Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tears and Joy as City Ease the Pressure on Hughton

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tears and Joy as City Ease the Pressure on Hughton

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NORWICH CITY 1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0 CHRIS Hughton insisted there is no strain in his relationship with chief executive David Mc-Nally after Norwich's Barclays Premier League victory over Tottenham. McNally was pictured in tears at the final whistle of yesterday's nervy victory, the stress of a relegation battle exacerbated by the death of a close family member understood to be his father.

McNally last week admitted Norwich would be "delinquent" not to be casting around for alternative managerial candidates, sparking rumours Neil Lennon has been lined up to replace Hughton should Norwich continue to struggle.

However, Robert Snodgrass' second-half goal saw off Spurs and edged Norwich four points clear of the relegation zone.

Ex-Newcastle boss Hughton admitted he hopes Norwich's "best performance of the season" could help save his job and keep the Canaries in the Premier League.

He said: "I have been told (about McNally's tears), but I can also tell you he had a bereavement in his family, I think yesterday, and that's had a fair bit to do with it.

"I speak to the chief executive on a very regular basis, we speak about lots of things.

"One thing I can guarantee is everyone is pulling in the right direction here.

"As manager of this club you have to go with the ups and downs, the disappointments and the highs, and you have to get on with your job.

"You have to do what you have to, and that's get the best results you can.

"Perhaps what I accepted was that it was a very long interview nd of course there were an awful lot of positives that were said in that interview which were ultimately not picked out.

"Part and parcel of the game is you have to get on with the job and ultimately you'll always be judged on results. That is very much what we're doing here."

Midfielder Snodgrass fired only Norwich's 12th home league goal of the season and that proved enough to secure a second win in 12 Premier League games.

Tottenham produced a strong second-half fight back, but were left to lament replacement Roberto Soldado wasting two scoring chances. …

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