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Former Irish soccer international player Chris Hughton is to have talks with Premiership side Norwich City about their vacant manager job, after his current club Birmingham City granted permission.
The 53-year-old who played 53 times for the Republic of Ireland – including all three matches at Euro 1988 – has certainly made a big impact in his few short years as a manager. After serving four years as assistant manager at Tottenham Hotspur, he took up the role as caretaker manager at Newcastle in 2009 following the news that Joe Kinnear needed heart surgery.
He did well in that role winning manager of the month awards in both August and September of that year, and in April 2010 he led the side back into the Premiership, with the Championship title following later that month. The club received justified criticism when they sacked him in December of that year, with the likes of Alan Shearer condemning the move.
Last June he was appointed manager of Birmingham City, and following a tremendous run in the Europa League, they finished fourth in the Championship, before losing in the play-offs to Blackpool.
Now with Norwich City needing a new manager following the departure of Paul Lambert to Aston Villa, it may be that Hughton will be plying his trade in the Premiership after all next season.