Thursday, January 16, 2014
Chris Hughton came out fighting as he aims to turn around Norwich City’s faltering campaign and his own position at the Carrow Road helm.
Pressure on the City manager has hit new intensity levels following the Canaries’ insipid FA Cup exit at Fulham on Tuesday night, in turn leaving Premier League victory from Hull’s visit on Saturday essential to stem the tide.
But Hughton is well aware of how the majority of City supporters are feeling – and is confident him and his players will deliver the perfect response.
“We have a terrific support that turns up week in week out, travel very well and they are as passionate about their club as we are,” said Hughton.
“Any concerns and disappointments they have, we completely understand because it’s part and parcel of football and we would never take that away from them. It’s their club.
“But we have to make sure we’re every bit as passionate about this football club and getting results as what they are.
“Our objective is to be a passionate football club, a passionate manager, a passionate team that want to go and win football matches. That’s what everybody wants.
“There are always ups and downs in the game and what we have to do is ride a difficult period. But our objective is absolutely to get back to winning ways.
“That’s how it has to be and why you have to take any criticisms on the chin, because they are meant in the right way – because they want their team to do well, as we do.”
On a run of eight games in all competitions without a win and asked if he had or would ever consider walking away from the job, Hughton answered: “No. Never.”
He added: “Do I have faith in this group of players? Yes. There wouldn’t be anybody in the changing room that hasn’t had to cope with more difficult times or a period in their career where they haven’t got the results they wanted to.
“That’s what you work every single day for and that’s what the challenges are going into every game – to get the result you want. And you know when you get that result the game is a better place.”
Anthony Pilkington (hamstring) and Alex Tettey (ankle) have returned to training and are in contention for the squad to face Hull – a decision Hughton will make on Friday.
Jonny Howson (back), Michael Turner (hamstring) and Elliott Bennett (knee) remain on the sidelines.