Nobody would have guessed that Chris Hughton could surpass the impressive campaign Norwich City accomplished last season, where they finished in 12th place. Yet, here we are, coming towards the “nitty gritty” section of the season throughout Christmas where games come thick and fast. The Canaries are soaring in 8th place, on a run of 10 Premier League games unbeaten. Can they be stopped?
In what was a surprise to many, Paul Lambert upped and left Norwich City following a miraculous season, to join Aston Villa, a side that just avoided relegation. Many had written off the Canaries prospects for the following season. That is, until Chris Hughton was appointed manager. Hughton, with a proven track record at Birmingham City and Newcastle United, acted fast and secured the services of Grant Holt, who appeared to be unhappy with the previous setup.
After a rocky start to the season, Norwich City have gained some stability and results. Getting their defensive displays under control with the partnership of Michael Turner and Sebastien Bassong finally coming to fruition. Further added to the Canaries positivity if the form of Anthony Pilkington, Wes Hoolahan and Grant Holt with the three players scoring 10 goals between them.
During the summer, it was this writer’s belief that Chris Hughton would be the perfect candidate for the Irish national job. Perhaps down the line, he will one day manage the Republic. Norwich made the managerial acquisition of the summer, securing the services of Hughton.
“We are a team which has to work very hard for the points we get, so there will be no getting carried away.” – Norwich Manager, Chris Hughton.
If Norwich City remain the underdogs throughout the season, Europe is most certainly a viable possibility for next season.