Chris Hughton admits the backing of Norwich City’s board helped him deal with the toughest periods of a testing Premier League season.

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Hughton has seen the likes of top flight rivals Andre Villas-Boas and Steve Clarke dismissed over recent days, although Clarke has officially been placed on ‘gardening leave’ at West Brom, whilst a public stand off at Cardiff involving the owners and Bluebirds’ chief Malky Mackay shows little signs of being resolved. City’s manager had to deflect questions over his own future at Carrow Road prior to an upturn in fortunes ahead of the festive period and the strong support from inside the club was a major boost for Hughton.

“It is very important to have that backing and there has been wonderful stability at this football club in the last few years,” he said. “As a manager the important thing is you have to have broad shoulders and try as much as you can to conduct yourself in the difficult periods the same way as when things are going well, but of course you always need support.

“It is sad to see another manager go but for me it is nice to have that support. As part of the League Managers’ Association (LMA) I know it does happen. We have had five go in the last couple of weeks and that is the level of pressure involved.”

Hughton is confident his old club are in safe hands with former Norwich midfielder Tim Sherwood placed in interim charge at White Hart Lane.

“I know Tim. He is a very good football person who has some good views on the game and he was an excellent player,” he said. “When there are changes, not only at Tottenham, but other clubs recently it is simply a consequence of the game. There is no doubt it is a magnificent club with an excellent group of players and they will make sure they spend the appropriate time to get things right.”

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  • Sorry Bill, you make some good points but, none of them convince me that Malky is a better manager than Chris. When we played Cardiff we played them off the park and only a superb performance from Marshall kept them in the game. Any old rud, I'm off to the pub to watch the Sunderland game. OTBC P.S Before I'm slagged off as a Hughton apologist, I have an open mind which at the moment is content with our position and style of play.

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    Dave T

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • I like Hughton, I believe he knows what he's doing, he's brought in a different class of players at good prices and I'm sure he'll continue to do the same in January. Recently those players have started to show their class and I think he could be build a very good team in the future. Malky Mackay spent 11m on Medal, 8m on Caulker and 7.5m on Cornelius. I think I'd prefer Fer, Bassong and Hooper, and I think that is one of Hughtons strengths. He's also brought through the likes of Josh and Jacob and gave Morris a 2 year contract, obvoiously all credit can't go to Hughton but he's brought in Redmond another young player he's signed with bags of potential. As a club I think we are stronger than ever, allot more strength in depth than we had under Lambert, and 1 and a half seasons in charge what more can we really ask for? Give the man more time and I believe the strength of the club will start to show on the pitch and next season I think we'll be a top half team. Hughton is well respected in the Industry because the pros know that Hughton is top manager and the 1 and a half years of work he's done so far backs this. 10 match unbeaten record and finished 11th last season. Can't argue with that! #HughtonIn

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    Hello Neil

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • It's extremely odd Waclor, and increasingly untenable. If it was up to me, and unfortunately, it isn’t, I’d go for Malkay, he shows extraordinary dignity while working for a controlling idiot who can’t even wear a wobbly moustache correctly. Imagine what he would do for us, given, shall we say, given free reign, and such a popular man.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • I don't believe that the current 'revolving door syndrome' we see in the PL is at all helpful to clubs who panic and kick their managers out. Thankfully Norwich are not one of those clubs and I don't think Chris Hughton deserves anything less than the full support he gets from the board. That said, it is a ruthless, result oriented business and the recent departure of AVB from Spurs is a prime example of knee jerk tactics. Spurs are 7th in the table and early this season were playing like title contenders - when their season hit a bad patch the manager was expended - ridiculous - and I hope they pay the price for the lack of faith shown. So that is five managers gone already and with Malky looking down the barrel of the gun, it could be six very soon. Lets get behind the club, team and manager and move our season onwards and upwards while others are losing the plot. I have absolute faith that City 'will come good' this season and that there are still plenty of good results and performances to come - top ten by the end of January would be the answer ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Re CH. Evidently some people are satisfied with very little, and very little is what they get.

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    Cecil

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Swansea was a disappointing result as a win would have pushed us to tenth, but I don't think you could say it was a bad result. Someone pointed out the other day that it was practically a six man midfield Swansea had. Had it not been for a clanger by Bassong it would have been a win. Mind you, I can't say I hold it against him as it always takes time to get back to full form after a major operation and we all know he's capable.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Jim imagine the headline if the reporter asks CH questions and he refuses to answer. There are few prem managers b than CH at dealing with intrusive press questions, but he doesn't get to approve the copy.

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    Pierre

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Waclor - again - that is the journo's talking and not Hughton. Interestingly my I-pad spellchecked your name first as Walcott (very folksy for American technology) and then, quite inappropriately, as Warlord...

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    Pierre

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Why would they take advise from a man that lives in a house built of cabbages? It's just absurd.

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    ncfc boy

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Well said Mellow Yellow ! The only way to deal with trolls is to limit your reaction to reminding others not to respond to trolls.

