Chris Hughton brushes off fresh Norwich City sack talk

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton on the touchline as his side drives on to victory over Tottenham at Carrow Road on Sunday. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Norwich City manager Chris Hughton on the touchline as his side drives on to victory over Tottenham at Carrow Road on Sunday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Monday, February 24, 2014
7:30 AM

Norwich’s stirring 1-0 victory over Tottenham was the perfect response for Chris Hughton after he had to wake up to fresh headlines suggesting it was ‘win or bust’ for the City boss.

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One national newspaper over the weekend claimed Hughton would be dismissed if the Canaries failed to beat his former side, but Hughton insisted his sole focus was on edging another step closer to Premier League survival.

“It wasn’t something that I had thought about. There is enough that goes into a week with preparation and loads of other things and dealing with the players that all my focus was very much on getting a result,” he said. “I work in an industry that is about momentum, getting results and getting the best out of the players at your disposal. My job on a daily basis is hectic enough, with numerous things you have to make decisions on. That dominates my thoughts, not anything outside that. There is so much to management which means you have to give that your 100pc concentration and focus. Anything outside of the main objective will not deter me.”

Hughton deflected the praise onto his players who illustrated again they are firmly behind their under-pressure manager.

“What gives me a lot of confidence is that we have a really good group of players,” he said. “There have been frustrations and they feel it, but the training ground is a good place to be and when you get results it is even better. A result like this underlines not that they are behind me but that they care and they are desperate to make sure they are Premier League players next season, and good Premier League players. First and foremost they have a responsibility to work hard every day. They have to be the best players they can be and they have to have that drive from within.”

27 comments

  • Its interesting that Hughton engenders some much sympathy in the press. McNally is getting all the flak for suggesting Hughton might be replaced. The reality is Hughton is lucky to still be in a job and the board has been very patient . Basically the London bias press haven't had to a watch the boring negative football we have this season and last.

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    andys

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • @ GPL... "Canary West, why do you want to keep running th the Hughton in or out scenario" I think you have lost the plot. Given that I only write on here 2 or 3 times a month I am not sure how I keep it running. If you dont like comments from a particular person - dont read them. Personally I think the question of whether or not the board sticks with Hughton next year either way, is a valid one. Do you think the club is going forwards then, or even standing still? Presumably you are NOT a season ticket holder who has had to endure the same rubbish last season and until Christmas this year. More likely the kind of person from Naaaarfick who gets Norwich fans the reputation of being a little slow; a reputation that frankly the rest of us dont deserve.

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • The wingers did switch from time to time but agree it needs to happen more often. Although I was at the game, being a season ticket holder I still watch MOTD last night and wondered what the reaction of McNally was all about come the final whistle. Pub Man Dave was reporting a press conference today, was that to announce a managerial change I wondered. We looked so much better once Hooper replaced RVW but I was baffled when Wes was introduced in place of Redmond. A great player in the hole when you need a goal but not when you are trying to run the clock down surely. I agree Fer looked out on his feet playing in the hole, so why switch him to the left wing when Pilks was on the bench.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • It is very brave and positive for Chris Hughton to publicly say he isn't concerned about the sack, but he knows full well that the "Sword of Damocles" was lifted from over his head for the 3rd time this season. If Hughton didnt know that, he only had to look up at his Chief Exec in the box above him!! I thought the post match comments both on SKY, and MOTD2 were very considered and accurate yesterday. Norwich are in fact quite a good team, playing under the shadow of fear. MOTD2 especially picked up on RVW's performance and form, saying that he he is a good striker but so lacking in confidence that he currently just isnt Premiership quality. They agreed that form will return.......but when? If we can consolidate yesterdays win over the next 2 or 3 games, then every member of the team, including RVW will grow and flourish. If not, we are back down there, and the Sword of Damocles will be back over Hughtons head!..........And not wishing to mix my metaphors too much, if Hughton is a cat, he is rapidly running out of lives!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Mention of Danny Mills by one correspondent reminds me that this Norwich born player was scruffily treated by NCFC. His playing ability was not regarded highly by the manager and he was sold to Charlton who a little later sold him to Leeds for a big fee. He went on to win numerous caps for England which proved the Canaries judgement faulty. I believe him to be on the FA panel and he has appeared variously as a pundit including MOTD this Sunday. He is a solid character who takes no prisoners and is sometimes disliked for his forthright views but he is not narrow minded or anti-Norwich. He should be teaching others how to make the most of their career opportunities Truly a delight to listen to when talking football.

