Whitecaps give trial to son of former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton By Charles Posted on June 14, 2011 Comments Off on Whitecaps give trial to son of former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton 0 530 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Cian HughtonThe Vancouver Whitecaps are trying to use their strong links with Tottenham to their benefit. The MLS club confirmed today that Irish fullback Cian Hughton is on a 10-day trial. He’s the son of former Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton, who was sacked during the 2010-11 campaign. Hughton is only 22. He trained at the Spurs’ academy, but injuries derailed his progress. Even though he showed enough promise to be named to Ireland’s U-21 squad, he was let go in 2009. He latched onto play with Lincoln City, where he teamed with Canadian international Gavin McCallum. McCallum was transfer listed in May as Lincoln City was relegated to the Blue Square Premier League. Hughton’s contract — which has expired — was not renewed as Lincoln City deals with the hard financial realities of being relegated. Lincoln City’s press material describes the Hughton as “a fullback who can operate on either side of defence.” Of course, Paul Barber, current CEO of the Whitecaps, was CEO at Spurs when Hughton was an academy prospect there.