches, particularly from BAME community.”