Andrew Surman is ‘shocked’ by Chris Hughton’s Norwich City exit

Andrew Surman was shocked by Norwich City's decision to dismiss Chris Hughton. Picture: Nigel French/PA Wire. Andrew Surman was shocked by Norwich City's decision to dismiss Chris Hughton. Picture: Nigel French/PA Wire.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
10:27 AM

Norwich City’s on-loan midfielder Andrew Surman admitted he was shocked by Chris Hughton’s exit.

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Surman was deemed surplus to requirements this season at Carrow Road but is a key man in Bournemouth’s surge towards the Championship play-offs in a successful season-long loan. The 27-year-old, however, insisted there were no hard feelings on his part despite being frozen out by Hughton.

I was shocked at Chris Hughton’s sacking. I know the recent run of results hasn’t been great but, with five games to go, I didn’t really see it coming,” he said. “But the board and everyone behind the scenes must have had their reasons for doing it.

“From my point of view, I would like to wish him all the best for the future. Although I haven’t been there this season, he is a decent manager and, unfortunately, things didn’t work out. I don’t know what the feeling has been around the place and the board has decided to let him go and push for the last five games with someone else.”

Surman’s own future is up in the air with the midfielder poised to return to his parent club in the summer with a year left on his current Norwich deal.

“I think it is something which is just going to have to wait until the summer,” he said, speaking to the Bournemouth Echo. “I am fully focused on what is happening here at the moment. We have five games left and I am concentrating my efforts on those.

“I know I am not going back to Norwich between now and the end of the season so I want to see out the season here, do as well as I can and then assess the situation in the summer. I’ve got a year left at Norwich so a lot will depend on what happens there. I will discuss my options at the end of the season and see what happens.”

Surman’s priority is dragging the Cherries into the top six with Eddie Howe’s in-form side five points adrift of sixth-placed Reading after crucial recent home wins over the Royals and QPR.

“The manager reiterated that after the Reading game and told us not to get too carried away. It would be easy to look five games ahead and think we could be in the play-offs,” he said. “We have to take each game as it comes and Yeovil is going to be another tough one because they are scrapping for their lives at the bottom of the league. It is going to be a different test but a test all the same so we are not going to take it lightly and will show them the respect they deserve.”

24 comments

  • Stop, stop!, STOP! Archant is going to give column inches to anybody remotely associated with the club or Hughton, all with their own message of sympathy or shock or view. Please stop it and move on, the man has gone, his legacy is failure, let's move onto broad, sunny uplands of a new era.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Only members of the House of Commons may have credible views on politics. Only season ticket holders may hold valid opinions on football. Only gynaecologists may nurse views on childbirth. Is LYB actually Steady On, in yet another disguise?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Chris Hughton has issued a statement giving insight in to the meeting with the Board that ultimately led to his sacking, that reads as follows; "I can't fault my commitment during that meeting - unfortunately I was up against a very strong team in Delia and David and I was not able to compete at that level. I was going to substitute myself for the second half of the meeting, but with my record of making decisions to turn things in my favour, I decided against it. Becchio was warming up outside the Boardroom, but I didn't even consider bringing him in to help me out."

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    Crazy canary

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • I keep seeing these "surprised" articles, and am wondering if someone in the EDP organization isn't trying some subtle "support Hughton" tactics and maybe insert doubt to undermine the situation? We all know CH was a nice guy, but probably too nice to be a successful EPL manager. As many have said here move on and generate some success.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • I was shocked too. Shocked he didn't go at Christmas. Good positive replacement with NA.

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    cutty

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Chris Hughton has issued a statement giving insight in to the meeting with the Board that ultimately led to his sacking, that reads as follows; "I can't fault my commitment during that meeting - unfortunately I was up against a very strong team in Delia and David and I was not able to compete at that level. I was going to substitute myself for the second half of the meeting, but with my record of making decisions to turn things in my favour, I decided against it. Becchio was warming up outside the Boardroom, but I didn't even consider bringing him in to help me out."

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    Crazy canary

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Sorry, COTM. I addressed 2 topics in the same post without headlines to make it clear & simple - thus causing the LYB comment to seem, to some, a non sequitur. The question regarding multiple identity still stands. When S\O takes a sabbatical, similar stuff usually egests from a `different` contributor.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • lol, quite comical really. Suddenly the people perpetuating an atmosphere of doom with our supposedly 'clueless' and 'witless' manager along with his allegedly 'dire' squad for the best part of 18 months don't want to hear anything that suggests it could possibly be anything other than the right decision. Shouldn't worry though, just because some may think you've done damage collectively doesn't mean we don't have every confidence in Adam's ability and will be willing him on as positively as we did CH. Only idiots do that sort of thing.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • I don't know, I was talking about LYB's comment which, as usual, was complete nonsense.

