It’s not very often these days when a football manager walks into his new club and what lays before him appears in good nick.

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It’s not very often these days when a football manager walks into his new club and what lays before him appears in good nick.

Yes, Paul Lambert’s shoes are big ones to fill – however angry some fans remain at his departure.

And Grant Holt’s wantaway stance attracted a fair number of questions at Chris Hughton’s Carrow Road unveiling Thursday afternoon – as you would expect.

But even ignoring the financial shambles Hughton has left behind at Birmingham, the prospect of donning a yellow tie will have come with plenty of attractions.

The squad. The financial footing. The bumper support. Lambert’s legacy is the club he has left behind for Hughton to steer – and plenty suggests he will make a success of it.

This isn’t a step-by-step comparison between man-departed and new boss – their differing characters make it a pointless exercise. What’s more, looking for the new Paul Lambert would be even more futile – the Scot was that good, those guys don’t come along very often.

No. On first impressions Norwich have bagged themselves exactly the kind of man they need in the building now. The house that Paul and David built has been working a treat. Chris’ job from day one – and beyond – is ensuring nothing blows it down.

From sitting in on his first duty as City boss, Hughton’s calm demeanour, articulate responses and an already proven ability to bring people on-side are perfect attributes to help City weather what was threatening to become a tortuous summer.

What becomes of Holt is yet to be seen – judging from the club’s hierarchy, the ball seems to be firmly in the court of player and agent. But with a footballing chief back in place, you suspect the issue will be resolved one way or the other soon. That’s the goal for all, whatever the result.

For Norwich, Hughton’s appointment is relatively high profile. A man wanted by West Bromwich Albion – even if the Baggies were reportedly a little cooler over his accompanying backroom staff.

And someone who seems to have the respect of every club he has managed or coached. That, in itself, speaks volumes.

A man who works long hours, Hughton is surrounded by huge management experience in Paul Trollope and Colin Calderwood. And at 53, Hughton’s own coaching career is one to behold. These people know more than a bit about their day jobs.

After three years of almost uncontrollable bliss, City fans need to find their pragmatic side.

The club has just completed only its second top-flight season in 11 years. The sole aim from here is to build the club by staying there. No chasing Europe or big name arrivals. Just stability. Putting down sound Premier League roots.

That is why Hughton refused to put a target on next term. Matching 12th in the Premier League isn’t the aim – having the chance to match or beat it each season is.

For Hughton’s clearly likeable nature, I still remember well his visit for a pre-season friendly with Newcastle United two summers ago. The pressure was on, and his side were enduring nightmare preparations. And there was a glint in his eye that offered enough encouragement to suggest Hughton knows when to tell how it is. An edge any manager needs.

When the season did get going Newcastle were doing fine – before Mike Ashley’s thirst for a “name” finally got the better of him.

For Hughton’s cool exterior, it’s also worth anticipating a part of him that cannot wait to prove those top-flight days at St James’ Park were no fluke.

So a steady hand with plenty to prove. A seasoned coach with plenty of energy. And a name most Norwich fans seem more than comfortable in getting behind.

They are only first impressions – but for first impressions, they are not half bad.

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30 comments

  • Patronising comments from Arch ant like "For Norwich, Hughton’s appointment is relatively high profile. A man wanted by West Bromwich Albion..." are disappointing, especially after the way CH talks the club up in the interview. Never mind, my initial positive vibe about CH only gets better the more he talks. Well done McN for pulling it off so quickly which means we can move forward while the likes of Swansea and WBA are still dallying.

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    canarydownunder

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Great news, but would be even better to hear that Grant Holt is saying too ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • In chess terms it's the Queens Gambit with two pawns in the centre the games afoot.

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    cutty

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Absolutely sure that culverhouse & karsa haven't resigned as they are just waiting to be sacked.....compensation. If we can afford it, I think we should keep them on for another month or two. PL will def want them with him before start of season so they will then have to resign & we save on not shelling out compensation.

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    Meds

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Now that is a surprise as I only pressed the submit button once, has someone goy a soft heart after all?

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    blackdog2

    Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • In my ceaseless fight with the Grosskontrolleren, I missed canarygirl`s comment. It is a very good point, strengthened by the Culverhouse>Hughton link. Yes, maybe IC & GK might want to break away. None of us really knows much about what goes on in the background, but there were times last season when a certain tension or terseness was apparent. Or just my imagination? Interesting times. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • Maybe Culverhouse and Karsa don't want to leave! It could be that all was not well between them and Lambert. The more that comes out, the stranger this whole episode sounds. I hope they, along with Holt do stay!!

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    Canarygirl

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • i am a bit behind the times,i have just discovered that lambert has resigned from all his managerial jobs.must be my age.

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    bluelight

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Morning MB, I've lurked on this sit for a while but have been put off from registering after reading many comments complaining of ethering. However, I must say since taking the plunge last week after not being able to resist the temptation to join in the daily debates on all things ncfc, I have not had any of my comments fail to appear on here. I was wondering if it may be that you are attempting to post comments in very close succession leading the site to thinking you are duplicating? Just a thought.

