David McNally knows the cost of Premier League failure for Norwich City

Norwich City chief executive David McNally knows what is at stake after dismissing Chris Hughton. Photo: Bill Smith Norwich City chief executive David McNally knows what is at stake after dismissing Chris Hughton. Photo: Bill Smith

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
8:10 AM

David McNally knows the cost of failure but Norwich City’s chief executive is in no doubt Neil Adams can finish the job Chris Hughton started and keep the Canaries in the Premier League.

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McNally is adamant the club’s board have made the right call to dismiss Hughton and put their faith in City’s former player and FA Youth Cup winning coach. Norwich have five games to seal their top flight status ahead of this weekend’s trip to Fulham and McNally knows he and the rest of the club hierarchy will be judged on the final outcome.

“You have to accept if you are in a business and you are having a difficult spell you must take responsibility, whether you are the chief executive, the owner or the manager,” he said. “I accept my responsibility and I take it seriously. If we go down, and let me make it clear we are not going down, will I take my share of responsibility? Will I resign? That would be a matter for me to discuss with the board, but I am well aware of my own responsibility.

“The reaction has been interesting. If you look at the national media they say we are bonkers. Local media are broadly supportive and a lot of Norwich City supporters have been urging us to make this decision sooner. We’re only here for two things, the football club and the supporters, and we are here to serve them. We will do everything we can as often as we can with our supporters at the very forefront of any decisions we take.”

McNally confirmed at Colney on Monday Adams is in pole position to succeed Hughton beyond this season should he successfully guide the Canaries to safety.

“First things first we need to get through to the end of the season and cement our position in the Premier League. We need to do that above all other things,” he said. “Really it is up to Neil now to make sure he is the manager for the long term. We know results will dictate whether that happens or not. Let’s get through to May 12 and take things from there. I am sure Neil has a role and a significant one here for many years to come. If it is the big job in the longer term that is entirely up to Neil and the results.

“We believe with Neil in charge of the next five games we have a greater chance. Yes, we know our run-in is tough but we are confident that we have enough here to improve our league position. Neil is an excellent coach, he has been around this club for a long time and he is very good technically and tactically. We believe that this change gives us the best opportunity of what we all want to achieve.”

McNally was also quick to downplay fears over Adams’ lack of professional management experience, drawing a parallel with the man he has replaced.

“Chris did not have a lot of Premier League experience as a manager prior to joining us. He had half a season,” he said. “I don’t think we had much choice because of our relegation form. That needed to be addressed. There were no discussions with any other managers. I said earlier this season we would have a succession plan in place for any key appointment within the business. That includes the football manager and perhaps in isolation Neil was not that manager, but he was certainly part of the plan.

“Recent results and performances have been disappointing. We have lost four of the last six games. We have lost seven consecutive away games so we felt unfortunately although it is sad to see Chris leave we were left with no choice to ensure we have the best possible chance of staying in this league.

“As a football club we are very supportive of our football managers and we give them every chance to get things right. Clearly it is a results business and against our peer group rivals it has not been good enough.”

City’s chief executive revealed Hughton’s dismissal had been an unanimous board decision after a desperate 1-0 Carrow Road defeat to West Brom and the ugly aftermath that result triggered at the final whistle. Hughton was struck by a stray clap banner whilst both John Ruddy and Russell Martin become embroiled in heated exchanges with fans.

“I don’t think you can ever react immediately after a game. We had to sleep on it and then took the decision through discussions on Sunday,” he said. “It was a unanimous decision by the board. We had a meeting with Chris post-game and we took into account his views. Through Sunday we had to have discussions with a lot of stakeholders and the decision-making process happens from there. We don’t often see that type of atmosphere at Carrow Road. We are very lucky we have supporters who follow us through thick and thin and at the moment we are having a wobble.”

55 comments

  • Thanks, Dubai. That`s just the job. Good man! OTBC etc. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Was that a `Robert Reference`, Stew?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Yes, indeed, canaryinslovenia. Team selection, this season, has been so random that only Ruddy and Robert looked certainties, but that may no longer apply to Robert? I suggested to Trevor Keith that Adams might go `brave` and play with 2 genuinely pacy wingers on their correct side. Redmond on the right, Josh on the left? Try Robert `in the hole` behind Hooper? Of course, NA cannot afford to go `gung-ho`, but Fulham have a dreadful defensive record (74 conceded) that makes ours look respectable. What really matters is that the team plays as a team. no failure to attempt to retrieve mistakes. No lying on the ground appealing for a free kick while the opposition scampers off to score. No blaming team-mates. Team-mates not giving cause to be blamed. The first component of success is ability, but that`s of no use without effort. Interesting that Hucks is not involved at this stage. Pleased to see that Dave Watson has stayed with us rather than departing with Chrissie`s catatonic caravan of clowns. OTBC. INAWMT!! We need a bit of Dubai sunshine now. Come on down, DC! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Adams is the best man for the job! He will keep us up. Next season maybe bring in Tim Sheerwood to work alongside Adams. Their passion alone between them would see us to 40 pts, and then onwards and upwards. INAWT.

