Chris Hughton believes he still has the support of Norwich City’s top brass in his bid to guide the Canaries away from Premier League danger.

Hughton was again forced to deflect questions over his own future in the aftermath of Norwich’s thumping 7-0 defeat at Manchester City.

Cardiff’s ex-Canary Malky Mackay has already been touted as a potential successor in one national newspaper but the experienced Hughton insists he can rely on the backing of the club’s hierarchy.

“I can only be confident (I have the owners’ support). I speak to David (McNally) all the time and I am in regular contact with him,” said Hughton. “Regarding any names that may get mentioned I think you realise it is a consequence of the job I do. I know there are always reactions after poor defeats and as a manager you have to accept the criticism that goes with it. I have to take the criticism that goes with results and performances.

“We go into a run now of West Ham home, Newcastle away and Crystal Palace and we know how vital it is to start picking up points. That must start against West Ham and we need a crowd behind us to do that. We have let them down badly and we need to make amends.”

Club captain Russell Martin insists there is still a rock-solid belief inside the Norwich’s changing room the Canaries’ can get their Premier League season up and running after one win in their last nine games.

“People will probably listen to me saying the lads in the dressing room are confident and think I am telling lies but genuinely in and around the place the mood is upbeat,” he said. “There is no sense of pity or feeling sorry for ourselves. We have not done things right in certain areas and we have been punished for that.