Chris Hughton accepts the angry reaction of Norwich City’s support following 4-2 Premier League defeat at Southampton but denies reports he is set to leave in the summer

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton was berated by the travelling support in the second half of City's 4-2 Premier League defeat at Southampton. 
Picture by Daniel Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City manager Chris Hughton was berated by the travelling support in the second half of City's 4-2 Premier League defeat at Southampton. Picture by Daniel Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, March 15, 2014
6:17 PM

Chris Hughton admitted he could understand the angry reaction of Norwich City’s travelling support who vented their frustration towards him during the 4-2 Premier League defeat at Southampton.

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The City chief woke to a report he will be out of a job in the summer whether or not he keeps the club in the top flight and then saw Southampton over-power his side at St Mary’s, with Morgan Schneiderlin, Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez on the mark before Johan Elmander and Robert Snodgrass struck within a minute to set up an improbable grandstand finish.

Sam Gallagher’s stoppage time fourth ended any hopes of an unlikely comeback from the visitors who remain four points clear of the bottom three despite wins for West Brom and Fulham and a goalless draw between Sunderland and Crystal Palace.

“It is never nice to hear the fans venting their anger at you but I understand,” said Hughton. “We had more than 2,000 here and it is their club, their team and they want to see a Norwich team who are really competing and competitive in the game and what they saw for too long a period was a Southampton team who were better than us. It is not nice to hear on a personal level but you have to take it on the chin and strive to be better and respond in the next game.

“A very good Southampton team were better than us for the majority of the game. If you concede goals like we did it makes life difficult for yourselves. Credit to our lads they showed character and spirit to get the two goals back at the end and obviously made it a tighter scoreline but they were better than us. They deserved the points they got.”

Hughton used his post-match press conference to insist there was no substance in a report that surfaced on Saturday morning claiming he had accepted his time at Carrow Road is drawing to a close. Hughton has one-year left on his existing deal but chief executive David McNally confirmed recently contract talks regarding the club’s staff will only happen in the summer after the conclusion of the current Premier League campaign.

“When I hear a report like that the first thing I want to ask is, ‘Who exactly has said that?’ It hasn’t come from me and certainly from anyone associated to me,” he said. “There is absolutely no substance in that at all. I am surprised and possibly these sort of things come out because we are in a difficult period. I can only reiterate it is story with no substance to it and I am disappointed it has come out and I have to deal with it.”

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  • Mad Brew, .Dont hit the refresh you will come back to us again

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    Norfolk Boy

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Having listened to the game on radio the then lowlights on MOTD, I cannot help but conclude that the players have given up and already gone on holiday. Most of them certainly do not seem to be playing for their futures. I also wonder if we would be better if we changed our tactics for example to a 3,5,1,1 formation. Cardiff tried this yesterday and were unlucky not to at least get a draw. We have one ideal wingback in Olsson, Martin or Whitaker can do a job on the rights and I would actually try Snodgrass behind Hooper, as he at least scores a few goals for us and works hard.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Likewise the nonsensical acquisition of Becchio, who was not even on the bench yesterday. We`d have been better off keeping Morison - but I imagine he was happy to find an escape route, like Holty.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Since the manager played the race card earlier this week, I suspect the board will be too afraid to sack him now so we are stuck with him and relegation. Look on the bright side, we will actually get more games for our money next year, the same cannot be said for those players that remain as their salaries will surely have to be reduced, they deserve nothing less as they appear to have long since thrown the towel in. Polston stated on the radio what I and others have been saying for some time, our team lack drive and passion and simply stand watching as the opposition tear through the heart of our team. Yes the manager is to blame for crazy team selections and substitutions but those on the field of play need to try their hardest not simply give in. I would have dropped Bassong today but cannot understand why Martin was dropped, likewise our most promising attacking play of late was against Villa when Hooper and Hoolahan played well together for the first 20 minutes, since then they have not been given game time together, perhaps the manager has something to gain from relegating us.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Sorry that should have said strange!!

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    Canarygirl

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Yes Norfolk Boy. But you can not bin Board members -their heads are as big as their wallets and they love the attention. D&M have been great for us but....time to go.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Brew, It's Sunday, the sun is out and Archie is catching up on a bit of weeding. Ergo, anything will get through this afternoon. BP2's complicated fish analogy is the exception which proves the rule.

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    User Removed

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • The club's annual accounts for year ended June 2013 stated that Premier League survival was its number one priority for this season (because survival underpins financial stability). So what I don't understand (does anyone) is why our board, most of whom have significant experience in business environments, dally around keeping an incompetent manager in place who will not only destroy our football status but deliver financial problems? Some posts suggest it is the compensation but that will be insignificant set against the lost £60m tv money. Relegation will also bring with it the need to trim playing costs and meet tight Financial Fair Play rules. So assuming they can see the writing on the wall all that is left are conspiracy theories. What's yours?

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • How about David Moyes? He'll be looking for a new club soon.

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    b arclay

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Sounds about right to me Norfolk Boy-even I've got a hundred quidsworth and my mates say I was nuts for buying them cos they're worth about 50p the lot.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • I agree with Adelaide Canary! Bring in Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann. He would definitely keep us up. So sick of CH. Great guy and all but JC superstar he doesn't know what he is doing. Still think we will stay up. Keep the faith

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    BrisbaneCanary

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • It'll be a long drive back to London for those Man U fans...just take Hughton with you as you pass will you..? Ta.

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    Timbo

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • CH will hang on to get the maximum financial reward possible. He will see NCity down and then get paid off.

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    norman hall

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • All the postings on here are impassioned as you would expect as we are all fans desperately wanting Norwich to be in the PL next season. Reading a completely unbiased report depresses me even further . We were "outplayed for the 85 minutes" and we are summed up as "woeful." Stark but true.

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    Flying Canary

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Hey guys, well a loss... ok my article is not about hughton, as we all know are feelings about him.. and yes he should go..but I want to discuss the players.. There are many failures there too,, but what is our best team,, we have played 30 games and we still dont know, Snoddy in or out, Redmond always to start, Johnson in or out, RVW, Becchio, Hooper?? Elmander why? Guiterrez - Why? Bassong - Bennett , Yobo,,? Martin - Garrido..etc. ? ...... It is clear why Norwich are falling fast, apart from Ruddy, there is not one single position in the team that is secured.... midfield, strikers, defence , different every week,, its appalling to say the least.. the good teams know about 7 to 8 maybe 9 definites each week, injury permitting. This only changes after a very bad performance, Man City - Wigan an example... Norwich have had soo many bad performances its changed every time, as fans we complain, but maybe we should consolidate, think and determine our best team to put on the park, not pick a team based on who the opposition is, and so on.. its disgraceful 30 games in... and as i have stated Hughton should go. and should have gone when we lost to Luton within 1 hour after that game...

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    Robin Sydney

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Delia and the Michaels, you own the club, please instruct McNally to put all of us supporters, you and the players out of our misery now by booting the manager, and bring in someone at least to the end of the season who has the ability to get the respect of the players, pick the right team, make the right substitutions at the right time, keep us in the PL, and finally provide us all with the entertainment that we all pay for. This has been one of the direst seasons that I've had the misfortune to suffer in 56 years of supporting this club.

