Norwich City relegated from the Premier League after Sunderland complete their great escape

Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass will be in demand this summer after the Canaries were relegated from the Premier League on Wednesday night. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass will be in demand this summer after the Canaries were relegated from the Premier League on Wednesday night. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
9:36 PM

Norwich City have been relegated from the Premier League after closest rivals Sunderland beat West Brom 2-0 on Wednesday at the Stadium of Light.

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The Canaries’ slender hopes of avoiding a return to the Championship for the first time since 2011 were effectively ended after the Wearsiders swept aside Albion in the north-east to confirm their own survival.

Neil Adams’ squad will go into Sunday’s league finale against FA Cup favourites Arsenal at Carrow Road three points behind West Brom, but with a vastly inferior goal difference. Norwich are joined by Fulham and Cardiff City in the Championship next season after the duo were relegated last weekend.

Former Ipswich loanee Jack Colback and Fabio Borini struck in the first half for the Black Cats to complete a great escape for Gus Poyet’s side who become only the second club in Premier League history to survive after being bottom at Christmas - the Baggies previously staying up at Norwich’s expense in 2005.

City will now face their bitter East Anglian rivals for the first time in four seasons in the second tier in their attempt to try and bounce back.

Norwich’s top brass must first decide whether Adams remains in charge ahead of a summer of inevitable upheaval on the playing staff. The likes of England international John Ruddy and Scottish international Robert Snodgrass are likely to be coveted by Premier League rivals, with Snodgrass already linked to Newcastle and his boyhood club Celtic.

Leroy Fer and Gary Hooper have also been touted with moves away from the Canaries in recent days and there must be major questions marks over the future of club record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who has scored one goal in 25 top flight appearances since moving from Sporting Lisbon.

City will suffer a major drop in revenue from falling out of the Premier League, with the bottom club this season poised to earn more than £63m following the first year of a reported £5.5bn broadcast deal for domestic and overseas rights. The Canaries, however, will be entitled to £60m in parachute payments spread over the next four seasons.

Norwich are also playing for £1.2m in merit payments this weekend against the Gunners if they can manage to remain 18th in the final Premier League table, with each place in the division worth that amount to the clubs. City can only be overhauled by Cardiff if the Bluebirds win and Norwich lose along with a nine goal swing, whilst Adams’ side need a point to stay above Fulham.

• The Championship season is scheduled to begin on Saturday, August 9 2014.

167 comments

  • By the time all your decent players have done a runner the tractor girls will give you a hard time. Bouncing back as you put it is not easy. Stats for the last 4 years reveal that of the 12 teams relegated only 1 bounced back.

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    Rex Ide

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • The time has surely arrived when either the owners of NCFC take their duties seriously, or they sell their shares to owners who do have the balls for the premiership. For NCFC to compete and survive in the PL, they must spend big money, and if this means going in debt, so be it, because the "holier than thou" speel we are served every year that the club are debt free, is a joke and has cost us Premier League status. Cast your minds back to when this very newspaper published a breaking news story concerning "A Un-named International" had been signed. I dare bet £100 no more than 20 season ticket holders had ever heard of him until they did a internet search. Today The Daily Mail have named this "International Star" as one of the top 3 worse signings of the year. He scored on his debut and we all thought "DrogbaRooneySuarez" etc etc.... and what did we get ? well I wish he'd catch the next ferry back to Holland !! Please Mssrs Board of Norwich City, Please stop taking £80,000 per month of us, then delivering nothing in return.

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    pubmandave

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Fagen, I spotted "my" Walter Mitty in a pub out here in the sticks. Drinking his own special liquor poured from his personal decanter. sporting a suspiciously USA Marine-esque tonsorial style and murmering in conspiratorial style to anyone unfortunate enough to be caught. I can`t go into too much detail - I suppose there is an outside chance he just might be in the S.A.S? Do you remember that series "Sorry" with Ronny Corbett? That was a take on the Caspar Milquetoast character. Hughton was better, though.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • So the inevitable has happened and now this is a time we need to stick together. All the people who want to sack the board want to look at the big picture, where we were when Delia took over this club. Close to going out of business and thanks to her involvement with things like kids for a quid means we now have a full house each week with a waiting list for season tickets. Remember back to when the Jarrold was being built ground capacity was only 15000 and tickets were easily available. I stood in Carrow road when they brought in the police horses on the Chase Out days and I certainly will not be calling for McNallys head. Even though he has made a big mistake not sacking Chris Hughton earlier. McNally is Norwich's answer to Nero and seeing he thought relegation was a fate worse than death will he fall on his sword. As far as the manager is concerned remeber back to the last youth team manager to take the reigns Mike Walker and he didn't do too bad. Also I think we should tell Celtic where to get off as Hooper could be an asset in the Championship. After all he has scored goals wherever he has played except here in the EPL. The Scottish Premier is no better than the Championship if as good. Becchio also scored goals in the Championship. With Elliot Bennet, Redmond and the Murphys maybe the frontline would not be too bad. We have Surman to come back and a playmaker in Fox if we can keep hold of Howson, Olsson and add a few more who knows. If Ruddy goes Declan Rudd has had a good season at Preston and we still have Bunn. So OTBC upwards and onwards.

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    JohnW

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • I know all City supporters are upset or angry at our slip back to the Championship i feel gutted but at the end of the day its happened,no amount of ifs and buts can change that,we all have to get behind the club and team including the new manager when he arrives who ever it may be, and give them the support we our renowned for,i hope we keep the bulk of the team and build on it and just let those players who dont want to wear the Yellow and Green jersey go and get on with the main aim to get back to the Prem,Come on you Yellows

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    ncfcforever

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Brew as you know Mitty has been spotted in the Ribs of Beef on Fye Bridge. Could be something in the suggestion. It's young (well 48) Clough for me. My backup would be Big Sam or perhaps Lee Clark might be worth another go.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Rotterdam1982 that was my exact feeling when watching the championship highlights! I always liked him at NCFC. To be fair he was the only positive from the roeder era. His track record since taking on full manager jobs have hardly set the world alight. Hopefully we both pick up now. Ill certainly be heading to St Andrews next season.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • I personally hope they give Adams the job permanently and announce it soon to get next season preparation underway. He may not have got the results but showed tactical nous and a ability to read the game. He also had the nerve to drop those who I suspect didn't have their heart in it. When the chips are down in the Championship we will need battlers and not the foreign mercenaries that lower prem clubs end up with who just want to be in the shop window. Hence why I won't be sad if Fer and Wolf etc leave even though it's a shame what might have been... I suspect that people doubt NA's ability in the transfer market but to be honest I don't think Hughton's scouts exactly gave us what we needed anyway and he's supposedly respected in that field. I'd let Neil get a network together and if that was to be the case I'd be quietly optimistic. Anyway rant over, just my opinions. I remember the horrible feeling when we went down in 95 and for some reason I feel things will be better this time if we sort out the wheat from the chaff ;-) OTBC

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    GossVolley

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Hello Mattias and Brew. A roller coaster ride doesn't describe the last day of the season. My nerves were shot. Apart from that last day it was one to forget having the worst home record in the football league. I will reserve judgement on Lee Clark until we hopefully get some new owners and see what he can do with money. Yes he did show passion but part of the cynic in me thinks that he was also relieved not to have a relegation on his CV. Lets hope for a better season for both clubs.

