With the club four points above the relegation zone, the 55-year-old has told friends that he expects to leave Carrow Road at the end of the seasonEXCLUSIVE
By Greg Stobart
Norwich City manager Chris Hughton has told friends he expects to lose his job at the end of the season.
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The Canaries boss has been under pressure throughout the campaign and his side sit just four points above the relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s trip to Southampton.
Goal understands that Hughton is now almost certain to stay until the end of the campaign but Norwich chief executive David McNally has already taken the decision to change manager in the summer.
Hughton believes he will be looking for a new job in the summer whatever happens in the final nine games of the season and has told friends he accepts his time as Norwich boss is almost over.
Norwich have come close to sacking the former Newcastle manager and at least twice has found himself within one defeat of leaving the club, only to guide the club to wins over Hull City in January and then Tottenham last month.
Senior figures Norwich have been frustrated by the lack of attacking football while the club have been disappointed by the lack of return from £27 million summer spending on six new signings.
Norwich have scored the second fewest number of goals in the Premier League - 22 from 29 matches - but the club’s board believe Hughton will still steer them to a fourth successive season in the top flight.
McNally publicly admitted last month that Norwich were considering replacements for Hughton, claiming it would be “delinquent” not to weigh up their options.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon and former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay are the two leading candidates to replace Hughton but the Canaries are considering all of their options.
Hughton was appointed in 2012 to replace Paul Lambert after the Scot joined Aston Villa and the former Tottenham defender led Norwich to 11th place in the Premier League his first season in charge.