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Hughton prepared for player exits

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New Birmingham manager Chris Hughton is resigned to the prospect of losing some of the club's star names this summer and plans to tackle arguably the biggest of his immediate issues in the coming days.

The former Newcastle boss was unveiled at St Andrew's following his appointment, with the 52-year-old having signed a rolling contract. Star names such as Roger Johnson, Scott Dann, Ben Foster and Craig Gardner have already been linked with big-money moves back to the top flight, although it has been made clear no one will leave on the cheap.

"I've had very good meetings and what I am aware of, and the consequences of course of relegation, is that there are financial sides that have to be balanced," said Hughton.

"We also have some very, very good players who have shown a desire to want to remain as Premier League players and, as I know, a consequence of being relegated is that I have to balance these issues. These are the things that certainly I'll be addressing over the next day or so."

He added: "In a perfect world, I'd like the best squad available but there's a certain part of me that is resigned to the dynamic of the squad changing.

"There's a realisation of where we are after relegation. But it's important that any player leaving this club leaves within a calculation of how the club sees them. We've got some very good players at this club and what we want to do is continue to have some very good players at this club."

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