Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood feels sympathy for Chris Hughton in the wake of his sacking by Norwich City.

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Sherwood, whose own future at White Hart Lane has also been the subject of scrutiny in the last few days, was disappointed to see the 55-year-old lose his job after the 1-0 defeat to West Brom on Saturday.

“I know Chris personally, and he’s a good guy,” said the Spurs boss, who played for the Canaries. “He did his best at the club and for anyone to lose their job is upsetting for any manager to see.

“We’re all in it together, we all want to see each other do well but sadly it’s the decision that’s been made.

“When Chris goes, someone else will come in and unfortunately that’s the nature of the game.”

Former Republic of Ireland boss Brian Kerr, who had Hughton as his international assistant, described the Norwich board’s decision as “absolute panic”.

“It is absolute panic but then they’ve been panicking for a good while,” said Kerr. “A couple of months ago, the club’s chief executive David McNally said if they were relegated it would be worse than dying and they seemed to be lining Chris up for the sack even then. But now it’s sheer panic because I fail to see the logic of putting the youth team fella in.

“Not alone have they got rid of Chris, they’ve got rid of his assistants Colin Calderwood and Paul Trollope and replaced them with the youth team manager for what is now the five most crucial games of the season.

“The thing is they probably only need a maximum of four points although if they don’t get them on Saturday [against Fulham] then they really are in trouble, and you’ve got a guy in place who doesn’t have any experience of managing against those teams or knows the teams the way Chris and his staff would. I know Chris and his energy and I know Colin Calderwood a bit as well and they would have been putting in massive hours. So I do think this is crazy stuff.”

Kerr believes Hughton was ultimately a victim of supporters’ unrealistic expectations.

“Because he got them to 11th last year I think the expectation was that they would be a top-10 team this year.”

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43 comments

  • Hughtons first game in charge of Norwich in the Premier League was away at Fulham. The result ? Fulham 5 - Norwich 0! Alarm bells should have been ringing even then. If you look back at the match report and the comments beneath it you will see that exactly NOTHING has changed in the intervening 20 months. Interesting comparison.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Didn’t he have a Whoopee Band or was that Bob Kerr? Apparently there’s a guy down the chip shop in East Wittering who thinks it’s unfair too.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • I wish Achant would stop finding stories to print on Hughton and lay him to rest.He is gone.We need to move on.

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    paul553

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • I am struggling with Tim Sherwood' comments. Didn't he just get a managerial chance at a top club because a more seasoned manager did not perform? I think his comments should be in support of NA and wishing homssuccess.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Brian Kerr, now there's a man who knows everything about managing a club and whose opinion we should respect. Remind me, who was it he managed, Man Utd, Aston Villa, Barcelona? As for Tim, possibly he's trying to garner support when he joins Chris.

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    PaulWho

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Re. previous post. Had to look as though they were doing something for their massive wages.

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    goldie

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • I suspect that a lot of contributors on here, myself included will have already signed up for next years season ticket. Who gives a toss about Lineker et al think. I missed the West Brom game due to work, and was seriously thinking of not bothering with the Liverpool match as I think the atmosphere would have been dreadful. With NA's appointment that has changed and I'm actually looking forward to it. I drivel on about this because all the Hughton supporters in the media don't actually realise what it means to the supporters. They splendid isolation from the rest of us, getting paid obscene amounts of money for doing sweet FA

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    Dave T

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • If CH was left in charge for the last 5 games we would (if lucky) have got one point and been relegated. Now he has gone there is a chance that we just might stay up. The pundits (term used very loosely) keep telling us what a nice guy he is, but in football, nice guys finish last. It was a shame he could not do better this season, but when it came to it CH could not cut the Mustard.

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    turnover

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • .....it will be interesting to see which club offers this wonderful tactical genius the opportunity to return to top flight management!....Many Norwich City followers will view his future career with intense scrutiny!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Well said Malaga.

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    cutty

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • I for one don't give a monkeys what Sherwood or one of many former Republic of Ireland managers think about Hughtons sacking. Like the National press they can only find negative things to say about us. I'm sure Hughtons been paid off well considering he achieved nothing. The rest of us have to pay for our mistakes, he's been paid off so he doesn't make any more! As for his assistants, they are equally culpable so thank god they've gone too.

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    Konrad54

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Have you noticed how all the tears shed for CH are from his friends and also friends in the media?. Those same people simultaneously denigrate Norwich City as a club as "Expecting too much" In their minds the club was merely a vehicle for their idol to gain fame and now that has gone into the dust of history they are totally bereft and can only make idiotic observations ignoring the obvious question "How was the money in his second season so grossly wasted on players who have not proved good enough under his direction?"

