No divided loyalties for Norwich City boss Chris Hughton against Tottenham

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen inspired Spurs to a routine 2-0 Premier League win in the corresponding fixture at White Hart Lane this season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen inspired Spurs to a routine 2-0 Premier League win in the corresponding fixture at White Hart Lane this season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Sunday, February 23, 2014
8:00 AM

The only factor that makes facing Tottenham special for Chris Hughton is if Norwich City can secure a priceless Premier League victory.

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Hughton spent nearly three decades at White Hart Lane, winning trophies as an accomplished full-back and later a coach, but the Canaries’ precarious Premier League plight rules out any grounds for sentiment.

“I spent 28 years at the club and it was a wonderful part of my life but I am desperate for Norwich to get a result because I feel we deserve one,” he said. “Most would be aware of my Tottenham connections but I have been involved against both them and Newcastle enough times now so the important thing for me is my team puts in a winning performance.

“They are a very good side, but this is an opportunity for us. It is one of six home games left and if we reflect on the last one against Manchester City we produced a performance good enough to win against the top goalscorers in the division. Our supporters saw a team endeavouring to win that game.”

Hughton believes Tim Sherwood has the resources to maintain a top four Premier League push alongside chasing continental glory after the Spurs’ boss made numerous changes for the midweek Europa League 1-0 defeat against Ukrainian club Dnipro.

“I think they are contenders (for the top four) because of the squad they have got. They have a lot of depth,” said Hughton. “The downside for them is they are up against a resurgent Everton and Liverpool, which adds to the possible teams who can genuinely finish in that top four, but they are genuine contenders. I think they made five or six changes from their last league game at Newcastle for the European tie. I watched the game (on television) and it could have gone either way. Unfortunately for Tottenham it went against them but I fully expect them to make some more changes.”

Hughton worked with Sherwood at Tottenham and the former Norwich midfielder’s rapid rise through the managerial ranks is no great surprise.

“Tim has gone in and taken over a top quality team. Time will tell how successful he is,” said Hughton. “He was there as a player when I was a coach and he has certainly started well as a manager with a talented squad. When he first arrived from Blackburn you could tell he was a leader and very much captain material. He was always someone I felt would stay in the game and even back then I found him to be someone who was always interested in the game and wanted to learn more about it.”

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42 comments

  • Mirror reckon Lennon I'm so pessimistic I doubt he'd come! Smart money's on a guy called Hughton, I believe.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Forgetting the Dan for a mo there are elements of the Rich Kids (Glen Matlock et al) here: Empty Words, Only Ars*nic and - should we survive - Just Like Lazarus. Off to the game now. .....

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    el dingo

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Good on yer Oldtimer.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • I am hoping that we have the tenacity that Swansea are showing at Liverpool

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Looking forward to your comments at the end of the season Johny. Like most people on here i have already accepted that we will be relegated under these 3 clowns

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    superfan59

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • I am glad to hear that the manager does not have divided loyalties. Of all the possible worries that I had, that was not one of them. I agree with TrevorKeith that we are now beyond the point at which a new manager could have had a decent chance of getting us out of gaol and that we are now committed to a gnarly 2.5 months where our fate will determined by other team's results and random events. So no change there then.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Mad Brewer. Just that i left school at 15½ and made my own mark in the world . Proberly we understand what we have and why we put our self's through this each and every year. For the Good and decent City supporters i hope that you get a Win today...

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    User Removed

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Think that footy boys has it about right. Black Monday on the horison for a few at the Carra. Would like for Sweden to win the hockey final, Norwich to win 2-1 today, and go on to 45 Iwan points, and me winning the lottery next week. On the other hand a good game of football would be a nice change. I´m fearing that none of the above are possible under the present regime.OTBC for ever.

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    Yellowfirebird

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Again Mad Brewer thanks 4. Sorry Timbo meant for your decent comments. We all didn't have a great start in life as some as maybe you did. Anyway hope you take in to account my mistake's time to time. Yes we were made to look second class yesterday thats because of our past by over spending on cr-p players how were only at the club for the money. Hope you aren't going the same way Plus i dont want to play you next season..you must get a result today or ?................

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    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Just me, sky, and Innes & Gunn to get through the match. Plus, dare I mention a Jose L. Piedra. Risk is that the cigar and beer has a more agreeable taste than the match. Prove me wrong City..I dare you!

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    Yellowfirebird

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Today's the day !! Hughton's suitcases are on his doorstep ready to be picked up.. the black clouds are looming over Carrow Road, the Grim Reaper is on his way, the Birds are circling overhead and they need feeding...

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    Footyboy16

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • This bit came unstuck: Just when I say "Boy we can't miss’’ You are goalden Then you do this. You say this guy is so cool Snapping his fingers like a fool One more expensive kiss-off Who do you think I am? Who is the gaucho amigo? Why is he standing In your spangled leather poncho With the studs that match your eyes? Bodacious cowboys Such as your friend Will never be welcome here High in the Custerdome. D. Fagen

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • The usual Chris Hughton negativity here as expected. But I say back the manager, he will keep us up. People always want instant success these days but life isn't like that. We have a good manager and should back him !

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    Johny

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Glad someone else is upset about Rooney's pay rise. I had my views but Archie clearly had different ones. Here's a précis: Can't blame WR, just as you can't blame a donkey for eating the larger of 2 carrots. But personally I can't see it's possible even to spend that sort of money never mind earn it. £30,000 a day AFTER tax. Absurd. I blame the Man Utd board. It's ultimately the fans who foot the bill and nowadays you have to be well off to be an active fan. The beautiful game is no longer accessible to its traditional followers and English football is being sacrificed on the altar of greed.

