Norwich City should decide against sacking manager Chris Hughton and give him the chance to keep the team in the Premier League this season.
The Canaries have had a season full of inconsistency, with last week’s impressive win over Tottenham completely forgotten now due to a disappointing 4-1 away loss at Aston Villa.
It was a huge match between two relegation rivals battling for three points that could well be a deciding factor on who steps down a division in May, but firing Hughton now would be a mistake.
Norwich are just three points off 10th place. That would be a superb spot for them to finish in. Obviously with just two wins in their last ten games there is a sense of doom and gloom for Norwich fans, but what good would firing him now do? It seems the players are fully behind him with many interviews this season displaying Norwich players genuinely caring about their boss and putting the blame on themselves.
Bringing in someone else with 10 games to go isn’t enough time to build anything better than what Hughton currently has to offer. Maybe the future of Norwich shouldn’t include Hughton, but the goal of survival is still very achievable.
It doesn’t seem logical to fire a manager with the most crucial part of the season now upon us. Either fire him earlier or not at all. Don’t do it at the point when he can actually prove his worth and get the job done.
The next four games for Hughton and Norwich are defining. Stoke, Swansea and Sunderland (twice in a row) are all ready to fight for the points that may keep them in the League. Hughton may not deserve the chance to manage those games, but it just doesn’t make sense to bring in new ideas and relationships now.