According to The Times’ George Caulkin, Chris Hughton has admitted he is “waiting for Newcastle” to join his Brighton and Hove Albion side in the Premier League.
Brighton secured promotion from the Sky Bet Championship on Monday, thanks to a 2-1 victory over Wigan Athletic, with many congratulating Hughton on his achievements, including Caulkin.
Caulkin revealed he contacted Hughton to congratulate the Brighton manager, who responded saying: “Now waiting for Newcastle.”
Texted Chris Hughton to congratulate him. He praised his players (nothing about himself) & added "now waiting for Newcastle". What a man.
— George Caulkin (@CaulkinTheTimes) April 19, 2017
Hughton spent time as Newcastle’s manager in 2009 and 2010, leading the Magpies to promotion during their last spell outside the top-flight.
Current Newcastle boss, Rafa Benitez, is also expected to guide the Magpies to the Premier League in the coming weeks.
Newcastle are seven-points behind leaders Brighton, but hold a six-point lead over third-placed Reading, and with just three fixtures of the season remaining, Benitez’s side look set for promotion.
The Magpies face Preston North End, Cardiff City and Barnsley in their remaining fixtures, knowing two victories will be enough to secure promotion.
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