Fans have mixed views on the future of Norwich City manager, despite win

Norwich Manager Chris Hughton before the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich against Hull City. Norwich Manager Chris Hughton before the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich against Hull City.

Saturday, January 18, 2014
6:44 PM

Norwich City fans were breathing a sigh of relief tonight after their team moved away from the Premier League drop zone after a 1-0 win against Hull City.

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But fans had mixed views on the future of manager Chris Hughton straight after the final whistle at Carrow Road.

The manager has been under intense pressure this week after a bad run of results that left the team two points off the Premier League drop zone and the team’s 3-0 loss to Fulham in a FA Cup third round replay.

Chief executive David McNally this week said that the manager’s brief was to stay out of the drop zone.

However, on an online poll before the match, 39pc of respondents (283 votes) said Chris Hughton should be sacked even if the Canaries beat Hull and 10pc (74 people) said the board should keep the faith with the manager if they won.

27pc voted (194 people) for Hughton to be sacked if Norwich lost and 13pc (93) said he should stay if they lost.

Paul Hudson, 17, of Norwich, who was waiting outside Carrow Road for autographs after the game, said: “I still want him [Hughton] out because I do not enjoy they football they play. We are 12th, but it is so tight down there and they have four tough matches at the end of the season and they have to be safe by then.”

However, Jake Ballard, 16, of Bungay, said Hughton deserved fans’ support: “I really enjoyed the game and we have to get behind the team and it is not positive to say Hughton should be sacked. I do not think he is long-term, but we have to get behind the team.”

Paul Clarke, from Costessey, said: “I still think we need a fresh change and there is not enough attacking football.”
Mick Copping, from Alpington, added that Hughton still had a lot to prove.

“He seems a nice bloke and they made a big effort today, but they lack a bit of guile. If he gets them to mid-table I do not think he is necessarily safe.”

Robbie Duvall from Brundall said the fans needed to stick with the current manager.

“If they had lost today, it would have been difficult, but I think they have to stick with him. It is fashionable to sack the manager, but we must remember when we were rubbish,” he said.

32 comments

  • A powerfully punched prize from the pate of a class defender who has been pushed into the second tier by Hughton, is an ironic reward for our dissembling ditherer. If Turner had been "fit", Ryan would have been bench warming.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • No comments from Townman this week......ohh Ipswich lost again ha ha ha ha

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    dave123

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • GPL - call it a dream, but there is no reason it could not be a reality with McNally as CEO driving an agressive business plan, including ground development, and bringing in balanced strong coaches. Need to set the bar high over a sensible period of time, and make the necessary adjustments to the business plan each year to keep it on track. After all we were ahead of the plan in getting back to the EPL.

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    MichiganCanary

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Posted this on another article earlier, but I strongly believe we need a change now in either manager or offensive coach. Like other days when we have played reasonably, we had quite a bit of possession, had over 20 shots, but only 3 on target, so we need someone who can get our strikers functioning correctly. All 4 have done well and scored goals at their prior clubs, but cannot score or get properly on target at NCFC. We need someone to give them confidence, get the midfield giving them the balls they need, and get them firing on target. If this happens we should not all be biting our nails for the rest of the season.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • I don't get where we as Norwich City fans think we are ever likely to be In a position of going out and tearing teams apart consistently in a league as tough as this. Every team in this league is filled with multi million pound players. We are holding our own and albeit, it is not pretty to watch sometimes but in the course of my work I watch other matches, today for instance I had to attend Palace v Stoke and I can tell you hear and now, that as a team, we are head and shoulders above both of them. When we play well we are probably about 10th best side in this league. Don't be deluded into thinking we are ever going to be capable of playing attractive football on a regular basis and continually pick up points. That will NEVER be the case, we simply cannot afford to assemble a team can do that like Man City or Chelsea can, they are offloading 8 million pound players who cant get a game for them. Chris Hughton has done an excellent job for us. I watch us play sometimes and think how bad we are and how we play then I just give myself a reality check and think, we are really punching above our weight in terms of finances and the size of club we are. We have players coming back from injury now and I really do think we will consolidate mid table in the next month or two, quite simply because we are better than teams around us, if you only saw those others on a more frequent basis the some more might agree but alas I am probably wasting breath

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    GPL

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • I'm pleased we won today and I was hoping people be happy with that, we are moving in the right direction and wll continue to with the return of some of the better players from injury. Redmand has blistering pace but has no end product, yet, I'm sure he will learn in time but at this time we need end product which we will get from Pilk's. Those who are still shouting for the manager to be sack should look at the bigger picture, life in not a soap opera, or a drama and they should get real. The style of football is not kick and rush it's more measured and with our better players it will improve. Hughton IN. As for the media, the same goes for them, report on what has happend and stop making up stories and minipulating the public.

