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    Hughton named new Albion Manager


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    Chris Hughton is Albionís new manager.

    The former Norwich, Birmingham and Newcastle boss will be unveiled by the club this morning.

    Hughton succeeds Sami Hyypia at the Amex following the Finnís resignation three days before Christmas.

    The 56-year-old Londonerís first match in charge will be Saturdayís FA Cup third round tie at Brentford, where he played in 1992-93.

    Hughtonís backroom team will include ex-Bristol Rovers manager Paul Trollope, 42, who worked with him previously at Norwich and Birmingham.

    Nathan Jones, caretaker for the 2-2 draw at home to Reading on Boxing Day and Mondayís 2-0 win at Fulham, will also have a place on Hughtonís staff.

    With Premier League-bound Tony Pulis unattainable, Hughton has been the stand-out candidate all along for struggling Albionís key criteria of English football and Championship experience.

    The ex-Spurs defensive stalwart survived the pressure-cooker expectations at Newcastle by winning the Championship for the North-East giants in 2009-10 with an unbeaten home record.

    He also steered Birmingham to fourth two seasons later before they were narrowly beaten by Blackpool in the play-offs.

    Former Republic of Ireland international Hughton has been out of work since Norwich sacked him last April, when they were 17th in the Premier League.

    The Canaries, five points clear of the relegation zone at that stage, went down under his successor Neil Adams after Hughton steered them to 11th the previous year.

    Hughtonís immediate priority at the Amex will be working with new player recruitment chief Paul Winstanley and chairman Tony Bloom to strengthen the squad during the January transfer window, which opens on Saturday.

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