If what you see is what Norwich City get, then Chris Hughton is the right man

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.

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.

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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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