Clinton Morrison believes that Chris Hughton should be the city of Bristol’s first choice target in place of Lee Johnson.
The Robins fired Johnson after four years at the club after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat against Cardiff City.
The defeat, a quarter in a row since returning from the block, leaves Robins 12th in the standings, nine points adrift of the top six with five games left outstanding.
With that in mind, the club hierarchy decided that the time had come for a new set of eyes and Johnson was relieved of his duties shortly after the full-time whistle of Ashton Gate.
With the owners now looking for a new manager to lead a promotion next season, Morrison believes that there is no better man for the work of Hughton, who successfully led Brighton to the promotion in 2017.
“There’s one man in particular. This is Chris Hughton for me,” Morrison told EFL on Quest.
“He has been out of work for a long time. He is the perfect man, gets promoted clubs out of the league and is a brilliant manager.”
On the decision to separate the company from Johnson with five scheduled matches, he said: “I am surprised by the times because the Bristol hierarchy may think that it has an external possibility of entering the playoffs.
“That’s why they fired him now with so many small games left in the season. I’m surprised but the results haven’t been good enough. Bristol City fans will tell you that it wasn’t good enough.
“Before the block they were fighting. It always happens with Bristol City, they start well, you think this will be their season and then after the block it was really disappointing.
“You never like to see a manager lose his job, but if you don’t get results, that’s what will happen.”