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Thursday, October 10, 2013
A top-10 finish is Norwich City’s target for their current Premier League season, chairman Alan Bowkett has confirmed.
Finishing 12th in 2012 and then 11th in May have been excellent final positions for the Canaries on their Premier League return.
And speaking at Carrow Road for Wednesday’s briefing on the club’s annual accounts, Bowkett gave the first clear indication that a top-10 finish in the top flight is what’s being asked of Norwich manager Chris Hughton along with his players and staff come next spring.
“We budget to finish 16th financially, so any money above that is a bonus,” said the City chairman. “The continuous improvement objective for this football club is to improve from an 11th-placed finish in the Premier League, and that means we’re looking for a top-10 finish.
“Financially with our forecasting, we budgeted last year to be 16th and then we did far better, which meant had more revenue and we could invest more in the club’s ‘software’ – in the players, staff, Colney. So we’ve always sensibly budgeted for staying in the Premier League at a modest level.
“But the ambition of the football club – and Chris knows this – is continuous improvement. So 12th, 11th... What does that mean? It means a top-10 finish.”
Should City manage such heights, it would sit with their best domestic achievements.
The Canaries have finished in the top 10 of the top flight just five times in their history – with the 1975-76 and 1989-90 campaigns seeing them come home on the nose in 10th, under John Bond and Dave Stringer respectively.
Ken Brown led City to fifth in 1986-87 with Stringer notching fourth two seasons later, while Mike Walker took Norwich to their highest ever finish little more than 20 years ago; they came home third in the inaugural Premier League campaign of 1992-93.