Chris Hughton Facing Uphill Struggle At Birmingham Following Premier League Relegation

Richard Smith by Richard Smith / 22 July 2011, 08:28

It was only a matter of months ago that Birmingham were enjoying one of their best moments in their history when Alex McLeish led the club to Carling Cup success at Wembley Stadium. Since then it has all gone wrong for the Blues with relegation from the top flight followed by the departure of the Manager, the owner being arrested for money laundering and a host of the clubs best players running for the exit. Chris Hughton has been appointed as the man to steady the ship at St Andrews with promotion back to the Premier League expected for a club of their size, it will not be easy though as he looks to rebuild a squad severely depleted and capable of challenging.

We have already seen Seb Larsson and Craig Gardner head to Sunderland, Roger Johnson move down the road to wolves and a number of other players like Scott Dann, Ben Foster, Cameron Jerome and Liam Ridgewell all expected to follow quickly before the transfer window slams shut. This highlights the task facing Hughton with the new season on the horizon and with next to no money to bring new players in, he will have to use his knowledge to bring in some nice free transfers and loan signings if he is to repeat the trick he pulled off at Newcastle by leading them to promotion. Hughton was in a very similar position at St James Park when he was in charge of Newcastle and that will be of comfort to Birmingham fans who are looking to bounce straight back to the Premier League.

On the face of it Birmingham are arguably the biggest club in the Championship but with big spending teams like Leicester fighting it out with the likes of West Ham and Notts Forest among others it looks a hot Championship this season with only three teams able to go up. Birmingham do have European football to look forward to following their Carling Cup success but it could prove to be a hindrance for Hughton with the squad already starting to look thin and he will be worried it will have an adverse affect on their promotion push. At the moment Birmingham are being rated as a 3/1 chance with Paddy Power to gain promotion while they are available at a short looking 11/1 with the same firm to win the Championship this season. Hughton is a good appointment for Birmingham, he has proven his teams perform well under pressure and that shoudl be taken into account but it maybe that he finds the task at St Andrews his toughest yet over the next few weeks and months.

Betting Odds Tips

Managers Departed

Last man down

Darren Moore
Darren Moore
(Doncaster Rovers)
1st March
VIEW ALL CASUALTIES
x
Bet £10 Get £40 in Free Bets
Exclusive Promo Code
C40
JOIN NOW
#AD New customers using promo code C40 only. 1x per customer. Min £10/€10 bet. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Free bets paid as 2x £15/€15 (expires after 30 days). Max £10 Bonus. 35x wagering requirement. Max redeemable amount £25. Casino bonus expires 72 hours from issue. Eligibility rules, free-bet rules, game, location, payment-method, currency restrictions, stake contributions and terms and conditions apply. 18+ begambleaware.org.
x
Up to £100 in bet credits
Exclusive Promo Code
100BET365
JOIN NOW
#AD Open Account Offer. Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply. The bonus code ‘100BET365’ can be used during registration, but does not change the offer amount in any way. 18+ begambleaware.org.
Advert Disclaimer
Thesackrace.com is a free online resource which endeavour to provide helpful and useful content and odds comparison to its visitors. Please be advised that Thesackrace.com accepts affiliate commission from the companies appearing on the site, and agreed commission levels impact the location and order in which the companies (and/or their products) are presented on the website. Any ratings that appear on this site is determined by our subjective opinion of the brand but also based on market share and reputation, each brand's conversion rates, commission paid to us and general consumer interest. Company listings on this page don't imply our endorsement. We do not feature all providers on the market. Except as expressly set forth in our terms and conditions, all statements and warranties regarding the information presented on this page are disclaimed. The information, including odds, which appear on this site is subject to change at any time.
Next in firing line Hottest Manager Markets

Arsenal

Next Manager

Atletico Madrid

Next Manager

Barcelona

Next Manager

Celtic

Next Manager

Colchester United

Next Manager

Crystal Palace

Next Manager

England

Next Manager

Liverpool

Next Manager

Manchester United

Next Manager

Newcastle United

Next Manager

Northampton Town

Next Manager

Paris St Germain

Next Manager

Real Madrid

Next Manager

Republic of Ireland

Next Manager

Southampton

Next Manager

Valencia

Next Manager
x
£20 Risk Free First Bet Money Back In Cash
New customers only. Place your FIRST bet on any sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is €/£20. T&Cs apply. 18+ begambleaware.org
BET HERE
We use cookies to provide statistics that help give you the best experience of our site. By continuing to use the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn more
Got It