He has the respect of his squad and vice-versa and he has been affected by the adulation shown to him by supporters.
But should a club come calling – whether it be Albion or another – offering more resources, ambition and certainty, he will face a dilemma.
Hughton has said: “Listen, I am enjoying it here, I have a very good staff and the supporters have been fantastic to me and I am appreciative of all of that. It’s very difficult for me to comment on anything because what has been mentioned is speculation, nothing more.”
Ultimately, the owners have to show him a distinct pathway and make sure that Blues don’t get bogged down in a mess that impacts not only on the side but the very future of the club itself – if that is at all within their means.
Hughton remaining at the helm is so vital.Former favourite Joe Gallagher told the owners that they simply have to secure his future.
“Despite what people may say, the most important person at a football club is the manager,” he said
“And in Chris Hughton Birmingham City have got an absolutely top class manager.
“The club, come hell or high water, must do everything they can to keep Chris in place.
“Yes, we might expect some players to come and go, that is the nature of football.
“But if Chris left it would be an absolutely massive blow to Blues.”
Gallagher added: “Had Birmingham gone up to the Premier League then the chances of keeping Chris would have been much better.
“Really, it’s up to the board and what they want to do. Do they want to keep Chris or not or, rather, will they do everything they can to keep him?”.