Update: Norwich City to announce new manager in next “few days” but refuse to reveal shortlist

Norwich City's joint majority shareholders Delia Smith and Michael Wynn-Jones with chief executive David McNally at White Hart Lane earlier this season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's joint majority shareholders Delia Smith and Michael Wynn-Jones with chief executive David McNally at White Hart Lane earlier this season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, May 19, 2014
9:30 AM

Norwich City chief executive David McNally has confirmed the club’s new manager should be confirmed in the next “few days”.

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A statement had indicated that the club’s board were looking to make an announcement “within a week” – a timeframe which expired last night.

McNally has now confirmed that a new manager is not in place, saying: “It will probably take a little longer but not a lot. We are pleased with the way the search is being managed, it will perhaps take a few days longer than indicated but that is days and I’m sure Norwich City fans are more concerned that we do the right thing rather than hit a deadline.”

The club’s joint majority shareholder Delia Smith said: “It will be any time now. It’s actually very complex, we don’t want to rush it, and the only thing that is going to occur is that we wouldn’t be able to please everybody but we are voted every year to the board of this football club at the AGM.

She added: “I would say that whoever you appoint as a football manager will be a risk, nobody has a crystal ball, nobody is going to know.

“The reason we all go to football matches is because we can’t predict what is going to happen. If we could and did it would be boring. So off we go, it’s a roller coaster but a roller coaster we all love.”

Key points:

• Delia Smith admits board considered changing manager in January but “got it wrong”

• Board intend for Neil Adams to work with new manager, although he remains in the running for the job

• Technical director will be appointed to ease demand on first-team manager

• Director of football role is not being considered

• David McNally’s role as chief executive is not under threat

McNally confirmed the club had a shortlist of potential candidates but did not reveal any names.

He said Neil Adams is “definitely” still a candidate for the job but that if he isn’t named manager then he would “certainly be involved in the management team going forward”.

McNally, along with joint majority shareholders Delia Smith and her husband Michael Wynn Jones, were speaking on BBC Radio Norfolk.

McNally was also asked if former City defender Malky Mackay is the frontrunner for the job, saying: “As a man I don’t know him (Mackay) very well, Delia and Michael probably know him better from his time at the club, I know his place in Norwich City folklore and his success as a Championship player.

“I think it’s unfair on any candidate to confirm or otherwise because somebody is going to get the job and others won’t, and I don’t think that’s right.”

McNally also re-emphasised that the club’s board have been hurt by the club’s relegation.

“We’ve said from the moment we were relegated that we feel frustrated, hugely disappointed and embarrassed that we’d been relegated to the Championship,” he said.

Smith also admitted that the board had initially been considering sacking manager Chris Hughton in January but felt there were no credible options available to replace him.

“There wasn’t anybody else out there,” the celebrity chef said. “We didn’t feel at that time there was anybody out there so we had a decision to make, do we bring in a kind of caretaker, so there were one or two names we were looking at, or go with a manager who is winning home games?”

She then added: “Yeah we got it wrong. It might have happened that if we got a caretaker manager in that we might have stayed up.

“But I would challenge anybody to sit round that table and do what we do and get it right.”

McNally repeated his belief that the club should have a ‘technical director’ at the club in future, to deal with football operations which the first-team manager does not necessarily need to be involved with.

Wynn-Jones added that this will not be a director of football role, similar to structures used by clubs elsewhere in Europe.

He also pleaded with City fans to have faith in the club’s board, saying: “All supporters have a right to criticise, to air their views, I rather like it when it’s informed views rather than through prejudice.

“You mention the overall history we’ve been directors for 18 years or so and I’ve supported this club for 61 years and I know in Norfolk terms that’s not a lot but nevertheless, it does give a certain sense of perspective.

“It doesn’t diminish the frustrations of going down, but we’ve been involved on the board for three relegations and three promotions and now we’re looking to make it 4-3 (for promotions).”

Smith also made it clear that she felt McNally was a key man at the club and would be a huge loss, having previously helped guide the club to successive promotions from League One to the Premier League and improving the club’s finances to the point where the club was clear of all external debt.

Wynn-Jones added: “It’s an opportunity to bring on the youngsters, as well two or three who have played first team there’s a few others that are signed on professional terms already, and I’m really looking forward to seeing them in action.”

