Stoke manager Tony Pulis believes Norwich will be safe under Chris Hughton

Chris Hughton: Will keep Norwich up, says Stoke boss Pulis

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Stoke manager Tony Pulis does not believe Norwich should fear for their Premier League status under counterpart Chris Hughton this season.

Following his appointment over the summer as successor to Paul Lambert - who defected to Aston Villa after guiding the Canaries to two successive promotions and then a 12th-placed top-flight finish - Hughton endured a difficult start to life as manager at Carrow Road, with the team failing to win any of their opening seven Premier League games this term.

The east Anglian outfit were being widely tipped for relegation, but there have been encouraging signs in recent weeks, particularly at home, where they have beaten Arsenal 1-0 in the league and on Wednesday defeated Tottenham 2-1 in the Capital One Cup with a much-changed side.

"Looking at the strength of what he played on Wednesday, I think they will be fine."

Tony Pulis

"I went to watch the game and Chris made a lot of changes. They are well set up," said Pulis, whose team play at Carrow Road in the league on Saturday.

"Looking at the strength of what he played on Wednesday, I think they will be fine."

Pulis feels former Newcastle and Birmingham manager Hughton and his assistant Colin Calderwood and first-team coach Paul Trollope make for a good team, although the Potters boss believes they have been fortunate with what they have inherited at Norwich from Lambert.

Looking ahead to Saturday's clash, Pulis said: "It will be a tough game - they are full confidence and they have had some good results.

"They have got players who can hurt you."

He added: "I think Chris has done a good job wherever he has been and Colin and Paul are very good assistants for him - they have both managed and understand what management is about.

"It is a good football club, always has been, and they have been very fortunate in some respects to take over a football club that was well-run before they got there as well.

"As managers - and Chris will be the first one to point this out - nine times out of 10 you are taking jobs because the club has not been successful.

"They actually took over a job where the club had been very successful. Paul had left that football club in a good state."

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