Norwich City boss Chris Hughton is the Premier League’s great survivor

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton is the only Premier League manager in the current bottom seven not to have lost his job. Picture by Daniel Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City boss Chris Hughton is the only Premier League manager in the current bottom seven not to have lost his job. Picture by Daniel Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, March 29, 2014
8:30 AM

Chris Hughton is convinced Norwich City’s faith in him has improved their Premier League survival chances.

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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.”

46 comments

  • And if we win, you'll be gutted. Along with everyone else that doesn't support Norwich.

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    Steady On

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Changes.Bowie. I suspect there will be changes at the very top. Machianalli will move on to his next project. 5 years have almost elapsed. Delia and MW-J will take more of a back seat. Stephen Fry will carry on doing nothing in particular. Who`s Stefan?? Mr. Foulger has been a good ol` boy in his poultry way. Time for a financial restructuring? A lot could depend on staying in the Prem? I wouldn`t want Premiership football, or any other level of the game, at the price of selling out to macabré Malaysian megalomaniacs, oily Oligarchs or Baltimore-born baseball backers with an obsession about the colour of Sox. I`d love Mick McCarthy as manager, Cheryl Cole as Chairperson and the Fans as major shareholder. That last batch of Euphoria Elixir you sent me is over-proof, Dubai. It must be. Is there an antidote? IHIT!! See, I`ve overdosed. Help!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • yet another consistent away performance today.

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    SussexYellow

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • The reason why many want HugeOne gone is that we do care about the club. We have all witnessed such dross this season that the thought of another season of negativity with this team leaves us all cold.

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    kenfoggo

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • We agree about staying up and parting with Hughton Steady On, so why the abuse? As for ruining the experience of supporting Norwich City, that is exactly why we want Hughton out.

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    waclor

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • I'm not denying that Hughton is on his way out. Every manager is. What I am saying is that however hard you try you won't be able to taint what Hughton has done at this football club, you won't be able to paint him as the failure that you'd like him to be remembered as, and I think you know that as well. I think that's what hurts you the most. The defensiveness of some of you on this article is strange, pray look at the current premier league table. Fulham, Cardiff, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, West Brom, Swansea. all have changed their managers and all lie below Norwich in the Barclays premier league. In fact, the only team above us that have changed their manager is Tottenham, every team below us has. What does that tell you guys? Have a good hard think about what that might mean.

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    Steady On

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Chris Hughton has not been sacked. A modern tale of much mystery and minimal imagination. Discuss in not more than 500 words. (Mattias`s Concessionary Rate, 16,487 words). What do you think, Mel?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • So my case rests M'lud, the man is completely hopeless as suggested by the letters on his tracksuit top.

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    waclor

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • If we survive this season, it will be down to 2 things: 1) David McNally pulling off a great gamble in spite of the odds, in supporting Hughton, and 2) (more importantly), that there are 3 teams who have been consistently even more awful than Chris Hughton's Norwich this season!

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • All the other new managerial appointments are doing a great job aren't they! when we stay up this season the legacy is Chris Hughton kept us up for two seasons, that's what goes in the history books. Whatever happens after that is par for the course. The character assassination when he does leave will be epic but it will not work. H simply will not be remembered alongside Roeder or Gunn, no matter how hard some of you try. You have lost already.

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    Steady On

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Our sunshine Canaries, AC DC ( that one for Fagen), talk a lot of sense, but if results go against us this pm, I fear that Dubai's 75% will be back to its normal 10%. Waclor has rejoined the search for that pesky missing seagull, pausing only to admonish Steady On for the latest in her alarming run of bad hair days. Brewer is a shoe-in for Chairman of the Board (that one for Gek himself) with his admirable sentiments on club ownership, but then blew it with his choice of Manager. McCarthy may be one of the few managers worth listening to in interview but he has Suffolk blood and other effluvia on his hands. And look where Wolves are now? Chery Cole as cheer leader would be another dubious appointment. She's old enough to be BP's granddaughter for Heaven's sake. Perhaps she could be dressed in one of those stupid inflatable costumes and be a mascot....but only if she was prepared to invest Ashley's alimony in a couple of new strikers. Still, the sun is shining and all is well with the world.......at least until 3 o'clock when the storm clouds start to gather over South Wales.

