Chris Hughton had no doubts he would have kept Norwich City in the Premier League

Chris Hughton was convinced he would still keep Norwich City in the Premier League. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd. Chris Hughton was convinced he would still keep Norwich City in the Premier League. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
7:56 AM

Chris Hughton was adamant he would have led the Canaries to Premier League safety but chief executive David McNally disputes the notion City’s board clung on too long before his dismissal.

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Neil Adams has been entrusted with the task of securing top-flight survival over the run-in after Hughton and his backroom team were pulled out of the firing line following a 1-0 home league defeat to West Brom.

“Chris is a nice man in quite a tricky sport where sometimes we do occasionally swim with sharks,” said McNally. “Everyone knows he is a professional man but he was clearly very disappointed when he was told. He had the view he would have finished the job off properly and effectively. When someone loses their job the relationship does change – whether we like it or not – and there is an impact.

“We worked with Chris for 22 months and we managed to end up 11th place last season, which was a terrific finish, and we hoped he would improve things this year.”

Hughton’s future had been a regular topic during a difficult second season at the club.

“We are all football fans and we know the benefit of hindsight is a wonderful thing,” said McNally. “We gave Chris every opportunity to improve our fortunes this season. Those that have watched every game and Norwich City fans would tell you the football that has been on offer this season has been inconsistent.

“We have not got the results we needed and, alongside that, performances have been inconsistent. We have never managed to win two or three games out of four. It was win one, lose one and so on. That was the pattern and the recent form was even worse.

“We always have to be mindful of how many games and points we have as the season progresses. If you have less points than games played then you are in trouble in the Premier League. This might be an unusual season but that is usually the case.”

McNally realises the focus will be on Adams but he insists it is vital the playing squad now step up to the mark after a turbulent few days.

“The senior players are absolutely essential now,” he said. “We need our good footballers to produce for us and stick together. Not many realise how closely-knit the group is and I think the players realise to a man what the Premier League means.”

27 comments

  • That is right, Swiss. The trawler boys were just that in the days when there was a fishing industry. The Teds were just Teds. Both gangs bored stiff, so a nice little bundle now and then was just the job. It`s what friends do. Much more colourful than the clichéd Mods`n`Rockers clashes. Similar battles occurred between the denizens of Ely and Lttleport, though nobody quite knew why. Those contests were held on a `home and away` basis, with the City and the town taking turns at mopping up the gore. Sound familiar?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • My now (very) ancient mother lived in Lowestoft for while and sad that on a Saturday nights there was usually a dust-up between two gangs, one were "The Teddy Boys", the other "The Trawler Boys". Anyone know if this is right?

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Stanford makeover about 3 years ago, Matt. Was a Pubco dump, allowed to go to the dogs. GJ bought it. Interesting music gigs and the full range of GJ beers. God, that cellar was malodorous after a period of inactivity. Top quality place now.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Mattias, like Dubai Canary, you are unswervingly good-natured, polite and respectful to others (with the exception of ITFC trolls - fair enough!). You talk lots of sense - lots and lots and lots! Do you ever go and watch The `Trawlerboys` in Low Stuff? Btw, you don`t need to `shout people down` - you just overwhelm them! ;-) Keep up the good work. Did you know that the Green Jack Brewery is only a very short walk from Crown Meadow? Try a pint of Trawlerboys Best Bitter - deelish. Much better than Dullard`s Worst. In Lowstuff, you have the Stanford Arms and The Triangle Tavern as GJ pubs.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Hope not the "final" caption, Waclor. I was rather looking forward to your work with Adams and the rest if his family in the dug out.

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    User Removed

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Everything he's said all season,he's got wrong, so maybe he should just keep he's gob shut from now on

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    Blocked User

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • I give up. Three attempts to connect with Matt & Swiss blocked. The Stanford`s had a major makeover, Matt. Swiss spot on. Similar happened `twixt Ely City and Littleport town, on a home & away basis. Nobody really knows what it was about. Boredom? Something to do? I suppose these days they can all vent their spleen on the common enemy - those poor hard-working East Europeans in the vegetable harvesting industry. (Different theme to vetoed posts).

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Staying Up - I have a full, happy and interesting life . But thank you for your concern.

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Saying that we'll never know does indeed sum it up. Hughton still hasn't been a manager that long all in all and is still learning. In his next appointment he'd do well to have someone on his team with a more offensive outlook, but I dismiss the 'clueless', 'witless' comments that have been flying around for so long as the drivel that they are. When all's said and done I still think there's a fair bit he can be proud of in his time at the club. It wouldn't have occurred to me that Norwich would have managed to have got wins against a fair number of the league's big boys and 11th was a very good job, however it was achieved and I've never understood why so many are so quick to lay every failing at his door while giving him so little credit for the successes. He needs to take a bit of time out now and reflect and probably tweak his media presentation. I've no doubt he will be managing again in the Premier League though. After Mark Hughes' disaster at QPR I never thought he'd manage another Premier League club again, yet he's at Stoke and actually doing alright. Chris will be back at another Premier League club next season I imagine and I hope it works out better for him. Regarding the club though, I'm really proud of them for having given him a real good run at it where other clubs would have dismissed far earlier. I hope the club keeps that culture as it will work to its advantage in the long run.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Chris Hughton had no doubts he "would have finished the job off properly and effectively". Of course he had a much higher impression of his own abilities than everyone else. What else could he say? Nice guy, but he has gone. Move on.

