Norwich City have confirmed that they been given permission to speak to Birmingham City boss Chris Hughton about becoming the club’s new manager.

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The club released a statement this morning confirming that the Midlands club is to allow Hughton to speak to the board at Carrow Road.

Birmingham City have also released a statement confirming that 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.”

The Canaries have been searching for a replacement for Paul Lambert, who resigned last week.

Speaking at Great Yarmouth races yesterday, deputy chairman Michael Foulger told the crowd that an announcement on the management situation was expected “within 48 hours”.

Bookmakers had already installed Hughton, former boss of Newcastle, as the odds-on favourite to take over the Carrow Road hotseat.

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  • Swiss, does he still have a team he took with him to Newcastle? Who does he have??

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Good choice and we will be able to understand what he is saying when interviewed!

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    Mr. B

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • cutty, I tried to reply but the censors do not like me at all today. Briefly, bright side is Dave Watson, the GK coach (No, NOT Greene King!) is very highly regarded. Look him up on Wickipedia. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Tried to reply to baguio, ethered. Mail & Telegraph make it seem a done deal. Backroom boys all coming, too. £2m compo for Brum. Villa paying us nowt but have bid £3m for Holt.There`s a thing......

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • That`s the spirit, Zebbee! If we land CH and he can get his backroom team sorted pronto, I have a good feeling about next season. Just think how much better placed we are now compared with 3 years ago. Good squad. Sounder finances. Premier League. New, quality manager coming in (Fingers crossed). OTBC

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Re Holty>Calderwood. GH spent much time on the bench but still top-scored for Forest 2006-7. Transfer request-contract issues. "Uneasy truce" with manager Calderwood, then played on the wing for much of the next season. Sold to Shrewsbury, who sold him to Norwich, who had him on the bench a bit this season and received a transfer request because of contract issues. Top scorer and Player of the Season 3 consecutive years. Now allegedly too old. Next week`s exciting episode......

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • In answer to your question zebbee, if what is reported is true then NCFC might have to forget compensation.Even if it is not, as PL only signed a 12 month rolling contract, which presumably would have expired in late August this year, NCFC will probably only be entitled to compensation for the balance of the value of that contract so we are not talking mega bucks. Like many NCFC supporters,I am very disappointed to see PL go, although it is hardly a surprise.Much better it happened now than mid - season. Lets face it the words sentiment and loyalty clearly do not feature in his vocabulary ( what there is of it).He goes with my thanks but not best wishes.Lets not forget where he has taken us - from our darkest hour to our greatest achievement; finishing 12th in the current Premiership ( a much stronger league then when we we last in it in for any extended stay) beats anything done before.Optomistic about possible appointment of CH - lets hope West Brom don't beat us to his signature.(and no more 12 month rolling contracts please) OTBC!!

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    Quorncanary

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • How can Lambert go to Villa without compensation being agreed ? Does this go to a Football League tribunal like it did when he left Colchester for Norwich ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • I want Holt to stay but if he has "previous" with Calderwood, it may tip the balance. Anyway, Lambo`s probably got him already.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Hughton would be a fab appointment! 'Ducky' MB? Sounds homophobic to me. And there was you questioning SMS........Hmmm OTBC

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    JJE

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • England in Euros will be ghastly, going to SA to watch rugby !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Fingers crossed, but it looks as though Mr. Mc has done the business again. My wish way well have been granted.

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    Julian Hudson

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Dubai, Lambo came to us and was in place for several months before compensation was finally agreed with Colchester, £425,000 with a £200,000 (£125,000 suspended for 2 years) for breach of Regulation 20. The Urban Dictionary states that in Colchester "Lambert" is a substitutre word for the worst 4-letter one.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • The Holt Calderwood link makes the situation a bit spooky, God moves in mysterious ways.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Steve Bruce has gone to Hull. We`re safe!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Lets hope the new manager will be appointed quickly, will give him time to assess players and buy new talent before it all gets snapped up by other hungry clubs. Will also allow an organised pre-season. I think I'd be happy with Hughton and if Culverhouse stays that sounds good.

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    Vic George

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Enjoy the summer, Dubai? With England playing?

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    cutty

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • positive news.positive comments. OTBS

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Thanks QC. Makes me wonder now whether it was PL rather than City who insisted on the 12 month rolling contract. Still, thats water under the bridge now. Onwards and upwards.

