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Chris Hughton has been confirmed as the new manager of Premier League side Norwich City.
The former Birmingham and Newcastle United manager has pen to paper on a three year deal and replaces Paul Lambert who left the club last week to join Aston Villa.
The 53 year old, who was granted permission to speak to the Canaries yesterday (Wednesday) by Birmingham, admitted that the lure of a return to management in the Premier League was too big an opportunity to turn down.
“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.”
The former Ireland International paid tribute to his former club, whom he guided to the play-offs last season, adding ” 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.”