Norwich City boss Chris Hughton brushes off sack race talk

Tony Pulis brings his Crystal Palace side to Carrow Road to face Chris Hughton's Norwich City.

Tony Pulis brings his Crystal Palace side to Carrow Road to face Chris Hughton's Norwich City. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Chris Hughton has more pressing matters than worrying about the Premier League sack race.

Norwich City's inconsistent form so far this season has seen Hughton and Fulham's Martin Jol widely tipped to be the next top flight manager to leave their post in recent weeks.

Tottenham's embarrassing 6-0 defeat at Manchester City increased the pressure on Andre Villas-Boas in recent days, but Hughton knows it comes with the territory ahead of Saturday's latest Carrow Road test against Crystal Palace.

'I wouldn't say you accept things are going to be said but there will be pressures from the media and social media and radio shows and so on,' he said. 'Criticism comes with that. I honestly don't think about my job being under threat. I can't influence those things directly.

'One week it might be me and the next week it will be somebody else. These are things you have to be able to take in your stride. It doesn't affect the way I work or the things I do during the week and it can't really affect the result. That comes down to what you do on during the week on the training field.'

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Hughton points to the parallels from last season's campaign when Norwich finished mid-table.

'Look at last season when we had a very good spell before Christmas and then found it very difficult afterwards,' he said. 'We went through a spell of poor results but eventually went on to finish in a very good position. You have to be able to ride those difficult periods.

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'The pressure is part and parcel of the game and that changes slightly with your league position perhaps but we know every week is difficult in this league and we are not alone in that.'

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