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Saturday, January 18, 2014
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.
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.