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    Honest Injun

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Waclor's seagull captions are one of the few things which make life worth living. Laughed? I almost forgot to take my medication.

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    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Mad Brew, .Dont hit the refresh you will come back to us again

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    Norfolk Boy

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • I've been a City fan since 1969 ( when I was 9 yrs old) + I can honestly say in all that time Hughton is the most bizarre tactician that I've ever had the misfortune to witness. And considering I've seen Rodent, Grant, Gunny + Rioch's teams... that's quite a statement!

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    Timbo

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Oy vey Maria, el dingo. Already. I must admit my allegations are untransubstantianated. Anyway, Wincarnis was the `Real Thing`, with Imperial Bounty a close second. With Tesco Market Value white sliced bread as a side plate, both are unbeatable.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • This inertia (on and off the pitch) is baffling. They wouldn't have been dumb enough to put in a clause whereby they couldn't legally sack him unless we were in the bottom three - would they?

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    el dingo

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • You are right Canary Girl, why should Hughton get a big fat cheque for dismissal. He shouldn't, but as far as im concerned, itd be well worth the money to get shut. Let Neil Adams step up for the final 8 games - the fans would be 100% behind him and I reckon so would the players - this may give us some fighting chance of staying in the premier league. With Hughton theres none. Adams could then step back down to another role for next season, after we have brought in a new manager - and hopefully we are still in the premier league. This is now the only option. To stick with Hughton is accepting relegation.

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    Henry

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Derek mc d I have been waiting for you!!!!! How ridiculous to compare Neil Adams to Gunny. Appointing Adams NOW would give us a four or results willing an eight game season. Surely Adams remit would be simple breath some life into the team and save us from disaster. NO blame would be attached if his best efforts failed but hell he would give it a go. You tell me how !many points the clown would amass over the four games forgetting the last four with him at the helm. TIME IS SHORT ACT NOW BOARD PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1

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    Mawther07

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • suffolkcanary, your one-liner made me laugh. It sums up exactly how I feel.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • It will be difficult for anyone to keep us up now, but Hughton is the last person to do it so get rid of him and let someone else give it a try.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • 10 out of 10 for perseverance, BP2. It was worth the wait.....and I mean that most sincerely.

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    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Good thinking Lincs.

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    waclor

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Can't understand why he is still in charge of my club at 20:35 on Sunday morning. It's like death by a 1000 cuts (or goals if the season was longer!). What is the board seeing that fans do not? I'm afraid things have not improved so it is a far greater risk NOT to change than to change. The players look lost with the rigid tactics it's time to bring in Adams and any other legend to say something like "you have 4 games, less emphasis on tactics...just go for it and enjoy it" Any good motivator should be able to do this short term thing, it doesn't need a "experienced" PL coach. Not to change is an acceptance of relegation, either way we'll have to pay compensation. Hughton, Bewildered and Trollope are clearly struggling and i think the club should do the decent and put them out of their misery. A message McNally and board - it's easy to appear to do a good job (out of dept, stadium redevelopment etc) when on field exploits are going well. When things are going badly is the time when you and the board earn their money. I'm afraid it appears our board is "a good news board" only, they have failed the supporters.

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    kpg24uk

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • 1522hrs and he is still collecting his colossal wages. Disgusting. Dubai... oh I can't be bothered beyond why didn't you realise long before Xmas like the rest of us?

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    el dingo

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Four 0 0 draws should do it. If we can keep the losing margin down to 2 goals in the other games then we should stay up on goal difference. Hopefully Turner will be back so we can play a back seven with Johnson Tettey and Fer in a defensive midfield three. Howson E Bennet Becchio and Hoolahan to be loaned to Dipsticks for match practice..

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    Pondlife

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • I see Archie has no prob letting that bollox through.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • My comment is an email I sent to a friend. "Forget those two goals the big factor is we do not put enough effort, grit and determination into our play, 64% 34% says it all that is why we are where we are, that is what has been making me wince all season we do not lose honestly because we don't try enough, also so often when we have the ball we play dainty stuff going nowhere then conceding possession. Championship here we come barring a miracle. While your Saints have a good chance of playing in Europe next year they have done well. PS I do not relish predicting a 4-0 loss for my team which it would have been except for those two flukes at the end, strange that they have scored more than one goal in a loss never in a win or draw for ages. Dam right down disheartening" PPS Get rid of CH quickly and engage the Australian cricket coach Darren Lehman he will pull us out of the mire, he knows how to do it.

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    Adelaide Canary

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Houghton is Glen Roeder mark two have not got a clue what his team is from one week to another ,Picks a team which he knows will wind u all up.im the manager and I will do as I please .I put on subs when I think fit and not when you supporters want and I will keep bringing on almanda just to upset you further .As for you to keep on about Becchio you should know why I can not play him I would look a right fool if I picked him and he came on and scored which he prob would it would prove 26000 of you would be right and me wrong I would look a proper clown.But all said and done I still have the backing of the board so why should I worry nice pay off either way .We are the worst team in the relegation fight so bring on Ipswich

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    burtonr57

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Hughton. Luton. A total con. Soon be gone.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • I was attempting to describe the quality of yesterday's performance; head it gone through, the next word would have been 'of'

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • The goldfish may not be much good at whistling, Waclor, but then it probably doesn't nag either. (No disrespect to your missus, of course).

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    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • A good job that the fans don't run the club. A bad patch should never result in a knee-jerk sacking. Hughton is a good manager and Norwich in our current financial status, compared to other Premiership teams should not be expecting to finish in a top 10 position. A reality check is called for but most football fans think with high emotions and low intellect. Hughton is a good manager and will come good if given enough time and the full backing of the board.

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    Johny

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Henry, YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been saying NEIL ADAMS since before Christmas!!!!! I really dont care what sarcastic shallow comments result from my post, but Adams lack of experience would be more than balanced by sheer Passion flair and a he who dares attitude.If he were to keep us up a just reward would be a senior coaching position under whoever comes in. This really is last chance saloon its gotta happen NOW!!! I have now lit the blue touch paper, lets see the the opinions flood in!!!!!!!!!!!!! HUGHTON OUT NOW FOR PITYS SAKE, If only he really was a man of integrity he would save the Board the trouble and walk. 11

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    Mawther07

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Derek mc d I have been waiting for you!!!!! How ridiculous to compare Neil Adams to Gunny. Appointing Adams NOW would give us a four or results willing an eight game season. Surely Adams remit would be simple breath some life into the team and save us from disaster. NO blame would be attached if his best efforts failed but hell he would give it a go. You tell me how !many points the clown would amass over the four games forgetting the last four with him at the helm. TIME IS SHORT ACT NOW BOARD PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1

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    Mawther07

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Chris Hughton and David McNally would do well to get hold of a copy of the SKY+ copy of Phil Thompsons critique of Norwichs match today, and his appraisal of the future for our team: Attack non existant, midfield clueless and lacking in any creative approach, defence, all at sea. Thompson said that Norwich were absolutely appalling in all departments, and bearing in mind that sunderland have 3 games in hand over us, doubts very much that we can survive the drop unless something pretty remarkable happens. He says that we need to win all of our games against the bottom 4, all of whom will see Norwich as a winnable game for their own survival. Thompson commented on the "Hughton out " chants. He also said that Hughtons team has no spirit, or self belief. His final comment was that it is a shame we got the 2 goals because they will be used to paper over cracks that cant be papered over. The comments on MOTD tonight will be interesting!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • DJ, I was not referring to Neil Adams as being like Gunn, I was merely referring to the situation if Adams was appointed, and relegated would he be made the scapegoat

