Chris Hughton has been appointed as the new manager of Birmingham City with immediate effect.
The 52-year-old was relieved of his position as manager of Newcastle on 6th December 2010 despite an impressive record at St James’ Park.
Since then, he has been linked with a number of vacancies including those at West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United and Cardiff City.
However, it is Alex McLeish’s shoes at Birmingham that he has ultimately filled after impressing the club’s acting chairman Peter Pannu.
“Following productive talks with the former Newcastle United boss, acting chairman Peter Pannu felt that Hughton was the perfect candidate to take charge at St Andrew’s and he is now looking forward to sharing the new man’s ambition,” a Birmingham statement said.
“Pannu was particularly impressed by Hughton’s vision and footballing theories of garnering youth and playing attractive and effective football.”
With Hughton having won the Championship title during his time at Newcastle, his experience of successfully leading sides out of the division could prove vital to his new club’s promotion bid.
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The Birmingham vacancy arose when McLeish quit his Birmingham post citing a lack of boardroom support, with the former Rangers boss now in charge of Aston Villa.
Birmingham say they are “looking into” the events which led to McLeish’s departure to see whether Villa’s conduct “has been in line with Premier League rules”.
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