Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Barmby Predicts Promotion Charge; Championship

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Barmby Predicts Promotion Charge; Championship

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FORMER Boro ace Nick Barmby believes his Hull side will be facing promotion candidates in waiting when they host Birmingham tonight.

Tigers caretaker boss Barmby has known Blues manager Chris Hughton since their time together at Tottenham in the early 1990s and believes the former Newcastle coach is the right man to steer the Midlands club back to the top flight.

Birmingham are five places below Hull in 14th in the Championship, six points off the play-offs, but still have three games in hand on the top seven because of a backlog caused by their Europa League involvement.

Barmby, who worked with Hughton during the latter's time as reserve team manager under Spurs boss Ossie Ardiles, said: "It's been difficult for them playing in Europe as well. Everything is out of sync for them, teams in this division are used to playing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday and they're playing Sunday, Thursday, Sunday.

"But they have coped with it, the results have picked up, they have got a fantastic manager in Chris Hughton and if they win the games in hand then they're up there aren't they? …

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