Our writers give their verdicts on David McNally’s latest thoughts on Norwich City and Chris Hughton

More misery for John Ruddy and City as West Ham's second goal goes in on Tuesday night. More misery for John Ruddy and City as West Ham's second goal goes in on Tuesday night.

Sunday, February 16, 2014
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Michael Bailey, Ian Clarke and David Powles give their thoughts on the situation at Carrow Road.

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McNally is right to address City’s situation, but fans’ reaction is key

Michael Bailey

Some Norwich City fans have always worried about the role of their club’s boardroom, whoever is in charge. Yet the situation with the current incumbents is a little different due to one factor – their track record.


Trusted figures: David McNally and Alan Bowkett with majority share holders Michael Wynn Jones and Delia Smith.Trusted figures: David McNally and Alan Bowkett with majority share holders Michael Wynn Jones and Delia Smith.

Admittedly, harking back to the Canaries’ past could be no more useful than Manchester United fans believing their current side can replicate more than 20 years of success without the figure that led them to it. But the fact at Carrow Road is chief executive David McNally and chairman Alan Bowkett – along with their boardroom colleagues – have earned the faith and trust of City fans.


That’s not blind faith. Far from it. More belief in the fact they know what they’re doing, and have proved it for pretty much all of their duration stewarding the club.


Which takes us to the here and now; a ticket that can also be described as their toughest time at the club. That’s no mean feat either, given City were threatened with administration when they arrived in 2009 and the recovery since took a miraculous effort.


Same with keeping Norwich stable following Paul Lambert’s escape – something for which Chris Hughton seems destined to never be fully appreciated for.


Let’s set the rules – whatever your expectation at the start of the season, what is clear is things haven’t gone to plan.


The targeted top-10 finish has been public knowledge for some time. As winter approached, residing for the rest of the campaign in top-flight midtable obscurity was seen as just a few games away. In truth, one run of form and these are still attainable. But after a perceived distance from the situation, a number of fans have wanted to hear from the boardroom. Through McNally’s interview, they have got the wish – the next question is whether they liked what they heard?


The Wes Hoolahan and January transfer window lines always make good reading – but in truth, have little to do with securing the Canaries’ survival. Wes was always going to be reintegrated once the January window closed.


It’s two other lines that stand out.


Firstly, the fact there is no guarantee for Hughton over his future. Results will dictate it – but clearly there is still a big chance City could have a different man at the helm before the season is out.


The statements are honest from McNally – and it will be interesting to see how Norwich fans react to them. Does the door being open to change mean fans will want to push at it when things go wrong – rather than the knowledge that what’s here is what stays, and so everyone needs to be in it together?


And more interesting is City’s wage bill.


The summer spending on transfers was huge for City fans, and not to be ignored in comparison to the rest of the Premier League.


But it has now been revealed City finished 11th last season with the lowest wages in the Premier League – presumably to underline a remarkable achievement.


And this season, City are set to still be in the bottom three regarding wage payers – which given the club’s stable financial state, would beg the question whether there was any more room for manoeuvre to ensure survival wasn’t risked on a similar remarkable effort?


It leaves you hoping that after two phenomenal efforts since returning to English football’s top table, the Canaries aren’t about to get what they’ve paid for.


Ultimately it’s down to the players to get us out of this mess

Ian Clarke

I’m convinced that all Norwich City fans will go forensically through every single word which David McNally said yesterday.


The chief executive has gone very quiet as the season has gone on.


It isn’t too long since he was a prolific tweeter who held court with supporters on a near daily basis.


He was remarkably honest and deserved great credit for being so open.


All of a sudden last November McNally took himself off the social network and silence broke out.


It was never totally clear why it happened but it seems it was in the light of abuse after the 7-0 drubbing at the Etihad.


A few weeks ago the chief gave an interview to Radio Norfolk but we have heard very little more from him until he spoke to our City writer Paddy Davitt.


In the light of the support the board has given to Chris Hughton while most of the other Premier League strugglers have sacked their bosses, I had expected McNally to say there would be no change before the end of the campaign, whatever the results in the coming games.


