Norwich have confirmed former-Birmingham boss Chris Hughton as their new manager.
The 53 year-old replaces Paul Lambert, who has moved on to Premier League rivals Aston Villa.
Hughton returns to the Premier League, having previously managed Newcastle United in the top flight.
The former-Newcastle boss is delighted to be given the opportunity of managing Norwich.
He told Sky Sports: “ It’s a good feeling. It’s something I’ve been very excited about and something that has materialised over the last couple of days – it’s been very speedily dealt with, which I’m delighted about. I’m looking forward to the challenge in front of me.
“ It’s a wonderful job in the Premier League and is one that very much excited me. But I shall forever be grateful to Birmingham for the time I spent there.”
Chris Hughton is no doubt a very talented coach. His first managerial role came at Newcastle, where he helped the Magpies to promotion from the Championship and helped the club to midtable safety, before being sacked in December.
The decision was a very strange one. Hughton had brought pride back to the Newcastle team and they were performing solidly in the top flight. However, Toon chairman Mike Ashley wanted more, so he dispensed with Hughton and hired Alan Pardew.
The decision looks like a wise one now, as Alan Pardew guided the Magpies to fifth in the Premier League table last season but at the time it seemed like a very strange one and was very harsh on Hughton.
The following summer Hughton was handed the reins of Birmingham City. The Blues had been relegated from the Premier League the season before and many of their top players decided to move on that summer.
He did a good job under difficult circumstances. The Blues finances were not in the best of health and the club didn’t exactly give him major resources to work with. However Hughton guided Birmingham to fourth place in the Championship and a place in the play-offs.
The Blues were beaten in the play-off semi-final by Blackpool. Even making the play-offs was a pretty good achievement considering the restrains he was working under.
Hughton was unveiled as Norwich boss at a press conference yesterday. The Canaries stated that he was always their first choice and I’m not surprised considering the reputation he has built for himself within the game.
I think that Chris Hughton is the ideal person to carry on Paul Lambert’s good work at Carrow Road. He won’t have a mega budget but he hasn’t had much money to spend at his other clubs. Hughton is used to working on a tight budget and at Norwich it won’t be any different.
One player who has been vital in Norwich’s rise from League One to the Premier League is captain and striker Grant Holt. The 31 year-old striker handed in a transfer request at the end of the season, which was swiftly turned down by the Canaries.
One of Hughton’s first tasks as Norwich boss will be to sort out Holt’s situation. Hughton has already stated that he hopes he can persuade the striker to stay at the club. Holt has been linked with joining up with former-boss Paul Lambert at Aston Villa but it remains to be seen where his future now lies.
I think the appointment of Chris Hughton as the Norwich boss is good for everybody, except maybe Birmingham. Norwich get a manager that will no doubt bring stability to the club and Hughton gets another crack at managing in the Premier League.
I really hope Chris Hughton is a success at Norwich because not only is he a good manager he seems like such a likeable guy. Nobody in the game seems to have a bad word to say about Chris Hughton and he deserves the opportunity to manage a top flight club once again.
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