Norwich and Swansea proving Premiere League guard is not unbreakable – Chris Hughton

Chris Hughton believes Norwich and Swansea have shown it is possible to upset the Premier League's established order. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Chris Hughton believes Norwich and Swansea have shown it is possible to upset the Premier League's established order. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Saturday, December 22, 2012
11:15 AM

Chris Hughton insists clubs like Norwich City and Swansea are proving it is possible to challenge the established order in the Premier League.

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Both the Canaries and the Swans again look on course to secure their top flight status in fine style after impressive debut seasons following promotion from the Football League in 2011.

Hughton firmly believes you can survive and prosper against rivals with significantly greater financial resources.

“It’s probably because the game is not just about money and the best players,” he said. “Ultimately the best teams finish at the top and the ones that are not the best finish at the bottom so that can never change. But you could look at a team that was maybe towards the bottom of the league but with regards their preparation, sport science, nutrition and the way they prepare, it is as good as some of the teams and bigger clubs at the top.

“There is a massive effort going on at every club and winning league points becomes bigger and bigger.”

Hughton senses the gap from the Football League narrows with each passing season.

“We all know the bigger clubs have got more money and can bring in the bigger players, but also the clubs that are coming up I think are better prepared now,” he said.

“I think that that was certainly shown by Swansea. They came up with no fear last season and I thought they were excellent. I also think there is less fear shown by the teams who come up.

“It is a wonderful league, there is no doubt about that, and for me probably it is the most exciting league. Whether it has the technical abilities of the Spanish league, possibly not, but it is the most exciting. I think there is certainly a great entertainment value – whether it is a top versus bottom or two mid-table teams, there is always great entertainment value. Teams are playing with open philosophies, which makes for entertaining games.”

Hughton’s world view is backed up by City’s 10-match unbeaten Premier League run which they put on the line at West Brom on Saturday afternoon.

“I will say it is very difficult for a team to go 10 games unbeaten in this division, very difficult, so I’m delighted with it,” he said. “You don’t really want to be surprised by anything, because if I’m surprised then I don’t want it to be a poor reflection on what we have in the team and the efforts the players that have been putting in. I wouldn’t want to say I’m surprised, but I am delighted with it.”

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5 comments

  • Interesting MB the way Hoots language has changed during the course of the unbeaten run. He has always been cautious - that's good - but initially he seemed to be far too deferential to others and downplayed City's capacities. Now he is much more quietly confident, a key part, I think of the 10 game revolution that has been happening. It rubs off on the players too, I like the way they all talk, and even if we do lose within the next 3 games, the whole team still inhabits a completely different world from that up to the Chelsea loss.

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    Michael D

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • I suppose that if you have difficulty in speaking, the only other way is to wave your arms

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • He`s delighted, not surprised. That`s the way, Hoots! Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Totally agree, Michael D. I was a bit critical of the deferential thing. As you say, it seemed to undermine the players a bit. I`m sure it wasn`t meant that way. It shows Hoots is a sensitive and intelligent man, very level-headed but clearly no pushover. He choses his words very carefully. I don`t think players will be inclined to get big-headed under his rule; I imagine they have a great deal of respect for him. Hoots has been around "big" players at Spurs and I think he quietly learned how to manage them. Inspired choice by McGnarly. I trust Hoots gets on better with Alan Buckett than did his predecessor! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Although outwardly his confidence seems to have strengthened but I would hazard a guess that in-house that has been their on the basis of the way the teams has developed. He does not get high when doing well and he is definitely not down when they lose so all in all a very professional manager. Where you have teams like Norwich and Swansea doing well much credit has to be given to the team on the sidelines you see a more professional approach and not so much of the rants and raves of the past. OTBC

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    Jakarta (ex-Singapore) Canary

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

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