Birmingham has hired former Newcastle coach Chris Hughton as the club's new manager.

Hughton returns to management at the second-tier League Championship club, seven months after he was fired by Premier League team Newcastle.

Acting Birmingham chairman Peter Pannu says he was ''impressed by Hughton's vision and footballing theories of garnering youth and playing attractive and effective football.''

Hughton fills the role vacated by Alex McLeish, who controversially quit Birmingham to join local rival Aston Villa last week.

Birmingham won the League Cup last season but ended up being relegated from the Premier League on the final day of the campaign.