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    parkeg1

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • As I phosphide it has come to pass.A win had been foreseen and the faithfully who know who they are,, will be singing praises and buying season tickets for next season.Such is the wheel of fortune Go forth and rejoice until the next lost game.,this is the word.

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    PaulH

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • GPL of course you are right. I have to admit that recently I was worried and wanted change. However for people here to say "clueless" maybe they are referring to themselves OTBC

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    sharky

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • OK we won.. 20+ shots at goal, that's like 300% more than we have done this season per game.. this is game 22 of 38, why was this.. well, Hull came and defended playing 5 4 1... who scored for us, a defender, we really saw the same old city, a center forward who will never score a waste of 8 million quid, was replaced on 80mins, when he should have come off when he banged his head, or the worse halftime, Hull shew nothing, they never had a decent counter attack, which allowed our midfield to step up ,even the commentator said we offered very little and should have won by 3 or 4 goals, but we struggled, got lucky got 3 points, sorry all you people who think one win is the start of finishing in the top 10, which Mr McNally said... now he's happy to keep out of bottom 3, it's hedging his bets.. we are still deep in trouble, so if you all trust Houdini Hughton' and McNally then I'm sorry to say, you're dreaming

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    OLDYELLA

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Delia is not deserving of that, che bramley. She`s a good ol` gal! Preston, I agree Ryan B`s form has been a tad patchy, but I think a proper run in the team might help. He is much quicker and more agile than Turner + he looks like he can pass a bit. Perhaps a regular partnership with him might help Big Bass regain form? Is CC`s job opportunity really the managership of North Walsham`s Cat Pottery, as widely rumoured in that Metropolis?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Sorry that should have been manipulating.

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    parkeg1

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Watched the game live in Spain on computer. Why bring on Pilkington when we needed pace to take on their defence. Don't like Houghtons selections. Still no Hoolahan to unlock defences.

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    Barry from Spain

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Good 3 points yesterday with a better performance but not so good that I would go overboard on it. The challenge for the club now is to put together a run of results that shows some consistency. Newcastle will be a very different game. We have not this season won 2 games back to back so surely this has to be an objective at the moment. We have had back to back defeats on 3 occasions this season and consecutive draws on 1 occasion. GPL.... At the end of the day it is not about looking at what we do or don't have but making the most of what we do have. A lot of people deep down don't feel we are doing this at the moment.

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    NICEONE

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • More than clueless Che. I am surprised you have the intelligence to start your computer up.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Michigan I would love to share that optimism but I have it as a dream because money talks and everytime we throw 8 million the bigger clubs will throw 30 million at players. Our standard of players is improving there is no doubt. We have 3 class players in Howson Fer and Ruddy. The others are what we can afford for now. CH is building bit by bit and will keep us up every year. He has the experience and the know how but all this calling for him to be sacked even when we win is counter productive and I will tell you why. You will notice that every time he needs a performance and a result, the players give it to him, quite simply because they obviously don't want to see him leave. What happens when they continually produce a performance for Hughton and they then hear the fans belittling their efforts. It will demoralise their confidence. They start to think Yes I want to play for the manager but do I really want to play for these fans because they don't appreciate anything we do for them. That then spills to the press and other players reading it that we might target in the transfer market think to themselves, I don't wanna go there - The fans who wanted us to lose to get Chris Hughton sacked should be ashamed of themselves. If we sack Chris Hughton, I guarantee you that he won't be short of offers the next time a Premier club sacks their manager. His style of play is often not pretty but he collates the points which earns us the millions by staying in the Premiership and the style has got better because we defended against everyone last year. Now teams defend against us

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    GPL

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Although im very happy we managed to secure 3 points the substitutions in the game by hughton were ridiculous. Should have brought on redmond and hoolahan instead he went for pilks fresh from injury and becchio. Clueless

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    JonnyBeGood

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Looks like che bramley was retro-deleted for that crass remark about Delia, thereby rendering the comments of DaveG, Erpingham Tractor and me meaningless! Why wasn`t it blocked in the first place? Interesting that the euphemistic Erse vulgar slang for the "F-word" got through the Moderator`s guard.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • We are not limping along in the slightest. We are 12th in one of the toughest leagues in the world and CH is helping to earn millions for our club by keeping us a Premiership team Yes we would all like to be entertained and playing beautiful football but beautiful football doesn't necessarily win matches. Swansea have been in the Premiership for same number of years and have been above us for such a long time but they are in fact a point worse off than us as things stand, so we are progressing. Not at the rate that people are demanding because the timescale they are demanding improvement at is unattainable at this level with our budget in comparison to others.

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    GPL

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • If you trust Mc Nally then you have to trust his views and faith in CH, you cant choose the parts you trust in him which tickles your ears. He has faith in Hughton and so do I

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    GPL

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • GPL you are 100% correct.

