True Spur Hughton Happy to Step Aside
Byline: MARTIN LIPTON
THE TOTTENHAM fans who sang Chris Hughton's praises may not be happy at seeing another element of George Graham's Arsenal past re-instituted at White Hart Lane.
But if there were any who could not see why Stewart Houston will be installed as Graham's new righthand man this week, they surely can after the 1-1 draw at home to Derby.
After vacating his seat in the directors' box before the interval, Graham's expression indicated what was to come in the dressing- room.
Yet, within 56 seconds of the restart, he saw his team 'fall asleep' to gift Deon Burton the goal which would have seen Graham's unbeaten home record as manager ended had Tim Sherwood not salvaged a deserved point.
It was indicative of the work that still has to be done, the sort of frailty that Houston will be expected to put right.
Even though it means demotion for Hughton, he accepted it was probably the right move for the club.
He said: 'Stewart has worked with George for a long time and they obviously have a good working relationship. I've been aware for quite a while that George wanted him to come. I've no complaints. It's a very exciting time to be here and I want to help us to win trophies.' Past successes explain Graham's decision. In tandem with Houston, who had co-ordinated an Ipswich defence with a record bettered only by Arsenal, Graham lifted the title twice at Highbury. Spurs have not been champions since 1961 and Graham said: 'Stewart will be joining the staff, as my No.2. He and I work together and he knows exactly what I want.' Graham heard the pro-Hughton chants, indicative of the esteem the former full back is held in after six seasons in the backroom team. …