Norwich City chief Chris Hughton ‘saddened’ by demise of friend Martin Jol as sacking season hots up

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton was sad to see the demise of former Tottenham ally Martin Jol at Fulham. Picture: Tim Hales/PA Wire. Norwich City boss Chris Hughton was sad to see the demise of former Tottenham ally Martin Jol at Fulham. Picture: Tim Hales/PA Wire.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
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Chris Hughton was ‘saddened’ to see his friend Martin Jol become the latest Premier League managerial casualty.

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Jol was dismissed by Fulham after the weekend’s 3-0 defeat at West Ham – the eighth boss to lose his job in the professional game since November 20 - and Hughton believes the Dutchman’s dismissal illustrates the depressing reality of the modern game. The Norwich chief’s own position at Carrow Road has been a routine topic for discussion this season, but that made it no easier to take when he saw Jol replaced at Craven Cottage.

“Martin is someone I know very, very well and have worked with over the years at Tottenham,” said Hughton. “I was very saddened to see that and it is always disappointing to see that. It is an unfortunate part of the game and with the pressures and the ownership models you increasingly see now it is a process I can see continuing to happen. The facts show you there isn’t the patience there used to be. It is a results-driven game and that affects people’s thinking.

“You want those around you to be as calm and composed during difficult times. For those who lose positions it is sad but we are quite used to it now.

“We’re at that stage of the season when some may look at it and decide we are a fair way into it, but we are actually just over a third of the season.

“There are so many points to play for and so many games over this Christmas period that there are opportunities for everybody, whatever the league position.”

Norwich’s latest 1-0 win over Crystal Palace moved them two places higher and four points clear of the bottom three to underline the fine margins in the Premier League.

“I look at the Premier League table and there isn’t anyone who is so far divorced from the rest,” said Hughton. “This league is so tight this year and you can see that every week and how the table changes. I feel very clear about that fact. Before the Palace game we had clubs above us by a few points who were being spoken about in good terms, when you look at it and that is one win or one defeat.

“Of course everybody focuses on the situation right now and if you are in a position that you don’t want to be then it is doom and gloom, but in this league you are always only one result away from being in a better position.”

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10 comments

  • Don't worry Chris, with any luck you will soon have plenty of free time to go and see him to cheer him up.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • The simple fact is that the two most dominant teams in English football who have been consistently dominant have been Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, neither of which would ever have stayed in their posts long term if they were starting now.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • Are you guys ever happy?

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    PaulWho

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • I guess it is a bit gloomy, isn't it Pierre? I can think of three people that I would prefer The Devil to cast his net at.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • Don't know about the others, Paul but I was happy when Norwich consistently played with more confidence for BOTH halves of a game scored a few goals and looked like they wanted to win games. Yes you've guessed it, when Paul Lambert was Norwich manager. I know we could not do anything to keep him but the questionable decisions, abject tactics and apologetic manner of the present incumbent does not inspire me any more than it appears to do the players.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • Sorry Paul did I miss your point? Was I meant to be deliriously happy now that Highton has demonstrated his genius by thrashing Crystal Palace one nil at home? Sorry I do not mean to get at you but I find evrything about the current coachingmanagement so depressing.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • Like living in the past do you? Lambert jumped ship for more money from an American sugar daddy and is NOT coming back. At the moment we have Hughton (or Highton!) until McNally and the board decide otherwise. I know some people hate Hughton but it gets tedious seeing the same postings from the usual suspects every time his name is mentioned. I note there is never an alternative positive suggestion, just the standard knee jerk postings. "It's raining today, sack Hughton".

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    PaulWho

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Hughton are you sad enough for him to give him your job by any chance, be a good chap now as you are supposed to such a nice man.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • If the Devil should cast his net, eh boys? What a cheerful trio you are!

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    Pierre

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • Maybe you should take the fulham vacancy Mr Hughton

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    Cockney.canary

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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