Clearly fans will never stop having their say (and we are all entitled to our opinions) but if there had been unequivocal backing, it probably would have taken some of the wind out of the match by match debate about whether the manager should stay or go.


McNally was clear to say that the buck stops with CH and that in a results business, results matter.


He gave no guarantees and rather than silencing the discussion over Hughton’s future, I think the weekly furore will hot up and up.


What happens if we get a stuffing by Spurs? Will that be a trigger? And if things go wrong against a Lambert-inspired Villa...? I could go on.


Hughton has endured as much criticism of a City boss as I can remember for some time and I previously made it clear he should have been replaced.


He got things virtually spot on against Manchester City last week with his formation but I feel the substitutions led to that gut wrenching defeat at West Ham.


To me the key to City staying at football’s top table or falling in to the Championship isn’t now about McNally or Hughton - it is about the players.


They are the ones who miss the chances or make the mistakes and earn every single penny of their huge wages in keeping us up. So Bassong and Co it’s over to you.


A statement of support from the chief, but also a veiled threat?

David Powles
 


“We’re still backing Chris Hughton BUT ...”


If I were to sum up my own take on David McNally’s latest comments in just six words these would be them.


It’s not quite the dreaded vote of confidence (which we all know actually means the opposite and normally leads to a sacking within three games), but it might not be far off.


McNally and the board clearly currently aspire to the notion there is no guarantee that bringing in a new manager leads to new manager bounce.


And the statistics back them up, a new manager might bring that initial win, but it doesn’t often last.


However, what this doesn’t appear to be is a complete and utter statement of support for the gaffer.


McNally says Hughton has been told to ‘get our club moving up the table, and quickly’, that’s the BUT as far as I’m concerned.


What only a few people (namely the board) will know is just how quick is quickly?


Is it a Spurs defeat in our next home game?


Or perhaps the board would accept that, but not further defeat a week later away at Aston Villa - managed by Paul Lambert of course.


Mercifully, one position Norwich still has not found itself in this season is amongst the dreaded bottom three.


We’re close, but in his time at the club Hughton has always maintained the knack of keeping Norwich City’s head above that very choppy water.


I wonder if that would be the moment the board’s patience would run out? If that was the case it may of course be too late for any new manager to make a difference to fortunes on the pitch.


Hopefully we won’t have to find out.


Supporters quick to have their say on big interview

City fans took to Twitter to give their reaction to David McNally’s comments - here is a taster of what they had to say.

“McNally did as expected. No value to be had in replacing Hughton now. I believe he’ll keep us up but think he should go in the summer.”

JM3

@JonnyBalchin

“McNally would have been better to say nothing, all he has done is make everyone angry again. Pointless interview”

dan cater

@dancater23

“What was the point of that interview? McNally and the board will have no answer if we go down #notgoodenough”

Joseph Smyth

@Joesmyth1992

“Good questions asked and I think DM gave some very good answers, he also made some interesting observations. #hughtonin”

mark taylor

@mtswardeston

“McNally called us a huge club, he’s got something right”

Ed Butterworth

@EdButterworth94

“What was the point of the David McNally interview? “If errors didn’t happen we would’ve won that game.” That’s reassuring then.”

Jamie Allison

@jallison31

“I bet you once we go down, McNally will still say Hughton is the best man for the job. I’ll put £50 on that!”

kieran butt

@Ginger_Canary

“The good news from my perspective is that my boss is reasonably happy with the manner that we have been hitting icebergs recently”

Captain Hootun

@CaptainHootun

“So... would it be reasonable to take the view from the McNally interview that Hughton is on the brink?”

Phil Harris

@kingswell

“Non committal answers for every question posed to McNally. Can’t say I would ever expect anything less. Seems like it’s CH to the end”

Jed Hilton

@HiltonJed

“David McNally- “we were in the market for a number 10” You’ve got one sitting on the bench David!!”

Jamie Hepher

@Jamie_Hepher

“Only thing this interview tells me is that David McNally would make an incredible politician”

Jamie Hepher

@Jamie_Hepher

“This break was #ncfc’s last chance to make a change without it affecting Prem games. We are once again not reacting, It is as of board are blind”

Joshua Townsend

@jltown1987

“Good interview with David McNally - top bloke”

Becca.

