Hughton: Canaries need to remain level-headed

Chris Hughton maintains it is imperative for everyone at Norwich to keep a sense of perspective as they embark upon a new era next season.

Chris Hughton maintains it is imperative for everyone at Norwich to keep a sense of perspective as they embark upon a new era next season.

Carrow Road has enjoyed three seasons of success following back-to-back promotions under Paul Lambert and then a 12th-placed finish in the Barclays Premier League.

With Lambert having now moved on to try to rebuild Aston Villa’s fortunes, former Newcastle and Birmingham manager Hughton has been charged with safe-guarding the future of the Norfolk club.

Hughton, 53, accepts it is not all likely to be plain sailing, but is ready to meet the challenges head on.

“It is about dampening expectations at times, because we will start this season no different than how we started last season because we are playing in such a tough division,” said the new Norwich boss.

“What the likes of Wigan, West Brom and Stoke have been able to do over a few years is sustain things, but I am quite sure at the beginning of every season they will have realised how tough it is going to be.

“You have to be on top of your game, playing well enough, and that is why managers and staff work as hard as they do – you have to be on top of everything.

“We have to try to do everything we can to sustain where we are.

“We will keep people’s feet on the ground, try not to get too carried away with good results and not get too down with difficult and poor results.”

The new Canaries boss has been busy assessing his squad during the first few days of pre-season training.

Norwich will head out to Austria for a training camp ahead of a friendly with Hertha Berlin on July 21, where the likes of Daniel Ayala, Marc Tierney and James Vaughan will all be hoping for some game time after frustrating injury spells last season.

New signing Jacob Butterfield, who joined from Barnsley, will also travel as he continues rehabilitation from knee surgery, while Scotland international Steven Whittaker is fully involved despite continued fall-out following his free-agent move from Rangers.

Hughton is expected to bring in a couple more fresh faces ahead of the Premier League kick-off at Fulham on August 18, and has been linked with a move for Birmingham defender Curtis Davies.

“I do like Curtis very much and he is a player whom I admire,” said Hughton, who took the Blues into the play-offs last season despite working in a difficult financial climate.

“At the moment, I am assessing what we need and possibly what might be available.

“We will always do it in the right ways and so anything which is reported has never come from us, but yes, I do like Curtis and had the opportunity to work with him.”

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