Chris Hughton - No splits in the Norwich City camp
09:59 22 February 2014
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Chris Hughton insists he has the full support of Norwich City’s top brass as he plots the Canaries’ Premier League survival mission.
"We are all pushing very much in the right direction. The chief executive’s feelings would be no different to mine. We don’t feel comfortable being in our current position."
Hughton reiterated on Friday there are no splits within the camp following chief executive David McNally’s recent comments on a range of topics which included Hughton’s own career prospects at Carrow Road.
The City manager knows the buck stops with him to try and improve Norwich’s win ratio after slipping ever closer to the bottom three in the past month.
“I can assure everybody we have an excellent working relationship, not just with the chief executive but the rest of the board. We meet on a regular basis and we speak, if not daily, then certainly every second day,” said Hughton. “We always prefer to accentuate the positives and we very much have a united club here. We are all looking for the same things; to get this club climbing up the table. The concerns of the football club are the same ones I share as a manager.
“We are aware we need to get results. The players know that and the fans as well. In the context of that particularinterview there was a range of subjects covered and the large majority of those were positive, but of course what has been picked out is the headlines rather than perhaps the positive comments.
“We are all pushing very much in the right direction. The chief executive’s feelings would be no different to mine. We don’t feel comfortable being in our current position, even though we are in a group of perhaps 10 teams who can all go up or down.”
Hughton is adamant the pressure is constantly on his shoulders to keep the club clear of danger.
“There isn’t a week that goes by when you don’t have pressure,” he said. “You have the pressure to win games and sustain a run or perhaps turnaround a poor spell or it might be in picking the right team or leaving players out. We went to Manchester City and lost heavily and that was arguably my worst week of the season. You have to be able to cope and accept it.
“Some will chose to make headlines out of what was said, but I can guarantee we are all pulling in the right direction. It is important to have strong relationships within the club and we are all pushing towards the same goal.
“We can only really answer out on the football pitch, but the most important thing is we are on the same page as a club. If we speak in terms of improvements we know we need to make, we need to start winning more football matches and scoring more goals and the supporters want to see winning performances.”