Hughton dismisses claims of Norwich 'turmoil'

The 54-year-old has denied suggestions that it is currently a time of chaos for the Canaries and urged his players to take their Premier League destiny into their own hands
Norwich manager Chris Hughton has denied suggestions that it is currently a time of 'turmoil' at Carrow Road.

After the 2-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa left them just three points above the relegation zone, the Canaries cancelled their end of season awards dinner in order to focus on ensuring they avoid the drop.

However, with a vital clash against West Brom coming up this weekend, Hughton has dismissed any notions of chaos and urged his players to take their current plight into their own hands.

"Turmoil is certainly the wrong word," Hughton told reporters. "It can only be us who puts it right.

"We know we are playing in a very competitive division, there are clubs around us who are bigger than we are, with bigger budgets, and that is a reflection on how difficult this league is.

"It is certainly not turmoil, it is the ups and downs of the game. Is it a time of frustration? Yes, because we don't want to be in the position we are in.

"Is it an anxious time? Of course it is, but it is only us who can do something about it. We need to make sure that by the end of these two games that we have the required points."

The 54-year-old went on to stress the need for Norwich to leave their Premier League destiny in their own hands – starting with their upcoming clash against Steve Clarke’s Baggies.

"There is no doubt the lads know what this game means, and how badly we want to win this game, so it won’t be through a lack of effort," continued Hughton.

"It is about us getting the results we need, we don't know what the other results will be on Sunday, then also on next Tuesday or the last day of the season.

"We have to make sure it is very much in our hands. If we get the results we need, then you don't have to rely on any of the other results around you."