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Does Norwich’s 4-1 thumping by Villa signal the last chance for Chris Hughton?

Mar 2, 2014, 10:20 PM EST

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Chris Hughton is a good manager, but how long he can last at Norwich as the team continues to struggle to stay out of the relegation zone is a major question.

The Canaries scored in the third minute before conceding four goals to Aston Villa is a 4-1 thumping at Villa Park on Sunday, reawakening the heat under Hughton’s seat.

Two weeks ago, Norwich chief executive David McNally publicly admitted that Hughton’s job status wasn’t in the best shape. His squad responded by posting a 1-0 home win over an in-form Tottenham Hotspur team, alleviating a little bit of pressure by sending Norwich to 28 points.

After Sunday’s loss, the Canaries’ 15th place spot isn’t a strong 15th.Eighteenth place Sunderland is four points back with two matches in hand, and both Crystal Palace and West Brom (16th and 17th) are within three points with a match in hand each.

Hughton knows how it looks. He’s just trying not to think about it.

“I put all of my efforts into the job I do, so it (his future) is not something I think about. The only way I can affect things is by getting the results we need.

“As a team, we have to take it on the chin; as a manager I have to accept any criticism that comes my way after a defeat.

“You have to lick your wounds. It’s a low point at the moment because we came into the game in good form, so this is a real hammer blow.

“But this is difficult because this is a result I didn’t see coming.”

Norwich’s next match is a home six-pointer against Stoke City on Saturday. It’s shaping up to be the biggest match of his time at Carrow Road, as a loss could end it… if that doesn’t come sooner.

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