Chris Hughton becomes Norwich City's new boss

 

 

By Alex Byrom
Deputy Football Editor

 

 

Hughton left Newcastle in eleventh place Premier League in January 2011 and Birmingham to the play-offs in the Championship last season


 

Norwich City have appointed Birmingham City manager Chris Hughton to be their new boss, replacing Paul Lambert who left to join Aston Villa last week. 

The 53 year old boss, who has managerial experience with Newcastle and Tottenham, leaves Birmingham after just one year at St Andrews, with them falling at the play-off Semi-Final stage to Blackpool last month. He has signed a three year deal with the Canaries. 

He said: "It's a good feeling, something I am very excited about. It's been done very speedily which is very pleasing. It was [very] difficult to leave Birmingham as I had a great year there. The supporters were excellent."

He will be joined at Carrow Road by his assistant manager Colin Calderwood, Paul Trollope, who is first team coach and Chief Scout Ewan Chester. 

He led Newcastle United to the Championship title in his first season, but was sacked in Decmeber 2010, when Alan Pardew replaced him. He joined Birmingham City in June 2011, after their relegation to the Championship, and previous manager Alex McCleish left to join rivals Aston Villa. They only lost 1 home game all season and reached the Quarter-Finals of the FA Cup, only to lose 2-0 in a replay, and took part in the Europa League.  

On replacing Lambert, he said it was a "tall order" to replace someone who had consecutive promotions. "Paul has done is remarkable; to get them from the depths of League 1 into a high-flying Premier League club is a fantastic achievement. 

"We have had conversations and there will be money available to spend [in the summer]," he added when quizzed over summer budgets. What still remains unclear however, is where goal machine Grant Holt will be next season. Last month he handed in a transfer request, which was rejected. 

At Newcastle, he won 39 of his 70 games as Newcastle boss- and 26 of his 62 games in charge of the Blues during the 2011-12 campaign.


Click here to watch first interview with Hughton as new Canaries boss

 

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