Norwich City boss Chris Hughton is likely to dwell on one particular date in his diary following the release of the 2012/13 Premier League fixtures.

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The Canaries’ new manager has never been back to St James’ Park since he was replaced at Newcastle by Alan Pardew in December 2010.

The ex-Birmingham boss had previously guided the Geordies to the Championship title and the City chief remains a revered figure among the Tyneside support. Hughton admitted prior to taking over at Carrow Road his north-east return will be a special day.

“I have not been back to Newcastle since it happened,” he said recently. “It hasn’t been because I haven’t wanted to. I just haven’t got round to it yet but I think now, what I would really like is to lead a team out at St James’ Park. That would be a fantastic occasion. Of course I would like to say a proper goodbye but football doesn’t always work like that. If it happens one day, of course I would really be looking forward to it. I think it would be a very proud moment for me. I don’t harbour grudges towards anyone at the club. If I am absolutely honest I don’t look at the club now and think, ‘What if?’ What is normal when you lose your job is that it’s very tough for a while. You watch games but you want to be working. I wanted to look forward from the moment it changed and I lost my job. Now I don’t look at Newcastle and wish them any ill feeling whatsoever.”

Hughton will have more modest aims than the Europa League-chasing Magpies when City’s squad meet up for pre-season training early next month as he looks to build on a successful first top flight campaign. The 53-year-old carved out a reputation for attacking football at both Newcastle and Birmingham, but Hughton insists he will adopt a pragmatic approach to the task in hand.

“I was brought up in my footballing years to enjoy a good passing game,” he said. “I have also learnt that you need to be able to adapt with formations and ultimately it is about winning games and to do that you have to score goals. There has been a wonderful philosophy here over the past few years of attacking football. If you can do that there is nothing better for supporters to see.

“The fans here create a unique atmosphere and make it a wonderful place to play. What this club has, because the percentage of support is local, is a real sense of vocal backing behind the team.”

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4 comments

  • @mad brewer.It is not Delia's pies that brings in the cash-it is the price of a cup of tea.If Reggie or other stallholders charged £2 it would run the risk of causing riotous behaviour.It could even cause a peasants other than me to revolt.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • I expect we`ll eventually find out the Club`s priorities. Financial prudence is top of the list, I suspect. But they do need to stay in the Prem, the bow-tie brigade, to justify their substantial fees. Otherwise they`ll have to fall back on all their other income streams. As long as fans continue to buy Replica shirts for themselves and their progeny, all is well. Don`t forget the £10 pies, Delia! Reggie`s stall. A certainty! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • I am really quite anxious to see the new manager's priorities for signings. Ignoring the "Great Grant" standoff, we are desperate for a 20 goal a year striker, and if Holt goes, 2. I accept that I am slightly fixated on Jordon Rhodes, but if we dont see some movement there soon, we will miss the boat. Question is, will McNally be prepared to spend 5 or 6 million on one player???

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    Algarve Canary

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • Blimey! Is it really £2 for a Cuppa @ The Carra, Peter? That`s disgraceful. I generally avoid in-ground refreshments, unless I`m gasping, in which case an overpriced plastic bottle of stale, light-struck Carling, or whatever, has to suffice. I generally make do with a pub pint pre and post-match. New game show, hosted by Nicholas Parsons; "It`s a Rip-Off". A cup of that tea would fetch, oh, £7.50 at Harrods, I reckon. I do think it`s time for the proprietors of Reggie`s to go up-market, though. The ensuing riots can be overseen and quelled by the custodians of Naaaridge Castle. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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