Early Doors

Hughton orders identical twin starlets to make a bizarre change

Top football managers often have unusual methods of leading and coaching their players, demonstrating their personality and style in the process.

For Norwich City boss Chris Hughton, his reputation has always been of a cool, calm, measured coach - of one of football's genuine 'nice guys'.

Seemingly so sensible and normal, Hughton has never been a manager associated with bizarre methods and unusually creative leadership stunts.

So it was a surprise to ED when it learned of how the Canaries boss treats the club's young starlets, Josh and Jacob Murphy.

The pair are identical twin brothers who have come through the ranks together, making their moves towards the first team in seemingly unstoppable fashion.

As such, Hughton has been unable to distinguish between the star duo - an ever more pressing concern given their rise through the club's ranks.

He has, therefore, ordered the 18-year-olds to wear different coloured boots so that he can tell them apart. With immediate effect.

Left-winger Josh, who featured in Norwich's 1-1 FA Cup draw with Fulham at the weekend, explained how the colour-coding came about.

"Until about three weeks ago we wore the same coloured boots," he said.

"But the gaffer said, ‘I can tell the difference when I’m close to you, but when you’re on the other side of the pitch, I don’t know who’s who’.

"So they’ve made us swap. I’ve got to wear orange boots and Jacob wears blue ones, so that way they can tell the difference.

"But right now we don’t mind because it helps the team out and the gaffer out," he added.

"And they’re only a pair of boots, at the end of the day. I reckon once they get used to our playing styles, we could go back to wearing the same ­coloured boots again."