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    Rotterdam1982

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Matt and others my contact suggests Shoes is a shoe-in 'cos they want to cheapskate again.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Oh, one other thing - players leaving the club to join other EPL clubs NCFCs hour of need are no better than rats leaving a sinking ship..

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    Tootyfrooty

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Yup - a bit of a sad outcome but a little predictable really. Can I just say though that there is absolutely no point in calling for the dismissal of any board member nor the CEO himself. Fans are not shareholders in a company we are customers and therefore are no more likely to succeed in getting a board decision simply by demanding it from NCFC any more than tescos customers can insist on a change at the top. The only way to effect change in a business (which is what NCFC is) is to boycott their services. So, instead of making pointless demands you need to decline the season ticket renewal and stop buying their merchandise and stop waitching on sky. Oh, and ignore the silly comments from the Ipswich lot - they are only jealous. When was the last time they played premiership football? Err....err....cough cough.....

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    Tootyfrooty

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • I can only believe that the people defending the board and wanting to keep them are the ones who defended CH for far too long. If we want to stay a small mediocre club, then keep the board we have - they may get to be in the right place at the right time again if they are lucky and pick a second good manager. I see people saying no to a rich US manager - there are good US tax reasons for a rich US person buy a UK soccer club and put a lot of money into it. I want to see NCFC back in the EPL the season after next, and I believe it will take a sports savvy rich board and an up and coming manager with aspirations who wants to prove them out at NCFC.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Since the 85 'friendly final', I've had a soft spot for Naarwich so am sorry Sunderland's miraculous escape has been at city's expense. So here's to your club hammering the Tractor Girls and bouncing back at the first attempt. On the ball city and FTM.

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    Tango Fifty-One

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • A tough uncompromising league with tough players. The Championship is easy to get out of if you don't win your matches. I look forward to next season as I would any season, unfortunately it will not be in the Premiership, but come on folks, this is not the end of life. City have been up and down many times and will no doubt have their successes and failures in the future, that is part of football. Keep the faith for success next season. OTBC

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    Cornwall Canary

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • …..Goldie!....We didn't want this to happen, but as fans of Norwich City, we had little influence, and only had a 'take or leave it option'!....Although many could see that this outcome was inevitable once Hughton was appointed, and I, amongst a few brought this to the attention of the board from the first match of season 12-13, we were almost laughed at by a large majority of contributors on these boards!....'Like it or lump' it was the attitude served up to us!....I did not want to be right by my prediction....sadly I was!...Wiser folk in high positions made the decisions, which have landed us here for the forseeable future!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Why were too many goals let in and too few scored? Answer in a previous post, poor players not motivated and always last past the post in the buying season.

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    goldie

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • So the board got lucky once with a manager four seasons ago pity they can't get lucky with their choice of players and managers. I expect the greasy pole awaits City in August.

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    goldie

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • By the time the few decent players that City fielded have been sold for peanuts,City will be going into the Chumpionship with mainly acadamy players after the management have trawled the buy one get one free shelves of players, weeks after every other team has creamed off the best available if they follow their usual pattern of summer recruits.

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    goldie

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Madness people are calling for the board to be sacked. They've made mistakes, we all have, but without them we'd still be in league 1 or even worse not a club at all. Glad other teams fans are giving us a wake up call. Wont be easy getting out of the championship again. We were spoilt with Paul Lambert. Isn't always going to be as jolly as that in the championship.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • …..As I said earlier in the day, “It's not all bad news”!....Archie was upset by my contribution, and decided to reject it!....Unfortunately for me, I had not saved it for another try later!....As the No 1 Armchair supporter, I shall no longer be able to tune into the presentation by AD PREM on the internet and watch from the comfort of my Chair.....Thank goodness I shall not have to endure that torture of watching Hughton and his pet sheep every match day!....By the time we return to the Premiership, who knows when, many things will have changed at City HQ....a New Owner?..a New Board?..a New Manager?...but certainly a new squad of players! ….Sooner those wheels get set in motion the better!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • What is all this nonsense about sacking the board.They are the ones that make the decisions arent they.Apart from the sycophantic appointment of Fry,NCFC has been run by a very financially aware group and for that we should be grateful.Its not so long ago that we were nearly conned by a so called millionaire Italian lawyer who wanted to buy into the club,not forgetting of course the formula one owner who eventually opted for QPR:and look what happened to them.I am not so sure it matters one jot if the board members of clubs are knowledgable about football,the problem arises when they see it only as a cash cow.

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    Trevor Sadd

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Look forward to playing you next season however I would have rather it been in the premier,it will certainly add a bit of spice to the season which can only be a good thing.Please don't think it will be easy to get out of it,just look how long it has taken us (and no wise cracks please).Dont get too despondent it's not that bad in the championship,at least you should win more games.!, can't wait for the fixtures to come out.

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    brisie58

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Hi, Rotterdam. You Brum fans always seem so civilised! A couple of seasons ago, we had Beau Blue & Madame Bleu Nez. All jolly good fun. Anyway, we`ve forgiven you for conning us into taking Hughton off your hands, and look forward to two good, competitive games next season. Hot off the management press:- Contrary to Mattias`s nailed on news, Hyacinth Bowkett has been offered Walter Mitty as manager. Bowks declined, on the grounds that Mitty was "Too realistic, too grounded". So, Machianalli had an Ace up his sleeve - Caspar Milquetoast. Hyacinth couldn`t resist: "He`s soo like Chrissy, he`s soo timid, patient, and just perfect for me". All`s well that ends well.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • There are no easy points in the championship I can assure you. Like Town you bought some rubbish players when money was available. George Burley bought some right stumers the year we were relegated including one that turned out to be 10 years older than he said he was. The Championship is extremely difficult to escape from and requires a special sort of manager.

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    Rex Ide

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Cheers Rotterdam1982. Glad Brum stayed in Championship as away days in Birmingham are always a good laugh and easy to get to. You boys happy with Clark again next season? That was some passion shown by him at the final whistle!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • I was gutted when we were relegated from the Premier League. I have an idea how you are feeling right now. Championship football isn't that bad. It is fast paced and competitive. A more level playing field instead of the mini top league in the premiership. Look forward to playing you next season from a Birmingham City fan.

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    Rotterdam1982

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • It's all a bit confusing, isn't it. Cardiff and Fulham appoint new managers and they go down. Sunderland, Albion and Palace do the same and they stay up. Hindsight is a wonderful thing - who would have thought that the insignificant Mel would have pulled off a miracle? Who'd have thought that the far gone Sunderland would have got away from the mire? The fact is they wouldn't, if we hadn't let them by failing to pick up points against our fellow strugglers. Home against Albion and Fulham was where this was lost and the game that defined our season was away at Hull, failing to win against 10 men for 60 minutes. One thing I do know is that our owners do not learn from their mistakes. They hung on to Worthington far too long and they did the same with Hughton. We will never be an established Premiership side while Delia has control. No debt? Great, at least Delia can now sleep at night knowing that her hobby is safe. It's unforgivable what she and the Board have done this season, condoning the worst football I have witnessed in 45 years of supporting City.

