Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Friday, February 7, 2014
Chris Hughton insists he does not feel under extra pressure after the Premier League sack race claimed another rival boss this week with Michael Laudrup’s exit from Swansea.
The Dane was relieved of his duties despite guiding the Swans to a first major trophy during last season’s League Cup triumph and into the later stages of the Europa League. Laudrup paid for a recent downturn in league form amid reports of player unrest, but Hughton admitted it still came as a major surprise.
The Norwich boss has had to deal with plenty of speculation around his own future in recent months and is now one of only two managers in the bottom seven not to have lost his job. It is an unfortunate part of the game that I suppose you have to deal with. It shouldn’t surprise us, but it still does,” he said. “I certainly feel for Michael because he has done a super job there. I was very surprised with the timing and most would be in the game.
“It is very difficult to comment too much on it without knowing the specific circumstances. What I do know though is Michael has done a really good job there in the period he was there. He has won a cup competition, they are playing in the Europa League this season and I think they are 12th. I was very disappointed for Michael for what he achieved there last season.”
Former Norwich striker and Welsh football pundit Iwan Roberts believes the timing of Laudrup’s departure is strange ahead of this weekend’s Premier League derby against Cardiff City, with long-serving player Gary Monk placed in caretaker charge. Monk has already indicated he would like to be Laudrup’s permanent successor. The timing is bizarre, to do it leading up to the derby. He won’t be able to bring new faces in,” he said. “There are a few things that do surprise you in this game. Hand on heart, this hasn’t surprised me at all. I think it’s been coming.”