Norwich City will be thrust into another circus against Manchester United but they must earn top billing

Norwich City manager Neil Adams during the 3-2 defeat to Liverpool in the Premier League at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City manager Neil Adams during the 3-2 defeat to Liverpool in the Premier League at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, April 24, 2014
6:30 AM

Norwich City find themselves thrust into another circus entirely out of their control after Manchester United’s decision to dismiss David Moyes.

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City’s on-going fight for Premier League survival will now be packaged as Ryan Giggs’ first game in charge of a club he has served with distinction.

Much in the same way Neil Adams’ squad were viewed perhaps beyond their heartlands as an obstacle for Liverpool to overcome in their quest for a first Premier League crown.

The national media and global broadcasters descended on Carrow Road last weekend to see if the Reds could live up to the hype in the immediate aftermath of a raucous win over title rivals Manchester City allied to Chelsea’s stumble the previous day at home to Sunderland.

Brendan Rodgers held court beneath the City Stand in front of the asembled throng of cameras, microphones and inquisitive scribes for twice as long as the great and the good wanted to hear Adams salute his own side’s bravery and declare they still believe they can upset the escalating odds.

City’s survival matters little to a constituency who see them as just one participant in a dogfight that appears likely to endure until the final moments of a season which took another unexpected twist yesterday when the Old Trafford hierarchy opted to call time on Sir Alex Ferguson’s anointed successor.

It is the same reason why Chris Hughton’s exit was greeted with incredulity far beyond Norfolk; presumably the same conclusions will be drawn now the most successful club in the Premier League era have followed City’s lead and opted to promote an internal candidate to replace an unpopular manager. One who increasingly had lost the faith and support of the reasoned majority.

Adams’ influence has produced two vibrant displays but no tangible rewards for his club. That alone underlines why one must temper the inevitable sense Giggs’ elevation is desperately poor timing for the Canaries; it simply increases the degree of difficulty.

The Welshman will be a unifying force for a disaffected fan base but there are no guarantees he can engineer an immediate uplift for a squad who have largely failed to deliver since Ferguson’s departure.

Adams has made plenty of big calls in his relatively abbreviated spell. Leaving out Sebastien Bassong was a statement of intent, deploying Nathan Redmond up top and Robert Snodgrass at the tip of a diamond has come at the continuing expense of Wes Hoolahan; a man who perhaps would have felt Hughton’s departure could only improve his own prospects of greater involvement. Giggs’ will now have to grapple with similar dilemmas to integrate team-mates who will have felt on the periphery under Moyes.

Axing the Scot at this stage of a season listing to an aimless conclusion is nothing more than a token gesture. Norwich’s managerial change was designed to avert a headlong descent to the Championship.

That is why Adams and his players still have more to play for than their counterparts this weekend. Regime change at Old Trafford has robbed the visitors of a chance to increase Moyes’ discomfort after that damaging defeat on his first return to Everton.

West Brom cashed in to full effect on an ugly afternoon at Carrow Road earlier this month which signalled the end for Hughton and triggered a sequence of events that turned Adams’ professional life upside down. Giggs will know exactly how that feels at present, but this is not all about the most decorated player in the modern era.

Norwich simply have to do whatever it takes to make sure they are the headline act.

43 comments

  • Might as well go to Banham Zoo and pick a team for the last 3 matches, they will have more chance of winning...

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    Footyboy16

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • MB, 'serial recidivist' is a pleonasm.

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    Cecil

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • The worst thing is knowing you annoy the football-only posters and not having the facility to stop annoying them. If you want any help, Archie...

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    el dingo

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • By the way, I agree with you GPL. Did a long post explaining why but I think there is an embargo on long rants from Lincolnshire.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Brew I doubt that the old Third Rioch would have wanted Fagen as an oberfuehrer - a difference of religion et al. I think if Dingo is coming along and hopefully one or two others then the Plasterers wold be better. Is the 7th better for you given your bd commitments ?

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Is there a new rule you have to do a post ten times before it goes through? (Unless, like this one, it says nothing).

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Agree with GPL that Hughton should have remained in charge for last five games. He was the one who left us five points clear of the pack with the infamous finish from hell still to play and he should have retained the baton until the end of the race. It brings me back again to the question of the board's timing. What was it they saw after the WBA game that could not be seen after many other bad results? The only difference was home fans revolting. This is not me making a case for Hughton staying in the long term but it was wrong to hand Adams a poisoned chalice. Hughton might have lost our two previous games, even the next three, but the final outcome would have been the consequence of his campaign. But it is Adams who will (may) have relegation on his CV, which is wrong. It is too late to start playing an expansive game, which I enjoy, but the football I hate most is when Norwich lose. Grinding out a 1- 0 against Arsenal on the final day to survive is preferable to an all guns blazing 2 - 3 defeat that takes us down.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Once again:) Either place and day fine by me. Keep me advised. Why doesn't this site have a social section or a private message facility - stone age or what?