87 comments

  • Actually, he used `Pr1ck`....

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • No! I await the `Reason` with bated breath.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Further explanation blocked, stormy. Reason: TBD. Perhaps it`s `cos I used Putnee`s thinly disguised profanity `Pr!ck`?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • stormy, if Charles D!ckens were still around, he`d make a superb manager. The sunny optimism of his Mr. Micawber would give us Great Expectations. Spotted how `D!ckens` got through? Similar to the Ar$ene Wenger Method.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Terrible, Tim Sherwood, a man with a tiny amount of management experience wants to talk to someone else, so it MUST be our board to blame!!!! Sack the lot and bring in Mr Tan.

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    PaulWho

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Update- Apparently Tim Sherwood has not been offered the Brighton and Hove vacancy BUT he would like to talk to them! What is it with our Board , are they offering peanuts, Managers would rather go to Brighton than come to Carrow Road? Perhaps I am naive , perhaps this is a bargaining ploy? Perhaps nobody knows what on Earth is going on, including our own Board. I am concerned that as we extend this period of Limbo we are in danger of being left with fewer options and that only the "leftovers" will be available to us. But on the other hand let's not rush and get it wrong.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • The NCFC board have a lot to answer for regarding the debacle in the timing of the sacking CH ..... A proverb comes to mind which the board should have displayed on their boardroom door and imprinted on their minds ' HE WHO HESITATES IS LOST '

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    Curly

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Hey Mad Brewer, just tried to post a comment wondering how you managed to get that famous author through the system and guess what ? Yep, no post !!! Off now to recuperate and ponder. Whats the secret?

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    stormy

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Whoever is appointed needs to have some very clear performance targets as part of their contract. Targets that at least include wins and points and ideally playing style. This does not have to become a cumbersome MBA nightmare, just two or three clear requirements. Anyone worth their salt should accept these and treat them as minimum requirements to be be exceeded.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Mad Brewer, your quite right. How did you get Dickens past the redliner ? I'm going away for a few days , hopefully to come back afresh to continue my battle for free speech. Keep up the good work.

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    stormy

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Don`t let it get to you, stormy. I`ve been a "regular" for only 4 years, and I never cease to be perplexed by how badly the message boards work at times. It`s almost as if there is a naughty schoolchild, on work experience, goading contributors into getting angry. You may feel offended when they call your effort `offensive`. For heaven`s sake, you cannot even mention Charles D!ckens without disguising his name! Probably the worst rejection is for "inaccurate". Pot, kettle, black. Best put it down to incompetence rather than malice. They may not be terribly bright. They, almost certainly, are not the pick of the crop.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • And still the wait goes on,and on,and on.It`s now become so blatantly obvious for everybody to see that nobody wants the job,and who can blame them.I mean who wants to join the sinking budgie boat to league one again.All applicants accepted please,somebody,anybody ?....(off the ball city)

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    1961tractorboy

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Hi Mad Brewer, I got an e mail saying that it was offensive. Honestly , it was the most innocent of posts . Just a few observations about the way City played last season. No names were mentioned. Love to talk to the redliner.

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    stormy

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Yes, Little Yellow Birdie, they're certainly trying to spread the responsibility - for what went wrong last season. By discussing the management structure and the supposed need to change it, it helps shift the focus from their own complacency and, in the case of Bowkett's top 10 boast, empty predictions.

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    Outside The Box

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Splazza I don't think for one moment we should restrict our search to out of work managers. But to do otherwise requires our target to resign or get sacked, as no club will give us permission to speak to them. I'm not inspired by the current crop of availble managers and am clutching at straws we are trying to pull a rabbit out of the hat somewhere, perhaps another Lambertesque piece of inspiration. I heard a rumour today that Malky initially turned down the job, but now wants it.

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    Bookface

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • OTB, all they're doing is spreading a bit of the responsibility for the peripherals beyond the main focus of developing the first team to some other individuals.You're quite right that if you can guarantee that whoever you appoint will do the job well and will be around a long time then it's not such an issue, but if you can't guarantee that then it's good to have some checks and balances to mitigate the culture shock of a change, which, let's face it, we've had rather a lot of over the last 20 years.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • All this talk of a new management structure and a "technical director" is a worry - remember the Bryan Hamilton fiasco. Nobody questioned the management structure when Lambert and Culverhouse performed a three-year miracle - now suddenly we have to "dust down" the way we do things. No we don't, we just need to appoint the right people as manager and coach in the first place, and sign the right players instead of blowing £25m on poor recruitment.

