Thursday 07 June 2012

Norwich appoint Hughton as new manager

Canaries replace Paul Lambert with former Newcastle and Birmingham boss

Chris Hughton was introduced to the media after leaving Birmingham City for Norwich City

Norwich City have named Chris Hughton as their new manager on a three-year deal.

Hughton moves from Birmingham City and fills the vacancy created when Paul Lambert moved from Carrow Road to Villa Park.

It is a return to the Barclays Premier League for the former Tottenham Hotspur assistant manager, who was last in the top flight in the 2010/11 season as manager of Newcastle United.

At a press conference at Carrow Road on Thursday, Hughton said: "This is something that I've been very excited about.

"It's about making progress and with every new manager and player comes a new challenge"
- Chris Hughton

"It has been done very speedily, which I've been delighted with, and I'm looking forward to the challenge in front of me."

Hughton said he was hoping to build on the Canaries' impressive return to the Barclays Premier League, which saw them finish in a creditable 12th place.

"[It's] not just a finishing position, it's financial position, aspects of the club where you feel it can grow, - and I've been very impressed with where the club is and how they want to move forward," he added.

Hughton admitted he faced a challenge in succeeding the successful Lambert, who oversaw two successive promotions.

"It's a wonderful achievement to rise from League One to the Premier League, and it's a hard act to follow," he said.

"It's about making progress and with every new manager and player comes a new challenge."

Hughton is being joined by assistant manager Colin Calderwood, first-team coach Paul Trollope and chief scout Ewan Chester.

A compensation package has been agreed with Birmingham.

The Midlands club's acting chairman Peter Pannu said: "Chris is a great man and a proven manager and we didn't want to stand in his way when Norwich made an approach with the offer of a top flight managerial position."

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Key Points

  • Norwich City appoint Chris Hughton as their new boss
  • Hughton moves from Championship side Birmingham City
  • Former Newcastle United boss replaces Paul Lambert