According to The Telegraph, Chris Hughton is close to being appointed as the new Norwich City manager after the East Anglia based club agreed a compensation package with Birmingham.
Should Hughton sign he will succeed Paul Lambert at Carrow Road after less than 12 months in charge at St Andrews – where he guided Birmingham to the Play-Off Semi-Finals last season under challenging financial circumstances which currently surround the club.
The 53-year-old has this season only enhanced his reputation as a manager last term and was heavily linked with the vacant role at West Brom recently. Instead it is Norwich where he will have another chance to impress in the Premier League after his callous sacking by Newcastle in December 2010.
Birmingham City released a statement earlier today which read “Birmingham City FC can confirm that Norwich City FC have made an approach for Chris Hughton with regards to their vacant managerial position. Hughton expressed a wish to speak to the Canaries and permission was reluctantly granted.”
Acting chairman Peter Pannu added:
“Chris is a great manager and deserves the opportunity to speak to Norwich, which is why we have granted him permission to speak to them.”
Norwich finished 12th under Lambert in their first season back in the Premier League and had been linked with Cardiff manager Malky Mackay, who made over 200 appearances for the club. However Cardiff confirmed no approach had been made for Mackay who also ruled himself out of the running for the job, saying his intentions were to stay with the re-branded Bluebirds next season.
Following in Paul Lambert’s success with Norwich will be a difficult task, but Hughton has shown he is more than capable of handling the pressures of management and the expectations of fans from his time with Newcastle and Birmingham.
Should he be confirmed as the Norwich manager, it seems as though it will be a very intelligent appointment from the hierarchy down at Carrow Road.
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