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    Outside The Box

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • I had a comment rejected. Reason: 'Duplicate'. Only it wasnt. I was actually agreeing with someone for a change; perhaps that constitutes duplication.

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    Cecil

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • stormy, it happens all the time. What was the stated `reason`? Duplicate? Libel? Offensive? Inaccurate (ho-ho)? Other? Have they sent you an e-mail yet? If not, it`s probably down to incompetence, not malice.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Spot on oldtimer. What an honourable man is Ian Holloway. He also managed to keep Millwall in the Championship, against all odds. If only Hughton had fallen on his sword, or the Board had the cojones to sack him, irrespective of the (relatively) insignificant matter of compensation. Then we might still be in the Land of the Lotus Eaters. Where the celebs feel comfortable. The only place.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Anybody out there have a clue how Archant censorship works? Just had a totally innocuous comment returned. No swear words or offense given ,except to Archant it seems.

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    stormy

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Total sense from kenfoggo. pubmandave has cleverly slipped in references to Hanbury Manor and Borehamwood. Definitely a residential zone for Spurs people (and Ar$enal). Perhaps we should consult David Cuffley? Thing is, pmd has a fair track record in being correct. I`m now keeping a tally, to ensure that his results are statistically significant... I will need help, LincsCan!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • How right was the statement that the last two games of the season were our downfall. Yes, we won them both against teams that had already packed their cossies, but it meant that Hughton and his waster assistants were lauded for finishing higher than Lambo had achieved, when in reality we flirted with relegation up till then. The board were reluctant to change then although the whole world and its mother could see that Hughton was way out of his depth and shoiuld have done a Holloway and resigned. All water under the bridge now, but the board have to get it right this time, and if that means a few more days then so be it. For my money I wouldn't be sorry to see Adams get the post with someone like Mike Phelan (Fergies assistant for years so he must have done something right,and he's a City old boy too) as his assistant, I would prefer not to see Malky or Lennon, but if the playing staff need a real good shaking and a lesson in reality, then get Sherwood in. And for the Delia and MWJ knockers, take a moment to consider where this club would be today without their passion and money

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    oldtimer

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Thanks for the elucidation, lyb.

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    Cecil

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • pubmandave - where does your "inside information" come from? Sherwood will not accept the Managerial offer because of his family desire to stay in Borehamwood? Would the same scruple apply if he was offered the Man Utd job? I think not. Normally relocation doubts are best overcome by the incentive of cash. Lots of it.

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    kenfoggo

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • In all seriousness though, it's clear that they were looking at replacement in January but wanted a replacement to be right and felt they could at least make it through to the Summer in order to choose a replacement properly. Seems sensible enough. The margin by which we went down was pretty slim at the end of the day.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Now there's something to look forward to a white knuckle roller coaster ride next season. Whoopee! Regarding the appointment of a new manager I think it might be Culverhouse now there's a complex issue! !!

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    Essex yellow

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Michigan, would you be better off following an accountancy firm?

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Would Adams really be the cheap option ?? Having thought about it long and hard over the last few days , Lambert apart, this boards only decent appointment, our greatest period of success and stability was with in house appointments in the last 25 years. `Mike who i shouted at my tv when i heard the news.! We are predictably all chasing a `name`, when the answer could already be at the club. Whoever they appoint will be a gamble so what really is the difference?

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    marcohendy

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Apologies for the double negatives and the over use of 'if we are honest'. It's not easy being a lap top warrior without the laptop! And I'm finding iPhones aren't so conducive to making last minute changes to very long monologue!!

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    Splazza

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • I favour a return to the tried and tested method of NCFC Manager Appointment. Take one devoted club employee and legend. Appointment him as manager, then wait for the first championship side to thrash us 7-1. Sack devoted club legend, and steal opposing championship sides manager. Pay out some compo eventually. Meanwhile push on to become league champions and promotion. Job done. Sadly this does involve Neil Adams as the sacrificial lamb, but he did say he would do anything in the best interests of the club.

