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Chief Executive gives Norwich boss Hughton qualified vote of confidence

Chris Hughton's position as Norwich manager is secure as long as the club do not fall in to the bottom three in the Barclays Premier League, chief executive David McNally has said. "He [Hughton] is preparing the team for Saturday's game," McNally told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"The brief to Chris was to keep us out of the bottom three, we are not in the bottom three and it is to keep us out of the bottom three so that is what we have to do. We would not contemplate relegation at our football club.

"In a sporting sense it [relegation] is worse than death."

Norwich are currently on 20 points, two clear of the bottom three.

"We are absolutely focused on ensuring that this great football club stays in the PL, too many people have worked too hard and for so long to put the club in the PL so we would do everything in our power to ensure that it not only stays in the league but thrives in the league.

"The brief for Chris when we were in the bottom three earlier in the season was to get us out and keep us out of the bottom three and move us up the table.

"There is no change there. If you don't produce the results then ultimately that is how you will be measured."

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