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Hughton Leaves St Andrews For Carrow Road

Just 24 hours after Norwich City lost their manager Paul Lambert to Aston Villa, Chris Hughton has been installed as their new boss.

The Canaries asked for permission to speak to 53 year old Hughton before Lambert had time to clear his desk at Carrow Road, now just 24 hours later, Blues are back to where they was when Alex McLeish walked out.

It`s a big blow to City who saw Hughton take his nothing budget and put together a side with new belief that they could get back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Hughton almost did that, steering his side to the play-off semi finals only to lose to Blackpool by one deflected goal.

It was much more than even the staunchest Blues fan could have expected given the players that left and the free signings that Hughton brought into the club.

Hughton said that although he was leaving with a heavy heart, he was ready for a new challenge.

'I had a very good year [with Birmingham City] ... it's a wonderful club,' Hughton told the club`s official website. 'I am looking forward to the challenge in front of me.'

Lambert steered Norwich back to the Premier League during his two-year stint at the club and in their first season back in the top flight he steered them to a commendable 12th place finish.

'It's a wonderful achievement,' Hughton said of his Norwich predecessor's achievements. 'It's a hard act to follow ... but it's about the club moving forward.'

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Date:Thursday June 7 2012

Time: 4:20PM

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Thats what happens when a decent manager is offered money to spend and build a team, he was going to get bugger all from here
JJ McDuff
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07/06/2012 16:24:00

we shud go for lee clark now chris has gone, i think he wud do a gr8 job
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07/06/2012 16:29:00

Would like to Thank Chris H for a fab season and wish him all the best for the future. Norwich are very lucky to have him. :-) Question now is, who to replace him and will they want to come to a club in our messed up situation ?
dinky dunk
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07/06/2012 16:32:00

New group created on fb to try and gather support for Lee Clark to be new Blues manager if anyone is interested in joining to show some support, group is surprisingly called "Lee Clark For Next Blues Manager"
Big Trev
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07/06/2012 16:36:00

i shall remember last season for years and years to come - for the right reasons - thank you chris - you were what we needed after mcliesh and problems off the pitch -KRO!!!!!!
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07/06/2012 16:41:00

Lee Clark...a true Villan
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08/06/2012 06:15:00

Lee Clark struggled to get Huddersfield out of Division 1. I would rather we had Stevie Bruce back at the helm! But until that muppet of a chairman disappears off the scene then we are doomed.
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