Could Malky Mackay be heading for Norwich City after settling legal dispute with Cardiff City?

Former Canaries defender Malky Mackay is one of the managers expected to be linked with becoming the next Norwich City boss. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire Former Canaries defender Malky Mackay is one of the managers expected to be linked with becoming the next Norwich City boss. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Friday, May 9, 2014
2:05 PM

Malky Mackay has dropped his legal claim against Cardiff City after reaching a settlement on his sacking – potentially making him available as an option for Norwich City this summer.

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Cardiff City chairman Vincent Tan (left) and manager Malky Mackay with the Championship trophy. Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire.Cardiff City chairman Vincent Tan (left) and manager Malky Mackay with the Championship trophy. Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Former Canaries defender Mackay was sacked by Cardiff in December, after a slow start to the Welsh club’s first season in the Premier League, despite Mackay having steered the Bluebirds to the Championship title the season before.

The Press Association is this afternoon reporting that the terms of Mackay’s agreement are being kept closely guarded but that it is understood the Scot was seeking substantial compensation for his dismissal.

Cardiff owner Vincent Tan had criticised Mackay’s efforts in preparing the side for the Premier League since sacking the former Celtic defender, but Mackay has issued a conciliatory statement through lawyers today in which he apologised “without reservation” to the Malaysian businessman.

The 42-year-old’s statement, released through Slater & Gordon Lawyers, read: “Today I have reached a settlement agreement dropping all claims I have made against Cardiff City Football Club.

Norwich City's Malky Mackay (centre) is mobbed by his team-mates after opening the scoring against Ipswich Town during their 1-1 Nationwide Division One draw at Portman Road in September 2002. Picture: Gareth FullerNorwich City's Malky Mackay (centre) is mobbed by his team-mates after opening the scoring against Ipswich Town during their 1-1 Nationwide Division One draw at Portman Road in September 2002. Picture: Gareth Fuller

“I did not want to be in litigation and believe that it is in the best interests of all parties to have a clean break and move on.”

Mackay is a member of Norwich City’s Hall of Fame after playing 232 times for the club, scoring 16 goals, between 1998 and 2004.

He was a key part of Nigel Worthington’s team which won the Division One title in 2004 but was sold to West Ham before getting a chance to play in the top flight with City.

He helped West Ham to promotion via the play-offs the following season before being released and joining Watford, gaining promotion again via the play-offs.

Malky Mackay celebrates scoring his first of two goals in a 3-1 Division One win against Ipswich in March 2004. 

Picture: James BassMalky Mackay celebrates scoring his first of two goals in a 3-1 Division One win against Ipswich in March 2004. Picture: James Bass

He was used as a squad player by Aidy Boothroyd in the Premier League and was made first-team coach in the January of the 2006-07 season.

He eventually took over from Boothroyd as caretaker manager at Watford in November 2008 but Brendan Rodgers, now of Liverpool, was given the job full-time.

Mackay got his chance when Rodgers resigned during the summer of 2009 and guided Watford to 146h place in the Championship in 2009/10 and 14th in 2010/11.

He then signed a three-year contract with Cardiff in the summer of 2011 and guided the Welsh club to the League Cup final, losing to Liverpool at Wembley, and defeat to West Ham in the Championship play-off semi-finals.

Mackay was among the favourites to succeed Paul Lambert at Carrow Road in the summer of 2012, before Chris Hughton was appointed instead, and went on to win the Championship title in 2013.

This season, after a public falling out with Cardiff owner Tan over how money had been spent on players, Tan wrote to Mackay on December 16 and asked him to resign or be sacked.

Mackay refused and took charge of a 3-1 defeat at Liverpool and 3-0 home defeat against Southampton on Boxing Day before he was sacked, having guided Cardiff to four wins and four draws in 18 games.

There was also an ugly episode in October when Mackay’s head of recruitment, Iain Moody, was sacked and the inexperienced Alisher Apsalyamov briefly hired before visa problems struck.

Once Mackay followed Moody out of the door, Tan was quick to praise his successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s methods even though the Bluebirds were ultimately relegated under the Norwegian.

Today’s statement from Mackay continued: “I have enjoyed my time at Cardiff City and I am most grateful to the board of Cardiff City and Vincent Tan for giving me the opportunity.

“The club’s owner Mr Vincent Tan invested heavily in the club and supported our decisions in our push for promotion to the Premier League. Without him this would not have been possible.

“My thanks to all those at the club and the fans who have supported me during my time in Wales. If I have caused any offence to anyone during this time, especially to Vincent Tan, then I apologise without reservation.

“I wish everyone associated with Cardiff City FC all the best for the future and thank them for their support.

“I will not be commenting further on this matter.”

Would you like to see Mackay brought in as manager of Norwich City this summer? Leave your comments below.

136 comments

  • I have my worries about MM after what seemed a very disappointing PL season for Cardiff. Maybe the Cardiff squad was very poor and options were limited, because they seemed a grim side to watch and were horrible when they came here. Perhaps MM had too little to work with, but my worry is that perhaps he just wasn't good enough to be a PL manager. He's only 42, so will bounce back and probably prove me wrong. Meanwhile, I'm not convinced he's the right man for us just now. If NA isn't keeping the job for the new season, there are a few others out there, and some of them decent, experienced managers, but until the NCFC board make it known what they're thinking, who knows who'll be interested in the job? I may be over-optimistic, but I reckon the Arsenal game might be a pleasant surprise; the weight of the season might be lifted enough to free the boys to play without fear and show everyone what might have been. If that happens those of us who've been getting more and more distressed by what we've been watching this season might have a reason to look forward to next August with a bit more joy and hope. And after watching once again (courtesy of YouTube) RVW's goals for Sporting, I'm encouraged that he has the potential to be a very decent player in English football - but I wish I knew why it didn't work this season. He worked hard most of the time he made it on to the pitch, and if we keep him (whether it's because he can do a job for us or we can't afford to sell him for the loss we'd probably have to take) I'd like to think that the manager will rebuild his confidence and get him scoring goals - from what he did at Sporting, he should net a bag full in the Championship. It's early days, but maybe NA is the man to do that. Personally, I'd like to see him have a go on Sunday.

