Chris Hughton has been confirmed as Norwich City’s choice to fill the sizeable hole left by Paul Lambert – and his record backs him to make a good fist of it.

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Hughton will bring with him assistant manager Colin Calderwood, first team coach Paul Trollope and chief scout Ewan Chester.

Birmingham’s acting chairman Peter Pannu said; “We would like to thank Chris and his team for their efforts over the past 12 months. They leave with our best wishes. Chris is a great man and a proven manager and we didn’t want to stand in his way when Norwich made an approach with the offer of a top-flight managerial position.”

The 53-year-old Hughton is a long-time coach, short-time manager. It wasn’t until the summer of 2009 the Londoner was finally given his first permanent managerial position – and he made it a success.

Having been appointed as first team coach a year earlier at Newcastle United by director of football Dennis Wise and manager Kevin Keegan, Hughton’s two caretaker spells in charge – either side of Joe Kinnear – were difficult affairs.

But after Alan Shearer failed to keep United in the top flight, owner Mike Ashley turned to Hughton – if unconvincingly – to lead their immediate return.

And Hughton delivered, battling the loss of key players and tough financial requirements to propel the Magpies back to England’s top table with the Championship title in the bag.

Hughton subsequently took the LMA Championship manager of the year award – as Lambert left with the League One accolade.

It got better too, with Hughton seeing Newcastle to midtable safety in the Premier League in the pre-Christmas skirmishes of 2010-11 – only for Ashley’s doubts over Hughton’s “profile” to finally get the better of him.

Alan Pardew was drafted in and Hughton was cast aside – much to the annoyance of the Newcastle support. For some the decision still rankles, even given Pardew’s subsequent success at St James’ Park.

Hughton left with 39 wins from 70 games as permanent Newcastle boss.

His stock remained high, and in the end Alex McLeish’s summer departure from Birmingham City to Aston Villa last summer prompted Hughton’s arrival at St Andrew’s, where the Blues competed in the group stages of the Europa League and reached the Championship play-offs.

Both are decent feats by their very nature. Factor in the crippling financial uncertainty and controversy over Blues owner Carson Yeung, the huge turnover of players since Premier League relegation under McLeish and working under a transfer embargo, and the job Hughton did impresses more so.

A man in demand from West Bromwich Albion this summer – and a man with unfinished business in the Premier League.

Before Hughton had taken to management, he had more than earned his stripes in coaching.

Having made almost 300 appearances as a full-back for Tottenham Hotspur before shorter spells at West Ham and Brentford, Hughton returned to White Hart Lane as a coach in 1993.

By that time, he also had 53 Republic of Ireland caps under his belt – appearing at Euro 1998 and earning his own international testimonial.

Working under a host of Spurs managers including Ossie Ardiles, Gerry Francis, Glenn Hoddle and David Pleat, Hughton rose from Under-21 manager to first team coach and eventually assistant manager, before Martin Jol’s dismissal saw Hughton’s time at Spurs end in the 2007-08 campaign.

Success as a player came with a Uefa Cup victory and two FA Cup winners’ medals, but Hughton’s name is now being made as a manager – and Norwich City fans will hope that continues at Carrow Road.

59 comments

  • He looked so pleased and happy at the Press Conference. Wonderful to see. Fingers crossed for a bright future. OTBC

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Gotta love McNally for his speed at getting Chris in.

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • ethered? . Are you Civil Servant bookworm? Or is there some other reason for posting in triplicate?

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    The Crab

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Hold on, I'm reading this at 14.46, the Press Conference hasn't started yet. Does the EDP have insider information? Probably talking to Jed.

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    DocOhNo

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • It's official, see BBC & SKY !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Yeah, happened to me as well... The mod is playing games with our posts

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • 2nd attempt, lots of chatter in the ether methinks. CH looked so pleased and happy at the Press Conference. Wonderful to see. Fingers crosed for a bright future. OTBC!

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Twice! How about thrice just for bookworm;)!! Good work Mr McNally! And swiftly done! Welcome to NCFC Chris! OTBC!

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Good work Mr McNally! And swiftly done! Welcome to NCFC Chris! OTBC!