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    User Removed

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • I believe we will stay up. The chances of us doing this of our own accord are slim but I just have a feeling that as bad as things are at the moment, we are overlooking the strife clubs around us are in. Cardiff and Fulham are less stable than the trollops tottering on high heels down the street of shame last night. One more team to join them perhaps, I see it as West Brom. In true Hughton style I see us slowly crawling towards safety a point at a time.

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    Herr Fleck

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Yhe biggest negativity has come from the twit we so laughingly call our manager johny, I suggest you stop eating the mushrooms, or drinking the grape juice. have a good look at the stats and facts and get real. If none of that helps, then go back to playing with your dolls house. Back the team by all means, back the manager and his trolls..........NEVER in a million years

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    oldtimer

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Maybe Sherwood`s our man? As long as Spurs don`t `do` us 7-1 to bring it about.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • In the time it takes us to type a comment and get it through the submit button ,Rooney earns £400. In fact he earns as much in 5 minutes as the average man in a week. The working class game.

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    Steely Dan

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • As I keep trying to say to johny, have a look at the stats, and the idiot and his trolls record here, then look at how many fans agree with you, then come and join us in the real world. This twerp has undone every bit of good work that Lambo and Culverhouse did for us and after nearly two seasons of complete negativity abd dross you still want us to back him...I and most of us true fans don't think so

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    oldtimer

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • I dunno, el dingo. I suppose time will tell. I sense a mood of resignation among a lot of our fans. Not only has Hughton `lost` them, so now has Messiah Machianelli. Mood of resignation - there`s a thought, Chris.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Burglecut, I agree with you, and hasn`t Chrissy had more than £28m? I reckon it`s nearer £40m in the time he`s been here. Plus, he let half-decent players like Chris Martin, Jackson & Lappin go for free. Vaughan for SFA. Martin is Derby`s top scorer (scored the winner yesterday) and Derby are in play-off contention. Hi FINN. Don`t know what you mean by a great start in life. My parents made Church mice look wealthy!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • And what do you know, it's Roy of the Rovers all over again.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Just like our strikers, Footyboy...

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    el dingo

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • What team will he start with. Who will be the link man between the midfield and Hooper. Another mid fieder, another striker, Hoolahan??????

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    Barry from Spain

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • BW - it is sickening. Yet those press boys ,the ludicrous Talkcr@p in particular, are praising Moyes for securing the parasite. No mention of the cost involved.

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    Steely Dan

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Can I just draw your attention to the eejut banging on about moral values on the Proud Canaries article. Keep your eyes open for the unabridged version. He's impressively articulate,stands with a riding crop, and apparently owns a huge Mercedes; I rest my weary case m'lud.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • I'm impressed, BP. Obviously done your homework. I imagine that any non Steely fans would have thought you were talking out of the place where the drawing pin had been. Blaffen Fagen.

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    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Oops musta have upset Archie today

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    oldtimer

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Just me, sky, and Innes & Gunn to get through the match. Plus, dare I mention a Jose L. Piedra. Risk is that the cigar and beer has a more agreeable taste than the match. Prove me wrong City..I dare you!

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    Yellowfirebird

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • This site!!!!!! I mean give me a break. Double up

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    Yellowfirebird

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • And Steely, if you have a spare Steely Dan, perhaps you might lend it to him. Not only will it keep him happy, he'll be able to feel proud too.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Yes poor Chris Hughton needs more time, he has only had 18 months and £28 million to spend. And it's not like he has turned an exciting attacking team into a boring ineffective defensive team. He will turn it round give hime another fortune to spend.

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    Burglecut

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Just back from church to read those great lines from BP2. I think if we could convert Brew to the Dan ,he would mine a rich seam of rhetoric (Hot lips and rhetoric) on here. Praying this morning for a point today. IHWT.

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    Steely Dan

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Suppressing a Steely Dan laugh behind the back of my hand. " You boys"

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    Yellowfirebird

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • It is a good bet that when N City do finally get rid of Ch, far too late to help, he will rejoin Spurs in some capacity.

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    norman hall

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • here we go again, already talking up the opposition " they are a very good side " they are after a top four finish " enough is enough man city are a very good side, we nearly did them !

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    Dave

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • How can somebody who has spent 28yrs at Spurs have such boring negative tactics in his locker ? ?.

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    Kristafa

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Good afternoon everyone, and I hope you've remembered to take your anti whatever they're called medication in anticipation of everything running smoothly so to speak. Steely, I appreciate that looking at Wayne Rooney's payslip is as uncomfortable as taking the drawing pin I just sat on out from one's, but he did do us a favour, and in fine fashion yesterday, so a couple of hugs and kisses is what I'm sending, and as I begin to wake up and flex my literary mussels and languine, I'd like to say that whatever today's result, the thing that I am most looking forward to, is Justin's sister coming on at half time, a day to be proud indeed, though possibly not of the calibre of the football. As regards loyalty, there is more chance of my leaving my estate to Tesco's than THAT MAN having the word engraved on his headstone after he's left the club.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • No matter what happens today Hughton will still be in charge-----infact i think he has one more year on his contract---so he will be here all next season.

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    superfan59

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Do Spurs NEED a lift engineer?

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    el dingo

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • It's too late to sack CH the board should have done that back in early November. Any action will be too late and only in keeping in with the fans. Any new manager will need 6-10 games to fully understand his squad. We're better off sitting it out with CH and hoping we can get Sherwood in the Summer. If we do sack him give Neil Adams a go as a temporary manager. It will be a lot cheaper than being held to ransom by Celtic for Lennon.

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    Oz Canary

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Very good point Kris, likewise, given we probably pay CH more money each season that he earned in his whole time at Spurs, why would he show then any loyalty. Brew, I resigned myself to this torture a long while back, when it became obvious the board would stick with their man come hell or high water. Both have come and gone but he is still in charge.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

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