Mark Hudson shares traits with Gareth Southgate claims former Crystal Palace manager Alan Smith
- Alan Smith brought Gareth Southgate through the youth team at Crystal Palace
- He says Mark Hudson shares traits with England boss ahead of managerial bow
- Smith has also called on Hudson to take inspiration from Southgate
Gareth Southgate‘s mentor Alan Smith predicts acting Huddersfield manager Mark Hudson will go on to have a successful career regardless of how long his spell lasts at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Smith, who was Southgate’s youth and first-team coach at Crystal Palace, sees similarities between the England manager and 36-year-old Hudson, who is in interim charge against Manchester City on Sunday following the departure of David Wagner.
Alan Smith predicts acting Huddersfield boss Mark Hudson will have a successful career
‘I met Mark as director of the Fulham Academy. He was coming through as a player, a good reader of the game and organised others. He was often captain of his teams, just like Gareth had been,’ said Smith.
‘He was shy but a good listener even at 15 and very bright academically. He became captain of the youth team and led by example and mad a good impression. Unfortunately, Kevin Keegan bought Zat Knight who jumped ahead of him and I lost the battle to push Mark on.’
Hudson eventually left Fulham and had a successful playing career at Crystal Palace, Charlton, Cardiff and Huddersfield where he joined Wagner’s coaching staff.
Smith remains close to Southgate and thinks he should serve as an inspiration to Hudson.
‘Like Gareth, Mark had to fight to get on early days but carried himself well and was different. He will have respect of players, will sit back and take advice so should do well in my mind.’
He made comparisons between the Huddersfield caretaker and Gareth Southgate