It comes to something when your manager quits to take over Norwich City. Fair enough if it is Villa or Liverpool, but the Canaries? That's like your girlfriend leaving you because Snow White's dwarf Grumpy is better in bed and more entertaining company!
And who is going to fancy the Birmingham job now? The transfer embargo is still in place and the club's owner is still under investigation. Hughton wanted to strengthen the squad but the probability is that it will be weakened still further as vultures circle and seek to pick the flesh from the bare bones that Hughton so astutely assembled. Indeed, he may return to cherry pick himself.
So who are the contenders? Expect the same old faces to be mentioned. Curbishley perhaps? He has Birmingham links. Steve Bruce has no sense of dignity so may return. Zola? He would take any job going! And Dowie's face would fit because the club is an ugly mess!
Meanwhile, McLeish needs a job of course!