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    Carman

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Sorry frankief, you'd need to buy me a drink first, I'm not that kind of boy! Unfortunately despite what we think we know about business, I do not believe football is not like any other business, yes it's results and target orientated, yet we need to find the right manager to get us those results and are a 'fit for the club' whatever that means! But how many of us would have picked Pulis?? Are we ready to settle for Stoke-esque football to survive? I'm not! Norwich City play sexy football.... The fans insist on it and we all get very vociferous if we don't get it! If we are honest, I think many of us would have agreed with the appointment of a 'sensible, proven manager' like Hughton if we are honest. If it it were that easy, and straightforward it would be boring!! Bookface: I think you are missing the point, are we only to search out of work managers? If so we would have missed out on Lambert. This limits our search to previously sacked managers, and let's face it, like Hughton, they were all sacked for a reason. Clearly Newcastle saw something they didn't like in Hughton some time ago having sacked him when they were lying in 6th place in the Premier league at the time, yet we saw him as a reasonable proposition at the time.... Isn't hindsight great! My only worryconcern is that up to now the board may trying to dictate some of the big footballing decisions to the manager. Why else would PL see Villa as a better prospect, and why didn't Hughton get the big 'target man' he's has always had at other clubs he has managed!? I sincerely hope that once they appoint the manager, they let him do what he knows, and the board go back to what they do best, support the manager..... And cook! Now how about that drink frankief!? Mines a Guiness! X

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    Splazza

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • The confusiondelay is due to 'someone' saying they are not prepared to uproot their family from Borehamwood nor move there daughters from a school that they attend. The announcement was all set for this morning, but after a family weekend get together Norwich's 'new' manager contacted the club and stated the above

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    pubmandave

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • All season I criticised the board for a regime that delivered a roller coaster existence. Well knock me down with a Suffolk dumpling if Delia's not gone on record saying that's the way they do things and we all love it. In fact, reading many of the posts on this board she seems to have a lot of support, other than in Michigan (good old USA). I now realise I have been barking up the wrong tree looking for regime change and the promotion\relegation rollercoaster is what counts. Well, it's promotions 3 - relegation 3 so your move board. All aboard the rollercoaster, next stop promised land, or oblivion.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • el dingo on excellent form. As always able to illustrate his point elegantly. The Illustrated Man. A Military Tattoo should be held in his honour. My suggestion is he becomes young Divot`s mentor, or tormentor, and transmogrify the lad into a journalist. I mean, even the teenage Freezer is leaving Padster for cold now. You could save his career dingo, if you truly want to. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • To self-impose a deadline then not meet it makes it look like they don't know what theyre doing. If further evidence were needed.

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    Cecil

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Is anyone suggesting that Mardler? Is criticism allowed? Or do we just wait for another rousing speech from Russ Martin (excerpts from the book of Bleedin obvious) to placate us?

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    frankief

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • All I ask is that they get someone who is willing for our players to cross the half way line. If they do - I will look forward to next season more than the last one as that had hanging on by the fingertips written all over it - Houghton style!

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    john doe

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Exactly Michigan. Credentials over character reference Points over passion Proactive over reactive!!

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    frankief

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Who are the lunatics suggesting David M should leave the club? Follow their suggestions and Div One here we come!!

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    mardler

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • This to me is excuses after the fact. EPL clubs are run by tough astute business persons. NCFC is displaying their corner store mentality if this article is reported correctly. A successful business is run by tough knowledgeable people. There were management issues last season, so talking about this as an issue in the second half of this season is "head in the sand". It should have been addressed in terms of setting targets or we change manager at the start of season at worst, and maybe from middle of last season. It's a results business and performance targets need to be set upfront for a manager. This is management 101, not rocket science.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Cynic would say smokescreen cos no-one bar Adams wants it. Jeez I hope I'm wrong. Board so nice on the radio. If only football rewarded nice. ..

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    el dingo

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Don't know if I making more of this than Delia intended, but to quote her words "it's actually very complex". One assumes appointing a manager who's currently out of work wouldn't be. Perhaps has searched has widened beyond Malky and Adams?

