Saturday 20 January 2018

Hughton lands job at relegated Birmingham

Former Newcastle boss Hughton, who starred for the Republic of Ireland at Euro 88, was today confirmed by the midlands club as Alex McLeish’s replacement.

Hughton pipped rival Roberto Di Matteo in the battle to take charge of the Carling League Cup champions.

The club's official website confirmed that Hughton will take charge of the Blues immediately.

His main task will be to get the club back to the top flight within two seasons.

Hughton has been out of football since being fired by Newcastle after a 3-1 defeat at WBA before Christmas.

Di Matteo, himself sacked from WBA in February, was the other major candidate.

Hughton spent 13 years as a player at Tottenham and then had spells as coach and assistant-manager at White Hart Lane between 1993 and 2007.

He was appointed first team coach at Newcastle in 2008 and was appointed manager in October 2009.

But, despite guiding them to promotion, Hughton was sacked 14 months later in a move that caused outrage among fans.

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