This is a tough article for me to write, because I’m somewhere in the middle in regards to how I feel about Chris Hughton. On one side, I think he is a decent manager and deserves time to turn things around. However, I can’t deny that there are serious concerns about things right now, and a change might benefit Norwich City.
The defeat against Aston Villa was another example of Norwich having plenty of the ball, but not being able to truly hurt the opposition. There are also enough frustrations from the players on the pitch to suggest that all is not well in the camp. I would also caution that Hughton is a defensive manager by nature, and we can’t expect him to suddenly become an attack-minded manager.
We have acquired a lot of players this summer, and this is now looking like his team. It’s fair to say that he is not helping himself with some of the decision making. However, I still think it is way too early to consider sacking him, especially since I’m not sure that he has used his strongest team yet.
The main concern for me is the away form, as that is an area that doesn’t seem to have improved from last season. Of course, this makes the next league game against Stoke City a rather significant one. Home games this season has yielded four points, and they have looked more offensive than last season. So, overall, there is some signs of hope that he can deliver the required results.
Nevertheless, fans will expect to see improvement in the attacking form and league results to stay off his case. I think the next few weeks promise to be very interesting, and, hopefully, some form can be found. However, if more wins are not forthcoming, the fan pressure will continue to increase.
Also, I feel he needs to rotate his squad more in search of the right balance. In particular, I would like to see Martin Olsson, Gary Hooper and Anthony Pilkington all given starts for the next league match.
What we can say is that a lot of top quality players have been signed, and that should lead to the team playing at a higher level from last season. The next few weeks will tell us if that is likely to be the case.
So, Norwich fans, should Chris Hughton stay or go?