Jonny Howson opting to look away from Sunderland’s part in Norwich City’s Premier League fate
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All Norwich City eyes will be on the Stadium of Light on Wednesday night as Norwich City’s Premier League status hangs by a thread – all that is, except for Jonny Howson.
The Canaries are relying on West Bromwich Albion to win at Sunderland, as the first of three steps that provide the only and unlikely route left to survival.
But a point or more for in-form Sunderland will leave Norwich relegated to the Championship after a three-season Premier League stay.
“No, I won’t be following it,” said Howson. “Whenever I follow a game you like to sit there, relax and enjoy it.
“And that obviously won’t be the case. You’ll be cheering West Brom on for everything. So it’s not worth it. We can’t affect it, sat in front of a TV, laptop or radio. The result will be what it’s going to be.
“It’ll be up to the personal views for everyone whether they do or not. There’s nothing we can do to affect it now, so whether you want to put yourself through watching it… I think it’s a similar situation to last season when Wigan were playing a midweek game at home to Swansea.”
That game saw Wigan slip up, and Norwich’s safety was all but secured with two games to go. This time around it’s much more grim for the Canaries, who would also need Sunderland to lose at home to Swansea on Sunday’s Premier League climax – while beating Arsenal at Carrow Road.
City’s situation is already giving rise to ‘what if’ questions over the current squad’s individual futures.
“I can only speak from my personal point of view, and I’m sure everyone has got different views – but for me, it’s obviously been a bit of a long season and it’s a case of going away, having a good summer and that’s the aim,” said Howson, who signed a new four and a half year contract with City in December.
“If the worst does happen, then being brutally honest it’s not something I have thought about too much and I won’t until it actually does happen.
“But yes, it would be a case of coming back in, putting things right and getting back to where everyone wants to be, which is the Premier League.”