Likeable Chris Hughton Named New Boss @ Birmingham City

Chris Hughton, Manager Birmingham City

The former Troon boss was harshly sacked by Mike Ashley despite having led the Magpies to a Championship title and had the St James’ Park side comfortably placed in mid table when he was axed.

Chris Houghton has been hired as the new Birmingham manager.

His goal is to ensure that Birmingham spends only one season out of the Premier League.

The Birmingham Blues were relegated on the last day of the 2010-11 season.

Hughton takes over from Alex McLeish, who recently left for local rivals Aston Villa.

“We know it will be a tough task. I hope I can do it.

“The ultimate aim is to get back into the Premier League, and the job starts now.

“It’s a tough season, a very tough division. I feel you want to work at a club where you have a good chance of getting back where this club wants to be and belongs. I feel I have that here.”

Birmingham will be among the favourites to go up but Hughton is aware that several players may leave due to the Blue’s relegation.

“I am aware that with relegation comes a financial side that has to be balanced.”

“We have had some very good players that have shown a desire they want to remain Premier League players.

“These are the type of things I will be addressing over the next day or so.”

Hughton took Newcastle up into the top flight in 2010.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do. For me it is about a group of players showing a real desire to want to get back into the Premier League,” he said.

Ex-Tottenham and Republic of Ireland defender Hughton is pleased to be at St Andrew’s.

“I am absolutely delighted,” he continued. “It is a job that ticks a lot of boxes for me. I am very aware of the history at the club.

“I consider Birmingham a proper football club; the tradition and support base that fits the club. I am delighted to be sitting here.

“I am very concious that what I regard as the big jobs only come around every so often.

“There are a lot of very good managers that I know would have been happy to be sitting where I am now.”

Defenders Scott Dann and Roger Johnson as well as keeper Ben Foster are among the players linked with moves away.

“There have been offers for players and we have to work around the next few days to determine whether the offers are right,” Hughton remarked.

“That’d be the first issue, making the decisions we have to make on players.”

“What will happen, certainly over the next couple of weeks, is that you’ll see a lot of movement from players. We’ve already seen movement from other clubs,” Hughton noted.

“What you don’t want to be is left in a position come the last week of pre-season where you’re desperate to bring players in.

“There are financial implications to be being relegated, and we have to try and manoeuvre that situation the best way that we can. At this moment we’re talking hypothetically because every one of those players is still at this football club.”

England Premiership tickets are available for the 2011-12 season. Buy premium Premier League tickets and other football tickets online now.