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    Derek McDonald

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Yes Mel he is arrogant and complacent. Also clueless, boring ,unimaginative.stubborn, cant think ofany more, but suffice to say if he were to go into politics he would make John Major look exciting!!! Seriously though, yes there is JUST still enough time for someone to grab the team by the scruff of the neck and secure the vital home wins and RESULT against Fulham. How can the Board just ignore his pathetic record, nil motivation, and disgraceful treatment of Wes and Becchio. Roeder was a nightmare but Hughton makes you realise you have not had a bad dream but woken up to the reality of the clubs dire situation. We can only hope the Board act after the supporters chanting Hughton out today and give him his P45 in the morning. Please someone tell me how ANYONE could do any worse ? Relegation is unthinkable we do have the players but someoneHAS to get them PLAYING!!!!!!!

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    Mawther07

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Thank you Henry. However for Adams to be in charge for the pivitol Sunderland game, the Board simply MUST act by Monday. High Noon has got to arrive for Hughton. Premiership status is vital, what is the point of settling for parachute payments in the Championship. IF Mr Macnally SERIOUSLY believes relegation is akin to death then for pitys sake act NOW!!!!!!!!!!!! If Hughton is in charge next weekend then the Board will have lost the plot and chickened out. Posters who have supported theclub for over 50 years simply mustnt be ignored.

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    Mawther07

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • "That's the one officer, second from left on the stand roof. he stole my Big Mac"

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    waclor

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • A magnanimous gesture by Hughton to accept the fans criticism - did he have a choice!!!!!!

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    VictorM

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • No matter what diatribe Poor old Russell martin keeps having to trot out, the players are clearly not united behind the manager and coaches! If they were , performances like today just wouldn't happen. There should be a lot more teeth to our game and play with a bit of bite, not Rolling over and having our bellies tickled! I'm pretty sure once Houghton and his failed ex-manager coaches have departed, stories will emerge from the dressing room of all sorts of disharmony!

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    JOROBIT

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • I will take the job on to morrow,take not a penny in wages and do a better job than the I****t in charge now.He has lost the backing off the fans and the players.That is why they are all jumping ship at the earliest.Please Delia give me the job and I will make the players proud of the team they play for. CH out.OTBC

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    canarykid

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • This like watching a car crash in slow motion. We can all see what is going to happen (for some time now) and we are unable to stop it. Unfortunately the people in the driving seat at CR are sitting on their hands and have their eyes firmly shut.

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    Kent Anglian

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Better football during the reigns of Grant and Roeder, and that's saying something! Never have I seen such abysmal football in over 40 years of supporting the Canaries than this season. It's wearing me down, so much that I don't care anymore if we go down. As much as it pains me to say it, we don't deserve to stay in the Premier League.

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    wallybrain

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • As a suggestion, why not replace Hughton with a street light. At least it would be bright.

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    waclor

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Factually incorrect Derek McD. Gunny failed miserably to keep Rodent's Wrecks in the Championship. The last match at Charlton showed his incompetence in detail, a must win match and Gunn motivated the team to such an extent that we were three nil down in 20 minutes. However nobody held that against him. he had answered the call but didn't make it. It was lobbying for and accepting the totally ludicrous appointment of full time manager at the start of the next season which showed Gunn in his conceited arrogance had no idea of his own incompetence. Thank heavens Colchester showed McNally and he acted uncharacteristically quickly. Compare that with now and I cannot understand the board's reluctance to get rid of these three clowns immediately. It was obvious months ago that they were totally clueless. If a miracle does happen and the blind are made to see, Adams would make a good choice as caretaker. Under Hughton we are doomed anyway so Adams would have nothing to beat. My wife whistles very badly but she is better than our goldfish.

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    waclor

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • My old man took me to Carrow Road when the Mayor made an appeal from a soap box on the pitch for Cash during the re-election to L3 (South) year. This season ranks above that (just). The despair displayed on this board is matched by what the Canaries Exiles feel too. You Season Ticket Holders and unbelievable travelling fans (the ones that CHEEERED the team that capitulated to Fulham at Fulham to win relegation last time), have you considered a group Legal Action under the "Sales of Goods" Act ? Were you not promised "Football" and "Entertainment" ?

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    Dejavu

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Hughton has now well and truly made Norwich City a laughing stock and has now totally embittered the fans. He should have gone months ago because it has been clear that under him the club has continued to decline and is now sinking without trace. But the Board is also cuplable in all this for failing to do their duty to the club and its fans by sacking him months ago. His tactics, team selections and substitutions are bizarre and lack any logic. Worse, he has not learned a thing and just goes on repeating the errors. He also lacks the motivational skills which are such a vital part of any good manager or coaches' repertoire. All in all he has been a total failure and come the end of the season the Board will have time to sit and reflect on their failure as well while counting the cost of relegation. It has been a miserable, pathetic, season made worse by Hughton's massive and wasteful summer spend.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • I agree with Adelaide Canary! Bring in Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann. He would definitely keep us up. So sick of CH. Great guy and all but JC superstar he doesn't know what he is doing. Still think we will stay up. Keep the faith

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    BrisbaneCanary

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Sacking Houghton is out of the question, as replacing him with Neil Adams would be unfair on Adams, remember they done the same with Brian Gunn, we got relegated and he was sacked, Adams does not deserve the same treatment. As Paul Merson said yesterday we have 4 games left, forget the last 4, if we don't beat Sunderland next week, I think that will be that.

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    Derek McDonald

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • It is difficult not to feel sympathy for Chris Hughton. The most important decisions he has made have been the purchases of RvW and Gary Hooper. Undoubtedly with the support of the Board of Directors, which goes some way to explain the lack of action in the present situation. Perhaps more than one person should be falling on their swords!

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    speyside canary

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • another great example of Mr Hughtons tactics[tic-tacs], this week the orange and lemon flavour.Cant wait for next weeks peppermint ones. Every time you think it cant get worse it does.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Worst i have seen in a long time from Norwich but there again they haven't played well since PL left.Time for the Norwich Board to face the music and get rid of CH because lets face it can it be any worse?

