Chief executive David McNally says Norwich City’s board will not be slow to act if Chris Hughton fails to improve club’s Premier League fortunes

David McNally is interviewed about the future of Chris Hughton at Carrow Road by BBC Radio Norfolk's Norwich City commentator Chris Goreham. Photo: Bill Smith David McNally is interviewed about the future of Chris Hughton at Carrow Road by BBC Radio Norfolk's Norwich City commentator Chris Goreham. Photo: Bill Smith

Saturday, February 15, 2014
3:00 PM

Norwich City’s top brass will not be slow to act should Hughton fail to improve the club’s Premier League fortunes.

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The club’s chief executive reiterated succession planning is all part of his remit with Hughton’s long- term job prospects entwined with the Canaries’ survival battle.

“I think you have to be aware of the market and, I’ll use that phrase again, it would be almost delinquent of the football club to not be aware of potential candidates if for any reason your manager left,” he said. “That could be because your manager wants to go elsewhere, as did Paul Lambert, who was brilliant for Norwich City but he took a decision and moved on, or if results are not good enough you have to be aware of who is out there to help. You look at the market and who might be right for Norwich City. If we needed to make a change – and the average tenure of a Premier League manager is about a year-and-a-half, which puts Chris in the top six or top eight longest serving right now – then if a change was necessary it wouldn’t be a case of, who are the contenders? It would be a case of reviewing what is required, where are we going and who is best placed to take the club forward.”

Norwich is the only club in the current bottom six not to have overseen a managerial change, with many of the Canaries’ Premier League rivals opting for a new course.

“Not every club has taken that route. If you look at West Ham there was a bigger outcry from their supporters for change and they have done okay recently,” said McNally. “You have to be mindful of what is happening at other clubs but similarly if you draw a comparison with transfers we don’t react if one of our peers decides to sign seven players in January, for instance. If we believe Chris is the right man to take the club forward then we stick with that. It is fine margins in our sport and what you have to be sure of is a guaranteed improvement.”

23 comments

  • Pmd should write in the Sun. All fiction and not fact.

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    sharky

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Ps all this stuff was in my edp today. I bought it 0630. Goreham 2 Davitt 0. Final whistle. "We love you Goreham, we do" echoes around the Carra... (btw I do think CG is excellent and always a good read as well as a good listen)

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    el dingo

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • It is a strange almost surreal state of affairs when it appears the CEO is saying we won't act until we are in the bottom three. It is as though we are on a boat chugging down the river and certain to hit the rapids and rocks but nobody on board is prepared to do anything to save themselves until the craft is sunk! The logic is, for me, very hard to understand. Perhaps some of the regulars here could enlighten me?

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • City have started to play better and create chances. Have been unable to take them. Board acknowledge this. Despite poor form the Canaries are not in the bottom three at this time. If City had not got four points from the Hull and Man City games City would be in the relegation places. Hughton may then have been relieved of is duties and had his contract paid off.

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    Capri

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Lose to Spurs and he's gone.

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    Barking Wise

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Will Hughton be at Carrow Road next season? Let us assume the answer is yes - he stays. If City do stay up Hughton will only keep his job if the quality of entertainment, play, number of goals scored etc improves. Hughton has Championship experience. He did get Newcastle up at the first attempt. Thus if City are relegated and not pushing for promotion he will go. I understand the manager's contract is to the end of the 2014 2015 season.

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    Capri

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • The fact that McNally is happy as long as we're not in the bottom 3 is pathetic, it's like telling an Olympic runner, we don't need you to do well in the race as long as you cross the finish line. I'm not saying we should win the league but at least set some bigger goals, just being satisfied with mediocre is bull$&@.

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    Rottsrool

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Like Oldyella, I can't see CH at CR next season regardless of where we finish. The board clearly have their view on whether twist or stick is the riskiest best option and I can sort of understand that even if I am in the twist (Neil Adams as caretaker) camp. The comparison with WHU is also relevant although given the relatively easy points we have thrown away, makes seeing where the necessary coming from difficult, a bit of fortune is required due and may yet surprise us all. Fulham have made their last throw of the dice and this time looks more likely to succeed. My money (metaphorically) is still on Cardiff and Fulham but 3rd option previously WHU look to turned the corner. Maybe Sunderlands cup distractions may mirror 1985. All too stressful though. HUGHTON OUT. OTBC

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Goreham 1 Davitt 0

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    el dingo

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • But they gave been slow to act and he hasnt improved our fortunes!

