Chris Hughton ignoring questions over his future to help secure Norwich City’s own Premier League status

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton looks dejected at the end of their defeat at West Ham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Norwich City manager Chris Hughton looks dejected at the end of their defeat at West Ham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Thursday, February 20, 2014
4:54 PM

The bookmakers may have Chris Hughton as favourite to be the next Premier League boss to lose his job, but the man himself only has eyes on a successful conclusion to Norwich City’s own survival battle.

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City have won one of their last 11 Premier League games and could find themselves in the bottom three before they host Tottenham at Carrow Road on Sunday afternoon.

The four teams currently below City in the Premier League table have already changed manager this season – Fulham have done so twice. Yet City are far from losing control of their own Premier League destiny, and Hughton has full focus on delivering that from a Canaries squad he has built over two seasons.

“There are going to be periods where results are going better at other times, that has been shown with clubs that are in the bottom three who at another stage are not,” said Hughton, while visiting Railway Children – the King’s Cross charity who will see their logo carried on the front of City’s shirts against Tottenham in place of Aviva.

“In a division where a three-point win can see you move up, you have to keep focused and ours will be on winning as many games as we can.

“If we are able to maintain the standard of our play over the last three games, then we will certainly give ourselves every chance.”

Hughton added: “We are going into the last 12 games of the season and it is a great challenge for us, as it is for another eight or nine teams around us, and we have got to make sure we really look forwards to that challenge.

“You have to look forwards to the next game and make sure that is the best opportunity to get points, so we will continue to do that and our best opportunity is a home game against Tottenham.

“The areas where we have found it difficult is getting those goals which we have needed. But I don’t think anybody seeing us in the last three games would fault our endeavour in trying to get the wins.”

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  • The comments that appear on these pages are sometimes fellow writers have a pop at each other. Lets face it, Hughton will not be sacked, there is no replacement. So lets all get behind the Manager and team and wish them the best for the next two games, as they will probably decide the Canaries fate,

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    Derek McDonald

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Charity and patriotism. The ideal cover. Often favoured by scoundrels.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • If you cant score (and further more, score often) then you are doomed to relegation. Scoring from open play has been an issue throughout the entire Hughton era. Last year we were saved by a 10 game unbeaten streak consisting mainly of draws and the odd win thanx to a goal from a set play. This year we cant even score from a set play and have struggled. Problems are there, just need addressing....and soon.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • ….or even a chat!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • powelld123 - the comments here are not insulting. Have another read. Hughton OUT.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Has anyone noticed that as well as us possibly getting relegated. Those down the road could get promoted via the play offs!

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    pug

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Does anyone actually care what this man has to say anymore??? I started reading the article and fell into a coma from share boredom and tedium. I'm suprised any of the players are able to remain awake during training. Or is it just Snodgrass running around like a headless chicken by himself while everyone else snores away.

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    Burglecut

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Brew, I think Hooper was always the main target for CH but for a while Celtic were not prepared to sell, hence we purchased our second target only to see Celtic change their mind. I wonder if this was the reason why a decent target man was not acquired back in the summer, we did bring in Elmander but he has not quite worked out. Mind you that deficiency should still have been resolved over the new year transfer window.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Lincs - I know you are hot on the stats and this may be an impossible ask. Have you any figures of the financial implication of being relegated ? We know Bolton lost £55m in the first year down. However since then we have an improved tv deal and also Bolton are paying interest on a previous £110m debt. Any ideas ?

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • It really is annoying for a really bad piece of comment to be rejected ; or slowed up for no reason; when there is no foul language , clear insults etc . Why do so many comments get stuffed b

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Stormy, I think the majority of Norwich fans are fantastic and turn up day in day out however the current management and playing staff who represent Norwich on the pitch have disappointed at times this season but there is still plenty to play for and having an outlook of bleakness isn’t going to help at all.

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    George Kershaw

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • "Heart - Head - McNally". Non sequiturs surely? "Stash - Status - Sinecure", maybe? Machianalli will be OK. Already is.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Will somebody please explain to powelld123 that the vitriol written on theses pages is fully justified.If Hughton was a nice man he would have realised that he as way out of his depth and resigned long ago. Instead he clings on, wrecking the good name of this club, ruining what were essentially good players with his ridiculous methods and tactics. Don't even get me started on his treatment of Becchio and Hoolahan, or his persistence with using a failing Snodgrass on the right which will inevitably finish up in a dead end. Then of course, we have the problem of late, like for like substitutions which have achieved absolutely nothing, not to mention setting up formations that are totally stupid (4-4-2 against Everton who haven't lost at home since the last world war).If you need futher proof powelld123, look at the stats..... goals scored????? hmmm, goals against????? hmmm, 1 win in the last 11 games is relgation form. He has alienated virtually every true fan and 99% will sing long and loud when McNally finally wises up and gets rid of him and his useless coaches. Need any more proof?