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    alan

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • For crying out loud some of you, get behind the club and stop the sniping. Hughtons gone and we have a new manager. I think Snodgrass will want to go in the summer after the abuse he's received from some quarters (and ironically he may win POS) and I suspect Ruddy will as well, particularly after Saturdays crowd reaction. Btw, I was there and will be at Fulham on Saturday. As far as questioning the "finishing the job CH started" quote is concerned - the style of football has often been poor, players have underperformed and supporters are divided and squabbling with each other, BUT we are not yet in the bottom 3 so if NA can maintain that, he will have completed the job successfully. If you don't agree, ask supporters of Cardiff,Fulham and Sunderland. And finally, Mad Brewer, since you came off the fence and joined the Antii-Hughton Popular Front, your postings seem to have degenerated to the essentially abusive. Chris Hughton may be many things but he is not a clown. He has had success as a player at the highest level and more success than most as a manager. He bore the vile abuse from certain areas with great dignity and I wish him well

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    Canary on the moon

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • …..There is a live person on the other end! ….One comment in but another one taken out!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • If Adams is so right for the job ,why was it a panic last minute decision to give him the job? It was obvious to any fan that this team was failing months ago. Blame CH all you like , he was not good enough, but too often the players let the fans, manager, themselves and the club down. Their consistently inept play and gutless performances have put City in such a bad spot.

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    norman hall

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • what a difficult job Neil has picking up Chris ruins, with the exception of Ruddy I would think all other 10 starting places are up for grabs.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Btw IMO RM is possibly the most articulate City player I have ever heard.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Not convinced we won't get anything out of the last two. Their seasons may be over by the time we play them, so confidence like the last two games last season will be key.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • & these days the drinking culture is verboten. Probably why I retired early je je :)

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I hope I'm wrong but I still don't have a good feeling for Saturday. Am organising a major weekend event so will not even get to listen. Not sure Neil can mend the fragility of confidence immediately. Need a bit of luck and I pray we get one. Wish I was going. Who on this forum was it that sent his Fulham ticket back with his clapper over the weekend. How many tickets did we get btw? Bet there will be a cracking atmosphere.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I keep trying to thank you, Dubai, but Archie says `NO`.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Btw, Sunderland lost heavily last night. Now 7 pts behind with 2 games in hand.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Paul Nevin, academy fitness coach, will also assist Neil. Dave Watson stays on as goalkeeping coach which I'm very happy about.

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    ncfc boy

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • anyone know who is adams number two?

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    bluelight

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Canary on the Moon and all other Hughton happy clappers give it a rest. The remaining fixtures we have left yielded 3 pts last year, add that to the 32 we have and awful goal difference and that is plainly relegation form and much worse than last year despite all the money spent. This season has been a disaster and Hughton should have been sacked in August. End of. Now let's all get behind Neil and Hope for a miracle and it will need a miracle

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Good stuff Matt. Cafu said yesterday "He (NA) has already told us we will go down to Fulham and look to win the game". Already I feel better about things.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Norman Hall. Who would you have put in charge?

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    alan

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Maybe you'll be right Steely. Try look at it positively though. (heck if I the biggest pessimist NCFC fan going can, anyone can lol). Adams likely wouldnt be my choice long term, an im sure others agree but we have to back him. His opening statement of intent is certainly a strong one and in my eyes we have nothing to lose. Go down and its exactly what we all expected anyway. Stay up and the guys made himself an instant legend. Fingers crossed! OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I suspect Neil Adams, being an insider, already knows who will be up for the fight and the right character. I am also sure he is clear in his mind how he will set the team up and I am sure it will be a different line-up and style from Hughton. I am among many things hoping he will play redmond on the right wing, perhaps moving Snodgrass to the left. He will also for sure be demanding the midfield compete and engage more when we go forward. All in all we need far more commitment and energy from just about everyone. Incidentally I was baffled by McNally's line that Adams's job is to finish the one started by Hughton!!!

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • First action: line the players up and ask a simple question. 'Step forward who wants to play for NCFC next year?' Video the response. Anyone who hesitates doesn't play this season.

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • …..that's exactly what I would do if in his shoes Surrey!....but he may also have a problem of players wanting to play, but can't stand the sight of someone else in the team...not quite so straightforward!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Paul Nevin, academy fitness coach, will also assist Neil. Dave Watson stays on as goalkeeping coach which I'm very happy about.

