December 12 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
New manager Chris Hughton will get his entire Norwich City squad out on the training field for the first time today.
The Canaries reported back for pre-season duty on Monday and players have been undergoing individual fitness tests over the first two days of the week.
But with the first of seven pre-season matches just 10 days away - against Hertha Berlin in Gleisdorf, Austria – the real hard work starts at Colney today.
“As with most teams you generally start with testing to check what condition the players are in after the summer break. But it’s always a good day and one the players very much look forward to,” said Hughton.
“In our case we’ve got testing for the players over two days. We work the separate groups and the first time that I’ll have the whole of the team together out on the training ground will be Wednesday.
“The good thing for me is that I’m able to meet all the ones I haven’t met before individually and then have the meetings we like to have as a team on the Wednesday and we then look forward.”
Speaking on Five Live’s Monday Night Club, Hughton, who was appointed City manager nearly five weeks ago, said he was looking for a new home and would devote every possible minute to his new job.
“One thing that’s always consistent is that when you move, whichever club you go to it’s a full on job. You go to work, you go home, you go to work the next day, and in between that you go to games and watch games,” he said.
“So it almost doesn’t matter where you live. What you want is to try to make that transition a little bit smoother. There are some lovely people working here, very, very helpful.
“I’m at the moment looking for a premises because once you’re into that job it’s very much full on. You’ve got to be prepared to put in the hours.
“But the main focus is getting in and working with the players and what you’re prepared to do on the training pitch. That will always be the main focus.”
Chris Hughton admitted Norwich’s soft centre again contributed to their downfall as Luis Suarez inspired Liverpool to a 5-1 Premier League win on Wednesday night at Anfield.