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    Mark Gower

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • I`m regular, malaga. It`s that Nelson`s Revenge. Like you, I can see no sense at all in this proclaimed strategy. I can only hope that, behind the scenes, David McNally is morphing into Niccoló Machiavelli and is hatching a princely cunning scheme. Pubmandave has a good record of knowing what`s really going on - let`s be `avin` yer, PMD! I know I`m not alone in looking eagerly at TV news, newspapers and other media in the hope that the deed has been done. All I really, really want at the moment is for Norwich to avoid relegation. Looking at the litany of points wasted through inept tactics, (I can highlight 6 games in which 17 points were thrown away), we should not be in this mess, Stanley. Whether or not the drop is avoided, we still need to rebuild under a positive thinking manager. Just a thinking one would be a start.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • If or more likely when Chris Hughton loses the confidence of the Board he will be gone. It is not a certainty he will go before the start of next season. The odds are stacked against the manager. staying however. Consider this. In a different scenario City would have won at least two of the games against Cardiff, Fulham and West Ham. Survival achieved in this case. Hughton would have kept the Canaries out of the bottom three. He would keep his job into next season. Given that the Board want real improvement in the teams performances and results.another season like this one would not do. Hughton is then dismissed. The day of reckoning for Chris Hughton is now much closer than it would have been, given recent results. I expect Hughton to leave. I anticipate Championship football next season. The latter may not happen. It is up to the Board to decide on the former.

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    Capri

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Will not be slow? Have been far too slow. Goreham `n McNally seem to be wearing his `n hers haircuts, jowels and jumpers. But Goreham has the makings of a journalist, just. Davitt is beyond redemption. Get him away from his on-line Thesaurus and into view, you realise he is bereft of personality and bordering on inarticulate. Friends in high places?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Be fair, sharky, PMD did get the Holty thing right, leaving poor old Steady -"Holt is going nowhere" -On with egg on its face. This stuff about a Becchiovelli\Hoolahan-led dressing room rebellion does have a bit more of the Barbara Cartland about it, though. But you never know. C`mon, PMD, let`s be `avin` ya!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Now is the time to act and get rid of Hughton, whilst we are tinkering on the edge of the relegation zone. If we wait until we are in the relegation zone, maybe then it will be too late. What if we don't fall into the relegation zone until the last day of the season! The time to act is now, to ensure we do not fall into the relegation zone because you can be sure that we will under Hughton. I hope that day is not on the last day of the season!

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    Henry

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Thats all right then , Brew, as long as this cunning plan does not include a turnip.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Capri my friend, let me assure you that CH will not be at NCFC next season even if we do survive, he is probable the second most disliked manager in NCFC history, only just from Rodent, the Board are putting themselves into a Lose-win-win situation... if (IF) we survive he will be sacked for not improving our standard we set him (better than 10th), go down.. well he's off, history, and the board will come out with some statement, about honesty and keeping faith, and not pressing the panic button, and doing everything to get back in premiership ...blah blah.... then the little offer of a refund on season tickets.. just to keep fans happy.. seems to ring a bell that one........... so you know he's history whatever

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    OLDYELLA

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • 19 goals in 26 games, losing 7-0 to Liverpool, losing to Luton. Failing to ever beat the awful Fulham. 64 substitutions for absolutely no end product. Hughton knows he will never get a top level football job again, be very lucky if he is employed as a ball boy. How is he still in a job?

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Jowls, even ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • 19 goals in 26 games, losing 7-0 to Liverpool, losing to Luton. Failing to ever beat the awful Fulham. 64 substitutions for absolutely no end product. Hughton knows he will never get a top level football job again, be very lucky if he is employed as a ball boy. How is he still in a job?

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • All too late, it's not the defeats to the likes of spurs that will relegate us it's the deafeats to west ham, cardiff, Fulham etc any new manager has realistically 6 games to turn things round too late.

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    Burglecut

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Interesting statement f rom the CE who undoubtedly knows his own mind on the managerial problem but did the board take time coming around to the need for action? In view of the volume of disatisfaction expressed in these columns, and verbally on all sides, from a PR perspective alone a statement of clarification had to be forthcoming. Time is now precious!

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    mardler

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Give it one or 2 more defeats, and taking decisive action will almost certainly be shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted. McNally and the board have always maintained hitherto that they have been looking up the table not down. Question??? Does the abyss beckon before or after you plunge into it???

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

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