Blues boss is no stranger to task at hand

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Chris Hughton has insisted that despite working within tough constraints in the transfer market this summer, Birmingham will not be letting players leave unless the club is completely satisfied with the terms.

Hughton has had good experience in managing a side back from being relegated, after taking over Newcastle in almost an identical position two seasons ago.

And the manager insists that he understands the constraints of dealing with a side on a downward spiral.

"I know where we are financially and I know the ramifications of relegation," Hughton said.

"What I do know is that anybody leaving will be leaving on the right terms that are appropriate. We have quality here. The club has to protect what they have.

"We've lost Craig Gardner, and that's a very good player, but at the moment that's all we've lost.

"You can only work day-to-day and work around the situations at the time - I would like to keep the best squad possible, but these are the issues we've got to work around."

Hughton started pre-season training with a particularly depleated squad, with several players released at the end of their contracts and the futures of Cameron Jerome, Ben Foster and Scott Dann looking unsure.

But an overhaul took place in the Newcastle squad two seasons ago, and if there’s one thing Hughton is renowned for, it’s taking on a side in trouble and turning their fortunes around.

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