Chris Hughton To Get Birmingham Job


The Daily Mail is reporting today that relegated Birmingham City are set to appoint  former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton as their new manager.

Chris Hughton – while manager at Newcastle

We hope this news is accurate,  because if anybody deserved to get a chance again in management,  it’s Chris Hughton.

We’ll never forget the tremendous job that Cris did when he was the manager at Newcastle United for a short 18 months.

During that time Chris took Newcastle from the Championship, winning it with a a massive 102 points, and Hughton had Newcastle in 11tth place in the Premier League after 17 games, when he was replaced by current manager Alan Pardew.

Newcastle eventually finished in 12th place in the PL for the season.

Chris will replace Alex McLeish, who left the club last week to take over at rivals Aston Villa, and there’s obviously nothing like getting your current team relegated to get a plum new job elsewhere.

Why Aston Villa think Alex McLeish is qualified to be their new manager we have no idea a all.

Ironically, Birmingham have selected Chris Hughton over his pal and former WBA boss Roberto Di Matteo, who had WBA promoted with Newcastle a year ago, when they finished in second place a full 11 points behind Newcastle.

Hughton’s great success in getting a club apparently in a complete mess two years ago, promoted at the very first attempt obviously impressed the Birmingham board – and so it should.

It remains to be seen whether Chris will bring back current Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood, as his Assistant Manager – since Colin was his assistant manager at Newcastle during the promotion year but left last Ocotber to manage Hibs.

New Nottingham Forest manager Steve McClaren has been attempting to get Calderwood back to Forest, where Colin was the manager from 2006 though 2008.gether hand in glove and they are very g

Hughton and Calderwood had a very successful working relationship on Tyneside, and seemed to work hand in glove, and are also good friends.

As we said, we hope this news is true,  and we wish Chris Hughton great success at Birmingham, and maybe we’ll see Chris back as an opposing manager at St.James’ Park before too long.

If and when Chris does return,  he’ll no doubt get a terrific ovation from the very grateful Newcastle fans.

Comments welcome.



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68 comments so far

  • ferglar

    Jun 21, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #1

    well done!!!

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  • scottoon

    Jun 21, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Well in CH! A fine gent who deserves a fair shot!

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  • Irie-Magpie

    Jun 21, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #3

    1st…..
    About time, good luck chris..

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 21, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Hope he gets the job then gets them back in top flight just so we can give him the reception he deserves at St James

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  • Irie-Magpie

    Jun 21, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #5

    DAMM YOUUUU scottoon!!

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  • gorskino10

    Jun 21, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #6

    True cannot find a nicer man in Football its just a shame his Managerial ability like knowing how to use subs and Tactics on formations etc.. he lacks this ability Chris and a guy thats good at those things would be a good duo for Birmingham if it happens, If not and its just Chris they may struggle.

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  • Good luck Chris. Maybe back at SJP next season?

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Jun 21, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #8

    If anyone deserves another shot at management, its Chris Hughton. If Birmingham do appoint him then I for one will be following their results next season and hope he is a success there.

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  • jonny_ringo13

    Jun 21, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #9

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Toon-Army-Transfer-Talk/156508691081965

    JOIN, ITS GROWING EVERYDAY, FOR TOON NEWS, TRANSFERS AND BANTER.

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  • toonfan76

    Jun 21, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Lets hope we don’t bump into Birmingham in one of the cups, Chris would have a big point to prove. On another subject, Apparently Matuidi and Erdincs Agent has come out and said that Any player in France would want to come to NUFC. Two more signings on the way possibly, Guess our rep in France is pretty good, Naifron would be able to confirm. Apologies if I’ve spelt you name wrong Naifron.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 21, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #11

    Great news for Hoots.

    Good luck, and hopefully, see you in the EPL next season. Always welcome at SJP!

    You want any of our players? They are all on offer, supposably!!

    I hear you were a fan of James Perch, feel free to take the lad back to the Championship where he belongs.

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  • Zubr

    Jun 21, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #12

    go on hoots man, all the best. hope you take some of the crumbier squad player swith you like perch and Raylor….maybe the crackdealing replica gun toting one also.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 21, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #13

    I think Hoots could want Ranger, I think the wheels for Ranger’s 5yr deal were already in motion prior to CH getting the boot.