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    oldtimer

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • On Blair (Tony); `Mr.Osama bin-Laden` is an anagram of `Mad nose-man Blair.` Well, did you ever see them in the same room at the same time? Came up with that about 10 years ago while writing a poem about Pinocchio. He was made out of wood and nearly got converted into a bench for Poor Becchio. Blair`s nose is regularly `cropped` and used to build features at Bewilderwood.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Does anyone actually care what this man has to say anymore??? I started reading the article and fell into a coma from share boredom and tedium. I'm suprised any of the players are able to remain awake during training. Or is it just Snodgrass running around like a headless chicken by himself while everyone else snores away.

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    Burglecut

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Oldtimer you sound how I personally feel inside. I along with a majority of fans feel your pain. Theres different scales on the views regarding Hughton, whether they be mindless "get him out" with out actual reason (you can imagine the sort), or more thought out opinion capable of debate. For the majority though it all boils down to the same opinion regardless how its put across or thought up. People seem happy to accept far less than even average just for the sake of being nice. McNally said it himself though, Hughton hasnt achieved the boards desire of progression and its been made crystal clear to him results must improve regardless of how close the table is. Keep saying it, we as a club are capable of so much more? Why some fans seem quite happy to accept looking relegation straight in the eye constantly I just dont know. We have a passionate loyal fan base who still turn up in our 1000's regardless what league were in or however many miles we have to travel to even the closest away game. We now have a talented squad who surely as a combine costs the most we've ever had, an with the correct manager were so close to actually pushing on becoming a safe midtable side the board stated they want us to be. Look at Southampton. Surely they are the best example of what getting the right manager can do. There fans were up in arms when they dismissed Adkins who was doing an ok-ish job at the time in favour of a guy who (still) cant speak english. Changed there style of play, spent some similar money to NCFC and they have flourished as a result. Obviously there is horror stories of what getting the wrong manager can do. The board have got some huge decisions to make depending how the next few games go as surely Hughton cant keep just avoiding the chop when it matters forever and ever. Hopefully they adopt the same quote as when they appointed Lambert. No shortlists, Aim as high as we can, establish the no1 target and we go get him. Of course Hughton could always stun us by turning that elusive corner, the players finally gel and all the other positive PR the spin doctors give us after each morale crushing loss or poor performance happens.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Oh p- lease, not again. On Monday, we (collectively) were accused of racism without a shred of evidence to back it up. Yesterday, I was blanked by Archie when I said something about Neil Lennon and the dearth of English talent on the field and in the dug out - obviously xenophobic. This morning my comments about "gilets" fared no better - I suppose Archie thought the LGBT community might be miffed. And now Powell says we're too personal. NO WE ARE NOT. At no time on any of these boards has anyone said anything of a personal nature about CH. in fact most are agreed that away from football he's a decent bloke and I'm sure his wife and 4 children are delightful too. Incidentally, CH is 55 and his youngest son has played in the football league. I'm sure his entire family are grown up enough to understand that as a PL manager he is in the spotlight for 9 months of the year, and as such he has to suffer the slings and arrows of outraged fans when things are bad and the plaudits and backslapping from joyous fans when times are good. Fans pay a lot of money to support their team which earns them the right to express opinions, and managers receive a lot of that money to put up with it. When and if Hughton leaves the club, I will be pleased but I will not bear him any ill will because it will do nothing to restore the fortunes of our club. To date, no boundaries have been crossed as far as I know. If they are, I will be one of the first to condemn the culprits.

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    Barking Wise

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • A record medal haul in this year's winter Olympics: Brewer surprised everyone by entering the Marathon and beat the favourite, Mattias, to take Gold; El Dingo upset the odds in the half-baked tricks event taking silver (the "radio under the stairs" boosted his points tally for technical merit while Brewer failed to get on to the podium at all because he failed to decline the plural of "illegitimae"); GK narrowly beat Derek to a Bronze in the rose-tinted goggles event, despite being warned for his language half way down the piste. If that weren't enough we're hoping for a clean sweep of medals in the downhill on Sunday afternoon with the smart money on Crouton, Bewilderwood and Dollop to take gold, silver and bronze respectively. Eddie the Eagle McNe're-do-well is due to give a press conference on Monday, so that should be worth staying up for. Fine fun indeed. Slimme Lul.

