I think this could be a very timely international break for everyone at Norwich City Football Club.

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It has been a very difficult start to the season, especially for new manager Chris Hughton and the players. Having not won a Premier League game in their opening seven, losing their last three and conceding nine goals in the last two, the start made is now worse than that made by Nigel Worthington’s men eight years ago.

These next couple of weeks without a game will give Chris and the majority of his squad an opportunity to take stock and discuss what’s gone wrong in the first seven games.

It will give them a chance to work hard in training without the distraction of games, trying to improve on the things they haven’t done well over the last few weeks.

I’m sure there will be plenty of defensive work as a team – not just the back four being involved – as the team has conceded far too many goals in the first seven games, leaving the Canaries with the second worst defensive record in the division.

Individuals have to improve defensively as there have been some very basic mistakes lately that have led to opportunities and goals, the latter being the case too many times.

More often than not, with the quality of attackers in the Premier League, simple individual errors will be punished.

Players sometimes have to stand up and be counted, taking responsibility for their performance and decisions as you can’t always hide behind the manager and let him take the blame.

I was as shocked and surprised as anyone when I heard towards the end of last week that former manager Paul Lambert was suing the club for £2m for being unfairly relieved of his managerial duties.

For me it was quite simple – well, I thought it was. As far as I understood it, Paul wanted permission to go and talk to Aston Villa about their vacant manager’s position.

When that permission was not granted by the club to talk Villa, he resigned with immediate effect and therefore walked away from any compensation he would have been entitled to. As I say, that’s how I understood it.

I know I’m not legally trained in these matters but that’s how it works as a player.

If a player wants to leave a football club and asks to do so then he’s not entitled to a penny of the remaining terms of his contract.

However, if he’s told he’s no longer wanted at the club and the club decide to sell him he can claim every penny that’s owed to him on the remainder of his contract – is that how it works for managers, too?

Finally I’m looking forward to watching Steve Morison, left, and Russell Martin, who I’m sure will all be involved in the big game in Cardiff tonight when Wales welcome Scotland.

For once I’ll be hoping that Russ has a stinker, and I’ll be willing Steve to bag a couple of goals to kick-start our World Cup qualifying campaign after opening with two defeats.

9 comments

  • Hows about that then?

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, October 13, 2012

  • WhackyJackie.USA - If you thought those 3 players, (2, if not 3 of which were your club's captains), are such duds.. why are you still so annoyed that they left Leeds for Norwich that you're trolling NCFC messageboards like a sad little boy?

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    MancCanary

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • Goldie, you have highlighted something that has been obvious for a long time and sure enough to follow your post up pops one these so called Leeds fans. We know supporting a club like that and having nothing to write home about must be trying for them but have they nothing better to do with their time than trawl around other sites with their stupid inane comments?

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    blackdog2

    Saturday, October 13, 2012

  • Goldie, you have highlighted something that has been obvious for a long time and sure enough to follow your post up pops one these so called Leeds fans. We know supporting a club like that and having nothing to write home about must be trying for them but have they nothing better to do with their time than trawl around other sites with their stupid inane comments?

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    blackdog2

    Saturday, October 13, 2012

  • This has become the most boring football site I can imagine. No inside information and usually a load of sad Leeds so called supporters making childish comments with a smatering of City fans moaning and calling for heads to roll everytime we get a bad result. Nothing interesting ever present. Any real fans out there who can direct me to a positive site to follow.

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    goldie

    Friday, October 12, 2012

  • Oh Swiss! Naughty...

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    JMH

    Saturday, October 13, 2012

  • Sorry Iwan don't think its going to make any difference on having a break city will still lose against arsenal lose against villa stoke reading then you got to think of sacking city manager .

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    DOBBY1970

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • Goldie has got a point. We are passing through a difficult phase where we all need to stay solid in support.Currrently not helped by one who is seeking to extract money from the club when it would appear we should have been in receipt of money from his present club. If he is not careful verse set to the old tune "The Lambeth Walk" will gain momentum "Doing the Lambert Walk" "Don't know when But sometime soon !'ll once again Be doing the Lambert Walk" That I would find sad after services rendered. Meanwhile while we may be in a hiccup stage nothing can really obstruct our progress to becoming in time the Athletic Bilbao of Britain. The East is vast and our fortress. OTBC NMTD Mardler

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    mardler

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • Goldie has got a point. We are passing through a difficult phase where we all need to stay solid in support.Currrently not helped by one who is seeking to extract money from the club when it would appear we should have been in receipt of money from his present club. If he is not careful verse set to the old tune "The Lambeth Walk" will gain momentum "Doing the Lambert Walk" "Don't know when But sometime soon !'ll once again Be doing the Lambert Walk" That I would find sad after services rendered. Meanwhile while we may be in a hiccup stage nothing can really obstruct our progress to becoming in time the Athletic Bilbao of Britain. The East is vast and our fortress. OTBC NMTD Mardler

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    mardler

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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