Billionaire forced to look elsewhere after Rangers move fails - report
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Billionaire moves for Irish manager after Rangers move fails - report

Former Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton is in talks with Bristol City to become their new manager after reports claimed Steven Gerrard turned down the job.

Rangers boss Gerrard was ambitiously linked to Bristol City with the lure of their billionaire owner Steve Lansdown and big ambitions hoping to snare the Liverpool legend.

But as almost every bluenose already knew – and one which most Robins fans did deep down too – the Championship outfit have been forced to look elsewhere.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is going nowhere. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)


Hughton, 61, Is not without plenty of experience in the English game and will surely be a solid appointment for the 11th placed Championship club.

According to the Daily Mail, Hughton has held initial discussions with the club as he hopes to build a squad capable of making it into the Premier League.

Hughton has an array of Premier League experience having first managed Newcastle United in the English top tier, where he produced the best league start in the Magpies’ history in 2009 whilst in the Championship to earn them promotion.

The former Republic of Ireland international and Spurs full-back would then go on to manage Birmingham City, guiding them to the Europa League group stages in 2011 despite being in the Championship.

The Birmingham side had won the League Cup with Rangers legend Barry Ferguson in the team the season before.

Hughton would then leave Birmingham City for Premier League Norwich, where he enjoyed a mixed spell before being sacked and taking over then Championship Brighton.

Manager Chris Hughton has been out of work since leaving Brighton last year (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Hughton inspired the Seasiders to promotion to the top tier in 2017 but was eventually sacked in May 2019 with Brighton just above the relegation zone.

Steven Gerrard was reportedly on a four-man shortlist with Hughton following the sacking of Lee Johnson as Bristol City manager, alongside Charlton’s Lee Bowyer and Plymouth Argyle’s Ryan Lowe.


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