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    User Removed

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Is that "errent CH" I see embroidered on Crouton's track suit top. Leaving aside the spelling of "errant", that must be one of the few badges in his possession worthy of the name.

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    User Removed

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Btw, Pulis`s Palace `done good`. "Backbone":- he has it, his players follow that example. Compare Norwich under Lambert and Hughton in not more than 5,000 words, - Mattias! ;-) Btw, Manager-changing Swansea are above us now. Crystal Palace, WBA and Sunderland have games in hand. Bottom-placed Fulham could yet be our Nemesis. Or would be if we did not have our own in-house one, in the form of an inept management team. I want Norwich to survive and Hughton`s crowd to leave, it`s as simple as that. Simple enough for you S\O?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • If Hughton puts out a negative team this afternoon or the players don't bother turning up then this article will look very stupid and so will Steady On. Not that he doesn't already.

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    waclor

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Today you face your demon's if you get a result Safe. But if not the writeing is surely on the wall. Strange don't see that many Anti C.H.posts on here of late our all falling in love with him now . Then when your safe Kick him out. Maybe the players need to give more week in week out and he would be a Hero not a Zero. As stated a Very BIG Game Today.

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    User Removed

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • I am still not convinced we will survive this season so the headline is a bit premature unless PD has already been given the nod that some of the bigger teams are going on holiday early again this year. Wins in all of our remaining home games does however look pie in the sky right now.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Should CH keep us up for 2 seasons,given NCFC are paying the lowest wages in the EPL,would be quite an achievement and Pulis did the same for Stoke year after year.His philosophy of defence first will have been vindicated and there are a lack of similarly proven candidates to replace him.

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • There`s a headline to prompt a debate! I suppose the only managerial change that has had any positive effect so far is the one at Crystal Pulis. They looked dead & buried ante Pulis but at least are in with a fighting chance now. As, of course, are we.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Sorry but if we survive in the Prem League this season it will be in spite of, not because, of Chris Hughton!

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Its just a shame that the Beckhams had rose tinted rather than Yellow glasses or we could really have Spiced up out team.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Hughton's record at Norwich will always be tainted simply because under his management it is a terrible time to be a Norwich supporter. If paying the lowest wages means that we do not attract has-been players from the bigger clubs on their way down the football ladder (eg Anelka, Berbitov etc) so much the better. I firmly believe that many other managers and coaches could do better with the current squad of players and provide much better entertainment.

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    waclor

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Great survivor ,I can think of many adjectives that should follow the word geat and it's NOT survivor.

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    leslie cater

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • How about derby county?Amazing turnaround.

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    harry mcardle

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Now S|O please explain why you are satisfied with another no show by City under Hughton at swansea today. We have to win against WBA next week but will 35 points and a ghastly goal difference be enough

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • A phonecall from the police haha! Sorry, I just had to pick myself off the floor from laughing so hard. Tell me, barking, do you deal with all your problems by screaming to mummy and "telling", coward?

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    Steady On

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Many thanks for your accurate response Brew.

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    VictorM

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Absolute rubbish Chris Hughton. You are the reason we are struggling and your presence is actually diminishing any chance of survival. Be a man, admit you are failing and resign.

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    Mel Lacey

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • I for one will be happy if we set out with an attacking line up today and bring at least a point back home. I also think 4 more points in total should just about see us safe, famous last words.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • I admire the fact that the club have stuck with the manager even though many are saying he should have gone. I can't argue with that sentiment but I guess that one reason we have not seen change is that there is a high risk of further demise if we change mid journey. From where we are now you would probably say 75% chance we will survive. However, luck, signings, performances and results have not favoured CH and it seems likely that changes will indeed take place close season - watch this space !

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Cherly cole as cheer leader.

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    alan

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • The point that there are managers that could do better is a void one, of course there are managers that could do better. Mourinho would probably beat Hughton I imagine but the fact is hughton is our manager and when we secure premier league survival whether he goes or stays the only thing that gets remembered is the two seasons retained premier league status, a pretty exclusive club of Norwich managers to be in. He won't be remembered as a failure and the table proves panic sacking of managers has a negative effect. You were wrong and in the long term you won't be proven right that hughton is amongst our worst managers.