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    Barking Wise

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Blunt & too the point but 110% fact Stormy and do agree. The fans are the one constant who is always there for this club. Managers and players come and go, thats life. Its a results based business and while it be lovely to have 1 manager over a 10 year period an win the champions league, its just not going to happen in this day and age. Fingers crossed we can find a way of getting more points than the ones most of us agree we will achieve. I still see 36 points at most. Hope im wrong.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Matt, I think you'll find that Craig Pawson is a 34 year old ref from South Yorkshire who was appointed to the immodestly named "Select Group" last year. His first PL game was at Swansea last March. He's been refereeing since 1993. This means he first got a taste for whistle blowing when he was only 14 years old.......when all his mates at school were out stealing bicycles. How sad is that? It takes all sorts, eh?....or as Craig would say "There's now't like folk". Norwich is closer to Sheffield than Tottenham, so it bodes well for Sunday. It's P.O.E.T.S. day today Matt, so enjoy your weekend (at least up until 5 pm on Sunday). I shall await your pearls of wisdom on Monday morning after that press conference.

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    Barking Wise

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Keep reading comments about " Standing behind the team ". What excatly does this mean? To attend matches, home and away, at great expense to shout , cheer and sing OTBC a lot ??? This has been happening all season. The response from the highly paid professionals? Nothing. Pathetic management and poor inept play from a substandard team. If only they had the same desire and strength of the supporters . So please,no more " Behind the manager and team " nonsense. The survival of Premiership footbal lies in the hands of the manager and team. The outlook is bleak.

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    stormy

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Did I miss the bit in the article where he explained why he made his pointless substitutions at West Ham which left us pointless?

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    waclor

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Ta, el dingo. The penny`s dropped! 1984, Winston Smith, Doublespeak, Newspeak etc (though I do sometimes get that one confused with Brave New World). I entered an EDP contest once which simply (well, it would be simple, wouldn`t it?) asked for the real name of George Orwell. In order to draw attention to my entry, probably one of `000s of correct ones, I made a postcard using the picture of Winston Smith being watched over by Big Brother. Taken from a hard-back copy I`ve had for about 40 years. I hope The Ministry of Truth lets this one through.... Btw, I didn`t win. My entry was returned as `Inaccurate` ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Archie, you are a pig ignorant philistine and I loathe you.

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    Barking Wise

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • by the look of that photo i thought he had allready got the sack.

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    bluelight

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Steely Dan, I have posted some stats on the "Day 5" board

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Also reference LincsCan`s comment on Financial Fair Play. I would like to see a synopsis of just how these rules are meant to work, their objectives etc. I`ve never seen anything much about them in print. Cue an erudite review and forensic analysis by one of Archie`s Senior Writers? In Mattispeak; Hahaha. Like Steely, I believe we would get a better piece from Lincs Canary. I doubt the likes of Chelsea and ManC will need to worry too much about these rules. They will have got their lawyers on the case long ago, and identified ways of bullying their way straight through them. Or around them - Footy`s version of the archetypically useless Maginot Line. I believe there is already a mechanism in process involving buying into foreign clubs, but I know no detail. C`mon Archie. We know you have a team of high-powered investigative journos somewhere. Get `em out of the Woolpack, drain down the Pinot Grigio residues, and get some work out of them! el dingo, my turn for the dunce`s hat - I don`t get your `radio under the stairs` comment. Paradoxical, isn`t it - by being obtuse I get to wear acute hat. It seems Barking Wijs has been suffering the serially senseless sententiousness of Archie too. It was dire yesterday. My e-mail`s Inbox was full of returned gifts of love. Cruelly and falsely rejected as `duplicate`, `other` or, most cruelly of all `Inaccurate`. Pot\kettle\black, Archibald. Mind you, in one of the rejects I had commented on the high quality of The Padster`s writing, so Fair Cop, Guv. Nil illegitimus carborundum, Wijs. Je vriend, Gek. PS. Olly G`s still a babe!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Is powelld123 just dave123 in another malformation? Similar banality.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Ah, maybe its just me. I find something chivalrous in the idea we stand firm behind someone who tries and tries hard, even when it doesn't work. I get angry and frustrated too at the performance sometimes, but I do think there's more to the failures this season that a few bad choices by CH. I think we are seriously outgunned, and need to spend wisely but offer more to a star player or two. I've said before we need a physically big player up front (I was at the West Ham game and it was blindingly obvious) but who's available that would want to come? Maybe CH is facing some of the same difficulties internally that Lambert had, and cannot navigate that successfully.

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    powelld123

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Hughton should have gone when we got beat by Man city 7-0 but he didn’t and he looks to be here until we drop into the bottom 3 or at the end of season if we are relegated. So you are allowed to be sick and tired of others trying to be positive and hopeful but you can’t be fed up of others droning on about how bad the team and management are?!? Is turning up, paying your money and not booing justification for such dull negativity. Hopefully the spirit we had against Man city at home will continue on Sunday and for the next couple of months however our goals for needs to improve fast.

