Chris Hughton Gets Norwich City Job As Managerial Merry-Go-Round Keeps On Turning

Alan Duffy

7th, June 2012


By Alan Duffy

Hughton in his pomp versus the Netherlands in a WC Qualifier in 1980

Former Republic of Ireland international full-back Chris Hughton has left Birmingham City for the hot-seat at Carrow Road, where he will replace Villa-bound Paul Lambert.

Hughton had enjoyed quite a decent spell in charge at Newcastle United, signing the likes of Cheik Tiote and Hatem Ben Arfa, but he was eventually sacked, rather harshly, by Mike Ashley in December 2010. A move to Birmingham saw the former Spurs player take the Blues to the Play-Off semi-finals this season. However, now the 53-year-old Hughton returns to the Premier League with the Canaries. On his unveiling at Norwich, he said:

“It’s a good feeling, something I’ve been very excited about, it’s been done very speedily which I’m absolutely delighted with.

“It was difficult to leave Birmingham because I had a good year there.

“The supporters were excellent with me. I’m very grateful to them for giving me an opportunity to speak to Norwich. As soon as that call came in it was something that very much excited me. I will forever be grateful to Birmingham.”

A good move by Norwich? Or is Hughton too safe in his managerial style to build on Lambert’s work?

(We’ll get photos of his unveiling once they are available).

Posted in Birmingham City, Managers, Norwich City, Transfers & Rumours

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  1. dc says:

    scouting cheik tiote and ben arfa and bringing them newcastle says a lot– tiote has been one of the best performers in the league and ben arfa is one of the most talented (would be even better if he hadnt gotten injured)

    i think he’ll do fine as long as he brings in a good striker to replace holt and a few decent recruits. norwich were fairly solid last season to their credit and he seems the kind of person who wont fix what aint broke

  2. :) says:

    and i’d been giving credit to alan pardew for those two signings. jeez.

    i wish west ham had snapped him up instead of sam allardyce :(

  3. pray4muamba says:

    hughton will have a hard time having to replace holt if he needs but none the less hugton is the man for the job. he took over birmingham city in the middle of disaray and no money and came quite close to promotion and for that blues fans cant argue when a top flight club offers you the job. good luck to him and hope norwich dont suffer second season syndrome!

  4. Davy says:

    To be fair I think the signings at Newcastle are more to do with Alan Carr’s Dad…..

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