Feb 17, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT
Norwich City is the only club in the Premier League’s Bottom Six not to have sacked at least one manager this year, and that’s a fact that could change soon.
Chris Hughton has won just 29 percent of his matches as boss of Norwich City and the Canaries hierarchy isn’t rushing to back the second-year man. The PL’s sixteenth-place club is just one point ahead of No. 17 West Bromwich Albion and No. 18 Sunderland, which is obviously troubling to Norwich chief executive David McNally.
Hughton’s boss says the club is aware of their alternatives to help save Norwich’s place in England’s top flight.
“If we needed to make a change, and the average tenure of a Premier League manager is about a year-and-a-half, which puts Chris in the top six or top eight longest serving right now, then if a change was necessary, it wouldn’t be a case of, ‘Who are the contenders?’
“It would be a case of reviewing what is required, where are we going and who is best placed to take the club forward. If we believe Chris is the right man to take the club forward, then we stick with that.
“It is fine margins in our sport and what you have to be sure of is a guaranteed improvement.”
Hughton’s managerial reputation was relatively strong entering this season. He brought Newcastle directly back to the Premier League after a year in the Championship with one of the top records in club history.
After being unceremoniously sacked by NUFC owner Mike Ashley after a rocky patch the next season, he was a hot commodity and earned a gig with Birmingham City. They were a Championship club playing in the Europa League, and Hughton lead them deep into the tournament.
Earning a shot in the Premier League with Norwich, Hughton guided the club to safety in 2012-13 with an eleventh-place finish. They brought in Gary Hooper and Ricky van Wolfswinkel to bolster their strike force but have scored just 19 goals, one higher than the PL’s worst producers (Crystal Palace).
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