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    mardler

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Dubai, I'm not sure I would go as far as Bewer, but I do think your post was a good one. I still don't know why you want to live in Dubai though. Maybe money is everything. Rooney and Man Utd obviously think so. Don't get too carried away with MB's love overtures. He's gone from being conspicuously silent to conspicuously tongue in cheek to conspicuously controversial. Tomorrow he'll probably be in love with sausages.

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    Barking Wise

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Canary West, why do you want to keep running th the Hughton in or out scenario. I personally am tired of it. I wish it would stop, stop , stop. It is becoming a ''witch hunt'' and not a debate any more. Some people seem to have this agenda uf keeping this to the forefront of everything. The man needs to be left to get on with his job and the board will decide whether he stays or goes

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    GPL

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • I never believed those stories about Danny Mills having a grudge against City. Not so sure now.

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    PaulWho

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Andys, useful to look sideways and note that while Paul Lambert's (quite expensive) team do have the occasional scoring flurry, the great majority of games this season they have scored 0 or 1. It is doing fans' heads in. Not the exuberance that we got used to when he was here. And of course Lambert has brought them in fewer points than CH has since Summer 2012.

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    Pierre

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • I think it is about time we all (including the press) got away from the give CH the sack story. Norwich are a great club and part of that greatness is the loyalty and respect that emanates around it. There has been too much nonsense and pressure on CH and the fact that we still have our manager on board, while all below are losing theirs, speaks volumes. I maintain that the board will decide who manages the club and that we should just let them do their job. For us, the fans we should back the club, the team and the manager with full support. We are in the toughest league in the world and we are not the most well resourced club within it. This league is the holy grail for English Clubs and we should be proud to be there. There are eleven PL fixtures left, we are four points above the drop zone (and only three points off 10th place) in 14th with 28 Points. Of the remaining fixtures probably seven of them are very winnable - especially if we play like we did against Spurs - and we could still finish well inside the top ten. Now let us stop moaning, panicking, whinging and sniping at each other and get behind the team for the rest of the season !! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Trevor, pubmandave reports a lot of things. It's up to you whether you take him seriously or not. Not sure if it was him or not but I remember last season that Ruddy had sacked his cleaner and was DEFINITELY going to Liverpool.

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    PaulWho

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • I`m utterly in love with you, Dubai. Solskjaer is out. Pollyanna is a pessimistic, pre-doom predictor compared to you. Let`s all get behind our boys, while they spend their money laughing behind our backs and spending a week`s housekeeping on a haircut. FFS, apart from Lotus Eaters like you, they earn more in a year than many real people really earn in a lifetime. And I`m speaking as a mega-rich guy, as you are.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Pierre, I read up on and follow Villa's performances. According to Call Collymore ,who is a Villa fan, they were absolute garbage (his words) yesterday. The reports in the D.Telegraph often tell us that the backdrop to Villa's season is one of Lambert leaving the field to a chorus of booing from the home fans. Let us hope that booing reaches a crescendo come next Sunday evening.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • A couple of months ago I wanted Hughton out so badly it hurt but after some encouraging performances and now a really good victory I am starting to warm to him again (Mr Fickle). Apart from some dodgy substitutions I really do think this guy has something. SebB seems to love him, NRed chose us over Swansea because of him and you don't sign quality players if they think you are an idiot. If the squad thought he was rubbish they certainly would not have played like they did on Sunday and in previous matches. We all have opinions but are mere amateurs, I guess. I'm starting to trust him again, whats wrong with me?

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    lordbesty

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Mardler, you are spot on the press have unduly slaughtered mc Nally for those comments. If you listen to his interview. it lasted for about 30 minutes and that is the only comment they have picked out. The rest of the interview you can clearly deduct that he and the board want CH to remain as manager. The back him to the hilt on almost everything but that one comment is the only thing that the press have run with. perhaps the local press shoudlnt be pressing for answers from him that are not there. it is clear to see that he is supportive of CH and that should be the end of it so maybe we can leave this story alone for the rest of the season and beyond

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    GPL

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Some interesting (and sensible) comments made my people here. I would welcome your opinions on this... if we do stay up, will Hughton be here next year or will be board decide that although we survived we have made no progress...and make a change?

