Ken Brown backing Norwich City for Premier League survival – providing their players remain honest

Ken Brown steps on to the Carrow Road pitch for Duncan's Day on Saturday. Photo: Steve Adams Ken Brown steps on to the Carrow Road pitch for Duncan's Day on Saturday. Photo: Steve Adams

Thursday, March 13, 2014
6:00 AM

Honest players will ensure Norwich City stay clear of Premier League relegation trouble this season, according to the club’s longest serving manager Ken Brown.

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The Canaries have nine games to retain their coveted top-flight status, a fight Brown endured with success and failure at the Carrow Road helm through the 1980s.

And while current boss Chris Hughton has come in for regular criticism, Brown believes it will be the current players that decide how the season concludes.

“I feel for Chris – it’s not easy, I know it’s not easy and I want them to well for his sake as well, not only everyone else around,” said Brown. “He’s a genuine fella and he works hard enough as far as I’m concerned. I know things have changed a lot, one way or another. All you can hope is that they keep clear and if they work hard enough, they will.

“When they step across that line, you can’t do anything. It’s entirely up to the players. You can sow the seeds beforehand and ask them to do things. And if they are genuine, they will try their utmost to do it.”

Brown, who celebrated his 80th birthday last month, has seen a lot of football in his time – and even he is struck by how close this term’s Premier League is.

“I look at that table and think jeepers – and then at the fixtures coming up,” said Brown. “It’s never going to be easy. But I’m always a believer that what will be, will be. You won’t change it – but in between that, you’re trying like hell to do just that.”

And what may well keep the City pot bubbling this season is improved performances against the Premier League’s big boys – something that may come in handy for their famously tricky run-in.

“Those performances just show what players are capable of doing,” Brown added. “The good thing is they should be able to do the same in the next game, no matter what the opposition is.

“I know you can’t predict football, but you’ve got to try your utmost every game.”

29 comments

  • The article about Southampton's Academy, brought a response from one of their supporters an old navy mate who lives in Thailand. His response is along the same lines as a submission from me last week about the team not putting in enough effort and playing with grit. "On 13 March 2014 09:15, David Langdown wrote "Watched the Tottenham game. Afraid that Canaries will have to 'buck up' if they even want to survive Premiership. They were about a yard slower than Spurs, easily gave the ball away, made mistakes and that Winkleswolf had at least one clear opportunity when he broke free with literally only the goalie to beat, but he didn't know what to do and 'ginned' around until defence were able to get back to him meekly surrendering the ball. Derek what on earth is their "hot shot" manager teaching them ?Incidentally, I was supporting Canaries, but was so bloody frustrated, I could have screamed" ! Goes to show their weak performances are noticed by other than NCFC fans he sums them up well.

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    Adelaide Canary

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • The phrase once they cross that line you cant do anything always winds me up. As any manager who has achieved success (what ever level it may be at) they will disagree. When I retired from playing and took over my local side as manager I took advice from two friends of mine (one who is 1 half of the management team at Lowestoft Town & another who was Youth Team manager at Lowestoft Town) and you can always influence the game once the lads cross that line. Man Management is a vital attribute during 90minutes of football. Ill always disagree with anyone saying that.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • “He’s a genuine fella and he works hard enough as far as I’m concerned" says Ken. Didn't say he works smart....

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    A fine city

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • That seemed like a cri de coeur, baguio! A load of duck-billed platitudes dished up upon request by another `usual suspect`. `Improved performances` against the `big boys` is all well & good. Has nobody noticed ManC`s alarming dip in form? Spurs got minced 4-0 last weekend. Small `hiccups`, like 7-0 maulings by the then rampant ManC, 5-1 by Liverpool, 4-1 by Ar$enal and 3-1 by Chelsea are consigned to the dustbin of ancient history. I`ll be delighted if we turn over Ar$enal, Chelsea, ManU & Liverpool. I`ll be delighted if we scramble 1-0 results vs WBA, Sunderland, Swansea & Fulham. 2-1 win at Soton on Saturday. Not saying which team....

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • He's been listening to golden oldies radio and can't get the song out of his head. All together, "You can get it if you really want it, But you must try, try and try. You'll succeed at last."

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Like it 'baguio'.

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • “When they step across that line, you can’t do anything. It’s entirely up to the players. You can sow the seeds beforehand and ask them to do things. And if they are genuine, they will try their utmost to do it.” From a man who relied totally on Mel Machin and Ronnie Brooks whilst he was in charge that statement is about typical. CH has sown all the wrong seeds and picked the wrong team or taken off the wrong players time after time. He makes them play in formations that are totally alien to them and prevents them expressing themselves. You had no more of a clue than the current manager has. As for being honest well sorry but I have a longer memory than some and you have put too many untruths in this paper in the past for me to take you seriously! What was it now, 'I overhauled the youth system when I took over' Lol. You had nothing to do with the youth system and the man who did said as much in the next day's paper! It must be your age Ken?