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    Billy's Dad

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • I have my worries about MM after what seemed a very disappointing PL season for Cardiff. Maybe the Cardiff squad was very poor and options were limited, because they seemed a grim side to watch and were horrible when they came here. Perhaps MM had too little to work with, but my worry is that perhaps he just wasn't good enough to be a PL manager. He's only 42, so will bounce back and probably prove me wrong. Meanwhile, I'm not convinced he's the right man for us just now. If NA isn't keeping the job for the new season, there are a few others out there, and some of them decent, experienced managers, but until the NCFC board make it known what they're thinking, who knows who'll be interested in the job? I may be over-optimistic, but I reckon the Arsenal game might be a pleasant surprise; the weight of the season might be lifted enough to free the boys to play without fear and show everyone what might have been. If that happens those of us who've been getting more and more distressed by what we've been watching this season might have a reason to look forward to next August with a bit more joy and hope. And after watching once again (courtesy of YouTube) RVW's goals for Sporting, I'm encouraged that he has the potential to be a very decent player in English football - but I wish I knew why it didn't work this season. He worked hard most of the time he made it on to the pitch, and if we keep him (whether it's because he can do a job for us or we can't afford to sell him for the loss we'd probably have to take) I'd like to think that the manager will rebuild his confidence and get him scoring goals - from what he did at Sporting, he should net a bag full in the Championship. It's early days, but maybe NA is the man to do that. Personally, I'd like to see him have a go on Sunday.

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    Billy's Dad

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Quite likely, Fagen. I used to get a hard time posting comments on local politics (aka corruption), or local business (ditto). Now and then, I put in a faux "toe the liner" designed to suit the sinister powers that be. No problem. Norwich and Norfolk are epicentres of self-servery. Very smug, cosy and exclusive. Remind you of a footy club anywhere? Blaffen is a great loss to these cubicles. Knapachteren Man that he is! He will return! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • I would imagine that Blaffen's ban will be for non football related activity. I came a cropper when making a comment about a certain councillor who had awarded a reported £180k a year job to an old crony of his and that 'I guess I'm a straight kind of guy' Tony.

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    Steely Dan

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • jops, you have to trust in our esteemed Chairman, Hyacinth Bowkett. A man of infinite wisdom and patience. Trouble is, not in the field of football. Multiple, lucrative Directorships are his speciality. Plus dinner parties, camp bow-ties and not getting on with the best manager we`ve had in years - the "difficult and impatient" Paul Lambert. Dilettante.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Is it not reasonable to expect some sort of reaction from the CEO ,owners and board after such a disaster. Norwich City relies heavily and thousands of loyal people paying entrance fees. Surely they are owed some loyalty back.Why the total silence?

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    norman hall

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Sorry if you have read this elsewhere on the board but it is worth restating that the 1 point Adams got from Liverpool H, Chelsea A, Fulham A, Man Utd A is the best any Norwich manager has done in the Premier League since Mike Walker in 1994... in 1995, 2005, 2012 and 2013 we scored 0 points each season in these 4 games and with a much worse goal difference. Adams might not quite be ready for the Premier League next season, but I think he will make a passionate and competent manager at championship level for us... if he can work well with McNally on the transfer side he could be just what we need... Malky would also be a good option.... both show potential for growth and are hungry to prove themselves at the top level... so will want Norwich to bounce straight back up to give themselves another chance in the big time.... I don't think we need to consider anyone else, unless it is someone like Anchelotti or Murinho... which is not going to happen.

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    jops

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • …..What on earth do some of you want when it comes to selecting a new manager?....Anyone, any good will not be looking to come to 'Championship' Norwich!....We have had enough of all these nearly men and hit and hope merchants!...Most of those were either sacked because of failure in the eyes of their employers, or decided to jump before they were pushed! ...At last we have a man in Neil Adams who is really interested in taking this club to better things....His Youth Team won something and his attitude is that of a man who wants his adopted club to succeed....He is not a defender in his mind, and will attempt to Win matches, rather than just turn up!....Whomever of his players that are unable to come to terms with that should be shown the door 'yesterday'!....All good managers have to start somewhere, and it doesn't have to be in Portugal or Finland!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Have no faith in the board any more,i just hope they get the next appiontment right,otherwise i fear where the club are heading.

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    Robbo

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Adams is a very poor choice for me, if he had ambitions for being a manager he would've worked through the leagues already. Malky would make us competitive in the championship but either way their connections to Norwich should have nothing to do with any appointment. I'd quite like to see Steve Clark.

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    Norfolk boy in Hackney

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • I wonder what sort of board they are? Chipboard, cardboard, dart board, surf board, hardboard? What? You say they are an executive board? Could have fooled me!

