Norwich City Close In On Chris Hughton

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 07 June 2012, 09:49

Birmingham City boss Chris Hughton is on the verge of taking charge of Norwich City after meeting with the Premier League club on Wednesday. The Blues reluctantly gave permission for the Canaries to speak to Hughton and it now seems inevitable that he will make the switch, just a year after joining the Midlands club. Norwich are keen to make a quick appointment so they can start their preparations for the 2012/13 season following the departure of Paul Lambert to Aston Villa at the start of June.

Hughton took charge of Birmingham in June 2011 and last season led them to a fourth-place finish, despite losing a number of key players at the start of the campaign. However, he was unable to steer them to the play-off final after they lost out to Blackpool at the semi-final stage. Hughton was instantly linked with the West Brom vacancy but the Baggies were reportedly put off by the £2.5m compensation fee they would have to shed out.

The 53-year-old has since emerged as the frontrunner in the Next Norwich City Manager market and yesterday betting was suspended. A compensation package in the region of £2m is believed to have been made, with Hughton’s backroom staff expected to join him. If, as expected, Hughton leaves for Norwich then the Next Birmingham City Manager market will open up. There is no information on potential candidates yet but keep checking back on the page where the odds script will appear shortly.

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