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    zebbee

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • billythebookie is not taking bets on Hughton now ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Yes Hughton & Cully could be a good combo. Would Gary Karsa stay too - hope so !

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • We`re sort of lucky Birmingham are in "meltdown" otherwise CH might not be available. Funny, he gets taken on by relegated teams with the task of getting them back up. Succeeded @ Toon:- Fired. Got into play-offs @ Brum:- Leaves? If Mr. Shearer choses to comment on this, he should chose his words carefully! It takes courage to be a proper manager, not just a failed caretaker and purveyor of hot air. OTBC. IHIHWWSBT!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • richard1, I`ve had 2 attempts to say a bit about that, both ethered. I agree with you. The Holt-Calderwood stuff is all in GH`s Wickipedia entry, so may be true!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Umm..that's what I thought, Keith. Maybe he's feeling a bit of pressure to get someone in quick before more turmoil unfolds or Cully is staying and and feels a link up with his old team mate at spurs would be good. Who knows..

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • I just found that too, Dubai. Daily Mail. I think Calderwood has a bit of "previous" with Holty @ Forest..... Mail says they are to go with him. All change at Spaghetti Junction.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Bearing in mind that DM appointed PL very quickly when he felt the need nearly three years ago and what he has done to sort out Norwich finances, he deserves our trust to get it right. I would be surprised if he had not had a back up plan(s) for when PL left. If he thinks CH is the right man for the job, I trust him.

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    andy

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Swiss, does he still have a team he took with him to Newcastle? Who does he have??

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • According to the Telegraph last weekend, we wont get any compensation from Vanilla for Lambert cos he had a clause in his contract that allowed him to talk to a premiership club. As we refused, it seems we broke the contract before he did by resigning. Any lawyers amongst us who can clarify further...?

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    zebbee

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Guys I think it's highly unlikely that Cully or Karsa will stay. It's only a matter of time before they join Sir Paul, therefore we need someone with a team already in place. IHWT OTBC

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    baguio

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • OTBC ! oops spelling sorry

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Hey Brewer, Hughton's team is Colin Calderwood (assistant), Paul Trollope (1st team Coach) and Dave Watson (GK coach). Reports are mentioning Calderwood and Watson. Watson is clearly an absolute star as a GK coach, bringing on Joe Hart, Foster & Butland as well as being called up for England. His playing career was pretty much ended by an injury against Norwich. Calderwood was with him at Newc. and they have worked together 3 times. Calderwood's own management career is quite patchy. Trollope has only been there a year and had an updown management experience before that. It looks like Lambo will move his team to Villa and Hughton will want Calderwood & Watson at least. It might get a bit messy.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • This is the BCFC Management team : Manager: Chris Hughton Assistant manager: Colin Calderwood First team coach: Paul Trollope Goalkeeping coach: Dave Watson

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • So DM has scoured Europe searching for a "top" manager already? That was quick!!

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    CovCanary

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • You are right Dubai, they could not agree and so it went to the Football League Tribunal and I think that is binding arbitartion. Colchester got better compensation than they were offered but not the points deduction Cowling was demanding. FL Rule 22 states that no appraoch can be made directly, through intermediaries or through media staements without prior written agreement. As far as I can see the Premier League is a different legal entity and has it's own rules and I don't know what the procedure is but I would assume it is similar. Options are usually, agreement, binding arbitration or go to court.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Hughton's career win rate is 46.3% compared to Lambo's career average of 42.5%. Caveats, Lambo has been in charge of twice the number of games than CH but Hughton's are all in the Premier League or Championship where as PL's experience comes from five different leagues. ps Lambo's win rate at Norwich was an impressive 49.3%.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Also spooky is that Dave Watson`s goalkeeping career was ended by a knee injury sustained at.... Norwich. On the bright side he is very highly regarded and has coached Joe Hart, Ben Foster and Jack Butland. He`s in Hodgson`s England set-up too. But we already have a keeper coach, I suppose? Interesting times. All is not lost. We are kicking on to something big, I have a feeling in my water.........OTBBC! There IS life after Lambo! Just BELIEVE.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • I like Hughton. He did well at Newcastle and at Birmingham and he is a thouroughly decent man. OTBC

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    Preston Canary

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Looks like a deal is shortly to be done. With the crisis going on behind the scenes at BCFC it is not surprising that Hughton wants away.