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    Cecil

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • 110% spot on stew. Something I wish to echo completely. Dont think anyone genuinely wishes bad on Hughton. I certainly wish him all the best in his future endeavours (except against NCFC). Just didnt work out at NCFC. Draw a line now (looking at the national and local media) under it now and move on. I know for a fact all NCFC fans have an are hoping we make it over the line.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • .....That would not surprise me one bit Brew!...Nettles come in many varieties...but at the end of the day ,they are still unpleasant!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Just because there has been a change at the Carra do not expect one at Archant. Same ol' forelock tugging I am sure. Allegedly.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • LYB's comments never make any sense except when he agrees with me which is rare.

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    Cecil

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Exactly. How about some positive vibes ahead of this massive game. How about an interview with Gary Holt, Hucks, anyone whose worked with Adams etc.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • A sabbatical is traditionally a year long. Would that it were so. However, I fear that the "sabbatical" is actually a ban and, sadly will not last as long as a year.

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    User Removed

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Dont Panic LYB. Not as extreme as that. It just seems alot of non stories all of a sudden. People who've not been at the club all season will be respectful and find it odd. Those would like to see both sides getting a look in. So far ive seen a few talksport & Jake Humphrey who've actually been to games speak up in support of the club, McNally & Adams. Everyone else from Lineker to Kerr have likely witnessed a total of zero NCFC games to understand why the fans were so unified in unhappiness. Look at Kerr he said that us NCFC fans are unrealistic in demanding higher than 11th from Hughton. Ive honestly not heard 1 single fan say anything about placing higher than 11th and to be fair cant remember anyone even talking about matching 11th as we all know how iffy that 11th place was towards the end of the season, hence why nobody has talked of bettering it. If your ref to the right decision buddy then god knows. I honestly dont have a clue if its the right decision. The next 5 games may not even decide that as personally our fate was sealed already in keeping Hughton. All I do know is my faith and belief is right back where it needs to be. I know however excited I am about Fulham right now, I could well be walking out of Craven Cottage saturday feeling rather depressed and looking at almost certain relegation. I like to think most NCFC fans are not as Lineker claims deluded into thinking otherwise. Least we've got a chance now guys. Lets get behind Neil regardless. Even if its just 5 games, it could be the short term lift we need. When safety is secured the club can figure out the next move. OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Have I missed something? It's goldie who has raised the issue of non-attenders views, not LYB

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    Canary on the moon

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Andrew - your comments were what I would expect from a very decent man. My message to you is simple "Come home Andrew at seasons end - you have been missed"

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    mardler

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • OMG, scrape that barrel any more you`ll wear a hole in it, Archie. Andrew, I bet you`ve enjoyed your escape back to the sunny south coast with jolly Eddie Howe. Not too far from Southampton etc. Count your blessings.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • The best of luck to Neil Adams and the lads on Saturday.

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    paddycanary

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • When you come back in the summer can you bring Eddie with you?

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    B Inners

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Only the people who have sat or stood through nearly 2 seasons of lacluster football have any right to comment.

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    goldie

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • …..Don't slip down to that level Goldie.....we have lost that poor soul!....Any one is entitled to comment....Surely we are all entitled to have a view, about Man Untd, Liver pool, Chelsea, etc. from what we see on the TV.....In our case, the gripe should be not so much about the man, but the product!..That has been poor and deteriorating from the moment he arrived.... If others who comment , do so on the basis of a biased report as presented on BBC tv, they have been sucked into jumping on to the Band wagon in their own interest..... The Dark clouds have been lifted from Carrow Road, and a ray of sunshine is at long last poking through! ….Neil Adams may not save us from what was going to be inevitable....But he has my Best Wishes!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • I dunno who to expect next. Everyone related to NCFC knows the true story and what we suffered for so long and we certainly are not deluded like Lineker claims. We dont expect higher than 11th...heck I dont even expect to win most games. What I do expect is to not witness as many no shows and Im talking complete no shows as I witnessed under his management. The odd one you can accept and just put down to a bad day at the office but all to often we'd no show and not be able to find a way to even slightly change the game and get back into it. Thats one of the many tasks a manager faces. I have zero interest in the opinion of Lineker, Kerr & co who have watched utterly no games under hughton and base their opinion on him being a nice guy and the timing of 5 games remaining. When is their a right and wrong time to sack a manager? So many factors. Like I said in a different article though. Fulham have twice seen a manager get sacked with 5 games remaining and both times they've got the lift they needed to secure safety. Lets hope we do the same.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

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