Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass admits the pressure on Chris Hughton is an unwanted distraction

Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass admits the pressure on Chris Hughton is an unwanted distration. 
Picture by Daniel Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass admits the pressure on Chris Hughton is an unwanted distration. Picture by Daniel Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
6:30 AM

Norwich City winger Robert Snodgrass insists Norwich City’s players must ignore the pressure on Chris Hughton and just focus on beating Sunderland this weekend in the Premier League.

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Hughton was forced to dismiss weekend reports he expects to leave Carrow Road, whether or not he keeps the Canaries in the top flight, after being berated by sections of the travelling support in the 4-2 defeat at Southampton. Snodgrass admits the season-long speculation over the manager’s future is an unwanted distraction in the survival battle.

“It seems like the manager has been under pressure in the media most of the season,” he said. From my side as a footballer, you don’t think like that. He is the manager, you have your team mates and you work for that result at the end of the week.

“Against Tottenham we won when people were saying that was a big game, against West Ham we won, against Hull as well. In terms of the unity it is there for all to see. Whatever anyone above us thinks is something you can’t affect as a player. All I can affect is my performance to help the team win football games. If you look at Sam Allardyce there is the proof of the pudding. It is about faith and loyalty but lets be honest there isn’t any loyalty these days. You see people lose their job within two months. All Chris Hughton can do is get results.”

Snodgrass warns it is vital City stick together after a mauling against the Saints ahead of the Black Cats’ visit.

“You’re not going to get anything out of a relegation dogfight if you don’t stick together so we need to do that as a team,” he said. “It is just not happening away from home right now. If you put performances like that in, it is definitely not going to happen. We let ourselves down playing like that.

“We battled towards the end but we can’t give a team like Southampton three goals. It doesn’t work like that. I really can’t put my finger on it but we will keep going because we’re in a relegation fight down there. We could go down so we just need to roll our sleeves up and keep going.”

Snodgrass scored his third goal in the last six Premier League games at Southampton and the Scot insists everyone must chip in to solve City’s chronic goal shortage.

“We all have to take responsibility for the goals. I would never have a go at the strikers,” he said. “Their records speak for themselves. They all want to score goals, they have that hunger and they would be disappointed themselves, but it will turn. You just have to keep supporting the boys. I’ve scored a few goals and chipped in with some assists and I’ve had chances to score more. This is the happiest I have been this season because I have been hampered with injury from the start.”

51 comments

  • The cold fact is that despite all the agitation in these postings Hughton will remain as manager until the end of the season. After Saturday's feeble performance we can only hope that something different is tried in team selection and tactics to give a positive shape to the team. Sounds radical maybe but I would like to see Snodgrass up front with Elmander (despite some unconvincing performances this season the goal on Saturday was well taken) ahead of a midfield comprising Tettey, Johnson, Hoolahan and Redmond (operating on either wing). Howson to come on in 2nd half if Wes tires.

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    Green man

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • The reason he is under pressure is because he constantly selects players, like Snodgrass who let him down. I wonder what the opta stats were on Snodgrass' ball retention on Saturday? Lost count of the number of times he and Pilkington spunked possession within seconds of receiving the ball. Talks a good game does Snodgrass.

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    DistantCanary

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Paddy`s sub-heading "Norwich City boss Robert Snodgrass insists Norwich City`s players must ignore the pressure on Chris Hughton...." still there at 9.12am. Anyway, since Robert is now the boss, why should there be any pressure on Chrissy? The pressure`s on Robert. `Uneasy lies the head that wears the Crown`. Ask Bill Punton`s bald patch.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I think everyone is positive, optimistic and fully behind the team going into every game. It's when the line up is anounced and most of the games start and the manager's tactics become apparent that concern arises amongst the fans and things go down hill, and unfortunately I don't see that changing without a change of manager.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Brew, will you be at the game on Saturday to watch Robert play, if not do you want to be?

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Lack of quality. Lack of composure. Lack of team work. Lack of Pace. Lack of ideas. No one willing to take the risk. We lack a talisman. Grant Holt Gary Holt Ewan Fleck All foreplay with no penetration.

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • All Hughton has proved is that he can't manage a Premiership club with average players and get them gelling into an attacking or defending team. Noone should be suprised you just have to look at the team selections and the lack of commitment by the players.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • TK, I won`t be there and, as much as I`d like to be (despite everything), I`m not quite up to it at the moment anyway. A tad poorly. Nevertheless, I`ll be glued to Radio Partridge and will have Final Score on `mute`. If that was the offer of a ticket, it is truly and hugely appreciated. When I returned to this County 9 years ago, I joined the Independent Supporters` Association before I even found somewhere to live! Things don`t always go to plan, do they? OTBC. Hughton out.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • It beggars belief. I am so cross, I almost feel all right!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • O bless my heart hurts for him, what a right load of bully. I know plenty who have lost their jobs and they didn't get a big fat handshake at the end. Hughton should realise he isn't up to the job and get out. . Sympathy I have none..it has gone past that

