The national media reaction to Norwich City sacking Chris Hughton

The national media's take on Chris Hughton's sacking. The national media's take on Chris Hughton's sacking.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
2:03 PM

It’s fair to say the national media reaction to Chris Hughton’s departure was somewhat different to the one here at the coal face.

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Norwich City supporters, by and large, did little to mourn the passing of the managerial baton – a decision which didn’t have the same reverberations as it did in Manchester and London.

Gary Lineker described it as “utterly bonkers” and “deluded” – given Match of the Day’s propensity to ignore perhaps more vital issues in the Premier League in preference to big-names-but-nothing-important games, his comments might fall on stony ground in these parts. Did someone say troll?

Delia was never going to be far away from the scene, hence “A recipe that Delia might have concocted” headlined Oliver Kay piece in The Times in which he described the decision as about “panic”. “To push the button now seems to suggest regret at earlier indecision.” he writes.

The Guardian played it pretty straight, suggesting chief executive David McNally has chosen “to twist rather than stick before it is too late”. Ditto The Independent.

It’s usually the red tops who have some fun, with The Sun leading the way. Their local edition splashed with “Hughton Sacked – Axed to give Canaries ‘max hope’ of survival. They quoted a Delia “previously” saying “I love Neil.” On their back page was a headline “A-ha! It’s Norwich’s new boss”, describing Neil Adams as football’s Alan Partridge, which is a tad unfair. As far as we are aware, he has never lived in a budget hotel, never been kidnapped by a crazed fan and never hosted his own TV show.

The Daily Mirror used Lineker’s “Bonkers and Deluded” line on their story and described City’s statement as “fatuous”, saying Hughton remained popular in the dressing room.

The Daily Mail failed to mention global warming or members of the royal family in their piece, but did make mention of the fact, as did others, that Hughton had been the only black manager in the top four divisions of English football.

The colour of Hughton’s skin has never been an issue in Norwich – it was all about the football. Those close to the action – the fans, the directors, the local media – saw it all week in, week out. It was analysed to the nth degree, opinions sought and given. If truth be know, we had all been on a stand-by-your-beds brief for some time.

What happened on Sunday was perhaps a delayed reaction, given it could have happened at several junctures over the past few months, but it came a day after the biggest public showing of discontent by those who sit yards, not hundreds of miles, away from the action.

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  • …..I think it is fair to say that Hughton had the respect of Norwich City followers from the word GO!....It all started to go wrong with his first game against FULHAM!...We had expected something better than that result, after the hype he had been feeding us!....I realised almost immediately that a mistake had been made with his appointment!....Slowly!..very slowly others came to the same conclusions!...Poor performances by decent players, because of his negative tactics, saw this club start into decline....He drove players...away!....and they escaped at the first opportunity!.....If Linaker..Shearer and the likes, don't grasp what became so apparent to the 'Dumplings' on our terraces...they have a problem!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • A-ha ! Who cares what the national press writes - their only job is to sell newspapers. The best comment I read was the guy who said "Did any of these over-paid pundits ever pay to come and watch Norwich City" ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Lineker peers over his packet of crisps to call us deluded like we should just accept relegation that they have all been tipping us for. Cant wait to see the look on his face if Neil Adams does what I think he will....

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Exactly Lineker more than anyone royally annoyed me. Easy for so called professional pundits to have an opinion without knowing the real facts. Tried explaining this to Mark Saggers on talksport last night when he too slated us. We are not deluded. We understand that finishing midtable is like winning the league for a club like NCFC. With that you have to accept you will lose more games than you win. But there was the problem most fans had with Hughton. It wasnt the losing of games that hurt us and made us so unhappy. It was the manor in which we lost, simply no showing. Add that to McNallys point of 7 away losses in a row and constantly gifting points to our main rivals and its plain to see we as a club gave him more time anyone else would have to get it right. Sadly those in power in the main stream media aint interested in reporting the full stories just what they can make a story. In fairness it shocked me who did stand up for NCFC. Alan Brazil & Robbie Fowler both tried looking at it from the boardfans view point and even more surprising Adrian Durham on talksport 110% backed the club and said virtually all the issues us fans have noted + he was at Carrow Road saturday and saw just how nasty it got. end of the day us fans know it was right and now we just have to hope we survive. OTBC!

