Norwich City’s Chris Hughton ‘surprised’ by Michael Laudrup’s culling at Swansea City

Michael Laudrup was the latest Premier League managerial casualty at Swansea City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Michael Laudrup was the latest Premier League managerial casualty at Swansea City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, February 7, 2014
6:35 AM

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.

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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.”

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15 comments

  • Mr .Hughton you have tried you have spent money but been unable to gel a team step down let the city survive for the supporters and investors in this proud club . you know whats going on . bring in Malkey ! or Holloway

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    michael

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • superfan59 I assume you mean what McNally said in his 15th Jan interview. Well, he said a lot but what most of us are interested in is "The brief for Chris was to keep us out of the bottom three. We're not in the bottom 3." At the time we were 15th and 2 points clear of the drop zone - identical to where we are now. He also said "We would not contemplate relegation at this club." So does he mean the board will only contemplate relegation when we reach bottom three and then take action? In the absence of any subsequent statements we can only wait and contemplate.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • He's going to be even more surprised when it happens to him then. I fear he's not long for this world once we slip into the relegation zone.

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    a fine city

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • That sounds about right. The guy has absolutely no idea about what is going on all around him!

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    baguio

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • CH must be thinking "It should have been me", good title for a song that!

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    kevin

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • lol powers! Funny because technically its true. I doubt any other club would endure the last 13 months we have. Living a charmed life. Im not one for panic sackings but long term I challenge anyone to explain how this is all going to end well.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Of course Chris Hughton doesn't feel any pressure of being sacked, he's been terrible for 18 months and is still comfortably in this job.

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    Powers1902

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Can someone please remind me of the words by Mcnally

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    superfan59

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Kevin, classic Motown song - Yvonne Fair version is superb!

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Its not surprising. 1 win out of 10 is usually more than enough for a manager to lose his job, especially when many of those 10 have been "winnable games". Its only in the twilight zone at NCFC where bellow average is acceptable. But ho hum, lets keep hoping we turn that imaginary corner or reach up and reach that brass ring. We need points and we need them fast. Technically were on par with all those around us points wise, so in theory I can see why people say "oh there is 3 teams worse than us", but in reality the fixture generator has been alot kinder to our rivals and they've alot better run in's than us so to me were certainly behind our rivals so to speak despite the table saying otherwise. Got it all to do and no time to waste.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • CH, it's what happens in the real world when you are no good at your job. There is also a mad world where Laudrup is touted as your replacement

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • CH has already stated he doesn't fear the sack. Maybe he has a nice compensation package to look forward to? McNasty has stated his brief (contract)? is to keep us out of the bottom 3. I'm sure the several million pound compensation would hit revenue and therefore McNasty's bonus! Maybe he doesn't plan on being around next financial year to collect his Championship bonus?

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    Oz Canary

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • If I was Hughton I would be emptying my boxers, because if I had a team playing Man City, West Ham and Spurs in the next week, I would be packing my bags now. not a hope in hell..

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    Footyboy16

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • That's the one! :) the Yvonne Fair and Gladys Knight versions are very similar, the Kim Weston version from the early 60's sounds very different, and old now! and the Ray Charles version, well!!!!

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    kevin

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Why would you want to evacuate your dogs, Footyboy?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 7, 2014

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