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    gordon52

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Perhaps Robert is `King for a Day`? Still boss at 11.50 am.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Footy orientated comments blocked. I feel like going Blaffen Gek!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • TrevorK, I have BT Sport but can only get it on my telly via the Sky Platform. I don`t even know what that means! So I tried to access it on-line and was confronted by so much jargon that I surrendered. No doubt BT will sneak a charge under the Radar for something I cannot even find. They are the Fa$cists of modern commerce. My Jurassic Park PC runs on XP too. TK, if you`re still planning on attending The Carra on Saturday, and you still have that spare ticket, I`ll "big up" for it! If I fail, nothing lost? To think I used to cycle 200 miles, play 6 to 9 games of squash, walk the Peddars` Way, sing in musicals and drink 45 pints of Abbot. Per week. Now, a return bus to Gotham City from Stalhamgrad is a major task! Even for £20k a week! (I struck a special deal in the Caymans for a `special` pension). OTBC. Hughton out, pretty please, pretty soon.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • No disrespect there, Michigan! I`m just an example of the Detroitus you have to have to put up with in Naarfuk.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • MB isn't that "winge-er"

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Here's a brand new idea young Rabbie. Why not change the manager + then the "unwanted distraction" will be gone? I've never heard any City fan suggest that one before...." Oh yoo taek tha high rood an' I'll taek tha low rood, an' I'll be in tha Chumpionship before ye...."..

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Killjoy Paddy. Still, like our tenure in the Premier league, it was good while it lasted

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Shucks! All wrong. Robert`s just a "Winger" again.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • A sad defeat by lowly Luton - A thing I maybe shouldn`t mention - Yet still we have the hapless Hughton - Accelerating our Descension.... There is an unlisted word in there, but I still think it`s an authentic one! Poetic licence.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I think everyone is positive, optimistic and fully behind the team going into every game. It's when the line up is anounced and most of the games start and the manager's tactics become apparent that concern arises amongst the fans and things go down hill, and unfortunately I don't see that changing without a change of manager.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Its the afternoon now

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • "Norwich City boss Robert Snodgrass insists Norwich City’s players must ignore the pressure on Chris Hughton and just focus on beating Sunderland this weekend in the Premier League." 'Stew had to copy and paste that before it's changed !

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • well snods if you and your team mates were to pull your fingers out and actually start earning your wages your boss would not be under so much pressure!

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • ....it is confusing for us all Paddy...Yesterday ,Robert was the boss for a short spell...then a winger again, and I see today he is a midfielder in your headline!...Is he lined up for Ruddy's job in the near future?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • blackdog2, in fairness to our Glaswegian friends, the players seemed able to adapt to Robert`s predecessor, Paul `Gorbalschev` Lambert. I suppose it depends how long ago the silent coup de grace took place. I wonder, was it Robert Macbeth or Lady Macbeth wot dun it? The chaps were probably just gettin` wiv understaandin` Chrissy`s impersonation of `Young Ones Mike` when the dirty deed was done. Hence the confusion. Any bets on who the nominated penalty taker is now?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Hey MB I will claim American spelling. Drr... last week I couldn't spell engi-neer now I is one!!

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • That is the best laugh yet! No wonder the players are confused, they cannot understand the Glaswegian accent of the boss! Ha, Ha, Ha. Nice one Paddy! Still unchanged at 9.09

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Brew. And I thought you were going Latin on us with the masculine nominative singular ending. (I can remember a little from my classical education in Naarwich).

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • all i have heard from Hughton in the last few months is "we must start to win football matches"..wow...rousing. Still the form is consistently inconsistent. So that speech clearly falls on deaf ears. Tactically deficient so we can't rely on those either. Perhaps Chris you can tell the whole team to move further up the pitch and put the opposition under pressure rather than invite them into our penalty area with the offer of tea, biscuits and goals. try it, i know it's radically different....but it may work. Never know...it may just help those two lonely, sorrowful, isolated chaps in our shirts way up the field (Strikers i think they are called in the footie trade, not that you need those things in your fantasy team) As at midday 183 There has not been any news of a sacking (shame). So the board are now reduced to hoping rather than constructively working through this mess. Great work.

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    kpg24uk

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Green man, its like Michigan says earlier, we try and forget the previous weeks dross but once you see the same boring tactics and same old set up you get tired of it. Its no good just dropping a few players and same old tactics why cant he try something different. im beyond anger or blaming hughton anymore, i blame our weak pathetic board for this mess