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    la barbe

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Yes, CovCanary. The Board seem to have resorted to Omertá once the horse`s head fell off. It does beg the question "What do they actually DO??". Specially The QIZmeister, Hyacinth and "Boycie" Ph!llips. Dee & The Michaels at least put some real cash & fanship in, and Machianalli does all the work.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Belial Bradley

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • What I find really confusing, MB, is why McNally, usually an ambitious sort, thought that settling for so little was ok. He was talking about being happy as long as city were out of the bottom 3 which, while a good position to have, didn't inspire confidence in the team to do better than last year. However, here we are because it was decided to "give Hughton the maximum amount of time to turn things around". Norwich seemed to be surrounded by negativity this season, mainly coming from the board. Almost like they thought nothing more could be achieved. All questions city fans are constantly asking. Would be nice to hear what he's got to say now. Anyway, whoever the next manager is, good luck to him.

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    CovCanary

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Pay no heed to LYB, kenfoggo. She`s hysterical. Never got over Oestre. My anecdote, aimed at the Banned Barking Boy, was serially ethered. Tell you in the Flintknappers` Kneecap, Woensdag, Blaff. Along with Wellhip`s starchy memo....

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • LittleYellowBirdie- "Histrionic"= deliberately affected, theatrical. I see nothing "histrionic" in my post. I just believe that it would be sensible to conduct a review of past failings so as not to repeat them again. This seems to be a common sense approach to me and in no way "histrionic".

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    kenfoggo

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • It`s a funny old world, CovCanary. Fred Flintstone`s job at WHU is under threat, yet he kept them up relatively comfortably. It seems Lambo is not flavour of the month at Vanilla, and he is likewise in peril. Pardew "failed" at Toon - but he did sign a 6-year contract. 5 to go... Sherwood did better at Spurs than Andrea Feather-Boas, but it looks like Tim`s heading for the exit. Who else? Pepe Mel from (survivors) WBA? Moronho from (underachievers) Chelsea? Ar$ene Wenger from Champions` League regulars, Ar$enal? Big Brucie from Hull, even? Clubs do not tolerate perceived failure. Except Norwich, who put up with it until it is irreversible.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Perfectly serious, Gek. Lovin' the Cool Hand Luke quote, especially as I just had a boiled egg for breakfast. Way over Archie's head. He didn't even spot I was using someone else's pass key to access the cubicles. He will do eventually and then it will be down to Ruin Tower with the placards and molatovs after a healthy dose of Dutch courage in the Artisan's Ar$e. Proost, mijn vriend.

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    Barking Wise

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Had a little tongue-in-cheek moment re: my Lambert post earlier. Time to move forward now, no looking back. Lambert had his time now to find someone else. My first thought is that NA should be given an opportunity to show what he can do. It wasn't his fault City were relegated and shouldn't have to take the blame for it. If he doesn't get the job permanently then he should be offered a job on the first team coaching staff. MM could be a good call. I thought he done well with Cardiff and clearly knows how to motivate. A clear problem for Norwich players is motivation. They just didn't seem up for the fight till it was too late and if they conceded a goal then they seemed to just give up. Is Laudrup a viable option? Again done very well with Swansea and I thought he was unlucky to get the boot.

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    CovCanary

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • That was tough. Try again, Blaff! See you in Builders` Buttox on Weds?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Blaffen Wijs, are you being serious? I`ve had the devil of a problem getting postings through today, despite rigorous self-censorship. At one juncture, this message board had been wiped clean of all messages, but now they`re back - at least for now. Perhaps there`s an interim Grosskontroller in Archie`s Master Cubicle, trying to make a favourable impression on Stephan "Boycie" Phillips? `Got to getyour mind right, Luke, or what we could have here is a failure to communicate`... Cool.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Eminem. Machianalli & Malky! What does Marshall Mattias think? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Archie has closed down my account. A cause for celebration for many, no doubt. Anyway, this particular avenue of communication is likely to go the same way, so I just wanted to say goodbye, it's been fun. And all the best to City in the Championship, regardless of who is appointed manager. OTBC.

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    Barking Wise

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Archie has closed down my account. A cause for celebration for many, no doubt. Anyway, this particular avenue of communication is likely to go the same way, so I just wanted to say goodbye and all the best to City in the Championship, regardless of who is appointed manager. OTBC.

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    Barking Wise

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • One shouldn`t dismiss the possibility that Machianalli `got lucky` with Lambert, but maybe he worked hard for that `luck`. Good choice, whichever way. Most Norwich fans had never heard of Lambert. Problem was with certain members of the Board, who found Gorbalschev a bit difficult to understand - and very impatient... I think most fans thought Hughton was a fair enough appointment; he seemed to tick most of the boxes, and most of us had at least heard of him! But he turned out to be a failure.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Really dont get the negativity surrounding Malky ! Bad signings ?? Andreas Cornelius £8.5 million. Thats it really. Caulker and Medel class acts. Hugton, R.V.W. Fer, Becchio, Michael Turner Hooper the list goes on, over £20 mill just there.! Malky playing style , solid at the back and start from there something Hughton {a renowned defender in his day } failed miserably at.Next season`s priority...make us competitive in the top six, and then try and gain promotion , most of all Malky is a man motivator something else our last manager failed at. Malky got Cardiff to the prem as champions 2 years ago with a very average squad losing only 9 games in 46, something i firmly believe he can do for us. Welcome home Malky.!!