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    George Kershaw

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • "Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest". No, not you, Matt, we're all agreed that despite your estimable virtue, you are not a priest. No, this was Henry II, mouthing off about the Archbishop of Canterbury after he had ex-communicated a few of Henry's favourites. Unfortunately, this was in earshot of 4 hotheaded knights who rode off to commit "Murder in the Cathedral". So maybe, just maybe, if we all echo those infamous words a bit louder, then the Marquis McNally, Baron Bowkett, the Worshipful Wynn Jones and the Duchess of Delia will rides their steeds into the "press-btery" conference of Carrow Cathedral on Monday with sabres drawn and slay the man who ex-communicated Archbishop Becchio and His Holiness Hoolahan and extinguished any chance of a long and happy reign in the Kingdom of the Premier League...........Torturous but different.

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    Barking Wise

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • I am sick and tired of the comment "let's get behind the manager and team" from the likes of DMcD. I get behind my team every single game, am not given to booing them, spend my hard earned money and I support them financially and vocally. Please stop trying the old c**p about negativity, because the biggest sort of negativity is Hughton and what he has brought to this club. Get behind my team, I have done for years, and will continue to do so. Get behind Hughton? never in a million years

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    oldtimer

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Gosh, seeing the same bitter, acerbic comments by the same people on here. Might be nice to remember his kids might see some of the very personal and insulting comments you make, before you go ahead and make them.

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    powelld123

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • It's Orwellian, Brew. You mentioned cynical politicians. In Animal Farm it was like, er, forbidden to listen to any anti-Party comment. Bit like Blairism really. Check out The Clash - English Civil War. Puts it in context.

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Blimey Brewer, we've got a radio under the stairs:)

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • No, not Dave123, just a fan a bit fed up with seeing the constant trashing. Just because there are about 102 keys on a keyboard doesn't mean they all have to be pressed, but pressed they all seem to be sometimes with the vitriol often expressed. How about a bit of positive spin - maybe we stay up this season, get a different manager, and we can wish Hughton all the best and part as gents?

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    powelld123

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • TK, I remember Gary Doherty being used in that role under Worthington(?). Like you, I wouldn`t use Ryan B, as it would interrupt his development into a quality CB. Then, the other two might be uneasy too, because of their International roles? Then again, NCFC pay their wages. Good `out of the box thinking`, TK. But as you say, Hughton`s had ample time to correct the deficiency before it manifested itself. I fear a dangerous brew of negligence and incompetence is in play. Was there no thought given about how to best use Hooper & RvW? Spent long enough chasing them and a lot of money buying them. Hooper`s OK, but I fear for poor Wolfie. After all that local media hype (Norwich City`s club-record signing, ad nauseum), we`ll be lucky to get any money back, and RvW`s career will have been given a severe setback. Bad times. we need a miracle to escape the drop, then a quasi-Messiah figure to get us going again. Bring on Pa &Stew. The new `Clough-Taylor partnership`. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • I think I would have some respect if he came out and told the truth..... " The season has been a huge disappointment. We have made many mistakes . 1 win in 11 games is relegation form and is not acceptable. I am working hard to impress upon the players that the object of the game is to score more goals than the opposition. " Something like that.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Endeavour and good play won't keep us up unless goals are added. Can Hughton do anything to improve our goalscoring, either tactically or by working with players in training to improve technique and confidence? The fact he hasn't managed it so far would suggest he doesn't have the skills required to solve the problem.

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    Colin

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Wrote something earnest and inoffensive in response to Powell 123 but clearly not earnest or inoffensive enough for Antiseptic Archie. Oh well, who cares? Brewer said it better than me anyway. I shall content myself with a pat on the back for Tom the Taxi whose comment about the meatless Macdonalds was right up there.

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    Barking Wise

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Powell, thing is the supporters would of loved him to suceed but it hasnt worked out for various reasons. However he doesnt help himself with his baffling subs, lack of making changes to tactics during a game when it is obvious nothing is going well and failure to play different players. I'd agree 1 or 2 comments get personal but its to be expected because we are all so frustrated as the players should be good enough but dont seem to of gelled. Its not keyboard warriors its passionate fans who most would easily meet a Hughton supporter in a pub and share a pint with each other and discuss our different views. There are some Hughton inners who have laid out plenty of accusations to the outers, from being a non loyal supporter to trying to blame racism !!.

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    Jimhow

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • I fear that many players (and their agents) will be more interested in planning escape routes now.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • City could be in the bottom three before Sunday - would that mean that Hughton will be sacked prior to the game on Sunday as part of the pre match entertainment. Either way McNally will have to sport his dancing shoes to get out of a tricky situation after the weekend results sees us in the relegation area.