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    Jimhow

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I get the feeling that the players are instructed, possibly by the board rather than the manager to keep wheeling out this rubbish. The simple facts are that the club as a whole are not performing far too often and have made themselves the laughing stock of the Premiership. Loosing to the likes of Luton being a prime example, getting turned over every time by their previous manager is another. Showing no fight for the battle against fellow struggler's even at home is yet another example and the list goes on. Players and managers show no loyalty towards clubs so why should the fans show loyalty towards them. Lets face it, CH only joined Norwich for a massive pay rise and to try his hand in the Premiership. He does not actually care a jot about the club, its history or its fans, he apparently cannot even be bothered to move into the area so always expected his stay to be short term.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • TrevorK, I have BT Sport but can only get it on my telly via the Sky Platform. I don`t even know what that means! So I tried to access it on-line and was confronted by so much gobbledygook that I gave up. No doubt BT will sneak a charge under the Radar for something I cannot even find. They are the Fascists of modern commerce. My Jurassic PC runs on XP too. TK, if you`re still planning on attending The Carra on Sat and you still have that spare seat, I`ll "big up" for it! If I fail, nothing lost? To think I used to cycle 200 miles a week, play 6-9 games of squash, walk the Peddars` Way and drink 45 pints of Abbot. Now a return bus to Gotham City from Stalhamgrad is a major task! Even for £20k a week! (I struck a special deal in the Caymans for a preferential pension). OTBC. Hughton out, pretty please, pretty soon.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Brew, tis still free at present, send me an email at trevor.keith26@yahoo.co.uk

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • None taken MB. I too am fed up with all the rhetoric, with an "h", during the week, then same old nothing at the weekend.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • …....So the cat is out of the bag eh Paddy?...Snodgrass is the boss then...now we know why HE is picked come what may!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Brew I know that and you know that, but don't tell everyone else. You'd be amazed the number of times I can use that one, as there are a large number of different spellings. However this time my Norwich education failed me.

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Lack of quality. Lack of composure. Lack of team work. Lack of Pace. Lack of ideas. No one willing to take the risk. We lack a talisman. Grant Holt Gary Holt Ewan Fleck All foreplay with no penetration.

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Sorry to hear you are a bit below the weather right now Brew, my son is off to Coppenhagen for the weekend so his seat will have to sit empty, such is life. The one thing I will say is that the radio often paints the wrong picture of the game in hand and this may explain why the always busy Robert often gets bad press. These days virtually every kick out from Ruddy is aimed towards him on the touchline as we do not have a target man, as a result, if the lad fails to keep the ball in play he takes the blame.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • That was the Nth attempt. Fa$cist could`ve been the verboten word.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Thane Snodgrass still King at 10.00 am.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • He`s still a `winger` in the sub-headline though, Stew. That must be one of the shortest managerial reigns ever. Appointment announced by Paddy at, what, 6.30am? Some time during the afternoon of the same day, Robert is quietly axed, and Hughton quietly slithered back into his old job.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Stew & Lobbo - it`s not been changed as at 8.46am. Maybe it won`t be - many have realised who the real boss is since the Winkelpenaltygate incident.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • MichiCan, please tell me, did you like the "Detroitus" gag? Contrived specially for you. I usually annoy people by posting the same gag until I get a reaction - which is usually along the lines of `shut up`. But I pay no heed. Not a chance! You get some great banter on these boards. Not always about football, either!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Btw, Michigan ol` buddy - that `American spelling` won`t whash! Nice try ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • No, Michigan, that`s "whinger". It`s derived via `whine` from German `winseln`. The `h` sort of inserted itself somewhere along the line. This inexcusable, and ungallant, break-out of pedantry is caused by my outbreak of heartbreak when I learned Robert had not been Crowned King of Holy Carrowrood. Or even Thane of Thetford. Cawdor`ll Mighty. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • K*lljoy Paddy. Still, like City's tenure in the premier league, it was good while it lasted.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • It is now clear that, since Paddy is an `Insider`, and not just one of we lowly detractors and dissenters, forlornly lurking on the periphery, there was an undeliberate dissemination of data there. Robert will be announced as the new Manager of NCFC at Midnight. Chrissy will become a player-coach, with the special brief to instil attacking instincts into the goalkeepers. The goalkeepers will leave the playing staff to assist Chrissy. Surman`s returnin` from Bournemouth as 1st choice GK, with Foxy and Wes as his bench-warmers. Becchio is to sell the Big Issue in St. Stephens, but has yet to be issued with his Motability Trolley and obligatory dog. All in good time.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • TK, I`ve had four attempts to reiterate my sincere thanks for your kind offer ethered. I really would love to see the game but cannot be sure I`ll be up to it on the day.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • The forecast is not so good for Saturday so it may well be that sitting in front of the radio is the best option. I have never managed to get the games on the pc, partly I suspect because I still use XP rather than windows 7 or 8. It is a long climb up the Jarrold as we sit very near the back row but have a good view of the penalty area, so not all bad.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • ''It is about faith and loyalty but lets be honest there isn’t any loyalty these days. You see people lose their job within two months.'' - Snodders sums it up perfectly, that is the whole problem and fans and directors alike are all guilty of this - too short sighted to see their negativity works against the team. I am a lone voice but have my tin hat on for protection, back Hughton he is up to the job.

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    Johny

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • If it's unwanted pressure your after, go out Saturday afternoon show a bit of passion and win a game of football. Simple's

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    alan

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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