'Lots of people have said that to me' - Chris Hughton rules out Ireland return

The former Newcastle United and Norwich City boss is not interested in returning to the Boys in Green set-up, insisting that his focus is on Brighton.

CHIRS HUGHTON HAS dismissed the notion of managing Ireland, stating that he does not currently have “any ambitions to manage at international level.”

The Brighton and Hove Albion boss played for the Boys in Green during his career and later worked as assistant coach to Brian Kerr during Kerr’s tenure at the helm of the Irish team.

After wins over Gibraltar and Georgia, Martin O’Neill’s Ireland are now on course to make the Euro 2016 play-offs, but Hughton says that he has no interest in returning to the international fold, even if O’Neill fails to guide the team to the tournament in France next year.

“Lots of people have said that to me but I don’t have any ambitions to manage at international level, only because of where I am at the moment,” Hughton told the Argus.

“I think as a manager you want to manage at the highest level possible and international management is one of those higher levels. But I think always the best way to approach your work is to concentrate on what you are doing.

“What I’m doing here takes up so much of your time and your thoughts and so much of your life that you don’t really think about too much outside of the job here at Brighton.”

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