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    jigs69

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • The writing was certainly on the wall last season but the board failed to read it, so stuck with their failing manager. I am disappointed to see us relegated in most respects but at least we will have more chance of winning most home games and a fair few away next season. However, the club does need to move a lot of deadwood out, which for me includes the mercenary style players, mostly non-British and it must have the right man in charge. For what it is worth, I would rather we stuck with the current board and McNally as a complete change could send us into the abyss. It will not be easy next season and we may have to settle for a longer term rebuild of the team, exciting times could still be ahead as the football is not that bad and at least it is more British.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • I give up trying to work out which word archie does not like or find acceptable. Basically was agreeing with Mad brewer. We really need a good man manager. Hughton had zero man management ability and boy did it show with the amount of public player unrest. Holty, Wes, Pilks, becchio etc....all came out at one time or another to complain. Sure it goes on behind the scenes at all clubs but at NCFC it was all very public. A good man manager with a different attitude towards how the game should be played and we wont go far wrong.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • I give up trying to work out which word archie does not like or find acceptable. Basically was agreeing with Mad brewer. We really need a good man manager. Hughton had zero man management skills and boy did it show with the amount of public player unrest. Holty, Wes, Pilks, becchio etc....all came out at one time or another to complain. Sure it goes on behind the scenes at all clubs but at NCFC it was all very public. A good man manager and someone with a different attitude towards how the game should be played and we wont go far wrong.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • 'Stew' 'steady on' seems to be some sort of inverted soothsayer. "Holt's going no where", "Hughton's going no where", "Norwich will stay up". Ask him \ her what numbers are not going to win the lottery! Anyway it's been posting under other names, which coincidentally have also dried up.

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Canarydownunder, can't agree with one word you utter, you must see things upside down in that part of the world. It is unfair to single out players, RVW has been denied proper service! and may do well next year! Hughton has mainly signed some of his old mates from previous clubs I can't really believe that Hughton is highly thought off anywhere except by clowns like Lineker and Shearguard. Don't expect he will work again anywhere above league 2

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • What we need is someone whose a good man-manager. Lambert was no tactical genius but he was exceptionally good at taking average players and getting the very best from them. If we can find someone who is a good man manager while having a little more tactical brain about him than Lambert did we wont go far wrong imo. Hughton lacked any man management skills what so ever. Never seen so much player unrest as under Hughton. Obviously im sure it goes on at every club but it never normally makes it to the public domain. Under hughton we saw Holt, Pilks, Becchio, Hoolahan etc...all come out verbally having a moan about one thing or another.Morale with fans & players appears at an all time low. We need something or someone to galvanise the club now.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • About a month ago a ten year old boy was killed in a car accident inour area. We were all devestated. The relegation of Norwich pales in comparison. That comment by Mr mc Nally was stupid.. Time to stop feeling sorry for ourselves and hit the ground running for next season.

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    paddycanary

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Now that the dirty deed is done I'm quite excited about next year. That's no doubt about it, our overall setup is better than it was. Time for exciting change. The team we have is NOT good enough and does NOT have the right mindset to play well in the Championship. Get the youngsters in and supplement with sk illful grafters. I'd rather look forward to winning than sat fingers crossed wondering, will we, won't we. Remember there aren't many teams with Academy status. Bring it on !

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Our most successful manager in recent history was Paul Lambert. He had never sniffed the heady atmosphere of the Premiership - until he got us there.... I feared the worst when I saw last season`s home game vs West Ham. A 0-0 bore-draw. Dismal. But I thought, give Hughton time; he`s here for the long haul, Tortoise & Hare - all that stuff. A bit later on came the Luton humiliation and a few ritual thrashings by the `Big Boys`. No sign of improvement, no sign that Hughton was learning anything. Huge indications that the squad had become dispirited and disinterested. The Country Vicar had a single track mind - put Robert on the team-sheet first and all will be well. Contrary to what I originally thought, I now believe Hughton is a bit dim, a veritable Toc H Lamp. At least he seemed not to annoy Hyacinth Bowkett by showing any signs of impatience, ambition or talent. The next manager has to be a "good pick", but the problems go deeper than just finding a good manager - you need to support him, and keep him. Poor Hoots had the eldritch, Holtophobic, Bewilderwood and the anonymous Trollope, as `support`. His choice, his blame. The Holt\Bewilderwood thing was a situation created in Hell, by people with scant understanding of.... people.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • No Malky please. He has proved that at Premiership level he cannot spot a good player and with the funds available he couldn't stop Cardiff's slide to relegation. He is an ex defender and in the Hughton mould. We need to look at the Martinez style. Attacking fullbacks.

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    B Inners

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • PS in that game Vaughan scored 2 goals, of course in Hughtons team you are not allowed out of your own half so he was immediately sent out on loan.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • I really want the Board to explain how they are so totally useless, after going to one pre season game in July 2012 v Hertha Berlin I could see that Hughton and Co were useless and yet the Board could not see it week in week out, an endless run of failure to sack him earlier. The board got lucky with lambert he just turned up one day at Carrow road beat us 7-1 and the Board said oh the jobs yours. Our Board and that includes Saint Delia just know nothing about football, SACK the board

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • What a difference two seasons makes. Who would have thought - two years ago - that City would be facing the drop - and Lambo would be facing the chop - in 2014 ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Malky didnt come sooner because of the legal case which is still on going.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Whoever is manager next it has to be a pragmatic and not a sentimental appointment. Maybe Malky didn't want to come sooner because he didn't want relegation n his CV! And yes, relegation was part of the 10 year plan...Problem was with all the euphoria earlier this season seems like that got forgotten

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • forgot to mention, its vital that NCFC hires a good premniership experienced manager who is also a good trainer..... making do will not bring us back up.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • those on the board who bought pups will have to take responsibility for their purchase. Norwich is relegated because they did not play like a team and because they weren't good enough. Dithering with the ball, taking ages to go forward when it counts most, relying on a few good players to pull us out of the dumps was never going to work. As for the fans booing the players, how is that going to give them support?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Relegation seemed inevitable under CH as we could not score and constantly shipped goals despite so called defensive tactics! If we had not had the 10 game winning spell last season we would have been relegated then. The board have sleepwalked this club into the Championship which will not be easy to get of and when you do you immediately have another season of hoping to finish 4th from bottom. The Board do not have a good track record appointing good managers think Grant, Roeder, Gunn and now Hughton. I am starting to think Lambert was just a lucky appointment!. As much as I like Neil Adams, I do not think he has enough experience to take the club forward. I just do not have confidence in the Board to make the right decision so it will be interesting to see who they do appoint? My money is on NA as they always go for the easiest solution and he will be cheap compared to a 'big name' if any want to come here now.