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    mardler

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Brian Kerr, now there is a name to fire the imagination! If this is the same one then yes he is a man to be reckoned with, a truly Irish giant of the game. His playing career was at Crumlin Utd., Shelbourne and Bluebell Utd., he was also the coach to the Faroe Islands. Is this a plot by the hacks of Archant to find an Irish successor before Man. Utd. get to replace Moyes? Respect the opinions of all these pundits from afar, they obviously have inside knowledge the locals cannot be privy to.

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Sorry for the duplicate but my 1st post was lost in the ether for some time and I thought it had gone for good.

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    goldie

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Hughton was extraordinarily highly paid for doing a job that he wasn't very good at. No doubt he was handsomely paid off. Granted unlike most Premier League football managers he isn't a borderline sociopath, but that isn't enough to make this "upsetting".

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    Nicholas Mead

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • More support from people connected with White Hart Lane for the ex City manager who spent so much time at Tottenham.

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    Capri

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Been putting in massive hours! Yea because they didn't know what to do.

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    goldie

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Thank you Mad brewer for finding that out for me! Glad my mate was speaking the truth for a change ha! Obviously Im not implying McNally likes sacking people with 5 games to go but hes been succesful twice with Fulham doing so. Hopefully this continues with us.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Nothing to do with the know alls. I can tell by what I have heard numerous times travelling on one of the fans buses and by the supporters who sit in my vicinity that they were all sick of the boring football that was being dished up each game by Hughton and his cohorts and they along with the rest of the paying crowd are the only ones entitled to make comments good or bad. You cant expect fans who have worked hard all week and are paying for the doubtful privilage, to be satisfied with any old performance that the management and team dish out to them without commenting.

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    goldie

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Brian Kerr's tears for Hughton and criticism of the board would be convincing if he had not chosen to ignore the amount of money made available by the club to the manager in his second term. Sherwood is laudably loyal to a friend but for someone with talent he must learn not to speak without reflection as he has several times recently! The Board did not panic but loyally stuck with Hughton for too long until the great wave of commonsense from the stands simply could not be ignored. It appears a gamble from the outside to change horses midstream but Canaries know NA is an upright worthy man and so he unites us at a time of peril - there is even a chance that players will be played in position with clarity of instruction - what a change! The Board has publicly acknowledged that the Canaries greatest asset are their outstanding singing supporters - there through thick and thin. and superior to all the comments from so called expert media pundits!!

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    mardler

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Mattias, you mentioned on another board, the two `5-to-go`sackings at Fulham. Jean Tigana was sacked with 5 games to go in 2003. The `inexperienced` Chris Coleman took over, they got 10 points from those 5 games and stayed up. (Tigana successfully sued Fulham over another issue). Coleman was sacked, also with 5 games to go, in 2007. Lawrie Sanchez took over and again they survived - Fulham even beat Liverpool..... McNally was not there for the Tigana dismissal - he joined Fulham from Celtic (mmm..) in 2004, so may have had a hand in the Coleman sacking. A common factor, however, is that level-headed Harrods chappie, Al Fayed.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Why does everybody outside of Norwich seem to think Hughton was sacked because of our poor league position and boo the fans for having unrealistic expectations. I would obviously like to be winning the league but I would much rather watch great spirited football and come 17th than have to suffer that dull rubbish and finish mid table any day. "I feel sorry for Chris, he's a great guy", blah blah blah what about us lot that had to watch the football.

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    lordbesty

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • btw I really don't care what Tim Sherwood thinks. I seem to remember him arguing with fans, dissing the Club and all sorts when he played here. I'm pretty sure Never Mind The Danger fanzine stopped sponsoring his kit over it. Ah, the good old days. A good player tho.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • FFS!!! im fed up of clueless idiots in their own rights piping up giving their two cents on a subject that they have no idea about. Judging from his time in charge of Ireland i'd be shocked if hes even watched any kind of football let alone any of Hughtons at NCFC. We do NOT give a flying Fook about 11th place. I personally in fact dont overly care about losing as its to be expected in the bottom half life we live, but what we do expected is to no consistently lose in the manor we have and to our biggest rivals consistently. Thats why he was under pressure, thats why McNally said what he did (as well as praising Hughton) in that elusive interview and thats why ultimately he was sacked. End of. Who are they going to drag up next for an interview? Hughtons paper boy? His favourite school teacher? Give me strength!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • I have never met Chris Hughton, so I have no idea how "nice" he might be. As if it matters an iota. There was, seemingly, nothing "nice" about Roeder - there the dissimilarity ends.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • I do not think that many fans actually had high expectations for the team, we simply wanted to avoid a repeat of last season, whereby we were constantly on the edge of relegation until the last couple of games. However, if we were giving it our best shot but still losing then the pill is not so bitter to swallow. Some of the defeats under CH were embarrassing to say the least but his name will not be mentioned in future references, the shame will simply stick to the club and its fans.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Kerr believes Hughton was ultimately a victim of supporters’ unrealistic expectations. “Because he got them to 11th last year I think the expectation was that they would be a top-10 team this year.” Yup, that's it in a nutshell. CH was on a hiding to nothing trying to overcome the negativity though, so don't think the board could do much else. What's done is done. Hope for the best, as always.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • 11th last year was somewhat flattering: Three games to go and NCFC was three points above the trapdoor and only that high due to a ten match winning run before Christmas.

