Ryan Bennett wants Norwich City to be the settled club in Premier League’s survival fight
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Ryan Bennett believes Norwich City are right to stick with their settled principles – and with manager Chris Hughton – in order to remain a Premier League club beyond this season.
The situation around Carrow Road eased with Saturday’s win over Hull; build-up that included monumental pressure on the current City boss.When needed, City have given Hughton a positive result – a knack eluding plenty of teams now below them in the table. Four of the Premier League’s bottom five have already changed manager this season, while of the rest only Swansea and West Ham have the same man in charge as last term.
“It’s always going to be like that with the criticism,” said Bennett. “We’ve gone 12th in the table and there are a lot of teams below us in the same situation with a lot of managers under pressure, and a few have already gone this year.
“But we don’t want to be one of those clubs. We are settled here and we work as hard as we can every day. That’s why we’ve got a great group.
“We turned up at Fulham the other week and there was a (“Hughton Out”) banner as we were getting off the coach. There’s no need for that.
“As players we see that, and it spurs you on to think you don’t understand what they’re thinking. That’s the way they are and they’re entitled to their opinion, whether we agree with it or not.
“We know – everybody knows – how tight it is. Hopefully now those who were grumbling can relax a little and maybe get behind us a bit more.”
The FA Cup means top-flight respite this weekend, with hostilities returning on Tuesday night as City host Newcastle before a trip to bottom-side Cardiff.
“We’ve got a few games coming up where we feel we’ve got a great chance of getting some points,” said Bennett. “We’re still a long way from where we want to be, but hopefully we will keep as tight as we are now and push on.”