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Martin: Hughton didn't lose the Norwich dressing room

Former Norwich manager Chris Hughton may have lost his job but he never lost the dressing room, according to club captain Russell Martin.

Hughton was sacked after the Canaries slipped to a 1-0 home defeat to West Brom that left them just one place above the Premier League relegation zone.

I don't know what that means, losing the dressing room.

No. We didn't stop playing for him. The boys have tried and given everything for him but it has not been good enough for a while.

– Norwich captain Russell Martin.

Adams in at Norwich

Norwich City chief executive David McNally and New Norwich City manager Neil Adams. Credit: PA

Norwich chief executive David McNally has charged new manager Neil Adams with keeping the club in the Barclays Premier League to land the job on a long-term basis.

Norwich now face a trip to Fulham, the team directly below them in the table, before a final run of four fixtures that sees them play Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

But McNally wants Adams to pick up enough points in those daunting fixtures to both keep the club in the top flight and seal his position on the bench beyond the end of the campaign.

"We will have to wait until the end of the season but it is all in Neil's hands, if he wants the big job here it is entirely up to him," he said.

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Hughton knows there's pressure

Manager Chris Hughton admits he can never switch off in the ongoing quest to keep Norwich in the Barclays Premier League again next season.

When you are not here working, you are spending an equal amount of time thinking about the game, about decisions, about how you can do things better.

It is the challenges of the games, sometimes you do wish you could switch off for a little while, but it is very difficult.

You listen to everything around you, that is normal - when you have won at the weekend you will pick up the Sunday and the Monday papers, when you haven't, you will give them a wide berth.

But there are these challenges and you have to be big enough to accept them, take the knocks on the chin and always look to improve.

– Norwich boss Chris Hughton

Norwich skipper hopes gesture pays off

Norwich captain Russell Martin is hoping the squad's move to refund fans who travelled to their 3-0 defeat at Swansea last Saturday will guarantee them the support they need in the final week's of what has been a long fight against relegation.

Our fans have been brilliant home and away this season and the numbers we get on the road are really impressive when you consider how far they have to travel up and down the country from Norfolk.

All the lads really felt for the fans at the end of Saturday's game, with most of them facing something like a six-hour drive home. Hopefully this will help them with the cost of travelling to our next away game at Fulham.

– Norwich City captain Russell Martin

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