Chris Hughton ignoring questions over his future to help secure Norwich City’s own Premier League status
16:54 20 February 2014
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The bookmakers may have Chris Hughton as favourite to be the next Premier League boss to lose his job, but the man himself only has eyes on a successful conclusion to Norwich City’s own survival battle.
City have won one of their last 11 Premier League games and could find themselves in the bottom three before they host Tottenham at Carrow Road on Sunday afternoon.
The four teams currently below City in the Premier League table have already changed manager this season – Fulham have done so twice. Yet City are far from losing control of their own Premier League destiny, and Hughton has full focus on delivering that from a Canaries squad he has built over two seasons.
“There are going to be periods where results are going better at other times, that has been shown with clubs that are in the bottom three who at another stage are not,” said Hughton, while visiting Railway Children – the King’s Cross charity who will see their logo carried on the front of City’s shirts against Tottenham in place of Aviva.
“In a division where a three-point win can see you move up, you have to keep focused and ours will be on winning as many games as we can.
“If we are able to maintain the standard of our play over the last three games, then we will certainly give ourselves every chance.”
Hughton added: “We are going into the last 12 games of the season and it is a great challenge for us, as it is for another eight or nine teams around us, and we have got to make sure we really look forwards to that challenge.
“You have to look forwards to the next game and make sure that is the best opportunity to get points, so we will continue to do that and our best opportunity is a home game against Tottenham.
“The areas where we have found it difficult is getting those goals which we have needed. But I don’t think anybody seeing us in the last three games would fault our endeavour in trying to get the wins.”