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    David Fulcher

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

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    Jake Wilkie

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Paul H. I confess I had to look up 'phosphide', I did however find this definition: 'In chemistry, a phosphide is a compound of phosphorus with a less electronegative element or elements. Binary compounds are formed with the majority of less electronegative elements with the exception of Hg, Pb, Sb, Bi, Te, Po.[1] Typically there are a range of stoichiometries with each element; for example, potassium has nine phosphides (K3P, K4P3, K5P4, KP, K4P6, K3P7, K3P11, KP10.3, KP15) and nickel has eight (Ni3P, Ni5P2, Ni12P5, Ni2P, Ni5P4, NiP, NiP2, NiP3).[1] I wonder, if indeed, Hughton is adopting this formation, would it explain why no one has an earthly idea of what he's doing.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Clueless Che, Without Delia, we have ceased to exist years ago. She is willing to sell to improve the club she loves. Please get on with your home work now

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    DaveG

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • nice one gpl.

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    bluelight

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • I think that it is true that many fans at other clubs have the same complaints as us, which only shows that there has been a drop in standards in the PL. MB, to be honest Bennett, like Bassong and Turner has been very patchy in his form. I agree with you Michigan about the offensive coach, but I cannot see it happening unless Calderwood takes this other job that he has been linked to. Personally, I hope he does because Hughton needs an alternative voice to challenge him.

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    Preston Canary

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Michigan, I totally agree with you. Think small and you will remain so. There is no reason at all that N City cannot grow. As you say all the so called big clubs were not always so. Only Arsenal have never left the top flight. As for GPL and his comments. He or she is surely related to CH in some way. " Every time he needs a performance " is a classic turn of phrase. I would have thought that the need for a performance is every single week. Teams defend against N City ?? Come on GPL , own up . You are related to CH.

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    stormy

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • GPL you seem to be happy to continue to limp along season after season, if we survive this year, in the Premiership. Trust in Mc Nally has nothing to do with it. The cold facts are staring you in the face. After three seasons in the Premiership we are again facing a relegation struggle. To succeed in business, MacNally stated that NCity are in the entertainment business,the business must have investment and growth. The investment comes from being in the Premiership. City are debt free ,not from the boards business acumen, but due to the many millions received annually. As for CH . Doing well? I do not think so. Again look at the facts . One win in eight games? There is no reason at all why N City cannot grow with ambitious people in charge.

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    stormy

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Michigan. If you trust Mc nally as CEO as you say you do then you must trust his view on Chris Hughton as well. You can't choose the decisions you make which tickles your ears and reject the ones on CH. We can grow as a side but he has told you we need to stay in the Premiership to continually earn money bit by bit and that's when we can afford better players. Its like buying an expensive car. Some people can afford to go out and pay cash. Others need to save up for it bit by bit and we are the bit by bit category. Mc Nally trusts CH to keep us up so if you trust Mc Nally then you need to trust CH to keep earning us the money year after year that will slowly but surely earn us the money to assemble a team that will take us to where you and I want us to be. Our problem was the rapid rise 2 divisions in 2 years. The fans got use to rapid progress but the hurdles we need to get over are bigger hurdles and that is fust because this league is so much tougher. For this reason the progress in the coming years will be slower than it was when we climbed from League 1 but CH and McNally are the best placed to take us there because they will not over extend us but instead will help is to grow at a sensible and stable pace

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    GPL

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Papering over cracks is an old adage, but it suits us admirably. Three very welcome points against a very poor Hull side is a double edged sword, because it means we keep Hughton and his cronies for a while yet. Same old, same old, with forwards who can't hit a barn door if they are standing on it , no flair, no finesse, and late like for like substitutions that added absolutely nothing. lyb, willb, and GPL and the rest of the happy clappers are somewhat deluded if they seriously think we are ever going to progess forward until we rid ourselves of Hughton and co.

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    oldtimer

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Watched the game live in Spain on computer. Why bring on Pilkington when we needed pace to take on their defence. Don't like Houghtons selections. Still no Hoolahan to unlock defences.

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    Barry from Spain

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Could the EDP only find a 17 and 16 year old to talk to?

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    PaulWho

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • I disagree with those he say we cannot be a top team. Although NCFC is not in the same financial status as the current top clubs, these clubs have not always been in that position. As NCFC improves, as we all hope it will, maybe we will look attractive to additional investors to take us to the next level. I don't see any reason why we could not grow, even under the current ownership, to the same standardperformance of football as Everton, Tottenham, Southampton, Newcastle, etc. as they are performing this season, on an ongoing basis, and even beyond with sensible investment and by bringing on our youth team players. Maybe this could be better achieved by paying top salaries to top coaches, as opposed to buying many expensive star players and paying them top salaries. We are already seeing more of this from the top clubs, let's see an aggressive NCFC business plan to do even more of this. As supporters, let's set high expectations for our Football Club.

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    MichiganCanary

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

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