I'm not one for putting managers under pressure for no good reason, especially in this age when they receive so little time. Chris Hughton is a new manager in Norfolk and has only been in charge for six league games. But pressure comes with the territory of being a football manager, and we all know that they are judged by the results they get.
As a Norwich City fan, the concern level is pretty high at the moment. Yes, it is only six games into the season, but the team has not won in that period, and they currently sit in the relegation zone. It doesn't get any easier with games against Chelsea and Arsenal on the horizon.
The drubbings we suffered against Fulham on the opening day and Liverpool most recently have been major concerns. And the home games against Queens Park Rangers and West Ham should have produced at least one win.
We need to ensure we do not go down the trap of keep saying we are playing well, and the results will come. Paul McVeigh's ultra-positive outlook on Radio Norfolk's Canary Call is commendable to an extent, but I would be worried about the naivety of his comments. If what we are doing isn't working, then we have to look at how we can change it. We know from Albert Einstein that if we keep doing the same thing, we can't expect much to change.
Therefore, it's important to determine at which point Hughton goes from making a slow start to the season to an unacceptable level of performance. After all, some Norwich City fans are already calling for him to be sacked.
Well, that point for me, would be after the hat-trick of games against Aston Villa, Stoke City and Reading. If we haven't won by that stage, then that would be 11 games without a league win, which isn't acceptable for a team looking to stay in the Premier League.
Some people would suggest that it is nonsense sacking a manager without a backup plan in mind. I agree with this opinion because then you go down the road if getting an ill-equipped assistant as your new manager. I have heard Ian Holloway mentioned, and I can understand why that option may be seen as appealing.
He has done a great job at Blackpool and has a reputation of playing attacking football makes him an appealing choice, but he failed to keep Blackpool in the Premier League despite his best efforts. I am not one that thinks Harry Redknapp is the answer to our problems either. Malky Mackay is another name that could be mentioned.
However, if Norwich does feel the need to dispense of Chris Hughton, then the manager that I would like to see is Brighton's Gus Poyet. He has managed to get Brighton promoted from League One, and they are now joint top of the Championship in only their second season back at that level.
This is a story that is not too dissimilar to Paul Lambert he could also play a key role in wrapping up the signing of Craig Mackail-Smith. I hope Hughton can turn things around, but if he can't, then Poyet could be the man to save our Premier League bacon.
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