Michael Bailey: Norwich City and Chris Hughton in the no man’s land between Fulham and Hull
18:57 15 January 2014
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In truth, Norwich City’s FA Cup exit at Fulham wasn’t the worst performance under Chris Hughton. In fact, it wasn’t even the worse performance against Fulham. But it was a watershed.
Following Tuesday’s final whistle, for the first time it seemed the majority of Canaries fans wanted managerial change – rather than a vocal minority.
Not only that. It was also the first time the fans looked to turn some of the situation’s heat towards the City boardroom.
‘We need to hear from David McNally’ screamed supporters – something the chief executive duly delivered on Wednesday morning. They now have to decide whether they liked what he said.
If Chris Hughton’s job was solely based in Social Media Land, it became untenable on Tuesday night.
But it’s not. Rather, this will play out at Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon against Hull.
Bizarrely, victory in that game and City will sit level on points with the Tigers. It’s not a defence – it’s a possibility.
However, defeat and no one would be surprised if Hughton’s reign as Norwich City manager came to an end, seven games shy of becoming the club’s longest-serving Premier League manager by number of games taken charge. He’s already managed the feat in terms of time.
Regardless of how you define “continuous improvement” it doesn’t involve carrying the same failings as last season, while losing all of the strengths.
It doesn’t involved only losing 3-0 at Fulham in the FA Cup instead of 5-0 at the same venue in the Premier League.
And if City do anything other than beat Hull on Saturday, it won’t involve Chris Hughton.