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    NigelS

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • What a great guy Hughton iswas. But he could not win football matches, which was what he was well paid to do. So he failed. So he was sacked. Enough . Move on.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Cr@p manager, end of !!

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    tom the taxi

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Regardless of what the know alls from afar say I can only go by what the real fans on the bus travelling to and fro each home game and the fans sitting around me at the home matches were saying for months "How boring the football is under Hughton and in an entertainment industry we were not being entertained for our hard earned cash. Only people paying to watch have any entitlement to comment"

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    goldie

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Im really interested to see how we line up this weekend. Im not expecting major shocks. Judging by the games I watched the youth lads play I wouldnt expect it to be much different from what Hughtons tried at times. Just hope Neil is more successful as at times I commented how watching the youth side was like watching a marginally more exciting version of the first team. Different kettle of fish with the first teams though and in reality all we need is a short term lift to get us over the line this season. Not what i'd choose but im assuming it'll be something like Ruddy,Martin,Olsson (if fit), Bassong, Yobo, Johnson, Tetttey, Howson, Redmond, Snodgrass, RVW. At a guess. Trying to keep central area solid and using fast (well one fast one) wingers to get at the fulham fullbacks. Similar to his Youth sides style using the Murphys pace as the main weapon. Not what id have but what I got a feeling we will go with. Would love it if Fer was back. Seemed quite mobile at the open day by all accounts. If hes fit i'd take him over Johnson. Adds that level of quality, plus with a world cup coming up shortly he will be eager to impress in London on saturday. Fingers crossed.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Even good ol` Dubai`s caught a touch of reality now, LYB! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Is that the one who thinks he's Elvis?

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    el dingo

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • No Brian, our expectations were to stay in the PL and not be relegated under Chris Hughton which is where we were heading.

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    Letsby Avenue

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Exactly my thoughts. Id like to see any other club in ANY division give a manager as much time as we did to get things right.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Are you perchance thinking of Bill Kerr, Swiss? I think he was an Ozzie who played the part of one of Anthony Aloysius Hanc0ck`s stooges in H-H-H- Hanc0ck`s Half Hour on steam wireless. Or was he one of the Urbane Space Managers from the B-D Dada Band? The headline proclaims Sherwood, when, in fact, most of the squit came from the Kerr stooge. Some of the disdainful treatment, by Lineker and his ilk, of `little` teams like Norwich - even when undeserved - was very helpful to his pal Chrissie, wasn`t it? What a load of duplicitous gravy-train riders these pundits are.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • what a load of garbage from sherwood and kerr.(who is this kerr?) if sherwood is so upset why dosnt he give hoots a job?or mabe they will be meeting up in the dole office in a months time.a little bit worried about neil taking over.

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    bluelight

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • All managers will state they feel sympathy when another get fired, all part of the game so to speak. Just about every season ticket holder plus other fans know we are never going to make the top four slots these days, due mostly to the stupid amounts of money being spent by top clubs. However, we all want our club to play attractive, mainly attacking football and even if we do go down, we will still be there next year. At the end of the day, pro football is entertainment, something Hughton failed to deliver and fans were bored stiff with his negative attitude.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Wasn't Kerr also the Galloping Gourmet in his spare time ?

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • I am also fed up with hearing the comments of tv pundits and others about Hughton's sacking. When you look at the facts not the emotions - our playing record under him, his tactics, his spending etc then there is little or nothing to mitigate him and his coaching staff. I was amused by Gary Lineker's comments, considering Norwich City had been lambasted on his show on numerous occasions for inept performances! Whatever legacy Hughton has left us, we must now put it in the past, move forward, repair and improve.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • AND, who cares what Hughton, Linacre, Sherwood, Kerr or anyone else thinks. They did not have to watch the negative, boring fare dished up by Hughtons team week after week after week. The supporters were sick of it. I was losing the will to live waiting for RVW to find where the back of the net was. I have had more fun squeezing mouth ulcers. Hughton's time was up, he had his chance to made something worthy of Lambert's beginnings, and he failed. Nobody could possibly say he was not given more than enough time to mould some sort of effective performance after 22 months in charge. He failed, the price of failure ,even if you are the nicest chap in the world, is that you are asked to move on. With our best wishes, go.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • This Kerr bloke , is his first name Wayne????

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    GrumpyMike

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

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