David McNally calls on unity between Norwich City players and supporters in Premier League survival battle
17:18 09 April 2014
Chief executive David McNally wants Norwich City’s players and fans to be united for their Premier League survival mission under new manager Neil Adams.
The toxic atmosphere following Saturday’s home defeat to West Bromwich Albion saw angry exchanges between some City players and supporters.
But having since sacked Chris Hughton and his coaching team, McNally hopes his successor can galvanise the club ahead of Saturday’s crunch Premier League clash at Fulham – and beyond.
“We just want all Canaries fans – at Carrow Road, Craven Cottage and elsewhere – to get behind Neil and the boys, because together we can achieve anything,” said the City chief. “And there is a great opportunity.
“If the fans can get behind the players, the players will bounce off the fans and we will have that 12th man again. That’s what we’re all after.”
After this weekend, City host Liverpool and Arsenal – with trips to Manchester United and Chelsea in between. It’s a run-in to convince most that City’s season comes down its one preceding game.
“We want Neil to do as well as he possibly can – that means ensuring we stay in the league and then improve our league position,” added McNally. “Fulham is the most important game because it’s the next game, and the other four teams we play are giants of world football – but we’ve done pretty well against some big teams over the last two years. So we hope we’ll be able to get points in those remaining four games.
“We expect to see changes – not wholesale but maybe subtle ones to make a significant difference.
“Neil clearly hasn’t got experience of Premier League management, but we’re very confident that with his coaching ability, tactical nous and technical abilities, we will improve our fortunes for the rest of this season.”