Football – Hughton denies Carrow Road turmoil
Norwich manager Chris Hughton maintains there has not been “turmoil” at Carrow Road as he prepares his beleaguered squad for a showdown with West Brom which could all but secure their Barclays Premier League status.
Following the last minute 2-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa and former manager Paul Lambert, the Norfolk club swiftly moved to cancel their end of season awards dinner set for Monday evening in a bid to focus all of their efforts on getting the required points to stay up.
Wigan’s subsequent defeat at home to Swansea left the Canaries three points clear of the drop zone heading into the final two matches.
With a trip to Manchester City to round off the campaign, Hughton knows Sunday provides the perfect opportunity to put the situation beyond any reasonable doubt, with the Latics set to head to Champions League chasing Arsenal just 48 hours after their FA Cup final at Wembley.
“Turmoil is certainly the wrong word,” said Hughton, who is expected to recall fit-again England goalkeeper John Ruddy
“We know we are playing in a very competitive division, there are clubs around us who are bigger than we are, with bigger budgets, and that is a reflection on how difficult this league is.
“It is certainly not turmoil, it is the ups and downs of the game. Is it a time of frustration? Yes, because we don’t want to be in the position we are in.
“Is it an anxious time? Of course it is, but it is only us who can do something about it. We need to make sure that by the end of these two games that we have the required points.”