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    KC Canary

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • What really gets my goat is the endless string of people being 'super' happy about relegation. Nothing wrong trying to find positives (of which there is none) or looking on the bright side (of which there is none) but they need a hard slap to the face. I keep seeing comments like "least we will win games" & "we will walk the league". Those saying such things can only be short term fans or simply cant remember the depressing years before a certain Paul Lambert. We got spoilt with Lambert and yes those years we blooming brilliant in the champleague1. The reality is, it's a blooming awful league to be in. The board took our placing within the Premier League for granted and tried to live in a world that simply doesn't exist anymore within football. If something is clearly wrong you have to act, but we fell under the "nice norwich" tag again & allowed a man clearly not up to it more time to try turn it around. If im forced to find a positive it would be who ever comes in now whether its Adams or someone else, has a clean slate. When Hughton came in he was always destined to fail even if he hadnt have been an advocate of depressive defending. Who ever followed Lambert would never have lived up to what we regarded as Lamberts high standards and what he'd achieved. Bit like Moyes at Man Utd, he was always destined to fail after sir Alex. Now whoever follows Moyes (Louis Van Gaal) will have a much better chance of pushing on and rebuilding. I just hope NCFC make the right choice for manager. I had an interesting conversation with an ex player of NCFC last night who played for us during the era Malky was with us and he claims Malky as manager is basically a done deal now behind the scenes an a deal is agreed in principal. Not who i'd want but I trust who I was talking to an no reason to lie. Wait and see I suppose now. If correct though and Malky is the man in charge next season I hope the very fans who are calling for him in charge now are not complaining by december about his style of football and thats what happened with Hughton.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Worse thing that could have happened to us was winning the two dead rubbers at the end of last season, with the 'happy clappers' eulogising over finishing higher than Lambert ( albeit with less points ), leaving us finishing in a totally false position. Was McNasty 'lucky' in appointing Lambert? seems the only decent decision he has made!!!

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    MyheroMcdougall

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Oh and I wonder who might have been the first of two international players who allegedly said something like "Neil who?" at a team meeting and walked out? Probably just a rumour, so we'll never know. From a source I'd like to think might compare with that of MyheroMcDougall in stature.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • I guess I won't see RvW staring longingly at the haircare range in Pound Lane Sainsburys any more.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Board needs a long hard look at themselves, most of us could see this coming months ago, why couldn't they? But I guess they'll go for another nice 'yes' man. Good sources tell me NA had a real go at the players at half time Vs Liverpool, apparently something Hughton never did.......what a surprise!! I have had to eat my words as I thought CH was a good appointment at the time, until FA Cup against Luton!!!!! Really feel let down by Board!!!!

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    MyheroMcdougall

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • This is not the time for gut reactions! We will hav funds available to reinvest in a team that can challenge for promotion. We need to do some selective surgery on the team and ensure passion, skill and hunger are in abundance. Let's not do a Bryan Gunn on Neil Adams - he has done his best but we need experience for next season. Let's support the Board - they know what it takes to get promoted and will hopefully learn from the last 2 seasons. Fans want to be entertained not continually frustrated. We have been poor this season - the stats don't lie. We need to start the rebuilding now and a swift appt of a new manager is the foundation. On the plus side, we also get to see more games next season and I'd much rather see us play for promotion than what we have had in the last 9 months.

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    BureValleyPaddy

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Think ill give anything ncfc related a miss for a while. At least until the board come out with the predictable "we will bounce straight back" line, which is about as plastic as the "we will NOT get relegated" line we recieved as fans. I dont want McNally to go as while he and the board have really messed things up this season by trying to be "nice" and give a manager time, his record in the past you cant ignore. Just want to see the board learn from the mistakes of this season. I truly hope we keep the key core of the team! Even some people have wrote off.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • At last it's over! A shambles of a season in all areas. CH should have been sacked in December. I believe the team was mis-managed. RVW, Hooper, Fer, etc are all good players. One transfer doesn't suddenly make them useless. CH'S tactics meant that he would never get the best out of them. McNumpty should be made to account for why it took so long to change manager and lack of ambition. The writing has been on the wall most of the season. Saying that, most of his decisions have been good for the club so I don't think he should lose his job. Not yet, anyway. Maybe it's time to find a buyer for the club to put pressure on DM when it comes to future decisions. Not something I'm necessarily an advocate of but it might be our next step. As for manager, keep with NA. This could be his moment. What have we got to lose?

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    CovCanary

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Lol. not a City or a town fan, but "Mel Lacy" has a sense of humour now he has retired from the big Blue Bottle shop in Wymondham. at least we won't be playing your so called team next year. Evening All !!!

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    Footyboy16

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • .....come on 'STEADY ON' let's be 'aving you!....Two teas please!...go easy on the sugar!'....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • .....Its not all bad news!....As No 1 armchair supporter, I will no longer be able to tune into the internet on match days, and be forced to watch the pathetic efforts of my home team!....Mr Hughton was an outstanding success story for this club from the first moments of his tenure!....It took him no time at all to demolish that which had been built under Lambert & Co....No I don't want Lambert back...his time is in the past!....My sympathies lie with all you hardened fans who have had to turn out of your comfortable homes on a cold and wet night in the Winter to be forced to endure the offering's of the incompetent !.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • I remember going to the A.G.M. a couple of years ago ---and being told that relegation was part of the 7 year plan. Must congratulate the board on achieving it.

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    superfan59

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Time to rebuild and move on. Manager decision must be made soon - whoever he is needs time to manage all the comings and goings that are inevitable with some degree of planning. Has to be a footballing decision, not an emotional one. Clearly they never had a plan B, that's their lesson for the future. Get the players out who don't want to play for NCFC next year as the new landscape needs to be seen asap. The new team has to be identified and in place for July to ensure they are up and running as a team for August. Less than 8 weeks to build a new management team and football team...

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Peter Watson

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Spend £23.5 M and finish up further down the league. What an achievement. CH should have gone last November.

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    Norfolkman

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • A different slant on the demise by MichiganCanary. I think he may have a point.Sadly this cosy nice Club feel ,run by Delia, and frequented by Fry and Balls does wash with the harsh world of reality in the lets face it in the football business.Paul Lambert the best manager we ever had knew it, Martin O'Neill knew it and as MC states they started to believe the inflated opinions of them selves,,having scrapped survival on a low financial base.This has always been the case,re appointment of Brian Gunn as manager, and maybe the same with Neil Adams,.short term sticking plasters I an afraid.

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    PaulH

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • How ironic to get membership info for next year before SunderlandWBA game. No indication of price reductions (some hope of that!) bring in Malky but thank NA for trying to do the inevitable. Not sure about board. Yes, hughton should have gone earlier but will a change at the top mean a change in fortunes...the grass is always greener etc.....

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    Gary Guymer

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Let's be fair to our neighbours at Ipswich. Our relegation has given them lots of excitement and fun over the last few days, things that are permanently lacking in their lives. Rumour has it they are already applying for the repainting of their sheds and the owners, Ipswich Borough Council, are expected to say yes! This is a double bonus for their fans who learned only last week the club was splashing out on creosote for the fences at Portaloo Road.

