It looks like Norwich City will waste no time in appointing former Newcastle boss, Chris Hughton, as their new manager today.
Chris Hughton - while at Birmingham
Chris was allowed to talk to Norwich City yesterday, by his current club Birmingham City, and it seems a £2M compensation fee has been agreed between the two clubs for Hughton, who had a successful eighteen months spell as Newcastle manager, and of course got us promoted from the Championship with a massive 102 points.
That means Chris will be retuning to St. James’ Park next season, and we’re sure he’ll get a great welcome back, for all he did for the Tyneside club, when we were on our knees, after being relegated in the summer of 2009.
If Birmingham get £2M in compensation for their manager, then we have to think Chris will get a decent wage at Norwich and much more than the measly £250K/year he was getting on Tyneside.
It’s measly of course, only compared to what other managers were getting at the time, and he was the lowest paid manager in the Premier League in 2010.
Chris will replace the very impressive Scot, Paul Lambert, who resigned from Norwich last week, and has recently been appointed the new manager of Aston Villa.
Norwich wanted a manager with Premier League experience, and Chris has that with Newcastle, if only for the first four months of the 2010-2011 season, but Hughton had Newcastle in 11th place in the league when he was sacked, and replaced by Alan Pardew.
As expected Chris will be taking his back-room staff with him, which includes former Newcastle Assistant Manager Colin Calderwood, and also coach Paul Trollope and England goalkeeper coach Dave Watson.
Hughton leaves Birmingham after only one year in charge, but he did what he did ast Newcastle, and took over a club down in the dumps following relegation, and got them back on their feet very quickly.
Chris had Birmingham in 4th place in the Championship last season, after he lost some of Birmingham’s best players last summer, and he also took Birmingham on a good Europa League run – so Chris added European management experience to his resume.
And maybe for the first time in his short management career, Chris will be given considerable funds to spend this summer, to improve the Norwich side, with his first job being to persuade 31 year-old striker Grant Holt to stay at the East Anglia club.
Norwich Chief executive David McNally had this to say recently:
“We are looking to improve the squad this year, we are looking to invest heavily in new players.” “We are under no pressure to sell any players – if we do sell any players then the extra money goes to the football manager, so I think we are in a terrific place.”
Norwich is a great club for Chris to manage, and we wish him the very best in his new position, and look forward to see him back at St. James’ Park next season.