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    Steady On

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Malaga you are quite correct. Whenever you change a manager one of the considerations is the old saying (paraphrased) "Better the idiot you know that the idiot you don't". I can therefore just about see some reason in McNally's decision not to sack Hughton mid season, althought I would have made the change. Surely there would be no justification in inflicting yet another season of Hughton on the fans and players. That would be like backing a three legged horse in The Derby three times. He has long proved his incompetence so May is the time to say thank you and goodbye.

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    waclor

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Steady On I am so glad to see that you have not made any attempt to recover the plot. It is a fact that the only people who do not notice that a person smells are those who smell worse.

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    waclor

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • I do not understand why those who are not pushing for a manager change have to attack and be rude to those who do? I wanted to see a manager change earlier in the season, bringing in the right new manager - someone feisty who won't accept second best and poor performances. The reason I want this is becasue I believe NCFC can do better than they have this season, and I want to see a manager in charge who can achieve better. I believe the players are having too easy a time under CH in terms of training and accountabilility, and are capable of better if pushed. Why is a view like this upsetting to some other fans?

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • I`ve actually, and genuinely, been trying to be civil to S\O, despite his\her past abusiveness and other, more sinister, misdemeanours. That, clearly, is a hopeless task. I think he\she must have had a 6-month Red card\Sin-bin penalty from Archie, which has now elapsed. Since Archie has clearly welcomed the abuser in chief back with open arms, we`ll be in for a bit more nastiness for a while. No worse than a wasp at a picnic. We`ll survive.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • A season of very poor quality from Hughton in which he has managed to survive. How nobody knows. As an aside as she does every week, my wife asked me this morning whether Norwich were playing football today? I'm always stuck to find an answer - can anybody help?

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    VictorM

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Chris Hughton has not been sacked. A modern tale of much mystery and minimal imagination. Discuss in not more than 500 words. (Mattias`s Concessionary Rate, 16,487 words). What do you think, Mel?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Frankly the best outcome will be staying up and then amicably separating and moving on, that rarest of events in the premier league. With his CV Hughton and his staff will get a good job, high end championship or similar premier league level. There will be the cries of "Worse than Roeder" but they won't go down in the history books. What will is 2 season in the premier league and the tens of millions of pounds that have poured into our club as a result. He simply isn't the demon you want him to be and never will be. The morons that will try the old character assassination are the same ones currently voting Carlo Nash as player of the season. 13 year old Justin Bieber wannabes with high pitched voices who watched "the real football factories" one time and reckon they are a football fan and old men so bitter and twisted at what has happened in their lives that they have lost whatever magic it was that enchanted them into loving this fantastic and truly special club and have become truly lost, only seeking to ruin the experience for everyone around them in the way they have ruined it for themselves. Sorry guys, you lost again.

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    Steady On

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Looking at the picture above, has that seagull done it again?

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    waclor

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Right the Dubai World Cup revelers have left here so it's back to important stuff. Manure are 3-1 up against Vanilla so the "Moxey Out" boys will be somewhat upset on their way back to London tonght. Anyway, I'd say NCFC are 75% staying up, lets see after this game. Certainly win, lose or draw will change those odds somewhat - but lets play the game and see..... I am optimistic that we can get something today ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • You're comment has been reported, "Steady On". You will hopefully be receiving in the near future, an email from Archant, a phone call from the police and, if you dare to show up at the Plasterers on Tuesday, something which will make you wish you hadn't.

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    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Waclor, it's probably not entirely S.O.'s fault that's she's abusive. She may well have had a difficult upbringing., abuse, addiction, crime, you know the sort of thing.

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    User Removed

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Indeed, malaga. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • I doubt she'll understand, Brewer, but hopefully her Probation officer will explain it in words of one syllable when she attends her weekly appointment next week.

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    User Removed

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Colourful post as usual Brew, I am with you, lets keep our club British owned at all costs.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • How about "that remains to be seen", Victor?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

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