Andrew Surman is ‘shocked’ by Chris Hughton’s Norwich City exit
10:27 10 April 2014
Norwich City’s on-loan midfielder Andrew Surman admitted he was shocked by Chris Hughton’s exit.
Surman was deemed surplus to requirements this season at Carrow Road but is a key man in Bournemouth’s surge towards the Championship play-offs in a successful season-long loan. The 27-year-old, however, insisted there were no hard feelings on his part despite being frozen out by Hughton.
I was shocked at Chris Hughton’s sacking. I know the recent run of results hasn’t been great but, with five games to go, I didn’t really see it coming,” he said. “But the board and everyone behind the scenes must have had their reasons for doing it.
“From my point of view, I would like to wish him all the best for the future. Although I haven’t been there this season, he is a decent manager and, unfortunately, things didn’t work out. I don’t know what the feeling has been around the place and the board has decided to let him go and push for the last five games with someone else.”
Surman’s own future is up in the air with the midfielder poised to return to his parent club in the summer with a year left on his current Norwich deal.
“I think it is something which is just going to have to wait until the summer,” he said, speaking to the Bournemouth Echo. “I am fully focused on what is happening here at the moment. We have five games left and I am concentrating my efforts on those.
“I know I am not going back to Norwich between now and the end of the season so I want to see out the season here, do as well as I can and then assess the situation in the summer. I’ve got a year left at Norwich so a lot will depend on what happens there. I will discuss my options at the end of the season and see what happens.”
Surman’s priority is dragging the Cherries into the top six with Eddie Howe’s in-form side five points adrift of sixth-placed Reading after crucial recent home wins over the Royals and QPR.
“The manager reiterated that after the Reading game and told us not to get too carried away. It would be easy to look five games ahead and think we could be in the play-offs,” he said. “We have to take each game as it comes and Yeovil is going to be another tough one because they are scrapping for their lives at the bottom of the league. It is going to be a different test but a test all the same so we are not going to take it lightly and will show them the respect they deserve.”