Chris Hughton reiterates he felt he would have kept Norwich City in the Premier League

Chris Hughton during his time as Norwich City manager. Chris Hughton during his time as Norwich City manager.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
9:42 AM

Chris Hughton has reiterated his belief he would have kept Norwich City in the Premier League if he had not been sacked last month.

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A run of 12 points from 13 games and seven successive defeats away from Carrow Road brought Hughton’s City tenure to an end on April 6, 24 hours after a home defeat to West Brom.

Under-18s manager Neil Adams took charge with five games to go – four of them now famously difficult – and City picked up one point, seeing them relegated from the top flight by three points plus goal difference.

“With five games to go and with five points clear of the relegation zone, even with a difficult run of games I was still very confident that we would have got the points that we needed,” said Hughton, reiterating the statement he made through the League Managers’ Association shortly after his sacking.

“It’s always easy in hindsight but all I can say is that I have always been very confident and was always very confident.”

Now the 55-year-old is looking to get back into work – Hughton is currently the narrow bookmakers’ favourite for the vacancy at West Bromwich Albion.

“It’s very difficult to not go and watch football,” said Hughton. “I went to some four or five games in that period of time (at the end of last season) but you do have to make sure that you use that break very well.

“I am very keen to get back in as soon as possible and hopefully when that opportunity arises you have got to make sure that you are ready for it.”

Hughton’s City fate may well have been sealed by a difficult season for his record signing last summer, striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel – who cost an initial £8.5m, but was unable to add to his opening day equaliser against Everton for the rest of the campaign.

Hughton added: “He was someone who suffered with a toe injury during the season and then struggled with his form and with his confidence, but I’m sure he will bounce back.”

68 comments

  • Please, Hughton, go away and leave us in peace to try to fix the mess you left us in! If I never hear another of your utterances it will be too soon!

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • blue tractor.......Well, well you would say that would you not?? I personally will be prepared to ram those words down your throat come the end of next season!!

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    NICEONE

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • I was a coach at Senior level, admittedly for Marathon and Middle Distance but hey that takes real balls!! I cannot in all seriousness see how CH is a well qualified coach as I disagree with his man management, his technical knowledge and his tactical know how. A real poser!! It is for the best in the long run that the NCFC is rid of him as he added nothing and and his progression over his 20 months was a negative one on any parameter that you may care to mention. The most annoying thing about CH is that he did not have that can do type of approach which I consider to be fundamental to any sport. Outside the Box........Has also got it very wrong as he has focused the change in manager for the last 5 games as a desperate measure by the board to save themselves when in fact it was a measure to save the team from relegation that ultimately failed. You can't knock them (the board) for trying even if it was unsuccessful.

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    NICEONE

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Dream on old son!!!

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    NICEONE

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • I was right - a third mistake has just been made.

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    blue tractor

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • What an irony! The man who made the most clueless substitutions, who played the most negative football you could imagine and who sucked the life out of NCFC, culminating in a disastrous home loss to West Brom, claims he could have kept us up! Hughton, you were and are an utter disgrace!

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    londoncanary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Hear! hear! irongloves. Where is all this evidence of "niceness"? Possibly Ian Holloway deserves that description because he recognised his own shortcomings and resigned from C. Palace. That was "nice", courageous and dignified. Hughton proved to be none of those.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Cutty i totally agree with that, both wingers on wrong side of pitch. plus the fact when they did centre especially Snoddy they never got past the first defender

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    canarybell

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • The main reason we went down canarybell was the manager not allowing players the freedom to create goal scoring chances. C H relied on the game stats of player distance covered and accurate passes made. So they ran about a lot and made simple passes ie sideways and backwards.

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    cutty

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • As well as his failings as a Football Manager,well documented here,in saying what he has he shows he is not the nice man that many think he is.Apart from being stupid enough to think anyone with any sense would believe him,he is now displaying arrogance.A nice man would show a bit of humility and be honest enough,like Delia,to admit he got it wrong.I would then have some respect for him.One thing is sure,if he does go to WBA I shall be putting a hefty wedge on them being relegated.

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    irongloves

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • He was handed a very kind "out" by his soul-mate Delia. He should thank his\her God and go away.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • ousidethebox, sorry but RVW was not the reason we got relegated, yes he failed to score, but others did the same and they do not get moaned at. The main reason we went down was the failure of the other players to create goalscoring chances. It's funny that Redmond states after playing for England under 21 that he was allowed to play with freedom. perhaps you should look at the team as a whole not one player

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    canarybell

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Half agree Blue Tractor, not sacking him in October was a gruesome error but after the defeat by West Brom, it was only going to get worse. In hindsight I would rather he had stayed: a. to prevent some distress to Adams and b. to see the Idiot One squirm through an interview of illiterate drivel when relegation was confirmed.

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    waclor

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • He would not have achieved the points required and he and anyone else who thinks so is sadly deluded. At least he is saying it to enhance his chances of a new job. Johny on the other hand is delusional.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • waclor

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Spouting illiterate rubbish as usual. If Pfizer took over Astrazenica and put Hughton in charge he would take that down as well. Totally incompetent.

