Norwich City boss Chris Hughton is the Premier League’s great survivor
08:30 29 March 2014
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Chris Hughton is convinced Norwich City’s faith in him has improved their Premier League survival chances.
The Canaries’ chief is the only manager in the bottom seven not to have lost his job this season, and that is a telling statistic for Hughton, with City seven points clear of the relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s trip to Swansea.
“Clubs and chairmen make decisions at certain times of the season and no one knows how that will affect a club,” he said. “You only really know at the end of the season and the final position so you cannot with certainty say it is right or wrong. What I am adamant about is that too many managers are losing their jobs. The average tenure has become less and less over the years and one thing we are striving for in the game is certainty and that consistency through the team, the squad and the club.”
Swansea opted to appoint from within last month after Michael Laudrup’s departure, with 35-year-old novice Garry Monk taking charge on an interim basis.
“Swansea certainly know what they want to do better than me. I don’t know him so well, but he has a great affiliation with the club,” said Hughton. “I haven’t seen a change in style and whoever was in charge there I wouldn’t expect that.
“They have a football philosophy at the club and all the managers have fitted that. Garry has just taken it on from the previous managers and he would have known the players and the way they play. I saw the Arsenal game (in midweek) and they did very well to get back into it and for an away side they fared very well, but they are in the same situation as a big group who are all trying to produce week in, week out.
“There is no doubt they have quality in the squad, but they have found it difficult to get that consistency. They play a very much possession-based game with pace in the final third to create things, but we have to focus on us and try to exploit any opportunities.”