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    VictorM

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • And perhaps Mr McNally should exercise the plain talking muscle too with... " I am well paid to be Chief Executive of Norwich City Football Club. Last year I took £1,600,000 out of the club in remuneration. With that job title and that salary comes great responsibility. With that responsibility also comes accountability. If I do not procure the performance then I expect to be held accountable". Something like that.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • The photo suggests that the seagull has just dropped the Mcdonalds with the meat missing!!

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    tom the taxi

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • …..Well I think he's had enough, and is just going through the motions!....Sad as it is for all concerned, he was NOT the man for this particular job.... I think he has tried, but like many of us, he soon realised that he was never going to make it!....He has hung on for the pay cheque!....as any sensible man would do, for himself, his wife and family.....Regrettably Norwich City Football Club will take a long time to recover from this drawn out fiasco!....Mr McNally!, I did not put you down as a ditherer, but on this occasion it seems you have let your heart rule your head!....Please! for so many of us, 'Bite the Bullet'!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • "Acerbic"- adjective- "sharp, focused ,forthright." Thank you. Critical comments yes, perhaps. But nothing of a personal nature nor insulting. Mr Hughton is not above criticism for failing to do the job he is paid, well paid, to do.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • On Blair (Tony); `Mr.Osama bin-Laden` is an anagram of `Mad nose-man Blair.` Well, did you ever see them in the same room at the same time? Came up with that about 10 years ago while writing a poem about Pinocchio. He was made out of wood and nearly got converted into a bench for Poor Becchio. Blair`s nose is regularly `cropped` and used to build features at Bewilderwood.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Stormy, I think the majority of Norwich fans are fantastic and turn up day in day out however the current management and playing staff who represent Norwich on the pitch have disappointed at times this season but there is still plenty to play for and having an outlook of bleakness isn’t going to help at all.

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    George Kershaw

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Exactermondo 'jigs69'

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • powelld123, I am sure there are many adequate target men out there if only the club could be bothered to look. One we could have had back in the summer was Carlton Cole as he was released by West Ham but following the injury to Carroll they then ultimately resigned him. One thing is for sure, the £8.5 million we paid for RVW would have found a good one somewhere on the globe. I even wonder if one of our centre backs might do a decent job up there, put Bennett back into defence and try either Bassong or Yobo, now that is thinking outside the (penalty) Bob.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • And you actually printed that one, you moron, but you failed to print the stuff which was actually worth reading. Perhaps you enjoy the ab*se, you weirdo. When CH relocates, perhaps you could relocate with him and take your sh**ty little newspaper with you. There, dare you to print that, you f**kwit.

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    Barking Wise

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Perhaps those nutritionists trained that seagull to remove the most toxic bit of the MacDonald`s object before delivering it to Chrissy by Air Mail? Also, they must be treating RvW like a veal calf, or regularly using trained leeches to drain the blood out of the poor kid. The psychologists must be concentrating on locating each player`s psyche prior to excising it.(Psyche; Greek - `breath, life, soul). If Machinalli is gambling on us getting away with it until he can unload Hughton`s Hordes gratis, that`s a big gamble. I have to believe that the bloke is so hard-nosed he knows what he`s doing. Unless even he was duped by the `Nice man` illusion?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Brew, I think Hooper was always the main target for CH but for a while Celtic were not prepared to sell, hence we purchased our second target only to see Celtic change their mind. I wonder if this was the reason why a decent target man was not acquired back in the summer, we did bring in Elmander but he has not quite worked out. Mind you that deficiency should still have been resolved over the new year transfer window.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • I am with pug in that "those down the road" coming up to replace us via play offs is a niggle, although distant for now. Bright sides to that is at least we wont have to play them, they will unlikely do any better (McCarthy their manager, dour man, boring football - ideal replacements in fact) and their finances look unsteady even with Prem money to come. £72m in debt to owner and the new fairplay rules require break even in three years (as I understand the rules). What about Man C and Chelsea etc? There is going to be some creative accounting because I can't see them living with "fairplay".

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • I am sick and tired of the comment "let's get behind the manager and team" from the likes of DMcD. I get behind my team every single game, am not given to booing them, spend my hard earned money and I support them financially and vocally. Please stop trying the old c**p about negativity, because the biggest sort of negativity is Hughton and what he has brought to this club. Get behind my team, I have done for years, and will continue to do so. Get behind Hughton? never in a million years

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    oldtimer

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • the tractors wont get promoted as long as they have a hole in their exhaust pipe.

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    bluelight

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Stubborn, pig headed, self opinionated utterly useless and totally deluded about his own ability. When will this nightmare end?

