In all honesty we're not a very attractive proposition, no money that we know of to spend,would be surprised if Houghton would come here, he needs his head looking at if he did take it, but stranger things have happened, as he got the coaching ability to turn 3rd rate full backs into something half decent or even Saville into something resembling a midfielder. Silk purse into sows ear comes to mind.
Hughton would be top of the list for me. I think he held out hoping to get one of the Premier League jobs, but he seems to have just recently turned down the Watford job on a deal until the end of the season. Like any passionate football manager out of work, he'll be getting itchy feet desperate to get a new project. The Premier League jobs are looking unlikely at the moment so maybe he is willing to entertain the prospect of dropping into the Championship. He done a fantastic job at Brighton with some extremely shrewd signings and he build their promotion winning team over multiple transfer windows. He ticks pretty much every box.
Whilst we're going to be running on a tight budget, I think a lot of managers would see the potential to build a team with the current players here, and would also understand that we have lots of saleable assets that would raise big funds to rebuild with and have loads of big earners out of contract at the end of the season. Whilst we're struggling at the moment, we still have lots of very high quality Championship level players like Randolph, Ayala, Fry, Clayton, McNair, Wing, Assombalonga etc. A top manager like Hughton will surely appreciate that he can build a promotion winning team out of the players that are currently here.