@beccatitchnolan

“well Mr Mcnally backs him for now so I think fans should be behind him, he’s got to get points, see what happens..”

helena scott

@mummyhelena

“Results business Mr McNally says, so how the hell is Mr Hughton still in charge? We need wins not excuses!!!”

Paul Loveday

@OnthePaulCity

“let’s all get behind Hughton. Just wish he would play Becchio, we need goals and he’s desperate for games!! Otbc”

Liam Schulen

@lschulen

“complete cop out. It’s a results business he says. Yes & 1 league win in 11 should mean bye bye now before it’s too late”

Ronnie

@calkane

55 comments

  • I thought we were in the bottom 3 Mr Powles? about OctNov? anyway I still have faith in Mr McNally, he's in a very awkward position. I also have faith in Mr Hughton. A few games have been utter tosh. A few games I haven't seen. The games I have seen that weren't utter tosh we have dominated or contained so called "better teams" but have struggled to score, wherein lies the rub. If we could score I reckon we would be where NewcastleSouthampton are in the table and that's why I'm sticking with Hughton. Anyway, didn't our original 7 year plan contain a few years yo-yo ing?

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    Admiral F

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • The reason the debate is so heated is that NCFC season is on a knife edge and none of us knows which way it will ultimately go. To some Mad Brewer's glass is half full and to others half empty. Before the Hull game I calculated that statistically we would score 11 goals in the rest of the season and as a result of scoring 2 goals in 5 games since then the prediction is on target. The main point from this is that CH has not taken any action in this area which is the most obvious cause of our current plight. Further he will not be able to make any significant changes in this area of the field for the rest of the season. The only option now left to him is to ask, and hope that all the other players wade in with more goals in the remaining games. What do we know about CH??......it has been said many times on this board that CH tends to pull out a performance when he is most at risk so perhaps he has a high panic threshold and needs the pressure from the DM interview to get him properly focused on the requirements of the job. Perhaps also he will be made to think about his continual use of failed strategies and his expectation that they will work if repeated a second time. Any strategy, however bad, will eventually work just once if continually repeated but that doesn't make it a useful strategy as it is inherently unreliable. I don't blame the board for their actions to date as I am sure they have the best interests of the club at heart and in DM we have a CEO that many clubs would love to have. I wonder how many of you calling for CH sacking at this time, in this situation would really carry this out if you were in the boards shoes!!! I will confess that I want to see CH gone from the club but there is a time for this and I don't think that is now.

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    NICEONE

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Mr McNally and the board have proven that their best interests are securing NFC future. The financial security of the club and the close eye on the costs of running the club are not to be underestimated in the clubs future success. The board have on the whole been very straight with the supporters and always provided a clear picture of the path they have wished to follow. Putting the above aside however as a supporter I do believe the buck stops with the manager for the teams performance. Yes there are players that have not performed, chances have been missed and the rub of the green has not always gone our way. For the last 3 months there has been a lack of goals this has been clear for all to see. So in January where was the new striker? So now its too late to sack the manager too late to buy a striker and nearly too late for survival. The striker problem will have to be faced with what we have, do we have a youth striker up for the challange? if we want a holding striker do we have any defenders that can fill that role. i would like us to try both options. The manger must try to motivate or bring in someone who can help our current strikers find some form. On the whole I am not optimistic after out defeat at West Ham but will hold onto hope for our premiership survival.

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    dazzerlil

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • I agree with the comments that the Archant writers are just sitting on the fence waiting to see which way to jump, Radio Norfolk is no better. They all seem petrified to dare to call for Hughton to be sacked. Yet they are supposed to be journalists with opinions!!!!! The trick is finding an outlet for those views, Both radio and press seem reluctant to criticise while posts on here and phone ins are almost unanimous in their plea for a change of management and coaching. At long last Mr Mc Nally has spoken . Please note Mr Hughton and fellow coaching clowns,the fat lady has cleared her throat and is getting ready to sing!!!!!!!!!!!! We can only hope it wont be too late to save us from the dreaded Chumpionship.