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    oldtimer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • …Look at that photograph!.. The picture of a trapped dejected man...I ask you all to look at yourselves, and imagine you were working in a job that was too big for you....you know that being in the spotlight gives you no hiding place....many have decided to let you know their feelings ,and most are not pleasant, and a minority are hurtful....You haven't the courage to walk away, because of the money involved of both you and your backing team.... Hope and prey that the decision will be made for you!!!!...Back to you Mr McNally.....Have an in depth caht and take the action required.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Half right. Eatanswill now permitted, but what the D!ckens happened to Charles? Pathetic.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Well Steely it will start with a mass exodus of players... and my personal nightmare is it remains cheaper to keep Hughton and crew for one more season than to dismiss them. I have no means of knowing it's true but I'm told the "Hughton entourage", who come as a package, is well into double figures ie it's not just him Bewilderwood and Tripe but pyschologists, nutritionists, etc. What any psychologist has achieved I seriously question. "Hello, Samaritans, my name is Colin..."

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Hard to see Hughton surviving unless something exceptional has been happening in training for the last 2 weeks. Still think with a new hand on the tiller the players are good enough to survive. If relegation happens take comfort from how since we first made it to the top flight in 1972 we have competed at the highest level in 57.14% of the subsequent seasons. Not bad for a club of modest means. Remember how Ron Saunders led us to the promised land with a team built on solid defence. John Bond took over and laid the foundations for a period when NCFC were renowned for flair and style. Similarly CH has built a team on defence (delete solid). Get the next appointment right and history could repeat itself. (PS, ITFC have spent just 45.23% of their time since72 in the top flight so our occasional "guests" on these boards need to be indulged rather than suffered).

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Oldtimer you sound how I personally feel inside. I along with a majority of fans feel your pain. Theres different scales on the views regarding Hughton, whether they be mindless "get him out" with out actual reason (you can imagine the sort), or more thought out opinion capable of debate. For the majority though it all boils down to the same opinion regardless how its put across or thought up. People seem happy to accept far less than even average just for the sake of being nice. McNally said it himself though, Hughton hasnt achieved the boards desire of progression and its been made crystal clear to him results must improve regardless of how close the table is. Keep saying it, we as a club are capable of so much more? Why some fans seem quite happy to accept looking relegation straight in the eye constantly I just dont know. We have a passionate loyal fan base who still turn up in our 1000's regardless what league were in or however many miles we have to travel to even the closest away game. We now have a talented squad who surely as a combine costs the most we've ever had, an with the correct manager were so close to actually pushing on becoming a safe midtable side the board stated they want us to be. Look at Southampton. Surely they are the best example of what getting the right manager can do. There fans were up in arms when they dismissed Adkins who was doing an ok-ish job at the time in favour of a guy who (still) cant speak english. Changed there style of play, spent some similar money to NCFC and they have flourished as a result. Obviously there is horror stories of what getting the wrong manager can do. The board have got some huge decisions to make depending how the next few games go as surely Hughton cant keep just avoiding the chop when it matters forever and ever. Hopefully they adopt the same quote as when they appointed Lambert. No shortlists, Aim as high as we can, establish the no1 target and we go get him. Of course Hughton could always stun us by turning that elusive corner, the players finally gel and all the other positive PR the spin doctors give us after each morale crushing loss or poor performance happens.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Not only is he awake, Budgie, but the censor's sensors are displaying a keen sense of censorial sensitivity.

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    Barking Wise

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Hey-ho. Perhaps `dystop!c` IS an offensive word? Over to you, Barking Wijs. The baton awaits. Gek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • That`ll do Powell, nothing personal. Sorry for mis-identification; I received some pretty vitriolic stuff from a certain dave123 for a while, and there is an overlap in names. Yes, we should wave goodbye to Hughton with no lingering feelings of ill will. But the guy does trade very heavily on the `nice man` ticket. That his kids might see comments is a bit nonsensical. Hughton is, what, 55-ish? His kids will be adults by now, surely? Or maybe not. Slushy sentimentality is as bad as off-pat patriotism and cheesy charity. `Spin` is the tool of cynical politicians and marketing men. Easy trap for the gullible to fall into. Beware!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Just did a google search of Referee Craig Pawson and what image comes up? A picture of Grant Holt getting either a yellow or red card from him in a NCFC shirt. Awkward.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Do you know, Archie rejects references to Charles D!ckens in general and `Eatanswill` in particular. Weird, eh?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • TrevorKeith, I think your exactly right in the HooperRVW scenario. I think the club pulled the trigger too quickly on securing RVW, then got Hooper, but had then blown available funds. RVW just doesn't seem strong enough up front, Hooper was out for too long and we are where we are. Last 3 matches we mostly seem premiership level defence and midfield, but championship, and dare I say League one up front. I do think CH is constrained with too few options - I read and read again the frustrations with Becchio and Wes not being played, but really cant believe that someone wouldn't play their best options out of spite or stupidity at this level. With the run in, I think we were nearly right for most of the West Ham games layout, but we need to be more daring with strike options. I also still think that attracting real talent, with our location and pay offerings is a major issue.