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    waclor

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • It is difficult to disagree with Hughton. The Board's first mistake was failing to take action sooner and their second was sacking the manager with only five games left. They could be about to make a third . .

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    blue tractor

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • The common theme between Jakarta and Norwich City football club, is that they have both featured in 'The year of living dangerously'.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Betting odds: Hughton to get the WBA job 2-1, West Brom to be relegated , 1-100. Got to be worth a tenner surely.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Totally out of order reporting? Don't talk such rubbish. The story is simply reporting Hughton's latest comments, and to judge from the number of replies on here, it is of considerable interest to fans. As for RVW, he doesn't need any misplaced sympathy. Rip Van Winkle would have been more wide awake in the six-yard box.

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    Outside The Box

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Totally out of order reporting,by the paper, RVW should not have been the only player to be named, In fact no player should have been mentioned it was an article about CH he got us in that situation through many wrong decisions. And I for one don't think RVW was the only one to to take the blame

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    canarybell

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • jigs69

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • The home defeat to WBA was the last straw and did forus. We might have staed up but no-one could have predicted Sunderlands amazing results. I can't see where Hughton (and our deluded Johny), where the extra 4 points would have come from. Glad he's gone - never want to see his crap football ever again unless it's on the receiving end of a Canaries team. OTBC

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • 'Yes those other teams were just where you wanted them..then just before you hit them with your sneaky secret tactic you were undone by feckless fans and a bumbling board. That Ruddy boots it up to Snodgrass ploy was bound to reap dividends against those top 3 teams (and Man U) and save us. Come to think of it the kick it back to Ruddy tactic never worked either. Groundhog tactics, where each time you get to change something..or don't..

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    Gruff

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Can the men in white coats please go and get Johny back before he does someone a mischief?

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    oldtimer

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Do us all a favour Mr. Hughton and slink off to the nearest corner you can find and wear this dunces hat. It's my bet that you couldn't manage to get drunk if you, Bewilderwood and Tripe were swimming with you in a vat full of Jack Daniels. The only reason we are now Championship rather than Premiership, is down solely to your ineptitude, stubborness and total lack of football nous.Like I said, slink off somewhere else and see if you can find another club to realise your inabilities and sack you as per Newcastle and us

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    oldtimer

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Well he would say that wouldn't he? However the facts do not lie. Under Hughton we were in total freefall, couldn't score a goal let alone win a game. Dreadful performances almost every week. That was the pattern all season. Yet somehow, as if by miraculous intervention, Hughton thinks he would have kept us up. It is delusional. The only thing I do agree with is that we sacked him at the wrong time.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Nurse, Johny has escaped and is using the computer in reception!

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha ha Ha Ha .....good one Chris. You crack me up mate you really do....!

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Houghton only escaped relagation by the skin of his teeth the previous season, no way would he have done it again. Should have got rid of him a lot earlier

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    Barry from Spain

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • read the article, went outside and looked into the sky, not a flying pig in sight. Must ask Jonny if he is C Hughtons niece then.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Usual guff that ex-managers speak. The even more hapless Bryan Gunn convinced himself that he would have succeeded given more time. We've heard it all before.....

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    Graham Last

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Gary Lineker was right. It was bonkers to sack the manager with 5 games to go. There is a good chance we would have still been a Premiership team had the board not panicked. And no I am not Chris Hughton's nephew and no I am not deluded.

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    Johny

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • What nonsense Hughton speaks! Obviously the points were needed before the final 5 games, a decent manager would have thrown everything into getting the points way before the run in, don't forget the cruddy loan signings in the window. Please do not issue him a Norfolk Passport.

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Apparently in the same interview he claimed that if we kept him on he would have improved Bradley Johnson's pass completion rate to 100%, advocated the return of yellow goal nets and repaired Norwich fans faulty electrical goods free of charge every Wednesday at Colney

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    GossVolley

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Bottom line is that we have helped Hughton by him not having a relegation on his CV. No doubt in my mind that we would have gone down with him in charge & in some ways I wish we had stuck with him so we don't get all this nonsense that he would have kept us up. Wonder if he would have been linked to premiership jobs if he had stayed until the end of the season. I think not

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    happycanary

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Classic trolling from the Hoot. Although with hindsight we should have kept him on, just so the relegation would have been on his CV and not Neil's.

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    Denzil

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Hoddle for manager? Has experience, likes working with young players. Seems more likely to be successful and bring some attacking flair than most of the other potentials being touted... Any thoughts?

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    Surrey Canary

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • And to think I was just on the verge of bringing world peace and curing all known diseases only a few short weeks ago. Can I go back to the ward now please?

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    rjukancanary

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Repeat this load of codswallop enough times and we could start to believe it! It's too late Hoots, you were not good enough hence "On yer bike"

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    blackdog2

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • I think the phrase is ...." 'avin a giraffe."?

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    la barbe

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • What a joke. Hughton caused this mess and should have been fired a long time ago. For him to make such nonsense statements -knowing full well that he probably would have continued down the same aimless path he's been on all season (and most of the one before) proves he has little credibility. Thank goodness he's gone!

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    Hucks1960 .