    I think Nile would do well in the Championship like.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 21, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #14

    Anyone think Hoots might try and get Barton???

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  • toonfan76

    Jun 21, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #15

    Where’s Craigcoozy? Hope he hasn’t went and got himself the sack!

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  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jun 21, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Hope chris has got the job, he did a fantastic job for us.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 21, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Word is Serville are to come back in at the required £7M for Collo 🙁

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  • Thump

    Jun 21, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #19

    Good luck to Hoots, genuine bloke.

    @Richy: £7m isn’t a bad shout for him if truth be told. Will be a damn shame to let him go, though, he’s been an absolute rock for us.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 21, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #20

    Not many is going to like this as i know most don’t want him at our club. But Adel Taarabt is odds on to join Newcastle. We are winning the race ahead of Chelsea and Arsenal at the moment.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 21, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #21

    @19

    No, its not a bad price, we paid £10.3M for him.

    He has given us great service, he is 29 now but still has 2yrs to run on his contract (Signed August 2008, 5yr contract).

    He is one of the best defenders we have had for a long time and it will be a sad day when he leaves.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jun 21, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #22

    Richy,

    Who says that 7m is required? It’s just nonsense made up by papers, annoyed that we keep all our dealings so quiet these days.

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  • geoff777

    Jun 21, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #23

    Taarabt would be a great signing.

    What do the fans care about his attitude.
    That’s for Pardew & Carver to man-manage.

    He’ll love playing in front of the Toon Army.

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  • NottsGeordie

    Jun 21, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #24

    Delighted for Chris and i hope Birmingham get back into the prem with Chris at the helm. Is there now a better place to send ranger on loan?

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  • The Carnivorous Badger

    Jun 21, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #25

    Ed, any chance you could proof-read or even edit your articles before you post them? Your grammar and spelling is really poor.

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  • jonny_ringo13

    Jun 21, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #26
  • (The original)BoomBoomCheickCheicktheRoom!

    Jun 21, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #27

    reports that we could be in the market for former spain international vicente on a free transfer

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_6998890,00.html

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  • (The original)BoomBoomCheickCheicktheRoom!

    Jun 21, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #28

    and johnny ringo f@#k off

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 21, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #29

    Although I do not like the comments made by Taarabt, there is no doubting he is a class player.

    The fact that top 3/4/5 clubs have looked at him says it all really.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 21, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #30

    @26

    If your Fakebook page is so great, go post on there.

    If we wanted to be on fakebook we would be, but Eds blog is far better.

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  • P.I.

    Jun 21, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #31

    @The Carnivorous Badger

    Listen mate, Ed doesnt have to explain himself to people who only comments are to flag up his spelling and grammar. Seems rather pointless to me that you would post such a complaint.
    Quite snotty.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 21, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #32

    Seriously think that Taraabt is ridiculously overrated, yeah he’s had a good season in the fizzy pop league doesn’t mean he would be good in the EPL after all Lovenkrands did well in the Championship but has never been able to make the step up, I know Taraabt is better than him but the fees quoted for him are ridiculous

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  • Eastander

    Jun 21, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #33

    here jonny you do realise you’re trying to get people to join something exactly the same as this, how about you stop posting it on ed’s blog and go find someone who cares

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 21, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #34

    Seems that my comments are now awaiting moderation, don’t understand why that is lol

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  • Eastander

    Jun 21, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #35

    i’m a massive fan of taarabt and what he can do but where exactly would he play? we’ve got cabaye and ben arfa to play in the position, we need wingers and strikers

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  • P.I.

    Jun 21, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #36

    Aye Jonny, i dont mind you for trying to gain a few followers but this is Ed’s house.

    You dont want him tracking you down with a sawn-off…

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 21, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #37

    Jonny – be good!

    lol

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 21, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #38

    only in from work lads,any news today??

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 21, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #39

    @ johhny ringo

    no offence mate,but i draw the line at twatter.
    facebook is for girls.

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  • Eastander

    Jun 21, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #40

    belfast – absolutely nothing, been a very slow day…

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