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    ncfc boy

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • The cost of failure is £60m tv money and add ons. Now NA has been given 5 games to keep our snouts in the trough. Other clubs will also be feeling desperate. Take Sunderland last night. Another thrashing and the manager talking in a defeatist manner. They have seven games left, which is when they sacked the manager last season. If history repeats itself they may want someone with PL experience who has recently left their job having met the brief to stay out of bottom three. Can you think of anyone?

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Thanks for the explanation Stew. Are you going to Fulham on Saturday? I think you should go out somewhere, anywhere as often as you can.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Alan, it is the timing that is so wrong for me. Adams. if considered good enough, should have been given the job before Christmas. CH as manager was obviously not working . I still maintain the players were inept and made far too many basic errors over the season.They are a poor bunch. The board must take the ultimate responsibilty for this fiasco. The remit given to CH was " stay out of the bottom three ". This was reflected in the teams performance. Totally negative. N City should have the ambition to grow. Think small,stay small. It is terrible to think of City anywhere but in the Premiership. We ,the supporters,deserve the best.

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    norman hall

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • …..OK ARCHIE!...You can delete this and the previous two NOW!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • We have a good group of players at the Club and with Neil Adams getting their confidence back up this week we'll show the rest of the EPL that not only was this a good decision from David McNally, but also that we actually quite like this league and intend to stay here for a while longer yet. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • The whole tickets for Fulham issue is so odd DJ_Fram....When I purchased tickets for me and my lot (for my 6th visit to Fulham) I went 1 day after general sale day and asked if it be possible to get back row (as we prefer to stand). The salesman as NCFC not only said yet but said we could sit pretty much anywhere as hardly any tickets had been sold. Then we beat Sunderland and blame they sold out. Fickle, jumping on the band wagon, call it what you want but it went from one extreme to another. I advised my mate to go on the waiting list as it had worked for me in the past and low and behold he messages me yesterday to say he'd been successful as more tickets had been made available in the neutral area. Keep trying buddy!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Sorry to hear that Stew, you seem pretty agile around a keyboard! If you ever need help to go on a trip down the pub, please let me know; it would be honour to assist.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Good point, succinctly put, Surrey Canary.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Not convinced we won't get anything out of the last two. Their seasons may be over by the time we play them, so confidence like the last two games last season will be key.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • …..Lincs! ...there could be a candidate ready to fit snugly into that position...some one who would do his utmost to ensure a 0-0 draw in every game...can't think of his name off hand...He would come with a ready made back up squad.....and his very own Tea Lady!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • .....el dingo!..it's getting late..for me anyway!...Once upon a time, in a land far away (Newcastle) a certain man was employed as a high ranking officer with the local football team....he was greatly admired by the canteen tealady who became besotted with him....he was dismissed from his position when his superior felt that he was not up to the job!....this left the he tea lady broken hearted and very very angry!...he found a short term post somewhere in the Midlands and was fortunate enough to have a little good fortune with them....The tealady tried to join him but was told that he would only be there short term because if he kept his nose clean, a premiership club could come a calling!...Norwich City were hoodwinked into believing that he would be the answer to their pending managerial problem, and fell into the trap!.....It did not take long before the sceptic posters on here realised what was happening to this wonderful club, and said so...The tea lady had followed her idol to Norwich and was now his personal attendant and guard!...She adopted the name beginning with S, and started to hurl abuse at any, and everyone who dared to say a word against her beloved....Rather than reply to her direct, I decided to refer to her as The Tyneside Tea lady!..She disappeared into hiding for a lengthy period...but like one of those footless creatures that enjoy your emerging runner bean, has recently returned!....you can wake up now...It's all over!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I for one hope that D McNally is still at the club next season even if we fail to stay up. One thing is for sure, he is a million times better than the previous CE and is a very good business man, someone the club needs to hang onto.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Lincs - pure class! :):):)

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • el dingo, I remember being in the company of journos from the `Scotsman` in Edinburgh. Pub called `The Jingling Geordie`. OMG, that was serious, universe-class alcoholism. Not a bad paper, though, all said and done. I think those guys would have outclassed this current clique of cliché-mongers by a wide margin. When did mediocrity take over the world of journalism? Even Norfolk wasn`t that bad, pre-Archie ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • For me we've got to put their back line under pressure. Thats their weakest area for me and especially at full back they've struggled to deal with pace. Luckily we have someone with raw pace in abundance. Mr Redmond. Fingers crossed he starts. Depends what attitude is taken in terms of going for it or ensuring we dont lose. At the back im wondering whether Olsson will be fit as we all know hes put his op off until seasons over but boy did he look in pain against WBA. Big issue im wondering about is whether Martin will captain the side regardless of Bassong starting or not. I understand why Hughton started this whole shambolic club captainteam captain thing as he likely wasnt sure Martin would start every game with him swapping between Whittaker & Martin constantly and wanted someone he felt would start every game. Of course as its turned out Bassongs been a different person this season and hasnt been a shoe in starter either but surely that was Hughtons thinking. Long term if we are to keep improving Martin is one of many places in the team thats likely to be replaced despite sentimental value, however for the rest of the season I hope its Russell Martin leading the team out. Very impressed with him & Adams in the press conference yesterday.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Spot on mf, Neil will without doubt know which players are up for the fight but he will pick the players who suit his ideas, others will have to wait their turn but perform if and when called for. I would not start with both Murphy and Redmond on the wings away to Fulham, however because we cannot afford to be too gung ho. My team for Saturday, presuming Olsson is fit would be a 4,4,1,1 set up as follows: Ruddy, Martin, Yobo, Turner, Garrido, Redmond, Johnson, Tettey, Olsson, Snodgrass (in the hole as he looks our best second striker right now), Hooper. No doubt Neil will think differently and it is his choice that counts but I fully back whatever team he goes with.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • bluelight its Mark Robson (ex Barnet Manager) who is our u21 team manager who is assistant to Adams til end of season