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • I'm just glad he's gone. Plausible but inept on so many levels. He was lucky to survive as long as he did.

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    suffolkcanary

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Only one word to describe Hughton's comments: Deluded! Don't know why Archie wasted the space on him.

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    Honest Injun

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • We now know that 5 points would have been required in those 5 final games to have kept us up. Could someone please ask CH to justify how he feels those points would have been gained? (bearing in mind also that all his away games in 2014 had yielded a grand total of 1 point). It simply wouldn't have happened, but CH is trying to keep his powder dry I guess.

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    Adams is God

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • The Massive problem was, The Board believed him.

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    OLDYELLA

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Even if he did, by some miracle, keep us up, could we cope with another season of such rubbish football. Not me.

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    b arclay

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Yea, like the other 30 games he didn't win out of 38 games. He's having a laugh!

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    goldie

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • He models for the Premier Man catalogue now, JOROBIT. `The Chrissy Hughton Country Vicar Collection`. Aka V-necked pullovers, neat slacks and even neater ties. All in sombre colours, and in the best possible taste. Buy one, get two free. The you get more quality in the final, furd one.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • In the unlikely event that CH did manage to keep us up, he was still going to get sacked. The club were expecting mid table, not a relegation battle after blowing their biggest ever transfer budget. Having decided that he was not the future, surely it was better to tell him immediately? Then at least the search fro the next manager could start straight away.

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    JDDons

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Sounds like somebody is trying to keep himself in the shop window! The only shop window he should be in is the discount shop, cheap, and sold us short all season!

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    JOROBIT

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • At least we won't have to look further than the next county for 6 points next season - that is, unless they haven't been subject to a winding up order by then !

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Why change of name to jakarta, spore canary? You are the only sporean fan I have seen here besides me. The nick should stay man...

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    Jaszli Johari

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • There I thought newspapers were in the business of bringing up to date news not raking over past history! Don't we have the History Channel for that? It is all in the past and now the effort should be for going forward. Colin I will be optimistic and say you could be wrong there. OTBC

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    Jakarta (ex-Singapore) Canary

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Shut the hell up Haughton. Norwich did not progress and improve under you. And now West Bromwich wants you? Are they blind? Unless they wants to play championship, then you will be the best of the best man to bring them down.

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    Jaszli Johari

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • I'd be very surprised if Redmond and Ruddy are still at Norwich on August 9th. And even more surprised if they are on September 1st.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Roll on August and then we can look upwards,with players like Nathan who still wants to play for us the outlook is very good.We also will have Ruddy fit and raring to go and create a record clean sheets in the championship.Come on and be positive,CH is old news,bring on our new saviour. OTBC

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    canarykid

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • I feel confident that if I had been in charge, we could have beaten Arsenal 16-0 and kept us up. I guess we will never know. We were doomed when we lost to WBA, who was in charge then?

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • ch,NICE MAN YES,GOOD FOOTBALLER YES,Football coach """"NO"""""".At least he can say I tried.I hope his next position in football is better for him,he must learn NOT to play negative football and encourage players,during his stint at Carrow Road he was NEVER animated during matches and always said it someone elses fault.CH was a good football player and not all players make good managers.OTBC

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    canarykid

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • That's right mate. Kept us up this season. Qualify for Europe next season, and win the title the one after that! Whatever.

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    Chris

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Put it this way, there was only a slim chance of staying up under Hughton, but no chance at all once they sacked him. Making a change with five matches to go was utterly pointless, a desperate attempt by the board to get themselves out of a hole and save face with the fans. Either Hughton should have gone in January at the latest, or they should have stuck with him to the end of the season. Adams had even less chance than Megson in 1995 of turning it round.

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    Outside The Box

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Which just goes to confirm you don't know what your talking about. Norwich City did you a favour by putting you out of your misery with 5 games to go as you don't have that relegation on your CV. You should be grateful for that and belt up. I might change my user name to Wolfwinkel's Toe! He might come good but not in my life time!

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • In theory he very well might have done, but the fans had turned and he had to go before we completely imploded. The reality is that the reason we found ourselves in such a precarious position with 5 games to go was largely down to Hughton.

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    canary can-can

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • I hope he gets the West Brom job, kind of out of interest to see how he sets them up to play. Can imagine it now ''Burnley are a team that can really hurts us''

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    GossVolley

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Course you would have, Chris. You were always right. You knew that playing Snodgrass out of position would pay off, and one day it no doubt will, in your cuckoo-land world.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Why are we giving this waste of space any more time? Hughton and his backroom staff relegated up. That's a fact. We were shot of confidence, shot of ideas and completely devoid of hope under his reign. I notice there's a queue of teams looking to get him in as their new manager...oh wait, no there isn't. Useless and clueless.

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • I guess we will never know Chris. Anyway, we are down now and we don't have a manager as yet. Some might argue we should have held onto CH to the end of the season. Others may say he should have gone earlier - either way the board made the decision and now they have to make sure they get us the right manager. One thing I am surprised about though is that Lambo has not yet had the Chop ! The only thing I can see holding this back is the imminent sale of AV. I think I saw an advert for them on the notice board here in Spinneys the other day ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • History, who cares?

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    spanishcanary

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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