Chris Hughton is now 3/1 second-favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post and with fans calling for his head during the recent 1-0 home defeat against Aston Villa, the likeable former Republic of Ireland international’s days in East Anglia could be numbered.
The inevitable shake-up in this market following former jolly Paolo Di Canio’s Sunderland departure sees Fulham boss Martin Jol installed as the new 2/1 favourite to be the next head honcho collecting his P45.
He is certainly worthy of that dubious honour as his side slipped into the bottom three after their loss at Chelsea last time out, but with winnable home games coming up against Cardiff and Stoke, followed by a visit to Crystal Palace, the Cottagers should be able to scrape enough points together to keep the Dutchman in tracksuits.
Hughton has no such luck as his side travel to the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke, where they have lost on their last five league visits, followed by Chelsea at Carrow Road and Arsenal at the Emirates in the next few weeks.
Norwich couldn’t get a point off the Blues last season and although Arsene Wenger’s men left empty handed after going down 1-0 to the Yellows in 2012/13, the league-leaders form dictates that they’ll be prohibitively low-priced favourites to keep the three points in north London.
Fans sympathetic to Hughton’s plight will point out – with some justification – that at this stage of the last campaign Norwich had not yet won even one Premier League game.
Indeed, the aforementioned vanquishing of the Gunners was the start of a 10-game unbeaten run in the league, with half those ties yielding maximum points.
However, with expectations raised at Norwich after eight new players arrived at the club over the summer, at a combined cost of over £20m, fans are becoming restless and many questioned the manager’s decision to substitute tricky winger Nathan Redmond twice in recent weeks when the team were chasing games.
The Canaries could conceivably be stranded in the relegation zone within the next fortnight unless the former Birmingham and Newcastle boss can turn around his team’s fortunes and with the quality of opposition coming up making that seem unlikely, now could be the time to lump on his imminent exit.