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • I thought MOTD2 was terrible. No comparison IMHO. RVW was playing for the team. Helped to create the goal for a left footed player playing on the right. ;-) COYY

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    sharky

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • I'd like to think the CH in or out decision will be based on final position, not on-going goodbad review of game by game performance. Read this morning that DM's response was a bit of a release of emotion based mainly on recent personal loss, so poor chap has a lot on. Be nice to think we can get something from all the remaining matches and finish as high up table as possible with team and management effort finally coming good.

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    powelld123

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • AsI have said before, great results against two top quality teams and so called fans are still moaning!

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    goldie

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • I`ll stop moaning when you can find something more original to say than `moaning`. Tvverp.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Its interesting that Hughton engenders some much sympathy in the press. McNally is getting all the flak for suggesting Hughton might be replaced. The reality is Hughton is lucky to still be in a job and the board has been very patient . Basically the London bias press haven't had to a watch the boring negative football we have this season and last.

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    andys

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • I was not aware of D McNally's sad loss when I referred to his expression when the game ended as shown on MOTD, however, I am amazed that the BBC chose to show the clip as they surely knew the real reason by the time their programme was aired. Very poor tv coverage from my point of view.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • An excellent decision to bring on Wes I say. Spurs had just gone 3 at the back with Townsend replacing Rose so the introduction of Wes meant they could not push on. It almost worked as we had a 4 v 2 break in the dying minutes!

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    Yellow Blood

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Andy's comments are spot on regarding Hughton and this season. David McNally not only has had media flak but has been unjustifiably blamed by some Canaries where he should be applauded for his role in club affairs. He has to keep in focus the fortunes of the club and avoid relegation and it has not been easy while the team has been taking us on a rollercoaster ride which had the tactics been better might have been avoided. Add to that his recent bereavement and what was seen on TV were the tears of a very human human being. Don't come back to me talking about Bryan Gunn's departure. Then something had to be done and quickly - furthermore expert advice to Gunn I understand was not to take the job in the first place! Bravo - carry on David McNally..

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    mardler

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • This article disapoints me most because it hides behind a story run in another national newspaper. It refers to that article because this is the only debate it has been able to generate for a year ana half. Someone at EDP wants CH to be sacked in my opinion and so they keep running with it at every opportunity. They need to put a full stop on this subject as do that national newspaper they refer to because they have run with the ''CH will be sacked if he loses today'' at least 4 possibly even 5 times already this season. I am getting tired of it. Look at the league table. The bottom 5 clubs have all changed their manager and I guarantee that the 3 sides who go down will all be clubs who changed their manager. Lets leave CH alone to do his job. We have played well in 4 games in a row now and that is no mean feat given that we still have a few out injured. We will be absolutely fine and I am convinced we will have a top 12 finish this year

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    GPL

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Hats off Chris for this one and well done all concerned. Can we just vary the winger roles with Redmond and Snodgrass changing flanks occasionally. Too often the attack appears to stall as both wingers have to cut in. We saw what happened when Olsson reached the by-line and we nearly scored. Hoddle picked up on this at half time. Let's mix it up.

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    B Inners

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • It is very brave and positive for Chris Hughton to publicly say he isn't concerned about the sack, but he knows full well that the "Sword of Damocles" was lifted from over his head for the 3rd time this season. If Hughton didnt know that, he only had to look up at his Chief Exec in the box above him!! I thought the post match comments both on SKY, and MOTD2 were very considered and accurate yesterday. Norwich are in fact quite a good team, playing under the shadow of fear. MOTD2 especially picked up on RVW's performance and form, saying that he he is a good striker but so lacking in confidence that he currently just isnt Premiership quality. They agreed that form will return.......but when? If we can consolidate yesterdays win over the next 2 or 3 games, then every member of the team, including RVW will grow and flourish. If not, we are back down there, and the Sword of Damocles will be back over Hughtons head!..........And not wishing to mix my metaphors too much, if Hughton is a cat, he is rapidly running out of lives!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Monday, February 24, 2014

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