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    marcohendy

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • I agree with kenfoggo. Also, let`s get to the bottom of Wolfswinkelgate.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Whoever is appointed McNally need to make the decision quickly NOT mess about like he did in sacking Hughton,if he had acted at Christmas like the majority of fans wanted him to then we would not be where we are now

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    leslie cater

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • I wish I could say that I put my trust in the Board to make the correct choice - but I can`t.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • MM with NA as No.2 - Could even be announced tomorrow.

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Don't forget, Malky was a defender and we have already suffered from a defendermanager.! Having said that, it is hard to imagine Malky having such a negative philosophy or someone who could set up a team as badly as Hughton managed to do, week in week out. It is a difficult one to call: do we opt to stay in house with someone who has the passion and commitment to Norwich City or go for someone with proven management experience at Championship level? Whoever the Board and CEO select, we have to hope that person will bring back pride, commitment and a never-say-die attitude which has been systematically washed out the club in the past 20 months. I also believe it is essential to bring in fresh faces and especially players with pace who can spring a counter-attack with directness and energy and who won't be afraid to take players on. Finally, as others have rightly said, we need a proven goalscorer. We might hang onto Hooper but I feel the other three have just not weighed in with goals and I wouldn;'t be sorry to see them all go, although the club will have to accept a whacking loss - but then again we will already see a huge fall in income due to relegation.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • kenfoggo, yes the same people who appointed Hughton and the same people who appointed Lambert and the same people who took the team from the brink of insolvency to completely debt free with three seasons in the Premier League. I don't see anything wrong with that. There's a lot wrong with histrionic scapegoating with the luxury of hindsight however: It achieves nothing other than creating more disruption in an already tricky situation.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Herr Fleck, if you go for another outsider with no background at the club then you will get another lurch in philosophy. The key difference between Norwich and Swansea is that Swansea decided what their approach would be and have chosen the mould that they want for their team and choose their managers to fit into that approach instead of having a new manager come along with all new ideas that leaves you pretty much going completely back to the drawing board every time, offering no opportunity for progress.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • I'd still like to see Adams given a proper crack of the whip, but equally I can see why the club would be attracted to a manager who took a team up from the Championship to the Premier League. Adams won't be willing to step down to academy level after this and I can understand that, it'd be a massive lack of ambition on his part if he was. I also think it would be a big loss to the club. If he'd be content to be assistant manager then I think him and Malky would be a good ticket. In general though, we have to move away from this thing of new managers installing all their own coaching team when they arrive as it just leaves you lurching with no consistency whatsoever. That has to stop if we're going to progress.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Come back Lambo! All is forgiven!

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    CovCanary

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • 57 charles you have argued your point well and I agree Malky is not the answer. Anyway according to the papers Big Sam is getting the boot and Malky is moving in there. Come and carry on the conversation with Brew and co at the Plasterers on Wednesday at 12.00 to 16.00.

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    Steely Dan

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Meulensteen? That's an interesting shout actually.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Nobody has mentioned probably the best manager around, I listened to him on TV last Sunday and he ran Man. Utd. for five years under Fergie MEULENSTEEN

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    blackdog2

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Can't understand why people are advocating sacking the Board, getting rid of players, changing the manager etc. We need stability when we start in the Championship. Most people complained our squad was not good enough for the EPL but were Championship standard. OK were in the Championship now so lets see how they perform and make changes in the transfer windows where necessary Another thing why do we have to let our best players go,we don't need to sell and they are under contract. As for managers , stick with Neil Adams let him gain experience in the Championship. For what its worth we most probably missed the best chance of a good manager while we were dithering over Hughton. Uwe Rosler who went from Brentwood to Wigan would have been ideal for us

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    NoggintheNog

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • MM and NA as number 2 is the safe, easy option and would suggest that the board haven't really changed their thinking or approach. I'm not saying it won't work out ok and I'll back them to the hilt, but I've got serious doubts. NA as manager on his own is a bit bolder IMO but still looks like good old Norwich doing the nice thing, but is it the right thing? I'm with Eadie I think we need another outside, no ties to club who is hungry for success. A inspirational manager that gets players ...hair dryer to those that need it, arm round the sensitive souls. Happy for NA to be a number 2 as I think he has shown he is a talented coach in a short time. I don't know enough about football to say who the number 1 is but perhaps we should consider a foreign chappie? Whatever happens I'll be there. It just hope the board are bold and don't just settle for the obvious.

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    Herr Fleck

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • on reflection , NO. Malky , bless him, was a defender on the pitch, as was our previous failure. Is it not time to have a forward looking option.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Remember a few years back when Newcastle were relegated? They were in a similar position, having under performed and been unsuccessfully managed in the last few games of the season by a media savvy ex club favourite that had been desperately parachuted in. However, they came straight back up, I wonder if the manager that did that for them is available?

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • As much as I like Malky I just don't think he'd be right for the club in going forward. His style of play ultimately lead to Cardiff being relegated from the Premiership. Could that happen to Norwich again next season who knows? The board really need to think long and hard about the next managerial appointment. As someone has mentioned Micky Phelan would be a great choice. Having worked under Sir Alex Ferguson for a number of years I think he'd of gained enough experience and knowledge to step up to the plate. My question is which players do Norwich keep sell?

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    nobbly1

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • we've all got different opinions but mine is Neil Adams for the way he made us play we went back to quality football against the top sides - he at least deserves a chance. Was not impressed with Malkys Cardiff they were worse than us is that what we want all over again

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    citizen

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Stop, Stop ,STOP!!! The same people who appointed Hughton are being entrusted to get the appointment of the next Manager correct? I thought that with relegation would come a root and branch review of the troubles at Norwich City? This would include a postmortem on who employed the failing Chris Hughton, WHY was he appointed and who accepts the responsibility for that appointment? There has to be some culpability at Board level. Do not leave the same system and people in place and expect a better outcome. Before a new Manager is appointed I expect a change at Board level. Somebody HAS to accept responsibility - after all "relegation is worse than death".