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    Jonny Fowler

    Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • Queen`s gambit, cutty? I`ve not played chess for so long I don`t remember what that is! andy has a good conspiracy theory there. Certainly our dealings with AV and our ex-manager don`t seem to be as straight up as those between us, CH and Birmingham. I really don`t want there to be any "afters" but if AV are playing hardball, then I cannot see McNally not giving as good as he gets. Some might say "shades of Colchester" and "what goes round comes round" etc. That was 3 years ago, this is now. We did have to pay Colchester compo in the end.... Only 98% of votes in favour of Chris? I suppose troll votes still count only once? Or does Ged get more because of his split "personality"?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Pa, I`m not even allowed to post things to this site. 53 years a Norwich supporter who speaks English, and blocked from commenting!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Jonny Fowler, my single attempt to reply has been given the "not immediately" treatment. We`ll see. I will not hold my breath.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 10, 2012

  • Looked up Q`s G, cutty. My brain hurts now! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Jonny, Brew and Stew have the same problems that I have. All the regulars on here know the three people who we are not allowed to mention and likewise a term for that team down the road which is not rude, swearing or anything nasty but the rubberstamp comes down heavily. It is childish and stupid because people on here are responsible and the postings likewise but the fun and banter is spoiled!

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    blackdog2

    Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • Like you canarydownunder, I cannot see how there`s room for CH`s backroom boys and the old team. Ar-chant are still locked in the days of "little old Norwich", bless them. I am not sure how serious the "previous" between Holt & Calderwood at Forest is, but it did involve a lot of subs` bench time, a transfer request, an "uneasy truce" and Holty playing most of a Season on the wing before being sold to Shrewsbury. By that reckoning, both NCFC and Holty should be indebted to Calderwood! Ewan Chester has been here before, quite recently. No mention any more of Dave Watson. Future is with England set-up maybe? David McNally has done brilliantly. Welcome to Chris & Co; it`s good to see such strong approval from NCFC fans at large. OTBC. IHWWT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Hear hear! Stew Pydsodd. I find that after a few serious contributions have been ethered I start losing patience. All the effort that goes in to precising and generally rephrasing pieces to avoid "Reason - Duplicate" is wasted. Then I get cross and post either a silly one, or one with zero content. They get through! As does the trollery from the usual suspect(s). There`s no harm in a little humour and banter being thrown in, is there?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • I direct this comment to the Moderators, be they male, female, old or young ,or just a confounded machine. Most of the people using these stories to make a sensible contribution to this media, are both adult and responsible . They would not be flippant, rude or frustrated, if they were allowed to proceed without the childish antics coming from Archant. Take a close look at yourselves, and get your act together. Call me Stew Pydsodd if you like.

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • I tried to post this comment onto the Birmingham Mail website, without success....."Sorry Villa Fans but you may be in for a big disappointment....I see Lambretta man has made his first major change .. He's switched dug-outs. Seems he wants to be nearer the Holt(e) stand. Holt is one of the main reasons that Norwich City have done so well in the last three seasons..... If Ian Culverhouse doesn't join him be prepared. By the way Grant Holt was a Norwich City player before his arrival here

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    Pa Snipps

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Two further thoughts. Firstly, building bridges with Holt will be tough given the public way he and his agent have handled things, and the fact there is some 'previous' with him an Calderwood. Second, I don't buy the line that Cully and Karsa are staying because the club and is wanting to extend the coaching set up. Having been No2 to PL, with Calderwood and Trollope on board, there's no way Cully can stay. Surely, there's a game being played out here?

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    canarydownunder

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • The appointment of Chris Hughton is brilliant and congratulations to David McNally and Alan Bowkett. Great to hear that Russ Martin has signed a new contract, a big boost to City. As for players being poached by Lambert; somehow I don't think it will happen. Maybe the problems were such that perhaps there has been a big sigh of relief that Lambert has moved on. I believe even Holt will want to stay and enjoy the excitement of a new era at Carrow Road!!!

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    Canarygirl

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Jonny, Brew and Stew have the same problems that I have. All the regulars on here know the three people who we are not allowed to mention and likewise a term for that team down the road which is not rude, swearing or anything nasty but the rubberstamp comes down heavily. It is childish and stupid because people on here are responsible and the postings likewise but the fun and banter is spoiled!

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    blackdog2

    Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • There you go, Jonny. Ethered. This is almost 8 pm, 10 hours on. QED.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 10, 2012

  • I hope NCFC is ready for Lambert's potential plundering of players.He must have had all the intelligence on City players,contracts,fitness and such.Is this the Premier League's equivalent of insider trading?

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Now that is a surprise as I only pressed the submit button once, has someone goy a soft heart after all?

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    blackdog2

    Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • I know the feeling, cutty. I rarely go to see my doctor. When I do he says "what seems to be the problem". I say "I just feel ill all over". He starts to write a sick-note. "I`m retired" say I. "Just go home and die then" is the riposte. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Tried to reply, canarygirl. Guess what..... You have a good point there. Time will tell. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • Canarygirl & Pa Snipps, you are spot on, I believe. Though I may be wrong! What do I know? Lambert will be shafted without Cully and McN knows it! So even by delaying Ian`s departure, he`s slowing down the Villa vehicle. I think Cully should stay; he`d love working with Chris Hughton. An Alliance of proper Gentlemen. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • I agree with the comments of MB and both those of c. CH is his own man, well done and thanks to PL but that was yesterday and CH is tomorrow. I wish him well. With regard to IC and GK, there is surely an obvious plot here? Starting at the beginning, AV wanted PL and NCFC said no so PL resigned claiming breach of contract. The sub plot is that AV therefore hope they will not have to pay Norwich compensation. Neither IC nor GK have resigned and hoped to have their contracts terminated thereby giving them the chance to claim compensation. They then go to AV who will not want to pay compensation to Norwich for them. This gives AV a million or two more to spend on players!

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    andy

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • I'm seldom without pain, Brew. But then that's part of being an old git.

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    cutty

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Lambert will be "s*****d without Culverhouse. Keep him - Hughton will give him real respect.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

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