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    baguio

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • I predict that the next, "I'm backing City" contribution will be from Hugh Curran (70) who is currently working at the Park n' Ride service at Thornhill, Oxn.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • It is!! That is so sad, Archie.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Spot on Matt as usual. A few choice instructions from the touchline plus the introduction of correct substitutions also goes a long way, as does having a captain who relays the management ethos to the players during the match.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • You can influence a game, possibly. You can't control it. As to 'correct' substitutions, there's no right or wrong, nor is it possible to determine categorically that in the light of one approach failing, any other would succeed if it was used instead.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • ha TK! Just saw your post. Had many a happy morning down at Trowse as a child. Colney is brilliant and fancy dont get me wrong but Trowse had a 'real' feel to it on a cold, foggy mornig.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Ah nice one Mattias, I still think about those days as the best times Ive had playing footie :-) Yeah regardless of what happened later on they where the best coaches I ever had, Im still grateful to Mendham for teaching me the 'Maradonna spin' haha

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    GossVolley

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Morning, Gek. Here's a tip for sneaking your posts past the guard tower. Try being abusive to Archie himself. I think he gets a weird sort of masochistic pleasure from it. See the Bradley Johnson article. If that doesn't work, go back to philosophy .....or anything except football which Arch seems to have a thing about. A hundred autographs from Bobby Brennen, still reeling from that one.

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    User Removed

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • In other words, because we showed so much affection for young Ken on reaching his 80th, the club thinks they can wheel him out as a big gun to suggest they are doing the right thing by keeping the manager in place. I beg to differ. Some excellent comments by real fans here.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • That was 2nd attempt after editing. I cannot see what was`wrong` with the first effort - unless `scr@pe` is an `Offensive` word now?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Matt, That will be followed on Saturday by Martin Peters and Mick Channon. Mind you the team has never been the same since they moved out of the Trowse training ground and stopped buying cakes from the village shop. These days they eat all the wrong things like pasta and therein lies the problem, not to mention a cut back in beer consumption.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Mattias, agree with you about Trowse I've got fond memories of the place from when I was a youngster. I think we're about the same age did you used to train with junior canaries under Peter Mendham and Jamie Houchen in the early nineties by any chance? I used to love that...

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    GossVolley

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • CH does influence the game with his substitutions once it' started, unfortunately it is negatively and in the wrong direction. I do agree with Adelaide C's mate about being a yard slower than Spurs. I do not think the squad is as fit as they need to be and at the risk of sounding like a broken record, wonder if the easy life is part of the support for CH from some areas of the squad.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Brew - I have written a note regarding the Plasterers on the Pilkington supports Hoolahan heading. Good lad Ken - I wonder what Mike Walker is doing these days.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Ha! Was lucky enough to have the legend himself Jerry Goss as coach on 1 summer course. What a top chap!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Agree with Ken Brown about the honesty bit. Am sure all fervently hope that our honest hard endeavour over the forthcoming matches will pull us clear of relegation BUT we are still entitled to ask where was this approach over past months?

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    mardler

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • That seemed like a cri de coeur, baguio! A load of duck-billed platitudes dished up upon request by another `usual suspect`. `Improved performances` against the `big boys` is all well & good. Has nobody noticed ManC`s alarming dip in form? Spurs got minced 4-0 last weekend. Small `hiccups`, like 7-0 maulings by the then rampant ManC, 5-1 by Liverpool, 4-1 by Ar$enal and 3-1 by Chelsea are consigned to the dustbin of ancient history. I`ll be delighted if we turn over Ar$enal, Chelsea, ManU & Liverpool. I`ll be delighted if we scrape 1-0 results vs WBA, Sunderland, Swansea & Fulham. Oops - nearly forgot the $ in Ar$enal. E$$ential. 2-1 win at Soton on Saturday. Not saying which team....

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Reverse psychology there, eh, Blaffen Wijs. I loved your Lancet quip on another board. Think it was the Acadayemi article. Such fun, Gek. Steely, I think I`m up to date on our pub dialogue but will visit the Pilks item to make sure.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • How does the saying go? "You can take a man out of football and you can also take the football out of the man"!

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    goldie

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • L Y Birdie, to say you can influence a game possibly is an understatement. You are correct not all subs work out and can change a game but for us, none of our subs work out and when we are struggling against a team our Management team seem to put on Elmander, for no reason that anybody can see !.

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    Jimhow

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Fancy a job, Ken?

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    waclor

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Correct Goss! Good times! Very good times infact! Bizarre twist but actually played against Jamie Houchen son the other day in a game. total side note but Jamie also runs a successful indoor football league in the lowestoft area. Sadly we all know what happened to Mr Mendham

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Tomorrow Victor Segura backs NCFC to survive.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

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