Hughton named Blues boss

Former Magpies boss takes charge at St Andrews

By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo.   Last Updated: 22/06/11 5:09pm

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Birmingham have confirmed the appointment of Chris Hughton as their new manager at St Andrews.

Hughton replaces Alex McLeish after the Scot resigned from his role with the Blues to take charge of city rivals Aston Villa.

The former Newcastle boss beat former West Brom chief Roberto Di Matteo to take charge of the Blues.

A statement on the club's official website confirmed that Hughton will take charge immediately and they will be hoping he can repeat his achievement at Newcastle in steering them to immediate promotion from the Championship.

Hughton has been out of work since parting company with the Magpies after a 3-1 defeat at West Brom in early December.

But he has impressed Birmingham acting chairman Peter Pannu when being interviewed during the past few days and he has now been handed the task of leading the club back into the Premier League.

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