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    Bookface

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Sorry Splaza, if it's passion you want, give us a kiss, get it out of your system and let's hope to see some hard nosed football business and tactics. My goodness don't we love a passionate trier, a change is as good as another valiant attempt

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    frankief

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Oh yes, MH as I say to people who constantly bring this up about that night name me any club that have someone as passionate as Delia that can make a statement and still be talked about 12 years later

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    Egyptian canary

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • I for one, would like to thank Dave & co for the crumb of information. I don't wish to know the short list as it would be confusing in my "need to know" state of mind. Just let me know when to cheer, clap, or put my hand in my pocket and I'll do it immediately. Oh, and by the way, thank you Delia for the challenge (attached to an apologetic admission) to try and "get it right" regarding CH. The lib dems need people like you. Go get em tiger! Did I forget to thank Dave?

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    frankief

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • I think it is right to take time to get it right. The board must realise that they have to get this right or lose support from the fans. Once this is done we need to look at the directors, we are going to need more money, and frankly I don't see Stephen Fry's charisma attracting cash to the coffers. Did we not have an approach from Peter Cullum with cash in hand, why not offer him a position? There is always room for another successful business man on the board.

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    Union Jack

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Yes T.K. and others call me old fashioned if you like but, let's show some respect for Delia, Michael and David after all would you like to be called by your surname at interviews without the prefix of MR.

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    Egyptian canary

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Many supporters from other clubs think it a point of ridicule; Delias drunken outburst at home to Man City some years ago, me? I'm proud of it and the passion she showed that night. And there in lies the very drive of this club, passion for success, NOT success for money. And let's not forget the money she has thrown in to our club too, where would we be without this current board (McNally included). Thank you Delia, Michael and David!! OTBC

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    Splazza

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Some really great posts that sum up my feelings perfectly, especially NorwichPhil and NICEONE. I would love to see huge sums of money thrown at NCFC and to be able to entice some of the Premiership and international mercenaries that other clubs pay huge wages for, but at the expense of a board that REALLY care and love this club!? No thanks, the board are passionate about OUR club and love it as much as we do. And for that reason I thank the board for the hard work they are putting in to our club to bring us the success this great club deserves.... And if that takes a few more days then so be it. I do believe that we, as NCFC supporters have a lot to look forward to, and whether I agree with the appointment or not, I know we will all get behind them next season. OTBC!!

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    Splazza

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Mike Walker, Harry Redknapp or maybe Paul Ince would be towards the top of the list I reckon.

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    Whiley Boy

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • The martyn elmy comment -lots (not) happening today!

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    el dingo

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • I think the previous comment is pretty accurate. Malky for the Baggies I hope. Btw I would take the professionals of BBC Norfolk over the ineffectual Archie any day of the week too. Archie is on the periphery, eh Paddy?

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    el dingo

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Letting an exceptional talent like Tim Sherwood go to Brighton (if it happens) would be the real 'miss of the season' as far as Norwich City and its future are concerned. On 'Talk Sport' this morning he talked openly of sorting out the people who really wanted to play for his club - that was music to my ears! Q "Are prayers ever answered?''

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    mardler

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Obviously any potential manager who is really management gifted is going to try for a Premiership club in preference to a Chumpionship club but we have always been told although I don't know where the information came from that many managers would fall over themselves to manage Norwich, in that case "lets be avin you"

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    goldie

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • WBA have first choice on Lennon or Mackay once that is settled City can have the other one.

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    martyn elmy

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • I am not sure what is going on here! Have the Board offered the position to their first choice and he has turned it down? Are they quibbling with a candidate over terms? Have they even identified who they want? I agree they should not be rushed but quite a lot was left unsaid in this interview. I suspect that no candidate will commit to Norwich until all the Premier League vacancies are filled. EXCEPT for N.Adams who HAS declared he WANTS the job. I think we are seeing the beginning of an appointment of who is available rather than who is suitable.

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    kenfoggo

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • totally agree with you norwichphil.