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • "If we go down, and let me make it clear we are not going down" Don't know how much sense that makes!

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    B Inners

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Stew now is the time to tell us. What is this tea lady stuff?

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • ….Archie is playing up today....I've been trying to converse with Lincs since 1 55pm with out luck!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Certainly this has been a big week in Norwich City's history. The stage is set for a grand finale to the season. City five points above the bottom three but with five very difficult games. Only one team we play is below us, and that is the rejuvenated Fulham who have seen their fortunes change since Felix Magath came along. Lets hope Neil Adams lets our play an attacking and expansive game and see if we can come out of Craven Cottage with three points. City have the advantage of surprise and I am sure Neil will spring a few surprises both positionally and tactically - it is our best chance. Beyond that the run in is Liver, Manure, Chelski & the A club that cant be mentioned here. Very tough to expect much from these - so in all truth FULHAM is the decider. Win there and a new sense of belief could come upon us and we could see a transformation. As long as we stay up (which I think we will just) - I don't think we'd be all that gutted if we lost the last four - AS LONG as City played with flair, passion, attacking enterprise and spirit. At least we would have something out of this season and then a platform to build the new era. The last 18 months have been pretty gloomy, lets see the Dubai Sun shine through ! There, is that good enough for you Brew ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Canary on the Moon and all other Hughton happy clappers give it a rest. The remaining fixtures we have left yielded 3 pts last year, add that to the 32 we have and awful goal difference and that is plainly relegation form and much worse than last year despite all the money spent. This season has been a disaster and Hughton should have been sacked in August. End of. Now let's all get behind Neil and Hope for a miracle and it will need a miracle

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • …..Hooray! ...15mins (Woolpack time) to get a posting through!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Canary on the moon.Your post about CH is spot on. By all accounts he was a lovely man. Was friendly a respectful to all at the club. He may have not been right for City but as you point out he had a fine career as a player and some success as a manager. I am glad that he has gone but I doubt he is happy. Nobody likes to fail. I also wish him well. As for this bunch of players, they must take a lot of responsibility for this season. No manager can make a player pass the ball to a team mate once on the pitch. No manager can stop a player making the most basic of errors that we see week in and week out from this team. If City stay up, a lot of these players must be released and new brought in. Supported City for over fifity years. City need to stay up and build Not just be content with " staying out of the bottom three" as McNally seems to be.

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    norman hall

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • .....Totally agree waclor....Blue Badge job though!....got around a golf course much of the time in the past....now it's wide screen TV, and a Hudl!.....it comes to us all.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Sorry to hear that Stew. You seem to agile around a keyboard! If you ever need a helper for a trip down the pub, please let me know. It would be a pleasure to share our NCFC views.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • I like TK,s team. I said here a few times that Olsson should be in front of Garrido. As for Redmond. I am sure Neil will be asking him to play for the team and not himself. INAWT

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    sharky

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • agree El Dingo. I know its only words but those little things matter. Inspires belief with the fans and players alike.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • It is pretty ludicrous for McNicey to heap all this responsibility onto Neil's shoulders. He also makes it sound as though he expects NCFC's survival is a foregone conclusion. I'm afraid to say that I expect five straight defeats and that might not be enough to survive.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • That selection looks pretty good, TrevorK. I didn`t include Olsson `cos I thought he was injured, but playing him wide left would be fine - as long as Garrido is up to speed for LB - he hasn`t played much lately. What if Fer is fit, or is there no chance of that? Have we seen the last of Pilks? Howson had a poor game vs WBA but could also play `in the hole`, as could Wes. Interesting times. It`d be great to see Cafu back to his old swashbuckling self. I think NA will know he has a golden opportunity to save our bacon if the team can pull off a good performance against our old Nemesis, Fulham. All we can do is hope the players `turn up` for him.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • "If we go down, and let me make it clear we are not going down" Don't know how much sense that makes!

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    B Inners

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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