Norwich City boss Chris Hughton insists he has no hard and fast ideas about which formation he wants his team to adopt in the new Premier League campaign.

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The first clues to the system the Canaries may use in 2012-13 will come in tomorrow’s opening pre-season game against Hertha Berlin in Gleisdorf, Austria.

Birmingham City operated mostly with a conventional 4-4-2 formation in the Championship under Hughton last season.

At the time, he said: “My preferred formation is 4-4-2 or a form of 4-4-2, 4-4-1-1, with one playing a little bit more off the front, because I think that gives you a little bit more in the opposition half. It allows you to keep the ball more in their half.”

Under his predecessor at Carrow Road, Paul Lambert, City used a diamond midfield for most of their back-to-back promotion seasons, but there was more variation in systems and personnel as they adapted to life in the Premier League last term.

And after his players returned to training last week, Hughton stressed that it was important to keep an open mind on formation and style of football.

“How you go about your team, the changes you make, the consistency you have in your team and the formation you play are ongoing decisions,” he said.

“Some of that is governed by the results you get. If you’ve won a game, do you keep the same team? If you’ve lost a game, do you look for change?

“They are the decisions you can only make as the season goes on. But at the start of the season you want a really competitive squad where everybody is vying for places.”

Hughton makes no secret of the fact he prefers the passing game he was brought up with as a player at Tottenham, but also knows results take priority over style.

“Ultimately you want to win games and this league is the toughest league to win games in,” he said. “You at times have to adapt, whether that’s home or away, and do what you have to do to get a result. I do like a good tempo in the way that we play, but a team that ultimately is going to win games.

“I wouldn’t have thought there would have been any complaints last season if you were a Norwich supporter or a Swansea supporter in the way the team were playing, and ultimately they both got very good positions in the league.”

7 comments

  • You used the word "big" to describe a player Kent. That could make smaller people feel discriminated against, because you are equating size with achievement, therefore smaller people could feel devalued. To use correct anti-discriminatory language, you should've said "significant" or something similar.

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    Timbo

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • My first submission must have been acceptable after all!! Anybody know why it was ethered originally?

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    Kent Anglian

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • You used the word "big" to describe a player Kent. That could make smaller people feel discriminated against, because you are equating size with achievement, therefore smaller people could feel devalued. To use correct anti-discriminatory language, you should've said "significant" or something similar.

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    Timbo

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • My first submission must have been acceptable after all!! Anybody know why it was ethered originally?

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    Kent Anglian

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • You`ve gone all "PC", Timbo. That`s not like you; you were recently moderated for referring to my ethnicity! I share KA`s feeling about Wiesohn. Oy vey Maria. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

  • Made a really compilmentary remark about Jonny Howson and his potential impact this season and have been ethered. Give me a break!

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    Kent Anglian

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • I have a feeling that Jonny Howson is going to be a 'big' player for us next season. He was really starting to look good towards the end of last season, as he got the measure of the Premier League. His through ball for Steve Morison's equalising goal at Arsenal was sublime. Footy tomorrow again - yes!!

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    Kent Anglian

    Friday, July 20, 2012

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