Sunday 23 September 2018

Hughton: 'I'll sleep easier with Canaries flying higher'

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton. Picture credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.
Norwich City manager Chris Hughton. Picture credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.

NORWICH manager Chris Hughton admits he will sleep easier this week with his side out of the Premier League bottom three.

The Canaries came from behind to beat West Ham 3-1 at Carrow Road on Saturday, a victory which saw them climb to 15th place and ease the pressure on Hughton, whose position had come in for scrutiny following defeats by Chelsea and Arsenal before a 7-0 humiliation at Manchester City.

Hughton now has some welcome respite during the international break before the squad reassemble at Colney ahead of the trip to Newcastle, his former club, on November 23.

"You can't expect an easy ride when things are not going so well and it is tough to get away from it; people talk about it 24/7 and it is - you wake up thinking about things, you go to bed thinking about things, but I won't be alone in that in this profession," Hughton said.

"If you talk about the pressure I was under, then look around the league - if those top teams are not in or around the top four then they are under equal pressure, that is modern football.

"I have been around a long time, maybe not in this management game so long, but I am aware of things said and newspapers and radio and that comes with the territory.

"Whether having that experience really helps you deal with it better or not, I don't know. The defeats certainly do not get any easier, but this is a fantastic club to be at and I was so pleased for the fans and those upstairs (in the boardroom) to get a result." Hughton continued: "We are doing the best jobs we can and we are working as hard as we can, but within that there will be good and bad times. You have to be able to cope with the down sides.

"What you look for is a togetherness from the players and I think we have had that, but I am aware of outside influences and you have to deal with that also."

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