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    dave123

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Please delia, read some off this feedback from confused city fans who cannot understand why CH is still in charge,he could not run apiss up in a brewery

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    canarykid

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • I don't think that McNally will not sack Hughton before the end of the season ( although he deserved the sack months ago ) because he said that Hughtons brief was to keep us out of the bottom three and I think that when we eventually drop into the botttom three McNally will say that it is too late to act

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    leslie cater

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • DELIA, MICHAEL, WE CAN'T TAKE ANY MORE. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE TAKE THE BRAVE DECISION AND RID US OF CH. HE CLEARLY CAN'T HACK IT AT THIS LEVEL. £20MILLION AND WE CAN'T COMPETE

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    midlandcanary

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • It seems that even Dubai has seen the light after nearly 2 years of apologising for that idiot Hughton

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • I`m 1948 vitage, Norfolk Boy. Year of the National Health Service, The Welfare State and other socialist `follies`. I`m sorry you don`t much like my postings but, as I say, I am just trying to lighten the mood occasionally while footy matters get increasingly depressing. Pax Canaria.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 17, 2014

  • It has been know for some time that the board are not together when it comes to CH going last year or waiting until the end of the season, and the reason they are spilt, money,and the thought of a big payout, We know the board have never been excited with the concept of risk.So when CH goes at the end of the season so must some in the boardroom, bad practices start at the top

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    Norfolk Boy

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Ethered for a pun on 'ton'

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • The final word would have sounded similar to 'fish' but wasn't accepted. Either way, the performance stank

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • .....Intended having a lay in the this morning....but switched on in hope!!!...Disappointed!!!...it is Norwich City Long Term that should concern us...Accepting things as they are is a non starter...sooner something is done about our present plight the better...Houghton is NOT the answer!...he is the problem!...Mr McNally you have the future of this club in your hands...ACT NOW!!!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Mad Brew, .Dont hit the refresh you will come back to us again

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    Norfolk Boy

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • I was born in Cringleford. John Bond graced its terraces for a while. Cringleford Rangers seem to have passed on, but even if they were still alive, Chrissie would struggle to manage them

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • I'm hoping this will be the one hundredth comment, which in a manner of speaking, would make it a ton, which in my view is better than the ton we witnessed yesterday, courtesy of ...

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Sadly the board is as inept as the manager. Most of us supporters saw the underlying issues a long time ago, yet the board has ignored all the warning signs and our voices. We are one of the 3 worst clubs in the PL and unless something remarkable occurs, don't deserve to be in the PL. Zero entertainment, zero desire and zero results.

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    Hurdy Gurdy Man

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Gruff has finally lost his virginity. Most of us on here have lost count of the number of times, we've been screwed by Archie.

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    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Please listen one and all. This club is now in a shocking state, and it was all so unnecessary! From the word go our manager, the one chosen by our expert board to take us forward when Lambert and they parted company has been a 'failure'! They thought incorrectly that he was a better bet than Lambert. The facade that he presented to them was just that! A cover up, and they in their wisdom fell for it. They must have offered him 'the earth', and now have to pay the price! Mr McNally, for the sake of this club, you must fall on your sword, and dismiss this man and his assistants immediately. I am prepared to take over as manager until the end of the season (small retainer required) and promise that on my first day, each and every one of the players will have his spirits raised, and they will become united as a team! Hoolahan will be my Captain and will be the pivot in my 'Chevron' formation..4-2-1-2-1. Leave the rest to me!

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    Pa Snipps

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Sounds about right to me Norfolk Boy-even I've got a hundred quidsworth and my mates say I was nuts for buying them cos they're worth about 50p the lot.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • `vintage`. Btw - How`s that, Croaking Wise? Yours sycophantically, Gek (my turn).

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 17, 2014

  • Bet a lot of clubs whose final league position will depend on GD, wish they had a fixture against Norwich coming up between now and the end of the season.

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    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Same dross, new week. I do feel for those 2, 000 hardy souls who went down in hope and expectation. Sunderland next week, I am really worried about the non reaction following such a demoralising defeat. The majority of fans can see that we are being slowly dragged into the abyss that is the Championship, unless we can start to win matches. Please walk with decency Mr Hughton, your time as Norwich manager is hanging by a thread.

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    Stuart Woithe

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • It seems pretty obvious what's happening. If Hughton does resign, I don't fancy his chances of obtaining gainful employment in football anytime in the near future. He's thus hanging on to the bitter end, secure in the knowledge that even if he gets sacked (seems inevitable) he's up for a bumper payday. He'll just be hoping the end comes later rather than sooner. Problem for us fans, is that we'll be in the Chumpionship by that stage + our dreams of Premiership success , bigger stadium etc on hold for however many years. Please McNally get rid of Clueless Chris NOW, even if it costs us a bob or do. The costs of not acting will be much greater in the long run- OTBC.

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    Timbo

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Never been ethered before, I wrote a diatribe, for once, only because I paid my money.. for once.

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    Gruff

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Wes wanted out.... No wonder why! It must be awful for him to sit on the bench as the longest serving player, watching Hughton defying logic in his team and strategy selection! We have nine left and we need a leader that can make a badly cooked meal taste palletable when it is served... Hughton unfortunately has no sense of taste! Delia its your Canary pie recipie, so sort it out before we all get food posionomg!

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    TheBirdCage

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • when is a football team not a team,the answer when Hughtons is in charge

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    canarykid

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Hey all you mental midgets claiming Ryan Bennett was more a Premier League player than Bassong raise your hands proudly! He SURE looked marvelous today... I'm sure Hooper is this fantastic striker who does such great things for the team, like once he goes to the bench the teams play turns completely around. Now the horrendous Johan Elmander HAS 1 LESS GOAL FROM RUN OF PLAY THAN HOOPER HAS IN 22 MORE STARTS!

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    jaemae2 .

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • I counted 6 posters on this board still calling Chrissy `Houghton`! Even my ober-hero, Stew, did it, though he quickly corrected himself. Perhaps NCFC`s Board are waiting for everybody to spell Chrissy`s name correctly, THEN they`ll sack him? There`s an incentive to learn. Agree with TK on the Hoolahan\Hooper pairing and the seemingly random decision to drop both `Captains` simultaneously - perhaps an indication of how little importance he puts on that role. (Something he made clear when prevaricating over Holt`s continuing in the job). He does not want a leader on the pitch - he sees it as a threat to himself. Yes, the race card thing was a shame but perhaps inevitable. Sol Campbell has a lot to answer for. Just to make a few dollars more out of a tawdry ghost-written autbiography. Charlatan.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Hughton's comments relating to the fans come across as being arrogant and patronising.

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    Mel Lacey

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Paradoxical intervention Lincs; impressive.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Brewer you naughty moose- are you suggestimg there's a dominant religious faction in this fine football club?

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    el dingo

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Seems as if the CE and board intend to allow CH to carry on until the inevitable catastrophic end. Perhaps they still believe in their man. In which case they are even more incompetetent than him.

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • BW! I feel sure that RvWW would be able to find the back of the net if he were chosen as goalkeeper. 4 times in many matches..I also think that Becchio could play at Centre back with some success!..That's if he remembers how to kick a ball!

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, March 17, 2014

  • What will we do with this massive new tv gantry next season? Plant flowers in it?

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Poor old, Norfolk Boy. You've frightened him away, Brewer. I can see him now, riding off into the sunset in a cloud of failing pronunciation, repetitive postings and an assortment of total boll***s. Still, I think he meant well. Don't you think you should go after him?

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    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Appalling. No real fight or passion, tactically clueless and abysmal defending. Saints played OK but in truth they didn't have to try too hard, what was telling was the summariser pointing out Saints had more determination, they have literally nothing to play for, Norwich's players do, some may never play in the PL again. Hughton was even more hopeless, got a draw against Stoke so makes 5 changes, leaves Redmond on the bench, Pilkington didn't look fit. The substitutions were a joke, yes Elmander scored twice but they were total gifts from Saints defence at three up. I fear the Board will rue the day they decided not to sack Hughton, cannot see Canaries staying up as sinking like a stone.

