Hughton: Avoiding relegation still Norwich’s main aim

The Canaries boss says he hopes the club can progress this season but feels staying in the Premier League remains the team's top priority despite an 11th-placed finish last term
Norwich City manager Chris Hughton insists avoiding relegation is still the club's main aim despite finishing 11th in the Premier League last season.

The Canaries have also dipped into the transfer market this summer bringing in the likes of Gary Hooper from Celtic and Ricky van Wolfswinkel from Sporting Lisbon, but Hughton is still wary about the forthcoming campaign.

“We're still a club that's developing,” he told reporters. "This will be our third season back in the Premier League. We've had two very good seasons in this division, but this season - irrespective of what we've brought in - will start just as hard as last season started.

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"It's still making sure we start next season's Premier League in the division - that's always the objective - but we want to make progress."

Hughton also says he is still looking to add further players to his squad but is in no rush to make any signings currently.

"Only if it's right. As regards numbers, we're probably about the same numbers [as last season],” he added.

"We'll go right through to the end of the window. If there are opportunities to improve and they're right for us, then we'll endeavour to do so. At the moment we're certainly not far away."

The Norwich boss is also backing new-boy Van Wolfswinkel to enjoy a good campaign, despite failing to get off the mark in pre-season.

"His character can handle it," Hughton said. "And it's up to him to make sure that he's putting himself in the right positions and the right frame of mind to give himself an opportunity.

"He's certainly one that will get himself into the box, he is one who likes to run in beyond. But we've got to give him opportunities as well."