Chris Hughton for Norwich City? A Geordie View!
Posted on June 6th, 2012 | 46 Comments |
Today’s Independent newspaper is reporting that Chris Hughton is in talks with Norwich about their managerial vacancy, following the defection of Paul Lambert to Aston Villa.
At one stage it was thought that Chris was in the running for the West Bromwich Albion job, but that all cooled down and it looks like Norwich could now be his destination.
This could be a really good move for Chris, who has once again proven himself to be a good manager by taking Birmingham to last season’s playoffs on a shoestring budget due to limited resources. Birmingham’s financial problems are well known, and Norwich must be a better opportunity for him. And of course, the catering is better at Norwich given that Delia Smith makes all the pies personally, erm allegedly! ;-) He would also be taking over a good, competent squad left behind by one of the English Premier League’s up and coming managers. And to be fair, he currently fits into that category comfortably himself.
Birmingham City released a club statement this morning 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.”
Birmingham’s Acting Chairman, Peter Pannu, said:
“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 City have also confirmed the situation from their perspective:
“Norwich City can confirm that Birmingham City have granted the club permission to speak to Chris Hughton about the vacant managerial position at Carrow Road. The club will be making no further comment at this stage.”
Of course, United fans know Chris well due to the sterling job he did in winning promotion from the Championship and stabilising the club’s position before being released in favour of current incumbent, and double “Manager Of The Season,” Alan Pardew. There are still some Newcastle fans who argue that the decision to replace him was the wrong one, and that Pardew’s subsequent success has been partly built on the legacy Chris left behind.
It’s also public knowledge that Chris is a popular figure with the Birmingham City supporters, having done well for them during his 12 months at the helm, having good runs in the Europa League and FA Cup, and finishing fourth in the Championship before ultimately losing out in the promotion playoffs. I guess losing him would be a big blow to those fans, and one wonders what the future will hold for Birmingham if they do, in fact, lose him.
If Chris does move to Norwich, I’m sure all United fans will wish him well – except for when he plays us of course! – and will keep an eye on his progress. Please use the comments box below to share your own views on this news.