Chris Hughton accepts Norwich City's winless run puts him in the firing line
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Chris Hughton is under no illusions his future will remain a hot topic until Norwich City get back to winning ways in the Premier League.
The Canaries’ chief again had to bat away questions on whether he was the right man to lead the club in the aftermath of the 4-1 defeat at Arsenal – City’s fourth loss in their last five league games.
“It is a horrible question to ask but, no, I am not worried (about my job),” he said. “The only thing that worries me is the normal things of winning football matches. You want to be in a good league position, you want your team to be in form and playing well and trying to get all that right comes with the territory.
“We’re seven or eight games into the season and I only concentrate on the team and doing the best job that I can, getting as many points as we can, getting as many wins as we can - and, anything else, I don’t think about. We have had some tough fixtures so it’s our responsibility to make sure we turn some of these defeats against tough opponents into wins.”
The City boss is adamant he has a stronger squad than his debut campaign after a productive summer in the transfer market designed to build on a mid-table finish.
“Sometimes it takes that little bit longer for players to bed in. You can see that with the way Martin Olsson, Ricky (van Wolfswinkel), Leroy Fer and Gary Hooper have come into the squad,” he said. “Arsenal was Gary’s first full league game for us because he was unfortunate to get injured a week before the season started and has missed a fair chunk. We have said the same from day one of pre-season; it’s about us, as a club, improving and developing.
“We’ve had two very good finishes in the last two seasons. If we finish this season and feel we have grown as a club and the academy has made good strides then that’s the most important thing. One thing that we are very much in tune here about, as a club, is that it is about improving. It’s about overall club improvement from last season. That doesn’t necessarily mean league position. It means we feel we are in a better place to go on to the following season - with better players and a better squad.”