Norwich City’s old boy network grows at Brighton with Ewan Chester joining Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood

Former Norwich manager Chris Hughton has added Colin Calderwood and Ewan Chester to his backroom tea

Former Norwich manager Chris Hughton has added Colin Calderwood and Ewan Chester to his backroom team at Championship rivals Brighton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Former Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has recruited his old Canaries' chief scout Ewan Chester to join him and Colin Calderwood at Championship rivals Brighton.

Chester was officially unveiled on Thursday as the latest addition to Hughton's backroom set-up on the south-coast, following Calderwood's appointment as his assistant manager earlier this week.

Chester left Norwich ahead of the current league season with City bringing in ex-Fulham scout Barrie Simmonds to join a new football executive board at Carrow Road.

'Ewan is somebody I know well,' said Hughton. 'He has got a wealth of knowledge and experience having worked before at Glasgow Rangers for a number of years, as well as Fulham - and Birmingham and Norwich, where I had the pleasure of working closely with him.

'I have been impressed by the sophistication and quality of the club's recruitment set-up so far, and I am delighted that we are further enhancing the team by bringing Ewan into our scouting department - a vitally important area in any football club.'

Albion chief executive Paul Barber, speaking to the Seagulls' official site, believes Chester's close links with Hughton will be a major asset.

'Ewan has a great experience and football knowledge. He is very well connected in the game and has skills that complement our existing team led by Paul (Winstanley). Ewan's previous close working relationship with Chris is also a huge asset to our club and will further help us to identify the type of players that fit Chris's style of play and system.'

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Calderwood had already been confirmed as Hughton's assistant boss earlier this week.

'I'm delighted Colin is coming in,' said Hughton. 'He is someone I have worked with before, and I know him well, and we wanted to bring someone in of Colin's experience. I know that he will work well with the existing coaching staff at the club and I think he'll be a very good addition to the coaching team.

'It was always my intention to bring somebody in to work alongside myself and Nathan (Jones). What I wanted to do is give myself some time to get to know the staff here - not only the coaching staff but also the backroom team, before finalising that decision.'

Calderwood had been out of the game since leaving Norwich with Hughton and Paul Trollope in April 2014. The Canaries visit Brighton in the Championship on Good Friday, April 3.

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