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    Mustardman

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • I agree with those of you who feel that there is a touch of journalistic disrespect to certain members of our board, I expect that they are just "hacked off" (excuse the pun) as there is no new manager in place for them to negatively welcome. And to those supporters that show no patience with the board I say this... Be careful what you wish for. I am delighted we have a board made up of people who genuinely care for Norwich City and not some fake sheikh or far eastern despot who will gladly disregard our heritage and then run off leaving the club with crippling debts. I am not from Norfolk but chose to support Norwich City many years ago. This is one of my better decisions as I feel proud to support a football club that epitomises what is good in football and I think Delia is right that we are the best supporters in the world. So,let's give the board time to make the right decision, get behind them, the new manager and the team and bounce straight back to where this wonderful club deserves to be playing.

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    Norwichphil

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • I will support whoever they choose and I think it is crazy to think that the board make a decision with the sole purpose to anger the fans or hurt the club. Naive.. yes but come boys n girls, lets enjoy a winning season in the Chump !!!

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    Mustardman

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • reading the above,i have a awfull feeling they are going for the cheap op.and will give it to adams.

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    bluelight

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Interesting to hear that even if CH had kept us up the Board would have sacked him in the summer anyway. Fair play to them for fronting up and coming on the radio to talk to fans. What's done is done. I,for one, am really looking forward to next season. We'll keep the players who want to be here and get some of our promising youngsters involved too. I just want to see Neil Adams involved in some way as he really knows the strengths of the Academy players coming through. I think it will be an exciting season and most of us will approach Carrow Rd with hopeful anticipation rather than dread.

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    Flying Canary

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • To have a locally owned community orientated club as we have is to be envied, the last thing is for some rich foreigner to come in with megabucks to buy the club as a plaything. Villa is an example, don't go as expected, throw the toys out of the pram, no money for signings and sell to get out. The old saying is true that anyone who doesn't make a mistake doesn't do a days work, sure this board have made a few and they have held their hands up and said so, they've also been passionate and loyal an put their money where their mouth is. To have a debt free club with assets as City have got is the envy of most and for a little old rural club out in the sticks they have done brilliantly. Finally Mackay is 9 to 2 on, he is free and available but as it is taking longer than previously thought I think it is worth a punt on a manager still in employment, namely at 5 to 1 Neil Lennon! Have a bet on that!

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    blackdog2

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • In fairness, Pulis did not inherit a dispirited mob like Neil Adams did. Also he had a lot longer to turn it round. At least his predecessor, Ian Holloway, was man enough to admit he didn`t feel up to the job and, accordingly, fell on his sword. If only.... Anybody backing pubmandave`s line this time? (Another message board).

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Like several other posters I have a short memory. How long did it take to appoint Hughton and was there any other choice at the time or did the board linger and miss the boat?

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    goldie

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • It seems as if the NCFC websitemedia channels and BBC Radio Norfolk have become indistinguishable. They are virtually one and the same thing. The club only speaks through what has become like state radio, and directors are prepared to discuss club issues only on safe territory, cushioned by the reassuring company of the obsequious Mr Conrad and not prepared to face representatives of other media or a more critical audience.

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    Outside The Box

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Good posts NICEONE and andy. I personally think we are lucky to have a board that we do, it's been a tough season but I trust they will do what they can to make positive moves for us fans.

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    GossVolley

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • i appreciate what you're saying but whether or not i have million to invest is not the point - i just find the links with celebrity a little uncomfortable at times though they have a place in the promotion of the club to a broader spectrum. you can forgive me for having a little cynicism givin the nature of the past 18 months though.

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    Morgan Hewitt

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • To Morgan in particular but also Victor, if you have the ability to put in a few millions to keep the club afloat when times are hard, I am sure the board will listen to your offer. In the meantime, I am sure that there are at least 60 clubs in the football league who would be pleased to have achieved the success we have managed. We all want more and hoped for better this last year. Let's hope for better next season and give all our support to the club and team.

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    andy

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • I go along with all that in the statement as what the club now needs is the correct decision re the next manager and if that takes a little longer than the board and fans hoped then so be it. Some people on here appear to be looking for somebody to blame in any situation that arises but this is never going to be productive. I will defend your right to the views you express so go ahead if it makes you feel any better. Just give the board time and space to do what is necessary to come to the right conclusions.

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    NICEONE

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • victorm - thats because the board are made up of a celebrity chef and a comedianpresenter (Is Fry on the board - sorry if i'm wrong). good work guys, maybe stick at doing what you're best at. all this hype and specualtion is not doing my fragile disposition any good.

