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future Ireland boss? Chris Hughton set to take on Ghana job ahead of crucial World Cup play-off


Chris Hughton: Talks

Chris Hughton: Talks

Chris Hughton: Talks

He's long been touted as a future Ireland manager, but Chris Hughton is in line for the post of national team boss with troubled Ghana in a bid to bring them to the World Cup finals.

Hughton (63) has been out of work since September, when he was sacked by Nottingham Forest, but there is still interest in the former Brighton and Norwich boss. He landed in Ghana for talks with their FA earlier this week about the vacancy of national team boss.

Ghana, ranked 52nd in the world, are in crisis after a dismal showing at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon, where they managed just one point from three games, and Serbian coach Milovan Rajevac was sacked right away.

It’s been reported locally that Ghana’s minister for sport ordered an investigation into their flop at the finals and also demanded that Rajevac was dismissed with a revamp of their FA’s leadership.

They have a World Cup play-off, over two legs, against Nigeria on the way in March and the Ghana FA are keen for an experienced coach to guide the Black Stars past the Nigerians, 16 places above them in the FIFA world rankings. Hughton has a strong link with Ghana as his father, Willie, was from there and he has often spoken of his links with the African nation.

Meanwhile, England U-20 cap Joseph Anang says he was happy to come to Ireland on loan from West Ham and line out for St Patrick’s Athletic after positive reports from a fellow Hammer.

David Moyes’ side conducted some Irish-related transfer activity in the last 24 hours, loaning out striker Mipo Odubeko to League One side Doncaster Rovers while also clearing a season-long loan deal for ’keeper Anang. Pat’s needed a ’keeper after a loan spell for Vitezslav Jaros ended, with Liverpool recalling Jaros and then sending him out on loan again, to Notts County.

And Pat’s, who had Alfie Lewis on loan from West Ham last term, used their contacts to bring in Anang, who made his debut in a pre-season friendly against Galway United on Friday.

“It feels very good to be here. I know St Pat’s is one of the biggest clubs in Ireland and I’m really excited to be here,” he said.

“I heard about the interest a couple of weeks ago and I spoke to Alfie Lewis, who I played with at West Ham, he loved his time in Ireland and said great things about St Pat’s. Having spoken to the club and found about about the league, it was a no-brainer for me to come here.”

Odubeko is going to Doncaster on loan whileformer Ireland U-21 cap Kieran Sadlier has made the switch from Rotherham United to their League One rivals Bolton Wanderers, on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

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