Chris Hughton can handle the stress of Norwich City’s Premier League survival scrap

Norwich manager Chris Hughton accepts the stress that come with Premier League management. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich manager Chris Hughton accepts the stress that come with Premier League management. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, April 5, 2014
7:30 AM

Chris Hughton admits keeping Norwich City in the Premier League is an all-consuming passion.

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The Canaries’ chief will look to plot West Brom’s downfall at Carrow Road on Saturday as he tries to close in on a second season of top flight survival. Hughton accepts the huge demands that come with working at the sharp-end of his industry and the constant battle to ensure City do not get sucked deeper into the relegation mix.

“You can never switch off. That is the game now. When you are not at the training ground working you spend an equal amount of time thinking through decisions and what you can do better,” he said. “That is part and parcel of the job. Sometimes you do wish you could switch off but it is very difficult. You listen to everything around you. Generally what normally happens is when you have won at the weekend you pick up the Sunday and Monday papers. When you haven’t you tend to give them a wide berth, but you have to be big enough to accept that and take the knocks on the chin.”

Hughton believes all his Premier League rivals are operating under the same stress.

“Any manager would prefer not to play under pressure but there are very few where that is the case,” he said. “If you are in the position we are right now it’s the pressure to get the results, if it’s the bigger clubs pushing for Europe then it is about pressure to finish in a certain position.

“Even if you have been a mid-table team and perceived as such there is pressure to keep that position. You always have to step up to the challenges. They are always there. Criticism comes with that and you have to be able to accept it and look forward to the challenges.”

21 comments

  • If you can keep your head whilst all around are panicking then you probably don't understand the problem?

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    Pondlife

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Btw, Blaff. I think S\O and its clones were trying to introduce a "Loyalty Oath" system, which meant that you had to say Chrissy is wonderful and everything at Carra is great. This system featured in Joseph Heller`s "Catch-22", and meant that serving US airmen could not get breakfast, or any other meal, without first signing this loyalty oath. A character, known only as "The Texan" insisted there should be more votes for "the decent people". The Commanding Officer believed that an Anabaptist was somebody who.... wasn`t a Baptist. Such a dystopian world is clearly what poor S\O yearns for.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Many years ago, back in the sixties, Peterborough Utd made promises to pay their players bonuses if they beat Sunderland in an upcoming FA cup tie (when teams cared about the cup). It was a breach of rules because such payments had to be included in players contracts before the season began and could not be offered on an as and when basis. Posh were found out and punished by relegation from div 3 to div 4. Not even a points deduction. Indeed they were told that if they finished in a promotion position they would still be demoted. In subsequent years the severity of that judgement has often struck me. Recent examples of teams flouting the rules include QPR, West Ham\Tevez and now, ironically, Sunderland. One law for the rich? You bet. By the way, Posh lost that cup tie 7 - 1

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Justice or fairness? I`m never quite sure where the boundaries are. Trouble is, with our ruling elite, the boundaries are `flexible`. In view of the fact that Posh got taxidermised anyway, was further punishment not a tad disproportionate? FFP Rules are nascent, but not worth the absorbent tissue paper they are written on. I`m with you, LincsCan. BTW, our beloved boys are labouring vs WBA. Hopefully, there will be a technical escape clause to rescue us. WBA using an unqualified Sports Psychiatrist, perhaps? Heinous! Infamy! There`s still hope that I might get my first dividend on the regular 2-1 bet. All our heroes have to do now is score twice and concede no more. (I found a further phial of Dubai`s Pollyanna Potion. I hope he`s managing OK on reduced rations).

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Feel the same Trevor & will be there again next season no matter what. Might even renew my away season ticket--ONLY HOPE WE GET RID OF OUR PRESENT MANAGERIAL SET UP

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    superfan59

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Justice or fairness? I`m never quite sure where the boundaries are. Trouble is, with our ruling elite, the boundaries are `flexible`. In view of the fact that Posh got taxidermised anyway, was further punishment not a tad disproportionate? FFP Rules are nascent, but not worth the absorbent tissue paper they are written on. I`m with you, LincsCan. BTW, our beloved boys are struggling vs WBA. Hopefully, there will be a technical escape clause to rescue us. WBA using an unqualified Sports Psychiatrist, perhaps? Heinous! Infamy! There`s still hope that I might get my first dividend on the regular 2-1 bet. All my heroes have to do now is score twice and concede no more. (I found a further vial of Dubai`s Pollyanna Potion. I hope he`s managing OK on reduced rations). In view of the fact that Posh got taxidermised anyway, was further I`m with you, LincsCan. BTW, our beloved boys are labouring vs WBA. Hopefully, there will be a technical escape clause to rescue us. WBA using an unqualified Sports Psychiatrist, perhaps? Heinous! Infamy! There`s still hope that I might get my first dividend on the regular 2-1 bet. All our heroes have to do now is score twice and concede no more. (I found a further phial of Dubai`s Pollyanna Potion. I hope he`s managing OK on reduced rations).