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    Simon Thetford

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Stew, I have insider information. The Board has met for an Egri Bikaver and designer wafer breakfast at the RC Church in Hellesdon. They will announce tomorrow that the first day nobody calls their pet numpty, Hughton, `Houghton`, he will be summarily dismissed. That`s a proumise, hounestly.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • I'm sure Hughton will soon be playing the race card to save his job, as he doesn't have the talant or know how to manage.

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    Rottsrool

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • O Dear , I'm off

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    Norfolk Boy

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • A non sequitur, Norfolk Boy. A bit silly, really. Not really into `one upmanship` but I`ve been a Norwich supporter since 1958. 56 years. I `do` what you do not see as humour, trying to raise the spirits of fellow fans. If you don`t approve, too bad. I didn`t like the Chuckle Brothers, though I was a fan of Marx (brothers) and Monty Python. Surreally.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Yes, those two goals at the end flattered to deceive, didnt they? We didnt deserve to get anything out of the game, but in football, as in life, sometimes you get more than you deserve, so when it was 3-2 I started to hope. I shouldnt have. What a waste of space you are CH. Are you religious at all? No matter. In the name of God go.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • If he's going to be sacked at the end of the season we'll have to pay him off then so we might as well sack him now and give ourselves a chance of staying up. A slim chance admittedly. Yesterday we twice capitalised on Southampton's sloppiness but apart from that we were pathetic in both attack and defence. On the touchline Hughton looked a loser. He is a loser. He's turned our beloved club into losers. He must go.

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    Cecil

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • In the past it was a joy to watch city play we would have discusions on the way to the match and by the time kick off arrived we would be eager to get behind the team and realy enjoy the day but now it's just a misery to watch them play,it's werse than watching paint dry because if you watch paint dry you have a dacent end result but there is no end result watching city at present .Where are you Mcnally.OTBC

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    leslie cater

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • …..Brew Booy.....I coouldn't care less about the extra 'o's....If Hougtun doosen't care aboout this Fooootball club...!!!.....How can any manager get things so wrong?...Damned good job he isn't a chef!...He's had help and guidance from so many on these pages...he takes it in...shakes it around in his head... and then emits the exact opposite...unbelievable!...He has so few players on his side now....with career destroying 'injuries' up front on their list of reasons for not playing...sore toes..sore thumbs.. poorly knees... headaches.....He has men under his jurisdiction more than able to hold their own in this league....He has knocked the stuffing out of them...Yes I know they are paid, and paid well...but if you hate the boss and the way he has ruined everything you had trained so hard for and left you in a dejected frame of mind...that's what you get!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • I wish these clowns at Archant would sort these pages out, there so many repeats, some consisting of the same article 4 times, come on get it right or don't bother with comment pages

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    Derek McDonald

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • hughton out

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    canarykid

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Don't be silly Mad Brewer I am like you a fan and hate to see the club I have watched for 45 years go down the way it has in the past year or so .

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    Norfolk Boy

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Delia and the Michaels, you own the club, please instruct McNally to put all of us supporters, you and the players out of our misery now by booting the manager, and bring in someone at least to the end of the season who has the ability to get the respect of the players, pick the right team, make the right substitutions at the right time, keep us in the PL, and finally provide us all with the entertainment that we all pay for. This has been one of the direst seasons that I've had the misfortune to suffer in 56 years of supporting this club.

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    Honest Injun

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Derek mc d I have been waiting for you!!!!! How ridiculous to compare Neil Adams to Gunny. Appointing Adams NOW would give us a four or results willing an eight game season. Surely Adams remit would be simple breath some life into the team and save us from disaster. NO blame would be attached if his best efforts failed but hell he would give it a go. You tell me how !many points the clown would amass over the four games forgetting the last four with him at the helm. TIME IS SHORT ACT NOW BOARD PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1

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    Mawther07

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • You'll be lucky Derek. As much chance of A-chant getting it right as Hughton getting it right..

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    Timbo

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Thank you Henry. However for Adams to be in charge for the pivitol Sunderland game, the Board simply MUST act by Monday. High Noon has got to arrive for Hughton. Premiership status is vital, what is the point of settling for parachute payments in the Championship. IF Mr Macnally SERIOUSLY believes relegation is akin to death then for pitys sake act NOW!!!!!!!!!!!! If Hughton is in charge next weekend then the Board will have lost the plot and chickened out. Posters who have supported theclub for over 50 years simply mustnt be ignored.

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    Mawther07

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Many of us have been saying it for months - Hughton's tactics, his one-eyed view of the way the game is played, his balmy team selections and equally unfathomable substitutions and finally his obvious inability to motivate and inspire mean he should never have been allowed to continue as manager. Now the away fans have had enough and voiced their opinions. Finally the media, including numerous ex-professional players, is agreeing that we have no passion, no balance, no cohesion and no service to our front men from either wings or midfield. So now just about everyone is togedther on this - except it seems for Hughton who continues to cut a lone and hopeless furrow which is driving the club towards relegation and has made it a laughing stock. But as others have said, it is not just Hughton. The Board continues to sit on its hands and procrastinate. Seemingly blinded by the obvious and unable to respond to the situation in the interests of the club and its fans. Come May the Board will be able to ponder on its failings at its leisure while counting the financial cost of this unmitigated failure.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • The club has gone to the dogs since CH took charge,with old animals that are past their best they are put out to pasture.In CH he has never got to his best. Hughton OUT

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    canarykid

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Derek mc d I have been waiting for you!!!!! How ridiculous to compare Neil Adams to Gunny. Appointing Adams NOW would give us a four or results willing an eight game season. Surely Adams remit would be simple breath some life into the team and save us from disaster. NO blame would be attached if his best efforts failed but hell he would give it a go. You tell me how !many points the clown would amass over the four games forgetting the last four with him at the helm. TIME IS SHORT ACT NOW BOARD PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1

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    Mawther07

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Of all those potential managers mentioned Phelan does stand out as a good possibility anyone know what he's been doing lately? Tortured myself watching the game today but at least Norwich didn't loose according to NBC; Southampton were playing their arch rivals Northwich city according to my TV guide!!

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    MrCarrowIsInTheHouse

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • I do not know whats more embarrasing for me coming from Norwich... Norwich 'International' Airport management with the'airport development fee' or... Norwich City Football Club management accepting that it is OK to lose or draw away games!

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    TheBirdCage

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Wes wanted out.... No wonder why! It must be awful for him to sit on the bench as the longest serving player, watching Hughton defying logic in his team and strategy selection! We have nine left and we need a leader that can make a badly cooked meal taste palletable when it is served... Hughton unfortunately has no sense of taste! Delia its your Canary pie recipie, so sort it out before we all get food posionomg!

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    TheBirdCage

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • If I were Hughton, I'd be asking for a greater police presence in Cringleford tonight, assuming he hasn't scuttled out of the county back to his "first home".

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    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Exactly Mawther07, Adams would inject some fire, passion and urgency back into our play and also bring back our confidence and along with it, our self respect. Under Hughton, we are going into games, expecting to get beaten, with rock bottom confidence. Adams need to be in charge for Sunderland. This is our last chance to stay in the premier league. Hughton has failed us. Nothing will change under Hughton. He had a fair crack of the whip, no other club would have given him so many chances.

