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Hughton: I would have kept Norwich up

ESPN staff
April 9, 2014
Chris Hughton was dismissed as Norwich manager on Sunday © Getty Images

Former Norwich manager Chris Hughton believes he would have kept them in the Premier League had he not been sacked on Sunday.

Hughton was dismissed following Norwich's 1-0 defeat at home to West Brom, leaving the team 17th in the table and five points clear of the drop zone.

However, with daunting games against Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal still to come in the five matches remaining, the club felt they had to act.

"I am naturally very disappointed to have lost my job, but immensely proud to have served as Norwich City's manager," Hughton said in a statement.

"I understand the recent frustrations, but I remained totally confident that we were on course to create history at the club and move into a fourth consecutive season in the Barclays Premier League.

"Collectively, we were ready for the challenge that the final five games presented and we believed we would reward the club and the supporters by achieving that objective."

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