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Was Ewan Chester not meant to go to Arsenal or Chelsea when he left us? How did he end up at B'ham. Anyone know?

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    Ghana Dom

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Good work Mr McNally! And swiftly done! Welcome to NCFC Chris! OTBC!

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • I am SO looking forward to singing the song we sang to Sammy Clingan when Villa come to Norwich.

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    DocOhNo

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Good week's work Mr. McNally, especially given the two-day bank holiday ! Well done on bringing CH to Carrow Road - now, lets get Mr. Holt sorted out - we'll need him (and he needs us) ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • What's up with this site, have they no sense of fun? Ethered yet again

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • I suggest a new expression for the Norwich City book of urban sayings. Whenever anyone stomps out of a situation in a huff we call it "Doing The Lambert Walk"....

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    Timbo

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • And the thoughts of Gary "Crispy" Lineker "Very wise appointment by Norwich City. Chris Hughton played a huge part in Newcastle's rise, and was doing a good job at Birmingham

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Kaptain Krispy, aka Lineker, should join cdunder in Australia where he can ploy his duck-billed platitudes. ;-) CDU does not do platitudes, btw, always a good read!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • You must remember, friends, that Ar-chant maladminister several "newspapers" including the 1p5wich one and I truly love them for it. NOT! But they have planted a multi-faceted corporate troll on these boards, not so much to generate interest but just to cause mischief. I have been accused of being both Ged & bookworm. What??? So what? WGAF.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Doc, while I sympathise, Triumph must precede triumphalism. Keep your powder dry. Original response ethered, alarmingly.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Ewan Chester is meant to be good. I thought he went to Arsenal or Chelsea when he left us under a year ago? Anyone know how he ended up with Hughton at B'ham?

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    Ghana Dom

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Crumbs! All my words came out as intended!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Most important he is a very loyal person. Stayed with Spurs for many years. He has hard act to follow, but I dont expect him pulling trees up straight away. Good Luck Chris . From Col supporter

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    honeysucker

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Ewan Chester`s been here before. Not that long ago....... bit of a Ranger.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Blackdog2 Can we make it City to finish at least THREE places higher than Villa?!?

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Done and dusted, great news. Trawl the local comment boards for Newcastle and Birmingham and fans are unanimous in their praise. IHWT!

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    Johannesburg Chris

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • This bloke seems like an average choice made in desperation.

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    bookworm

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Brilliant appointment, City to finish higher than Vanilla. What are the posters moaning about poor old Bookworm for, he needs to be pitied but hold yew hard boy because here comes Ged Steroo and Billie the Bookie!

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Ta, oh great Churchillian hound of darkness. You`re right, spot on right. McN has thumbed his nose at events. He is the Mastermind. Brilliant in Press Conference. Anybody remember Kneel Donkeystar? McN is a good boy! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • There were 4 other candidates considered for the managers job 1 scotsman guess that was Malky. But the others 2 Italians and 1 German. not a clue who they could have been. Happy that we got CH though

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    The Bloater

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • I disagree about AVs first game QC. I can already see the "computer" giving them a home tie against either Swansea, Wigan, or one of the three promoted sides. Nothing like an opportunity to get them 3 pts in the bag

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Well I have to say that I was a little skeptical at first regarding whether we should appoint Hughton as manager, but having read so many positive articles and comments from all over the board (and the country) I am now settled on the 'optimistic' side of things. Have noticed that apparently Lambert's appointment at AV did not come with a 'do not touch our players for 12 months' clause like Rodgers' did. He is also apparently wishing us well and hope there are no hard feelings, though he expects a possibly hostile reception when he comes to Carrow Road with the Villains. A nice start would be to not poach our players, Paul! Anyways it makes me wonder - it was obvious Hughton and the board at BCFC had a good relationship, would Hughton have kicked up a stink if they refused him to talk to us? Somehow I doubt it, Lambert was in a world of his own on that one... and shall be referred to as 'doing a Lambert' from now on!