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    Henry

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Delia, David??......where are you??....let's be avin you??..........................only the guilty hide or disappear. Conspicuous by there absence or reluctance. We, the fans, will support this club long after you have gone. Time you listened to us. We don't want your league championship, keep that to the glory boys and rich daddies who play fantasy league with real clubs. What we do want is honesty and integrity, respect, hope and excitement, hard fought success one week and glorious honour in defeat the next. Our club is no different to 85 others in the pyramid. Oh...and a cup run!. All of these and any hope of these have been removed from us for too long. You, the board, have a duty of care. In return for our hard earned money we expect and have a right to the aforementioned. Give us back what is owed and start to respect us again

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    kpg24uk

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Pa Snipps. If McNally falls on his sword, how will he be able to "dismiss Hughton and his assistants"? I hope you won't keep getting things back to front when you're appointed as his successor, otherwise you'll end up playing Ruddy as a lone striker while Twinkle-Toes plays with himself in goal. The stuff of nightmares.

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    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • This Neil Adams thing will not go away I for one am 100 pc behind his immediate appointment for the rest of the season. Any doubters out there try coming up with a reason why not???????????????? I dont know if the Board scan through here but yesterdays chants by the fans at Southampton must surely make them sit up and take notice. I honestly believe if Hughton sends a team out against Sunderland we are doomed and therewill be ugly scenes at the end of the game. The Board can pre empt this by at long last doing SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why oh why wont they act?

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    Mawther07

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Stew, I have insider information. The Board has met for an Egri Bikaver and designer wafer breakfast at the R C Church in Hellesdon. They will announce tomorrow that the first day nobody calls their tame tenant, Hughton, `Houghton`, he will be summarily dismissed. That`s a proumise, hounestly.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • CH accepts his team deserved defeat, he accepts the fans were right to be angry. We know however he will not walk. With eight games left there is just a sliver of hope someone could come in and save us. If Hughton is still there next weekend it not only means we are doomed, it means the board have decided to accept relegation. Perhaps there is a fly on the wall that can tell me what is happening behind the scenes. We are supposed to have a ruthless Chief Exec who speaks of relegation and death in the same breath and shareholders who, I assume, love the club. Yet they stand around wringing their hands and watching on as footballs grim reaper advances. The CE talks of looking at contracts after this season ends. That again suggests he is not intending to act until our fate is known, ie not looking to influence results by making a change. What is going on?

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Thanks for that Lincs. No idea the woman had such poor taste. You sure she's a cook?

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • If you say so, Norfolk Boy. Did you enjoy your humour bypass? I doubt there was any need for anaesthetic. Have you tried Dullard`s Bitter?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • 2 goals for only the second time in the league this season, The last time was 17th August ! Surely time for Wes to have a few full games.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Rubbish result and poor performance on the whole. That said there were two things that I found worthy of mention: It's the first time we've gone that far behind and made inroads into getting back into the game properly. Other positive was that Hughton brought on a substitute who went on to score. Never say die. Lot of us in the same position.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Mad Brewer, you have lost it dear boy like Norwich So sorry

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    Norfolk Boy

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Please make him go. I can't stand him any longer.

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    suffolkcanary

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • I'm not usually prone to making negative comments about our team at the best of times; after all football isn't the be all and end all for me. But after having watched the highlights of yesterday's game on MOTD I was horrified to see the level of football we are reduced to playing. Some of our players were literally wondering about the pitch looking completely lost and disinterested!! And the look on John Ruddy's face said it all. I am passionate about NCFC and to witness this total destruction is heartbreaking. But I will keep hoping that the next game will see improvement; that we will go out and win convincingly. It's the one thing that keeps me going. And as for sacking Hoots, fine. But please tell me why he should get a big fat payout if this happens; seems very starnge to me!! OTBC

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    Canarygirl

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Actually, based on the last eight games, we ARE in the bottom three. It's not looking good, it's not looking good at all.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • .....We are heading for the Championship and the actions that will have to be forced upon us....Hoolahan has another year left on his contract...same as Houghton....If Houghton stays...god forbid...Hoolahan will be on his way!...along with Pilkngton..Gariddo..Benchio. Fer Snodgrass..Redmond..Martin..RvWW..Hooper..and definitely Ruddy.....Howson and .Johnson could remain ,along with Whittaker , Turner, Tettey and Olsen...I will be unable to follow them on the internet..that will be a blessing after the last two seasons...Those that save to buy a season ticket, will no doubt, not have to splash out as much!...I hope that on Saturday there will be lots of placards baring the words "THANK YOU" in appreciation for All Mr Houghton has done for this club.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • I really do think it's worth trying someone else till end of season. Offer the new manager a few million to keep us up. It'll be worth it in the long run for the payout, if we do survive. Malky? Phelan? Neither could do worse than this clown. I just wish Iwan had gone into management.

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    Timbo

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • As an aside I went to the Malaga - Real Madrid game last night. Malaga is in much the same parlous position as Norwich. But there any similarities end. Malaga played last night with passion and heart, took the game to Madrid and had more of the play in the second half. They were quick to get the ball forward and attacked in numbers. In the end they bowed out 1-0. But the fans stayed and applauded the players who had given everything. Once upon a time it was like that at Norwich but Hughton has stripped the club of its pride and passion and denuded the team of all hope with his foolish tactics.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • For the purpose of avoiding ambivalence, I'd just like to confirm that I thought yesterday's performance was like a ton of fish

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Canary Girl, football finances are totally incomprehensible. You have managers paid only a small fraction of one of their players on contracts which seem to bind the club but not the manager. Apparently incompetence is not seen as a failure to fulfill their contract so managers have to be paid the full contract even after "Leaving my mutual consent". This also appears to be true of all public sector workers especially the BBC and the NHS. Perhaps we should establish a football quango where we can give highly paid jobs to all the failures in the profession so the little cherubs don't have hurt feelings. Hughton could be the chairman and spokesperson.

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    waclor

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

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    ebosetale2211

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • You`ve kept your powder dry. Dubai. At last - of sense a blast. (credits to Edmund Clerihew Bentley).

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Way back in the heady days of League One, we had a plan. It was a five year plan, and we exceeded it immensely, largely due to Mr Lambert and Mr Culverhouse. We then sensibly committed ourselves to a safe pair of hands in Mr Houghton to consolidate. The club, and the future, have moved on more quickly than expected. The Board invested heavily in manager, coaching staff and players on the assumption we'd need consolidation rather than spark. By moving onwards and upwards under Mr Lambert, consolidation was unnecessary, and we needed spark more quickly than the Board realised. In my view. But what do I know? All I know is the five year plan was exceeded, and like Mr Houghton, the Board didn't seem to have a Plan B. We are a family club, and don't sack managers for doing what they were told to do. I assume a mutual parting of the ways in the summer, handshakes all round, job done, but we all underestimated the Lambert effect. Bing him (Lambo and Culvers) back!

