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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Chris Hughton admitted his biggest challenge at Carrow Road will be to continue Norwich City’s progress – while doing more than simply changing the voice at Colney.
The new Canaries boss started pre-season training with his squad this week, ahead of their training camp in Austria and City’s first friendly against Hertha Berlin at Gleisdorf in 10 days’ time.
After successive promotions and Premier League survival, Hughton is well aware of the boots he has to fill in predecessor Paul Lambert – as well as taking charge of a Norwich squad new Aston Villa manager effectively built in his own image.
So getting his new players working under his instruction – as well as improving what he has available – will be key to securing a third Premier League term.
“It will be my responsibility to certainly try to sustain everything that’s good that we have, but I would like to add to the squad because I think that’s natural and I have the funds to be able to do that,” said Hughton.
“You take the option that you keep everything that’s good, you keep everything the same and just change the voice – or you try to improve the squad you’ve got.
“I think we’ve got a responsibility to the club to try to improve the squad we’ve got, and not detract too much away from what’s been good over the last few seasons.
“I have to assess what I have and the only way you can do that is by what you saw last season and the videos you’ve watched, and perhaps most importantly the assessments we make over the next few weeks.”
While City’s transfer budget ahead of the new season may be dwarfed by the Premier League’s leading clubs, it still represents a better situation than what was dealt to Hughton last term – having to work under a transfer embargo at crisis-hit Birmingham City.
“It’s nice to be in a position where there is money to spend,” Hughton told BBC Five Live. “Certainly there aren’t the funds that have been spoken about (in the media) but it’s a nice position to be in.
“But when you’re a manager, there are different types of management.
“Sometimes it’s one where the facilities are better, sometimes you’ve got more to spend and sometimes you have to work round it. It’s a different type of management and you have to be able to do it. You have to be able to adapt with the facilities that you have.”
Hughton added: “It’s been an outstanding period for the club and my responsibility is to try to sustain the good work Paul and the club has been able to do over the last few seasons.”