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    Mel Lacey

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • I meant 'loyal' in the sense that McN was willing to stand-by and support the manager. Fulham and Cardiff didn't and they are in the same boat as us. There is no doubt that CH is widely respected in the game, and was able to attract 'big name' players because of this. The question always was 'who do replace him with'? I suggest NA would have been consider a 'reckless' appointment at Christmas. As for hard-nosed businessmen from the US (or elsewhere) with no 'loyalty' replacing Delia - no thanks! Our club is special because we have people like her.

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    canarydownunder

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • wallybrain

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • A Very Somber day down at Carrot Rd. We should all take a moment to reflect on the demise of the Great game of Football. But wait a moment none was ever played anyway by them Shame.. So Welcome Back to the level that you might and most proberly will struggle in as well. We should now start a book on who will be the first to leave relegated Na'rwich . My gut feeling it will Rip.van.Winkle or Wes Hoolahan.. (((((((((( Off The Ball CITY.)))))))) Allways remember the Danger...

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    FINN.BLUE

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • They didnt hang on to Hughton out of loyalty but out of vacillation. They couldnt decide what to do. By the time they did decide it was too late. I don't know why loyalty should enter the equation anyway. You can be loyal to your spouse, or not, loyal to Norwich City, but why would you be loyal to Norwich City's manager? If he's not doing the job youre paying him for then get rid.

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    Cecil

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • I agree with the posts that say the last two seasons have not been enjoyable, but they could have been. The board must take the full blame for the relegation back to the Championship, and need to be replaced by people who will continually strive for football success at NCFC. The group we currently have, have just been in the right place at the right time up until now. Whether people like it or not, they were lucky in appointing a dynamic up and coming manager, who had already made his managerial mistakes and learnt a lot from them. The board then rode his coat-tails to the EPL, and in doing so really could not fail to solve the clubs financial issues, as they did not spend any money for the first two seasons, and still had a low wage bill; they probably should have done a lot better financially. They then started to believe they were doing a good job, and their inflated oppinions alienated PL so he left. The board needs to be replaced, and new "football success hungry rich" owners need to come in, plus a new up and coming manager be appointed who knows how to make the squad punch above its weight. NCFC is no different to a business that was semi-successful when times were good, although not doing as well as it should, and did not make timely tough decisions when they were needed to get necessary improvement, because the board were inept, and thought they were better than they were. When times got tough, those companies went down fast. NCFC is one such company, and I as a supporter feel let down by people who should not have been in decision making positions within the club. I have followed NCFC since the mid fifties, but I believe this is one of the lowest for the club, because it could have been so good with the right people in place making timely decisions.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Don't agree with the McNally out brigade. Yes, we should have got rid of CH sooner, but loyalty is a rare commodity these day. I trust him to make the tough decision required to get us back, starting with the appointment of the manager. I really hope there's a place for NA, but we need someone with a proven track record of Championship success (like Malky) to work with him, if not, replace him. That said, its the players' fault we went down - too few goals scored, too many conceded - simply as that. Don't like to single people out, but RvW and Bassong were very poor. IMcNIT!

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    canarydownunder

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • I sort of agree RTO. I enjoyed the season we went up the most. But I also want to see top players at Carrow Road - if not ours theirs - and I want our club to be achievers. To be lying dormant and ignored in the Championship is worse than to be fighting for your life in the Premier.

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    Cecil

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Expectations - has anyone really enjoyed the last two seasons? The first year back in the PL is always exciting but the novelty soon wears off.....we're never gonna win it and a mid table position is seen as a success - when you're only likely to win 12 games a season and perhaps score 45 goals at best! So let's not kid ourselves - where's the enjoyment in that. I'd rather experience the ups and down of relegations and promotions. Let's be realistic - Winning the championshippromotion is the best it's goner ever get for us! So I'm glad we've been relegated as hopefully we can taste that success again soon and enjoy winning more frequently and seeing more entertainment along the way!

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    TheRealisticOne!

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Sorry Billy, didn't mean to turn you into a girl.

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    rjukancanary

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • While City's fate was being decided on Wearside I was watching Billie Connolly's programme on telly about death and dying. Puts this relegation nonsense into some sort of perspective really. Nobody died did they?

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    rjukancanary

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • NB? Don't forget to ring the Ipswich information line to order your derby game tickets for your wife + sister ( you'll only need the one...) It's 9-1 4-1 1-5 4-1 1-5....

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • So thank you...now will you publish my original post which has no other purpose than to stimulate NCFC related football debate.

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    Uckfield Canary

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Please, please will you publish in full your criteria for publishing posts so that everyone can understand them. I make a number of I hope, of constructive points, I question an Archant journalist asserting that 'Hughton's skin colour was never an issue at Norwich' and you will not publish it. Yet you will publish blatantly sexist posts and other random banter. I honestly think the moderation of this site needs some explanation and accountability. Please publish this.

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    Uckfield Canary

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • *****NEWSFLASH****** NORWICH CAN STILL SURVIVE! Beat Arsenal 19 - 0 & your safe!! ******************************* Hahaha hahaha hahaha! !

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    imlovingit

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Timbo. Oh dear, that really was a pathetic post wasn't it? So obviously written by someone who is completely gutted. Be realistic, you are doing well, still 2 clubs below you, at the moment anyway.

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    NB

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Anyone watch MOTD?

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    NB

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Oh well we could be millions in debt, have a home gate of 17,000, a ground owned by the council + have been stuck in the Chumpionship for 237 years...Oh + have a fat donkey as a club badge.....I feel quite happy now LOL!

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Norwich fans are so deluded. You wanted to get rid of hughton. Wanted Adams... god knows why?? No experience whatsoever but given the job to save the club... as for the Chelsea game. .. what was that? Why were the fans & Delia cheering & clapping at the end??... It was as if you'd won the league!!... not a drab 0-0 score that all but relegated your team... if that was hughton as manager the fans would have been going mad... don't get Ncfc fans at all... but I spoke it's to do with your all related!

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    imlovingit

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • we can look on the bright side,an easy 6 points next season against the tractor kids. OTBC

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    canarykid

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • A point a game is usually good enough to keep in the prem most seasons. CH was banking on that happening with defensive tactics. Two points a game required to get out of the champ, thats two wins every three games. Be interesting watching that huge change of attitude in the club.

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    oddlegs

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Hahaha! Finally norwich get what they deserve. They have been rubbish for 2-3 seasons in the premier league. On one hand I'm gutted Ncfc are relegated as who am I going to laugh at on match of the day now? I can see Norwich dropping leagues.. With the current team they won't stand a chance in the championship. Oh & who's afraid of the big bad wolf??..... no one!.. good luck with trying to get rid of him in the summer!! Still anyone nicknamed the canaries aren't going to strike fear in any opponent! ! Least you've got your naff song to keep you cheery! On the ball city.. never mind the danger??... danger? What danger?... your playing football... well if you can call it that! Hahaha hahaha hahaha!

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    imlovingit

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • We don't want Lambert back, a man who walked out on a club where he was treated like a God without so much as a backward glance. Going back never works (remember Walker) and without Culverhouse, we are beginning to see how good Lambert really is. And we certainly don't want Adams, whose approach at Chelsea had more to do with the kudos of thwarting Mourinho than trying to win a game we desperately needed to win.

