December 9 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Chris Hughton insists he will spend his summer transfer windfall wisely after Jonny Howson’s multi-million pound goal boost to Norwich’s close season coffers.
The midfielder’s match-winning strike to sink Manchester City 3-2 at the Etihad helped propel the Canaries two further places up the final Premier League table and with favourable results elsewhere netted them an estimated extra £3m in merit payments for finishing 11th.
City’s club record signing of Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has already signalled Norwich’s intent to bolster the first team squad, but Hughton has sounded a note of caution with their top flight rivals also set to benefit from new inflated broadcast deals.
“I have a responsibility as manager to this football club to continue improving, but along with ourselves there are 19 other clubs who are trying to improve the best way they can,” said Hughton.
“We’ll try to be as busy as we can. How many that sees us bring in, I don’t know, but we will endeavour to try. If we hadn’t already known before it is obvious how difficult this division is.
“The goals is something we need to address. When you study our season as a whole I think defensively we very much held our own. We needed to get more goals to win us games and that applies to the whole team and not just individuals.
“We have to be able to make that difference. Jon is probably the one player in the team who doesn’t want the season to finish. Come this second half of the season, he’s certainly been very good and I think he has goals in him.
“He is somebody who breaks forward very well and it was a super goal for him.”
Hughton wasted little time in beginning his squad overhaul with Canadian international striker Simeon Jackson one of ten players released by the club. The Canaries’ boss does not expect to have too much down time over the summer as he plots his next assault on the Premier League after a fine finish to a debut season at the helm.
“I think that comes with the experiences of the job and what it entails,” he said. “That is not just the top league. There is so much that goes into the day-to-day work of a football manager and his staff. There are games to plan for in the summer, most of the pre-season work has to be done, the recruitment side is massive, and having the tools we need to do the job.
“Generally teams come back a little earlier than in the past. It was normally a five-week pre-season. Most would now go into a six, maybe a six-and-a-half week pre-season, but of course it is always a more favourable summer when you are where you want to be.”
Perhaps it takes a Premier League victory forged through adversity to view Norwich City in a more reflective light.