Norwich City manager Chris Hughton speaks of "good relationship" with club hierachy despite chief executive threat

Chris Hughton is under pressure.
Chris Hughton is under pressure. Photo: PA

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton insists that he has a good relationship with the club's hierarchy, despite chief executive David McNally admitting that the Canaries have already identified potential candidates to replace him.

McNally carried out an honest interview with the local press last week and suggested that it would be "delinquent" of the club to not have a plan should the position of their current manager become untenable.

David McNally issued a warning to Chris Hughton.
David McNally issued a warning to Chris Hughton. Credit: PA

Norwich have only won one of their last 11 games in the Premier League, and face in-form Tottenham Hotspur at Carrow Road on Sunday.

"One thing I can assure everybody is that we have a very good relationship.

Myself, the chief executive, the board, a group of players that we have.

The concerns of a football club are the exact same concerns that we have as managers and players. We are absolutely aware that we want to be getting results."

– Chris Hughton, Norwich City Manager

The Canaries come into the showdown with Spurs on the back of a morale-sapping defeat to fellow strugglers West Ham United.

Norwich City were punished for missed chances against West Ham United.
Norwich City were punished for missed chances against West Ham United. Credit: PA

It was a game that typified Norwich's season so far, with Hughton's men being punished for missing a series of glaring opportunities to score.

Despite the doom and gloom, there was some better news for Norwich with Hughton confirming that star midfielder Jonny Howson will be back in contention to take on Tottenham.

Jonny Howson could return from injury against Spurs.
Jonny Howson could return from injury against Spurs. Credit: PA

Ryan Bennett and Jonas GutiƩrrez remain out, while long-term absentees Michael Turner and Elliott Bennett are still sidelined.