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    Outside The Box

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • The crucial points lost were Hughton's last game. If we had beaten west brom they would be going down.

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    e18 canary

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Wivenhoe - agreed. I have said the same thing several times. It wasn't just that we were defeated by Luton Town. It was the manner of our defeat. Not one shot on target and our lack of pace and invention were plain for all to see. Siunce then we have shown week in week out that we don't have any credible offensive midfield and under Hughton there wasn;'t the demand on them to get forward as he always played the game to avoid defeat rather than win. Our counter-attacking has been pathetic, devoid of pace and with the ball too often played square and then backwards. Sunderland and Palace have recently shown us how it should be done with the ball moved quickly and decisively once in possession. Let's not kid ourselves. This lot playing as they have been wouldn;t make much progress in the Championship. There must be a radical overhaul of our team and tactics. Let's get some young players in who are willing to run and have pace and determination and ability to run at defenders and take them on. Still I will be at the game - sorry wake - on Sunday!

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • 57charles as I said go watch united it might be better foryou go to go out on loan then you might understand there is 11 players in a team

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    canarybell

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • I read again our fans posting about 'Lambert'!!!!! It is pathetic!!! I'm fed up of seeing posts referring to him, and Archant referring to him (at least once a week!). Get over the 'Lambert hangover' and move on!! Absolutely pathetic that he's still getting mentioned on here - MOVE ON.

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    Michael Merrill

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Hold on a minute, you were all lovin McNally previously & calling him a Mastermind. Now 'cos you are RELEGATED, he turns into a hate figure? Fickle fans those Norfolk folk.

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    Warkys_Tash

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • I cannot agree with calls for McNally to leave. I think his role in the appointment of Lambert had hugely positive repercussions for the Club. On paper, I think Hughton was a good call. In trying to retain some sense of perspective - ahead that is of submitting posts full of vitriol and unwarranted personal abuse aimed either at other posters, or Chris Hughton, (and to the Archant journalist who stated that 'the colour of Hughton's skin was never an issue at Norwich', to the eternal shame of what I hope is a small minority of so called 'supporters' - it absolutely was an issue), I would say, the Board understood that it takes time for a team to truly 'gel' and waited in the fervent hope it would. It didn't and they, in my view, waited too long. Some of the substitutions made by CH were counter-productive, I couldn't see much evidence that he could read a game in progress and the failure to appoint an attacking coach was to me, baffling. Neil Adams is undoubtedly a very good coach and did not have long enough to turn it around, but as I suggested in my previous post I am not convinced he did show any real signs that he could have turned it around, or that he should be the next manager. I think people closer to the Club would have a much clearer view of that I obviously hope the Board choose wisely and I wish them well. I cannot abuse people who have put the time and energy (and yes, money) into the Club, in the fashion that some posters on here think is legitimate, but then it take all sorts, unremittingly negative fans slagging anything and everything concerning City and the 'EPL' (it's the Premier League'!), internet dandies, and the plain bizarre 'Darel Russell for manager'...yes, I read that on here! One wish before I go...please limit or even stop player pre-match press releases...the notion that we were not in crisis just prior to the Fulham match was laughable and as unconvincing as the weekly commitments to put everything right, or words to that (non) effect. See ya and...Give it to Varco!

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    Uckfield Canary

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • McNally knows nothing about football except that he knows income from the Premier League far outstrips income from gate receipts - that's why he gambled (and lost) £28m on players rather than extending facilities at Carrow Road for supporters - supporters to whom he will go cap in hand next season, what with the massive drop in income - fact and end of story.

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    57charles

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • dan, sorry but McNally has always been a marketing guy, knows nothing about football demonstrated by appointing the clown Hughton, and then failing to sack him for 18 months

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • I think McNally has done a good job in trying circumstances. I'm sure he will turn things round next season. He deserves a chance. He knows more about football than most of us.

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    Dan Ness

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • hang on you can still do it if you score 50 goal in your next match hahahahahahahahahah

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    prankster

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • GET DOWN YOU BEAUTY, LETSBY 'AVIN YOU BACK IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP!!

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    Warkys_Tash

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Canarybell - I don't need to watch RVW on Youtube and what he's done in the past - I'm only interested in the present - and in the present I have seen a powder puff striker who has whimpered out of important games for us and cost us our place in the premier League - end of story.

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    57charles

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • prankster

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • I don't think there will be many tears shed by the neutrals. Let's face it - we've been the dullest team in the Premiership over the last two years. How terribly bleak it's been since the Lambert rollercoaster ...

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    Scrimmage man

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • just think guys for the money wasted on RVW and Hooper by McNally everyone could have watched Norwich for free this season and the fans could have a two week holiday to go and watch RVW score 2 goals for Sporting Lisbon

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Well said Uckfield Canary, very valid points. Like to meet 'supporters' behind me and mate at Arsenal who 'strongly' objected to us sing ' Hughton out' on 90mins ( in October ) to see what they think now. Board - absolute disgrace, most fans who know a little about fottbal could see it coming months ago, and worst thing that could have happened to us was winning the two dead rubber sat the end of last season which put us in a false position ( and also the happy clappers applauding finishing higher than Lambert.....albeit less points ). First blog but I feel sooooo let down by Board, perhaps McNasty got lucky with Lambert appointment, but as soon as a manager has balls and guts and an opinion, there seems to be a problem, so lets go for nice yes men!!!!!

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    MyheroMcdougall

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Norwichlad you are quick aren't u, exactly why we want lambert back to get rid of the useless McNally and Bowkett

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Canterbury tales! Fry is their as a talent spotter for pretty boys, like RVW, ah good point let's get rid of him, McNally and Bowkett out too, NOW

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Paul Lambert would never ever return to Norwich City FC whilst McNally and Bowkett are on the board.

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    norwichlad23

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • We are not actually relegated yet - you cannot be "relegated" until it is mathematically beyond doubt and it is not (however improbably) Slovenia - there will obviously be a big shake out in the summer and chances are a new manager will be appointed. Some big names may come up consideration - Lambo will be looking for a job soon. Moxey will probably be keen to get back after the Manure debacle, Hughton....no only joking ! I expect a player clear out, hopefully we will keep the likes of Ruddy and some of the promising younger players - let the older guys move on and those who don't want to be a part of the future. Rebuild with a younger squad and bounce back strong. I will be disappointed if City are not in play-offs or better. Finally, I think there is a lot of BS in the PL which has become very elitist and too commercialized - not good for the game and certainly won't win England the World Cup in Brazil !

