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Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Chris Hughton was ‘saddened’ to see his friend Martin Jol become the latest Premier League managerial casualty.
Jol was dismissed by Fulham after the weekend’s 3-0 defeat at West Ham – the eighth boss to lose his job in the professional game since November 20 - and Hughton believes the Dutchman’s dismissal illustrates the depressing reality of the modern game. The Norwich chief’s own position at Carrow Road has been a routine topic for discussion this season, but that made it no easier to take when he saw Jol replaced at Craven Cottage.
“Martin is someone I know very, very well and have worked with over the years at Tottenham,” said Hughton. “I was very saddened to see that and it is always disappointing to see that. It is an unfortunate part of the game and with the pressures and the ownership models you increasingly see now it is a process I can see continuing to happen. The facts show you there isn’t the patience there used to be. It is a results-driven game and that affects people’s thinking.
“You want those around you to be as calm and composed during difficult times. For those who lose positions it is sad but we are quite used to it now.
“We’re at that stage of the season when some may look at it and decide we are a fair way into it, but we are actually just over a third of the season.
“There are so many points to play for and so many games over this Christmas period that there are opportunities for everybody, whatever the league position.”
Norwich’s latest 1-0 win over Crystal Palace moved them two places higher and four points clear of the bottom three to underline the fine margins in the Premier League.
“I look at the Premier League table and there isn’t anyone who is so far divorced from the rest,” said Hughton. “This league is so tight this year and you can see that every week and how the table changes. I feel very clear about that fact. Before the Palace game we had clubs above us by a few points who were being spoken about in good terms, when you look at it and that is one win or one defeat.
“Of course everybody focuses on the situation right now and if you are in a position that you don’t want to be then it is doom and gloom, but in this league you are always only one result away from being in a better position.”