We may see Chris Hughton back at St. James’ Park next season after all.
Chris Hughton – while Newcastle manager
There was news earlier this summer that Chris was the favorite for the West Brom job, but it seems there was no truth in that story.
But news today that Cheis ihas actually been given permission to talks to Norwch about the vacancy left by Paul Lambert, when he accepted the job at Aston Villa last week.
Norwich received some good compensation from Aston Villa for their manager, so if they have to pay Birmingham compensation for Chris, that should not be a problem.
And Chris talking to Norwich has been made official by a statement on the Birmingham City web-site this morning:
“Hughton expressed a wish to speak to the Canaries and permission was reluctantly granted.”
Acting Birmingham Chairman Peter Pannu said the following today:
“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 would be a great club for Chris to manage, with their excellent support, and Chris has shown an ability to build;d a good team with very little money, as he did last year when he had Birminghma in 4th place after most of their good players had left following relegation.
And even then manager Alex McLeish left for rivals Aston Villa, but he did the same thing this year as Aston Villa, who only just avoded relegation and now Alex is out of a job.
Norwich City have issued this statement on their web-site:
“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.”
This should be good news for Norwich City fans and bad news for Birmingham fans.
And of course Chris has Colin Calderwood with him again, and the two of them did so well in rescuing Newcastle from the complete doom and gloom that followed relegation.
Chris was in charge at Newcastle for about eighteenth months, from June of 2009 until he was surprisingly fired in December of 2010, with Alan Pardew coming into the hot seat.
We wouldn’t be surprised if it’s announced fairly quickly that Chris has taken the job at Norwich – and that would mean we will see him back at St. James’ Park next season.
Newcastle fans never really got the chance to thank him for the great work he did while on Tyneside, and we could now get our chance next season.