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Dear Friends I have to admit to some feelings of relief. The nausea is finally over. Had it gone to the wire, the chances of us beating Ars&nal and Sunderland managing to lose at home to Swansea were as slim as a scare crow. We certainly can’t blame West Brom, they did us a massive favour last year. We cannot blame the trolls who must be more desperate than we are to spend half their lives not getting out. Neil Adams has gone a long way in restoring some pride to this club who find us wondering what might have been. Congratulations to Sunderland who showed that they have bottle. Let us learn from our sorry mistakes. If we do manage to employ another Worthington or Hughton may a higher being shed light on our illustrious board and grant them the insight to act in our favour rather than be kind to lepers. We do not need to humiliate them, but like south bores, they must be strangled at birth. We are in a business, not a charity. Let Hooper go back to where he can do some good, Van Wolfswinkel to the hairdressing business and give Neil Adams the chance that he surely deserves. He may be unproven, but he could also be the diamond in the rough. There is only one way to find out. I have a good feeling about him. Never mind the danger.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Bye bye McNally, shame you didn't get rid of CH at Xmas like we asked, hey ho.....

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    Tigers Rule

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Let's be mature. McNally is CEO of a major business NCFC. But his disastrous mistake was not to fire CH earlier. The Board has to be stregthened with some hard headed tough guys. What does Stephen Fry bring to the party. Relegation is a great shame since NCFC is one of a very few clubs in the Premiership with clean local ownership with no money launderer or corrupt politicians behind it. Relegation is also a huge loss to the global brand of Norwich as a place to business and attract inward foreign investment. The Board should be shamed for its weakness in backing a manager so obviously out of his depth who couldn't even decide to make much needed substitutions before the 80th minute

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    Canterbury Tales

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Dear Friends I have to admit to some feelings of relief. Like drunken days in my youth when after several hours of nausea, I finally threw up. Had it gone to the wire, the chances of us beating Arsen&l and Sunderland managing to lose at home to Swansea were as slim as a scare crow. We certainly can’t blame West Brom, they did us a massive favour last year. We cannot blame the trolls who must be more desperate than we are to spend half their lives not getting out. Neil Adams has gone a long way in restoring some pride to this club who find us wondering what might have been. Congratulations to Sunderland who showed that they have bottle. Let us learn from our sorry mistakes. If we do manage to employ another Worthington or Hughton may a higher being shed light on our illustrious board and grant them the insight to act in our favour rather than be kind to lepers. We do not need to humiliate them, but like south bores, they must be strangled at birth. We are in a business, not a charity. Let Hooper go back to where he can do some good, Van Wolfswinkel to the hairdressing business and give Neil Adams the chance that he surely deserves. He may be unproven, but he could also be the diamond in the rough. There is only one way to find out. I have a good feeling about him. Never mind the danger.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • You've made a complete 'wolfswinkel' of things this season!

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    blue tractor

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Guys good luck next season...as a West Brom fan I have to say I truly believe you will bounce straight back up. We have had a shocking season and I'm so grateful for our goal difference. On tonight's showing we deserve to go down not you, but that's football I guess...good luck again and hopefully see you back in the prem soon.

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    Wombourne Baggie

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • 57charles go and watch united next season, my the way did you read the comments last night under snoddy's story, you would have read from knowledgeable fans who told the truth of out season not enough goal scoring changes created so you cannot blame just one forward. Another I suggest you go to YouTube type in Ricky Van Wolfwinkle and watch him score goals and see them created for him too

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    canarybell

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Dubai, let lambert name his terms hopefully the heads of McNally and Bowkett on a silver platter, two birds killed with one stone then!

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • I want McNally, Bowkett and the entire board to provide an explanation as to why they appointed Adams rather than Pinky and Perky to get us out of this mess. If you all want League One football after we're relegated from the Championship next season give Adams the manager's job, retain McNally and Bowkett and rely on RVW to slot in the goals for us - what a team!

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    57charles

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Looks like Lambo is about to get the chop ! Maybe paves the way for a return to where he was appreciated ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • I think perhaps the rush to get this 'copy' to press maybe better served by pausing a bit.. As well as the mix up over days, we are not three points behind both clubs. We are now five behind Sunderland and full credit to them for a truly remarkable recovery and three behind WBA. Three behind Albion...worth thinking more about that. While I have been largely happy and impressed with Neil Adams media dealings and tactics, to be really hard I just wonder if not going for broke and all out to win on Sunday at Chelsea, which he himself admitted, was the right call? Has we won there we would tonight be a point behind WBA. Hindsight's a wonderful thing for sure, but surely better to have thrown it all at Chelsea in the last 15 mins on Sunday, which was in our hands than leave it to go like this which was not and honestly, I think very few people thought we could survive by that particular escape route. In the end it may not have mattered much, but I was not completely convinced by Neil's handling of last weekend. While I welcomed his acknowledgement for instance of the fans support, the assertion that taking it to the last game was the least they deserved was delivered by him as if it had been achieved and that was 'spinning' it a bit and ultimately they didn't actually give us what we at least deserved. A very good coach I feel, but I am not necessarily persuaded the right man for the manager's job full-time. I don't know, which maybe a refreshing admission on here?!

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    Uckfield Canary

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • The Board must surely meet the media next week and account for its ways. Like us supporters they have watched games every week and seen how poor we have been. Poor passing, unfit players, no understanding among players what they were supposed to do any absolutely no confidence in the strikers by the mid field. And so why no action on CH and his inexperienced staff when the rest of us could see last autumn that something needed to be done? They surely owe us fans an explanation?

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    Canterbury Tales

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • what a shame,McNally & Hughton ruined Citys season.Mcnally should have sacked himself along with hughton at xmas but NO ,he knew best.All he wanted was the 90 million plus in parachute payments for his coffers.We have to get rid of McNothing now and get in someone who cares about football and not a spread sheet.Delia should start getting tough with people who think money is more important than football.Next season we can only look upwards back to where we should be.We made mistakes(CH) & Mcnally and we should learn by them.Give Neil Adams the tools to get us back into the promised land and not sell our stars off.Van sheep can go the same as CH has gone.OTBC

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    canarykid

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • all three relegated clubs changed managers to avoid the drop should have kept hughton.

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    caleb

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Upset Cornwall Canary? Suffer.

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    Chalkyblue

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • I cant argue that we weren't one of the worst 3 sides in the premiership, we were, plus we had the worst manager in the premiership. Lets hope the board do the right thing and bring in the right man for the job this time. If they had sacked Hughton earlier, we would have survived. It is now their duty to put things right for next season - no rookie managers please, we cant take that risk. At least we have a good set of youngsters, many im sure will step up to the mark under the right guidance.

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    Henry

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • And Dubai may be should reflect on your comments earlier in the season, any predictions for next year?

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • even though i am not a football fanatic its sad to see Norwich relegated the blame lays at the feet of the board who should have replaced Houghton prior to Christmas when it was patently obvious that Norwich were already in trouble lets hope they can bounce back up next season.

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    MrB

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Hi,Fellow Fans im happy my team safc stayed up,but sorry to lose norwich, Hope to see you back soon, Dont give up hope just look at our season...Anything can happen good luck next season.

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    Trevor Henderson

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Get out McNally and go and do what you promised? All has come to pass as I predicted at the begining of the season. Hughton was never an EPL quality manager. blindingly obvious except to the blind board and blind happy clapping NCFC fans? Hail the Prophet from Slovenia

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Suggest RVW will double his goal tally in the Championship - I'm off to watch Norwich Utd next season - at least I'll see some goals and not half hearted powder puff attempts from a player who was completely out of his depth.

