Chris Hughton - No splits in the Norwich City camp

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton insists the club is united in its bid to survive in the Premier League. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City boss Chris Hughton insists the club is united in its bid to survive in the Premier League. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, February 22, 2014
9:59 AM

Chris Hughton insists he has the full support of Norwich City’s top brass as he plots the Canaries’ Premier League survival mission.

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"We are all pushing very much in the right direction. The chief executive’s feelings would be no different to mine. We don’t feel comfortable being in our current position."

Chris Hughton

Hughton reiterated on Friday there are no splits within the camp following chief executive David McNally’s recent comments on a range of topics which included Hughton’s own career prospects at Carrow Road.

The City manager knows the buck stops with him to try and improve Norwich’s win ratio after slipping ever closer to the bottom three in the past month.

“I can assure everybody we have an excellent working relationship, not just with the chief executive but the rest of the board. We meet on a regular basis and we speak, if not daily, then certainly every second day,” said Hughton. “We always prefer to accentuate the positives and we very much have a united club here. We are all looking for the same things; to get this club climbing up the table. The concerns of the football club are the same ones I share as a manager.

“We are aware we need to get results. The players know that and the fans as well. In the context of that particularinterview there was a range of subjects covered and the large majority of those were positive, but of course what has been picked out is the headlines rather than perhaps the positive comments.

“We are all pushing very much in the right direction. The chief executive’s feelings would be no different to mine. We don’t feel comfortable being in our current position, even though we are in a group of perhaps 10 teams who can all go up or down.”

Hughton is adamant the pressure is constantly on his shoulders to keep the club clear of danger.

“There isn’t a week that goes by when you don’t have pressure,” he said. “You have the pressure to win games and sustain a run or perhaps turnaround a poor spell or it might be in picking the right team or leaving players out. We went to Manchester City and lost heavily and that was arguably my worst week of the season. You have to be able to cope and accept it.

“Some will chose to make headlines out of what was said, but I can guarantee we are all pulling in the right direction. It is important to have strong relationships within the club and we are all pushing towards the same goal.

“We can only really answer out on the football pitch, but the most important thing is we are on the same page as a club. If we speak in terms of improvements we know we need to make, we need to start winning more football matches and scoring more goals and the supporters want to see winning performances.”

14 comments

  • Yes we have no bananas.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Stew, I`ve taken your name in vain on Bassong`s "I luv my Chrissy" board. Apologies, but you were too tardy today. You are still one of my all-time heroes, no doubt ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Off topic, but I think I may have spotted a glimmer of opportunity for Becchio. Ipswich striker, McGoldrick, is out injured for the rest of the season. McCarthy `insists` he is not looking for a player on loan to fill in so.... Imagine the scenario; Becchio goes to 1p5wich on loan. Scores about 10 goals, including the one that clinches the Play-Off final. Norwich get relegated. Ipswich make Becchio deal permanent - on a `Free`, of course. He becomes their top scorer and PotS as a Europa League place is won. Norwich are by now in L1. Hughton is still manager. That`s "Roy of the Rovers from Hell"!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • I`d guess that was a joke about a banana split, Crab. Nearly did it myself but thought I`d leave it up for grabs. I was plantain an opportunity for someone else. Apparently, footy managers are now sent to Australia to be tutored by a distant relative of Pa Snipps - Ma Supial. There they learn a lifetime`s worth of Duck-billed platitudes. Boom-boom. (Zoological correctness totally absent). Mea culpa. Gek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • .....Chrissy!!...its all very well answering the easy questions with the over used script in front of you, and giving us all non answers in the hope we will go away!....so if you are man enough to answer this next one...please do so!!...WHY IS HOOLAHAN and BECCHIO, not considered good enough to play in your team of LOSERS?....drop the waffle and give us all a straight and truthful reply.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • What he was actually saying is that none of his players are fit enough to do the splits. Mind you he did acknowledge that the fans know they need results, the problem is he thinks a 1-0 defeat is a result.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • I like that expression, " mea gulpa". I often use it to explain away my "faux pas" when I've had one too many.

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    Barking Wise

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Stew, I`m very disappointed you haven`t commented about my tea-bag thesis on the Bassong Board. It was created entirely for your amusement. I hope Ma Pydsodd gives your dumplings to Pa Snipps and her crumpet to BP2. Yours, deeply hurt, Gek Brouwer.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Extraordinary words from a failing manager! Mr Hughton still does not seem to get it. Can anyone imagine Sir Alex Ferguson talking about the " importance of good relationships"?? It's all too comfortable and cosy down in Hughtonland. Fire, passion, commitment to win is the order of the day in these desperate times. I am still waiting to see it manifested on the field of play by Hughtons team.

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    kenfoggo

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Shouldn't that be mea culpa?

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    kevin473

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • You tell him, Stewpyd. If I had a pound for every time I've screamed that at the 'pooter screen........Silver lining? He'll gone by lunch time on Monday. Don't expect sparkling repartee and honest answers from his successor. 99% of managers talk the same "manager speak" , full of meaningless platitudes (they learn it from an appendix in the Good Coaching Guide when they get their badges). But at least we might get a manager who's mastered the rest of the Manual, especially the chapter called "How to play entertaining and attacking football AND put points on the board". I'm rather past caring who we get now.....Adams, Malky, Lennon, Lennon AND McCartney, Johnny Foreigner, my Postie, Dingo's lost hamster......anyone.

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    Barking Wise

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Is that a rac-ist comment Lobbo, or an attempt at humour, referring to a banana split?

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    The Crab

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • I think it was a pun, kevin473. Possibly a result of my `up for grabs` pun when replying to the Crab. Barking Wise always says what he means and means what he says. QED. Wat moest bewezen worden.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Right that's it, I've had enough, I'm sueing you for lieball Brewer, especially as you wouldn't know a cup of Lapsong Souchong if you sat in one. You'd probably say 'Er, I'm sure I can smell hops. Furthermore, I am categorically stating that I am not stalking Mrs Pydsodd despite her magnificent cooking ability and her considerable advances, and Barking, to suggest that a dead man be appointed to rule our team is bad form, especially given that we've already got one doing the job at the moment.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

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