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    el dingo

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Wow! Mein Gott! Just as I thought I'd cracked it! Let me know the when and where of the pub thing. Yours, tovaritch Dingo.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • We flushed past each other in the night again, el dingo! Oberfuehrer Stahlich Dan has suggested, on another board, Weds 14th or Weds 7th May @ Pargeter`s Pub or the Die D!ck Katze.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • El dingo - Just means `Steely Leader`s Barrel Festival`. Just a bit of German left over from brewing and lingering from schooldays! German for `steel` is `Stahl`. Not that far removed from how Joe Stalin got his monicker - his real name was Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili. He preferred `Man of Steel`. No surprise there. Even Communists `do` Marketing!! Imagine if Margaret Thatcher had not married Dennis. Margaret Roberts? Who?? As the `Iron Lady`, she should`ve gone for wedlock with David Steele, ironically. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Brew - got it at last. Not the tattoo, the German. Either date is good for me only time and venue needed. .Made sense when I realised SD organises the Bacchanalians. Please advise. Cheers.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • All the full stops and commas in the world won't stop us tumbling out of this league unless Neil Adams sits back and takes stock of the fact that we need 3 or 4 points to stay up. I don't want to knock him for having a crack at teams but we had a 5 pont gap when he took over and that is dwindling. i think he was watching from the wings and he thought if we only attacked more then we would get more points. I think it really needs to start to dawn on him that every team in this league is is capable of beating or taking points off eack other. perhaps if he had gone in with the view that keeping us up was more important than looking better than the last manager then he might have ground out two 0 - 0 draws. As it is if we do not win one of the games left now then i think we will do down. CH did not excite me with his play and tactics sometimes but essentially he got the end result of picking up points when he really needed to. I don't see that happening, if we cannot get past 20 minutes without conceding a goal in games

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    GPL

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • I am too old for any more tattoos - and as I don't speak German the bit about the iron leader's celebration is one word short of my comprehension. What???!

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    el dingo

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Hear! Hear! dumpcanary.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Off-topic; the transfer ban on Barcelona has been `temporarily lifted` and they are out in the Shopping Mall with a very upmarket wish-list. Chelsea have been given the go-ahead to field a `weakened team` vs Liverpool. Not so long ago, Blackpool were heavily fined for such an `offence`, but the rules have been `relaxed` since then. Anyway, it`s Liverpool`s season, isn`t it? I bet Chelski have the Full Monty available to demolish us (Terry & `Pert` Cech excepted). Good to see the Old FA?ts are on fine form, at home and abroad. Apparently, ManC have lodged an objection to aspects of the Financial Fair Play Rules. Another surprise - they`ve probably broken them already. So, all is well and good in the governance of our Beautiful Game.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Since the day the fixtures came out last June and we saw the horror of our run in it has always been obvious that we would, to the national media, be nothing but a sideshow to whatever was going on with our opponents. Last week it was a title bid, this week a manager sacked, next week a prelude to the champions league and on the final day a debate over whether Wenger can end his trophy drought at Wembley. Nothing has changed on that score. All we can do is to get behind our team as they try to upset the big boys and spoil the media party. Its what we used to be good at and we can do it again. OTBC.

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    dumpcanary

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • el dingo, that`s exactly what I thought was the case, and my views are much the same as yours. What baffles me about the guy is his use of turgid prose, yet when he makes the odd appearance on camera, he borders on the inarticulate. Editorial control at Archie`s is either weak, or they are just letting their boy do his thing? In short, he`s Micawber-esque at times (in print). As you say, there will be many differing opinions - no problem there; it`s a free(ish) World. Btw, are you going to get an extra Military Tattoo for Der Ferric Fuehrer`s Faesser-Fest? ;-) (Can`t find the umlaut - should`ve asked Arthur Ascii).

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Thanks jigs for saying what I've been thinking:(!

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    el dingo

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Come on guy's---we all said at the start of the season that we had to have 40 points on board before the final 5 games. We were never going to pick up any points from them. I'm looking forward to next season---in the Championship---with N.A. in charge.

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    superfan59

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Brew, nice one haha just a few more straws and even if we lose I can make myself a nice new hat

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    GossVolley

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • It's not personal Brew - I've never met the man. My opinion is purely subjective. I just don't like the way he writes. I'm not talking about reporting here - we know the politics involved - just writing. Lakey Bailey Goreham and the others just seem significantly superior. But it's just an opinion from a retired journo and as sure as eggs are what they should be there are folks who will like his style. And that's how it should be.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • And if anyone doesn't think that Fergie will be telling Giggs exactly what is needed is deluded. This game has Man Utd freed up to thrash us written all over it.

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    jigs69

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • PS, GossVolley, on an earlier board, a contributor called `Dobro` found you a super-duper dubai straw. He reminded us that, last season, we went to ManC in the wake of Mancini`s remaindering, and were gifted a win! That`s a Top Drawer Straw. Dubai has a real challenger at last, after his seemingly endless era of euphoria. Just think - if only those two could work together! "Diaborou` Canary"!! Such synergy!!! Such fun!!!! OTBC!!!!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • GossV, Dub`yai`s in charge of straws! On manager choices, I guess Machianalli was very much in the driving seat when he came to Car-crash Carra, and was able to get `his` man, in the person of Lambo. Celtic connection somewhere? But, I wonder if he was able to call the shots as much once the likes of `Hyacinth` Bowkett had switched into smugness mode? Perhaps finding somebody Bowks wouldn`t find `difficult to work with`, or was `impatient`, provided the template? Then, the joint majority shareholders would have had the final say. `Result, misery`, as Mick Corber might say.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Wouldnt surprise me if Man Utd went on to beat us, Sunderland, Hull & Southampton in final 4 games. So we aint alone at least but would give anything for some kind of result.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • During the course of this year we have written many words on here about how the team club should play, be structured etc. Lets face it from now on its crunch time, words are not going to get us anywhere it is now all down to action.

