Norwich granted permission to speak to Birmingham boss Hughton

The former Newcastle United head coach has expressed an interest at replacing the departed Paul Lambert at Carrow Road, with his current employers allowing him the opportunity

Birmingham City manager Chris Hughton has been granted permission to speak to Premier League side Norwich City with a view to becoming the club’s new manager.

The 53-year-old led his current side to the Championship play-offs last season, following relegation from the top flight in 2011, but an immediate return was not to be as the Blues lost to Blackpool.

However, the former Newcastle manager has won many admirers for the job he has done since arriving last summer and, since Paul Lambert’s move to Aston Villa, it appears Hughton is the man Norwich are chasing.

The Canaries confirmed the current situation on the club’s official website: "Norwich City can confirm that Birmingham City have granted the club permission to speak to Chris Hughton about the vacant managerial position at Carrow Road. The club will be making no further comment at this stage."

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The St Andrew's side's acting chairman Peter Pannu has admitted that Hughton’s impressive record at the club meant that they could not deny him the opportunity to speak to the Premier League side.

Birmingham City’s own statement read: "Birmingham City can confirm that Norwich City have made an approach for Chris Hughton with regards to their vacant managerial position. Hughton expressed a wish to speak to the Canaries and permission was reluctantly granted.

"Chris is a great manager and deserves the opportunity to speak to Norwich, which is why we have granted him permission to speak to them."