Chris Hughton will reap the benefit of his Norwich City Premier League success
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Chris Hughton is convinced he is a better manager for successfully guiding Norwich City to Premier League safety.
The Canaries' chief's first season at the helm ended in triumph, but Hughton conceded he had to endure some difficult days in both league and cup combat.
'Yes, I am definitely a better manager. It is impossible not to be,' he said. 'There are so many highs and lows, so many tough decisions that you have to make and when you come away from Liverpool and you have conceded five and come away from Fulham and you have conceded five and Liverpool at home you can not help but learn from that experience. You have to show resilience and we did to come out and get big wins against (Manchester) United and Arsenal. Every day tests you as a manager, every day and every week because you have to pick a team to win a game.'
Hughton believes the pressure on top level management has reached new levels in the modern era, with the Norwich man already in the top ten list of longest-serving Premier League bosses.
'There is nowhere near the security there was for managers when I played. You have so many issues to deal with,' he said. 'The media interest is massive now and those requirements are a huge part of the job. There has to be more emphasis on your man-management skills I think perhaps than ever before. That is a consequence of a different type of player, the influx of foreign players, the competitive nature of the Premier League. The manager role has definitely changed and what is important is that you have to surround yourself with good people.
'It affects me more as a manager. When you are a player you always feel the next game will come around and you can put things right. It's tougher as a manager. I certainly take defeats a lot harder as a manager than a player. As a player you are conditioned just to think about the next game and letting the last one go. The manager has so many things to think about and defeats do not get any easier.'