Chris Hughton could be given lifeline

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Chris Hughton could be offered a return to management by West Ham after he was sacked by Newcastle United earlier this week.

Several newspaper reports this weekend are claiming Hughton may be brought in by the Hammers if Avram Grant can't turn around the team's fortunes.

The Upton Park outfit are currently bottom of the table after Saturday's 3-1 defeat by high-flying Manchester City and the pressure is starting to mount on the former Portsmouth and Chelsea boss.

Grant was only appointed successor to Gianfranco Zola this summer, but it's understood co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold are both giving his future serious consideration.

Hughton, who was sacked by the Magpies last week after 16 months in charge, is believed to be top of their list of possible replacements.

The 51-year-old has received widespread support since Mike Ashley's controversial decision to get rid of a man who took United back into the top-flight and left them in 11th place in the table prior to his exit.

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