How former Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton ended up with key World Cup role

A familiar figure to Newcastle United fans has a key World Cup role with Ghana.

Chris Hughton – who left Nottingham Forest last year – is assisting head coach Otto Addo at the tournament.

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Hughton had been linked with the head coach’s role while on holiday in the country where his father Willie was born, and the 63-year-old, a popular figure on Tyneside, was quickly offered the post of technical advisor following Addo’s appointment.

“I do feel a strong connection to the country,” the former Republic of Ireland international told the Daily Mail. “So, when they asked if I was prepared to help, using my experience and knowledge, the answer was always going to be yes.”

Ghana – who lost their first game against Portugal – take on South Korea this afternoon, and Hughton says Addo’s team have to be “confident” about their chances, despite the quality of their Group H opposition.

“We are where we are, the lowest-seeded team in a group of four — and it’s a tough group,” said Hughton, who took Newcastle back into the Premier League in the 2009/10 season.

“In my conversations with people, I encourage them not to get too carried away, but this is the World Cup. They (the federation) will be expecting us to do well. So will the country. It’s a cup competition, and we have to be confident.”

Chris Hughton is Ghana's technical advisor at the World Cup.

Ghana are winless in their last five World Cup games.

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Hughton has also had managerial spells at Birmingham City, Brighton and Hove Albion and Norwich City since his controversial dismissal at Newcastle in late 2010.