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    kenfoggo

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Jurgen Klinsman anybody?!

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • There's definitely a few weeds Gruff!

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    Double D

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • 28 goals to 60 and you say ok squad that need's pruning, I say roundup might be easier in the long run

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    Gruff

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Charles, are you having a panic attack? I don't understand your comments about administration, doom and gloom. NCFC has no debt. We will have earned £64m this year and have paid out nothing like that. Our stadium is full every week. The players are on divisional pay clauses that means their salaries will drop to a manageable level consistent with Championship income. Many of the higher paid players are likely to leave bringing in transfer income. In addition we will receive parachute payments of at least £15m next year. The key thing now is getting the right manager in to build the right squad to bounce back. We are probably in a stronger position than any other championship team, because we are clear of debt and have an ok squad that needs serious pruning. I say thanks to the prem for the last 3 years, see you soon, we'll be back.

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    Double D

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • I hate that photo of Malky. Another Peter The Pointer we don't need. Suggest McNally gets on the bone and sounds out Hoddle.

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    Bookface

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Can't see why we need to make a knee jerk decision so soon. Players will be buggering off on their richly deserved holidays next week and then there's the World Cup. I'd be surprised if there wasn't some managerial fallout next week. I'd be pretty peed off if we rush to appoint MM and then discover a certain Mr Lambert becomes available for example. I can't see the point of another Hughtonesque manager as that doesn't take the club forward and probably a sure way of putting off the players we want to keep. Hoddle gets my vote, I would have brought him in this season.

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    Bookface

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • I am a trained forensic psychologist and I would advise you all not to disagree with 57charles. From analysing his posts it is clear to me that he is suffering from psychosis and is probably highly dangerous.

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    SplatTheCat

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • not sure about MM Would prefer Mike Phelen with adams as assistant bringing the youth thro

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    Ambrose

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Mick McCarthy has McCartney has achieved the impossible keeping Dipsticks up.

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    Pondlife

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • I'm putting a tenner on Pinky and Perky as the next dream team management partnership - apparently they're 20-1 at Ladbrokes at this point in time -no strings attached - seems like a good punt to me...

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    57charles

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • For me, Phelan as manager with Adams as his assistant?

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    la barbe

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • big mistake to appoint Malky.great servant to ncfc who should have kept him,but he just doesnt seem whats required.N Adams should have a job under somebody like Poyet.

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    harry mcardle

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Charles, my dear chap, I have not made a suggestion - laughable or otherwise! Like you I am a fence-sitter. It does depend a bit, as you say, on who's available. I prefer NA to MM if we have to choose between those two, that's the only thing Ive said.

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    Cecil

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Get the old timers off the board and Bring Back Paul Lambert ....

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    dave123

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • How about getting rid of the old Timers on the Board and bringing in somebody who has some football knowledge! I am an Arsenal supporter living locally but i hate to see Norwich going backwards,stop relying on the old boys network and ex-players there is a need to kick this club up the backside!

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    dave123

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Not up to us Ladies and Gents- The Norwich Board will appoint some yes man probably an ex-player.Time the Board looked overseas for a fresh face and different tactics....oh and i support Arsenal

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    dave123

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • I feel that too much sentiment is clouding the judgement of those clamouring for MacKay to be manager. A great player for the club does not a manager make. The way the board has deliberately put their financial situation before football this season will most probably guide them to the cheapest option. Why not let the youth team coach carry on? Cheap solution. There has been total silence for Mac Nally and all members of the board. Not one statement of disappointment or regret It was quite obvious that at Christmas we were in deep trouble , as it must have been obvious to the board. CH has been blamed for our demise. He did not take the job to fail and it is wrong to put all the blame on him. The players were abysmal all season. Seriously lacking in basic skills and the will to fight. I doubt if any manager could have inspired this bunch. The danger is that we might just drop right through the Championship. A real clear out is needed. Though who in their right minds would want one of these players. N City may never gain Premiership status again. It is a tragedy that this fine club with marvellous support was so badly led by a bunch of people with no ambition . We were in the third season and not new boys. There was no reason for City not to grow and improve. However,the desire for topping up the coffers far out weighed the desire for top class football.

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    stormy

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • i would still like to see eddie howe from bournmouth here.he has got them playing a lovely passing game.

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    bluelight

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • if we want to be challenging for promotion we should be first in the queue for Sam Alladyce, when he is sacked next week. We need a proven winner who has experience and gets results.

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    Rob

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • I just don't know any more. The sad thing is neither does the Board! My main concern is getting Rudd back as No 1 if Ruddy goes, as I'm sure he will, and hanging onto players like Olsson, Turner, Howson and the two Bennetts who will all do a great job in the Chump.

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    jigs69

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Cecil - I don't care who we appoint as manager - just as long as whoever it is gets us out of the championship at the first attempt - this is crucial because if we fail at the first attempt, we will languish in the lower leagues for at least 10 seasons. I reserve my opinion as to who the next manager should be until the end of all footballing activities and the dust is settled - so to speak. The next appointment will be one of the - if not the- most important in the club's history. Now is the time for clear heads and no dreaming - unlike most of the crazy, laughable suggestions on here, including your own.