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    Mawther07

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Apologies for length of post :)

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    Mattias333

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • We as fans of this great football club we our finding ourselves in a very scary position and this is because we are probably one of the top ten performing teams in the league but in the bottom 3 for scoring goals. Norwich fans MUST get behind Hughton or we will be playing in the championship next year without a shadow of doubt. Our odds of staying up have been greatly decreased by our lack of attacking additions in January. The only way we will get enough points is by our players giving 110% from now untill the end of the season and we will need our fans vote of support to make this possible. NO MORE NEGATIVITY!

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    snooker109

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • I fear not Cecil old brick..."A split infinitive is an English-language grammatical construction in which a word or phrase, usually an adverb or adverbial phrase, comes between the marker to and the bare infinitive (uninflected) form of a verb". I have not found any evidence to support your theory that " an adverb of manner, may correctly be placed before the preposition 'through'." either ! OTBC.

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    Timbo

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • I agree with the comments that the Archant writers are just sitting on the fence waiting to see which way to jump, Radio Norfolk is no better. They all seem petrified to dare to call for Hughton to be sacked. Yet they are supposed to be journalists with opinions!!!!! The trick is finding an outlet for those views, Both radio and press seem reluctant to criticise while posts on here and phone ins are almost unanimous in their plea for a change of management and coaching. At long last Mr Mc Nally has spoken . Please note Mr Hughton and fellow coaching clowns,the fat lady has cleared her throat and is getting ready to sing!!!!!!!!!!!! We can only hope it wont be too late to save us from the dreaded Chumpionship.

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    Mawther07

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Mattias333.......I just hope we don't beat someone 3-0!!!

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    NICEONE

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • My own take on this is that McNally is trying to have things both ways. He still won't admit that Hughton should go as it would affect his own credibility. The stuff about wages may or may not be right but the fact is that NCFC are in amongst some poor teams at the bottom of the Premier, some of which will survive. Boy will it be galling to be in the Championship next year as HullPalaceSunderlandFulham or similar survive. The time to remove Hughton has long passed. Rather than him keeping plucky, little Norwich afloat he is destroying everything that Lambert created.CH is a busted flush, a limited negative manager in every respect. He should have gone but the board stubbornly hope against hope that things will improve. What will it take to remove him? In a results business he is failing. his record is abject. Even the win against Hull was a goal from a corner minutes from the end My nightmare is he relegates us then we keep him on. The guy is nice but he is out of his depth. Nice doesn't cut it in the Premier League.

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    suffolkcanary

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • We as fans of this great football club we our finding ourselves in a very scary position and this is because we are probably one of the top ten performing teams in the league but in the bottom 3 for scoring goals. Norwich fans MUST get behind Hughton or we will be playing in the championship next year without a shadow of doubt. Our odds of staying up have been greatly decreased by our lack of attacking additions in January. The only way we will get enough points is by our players giving 110% from now untill the end of the season and we will need our fans vote of support to make this possible. NO MORE NEGATIVITY!

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    snooker109

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • I agree with Lincs. As for irony. How about defeat at Villa with Holt scoring the winner after we have led then two minutes of madness let it slip... We have put up with so many humiliations.. Luton, 0-7, Liverpool etc etc but the thought of Lambert running up the touchline celebrating again would be hard to take. An even greater irony? How about Spurs sub Harry Kane scoring against us on Sunday.

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    suffolkcanary

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Fully agree with MB's 6 games where we should've done better - though you have to balance that against Man City and Newcastle where a good performance and a lot of luck went our way. It comes down to goals and if we continue with the 'try not to lose' approach rather than going out to win games, then I fear we will not survive the drop.

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    richard1

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • `fresh` even.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • If I had any faith in the board it was severely jolted when they appointed Hughton in the first place. It has been further undermined by their vacillation over his future. Hughton is failing to deliver the quality of football or the results we expect. There are no excuses: he has to go.

