December 13 2013 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Monday, November 4, 2013
Chris Hughton is ready to come out fighting to save his Norwich City job.
The Canaries’ chief insists he can turn around the club’s fortunes, which plumbed a new low in a humiliating 7-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester City that kept them firmly in the bottom three. Hughton took full responsibility for the hammering but is adamant he is still the right man to be in charge at Carrow Road ahead of a pivotal home test against West Ham this weekend.
“Yes, I have always had a confidence in my ability and with the group of players in that changing room,” he said. “It is embarrassing and uncomfortable to have to sit here (after the game) and talk about this defeat.
“I take full responsibility because I am the manager of this football. We have to stick together. We have a match this Saturday that becomes a bigger game now, not just because of the defeat but the manner of the defeat. We have to prove we are a good enough side, that we can get up this league and get the points and the only way we do that is on the football pitc. We were nowhere near that against Manchester City. We need to address this one very, very quickly. It’s still early in the season but we are on the back of a really heavy defeat and I know how that makes everyone feel and what the reaction will be.”
Hughton revealed he felt sorry for Norwich City’s travelling support after subjecting them to a second heavy defeat inside four days in the north-west after a 4-0 Capital One Cup exit against the Blues’ bitter neighbours. Many of those fans who trekked to Old Trafford before returning home in the early hours of Wednesday headed up to Manchester again to witness fresh heartache and Hughton admitted his squad do not deserve such positive backing.
“We have certainly let them down and that is the message I want to get across,” he said. “We had in the region of 3,000 at Old Trafford I believe who got back in the very early hours of the morning and then to travel up again I feel for them. They are a wonderful support because they would have been entitled when that final whistle went, to have been a long way back down the road to Norwich.
“They stayed right until the very end and that must have been tough to do. They stick very much by the team and the club and on behalf of myself and the players we were not good enough. We are on the back of a difficult run against Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and now City and I think we have to take that into consideration, but at this moment that doesn’t make it feel it any easier.”