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    57charles

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Hey Dingo, what about getting Alan Partridge ? He is Norwich through and through, surely a shoe-in if we can't afford Ged ! Maybe we can get Lynn to take over from Delia too ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Yes, yes, okay Charles. But who DO you want? Not NA or MM you say so who?

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    Cecil

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Ged, get Tractor Boy and Finn.Blue in your ball-boys - if they think we can beat the A*** 18-0 then we need too.......

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Charles they're not only stubborn they know s*d all about football. Money maybe not football. Who did Stephen Fry play for? Don't answer that:)

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    el dingo

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Ged, where have you been ?? You'd man GED STEROO for manager ! How much will we have to pay 1p5wich to let you go - or - will you join on a free ? Slovenia for assistant manager ! There we go, sorted !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • TK post of the day. btw why do folks assume Malky NA IC et alia will work together like best buds? Football life ain't necessarily so.

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    el dingo

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Cecil - there is a point about having a debate after the appointment because NCFC is a business and to be successful in business you have to listen to your customers - remember Sir Terry Leahy? -' the customer is king'. NCFC's customers - the fans opined before Christmas that Hughton should go - this stubborn and intransigent board and chief executive ignored their customers and paid the price. They finally listened to their customers but too late and appointed a youth team coach and ex BBC radio Norfolk pundit in charge of a premier league football club. If this lot were in charge a company in the real world ( i.e.not having a captive set of customers AKA fans) then they would all be out on their backsides and deservedly so. Disgraceful mismanagement of one of Norwich's most precious jewels in the crown.

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    57charles

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • I really do not know what your point is, Charles. We are discussing who we want, or don't want, to be our manager. There is no sense, however, in having the debate after the appointment is made. I actually agree with you about MM. Who do you want?

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    Cecil

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • I love that picture of Vincent and Malky. Malky to Vincent: 'Let's see how it goes, if I c&ck it up, I could always be your tailor.' Oh, I'm so sorry for everything, if you give me a couple of mill.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Cecil- The transition in time in no way precludes one from opining at any time during the season - there was a significant number of Canary fans who wanted Hughton out before Christmas and they opined to that effect at the time. The board ignored them. I see no reason why those same Canary fans shouldn't opine now after the ludicrous procrastination of said board, which effectively consigned us to relegation.

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    57charles

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • @ Barclay 'The only way to find out if anybody is a good manager is to back them and give them time.' Unless your name is Hughton or er... Worthington.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Yes, waclor, I'd rather be in the Championship than owned by the likes of Tan. Also agree with you about MM.

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    Cecil

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Yes Colby, given a choice between staying in the championship and being bought by Vincent Tan, I'd vote to stay in the championship. How do the rest of you feel?

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    waclor

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Neil with two experienced coaches and a Director of football like Mike Phelan. As an alternative could we hire Terry Venables as an assistant to Neil on a one year contract? In a few weeks time Roy Hodgson will be looking for work but that shouldn't be of any interest to anyone looking for a football manager.

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    waclor

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Apologise to Vincent Tan, if he was on fire I would not even p!$$ on him to put him out !!!

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    Colby Army!

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • I agree with Charles, exactly what has Malky done to suggest that he would be any better than Hughton. The football Cardiff played under him was defensive and dire. One player he flopped completely on was Andreas Cornelius, bought for £8.5m and sold on as at loss of £5m. Malky Mackay would probably be Hughton 2 as Norwich manager. It's a big big "No" for me.

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    waclor

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Charles, do you actually have a brain?

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    Cecil

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • McKay did a good job at Watford got Cardiff to a cup final and promoted and they were fifteenth when he was sacked by a bonkers chairman plays attacking football and knows the club, can't see why he shouldn't be given a go. Also he knows the Championship and without doubt has dropped his compensation claim for a reason, could it be he has signed already?

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    Simon Thetford

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • I would not wish to see Malky Mackay as manager. City's future is best served by appointing Neil Adams with an experienced assistant - perhaps Ian Culverhouse. We need to play attacking football AND exploit the potential in the under 21 ranks. Who better than Neil to do this.

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    burnhamcanary

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Cecil - I totally disagree. We are dealing with an intransigent board and chief executive here. It doesn't matter whether one OPINES before or after the event here. Many Canary fans OPINED before the event that Hughton should go and many Canary fans are OPINING now after that event. Stop splitting hairs and contribute something useful to the debate.

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    57charles

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Charles, the only time to 'opine' IS before a decision is made. No point in opining afterwards.

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    Cecil

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Give it to Neil Adams as the last youth team coach did all right in 1992 Mike Walker. If not lets add some spice and bring in another Neil, Mr Warnock he has got seven teams promoted in his time three of them to the premierleague

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    JohnW

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • GossVolley - I am not prepared to opine on who should be the next manager until this calamitous board and chief executive make their final decision.

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    57charles

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • I am not convinced by NA. Against Man U we were abject. But if it were a choice between NA and MM I'd go for NA. The danger is he'll do well but not well enough. What then?

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    Cecil

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Charles I was just asking for an opinion on a message board, which hardly equates to you doing McNally's job! But hey ho....

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    GossVolley

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Derek McDonald - presumably you want us relegated to League One next season?

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    57charles

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • GossVolley - if I were paid the seven figure sum that McNally is being paid to take us down to the championship then I would be prepared to state who I would want as manager - I'm not prepared to do someone else's job for them especially on such extortionate wages.