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    Cecil

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • David McNally is playing a very dangerous game. If he is successful in pulling off what will now look like the great escape, he will be hailed a prophetic genius. If he fails, and we are relegated, his own position will become untenable. I understand that the last Norwich chief to gamble this big, was Robert Chase. He lost, and became a hate figure in the city. Whilst I have loudly questioned our chief execs judgement during the Hughton saga, I still have a lot of respect for David McNally. I wish him luck in his daring gamble .............................Because that is what it has now turned in to!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Or even "word OF warning"....

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    Barking Wise

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Timbo, for shame! Should he have written "I’m convinced that all Norwich City fans will go through every single word which David McNally said yesterday forensically"?

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    Pierre

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Never mind the word order, feel the syntax. Let`s arrange it, together (idiomatically speaking). It`s all Greek to me.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Don't apologise, Mattias. It's been like a morgue on here since you locked up the "tanning salon" on Friday. As for split infinitives, we all seem to agree it would be nice if Mr McShillyshally decided to boldly sack Mr Crouton. It would be even better if he boldly decided to sack him. Got it now, Gek?

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    Barking Wise

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Thoughts on the man to keep our ship afloat? An appointment initially for the rest of the season maybe? NEIL ADAMS would do for me to offset his lack of experience with passion flair attacking intent and inspiration. Any more suggestions ?

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    Mawther07

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Your Narrrrrrfolk education (oxymoron?) betrays you lads. You can't ".... go forensically through every single word". You can, however, go through every word forensically ! Just as you can go through our defence easily. Ho-hum....roll on the next massacre, erm I mean match. Great to see you're still part of the pant-wetter crew Brew. Taxi for Mr. Hughton ! ..(please,please.please)..

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    Timbo

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • I didnt think I understood what it meant to overachieve. You achieve as much as you achieve, don't you? But I suppose I do know. It means to achieve more than was expected. And, yes, we did that in 2011. This season we were expected to be 10th in the league or better. We bought an international striker whom we expected to score more than one goal for us. So we are underachieving. McNally says, rightly, that the buck stops with Hughton but Hughton and his apologists keeps passing it on: to the players or bad luck or bad refereeing. If Hughton's not doing his job then sack him surely?

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    Cecil

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Waclor.....In determining the teams inability to score goals that quite rightly spreads the load to the whole team and not solely the strikers i.e. nobody has stepped up to fill the gap. The strikers should clearly have scored more as that is their main role. DM's interview was on second thoughts a clever piece of management as he didn't rule out the prospect of CH saving his job and presumably his pride but emphasised that results must improve. To totally condemn CH to the sack in this interview would have resulted in CH possibly not trying to secure further points whilst remaining in post waiting for his pay off. A touch of carrot and stick cake!!!

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    NICEONE

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • <Apologies for length of post> :)

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    Mattias333

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Indecision is the opposite of daring. McNally is clearly not certain that Hughton can keep us up (how could he be?) but won't gamble on replacing him. He is, in business parlance, being reactive not proactive. He's waiting for the next result, or the one after. And if those results are themselves indecisive? Now is the time to act. Qui audet adipiscitur as they say in Rome. Ancient Rome.

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    Cecil

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Cecil- the buck has stopped!!! Firmly in Hughtons court.His pathetic selections, clueless substitutions and boring tactics have brought our club to its knees. Supporters with over 50 years experience of watching their club have never been so angry and let down by the clowns running the team. Even Roeder wasn't this unpopular!!!!!!!!! We are all armchair pundits but Hughtons DISGRACEFUL treatment of Becchio and Hoolahan is beyond belief. What has this so called NICE MAN got against them.He obviously doesn't want to score or create anything. We are all sick and fed up and the club deserves better.How we were spoilt with Paul Lambert. Breath of fresh air to keep us up NEIL ADAMS . Passion inspiration flair and HOPE. We currently have the other version NO HOPE. Please Mr Mac give the club and its fans some hope enough is enough.We can stay up but Spurs on Sunday is the absolute last chance saloon. In the words of the Moody Blues GO NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

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    Mawther07

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Timbo your non-Norfolk(?) education betrays you. There is nothing ungrammatical in 'go forensically through every single word'. 'Forensically', an adverb of manner, may correctly be placed before the preposition 'through'.