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    57charles

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Sorry to say that this has to go down as one of the worst seasons in City's history. They bought players last summer at (for them) high prices, and they turned out to be failures. So poor management decisions there. The so-called manager at the time and his coaches were simply not good enough, and to add to everything else, the dithering board failed to act before Christmas (when it was plain to see that action was necessary) to get rid of them and replace them with a quality management team who would have had a chance to shore up the squad in January. What value does Fry bring to the board by the way? A big all-round shake-up is now called for. No more dithering!

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    Honest Injun

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Look on the bright side at least the ticket prices should drop significantly, and there are local derbys with Ipswich to look forward to next season.

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    mike smith

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Now our fate is sealed I wonder if there will be a press call and the board gives an explanation of their thinking and actions during this dreadful season.

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    Trevor Sadd

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • McNally pack your stuff up and get out of our club and as someone so rightly put it return your salary and order a coach for the rest of the board. You are a discrace to the club for your failure to act quickly enough and you have cost us our premiership position. How could Neil Adams be expected to turn an underperforming Chris Hughton Conservative team around in a few matches? Where has Wes Hoolhan been?????? He should have been playing for goodness sake...

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    norwichlad23

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Board must take the blame probably 75% of NCFC proper supporters had seen this coming . The Board should have acted swiftly and sacked Hooton after the drubbing by Man City . historically apart from getting lucky when appointing Lambert have made some awful appointments better be spot on with the next one otherwise League One will be looming once again look what happened at Wolves. Absolutely gutted. Thanks NcN

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    Essex yellow

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Thebirdcage Wes is no better than the rest at creating goals for the forward his stats 7 assists in his last 85 games nearly as good as Snoddy

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    canarybell

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Adams has shown imagination and inventiveness in the last few matches. If he had come in earlier we wouldn't have sleepwalked into relegation. Every time Hughton came under attack he managed to pull off another 1-0 victory. And then lose again. The board were spineless for keeping him on and for agreeing to put all their faith and money in a 'striker' who managed one not very good goal all season. Bring in Murphy et al in August. The quicker we move on from this disastrous season the better.

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    e18 canary

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Dubai Canary. Judging by Norwich's impressive goal difference tally, I should think that all ITFC fans are quaking in their boots.

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    NB

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Remember this "Be afraid of the Wolf" poster at the start of the season? Most ironic commercial ever!

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    Norwegian Canary

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • I would just like to thank delia and the rest of the board mr houghton and some of the fans who kept having a go at the houghton out boys,for not being able to see the wood for the trees. Two years of absolutely shocking football probably the worst ever in 40 years ps think little old norwich and we will always be little old norwich

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    Howesy

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Very immature Chalky.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • I do apologise Bedford Canary, you are right, Bobby may have disapproved. Please understand we do receive one hell of a lot of abuse from Carary supporters on the EADT site. One in particular, a fella called ‘Cleaver Canary’ who to be honest, isn’t. Hence my retaliation at an appropriate moment. I apoligse for my out bursts. (Smug mode tho, remains)

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    Chalkyblue

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • IT's NOT OVER YET. One more place to slip.

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    NB

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Armatures.Snigger.

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Well done to Sunderland to dig their way out. Very strange seeing City down after watching how utterly hopeless WBA were. Never mind, its back to the Chump for one season, not the end of the world. Biggest support in the League, will see City dominate the league again - watch out all you ITFC - the last time we were in the same league it was 9-2 on aggregate - bring that on again !! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Neither team has anything to play for on Sunday so I would like to see Becchio,Murphy and Hoolahan start,then we can see if these players can justify all the posts from supporters clamouring for their inclusion.

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    Trevor Sadd

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • I thought Mcnally stated he would rather die than get relegated....... At least he can update his CV to say that he masterminded the most expensive goal NCFC has every paid for... 10 million EURO's. Perhaps it is the most expensive goal of the season....

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    TheBirdCage

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • The only person we cannot blame is Wes.... I hope the new manager sees the light amd can convince him to stay in Norfolk and use his expereicne to help get us back into the top flight! On the otherhand I would want the best for Wes if he can get a better opportinity than help out a management team who has shafted him.

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    TheBirdCage

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Mr McNally - empty the contents of your desk and leave right now whilst refunding the club your six figure salary for this season and take Bowkett with you - who laughably predicted we would be pushing top half of the table this season. Order a coach for the rest of the board to leave Carrow Road for good and hire Pinky and Perky as a management duo who will surely have more ideas than Adams on how to win a game of football.

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    57charles

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • An absolute disgrace... The board had the opportunity to change things around at Christmas (new manager and kitty for January transfers) we changed neither:-manager or players (apart from 2 loan players) The Board accepted our fate in January. The Championship is no easy league to get out of. The Board should hand their heads in shame; this is no way to run a business (which is what they're employed to do). Shambles of a season

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    Michael Merrill

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • So Mr McNally, which phone number shall we give you tonight? Following ''relegation will be a fate worse than death''.

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    Bruce87

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Hand your notice in Mcnally, you worked the clubs finances well, but when it needed some vision, ambition and bravery, you failed miserably. As for Adams, I think he has shown more than enough to allowed to continue, next season.

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    Old Long Balls

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Been inevitable for months. Most of the fans could see it - just a pity that the Board did not realise this.

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    Kent Anglian

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • The Championship will be no walk in the park, certain fans think that we are going 'tear it up'...not going to happen in my opinion, more like free fall like last time! Well done lads, a good seasons work! Sleep tight...

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    Alan Mason

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • roll on august 9th. Then we try to repair the damage on the field. It will be an interesting summer with the first task to appoint a new manager, but will the current C\E be the one to appoint him.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Just one more humiliating 90 minutes to go before the journey back to division one can begin.

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    NB

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • YES !!!!! down and out...

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    Footyboy16

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • well, we r guaranteed six pts next season anyway !! every cloud and all that !!

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    marcohendy

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Sunderland beat WBA on Monday? Your journalism is on par with your club management! Armatures.

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    Chalkyblue

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • What does a 2 bit club like yours expect , money well spent last year ha ha ha welcome back to the chumpionship chumps.

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    Townman

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Fer was kwrap, Hooper no skill, Winkle was a girl, Whitaker a snail as is Martin, Redmond skillful but can't pass a parcel. GOODNIGHT FROM CANADA

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Chalky - grow up man. Bobby Robson would be ashamed of your attitude

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    Bedford Canary

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • I know you are upset EDP but Sunderland beat the Baggies tonight. Wednesday not Monday!!

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    Csidewolf

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • ah well , it had been coming since last years loss to Luton. Some of us saw it and argued for change to our managerial set up, only to be slated by CH's fans. wish I had been wrong.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Bedford Canary

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Lets face it, we're just not good enough.

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    samphirelover

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Not unexpected. Shocking season for many reasons. Live to learn.

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    powelld123

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • It's over! You are relegated and we know you sad little budgie supporters are suffering! Ha ha! sleep horribly and awake depressed. We're lovin' it!

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    Chalkyblue

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • No surprise that this went to print almost exactly at the final whistle

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Bill Punton's bald patch

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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