This research was not helped by the fact that championship rivals, Bristol City, are also looking for a new boss after they decide to sack Lee Johnson.
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BirminghamLive has been told repeatedly that Hughton did not want to return to the club he had coached in one of the most enjoyable seasons in its history in the 2011/2012 campaign.
Under the intelligent and articulated Hughton Blues played in the Europa League and reached the play-offs of the Championship.
But it has now been said that the former Spurs and Ireland wanted to speak to Bristol City.
Sky Sports News says it has refused five championship jobs since leaving Brighton in May 2019 and the 61-year-old has always said he is looking for the right opportunity to return to football.
Hughton himself has already said he would like to return to the Premier League level, but SSN says he is “excited” about taking over at Ashton Gate.
Under the ownership of billionaire Steve Lansdown, the Robins have been one of the most stable clubs outside the top tier.
During the four years that Johnson spent at Bristol City Blues, Gary Rowett, Gianfranco Zola, Harry Redknapp, Steve Cotterill, Garry Monk and Pep Clotet have occupied their seats.
Hughton spoke of the Blues connection last month and said, “You get used to this speculation.
“One thing I would always say is that speculation is always flattering because if someone talks to you or links you to a job, it’s flattering.”
“What I would also say is that when you comment on these things, you should always respect the club itself.
“I had a wonderful time in Birmingham – it’s speculation right now.
“Whatever happens with everyone in this job, it’s a wonderful club that has to start pushing for positions that will allow them to return to the Premier League. “