Sorry LDC, but that's NOT the point.
Hughton had nearly 2 years here, in the first year he halved the goal total of Grant Holt (from 15 to 8), completely disregarded Steve Morison (who'd managed 9 prem goals the season before) and forced him into a swap move for Becchio - who he then refused to ever play, sidelined players such as Pilkington and Fox who had done a great job for us the year before, and he finished with 3 points less than Lambert and a worse goal difference, yet finished in a higher league place purely due to the teams around us.
Then THAT season began, the worst season in recent memory for me, which included the misplaying of both RvW and Hooper, the over-reliance on playing EVERYTHING through Snodgrass, the most turgid, dire, apalling dross that claimed to be football ever was his mainstay, yet despite his claims to make us better defensively - we finished with only 4 goals less than conceded than under "gung-ho" mentality of Paul Lambert's. Let's also not forget that he released Chris Martin on a free, despite having loaned in the ineffective Kei Kamara the January before, binned off Ayala for no apparent reason but loaned in Yobo, and Gutierrez was a simply pointless addition.
I don't give 2 flying forks what he's done at Brighton, he was absolutely terrible for us in terms of football (I won't insult the man's professionalism which was always excellent), and should have been gone well before they made the choice finally.
Neil was similarly kept way too long when it was obvious it wasn't working and he'd lost the dressing room, not to mention him wasting a cosmic sh!t ton of money on overpaid rubbish like Naismith, signed Andreu as seemingly a favour to Hamilton, brought in Lafferty who was a disaster throughout and seemingly had no clue what to do when simply shouting at people or giving them the cold shoulder didn't work.
I just don't know how you can sit there and suggest they needed more time - especially Hughton, because at least Neil tried to play attacking football that could be good to watch, whereas the sh@ under Hughton would have put a glass eye to sleep...