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    57charles

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Any manager that comes in has the potential to be just as good or just as bad. we will never know, we could have a successful season (play-offs) with NA, but how would we know that MM may have got us automatic promotion. Personally a MM with NA could have good potential as it they combine defensive and attacking ideas. CH and the like were totally defensive with poor defenders which equalled failure. The club needs solid defenders which we have not had for years . We have some excellent attacking players, but defensively, unorganized and weak. I for one will support any manage that comes in (as long as its not Calderwood).

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    dilboy

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • I wonder how Neil Adams is feeling, all of a sudden most of you are listing every one for the Norwich manager, let Neil get on with the job, give him a chance, he has the club at heart. Give him some support

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    Derek McDonald

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • We need to get off to a flying start in August. NA may well be the man to do it, however, we cannot afford to lag behind the front runners in finding out it was a mistake to appoint him. Who ever we get I wish him well, and I for one hope for a passing style of play, not hoofing long balls up the pitch only to be collected by the opposition. If the very varied choices of potential manager from the fans are anything to go by the board will have a multitude to choose from.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Lets be sensible about about how much Malky could or would be able to spend, McNally and the board are far too sensible to simply allow anybody to overspend so that really is not the issue. Any selection, be it Malky Neil Adams or any other out of work manager will always be a risk, nobody can guarantee success so lets all get behind whoever the club decides to go with. All I ask is that Neil Adams remains at the club in a coaching position if he does not get asked to continue as manager, after all he has shown loyalty to the club despite being a migrant from the North West and his heart appears to pump Yellow Blood.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • If that's all we have to go for we may as well stick with NA. This disasterous, 'fate worse than death' season isn't over yet and already I'm starting to get nervous about the next one. Here we go for another 9 years.....

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    pug

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • 57 Charles - who would you appoint then out of interest? You seem very adamant with all this talk of screenshots ;-)

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    GossVolley

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • If we appoint Malky as manager could I please ask the club to make public who made the decision so that we at least know who to blame at the end of a season when we will be millions in debt and at the very least, stagnating in the championship or more likely relegated to League One. Please take a screen shot of this, print this and send it to McNally at the end of next season.

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    57charles

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • I think Malky and Neil Adams could do a decent job for us. Yes Malky was a defender but his Watford side appear to have played decent attacking football and with Neil as his assistant then I think there would be enough attacking nous to play the Norwich way once again. However, if the board decide to stick with Neil on his own, then as stated before, I think he would need either an experienced coach such at Culverhouse or a Director of Football to handle recruitment and other admin tasks to free him up for coaching duties. I am sure McNally will take the right decision this time. I am not even certain Hughton was a mistake at the time of appointment, he simply did not work out and sometimes these things happen, he had the right track record before coming to us but simply was not a fit at NCFC. I recognised that after the first few games, such a shame the board took two seasons to see the same, however water under Carrow Bridge so now lets look forward to the next step, OTBC.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Great attacking options here !! you have to be joking,surely this has to be a joke right ? you can`t be serious.(off the ball city)

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    1961tractorboy

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Side Note: Did anyone see how Sherwood spoke to a journo of Talksport last week? The journo only asked a question after Spurs lost and he went all Glenn Roeder on the poor journo saying "you dont understand because you've never played the game". Not the man for me.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Signing a certain Chris. Martin might be a good move, still he might be in the EPL already with the Rams.

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    codger8

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Sherwood never made many friends at NCFC and the fact he was one of the few teams to lose to us this season is a worry ;)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • I would prefer to see Tim Sherwood here PDQ. If we're going to go for the Norwich City ex-player connection I think he would be a better bet, had a good run with Spurs after taking over and is going to be out of a job on Monday.

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    Bohnhof

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Whiley Boy

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Agree Cecil. I believe we can have both. Its capable to play decent football in the championship and go up. Burnley & Leicester are living proof of that. What ever happens guys and gals dont let a story regarding Malky split us into school yard arguements. If it ends up being Malky it is what it is. Lets pray it works. While i've been vocal in my opinion of how Malkys style wont please many fans, We all assumed a certain Mr Pulis would play a certain way at Palace but he has stunned us all. Maybe Malky will come in and say, heck we've got some great attacking options here, why have they been forced to be so negative all season? Gotta back him folks if it turns out to be him.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Yes Yes Yes get him in ASAP and give him a 5 year contract at least he will get you where you want to be conference here we come still look on the bright side you still got a chance sunday against the gooners 18-0 should do it. (off the ball city)

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    1961tractorboy

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Message for b arclay We don't have time - I trust even the inept board and chief executive realise this now after the appointment of a youth team coach tasked with keeping us in the premier league with a handful of games left against some of the best teams in the country. Ludicrous and very, very amateur - we are the laughing stock of the football world and quite rightly so.

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    57charles

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • For what it's worth I still think they will cheapskate and stick with Neil.

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    el dingo

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • With regards to overspending on players, I think that is more of a problem when teams like us and Cardiff reach the Prem. With the extra riches we have we want to be competitive so we gamble on big signings in the foreign market that havent already been snapped up by the big teams etc. I think Malky and co would have no trouble sorting out Championship personnel.

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    GossVolley

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • I am with Matt. I want to see Norwich playing football again. I also want to see them back in the EPL. I am sure I can have both. But not with MM.

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    Cecil

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • What is it that makes many norwich fans think that malky is the messiah? He has done no more than hughton, which was to win the championship. The problem with ex defenders as managers is that they only have one outlook on the game, the only one they know! If city want a good all round manager, who genuinely has got to know the championship and would probably do well with a bit of spends, you could do a lot worse than mick McCarthy! Given what he's had at his disposal up the road, I think he has done well, improving each year. Also, would have the pull of maybe nabbing a certain striker who was also instrumental in recent upsurges of fortune in Suffolk.