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Indeed, Capri. Also, it was Lily`s self-serving, preening attempts at time wasting and drawing adulation, that created that fragment of extra time which enabled good ol` Simeon to get his tackle on the ball and score the winner. Is Simeon in our Hall of Fame yet? He should be. Fine gentleman, even with that high-pitched voice! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Good point, Blackdog2; good observation, Capri; good Heavens, Brewer.

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • 'The colour of Hughton’s skin has never been an issue in Norwich'. Really? Well it clearly was in some, thankfully minority quarters. I do not want to keep stirring things up, but that is complacent 'journalism' and needs challenging. I beg to differ, certainly Twitter and other online posts that were subject to police investigation were all about colour. I once wrote to Robert Chase about why Norwich were not participating in the Kick Racism Out charter that clubs were invited to back in the mid-nineties. He replied that the board felt highlighting the issue might make it worse and they believed there were no problems with racist comments at Norwich. I pointed out that if all clubs did not back the charter then it would be fundamentally undermined, to which Robert Chase's response was that the only derogatory chanting he had heard at Carrow Road were comments aimed at himself! There was a degree of disgraceful abuse aimed at Chris Hughton that if someone told me he had walked out and joined Villa I would still have found unacceptable...although that would have been 'all about the football' of course!

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    Uckfield Canary

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Hear! hear! blackdog2. Gary `Kaptain Krispy` Lineker is an old pal of Hughton`s anyway, so he`s bound to take that line. Like you, I hope the club never falls into the hands of an oily oligarch, a baseball freak with an obsession about colored Sox or a fake Tan man. I`d rather we got by on Michael Foulger`s chicken-feed and Delia`s donations. We cannot avoid the Sky millions - unless we get relegated.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • We may still go down, but if we do then it won't be Neil Adams' fault, and at least we will go down while trying to win games. Hopefully, no matter the end result, the board will take heed of the discontent that fans have had with the negative football that Hughton has produced. I want to see us looking like we might score more than one goal (and that is being generous) next season. I would love it if Adams could prove himself to be a good manager at this level, but time will tell. I also remember that when I thought about who I wanted to succeed Lambert, Hughton's name was top of my list. I am not expecting Adams to work miracles, but I just hope that he can get some belief and fight into them. He will need the fans to really make their presence known in a positive way and hopefully he can get a slice of luck as well. If we get the first goal on Saturday then I think we will go on to win it. Go behind though and we will really see what difference he can make, because a week is not long to rebuild a fragile confidence.

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I missed Stan Collymore off my list. He was quite impartial as always and took both sides of the story on board while his broadcast partner Mark Saggers only wanted rant about McNally and spout the same rubbish Lineker did. Given up now. Nothing we say will change their mindset. All that matters is we go do the business now. OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Looks like I`ve been Archied out of this discussion. I`ll leave it to the Lunar tick.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I was not at Carrow Road the day we beat Derby 3 - 2 The ref allowed us to take two corners after the advertised time added on was up. I was listening to our talisman Neil Adams on Radio Norfolk. It was one of the great moments in City history. A pundit who savaged us when Chris Hughton was sacked was in the Derby team

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    Capri

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • The fact that the bookies have Sunderland, Cardiff and Fulham as favourites to go down says a lot, they are not normally wrong! Linacre the crisp salesman and Savage the failed Come Dancing entrant have never been in the least bit complimentary to Norwich, always quick to take the p**z. They also fail to realise the passionate support, this is a family community club owned by local people putting their money where their mouths are. It is a viable club that owes nought and owns the ground and training facilities that are streets better than most. It is not a club that has sold it's soul to foreign merceneries. It will survive, money at 7\4 on with Paddy Power says it will.

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Lorra good sense from Preston, as always.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Who remembers when Lineker played for Spurs and was against advertising alcohol,but was happy enough to wear Spurs shirt with Holsten pils on it. what a hypocrite.

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    timbo

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Quite agree Stew - wise words as ever. Why we didn't sack him at half time in his first game in charge god alone knows. If only we all had your sense of hindsight.

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    Canary on the moon

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Btw, Dubai, how many times do you think Chris Lakey has PAID to watch them?

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    Canary on the moon

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • .....I would not want to belittle Lineker,Shearer,or the long haired bloke,but they are hardly the top of the crisp packets that they think they are!...They are on a level in my opinion with The Tyneside Tea Lady....I don't suppose we will be having her contributions coming forth with all the finesse of the fairer decks now that she has moved on!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • get back to advirtising crisps jug lugs!

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Spot on Mattias

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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