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Hughton: I don't fear the sack

Norwich boss Chris Hughton says he is too busy to worry about the threat of the sack.

Hughton's position has come under scrutiny because the Canaries are just a point above the drop zone after a run of one win in 11 games.

And chief executive David McNally told the Eastern Daily Press this week that, while the manager currently had the board's backing, "if results are not good enough you have to be aware of who is out there to help".

But, speaking ahead of the visit of Tottenham on Sunday, Hughton said he was not living in fear of the axe.

"I work in an industry that is about momentum, getting results, getting the best out of the players at your disposal," he said.

"My job on a daily basis is hectic with numerous things you have to make decisions on. That dominates my thoughts, not anything outside that.

"There is so much to management you have to give your 100 per cent concentration and focus and anything outside of that objective will not deter me."

However, Hughton accepts that, in modern-day football, managers are not always given as long to turn it around as they might have received in the past.

"There is no doubt within the game you want continuity, but that doesn't happen as often as it should," he said.

"The ownership of clubs is very different from quite a few years ago and, with that, the job of a manager.

"I feel those within the management game would welcome more consistency, but my concern is what happens at Norwich City."

Hughton knows his team will be given a stern test by Spurs, who are likely to recall several of the regular starters who sat out Thursday's Europa League loss to Dnipro.

"I think they made five or six changes from their last (league) game at Newcastle," said Hughton, a former Spurs player and coach himself.

"They are able to do that because of the squad they have got. I think they are (top four) contenders because of the depth of squad they have got.

"The downside for them is they are up against a resurgent Everton and Liverpool, which adds to the possible teams who can genuinely finish in that top four, but they are genuine contenders."