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    Cecil

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • So we have decided that the team's inability to score goals is the problem. Why? Well the first STUPID decision made the the Brain of Tottenham was to give away the top scorer in the 2012 preseason games. His replacement was equally laughable. Then letting Grant Holt go???? What was he thinking? Grant was worth keeping for his goals OR his leadership contribution. Either was worth more than the derisory fee nevermind getting both. RVW has so far been a disappointment and I think we have to forget him for this season. I also wonder if Hooper has some injury which prompts Hughton to take him off after 70 minutes. I know he was treated just before he came off against Man City but Hughton admitted that the substitution was preplanned anyway. Of course had the late chance missed by RVW been at Hooper's feet we may have a couple more points today.

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    waclor

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • We as fans of this great football club we our finding ourselves in a very scary position and this is because we are probably one of the top ten performing teams in the league but in the bottom 3 for scoring goals. Norwich fans MUST get behind Hughton or we will be playing in the championship next year without a shadow of doubt. Our odds of staying up have been greatly decreased by our lack of attacking additions in January. The only way we will get enough points is by our players giving 110% from now untill the end of the season and we will need our fans vote of support to make this possible. NO MORE NEGATIVITY!

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    snooker109

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Thoughts on the man to keep our ship afloat? An appointment initially for the rest of the season maybe? NEIL ADAMS would do for me to offset his lack of experience with passion flair attacking intent and inspiration. Any more suggestions ?

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    Mawther07

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • I agree with the comments that the Archant writers are just sitting on the fence waiting to see which way to jump, Radio Norfolk is no better. They all seem petrified to dare to call for Hughton to be sacked. Yet they are supposed to be journalists with opinions!!!!! The trick is finding an outlet for those views, Both radio and press seem reluctant to criticise while posts on here and phone ins are almost unanimous in their plea for a change of management and coaching. At long last Mr Mc Nally has spoken . Please note Mr Hughton and fellow coaching clowns,the fat lady has cleared her throat and is getting ready to sing!!!!!!!!!!!! We can only hope it wont be too late to save us from the dreaded Chumpionship.

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    Mawther07

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • We as fans of this great football club we our finding ourselves in a very scary position and this is because we are probably one of the top ten performing teams in the league but in the bottom 3 for scoring goals. Norwich fans MUST get behind Hughton or we will be playing in the championship next year without a shadow of doubt. Our odds of staying up have been greatly decreased by our lack of attacking additions in January. The only way we will get enough points is by our players giving 110% from now untill the end of the season and we will need our fans vote of support to make this possible. NO MORE NEGATIVITY!

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    snooker109

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • I`ve never really understood split infinitives but then I`ve never been much interested in grammar, syntax or punctuation, as mijn vriend Barking Wise will certainly attest. Or attest certainly?? Hey, Timbo, it`s been a long time since we put on `The Timbo & Brewer Show`. It used to amuse one or two people - in particular canarydownunder. Remember `Wroxymorons` and `The Festival of Light & Bitter`? Plus the RC\Hebrew banter. Oy vey, Maria! All that nonsense. I think we were jointly top of Steady On`s Hate List, so we must`ve been good. Who is Ian Clarke? Will somebody give me a brief description of `split infinitive`? I thought that classic line from star Trek was one - `to boldly go` - maybe it isn`t. Surely The Padster will know.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • I think you are `A Consultant`, Mattias. Ola! Remember to check the light strips for their lethality.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • 3 different writers....3 hot air balloons. None of them had the guts to say CH must go in case they don't get granted any more exclusive interviews at CR. If these people get paid for their contributions, then I should be paid more. My posts are much better than their vacuous web fodder.

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    Barking Wise

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Newcastle brought sigh's of disbelief when CH was shown the door after he secured them Premiership football. It looks as though there was method in their madness..something in his make-up that was somehow lacking. His future is in the balance come the next few games and the players have to play their part too because if we don't score goals we are down.