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • This article is really about David McNally’s statement which is a well-crafted piece of public relations for outside and inside the club. 1) Chris is a nice guy and a professional who felt he could still do it, 2) we gave him every chance but performances have been inconsistent and we are falling behind the curve; 3) the senior players need to get behind NA and show some leadership. DM often gets criticism here but my opinion is that he is our greatest asset at the moment.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • After the Aston Villa game months ago I met the biggest what they call "Happy Clapper" ive ever met on a train journey from Norwich to Lowestoft. For summed up most Happy Clappers for me because he was in no way, shape or form open to debate. If anyone dared to question the manager he snapped and groaned and wouldnt even consider there opinion or anger at losing to a rival like Villa (again) at home. The man in question is picture above at the top of this article directly to the left of Mr Hughton lol! Guess I understand why he was so pro Hughton if he was sitting right next door to him week in week out. Its not about told you so's but the writing was well and truly on the wall months ago and just wish people were more open to debate. Im quite vocal in my opinion but also like to think I try to see things from both sides and never tell anyone they are wrong. I disagree but never tell someone their opinion is invalid as nobody is more right than anyone else. Hopefully from now til end of the season all NCFC fans alike can galvanise together and get behind Neil & the lads regardless of the Fulham result. OTBC!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • IMO fans didn't expect to finish this season in a higher position but expected to be done with constant worry about relegation and leaving the ground feeling good after seeing their side battle to a good result more often than not.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • No Doubt - Don`t Speak. Gwen get Stefanied. Where`s Steely??

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Has it really Mad? Lowestoft football league HQ is directly over the road (a residental house lol) so I was a weekly visitor to parking out the stanford while I was in management as id have to hand my teamsheets and such in there. Have not been in for years. Sad in lowestoft really as so many historical pubs have closed or simply have been left to go down hill. In reference to Hughton maybe ive been harsh at times regarding the 11th place finish but the only reason I wasnt jumping up and down is how close it was. Without the 10 game run we would have been done for. 11th looks brilliant but imagine how much better it would have looked without the truly awful run from xmas onwards. Similar could've happened this season. All ifs and buts but who knows we could've fluked a win against one of the big boys and depending how other teams got on we couldve jumped up near 11th again. It masked problems. I always said last season if Hughton could keep us up i'd wait until xmas and see how were doing once we'd improved over the summer. Boy did we improve player wise but sadly the performances nosed dived even more. It all snowballed out of control. Lets draw a line now. The nationals will still talk of Hughton but I hope NCFC folk alike focus on Adams now.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • What sad lives some people lead just sitting at their computer waiting for the next article to appear so they can have a "go" at all and sundry without being able to enter into a meaningful discussion and getting angry when their views are challenged. CH and team have gone. Discussion over. Lets get behind NA for rest of season. OTBC

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    stayingup

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • What sad lives some people lead just sitting at their computer waiting for the next article to appear so they can have a "go" at all and sundry without being able to enter into a meaningful discussion and getting angry when their views are challenged. CH and team have gone. Discussion over. Lets get behind NA for rest of season. OTBC

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    stayingup

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Final photo caption: " Chris Hughton hinted that he is considering a change of career. Anyone looking for an air guitarist, please contact his agent." You read it here first folks.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Isn`t that what you`ve just done, stayingup? In quadruplicate.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Historically 100% correct! The missus is technically manager of a popular highstreet mens clothes shop and recently they did a big window display based around the "teddy boys". Obviously bit beyond my generation but legend is 100% correct pal.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • The trouble with a pointless story like this, is that it gives we peripheral `detractors and dissenters` another chance to have a pop at Chrissie. In a way, he has been dealt a `Get out of jail free` card, because he can now say `I would have kept Norwich up` etc. Now there is no way of knowing what the outcome would have been. Just seen la barbe`s comment - that just about sums it up. Water under the bridge, move on, draw a line etc, etc. Support Neil Adams and say goodbye to Chris, Colin and Paul. They are history. I just hope Bewilderwood doesn`t carry on with his haunting of Holty. Big H might have to bring in an exorcist.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • What sad lives some people lead just sitting at their computer waiting for the next article to appear so they can have a "go" at all and sundry without being able to enter into a meaningful discussion and getting angry when their views are challenged. CH and team have gone. Discussion over. Lets get behind NA for rest of season. OTBC

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    stayingup

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • In the (in)famous words of Mandy Rice-Davies, "....well he would say that, wouldn't he?"....

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    la barbe

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • What sad lives some people lead just sitting at their computer waiting for the next article to appear so they can have a "go" at all and sundry without being able to enter into a meaningful discussion and getting angry when their views are challenged. CH and team have gone. Discussion over. Lets get behind NA for rest of season. OTBC

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    stayingup

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Stanford is a bit old now bless it, triangle isnt to bad though to be fair and I have infact tried Trawlerboys Best Bitter. In terms of watching Lowestoft I have not been for a few seasons since one of my best friends (and fellow Lower Barclay Season ticket holder) left his position of Academey Manager. Not only because it meant I couldnt get in for free anymore but we just felt the Craig Fleming revolution was discarding many long term Lowestoft staff memeber. Lowestofts former reserve team manager sits next to me at Carrow Road and he was basically forced out because he was tasked with bringing in youth players but due to Fleming bringing every ex NCFC reserve player in they were simply not getting the chance. I Get on very well with 1 half of Lowestofts management team still and I truly hope they make it up the pyramid soon. Been through a right rough time last few seasons with Playoff heartache. Fingers crossed for Lowestoft Mad Brewer! Cant wait for saturday! Bring on Fulham! OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Thats basically it goldie in a nutshell. As a lower half team we will of course lose more than win. But it was the manor we lost 99% of the time under hughton and the fact we all knew we wouldnt make changes to change the game. Every game we'd go to we'd come away feeling short changed thanks to a no show.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Ch's departure was long overdue just like crispy and his mates.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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