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    Les Lee

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Get him someone pay him zillions

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    Norfolk Boy

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Mawther, `why won`t they act?`. I`m beginning to wonder whether Hoots `has something` on the Board. Perhaps those unsuccessful headline signings, specially RvW, were of their doing rather than Hoots`? Delaying\avoiding a bit of `whistle blowing` maybe. Keeping him on-side. As TK has said before, CH has generally preferred to play with a `target man` but the nearest we have is on-loan Elmander. Doesn`t add up.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • If Delia, David & co don't get rid of Hughton now, then they deserve relegation. They have askedfor it. Unfortunately, us fans do not deserve relegation and we deserve a far better manager and a far better footballing performance, week in week out. We used to be renowned for our passing game - now we cant string 2 passes together. Utter shambles.

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    Henry

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Waclor, how about if we offer him a bonus to get us relegated? He is so bad at meeting his brief we might just stay up.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • .....'o'...even I can make a mistake (spelling)!...but I am prepared to admit it!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Well we play Fulham - They Won. We play WBA - They Won. We play Swansea away - They will win. We play Sunderland , i think i have found one point to finally get us out of the 20-29 points and into the 30s.... Norwich are as good as down, we only win when the other team does not turn up... and the are all turning up now...

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    Robin Sydney

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • There is a strong groundswell of support of Neil Adams as caretaker for the rest of the season. If this is going to happen it MUST be in the next couple of days. Failure to convincingly beat Sunderland will almost certainly be end of story, and Hughton simply cannot be trusted to get the job done. Please Board act NOW while there is just a glimmer of hope.Hopefully the rumour mill will come true. We deserve some entertainment not negative boring predictable dross.

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    Mawther07

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Hughton can not motivate his players but the players seem to have no regard for the fans either and put in weak displays virtually every game and seem to have no shame for their lack of effort.

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    goldie

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • The coaching and tactics from Houghton and his backroom staff are abysmal. We have some good players who have been turned into donkeys by the management. Despite the 2 goals today, there appears to be little or no pattern to our play. No penetration and no one running at the Southampton defence and giving them something to think about. The first opportunity ( after 35 minutes) resulted in Hooper missing the target by about 10 feet. Again, the one player we have with guile and real talent and the ability to hold up play was left on the bench. Wes Hoolahan wanted out recently and I can understand that completely. Don't go Wes. You have more of a future here than Chris Houghton. While there is still hope of avoiding the drop, appoint Neil Adams and Mike Phelan as a twin management team. They certainly wont do any worse and at least we would start to resemble a football "team"

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    Bally High

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • I can without a doubt say...I hate Hughton with a passion, He is just a clueless idiot who shouldn't have anything to do with football he has absolutely no idea and is way over his head. I cannot describe my anger that he still has a job. He has ruined my club and doesn't even care as long as he gets his check.

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    Rottsrool

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Get him someone pay him zillions

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    Norfolk Boy

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Mad Brew, .Dont hit the refresh you will come back to us again

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    Norfolk Boy

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • The most frustrating thing is that we are tottering on the brink and don't seem to be able to do ourselves any favours. We should never have been in this mess at all, but, the overall way we have performed this season we are lucky still to have our heads above water - we could already be down and out if it wasn't for other results going our way ! Given that the PL is the ‘so-called Holy Grail' - despite all its vulgar commercialism - we have hardly done enough to secure our place next term. With our tough final run in, all fans are obviously getting very twitchy and starting to suffer from Slow Motion Perception. To make things worse, we are all acutely aware that with 2 or 3 more wins we could be upper mid-table. My guess is that nothing much is going to change - the Board will stick with CH and his team until the end of the season, come what may. Our PL status will come right down to the wire and it will be anyone's guess at the moment if we will actually survive !! Many people are pointing a finger towards CH, and probably rightly so, but, I think the board and the players are also similarly culpable for our dilemma. I do believe that whether we survive or not there have to be big changes this summer. Most would agree that the expensive crop of imports have not gelled well as a team and that we are no better than last season with all the money that has been spent. Until the end of season, we wait, like a car crash waiting to happen, and see whether we make impact or we just avoid collision.

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Its the 'D' pointed hat for you yet again Mr CH !

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    Colby Army!

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • One article in the today's Pinkun referred to 'the Norwich fightback'. Let it be known there was no fightback in fact throughout the game Norwich displayed no fight or will to win. Two late gifted goals both opportunities nearly blown, do not constitute a fightback. Clearly today I watched a team that is tutored in not losing and as this credo has taken hold Norwich is now a team lacking self belief and has lost the will to win. Man for man I would judge Norwich to be on a par with the Saints in terms of on the ball skills. Much earlier this season I watched a very ragged Saints team get beaten by the Canaries. So why do the Saints now have 45 points and 3 bright members of their team on the England roster. I don't think you have to look very far for the reason. Southampton play with attacking flair and express in their soccer a sense of confidence and pride. Norwich on the other hand play not to lose and any sense of flair and belief have been lost in a sea of negativity. Redmond and Wes when played have shown the capacity to rise above it all. Imagine my astonishment when neither started today and Wes was not even asked to tie up his boots. CH you have it wrong. The best form of attack is not defense.If you adopt that strategy you might tie 11 and you might occasionally win 10 - say 1 in 8 games. But generally if you rely only on defense it will eventually crack and the other team will score 4, 5 ,6,7. CH this is your team. You have no confidence in it and so you teach them not to lose and they in turn lose confidence and lose anyway. Time for you to go. Time to find someone with a positive attitude.

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    Pritch

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • That was complete pants from City...... a clueless manager and a team who quite clearly cant be arsed!!!

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    dave123

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • There is a story, coming from a pretty reliable source, that at least 4 of the existing Norwich first team will want out at the end of this season, especially if Hughton is still the manager. The main reason stated being that they dont see their careers prospering playing in a Hughton team. They effectively echo Grant Holts damning comments following his departure. The names in the frame being Ruddy, Hoolahan, Pilkington, and one other, possibly Fer. It is reported that Bradley Johnson is unhappy but will stick it out. Just rumours?? Maybe, but this source has a good track record.

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Canary Key Words: Dire, awful, pitiful, pathetic, inept, boring, clueles, down. Breaks my heart to say it.

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    wallybrain

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Mad Brewer. Life History Norfolk Boy from 1950 inbetween girls from 1962 to 1973 a Norwich fan (but to think of it always been a girl fan ) I give in.

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    Norfolk Boy

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Get rid now, Neil Adams til the end of the season could not do any worse. Hughton is averaging one win in eight games? Weve eight games left = 3 points = relegation. We need to get some self respect back in the final 8 games, under Neil Adams. Then start to search for a new manager for next season.

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    Henry

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Pa Snipps. If McNally falls on his sword, how will he be able to "dismiss Hughton and his assistants"? I hope you won't keep getting things back to front when you're appointed as his successor, otherwise you'll end up playing Ruddy as a lone striker while Twinkle-Toes plays with himself in goal. The stuff of nightmares.

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    User Removed

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Brewer you naughty moose- are you suggestimg there's a dominant religious faction in this fine football club?

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    el dingo

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • A very interesting post and point of view Les Lee, thank you. However Hughton is not doing what he was asked to do ie consolidating, but that is the only part of your post with which I can take issue. I have another scenario. Suppose that Hughton's compensation on being sacked reduces enormously if we are relegated. How galling would it be ofr the board to pay him the higher level of compensation AND get relegated. At least this way we either get relegated and he gets next to nothing or we stay up and he gets a bumper payout. Your thoughts please gentlemen.