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Does the period of stability at Carrow Road include the time eighteen months ago when we lost probably our most successful manager ever for whatever reason - that has never been explained to the fans.

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    VictorM

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • I'll have a go Dave T: Malky has managed to lift Cardiff City to a hither too unknown level, and although he has had financial support, it has come from a man who,as far as football is concerned, does not know his hind quarters from his elbows, a man who has absolutely no dress sense, and is quite frankly, a bully. During his pathetic tirades, Malky has somehow managed to maintain his dignity and respect, the respect of his team, and to c*ck a snoop to a five year old, has refused to resign. Let's be honest, we all moan on here, and often at each other. Occasionally we remember how lucky we are that no one is wanting to rebrand us as Norwich Songbirds or some such drivel, and neither do we have a chairperson who is only interested in having his subjects worship him so that he can make oodles of cash and support his inflated ego with a wobbly moustache. It’s one of the reasons why we are so well supported and admired, even in Suffolk I suspect. Minor quantum leap: Compare and contrast this with the Hughton predicament. We labour under no illusion that if results are insufficient, he will walk, whether it be willingly or unwillingly, but he is able to do his job without his hands tied behind his back. The essential difference is perhaps one of vision. I sincerely believe that Malky has this, not only that, he won't fall foul of a baby rattling toys in it’s pram, and top managers have come up to the platform to stand at his side, Brendan Rogers in particular. There have been significant contributions from David Moyes and Arsene Wenger. All these men have restored a sense of proportion and dignity to the game when others die from exhaustion building stadia and bow down to Sepp Blatter and his cronies. With the greatest of respect to Chris Hughton, he simply does not embody Mackay's sense of leadership. I predict, if it hasn't happened already, that Malky will be sacked shortly, and walk straight into a good job as soon as a vacancy becomes available, and while I want to see City win as many games as possible, I can’t help wishing that the best Christmas present would be for him to come here. Think of it, he’d have a hero’s welcome. Say what you like about Norwich City, at least we don’t put up with that sort of cr*p here. Not sure if you’re up yet Stew, but I might get some mulled wine on the go this afternoon. I’m going to exercise my lungs to the tune of ‘On the ball City, never mind the songbirds’.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • Cecil it depends on one's level of realistic ambition. When we have an ambitious manager such as Ron Saunders, John Bond, Dave Stringer, Mike walker or Paul Lambert, we go places but when we have a manager who takes the view: "It's only Norwich. They don't belong here and nobody expects them to win anything." it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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    waclor

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • It's called poor writing, poor sub-editing or possibly both, waclor. We all know what he means, but why should Archant make it easy for us?

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    el dingo

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Take comfort that this is still a community based family club owned by local people because they enjoy being involved and not a toy plaything owned by a mega rich foreign owner who has no time or respect for the tradition and history of a club. Healthy balance sheet, well managed and heading slowly, patiently in the right direction. There are so many clubs, particularly one not far from here who can only look on with envy.

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    blackdog2

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • An interesting point about the changes in managers is that at Spurs, their manager had adopted a single striker system which led to more negative football, lack of goals and a series of poor results which antagonised the fans - rings a bell somewhere!

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    VictorM

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Pierre you have no way of knowing if I am a high ranking army officer so your "inappropriate" comment is, well inappropriate. ncfc boy, when you have received advice from your doctor or bank manager, have you inspected their living accomodation first? MellowYellow, you have not seen our faces so how do you know if they are miserable? PaulWho, Hughton has done some things right eg I agree that he has brought in some good players and I cannot deny that he is an acceptable face of modern football rather than the hooligans and cheating rogues who get most of the headlines. however until and unless he recruits a number two who has the passion, motivational skills and tactical knowledge that he lacks, we will never see those players consistently at their best.

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    waclor

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • How does he know that we have already seen the toughest parts of this premier league season?

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    waclor

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Quite so Dubai, best not to react to a troll, however I only see a wee bit of sarcasm from Slovenia. A troll is abusive, argumentative and confrontational. Just because someone has a different opinion to you and chooses to be caustic, doesn't mean they're a troll. Wouldn't want to act like a pack animal would you now. Carry on like that and then only the Stepford supporters will be free to speak!?!

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    Gruff

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Excellent point Dave T. Malky spent £35m in the summer, plays just as defensively as Hughton (if not more so), and his team are below us in the table. We're not doing so bad really.

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    chirpy

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • With regards to Malky at Cardiff , how can the Tan clown not see what he's got . He's delivering some really good performances and getting some decent results . The man would be insane to get rid of big Malky .

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    mjc75

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • The usual poor attempts at smart @rse comments below from the same old miserable faces. Personally I'm happy with where we are as a club, both in terms of management and our place in the PL. I think most other supporters are too, its just a small senseless minority who are intent on spreading their diatribe.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Lamberts so ambitious we finished above him last season.

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    ncfc boy

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Thank god it isn't! Malkay is not a good manager!

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    ncfc boy

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • It can be a bit complicated Dave. I think the problem is that some people have been incredibly strident about getting Hughton out. So strident in fact that they don't know how to back down from it so they find themselves taking more and more untenable stances and finding more and more petty reasons to criticise Hughton.

