Chris Hughton unveiled as new Norwich City manager
Chris Hughton has lasted just one season in charge of Birmingham City, with Norwich City poaching the 53-year-old following the recent departure of Paul Lambert to Aston Villa.
June 7th, 2012
Hughton earned rave reviews at Newcastle United after steering the Magpies from the Championship to Premier League although he was cruelly replaced by Alan Pardew after just a few months of the 2010/11 season.
Now the Canaries have given him a chance to return to the top flight, with the manager having done well to land a play-off place with Birmingham last season before the Blues lost to Blackpool over two legs.
“As soon as the call came, due to the standing Norwich have, and their Premier League status, it was something that excited me,” Hughton said.
“I’m very excited about the challenge ahead.
“It has all be done so suddenly and I am delighted to be here.”
Hughton took Birmingham to fourth in the npower Championship but his team were knocked out in the play-off semi-finals by Blackpool.
“It was difficult to leave Birmingham,” he added.
“I had a very good year there and the supporters have been excellent with me.
“It’s a wonderful club and I had a good relationship with the staff and the players so I’m grateful to them for allowing me to have this opportunity.”
One of Hughton’s first jobs will be to speak with Grant Holt and understand if there is any chance of changing the striker’s mind after he recently stated that his stint at Carrow Road was over.