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    waclor

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Looking at CH picture above is that the umpire signalling him out? Could we be so lucky?

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    Adelaide Canary

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • I'm with Mawther re. Adams. And DerekMcD to compare him with Gunn is ridiculous. The differences are clear - Adams does have experience of coaching management albeit at junior level but he knows the club, the players and has always come over as articulate, intelligent and passionate - not attributes often used regarding current incumbents. Gunn had no experience and got the job on the basis of a one-match bounce and then inexplicably on a permanent basis. The twist or stick decision was wrongly selected multiple times but it looks clear that Hughtons days are numbered regardless now so let's take desperate measures in desperate times. It may not make any difference and no coach can turn our squad into a team to compete with the best but we need to get some wins over our peers in the next games. I think we'll have some angry questions at the next AGM. HUGHTON OUT. OTBC

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • He forgot to mention that you can also buy an annual subscription to The Big Issue from Dr Ozama for only £500 and if you subscribe by direct debit, he will cure your warts. Great man.

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    waclor

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • To say the manager used the race card is rubbish. He was asked about being the only black manager in 92 clubs ( a legitimate question for a journalist to ask). He could have, but didn't, go on to talk about institutional racism in the English league. In 2011 over 25% of players were black. In the US, after Rooney's rule, which insists that an ethnic minority candidate is interviewed for all coaching and managerial posts they had over 13rd in those positions in 2011. Both Hughton and Wenger have said they don't want that to happen here. As for the Soton game I didn't see it. But I dislike the hate and venom shown to our manager. Things clearly aren't right and he must hold some responsibility. He's not had the luck with injuries etc. But there are plenty of poor sides down there. As for blaming the board...well Macnally appointed Lambert and Hughton. We don't have bag loads of money pumped in by oligarchs and sheikhs but Delia and husband have forked out a bit to keep this club afloat. Be wary of criticising them and just think there's no guarantee that our next manager will keep us up, get us up or whatever. Apparently we came close to appointing Paul Jewell after Roeder!

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    pablo

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • im no footballing expert but i think its too late to kick houghton out now and he should have gone several matches ago norwich will need a real maverick to replace him otherwise at the present rate its going to be drop time very shortly as the division is so close this year that none of the last matches this year will be given up lightly by the top clubs as they are all looking to or will be playing for the top spots.

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    MrB

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • El Dingo D&M have been tying to go for years but cannot offload there shares

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    Norfolk Boy

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Yes, an awful performance. I was at the match and at least the sun was shining. What was really infuriating was that Southampton were not that good, despite pretty passing. After our two rather fortunate to say the least goals they were panicked. If we could have had some shape and purpose from the start there was at least a point for the taking.

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    Green man

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Although it's too late for this season we should still sack him now, as to who would be the best to get us out of the championship I'm really not sure. What is ironic to me is that Houghton has done well in the championship in my opinion, I think the pressure of the Premier is too much for him, Maybe Newcastle realized this when they sacked him. Newcastle played some good football the year they came up and scored plenty of goals with Houghton in charge. None of this helps us now though as I feel he has lost the players. OTBC

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    MrCarrowIsInTheHouse

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Colby, isn`t it paradoxical that the most obtuse person gets to wear the acutest of hats! Dunce is a great word, as is `Dullard`, used today by Steely Dan on another board. The origin of `Dunce` is quite interesting.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Two goals away from home. Great performance. Another five changes next week. Garrido up front. Brighton next year not much further than today. Southampton better than us? At the moment everyone is better than us!

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    Jeremy Walden

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Good one kpg. Wish I knew the terms of THAT contract. McNally's hands must be tied somehow otherwise he'd surely not put up with this

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    el dingo

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Spot on waclor. That lobbying for the job played heavily on the sentimental vote. Arrogant indeed. Board totally culpable for being utterly gullible.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • I don't care if we go down now just get rid of Hughton. He's making us look pathetic. The board are to blame just as much as Hughton and the players. Even the pundits on match of the day couldnt be bothered to talk about us.

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    andys

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Footyboy16, I couldn't agree more. Musical statues it was. ROFL.

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    Warkys_Tash

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Thought I would have a lay in on a Sunday, but then I thought no I will switch the tv on and watch a comedy show, but which one should I watch? oh yeah "Match of the Day" thought it might brighten my morning up, and sure as promises Southampton v Norwich came on. it was the funniest thing I have seem since watching "Laurel and Hardy" or "One Foot in the Grave" what a shower of poo !!! If Ruddy wasn't on the floor laying there like a lost seal pup, he was standing there waving his arms round like a windmill with its sails in a strong wind.lol and the defenders standing around like statues .. what a classic comedy show, will certainly tune in next week oh so funny.... hope you were watching Mr Nicholas South !!!

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    Footyboy16

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Our board remind me a lot of the old fable of the 3 wise monkeys: hear no evil, see no evil, do no evil. In their case it seems to be: hear nothing, see nothing, DO NOTHING!!!!!

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    Honest Injun

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • .....would have come on here sooner...but by the time I'd finished scrolling through all these comments...I'd forgotten what I was going to say!......

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • No point in pleading for Captain Hoots to be dismissed along with his incompetent officers no one at Carra Rood is listening , we have hit the iceberg and sinking below the waves,, the only difference the incompetent captain of the Titanic went down with his ship where our Captain and his officers will sail away with a smiles and a big wad of cash leaving his passengers to meet their fate

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    Melvyn Parkerson

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • if the players dont want to play for hughton then why are they not playing for their pride and futures?Not many will get another chance playing in the prem most weeks!

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    tonyb

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • There is something quite rotten at the core of Hughtons operation. Grant Holt saw it and wanted out, Hoolahan has seen it and wants away. Rumours that several other players want to go. So called professionals just will not play for Hughton as was witnessed by the humiliating performances at Aston Villa and Southampton . Why continue with the farce?

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    kenfoggo

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • MB, surprised at you getting the managers name wrong, especially when you can still remember Alfie McCrawley from 59. Anyway, as I see it, if Howton stays Rudder and Hooligan will be off to Villa, Fur will return to the Neverlands along with Rip Van W and Gary Cooper go back to making movies. Celia will retire to write her memoirs "Twenty Years at Barrow Road Going Nowhere."

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Since Delia arrived her (and boards) managerial selections have been Walker (return), Worthy, Rioch, Hamilton, Grant, Roeder, Gunn, Lambert, Hughton (Houghton). Are you all sure it couldn't get worse? (Ok, Lambo excepted, but he won't be back).

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • jaemae2 . I am neither mental nor am I a midget standing 6ft 3ins tall, but yes I did call for Bassong to be dropped in favour of Bennett who had been playing very well before his injury. Bennett may have been caught by one high ball in the air but it was the other centre back, Yobo who looked woeful yesterday so I would drop him for Bassong next game. However, I cannot see why Martin was also dropped yesterday nor can I see why the manager refuses to pair Hoolahan with Hooper as they actually looked relatively good against Villa. The main problem yesterday, however, was the fact that the midfield trio were again uninterested in tackling and tracking back, having played as a defender myself, I know how much you rely on them doing their share when under pressure. The fact is the whole team looked uninterested until Soton decided to gift us two sloppy goal, even then Tettey decided to yet again slip over to allow an easy 4th goal against us.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

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