Walsall player 367. Christopher “Chris” Hutchings

Christopher “Chris” Hutchings (born 5 July 1957 in Winchester, England) is an English former footballer and manager. He played for a number of clubs including Chelsea and played more than 100 games for Brighton & Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town. He has managed in the Premier League with Bradford City and Wigan Athletic, while his most recent tenure was at Walsall. He left Ipswich Town in November 2012 following Paul Jewell’s departure.
As a player, Hutchings spent time at Harrow Borough, Chelsea, Brighton & Hove Albion, Huddersfield Town, Walsall and Rotherham United. He made a total of 468 senior league appearances.
His first coaching role came at Rotherham, where he was youth team coach. He moved to Bradford City as assistant manager under Chris Kamara and continued in the role under Paul Jewell. In his time at Bradford, the club was promoted from the Second Division to the Premier League.
Hutchings took charge as Bradford’s manager during the 2000–01 season after Jewell moved to Sheffield Wednesday. He took Bradford to the semi-finals of the Intertoto Cup and won the club’s first Premier League home game of the season with a 2–0 win over Chelsea. However, he lasted a total of only 21 competitive games, and his win against Chelsea was the only one in 12 Premier League games, before being sacked on 6 November 2000.
Hutchings linked up again with Jewell as assistant manager now at Wigan Athletic in 2001. In May 2007, he succeeded Jewell as manager for a second time. Wigan made an impressive start to the season, going top for a short period in August. However after six consecutive defeats Wigan sacked Hutchings on 5 November 2007 after the club dropped into the Premier League relegation zone after just 12 Premiership games — almost seven years to the day he was sacked at Bradford. His last game in charge was a 2–0 home defeat to Chelsea. He joined Bury on a voluntary basis in January 2008 to assist caretaker manager Chris Brass, but left on 24 April 2008 to link up with Paul Jewell for a third time, this time as his assistant with Derby County. When Jewell resigned as Derby manager in December 2008 after a 1–0 defeat left them 18th in the Championship table, Hutchings was once again appointed caretaker manager. Hutchings’ only match in charge of Derby was an FA Cup third round tie away at Forest Green Rovers, which Derby won 4–3 despite being behind 2–0 and 3–2 during the match, before Derby appointed Nigel Clough, son of former Derby manager Brian Clough, as their new manager. Hutchings immediately left the club.

On 20 January 2009, he was named manager of League One club Walsall with Martin O’Connor as his assistant taking over from Jimmy Mullen, who had been sacked earlier in the month. The side were 13th in the table.
Hutchings’ started his Walsall career with a 1–1 home league draw with Hereford United. On 4 January 2011, Hutchings was sacked as manager of Walsall along with assistant manager Martin O’Connor.
Hutchings was named as Jewell’s assistant at Ipswich Town on 17 January 2011. Hutchings was named Ipswich Town caretaker manager after Paul Jewell left the club in October 2012.
In July 2013, Hutchings was named as assistant manager to Lee Ebden at Northern Premier League Division One South side Market Drayton Town.

Youth career
Harrow Borough
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1983 Chelsea 87 (3)
1983–1987 Brighton & Hove Albion 153 (4)
1987–1990 Huddersfield Town 110 (10)
1990–1991 Walsall 40 (0)
1991–1994 Rotherham United 78 (4)
Total 468 (21)
Teams managed
2000 Bradford City
2007 Wigan Athletic
2008–2009 Derby County (caretaker)
2009–2011 Walsall
2012 Ipswich Town (caretaker)
2014–2015 Barnsley (Assistant manager)

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