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    wisemanthree

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • A very impressive performance by the club to steady the ship at speed. WBA and Swansea are still looking and WBA have no excuses! If we can get a bit of what he gave to the Geordies, I will be a happy camper.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Good appoinment, swiftly made. Did a great job at Newcastle and Brum this season under very difficult circumstances. Will GH stay? Not sure but if he's that unhappy let him go to the wasteland. As one comment in the Sun today says Norwich's priority is to finish ahead of AV next season! OTBC!

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    FXT Canary

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Enjoy your flatbread truck, DC, at the Manakish Express, already! Addis Ababa; that`s near Barnham Broome, isn`t it? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Now that's what I call ridiculousI make a comment about Mr Bookworm putting up the same posting 3 times - which he did. My comment gets ethered. So I post it again worded slightly differently. And guess what? Mr. Bookworms comment has been reduced to one copy and both mine have appeared - together with one or two others!

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    The Crab

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Not convinced Holt will go yet, oh ye of little faith....

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • bookworm must be a Civil Servant - we've got it in triplicate!!

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    The Crab

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Brew, worry not, we know who you are, I like the comment about the donkey logo, nice one! Have a feeling McNasty has pulled a plum out of the pie and that things will get a whole lot better

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • So does this mean Vanilla will get Cully & Karsa on the cheapo now ? Shame as they were good guys and whilst Lambert got all the credits, theri contribution cannot be under-estimated !! Thanks guys, you are (were) great for us.

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Is that Paul Lambert's old tie ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Boadicea how many guesses do you need. In the same people carrier that Holt is in.

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    goldie

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Good point on the Birmingham fans Dubai, not like that shower from Villa who thought they could all come on here and drop their trousers.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • I think all the experts here are happy with appointment. Some strange postings are probably from the guys with the white donkey logo from down the road ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Been ethered many times, haven't got the same protection as some people

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Bloater. Paul Jewell was not short listed then? Nor Roy Keane?

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • It`s amazing how quickly PL has fallen from hero to zero. We shouldn`t be too surprised; the coda "for me" appears in many of his enunciations, For me. Not a marriage at Naarige, a convenient arrangement that suited both parties whilst involving no emotion.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Pertinent comment on contracts and "poaching" ethered.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • OK the first thing we want to hear is that Grant Holt is staying at City. To stay in the Prem we need a proliific goal scorer and Holty is our man, so keeping him is the first piece of business to attend to.

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Bookworm seems more like a snake in the grass. The vast majority of fans, including those at his past clubs, think this is a very wise move by the club. If you'd care to expand on your wisdom and explain why you differ, I'm sure it would be most interesting

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    Johannesburg Chris

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Should be an excellent appointment - just the right sort of choice for where the club is at the moment. Such is the fickle finger of fate who would bet against first fixture of new season being NCFC v AV at Carrow Road!OTBC.

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    Quorncanary

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Great appointment and well done the board of NCFC. Why are people still talking about HOLT he is all but an AV player now.

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    goldie

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • If Chris Hughton is bringing his assistants with him to Norwich, where does this leave Culverhouse & Co.? Will he too be heading to AV?

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    Boadicea 1959

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Doc, I hope we get the chance to rewrite that lyric. But triumphalism must await the Triumph. Personally, I really believe PL has got this one wrong. If he "fails" at Villa his stock will plummet. Nobody will go for him on the loyalty ticket, that`s for sure. Hitler was brilliant but I still don`t like him.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • If there`s no hands off clause, PL will be trying to `ave a few. Hope I`m wrong. Tierney and Whitbread already set up? Holt in preparation? Pilks- low profile towards the end, so being coddled? If they are in contract, we don`t have to let them go, do we? Well done McN for doing the contracts pronto! Good man.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Curtis Davies impressed for The Blues last season.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • There's only one Chris Hughton.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Been ethered many times, haven't got the same protection as some people

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Moderator bingo. Each has a card with key words on. The first to get a line of keywords blocked wins the Office sweepstake.

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Must say that Birmingham City and their fans have been very dignified in the transfer of Chris Hughton to Norwich. It's all rather in strak contrast to how Lambert departed to Villa. So it seems that CH has the moral high ground here. Lets hope that we push on and many of us will be hoping we can better Villa again next season. Also hope that things behond the scene improve for the Brum City fans.

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

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