I think some of our fans are suffering delusions of grandeur, we finished 10th but it could've been lower, we're a team aiming to finish 10th-15th and with a small budget. Nobody has concrete evidence we've spoken to Jol ( as someone else said, why would he leave Fulham?) and AVB. Ranieri was mentioned but is it realistic, and will WBA just be a stop gap for him - IMO yes. AVB, really?! It would be a huge fall from grace for him, and again, a stop gap for his career, we'd be the one step back before the two steps forward.
So Chris Hughton. I voted for him originally and i've stuck with that all along. Somebody likened it to a rich man buying a 206 when he could get a Ferrari but I'd say this club is more 206 than Ferrari, metaphorically, the 206 would be cheaper to run, very reliable, will last a long time, wont need to spend much money, cheap insurance, the Ferrari however will keep needing more money to run properly, will be expensive to insure, if things go wrong it could cause a lot of damage, before you know it you've got a 205 from 1985 as your money has all gone whilst the 206 owner has now upgraded.
I'm babbling, my point is, Hughton suits us, he may stay with us for a while, he's not a stop gap, he has a shed load of experience as a top flight coach and had two manager roles where he's done a fantastic job in hard circumstances. For me he represents steady progression for our club rather than jumping in and throwing all our money at AVB/Ranieri and then seeing it all go tits up and we're looking for a manager mid season when it will be a lot harder to find someone.
Hughton may not be progression from hodgson (who were very fortunate to get!) but that will be difficult with our budget. People mention Lambert/Rogers but they havent done a lot more than Hughton, a lot less maybe. OGS/Laudrup unproven at this level.
Hughtons a safe pair of hands, shows progression, may see this is his first steady project as a full-coach, offers experience and maybe easiest to convince over other potential suitors for the role.