Regrets are part of being a footballer, says Norwich City’s Jonny Howson
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Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson admitted regrets are part and parcel of every season – whether or not it comes with relegation.
The Canaries will have a summer of contemplation following the loss of their Premier League status this season, as well as preparing for Championship football.
Plenty of supporters will have their ideas over where City went wrong, could have done different or headed in another direction – but that’s nothing new for Howson.
“I think you could look back at every season and think, if we’d just got a point here or a win there… You could probably go through most games like that,” he said.
“And that’s not just with relegation. Even with Chelsea going for the title, they maybe can look back at games and think they shouldn’t have lost that game. You can do that every season. You can nitpick through every little bit, but you can’t change it now. What’s been has been.”
The City players were at Colney Training Centre for the final scheduled time on Tuesday, before the summer break – and like those outside the club, they now wait to discover who will be in the manager’s chair for next season’s bid to make an immediate Premier League return.
Neil Adams was in the hot seat for the final five games following Chris Hughton’s sacking last month, and Howson acknowledged City’s former FA Youth Cup winning manager made an impact.
“Irrespective of the points we got – we had some tough games in this time – I think if you look at the Fulham game, it was a good performance and we should’ve definitely got more than nothing from that,” added Howson. “The Liverpool game’s start wasn’t good enough but the second half was terrific. Manchester United was a bit of a no-go after 40 minutes – and then the performance at Chelsea. So performance-wise, I think it’s been quite positive under Neil. There has been a reaction from the lads.
“Sometimes it’s like that when you’re going through a bit of a bad run and someone new comes in. I’ve had it before and for some reason, it always seems to bring that new freshness. A new face in charge. I think we’ve had that, especially on the training pitch as well.
“And irrespective of the points we should have had, I think performance-wise it’s been very good and you can see the reaction there has been there since he took over.”