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    Richard Bonham

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Anyone else sense a moment of irony fast approaching? Hughton sacked after defeat against Spurs, the club he served so well. Or maybe he will survive until defeat against Lambert's Villa.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Timbo you are ignorant. There was no split infinitive in your quoted text!

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    Cecil

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Anyone who expected anything club changing or anything along the lines of "Chris will get sacked on such an such a date" from McNally really are fools. Personally IMO I was thrilled with McNally's comments. Yes I came off the fence a while ago and firmly made no secret that I see no long term future for Hughton. McNally's interview still pleased me though while many others who have called for a change seem quite unhappy with his interview. Reading between the lines he pointed out all the over used excuses like "were not far off from midtable" which in itself is a very valid point. However he made it quite clear the board are not happy with the current form and said Chris has had that made crystal clear to him. So basically changes will be made if it isn't addressed soon. He dodged similar questions which I think we all know the answer to, just like he did when the EDP interviewed him before one of our other 'must win' games but I dont blame him. We all know he & the boards thinking and it be unprofessional to come out and say anything the sort of what we 'fans' can. Yes there was bits & pieces of the usual good PR rubbish, but you've got to expect that in this day & age. While I personally think we missed the boat to save our season (especially with the run we have coming up compared to others) I feel a lot better for hearing David McNallys thoughts on the situation. He gave us a little tease with the snippet about a potential move on deadline day as well. Dont matter now as deadline day came an went without an attacking deal but hearing that we were close to loaning a player in the number 10 role behind the strikers from "huge club" was interesting to hear. Wonder who it would have been? Either way shame it fell through because that club couldn't get there targeted player. That suggests to me he was someone playing in or around the 1st team of one of the big 4 if it was a "huge club". Aaaaaaanyway Like McNally said (and most of us on here regardless of whether we want Hoots in or out) we need to keep behind the lads now regardless whose in charge and should things not improve measures will be taken. Hopefully it doesn't come to that or if it does, we really didnt miss the boat in November time.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Technically I do hope we beat someone 3-0 buddy, but yeah I totally get what you mean ha!

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    Mattias333

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • My own take on this is that McNally is trying to have things both ways. He still won't admit that Hughton should go as it would affect his own credibility. The stuff about wages may or may not be right but the fact is that NCFC are in amongst some poor teams at the bottom of the Premier, some of which will survive. Boy will it be galling to be in the Championship next year as HullPalaceSunderlandFulham or similar survive. The time to remove Hughton has long passed. Rather than him keeping plucky, little Norwich afloat he is destroying everything that Lambert created.CH is a busted flush, a limited negative manager in every respect. He should have gone but the board stubbornly hope against hope that things will improve. What will it take to remove him? In a results business he is failing. his record is abject. Even the win against Hull was a goal from a corner minutes from the end My nightmare is he relegates us then we keep him on. The guy is nice but he is out of his depth. Nice doesn't cut it in the Premier League.

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    suffolkcanary

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • A football managers job is to manage and pick his team. Poor performances from players result in them being dropped. In business, poor performances from those in high management positions result in them losing their jobs. CH picked HIS management team. I'm not necessarily sayting he should go and he obviously wont resign as per Holloway. But, could he be brave enough to change his senior advisors to save his own skin ? No transfer window for them. But how often do we see brave decisions like that in football?

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    zebbee

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Timbo, said Clarke is not a gifted writer however there is no split infinitive in 'City fans will go forensically through every single word'. At least Clarke has nailed his colours to the mast in saying Hughton should have been replaced. Other than that all of them use a lot of words to say next to nothing. And theyre paid for it...

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    Cecil

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Tanning salon! ha love it Mad! Thankfully I consider myself a couple of rings higher in the employment ladder than the tanning salon. No offence to anyone within that trade but that in itself is only a few rings higher than the man who cleans the pole at the local gentlemans club. Roll on Sunday as I hate international breaks or in our case, 'a week with no football because we crashed out the cup early again'.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • I would say the gamble is that we stay in the PL by not spending money and hence increasing the coffers. We seem to hear too much about financial security, low wage bill etc. My reading of the situation is that no money was available for bringing in some serious players in January and may come available for summer window if we are still in PL. It may be a tad cynical but I think the board are more interested in financial prudence than sporting success! Everytime CH has a crunch game he wins through I pray the nine lifes are not used up before safety achieved. OTBC

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    Singapore Canary

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Timbo, a word or warning. You're sawing through the branch which you're sitting on.......and it doesn't sound like Cecil is in any mood to catch you when you plummet to the ground.

