Hughton has empathy for Villas-Boas

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Birmingham boss Chris Hughton believes a different breed of financially-motivated football club owner is why managers are given less time to make their mark.

Hughton's side will tonight aim to pull off an FA Cup fifth-round replay shock against visiting Chelsea who sacked Andre Villas-Boas after just eight months in charge. It is a scenario Hughton is familiar with after being dismissed as Newcastle boss when lying mid-table in their first season back in the Barclays Premier League 15 months ago.

He said: "The days of when Sir Alex Ferguson could wait nearly four years to win his first trophy at Manchester United are well and truly gone I think. The biggest change in the game now is that it's a different sort of owner at football clubs."

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