Norwich City chief executive David McNally would ‘prefer death’ over relegation
13:07 15 January 2014
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The future of Chris Hughton’s tenure as Norwich City manager remained uncertain today following an interview of the club’s chief executive.
David McNally spoke of his determination to keep the Canaries in the Premier League, but refused to be drawn on whether Chris Hughton will remain as manager.
In an interview on BBC Radio Norfolk, Mr McNally said he would “prefer death” rather than being relegated to the Championship.
But when asked whether Chris Hughton had the backing of the Norwich City board, he said: “He is preparing the team for Saturday’s game. The brief is to keep out of the bottom three and that is what we are doing. We will not contemplate relegation, in a sporting sense it is worse than death.”
“We are in the entertainment business and results are the only thing that matters. Whether Chris has a long term at Norwich City or whether I do, it is about how well we do in our jobs and the only real measure is results. We are down there with eleven other teams separated by six points and we do not have the budget that a number of our peers have.”
Mr McNally’s comments came after the club was knocked out of the FA Cup last night 3-0 by Fulham in a third round replay with many fans calling for the manager to be sacked. Attentions now turn to a crucial Premier League home encounter with Hull at the weekend.
He added: “We have a history of playing attractive football and the board is absolutely committed to playing attractive football. We are in a trough where performances have disappointed at times and results have not been what we liked.”
“I would prefer death rather than relegation. There is nothing more important than keeping this football club in the Premier League. We are all focused on that.”