Jonny Howson is not fretting about a summer of upheaval at Norwich City

Jonny Howson believes the pressure is about to ramp up for the Canaries and their Championship rival

Jonny Howson believes the pressure is about to ramp up for the Canaries and their Championship rivals. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Jonny Howson will not worry about a summer of upheaval at Carrow Road while Norwich City still have a puncher's chance of getting back in the Championship play-offs.

Howson would be one of the club's prized assets, should the Canaries remain stuck in the second tier, with Alex Neil recently labelling him Premier League class, but the 28-year-old is only focused on Tuesday's test at Bristol City.

Norwich sit a distant nine points behind sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday after a 5-1 collapse at Hillsborough.

'Me personally it is not something I have thought about. We have 11 games left, it is not mathematically out of our reach so football-wise my focus is on Bristol City,' he said. 'What happens in the summer is for others to decide. I don't need to be concerned with that. It is nice to hear the manager say that, but the bottom line is I am a Championship player, that is the league I am playing in.

'I don't know what the summer will bring in general at the club. You never know what can happen. We are sitting here in March. Irrespective of the season, whether positive or disappointing, there are always ins and outs at any club. This summer will be no different. It might be more active, it might not. I can't affect that. I just turn up day in, day out and give it everything I have got.'

Howson's fellow Yorkshireman, Cameron Jerome, made his feelings clear about the current state of affairs in a scathing post-match interview following Norwich's dire weekend showing against the free-scoring Owls.


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'Whether I agree with that or not it is disappointing Cam feels that way,' said Howson. 'He gave an honest opinion. I know him well and he is an honest guy. If you don't agree with it, prove him wrong and if you do try to put it right. You have to be able to take criticism in this game, whether it is team mates, managers, fans. Some of the results and runs we have been on are not good enough. We are not just letting each other down but ourselves.

'Cam has his own opinion. Me, personally, I have respect for everyone in that changing room. Other lads might have different opinions. I can only comment from my perspective and I have respect for players, staff and everyone connected with the club. I see the lads day in, day out. I am not hiding behind the fact we haven't been good enough this season but we are hurting and to me that means you care. From the outside it is always easy to draw your own conclusions. That is natural. It won't be the first time I have had this type of situation in my career and it won't be the last.'

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