Hughton has no sack fears

Norwich manager Chris Hughton will not concern himself with the threat of the sack as he prepares for the visit of Spurs.

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Chris Hughton: Under pressure at Norwich

Chris Hughton: Under pressure at Norwich

Norwich manager Chris Hughton will not concern himself with the threat of the sack as he prepares for the visit of Tottenham on Sunday.

Hughton's position has again come under scrutiny following a run of just one win in 11 Barclays Premier League games.

The Canaries have slipped down the table and if results elsewhere go against them, then they could be back in the bottom three before kick-off at Carrow Road.

Basement club Fulham last week dramatically dismissed Rene Meulensteen and replaced him with former Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath in an attempt to kick-start a survival charge over the closing 12 matches.

Hughton, for now, has the support of the board, who backed their manager with a £20million summer spending spree, but chief executive David McNally warned that could soon change should results not improve.

Despite working with all of the added pressure, Hughton - who guided Norwich to 11th place last season after taking over from Paul Lambert -

insists it must remain very much business as usual at the club's Colney training complex.

"I work in an industry that is about momentum, getting results, getting the best out of the players at your disposal," Hughton said at a press conference.

"My job on a daily basis is hectic with numerous things you have to make decisions on. That dominates my thoughts, not anything outside that.

"There is so much to management you have to give that your 100 per cent concentration and focus, anything outside of that objective will not deter me."

Norwich are so far the only club currently in the bottom six to have the same manager who started the season.

Hughton, though, accepts that is all part of the territory.

"There is no doubt within the game you want continuity, but that doesn't happen as often as it should," he said.

"The ownership of clubs is very different from quite a few years ago and with that the job of a manager.

"I feel those within the management game would welcome more consistency, but my concern is what happens at Norwich City."

Norwich are hopefully of having midfielder Jonny Howson available again following some two months out with a back problem.

Spurs, meanwhile, are likely to recall several of the first-team regulars - such as striker Emmanuel Adebayor and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris - who missed the midweek Europa League trip to Dnipro in the Ukraine.

"I think they made five or six changes from their last (league) game at Newcastle. They are able to do that because of the squad they have got," said Hughton, who spent many years at White Hart Lane as both a player and coach.

"I think they are (top four) contenders because of the depth of squad they have got.

"The downside for them is they are up against a resurgent Everton and Liverpool which adds to the possible teams who can genuinely finish in that top four, but they are genuine contenders."


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