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Norwich: Change may be needed

Norwich chief executive David McNally has suggested that the football club would move swiftly to find the right candidate to replace boss Chris Hughton, if their Premier League status is in jeopardy.

After losing 2-0 at West Ham last time out, the Canaries find themselves in 16th spot in the table - two places and one point above Sunderland, who occupy the final place in the relegation zone with just 12 games to go.

However, Norwich also remain the only side in the bottom six not to have changed manager this season and McNally says he is confident in the club's ability to act quickly if Hughton is not the right man to take them forward.

"It would be almost delinquent of the football club to not be aware of potential candidates, if for any reason your manager left," McNally told the Eastern Daily Press.

"If results are not good enough, you have to be aware of who is out there to help. You look at the market and who might be right for Norwich City.

"If we needed to make a change, and the average tenure of a Premier League manager is about a year-and-a-half, which puts Chris in the top six or top eight longest serving right now, then if a change was necessary, it wouldn't be a case of, who are the contenders?

"It would be a case of reviewing what is required, where are we going and who is best placed to take the club forward. If we believe Chris is the right man to take the club forward, then we stick with that.

"It is fine margins in our sport and what you have to be sure of is a guaranteed improvement."