I think every Norwich City fan would have to admit that the club's start to the season has been hugely disappointing. Chris Hughton was a popular choice when he was appointed, but football managers are judged on the results that they achieve.
There are those that have already called for him to be sacked, those who think he has to turn things around quickly, and those who think he deserves considerably more time. In that third group, there are even people who would stick with Hughton for the season irrespective of results.
Personally, I am firmly in the second group, but that doesn't mean to say I am sitting on the fence. The manager has had the summer to work with the players, and had the opportunity to bring in a number of his own players.
It was hugely frustrating to see that hard work go out of the window with 5-0 defeat against Fulham on the opening day of the season. But that can be put down to a one-off freak result that tends to happen over the course of the season.
The performances were much improved in the games that followed against Queens Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham, and Newcastle United. However, none of those games produced that elusive first win of the season.
Spirits were high that a home game against Liverpool may produce the first win of the season, but the performance was so abject that Fulham can no longer be considered a one-off freak result. This is all not ideal preparation for two difficult games against Chelsea and Arsenal. It would be a massive shock if Norwich secured a win against either of those sides.
However, the games that follow against Aston Villa, Stoke City, and Reading are all very much in the winnable category. Therefore, the next five games will tell us all we need to know about Chris Hughton.
I'm all for giving new managers time, but failing to win a match after 11 attempts is not an acceptable start, and Hughton should expect to be sacked after such a run of results.
Norwich City now have a manager that is the polar opposite of Paul Lambert, but then it shouldn't be that hard to get the team winning. This is the squad that did well last season with a number of key additions, not one of the key players from last year has left.
Personally, I believe the Canaries will achieve that win in the next five; Chris Hughton will remain in charge, and keep the club in the Premier League. But if he does fail then David McNally must wield the axe, Premier League football is simply too valuable.
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