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Norwich City are closing in on the appointment of Chris Hughton as their new manager.
The Carrow Road outfit were left in a state of shock last week when Paul Lambert resigned for his role with the club to take replace Alex McLeish at Aston Villa.
However they have wasted little time in sounding out a successor and have approached Birmingham City to speak with the former Newcastle boss.
The 53 year old former Spurs coach has earned rave reviews since becoming a manager, winning the Championship with Newcastle and leading Birmingham to the play off’s last season in difficult circumstances.
Should Hughton succeed Lambert at Carrow Road it would be second time in under 12 months that he has benefitted indirectly from a decision made by Randy Lerner having replaced McLeish at St Andrews last summer following his decision to jump ship to Villa Park.
A statement released by Birmingham this morning read: “Birmingham City FC can confirm that Norwich City FC have made an approach for Chris Hughton with regards to their vacant managerial position.
“Hughton expressed a wish to speak to the Canaries and permission was reluctantly granted.”
Acting chairman Peter Pannu said: “Chris is a great manager and deserves the opportunity to speak to Norwich, which is why we have granted him permission to speak to them.”
Meanwhile a statement on the Norwich City website read “Norwich City can confirm that Birmingham City have granted the club permission to speak to Chris Hughton about the vacant managerial position at Carrow Road.
“The club will be making no further comment at this stage.”
Malkay McKay and Neil Lennon have also been linked with the role however no other talks are believed to have taken place at this time.