Chris Hughton relishes the challenge of a Premier League survival fight

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton is ready for a Premier League survival scrap. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire Norwich City boss Chris Hughton is ready for a Premier League survival scrap. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Saturday, March 22, 2014
7:30 AM

Chris Hughton insists it is possible to enjoy the task of leading Norwich City’s Premier League survival bid.

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Hughton’s Carrow Road future has been a hot topic for most of a season which sees them locked in another relegation battle ahead of Saturday’s crunch test against Sunderland. The City chief was forced to deny reports he will leave in the summer whether or not he repeats the success of his debut campaign and Hughton remains confident he is still the right man to secure another year of top flight football for the club in what is shaping up to be the tightest struggle to beat the drop for years.

“As a manager you have to try and enjoy this challenge,” he said. “It is a tough and everybody is fighting like mad. We have found it difficult to get that consistency in our results. That is affected by a number of things and one of those is the injuries. Jonny Howson was playing as well as he had done and gets injured and misses a chunk of the season. The same with Leroy Fer and Michael Turner. You have to be adaptable and that is why you want a decent level of competition in the squad. You almost don’t want to have that starting XI in your mind because you need everyone pushing for a place.”

Hughton knows what is at stake against a Sunderland side four points adrift but with three games in hand on the Canaries, although the Norwich boss has reiterated they must strive to pick up points against the big hitters as well as their direct rivals.

“There has been a fair amount made of the last four games we have to face,” he said. “We have to look at the season as a whole and that means eight games as opposed to four and four. There is no feeling here that it is about these next four games only - not from myself or the players.”

13 comments

  • That's where the punters have been wrong all along, it is no longer to do with getting a high position in the league, the new game is to see how far you can get to the bottom without falling through the trapdoor! Good for the nerves.

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    blackdog2

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • "We have found it difficult to get that consistency in our results", how about, we have found it difficult to get consistency in team selection!, and not all that is due to injuries, it's down to chopping and changing.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Hughton and his squad have achieved consistency. They put in poor performances and lose virtually every week.

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    VictorM

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • That's where the punters have been wrong all along, it is no longer to do with getting a high position in the league, the new game is to see how far you can get to the bottom without falling through the trapdoor! Good for the nerves.

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    blackdog2

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Despite the headline, he did not actually say that he relishes it, he said that “As a manager you have to try and enjoy this challenge” which is a bit different. However, I absolutely hate it. It makes me anxious, irritable and depressed.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • .....Pity he doesn't get his kicks and challenges from a higher position in the table , rather than. from the bottom rungs of the ladder!.....He's like me.. "All Talk" but paid a damned sight more than my state pension+.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Blimey Pondy I thought I was cynical. ... :)

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    el dingo

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Its not easy playing teams whose name begins with S.

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    Pondlife

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • The picture above shows Chris Hughton determined not to admit that it was him who had just broken wind. The very slight flicker of a smile shows that this is the very moment when Becchio accused Calderwood of harbouring an internal dead rat.

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    waclor

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Hughton's dream team. In Goal Snodgrass, defenders Snodgrass Snodgrass Snodgrass Snodgrass, Midfield Snodgrass Snodgrass Snodgfrass Snodgrass, Snodgrass. up front Snodgrass. Subs Elmander, Elmander, Elmander, Elmander, Elmander, Elmander. Goalie sub Hooolahan.Oh for advances in cloning to make Chris that happy man

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    Pondlife

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Blimey Pondy I thought I was cynical. ... :)

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    el dingo

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • You almost don’t want to have that starting XI in your mind because you need everyone pushing for a place.” What???? Is that CH actually admitting he does not have a clue what the best X1 is? No wonder we are struggling.

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    Soglio Star

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Pondlife you should add: top scorer, Snodgrass.

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    waclor

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

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