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    powelld123

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • GK, what you say is true and fo most of us, the football is just as exciting in the lower leagues, that does not mean we want to go there without a fight. I was there supporting the team in Division one and enjoyed most if not all of the games. However, I see this site as a medium for discussing the team and tactics with fellow supporters, I do not boo at games and clap the team off even after defeats.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • I forgot to congratulate Chrissy on his self-sacrifice. He is concentrating on helping NCFC secure its own Premier League status. Way outside what he`s paid to do. What a Hero. Nailed-on Hall of Famer. Move over, Barry Butler.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Well Powelld123, he could always resign to put a stop to acerbic comments.

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    waclor

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • If we maintain the standard of the last three games it means we will get one point from the next nine and we will be deep in the mire - gone with no expectation of return. When are they going to rid us of this man. He is now even devoid of any support on these boards, and those of us who wanted him replaced way back are still waiting for something positive to come from the board who are looking after our interests in the club.

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    VictorM

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • For the Most part he has been in charge of Championship games. Dont matter either way really, A ref is a ref. Sure someone will fnd a way to use him as an excuse though. Oldtimer you sound how I personally feel inside. I along with a majority of fans feel your pain. Theres different scales on the views regarding Hughton, whether they be mindless "get him out" with out actual reason (you can imagine the sort), or more thought out opinion capable of debate. For the majority though it all boils down to the same opinion regardless how its put across. People seem happy to accept far less than even average just for the sake of being nice. McNally said it himself though that the boards desire of progression hasn't been achieved and its been made crystal clear to 'Chris' results must improve regardless of how close the table is. We as a club are capable of so much more? Why some fans seem quite happy to accept looking relegation straight in the eye constantly I just dont know. We have a passionate loyal fan base who pack CR each week & still turn up in our 1000's regardless what league were in or however many miles we have to travel to even the closest away game. We now have a talented squad who surely value the most we've ever had. With the correct manager were so close to actually pushing on becoming a safe midtable side like the board stated they want us to be. Look at Saints FC. Surely they are the best example of what getting the right manager can do. There fans were up in arms when they dismissed Adkins who was doing an ok-ish job at the time in favour of a guy who (still) cant speak english. Changed there style of play, spent some similar money to NCFC and they have flourished as a result. Obviously there is horror stories of what getting the wrong manager can do. The board have got some huge decisions to make depending how the next few games go as surely Hughton cant keep just avoiding the chop when it matters forever and ever.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Fanstatstics stuff, Lincs! ;-) £1,604,000 in remuneration should tide Machianalli over until his next heist. Poor boy. To revive and paraphrase a `Steady On-ism` here; are we being `Mugged Off`?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • This article states the obvious as he has been ignoring the fans for the last 18 months so why start now.

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    Jimhow

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Just page back 12 months and Hoots was saying the same stuff.Nothing has changed on that front. Nor have my convictions[ speeding 3 points, parking 3 points, If only] ; . so what has changed, 1, a manager of NCFC allowed to spend a lot of money. and thats about it. Performances on the field are about the same as last year, but worse , when you take into account the new players.2 most of the fans are now even more piss33d off with the manager than this time last year.3 the average standard of football played has gone down[even though the players could be said to be a more technically able bunch] Do I have the answer to cure these Ills , NO i do not and that puts me in the same boat as Chris Hughton.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Nope. He's ruing the state of his shoes.....

