New Norwich boss Chris Hughton excited by Carrow Road challenge
Norwich City's new boss Chris Hughton is excited by the challenge at Carrow Road after leaving Birminghan City on Thursday
New Norwich City boss Chris Hughton is looking forward to the “exciting” challenge ahead after being named as Paul Lambert’s successor on Thursday.
The former Republic of Ireland international moves from Birmingham City to Carrow Road after Lambert quit the Canaries last week to take charge of Aston Villa.
Hughton, who oversaw Newcastle United’s promotion to the Premier League in 2010, has penned a three-year deal at the club after Norwich had been granted permission to speak to the manager by Birmingham.
“As soon as the call came, due to the standing Norwich have, and their Premier League status, it was something that excited me,” Hughton said.
“I’m very excited about the challenge ahead. It has all be done so suddenly and I am delighted to be here.”
Hughton took charge of Birmingham last summer after the 53-year-old was sacked by the Magpies in November 2010.
He led Birmingham to the play-off semi-finals, where they were defeated by Blackpool, after guiding the Blues to a fourth-place finish in the Championship.
The new Norwich boss admitted the decision to leave Birmingham was not an easy one after the club had placed their faith in the relatively inexperienced coach.
“It was difficult to leave Birmingham,” he added. “I had a very good year there and the supporters have been excellent with me.
“It’s a wonderful club and I had a good relationship with the staff and the players so I’m grateful to them for allowing me to have this opportunity.”