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Norwich chief McNally suggests feelers are out for Hughton replacement

Norwich City chief executive David McNally has indicated that his club would be careless not to have a contingency plan in place in regards to the coaching side of things.

Manager Chris Hughton is under ever-increasing pressure with the Canaries producing only one win in their past 11 Premier League outings to sit just a point above the relegation zone.

Of the bottom six clubs, Norwich are the only one not to have changed managers this season prompting McNally to suggest that his club do have plans in place just in case.

"I think you have to be aware of the market and 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.

"That could be because your manager wants to go elsewhere, as did Paul Lambert, or 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 then 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."

Down the bottom of the Premier League this season, bottom-placed Fulham (now managed by Felix Magath) have replaced Martin Jol and Rene Meulensteen, Cardiff City brought in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to step into Malky Mackay's vacancy, Sunderland had Gus Poyet replace Paolo Di Canio, West Bromwich Albion appointed Pepe Mel to see over Steve Clarke's old role and Crystal Palace installed Tony Pulis to interchange for Ian Holloway.

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