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    Adelaide Canary

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • There's definitely going to be a feeling at Old Trafford that the shackles of Moyes have been lifted and I've no doubt that Giggs will get them playing much like Fergie did. The pre match planning Adams prides himself on will be harder as I'm sure it would have been more predictable under Moyes. My slim hope is that with all the inflated egos of their old boys network they underestimate us and do something naive tactically in an attempt to prove they are still big dogs, like playing so many attacking players that we over run them in midfield. Any one else got a straw I can clutch? OTBC

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    GossVolley

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Hard to know how it'll pan out, Moyes may be gone, but the fact is that Giggs knows he won't be the permanent replacement and all the players know that whatever they do between now and the end of the season, they won't make the Champions League and they won't be relegated. That said, they're a capable bunch of players so take nothing for granted, but so is our squad and they've a lot more to fight for at the moment.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Btw, glad to see kenfoggo is putting in a decent Divot-dissing shift. Gives de geillustreerd man a rest and helps to prove it is not a personal vendetta. (Tautology?). It`s just that The Padster is a serial recidivist when it comes to bad writing. (More tautology?).

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Nice one DC, Matt I fear you are right as usual, if only they had managed a point at Everton then we might have been in with a better chance as Moyes may have still been at the helm. However, we must all stick behind the lads right now and hope lady luck finally turns our way. It certainly went for Liverpool with their lucky third goal whereas our similar deflection simply went wide.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Dubai, my cheery chum, on another board, I made up some faux Dubai-isms. You`ve done the ManU one, now for the Chelsea & Ar$enal ones? Thanks for another great batch of Pollyanna Potion. May have a bit left for next season after we`ve thrashed ManU, Chelski & Ar$enal... ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • .....Oh!...by the way!...There should be a stop after time added on to one reason or another!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Not for the first time I agree with Matt. I would so love to beat them as there is only one other team in football I dislike more. No it isn't Millwall, but they play in the same colours.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Yes it was me who wants to come for a beer and it was me that said a minimum of three dissenters were sent home last Saturday (good source, no proof) and yes you can laugh at or admire my tattoos, none of which re pornographic. If it's the Cat, beware of Crewman Russell, who is a rabid Watford fan (and a nice guy!) - from the old "doubters" thread.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Does anyone really see Saturday ending any other way than the old boys Manchester utd act coming out on top. The way our lucks gone at times this season I cant see anything but a Utd win. It be brilliant to spoil their party & prolong their own pain further but that isnt our style. Fingers crossed im massively wrong and we go upset the odds. OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • A Primary school teacher explains to her class that she is an Manchester United supporter. She asks her students to raise their hands if they were Man U supporters, too. Not really knowing what an Man U supporter was, but wanting to be like their teacher, hands explode into the air. There is, however, one exception. A girl named Mary has not gone along with the crowd. The teacher asks her why she has decided to be different. "Because I'm not an Man U supporter." "Then," asks the teacher, "what are you?" "Why I'm proud to be a Norwich City supporter.", boasts the little girl. The teacher is a little perturbed now, her face slightly red. She asks Mary why she is a Canaries supporter. "Well, My Dad and Mom are Canaries supporters, and I'm an Norwich fan, too!" The teacher is now angry. "That's no reason," she says loudly. "What if your mom was a moron, and your dad was a moron, What would you be then?" A pause, and a smile. "Then," says Mary, "I'd be a Manchester United supporter."

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • .....Now if it was me, I would have had a comma between football and which!....but as you no doubt have already noticed, I am a bit dotty!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • United will NOT be "reeling" from anything other than being set free to play the kind of free flowing , attacking football which their highly talented and skilful team can display against a bottom team who have consistently demonstrated that they CANNOT perform away from home. (45 words and 1 full stop, Paddy would be proud).

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Dubai Canary

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Utd will be absolutely reeling from the tumultuous seismic shocks that have taken place there in the last few days. They will be in a total spin and City simply MUST capitalize on the chaos and turmoil. Me must show no respect, no mercy and throw the kitchen sink at them from the off. United have nothing left to play for - their season is over - they are there for the taking and take me must ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • One.Wonders.Whether.Paddy Davitt. Has . Studied. The art of. Sentence . Construction. And the value of a full stop? Also where were his editors eyes when he passed this epistle fit for publication?

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Use of circus in headlines invites plenty of puns. Our team walk the tight rope and peer down in to the Old Trafford circus ring. Beneath await the Manc lions and their new ringmaster. But come the final act who will be left when when they send for the clowns?

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

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