Thursday, March 13, 2014
Honest players will ensure Norwich City stay clear of Premier League relegation trouble this season, according to the club’s longest serving manager Ken Brown.
The Canaries have nine games to retain their coveted top-flight status, a fight Brown endured with success and failure at the Carrow Road helm through the 1980s.
And while current boss Chris Hughton has come in for regular criticism, Brown believes it will be the current players that decide how the season concludes.
“I feel for Chris – it’s not easy, I know it’s not easy and I want them to well for his sake as well, not only everyone else around,” said Brown. “He’s a genuine fella and he works hard enough as far as I’m concerned. I know things have changed a lot, one way or another. All you can hope is that they keep clear and if they work hard enough, they will.
“When they step across that line, you can’t do anything. It’s entirely up to the players. You can sow the seeds beforehand and ask them to do things. And if they are genuine, they will try their utmost to do it.”
Brown, who celebrated his 80th birthday last month, has seen a lot of football in his time – and even he is struck by how close this term’s Premier League is.
“I look at that table and think jeepers – and then at the fixtures coming up,” said Brown. “It’s never going to be easy. But I’m always a believer that what will be, will be. You won’t change it – but in between that, you’re trying like hell to do just that.”
And what may well keep the City pot bubbling this season is improved performances against the Premier League’s big boys – something that may come in handy for their famously tricky run-in.
“Those performances just show what players are capable of doing,” Brown added. “The good thing is they should be able to do the same in the next game, no matter what the opposition is.
“I know you can’t predict football, but you’ve got to try your utmost every game.”