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    Barking Wise

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Having spent a long while banging my head against a wall through the frustration of how Norwich have been playing, I have decided to stop as it is just hurting. It is unfair to doubt the commitment of the board, they have done masses for this club and also really put their money where their mouth is. I would rather have them any day rather than most of the characters who want to own and run most EPL clubs. McNally's long term plan was to consolidate in the Championship and build into a Premier League team even if it involved dropping back to the Championship briefly. The problem was that they overachieved and got there straight away and are now trying to hang on to avoid the drop. McN is saying that we have got all that we can afford and we are just going to have to do the best with it and he also said that changing the manager does not necessarily help. OK, Que Sera, Sera (as they said in Old Hollywood) CH & Co. stay and we go up or down based on the fickle finger of fate. If David is not worried, why should I keep banging my head against the wall?

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Well done chap, I was trying to remember who worked out that average goals total in another post. Couldn't remember who did it. I was crediting you in the other article by the way just couldn't remember the name to give actually credit where credits due. Your workings look pretty nailed on unless something magical happens to NCFC. Just cant see where this magical change is coming from. Truly hope its about to happen though....before its too late.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Much has been written about MR NICE GUY Hughton, Well how does that square with his disgraceful treatment of Becchio and Hoolahan, seeming bent on destroying their careers. With Elmander and Van Winkles fantastic return of one goal in 25 or so games what has Beccs got to do to get a start. When we are creating next to nothing for pitys sake leave Redmond on the right and let Wes loose on the left.What on earth has he got to lose? No sorry we are all falling for the nice man trick, if he wants to be nice then RESIGN GO AND GIVE OUR CLUB A FIGHTING CHANCE!!!!!

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    Mawther07

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • You make some good football points, Timbo......certainly better than your grammar points. I couldn't find any infinitives in Mr Clarke's article, let alone split ones. Still, if your comparison with our back four is correct, it bodes well for our defensive capabilities.

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    Barking Wise

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • So we have decided that the team's inability to score goals is the problem. Why? Well the first STUPID decision made the the Brain of Tottenham was to give away the top scorer in the 2012 preseason games. His replacement was equally laughable. Then letting Grant Holt go???? What was he thinking? Grant was worth keeping for his goals OR his leadership contribution. Either was worth more than the derisory fee nevermind getting both. RVW has so far been a disappointment and I think we have to forget him for this season. I also wonder if Hooper has some injury which prompts Hughton to take him off after 70 minutes. I know he was treated just before he came off against Man City but Hughton admitted that the substitution was preplanned anyway. Of course had the late chance missed by RVW been at Hooper's feet we may have a couple more points today.

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    waclor

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Admiral, I don`t think McNally`s plan allowed for Lambo getting us into the Prem so quickly! Should we drop out now, it could be a very long wait to get back. On points accrued, there are 6 games where we really threw away 17 points: Hull-A (10 men). Villa-H (missed pen). Cardiff-H (32 shots, 0 goals). Fulham-H (Fulham were laughably bad). Cardiff-A & WHU-A still freah in our memories. Add 17 points and we`d be on 42 already. Right up there with ManU and above Toon & Soton. In those 6 games we scored 2 goals. As you say, there`s the rub.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Apologies, just realised it wasnt Mad who said that Barking! Its usually he who is trying to figure out what I do for a living that enables me to post on here between the usual mon to fri working hours time slots. Ill blame the mistake on multi-tasking (nobody tell the missus thats what im doing...us blokes dunno how to do it hush hush wink wink).

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    Mattias333

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • "I’m convinced that all Norwich City fans will GO FORENSICALLY through every single word..". Is Ian Clarke a professional hack? His infinitives are as easily split as City's back four !

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    Timbo

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

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