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Hughton and passion in the same paragraph! Ooooo....!

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • So strange, somehow I remember going to watch us play WBA at home last season thinking a defeat would probably send us down. The first time around we got really lucky as they had nothing to play for, the same certainly is not true today that is for sure. One thing is for sure, I would handle the pressure given the money being paid for doing the manager's job.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • In the Swiss health system you have to buy private insurance but if you are on benefits, the insurance is provided, so basically everyone gets catered for with the same level of medical care and short waiting lists. There are three levels of insurance cover and if you spring for the top one you get a private room, wifi and a blond nurse to tuck you in every night but the medical care is the same. I take the general level. Every so often, the camel's breaks and I have to have a go back, that feels better now.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • SO, I will be there I the Jarrold, will you also be there. One thing is for sure anything other than a win today and I fear our luck will desert us. However, I will be there next season whatever league we are in, not sure the same can be said for many of the current employees from management down.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • I am actually in hospital, so will not be going to the game but will be following it on whatever devices are available, every game is an away game for me. Good enough?

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • CH is in a win,win situation. Getting fired brings him a bundle of cash . Staying in the job, he receives a wage most people can only dream of. If that is pressure ,please give me some

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    norman hall

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Just because S\O questions your loyalty to NCFC doesn't mean you all have to rise to the bait. She's probably suffering from PMT. Shame it's not carping tongue syndrome. Get well soon, Swiss. They used to provide a free radio and tv service in every ward before the NHS was privatised. Now you have to pay through the nose. I hope the investment pays off and brings a smile to your face. OTBC.

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    User Removed

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Quite right, Blaffen, my fellow syncretic sycophant! It`s such a pity that her ban hasn`t taught her any lessons; still rude, abusive, acutely obtuse and antisocial. Clearly has a fixation with age - either a fear of getting old (geriatriophobia??), or bad childhood experiences. I expect old SwissCan has Top-`CHF`Health Insurance and will be able to access a decent `stream`. It`s conventional in Geneva ;-) Get well quickly, Swiss! Fagen - I was thinking the same as you on the Sunderland thing. I read in a National Daily that it was only some sort of inspection of drugs-testing records that brought to light this unregistered player. By then, he had featured in 4 league games and 1 cup match. I`m sure we don`t want to survive by default but, hey, beggars can`t be chosers. I wonder what would`ve happened to a less well supported club than Sunderland? 3 points today & we`re in with a chance - as long as we get something (other than another `trashing`) at Fulham. We must not be Craven Cowards at Craven Cottage. Maybe an outside chance of getting something at ManU & home to Ar$enal? Can but hope.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • .....No pressure today Chrissy!....-Norwich Expects'.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Blaff, I give up for today. Archie would not let thro` a few whimsical comments about Medical Insurance. I think canaryinslovenia has responded to our appeals and will no longer allow himself to be dragged down into the festering swamp of S\O-ism.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • YAWN! Getting your excuses in early ladies? Any of you actually going to the game today?

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    Steady On

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • I give up on Archie. He`s gone mad.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • I'm surprised that little mention has been made of Sunderland only receiving a fine for fielding an illegible player in several games. I think in every other league in the country then a points deduction have followed. I follow a team in the Evo Stik Northern Premier and two years ago they were deducted two points for using an illegible player in one match. This was down to the club secretary ,an unpaid volunteer, sending forms in one day late. Yet Sunderland must have people being paid huge sums to get it right - and they can't. A two point deduction would doom them to relegation and in the process give us safety. However I think we will stay up anyway but it will be close.

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    Steely Dan

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • I have no doubt that there is more pressure than I would be able to tolerate at the moment but isn't there saying about heat and kitchens? Or as Gordon Ramsey would say, heat and f*****g kitchens.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • I'd settle for a brunette, a bed bath and Radio 4. How much would that cost in Switzerland?

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    Sunday, April 6, 2014

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