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    JOROBIT

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • I'll back whoever the board picks as I want Norwich to succeed, there are to many doom merchants here. The only way to find out if anybody is a good manager is to back them and give them time. OTBC

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    b arclay

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • I think Malky would be a good bet. Not a pushover with the players like Hughton was. Much as I like and admire Neil Adams, I think he would be too much of a gamble as manager, definitely dont want a double relegation. So a fiesty manager with a bit more experience for me. Malky fits the bill.

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    Henry

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Please No we have had enough bad news recently......Not the man for City

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    dave123

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • MartinL - I am not prepared to go into specifics about Cardiff City players on an NCFC comment forum. If you are interested I suggest you research the Cardiff City forums. If you want to see our glorious Canaries plummet into administration through overspending on underperforming players then OK - lets have Malky here as manager - I guess we've already got the underperforming players here - now it's up to Malky to bring about the other half of the equation i.e. the overspending and take us into administration.

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    57charles

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • David Moyse would be good, keep NA and get Cully + Karsa back - not a bad team there.......

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • GOOD GOD NO!!!! This fools record with signings is about as good as Glenn Roeder's!! We'll end up with a team full of Wilkswonkles! Given that the few decent players we have will leave the sinking (sunken) ship ASAP, we need a manager that can build a team from nothing. Not this fool. We should never have sacked Mr ughton. Disgraceful treatment of a decent man. McNally Out!! Love to all my fans, Ged x

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    Ged Steroo

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • I believe the signings made by Malky in the Champ were by and by pretty good. The Premier signings had the underhand dealings of a certain Lim. When it comes to signings, can anyone hand on heart say that Hughtons or all of Lamberts signings any good?

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • 57charles - you seem very worked up about Malky, Solskjaer certainly made almost exclusively bad signings, but I was under the impression that the majority of players signed in Malky's time have done well. Which of his signings do you feel were poor?

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    MartinL

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Personally would I want Malky as manager? No. Does that mean im right? no. It's basically nailed on in my eyesthat Malky will be in charge next season. I know it will galvanise fans straight away which is essentially what we need I do worry about the longer term effects. It looks as though we as a club will be cleaning out and re-building 'yet' again and the last thing I want to see is by Xmas fans are calling for his head because of his style of play. So I declare all fans asking for Malky to be appointed right now, must sign a disclaimer saying they promise not to moan or complain when the style of football isn't much different from that of hughtons. Im not against Malky, purely because I do not have a clue who i'd want in charge. None of the usual suspects do anythign for me and in reality is one massive gamble who ever we get. Paul Lambert back then was as much a gamble as Hughton was. 1 paid off, 1 destroyed us. If we get Malky I hope fans are aware what they are asking for and standby him. It took him many seasons and a lot of money to get Cardiff up and the style of play may not be to everyones taste.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • If Mackay is intent on proving he is an EPL manager, then we could do a lot worse than giving him the chance to take NCFC straight back. I think his choice of coaching staff would be very critical so that we have balance across all areas, not just (supposedly) strong in one.

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Now that's a bit more realistic than Lennon. Getting towards the bottom of the pot now.

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    NB

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • I support Neil adams he will do a great job as Norwich city manager. Neil knows Norwich inside out. Save the cash on a new manager, we need players who have there hearts on Norwich city reaching the promise land again. otbc.

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    the minister

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • My sources this morning were telling me done deal (with NA assistant) even before this news broke and that an official announcement could be as early as Monday. Could be good news, as we need someone on board early to start prepping for next season.

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • GossVolley - has anyone told you about his plan C....wasting millions on inept players? We've got enough of them at Carrow Road already, thank you very much.

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    57charles

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • A reasonable source told me we'll know the new manager by next weekend and now this story so the timing does point to Malky.Well he's got the championship credentials and he ticks the boxes for a lot of people. I really hope my instincts are wrong but he just seems a bit too close to CH in his philosophy. Having said that I don't think he'll bottle it as much and I've seen him change formations mid way through a game so he knows about having plan B ;-)

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    GossVolley

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Please, please, please don't bring him here. He's wasted millions at Cardiiff on terrible players - ask any Cardiff fan. That's why he was sacked. If he's appointed as manager, we will end up in administration and relegated to League One at the same time. The board and chief executive have made enough mistakes for one season, thank you very much - please don't even begin to entertain this lunacy - I implore you. Please take a screen saver of this posting and if they do appoint him, please review it this time next year when you're crying into your cornflakes.

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    57charles

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Has anyone considered Mike Pheelan? Not only was he an excellent Canary but went on to become Sir Alex Ferguson's last assistant manager at M.U. and would have got top managerial experience during his 5 or so years in that post.

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    Thailand Tony

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • I hope we go for an proven striker now, Rhodes from Blackburn and McOrmack from Leeds would be nice, I think Malky could be a good choise but Lennon would be better

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    Motala79

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Malky helped Cardiff get promotion but with another Managers players and then failed to impress with his own in the Prem. We have seen NA make a difference with poorly trained players that were fed up with the system that had been drummed into them for two seasons. I think NA should be given the chance with his own players. Take him on quickly so he has time to find his own players.

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    goldie

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • With Craig Fleming as assistant?!?

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    Pondlife

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • almost certainly. (shock!)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 9, 2014

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