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    powelld123

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • I want to echo powelld123's initial post on this thread. I don't think I will post again. I actually feel desperately depressed at what I am reading here. Perhaps even a little more depressed than I am by how the game I have always loved continues to be hideously disfigured by money...FAC semis played at Wembley, 4th place domestic league finishers in the European 'Champions' League etc..etc you've heard it all before and yes, I am a hopeless romantic... The root of my depression...ironically the joy of seeing City lift the FA Cup in my lifetime admist the memories of Keelan bundling Bradford City's late winner into the net, Peter Kitchen's strike, Weller dancing through our 'defence' in tights, Jimmy Case's 6th round Goldstone rocket, AFC Wigan, Pat Nevin's stab ending 'the double' at Villa Park, Byrne's header with Mark Walton stranded, Luton (not '59 although it hurts I was still 4 years away from birth, but '13)...reciting the '59 semi final line up for Dad before breakfast or not getting any...all those images and the joy tempered as the City captain lifts the cup, tempered by knowing that so many of the people posting on here will be in yellow and green and I will feel I have so little in common with them. That's life I guess, but the vitriol being aimed at Chris Hughton on here is appalling and at times comedic...Darel Rusell as manager as I saw here recently on another thread...no don't stop there...Huckerby as player-manager in Brazil this summer...we'll walk it. I'm not deluded, I feel many of Hughton's substitutions have actually cost points, the apparent reluctance to appoint a forward attacking coach is to me astonishing and actually I think a change of management might be needed in the summer, maybe should have been made already. Truthfully I am not sure and I would like to think I know a wee bit about football. Heck, I managed a Sunday team in London for 13 years, I'll step in at Carrow Road. He may be a lot of things, but he is not useless, he is not a clown and a point I have consistently tried to make is many people on here would clearly have sacked SAF early in his Old Trafford tenure. Chris Hughton and City are not about to win 20 or more trophies in 25 years, but we might still finish 12th or better - there is something about the fat lady gargling and all that...but the personal abuse is sad and is as misplaced as many of wall passes were over the years on Hackney Marshes.

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    Uckfield Canary

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Ah sensor awake then

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • As Mattias would say......"haha haha". And as Zebedee would say "I've had enough of this cr*p, I bet George Bernard Shaw never had to put up with it. Time for bed".

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    Barking Wise

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Yes, that would be nice, powelid 123. But I think Mr Hughton is a big boy now and he knows that criticism goes with the territory. What is the average tenancy of a Premier manager? It is measured in weeks rather than years, Mr Hughton has had 18 months already and he is one of the longest serving managers in the Premiership. He knows that he carries the hopes and expectations of thousands of Club supporters and Club employees. He knows that everyone feels short changed when the team he manages does not provide the entertainment expected. I am sure he is a great chap to know on a personal basis, but he is not getting the results expected of his team. 1 win in 11 games is truly not acceptable. I hope to see an improvement in the game on Sunday. But I have been disappointed so many times this season it would be wildly, blindly optimistic to expect a win.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • There is a lot of rubbish written on here and real fans should support their team through good and bad times. This season has been tough but we are still in the premier league and not rock bottom. If in the next 12 games we pick up 13-15 points then we have a chance of staying up, if we don’t then we will be relegated, CH will be sacked and then we re-build and fight another day. That’s football. OTBC

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    George Kershaw

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Mattias, you must know you are so very close to becoming my personal New Messiah, but how many more times must I tell you that the 10-match undefeated streak was comprised of 6 wins and 4 draws!? So NOT `mainly draws`! Sorry to be pedantic but I do so get goaded by that nasty Barking chappy. Couldn`t even do a bit of Pig Latin, intended to convey "don`t let the b@$tards grind you down" without a bit of delayed retribution for my pointing out his misunderstanding of QED. Or WMBW, as they say in Neder-neder Land. Btw, something else I learned from the Sainted Stephen Fry is the existence of the "Querybang". It is a hybrid of a ! and a ? I`m sure you can picture what it looks like?! Btw, powelld123, I believe the Club should maximise the attractions of Prince of Wales\Prisoner of War Road. Should tempt loadsa players in. Pax Canaria. OTBC. Etc.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • As I would say "haha"....haha.....cheeky 'Goits'. I have a hate for the word 'lol'....to be fair though....'haha' is just as bad....haha. Im sticking to my prediction of 36 points. Will it be enough. I previously always hoped it would keep us up....just. However after reading the projected table stats it appears 36 points will only keep us up if every other team within the league stays exactly the same in terms of form with nobody either picking up or dropping there current form. Still counting on others messing up im sorry to say, unless for the first time in years were grow a paid and actually control our own destiny. Will that happen under Mr Hughton? The last 13 months dont give me much hope.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Just out of interest who is Referee Craig Pawson? He has been assigned the task of being the man in the middle for Norwich VS Spurs....with regular Premier league (although shocking) ref Jon Moss as 4th official? Come sunday evening will we be hearing Hughton moaning about a poor ref decision costing us more points (instead of focusing on our own poor performance) or will it be a case that an unheard off ref by the masses is actually able to go out and do a job quietly and effectively without it being all about the man in the middle. Its so wrong these days how the refs are all household names with fans these days.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • I'm not sure I can be bothered to be bothered any more.

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    jigs69

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Isn`t it ironic that Orwell`s real name was Blair! Eric Arthur Blair. Still, he`s a regular kinda guy, is our Tony. Readily produced a lot of s**t, for certain. Evil.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Every time he speaks to the press reinforces the impression of how delusional he is?

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Agreed foggo, The majority are sick of the same tired lame excuses and same tired tactics, we can see the truth so why cant the man say it like it is.

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    Jimhow

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

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