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Just noted that an anagram of Chris Hughton is; 'Shhh, Courting' - Do hope he's not talking to anyone else! :-)

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    Southsea Canary

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • That Hughton>Culverhouse theory has attractions-if Cully stays and prefers to be a No2. Hughton`s record is good. Not just a safe pair of hands but a shrewd operator in the transfer market. We cannot fund "Wickhams" of dosh for unproven players!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • The Calderwood connection is interesting, he seemed to be on our list as a potential Manager before - and has now surfaced as a no2. Job number 1 for the new team has to be to get the Holt thing sorted one way or the other.

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    richard1

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • I'm definitely warming to the idea. Could be a good appointment. Let's hope this is the first quick step in stabilising a rocking boat with the second being sorting GH out. Give him the contract he clearly deserves and move to strengthen the squad for next year, particularly defensively. Agree with canaryspud re: Davies and Spector

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    CovCanary

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Ethered, just for a change!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • baguio, the Telegraph and the Mail make it look like a done deal; Hughton`s backroom boys all coming with him. Allegedly NCFC have agreed £2m compo for Brum, while Arsenic Vanilla are trying to pay us zero. Also claims that AV have put in a £3m bid for Holt. Natural replacement for the departing Hesky. Whaaat? Holt scores goals........

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Good news would be Hughton appointed, Holt to stay, Villa to pay NCFC 'huge compensation' for poaching Lambert. We could then all enjoy the summer holidays !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Swiss this went to a Football League tribunal - presumably they were arbitrators as the two clubs could not agree. Will we go the same way with Villa given lamberts departure ? I guess if the clubs can't agree - then the answer is yes, they will.

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Ah Olde Trip eh. Looks like we owe him one, Brew.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • As the contract and record of the meeting are not in the public domaine, we can only speculate.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Hughton looks like a good choice, he's done well on a budget and was unfairly treated at Newcastle. I imagine he'd also show a bit more loyalty than the previous incumbent.

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Hughton's signings at Newcastle were impressive, Cheick Tioté and ben Arfa as well as Sol Campbell and Dan Gosling on free transfers.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • wonder if houghton was appointed if he'd go for some bfc players- curtis davies and jon spector 2 good defenders

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    canaryspud

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Apparently Hughton's insistance on bringing his own team with him has been an issue before, WBA.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Hey, to be fair, Birmingham is the 33 largest city in Europe so the board weren't lying (!) IMcNWT

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    Meds

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Back form the Dicters. He ses your brain seems ok, you r logic is fine you can even spill well, but your control of your fingers when you tipe a litter laeves mich to be desored. He say “What I will prescribe is a bittle of rab c nesbit moufwish”. I say will that make me tipe bitter? “ No he ses, but you could becum a feetball manager!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • I wid like to jin inwith this, but mist rosh to the dicters. Bitta brain trible

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Chris Hughton is my number 1 choice. Malky would've been 2nd. I'm encouraged Chris has specifically asked to talk to us too. He'd clearly like to come if the tems are right. He's clever + calculating + was treated appallingly by Newcastle United. Most of their fans said so @ the time. If he does turn us down, then Tony Pullis would be an excellent plan B............it's ok Budgie I'm winding you up.........Laters ...

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • andy, McN does seem to have moved exceedingly fast! I agree with you, he`s had plans in construction for a while. Suspect he knew what was on PL`s agenda. Expect PL may even have told him. Let`s hope it all happens, Holt stays & kisses and makes up with Calderwood. Ducky! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • It makes you wonder what all the talk was about die Bundesliga, Series A, La Liga, etc. I did have a meeting at Birmingham Airport last year and all of the signs were in English and Welsh.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • I would welcome this appointment, hughton has the right pedigree and is amongst the new breed of coaches. Better Hughton than a Bruce or McCarthy! If we can persuade Hughton, then I believe that he can be the man to take us to the next stage in our eventual progression to masters of Europe!

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    Mark King

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Also if this comes off. We get the England keeping coach, which can't be bad for Ruddy, Rudd and Steer. Also that would make all 3 Brummy clubs will have or will be changing managers plus close by gold scum who can't get anyone...Hope they take The Rodent

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    gordon52

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

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