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Board have “rock-solid” belief that Norwich City will avoid Premier League relegation

Norwich City's joint majority shareholders Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones celebrate a point at the end of the 0-0 Premier League draw with Manchester City at Carrow Road, with chief executive David McNally to the right of the directors' box. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City's joint majority shareholders Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones celebrate a point at the end of the 0-0 Premier League draw with Manchester City at Carrow Road, with chief executive David McNally to the right of the directors' box. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City’s board retain a “rock-solid” belief the club will be playing Premier League football next season.

David McNally knows the scale of the task but Norwich’s recent success since promotion in 2011 can be portrayed as a victory against-the-odds.

“I am 100pc convinced that with everyone behind the manager we will stay in the league,” he said. “We are too close for comfort to the bottom three and I know having invested this summer the supporters expect us to be higher, but we have a rock-solid belief that we will be playing Premier League football next season. We’re 16th, not 20th and if you look at it we are three points from 10th place in the table.

“Last season we finished 11th when, as far as our payroll was concerned, we had the smallest budget in the division. Those are empirical facts. We punched massively above our weight. I don’t know where we are going to appear in the payroll table again this season, but if we are not 20th we’ll be 18th or 19th. That is not a complaint. It is the reality of economics in football. We are in a fight and it is a huge challenge.”

McNally made no apologies for once again turning to the club’s loyal fan base to play their part.

“I can understand the frustration, but we need everyone to get behind this team,” he said. “We have the best fans in the country and they were almost as responsible for that Manchester City result as the management and players. They bounced off each other. The atmosphere was terrific. We need that six more times at Carrow Road and six times away. It is absolutely vital the supporters get behind the players and management. I know they are nervous and the tension is real but they have to get behind the team in the way only they can.”

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