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    PaulWho

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • NCFC boy , is it simply that you like sniping at people or that you have nothing to say or offer to the conversation ?

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    mjc75

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Dave T, good observation! Good point! Similarly, just before we beat W Brom 2nil, there were people on this board wanting Hughton out, but thought Steve Clark was a genius, even though we were above W Brom in table then. Bit of the old adage where people dont value what they have until its gone. OTBC!! IHIT!!

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    Ghana Dom

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • The Malky situation is really strange. Unless the press reports are as inaccurate as a .....newspaper, Malky must have a perfect case of constructive dismissal. Surely no decent manager is going to want to go there and work for that clown. What happened to the Blackburn chicken farmers? Are they still working wonders for English football?

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    waclor

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Victor, whereas the Telegraph today describes Tan as asking Malky to drop his 4-5-1 in favour of what the reporter calls "a more traditional, but out-of-date, 4-4-2"...

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    Pierre

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Cecil it depends on one's level of realistic ambition. When we have an ambitious manager such as Ron Saunders, John Bond, Dave Stringer, Mike walker or Paul Lambert, we go places but when we have a manager who takes the view: "It's only Norwich. They don't belong here and nobody expects them to win anything." it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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    waclor

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Quite true ncfcboy, well spotted. Weren't AV also beaten 8 v 0 by Chelsea as well? Not done too badly at Carrow Road though has he? That is my point, Lambert can pick up his troops for a big game better than Hughton. His Norwich results against the prancing donkeys will be with us forever.

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    waclor

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Far too early to be talking about backing from the board during a tough period,its not exactly going to be easy from here on in.Watching Malky situation closely if he goes in the next few days and we lose to Sunderland then who knows could be Malky for Houghton!!!,that would get my vote anyday

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    canaryjon

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • It seems traditional that when a manager gets the backing of the board, it is a prelude to being sacked. Thought after the WBA result he might be safe for a little while but perhaps after Swansea now I am not so sure.

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    andy

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Somebody please explain to me why, Malky (who I like) is considered to be a good manager, and CH (who I also like) is not. My confusion arises from the fact that City are above Cardiff

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    Dave T

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Think we should be grateful that NCFC have a stable board of directors. Look at what is happening at Cardiff and Hull to the amount of respect they pay their supporters.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • That would be fine if Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City didn't play with a single striker.

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    ncfc boy

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Jim, I wonder who would be among the first to moan "how dare Hughton not speak to Her Majesty's press, we MUST know his opinion". The man can't do anything right as far as some people are concerned.

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    PaulWho

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • I'll have a go Dave T: Malky has managed to lift Cardiff City to a hither too unknown level, and although he has had financial support, it has come from a man who, as far as football is concerned, does not know his hind quarters from his elbows, a man who has absolutely no dress sense, and is quite frankly, a bully. During his pathetic tirades, Malky has somehow managed to maintain his dignity and respect, the respect of his team, and has refused to resign. Let's be honest, we all moan on here, and often at each other. Occasionally we remember how lucky we are that no one is wanting to rebrand us as Norwich Songbirds or some such drivel, and neither do we have a chairperson who is only interested in having his subjects worship him so that he can make oodles of cash and support his inflated ego with a wobbly moustache. It’s one of the reasons why we are so well supported and admired, even in Suffolk I suspect. Minor quantum leap: Compare and contrast this with the Hughton predicament. We labour under no illusion that if results are insufficient, he will walk, whether it be willingly or unwillingly, but he is able to do his job without his hands tied behind his back. The essential difference is perhaps one of vision. I sincerely believe that Malky has this, not only that, he won't fall foul of a baby rattling toys in it’s pram, Top managers have come up to the platform to stand at his side, Brendan Rogers in particular. There have been significant contributions from David Moyes and A*sene Wenger. All these men have restored a sense of proportion and dignity to the game when others die from exhaustion building stadia and pay homage to Sepp Blatter and his cronies. With the greatest of respect to Chris Hughton, he simply does not embody Mackay's sense of leadership. I'd predict, if it hasn't happened already, that Malky will be sacked shortly, and walk straight into a good job as soon as a vacancy becomes available, and while I want to see City win as many games as possible, I can’t help wishing that the best Christmas present would be for him to come here. Think of it, he’d have a hero’s welcome. Say what you like about Norwich City, at least we don’t put up with that sort of cr*p here. Not sure if you’re up yet Stew, but I might get some mulled wine on the go this afternoon. I’m going to exercise my lungs to the tune of ‘On the ball City, never mind the songbirds’.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • Malkay is deficient in every managerial level in comparison with Hughton

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    ncfc boy

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • Hughton should be keeping his mouth shut and staying out of the 'firing line'

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    Jim

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Because he's the manager. Get over it.

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    Admiral F

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • I really would advise Spurs to recruit Hughton, he is such a good manager and with his Tottenham links he would be a great choice. I know he is secretly playing down the possibility but his brand of all out attacking football is in the true Spurs tradition

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Friday, December 20, 2013

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