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    Morgan Hewitt

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • I think the worst thing that has happened to the club in recent years was the last 2 games of last season. We achieved 2 good results, and Hughton went from villain to hero. Not saying he was universally supported at that point, but it was a fairly small and largely silent minority who still wanted him gone. Overwhelmingly it was Hughton in. We needed the minimum to survive against West Brom, then to not turn up against an already on holiday Man City. Then he perhaps would have gone, and we'd have been so much more attractive to potential new managers. Think other teams might suffer the same this year. A few were poor all season, but managed a fairly early survival on others poor performances, then a decent end and fjnal position due to the opposition already being on holiday. Far less manager changes than expect as yet. Can at least 1 regretting it like we have.

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    Chris Mugglestone

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • I agree with you TK about the lack of journalistic respect being shown. But there are others who deliberately misspell names or who use strange words. With regard to the decision not to replace CH, it is clear the board did consider what to do next. If you consider what other clubs in the EPL did, it is equally clear that finding a successful replacement is not easy. Who hand on heart predicted what Tony Pulis did achieve? Or Paul Lambert when at Norwich compared to his progress at Villa? Look at all the other changes in the EPL over the last couple of years. 20 20 hindsight is easier, foresight is more difficult. I think CH should have gone earlier but can understand the boards dilemma.

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    andy

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • McNally thinks we would rather the board made the right decision than meet deadlines - true, but he misses the point entirely regarding the fans frustrated postings on the subject. We get fed up because you and the board keep making statements that you fail to live up to. Relegation will be worse than death, we will finish in the top half of the table, we will not go down etc etc. look at the managers this lot have appointed in their eighteen years tenure -hardly inspiring.

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    VictorM

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • OTB, my memory is fairly terrible and I couldn't remember if Pulis was available then or not. Don't particularly want him as manager but his record of never being relegated would have counted if he had been. An irrelevant argument as you have kindly reminded me that my memory is indeed fairly awful. I still think there were options available. Surely almost anyone who was available would have woken the team out of their slumber and got them playing again. As it turned out we only needed a couple more wins and we'd have been safe. Saying that, I'm not going to take up Delia's challenge to do better. Overall, I think they've done a very good job. As usual, it's the negative things that get remembered.

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    CovCanary

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • OK, I for one and I know a great many others would not have wanted Pullis to become manager at Carrow Road. He may very well have kept us in the Premier League, but that is history and we can only look forward. I'm sure whoever is appointed to the role will get the support from ALL of the fans and let's hope we see more 'attack minded' football in future whilst still limiting the goals conceded. I would just like to say thanks to the Board for taking the time to come on air today.

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    Mr Ed

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • paddy canary - maybe Hewson & Co will do a Worldwide charity concert for us? That might give us an Edge?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • OTB, Hughton should`ve been sacked in November, if not before, then CovCan`s wish could`ve come to pass. Trouble is, Pulis was not flavour of the month for City fans in general. How wrong can we collectively be? I think there will soon be a new flowering of Tony. Following on from his richly-deserved Prem Manager award, he can take Palace to greater heights. I don`t think Hyacinth Bowkett would like the cut of his jib. A bit pushy, ambitious - "impatient" even? I hope we don`t get another insipid specimen.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • See that geezer behind Delia, he looks like Bono. Maybe U2 are going to put some dosh into Norwich!

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    paddycanary

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Most of us wanted Chris Hughton out well before January when it was clear it wasn't working. Martin O'Neill and Gus Poyet were both available.

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    Canary Boy

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Showing now at the Anglia Square cinema; an Art-House film noir production about Norwich`s tragic descent into The Championship - "Alas, Smith & Jones".

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Short memories, CovCanary. Pulis was not a candidate in January as he took over at Palace in November and had his first game in charge at Norwich. We actually won!

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    Outside The Box

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Sorry - it was MW-J who seems to have said that. Should`ve realised that `61 years a supporter` was not likely to be young Delia! So he was being sarcastic? Anyway, you`re back on the iconostasis, Delia, just cut out the street patois, yeah? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Think its great they are prepared to come out and talk like this.

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    powelld123

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Not sure I agree with Delia about a lack of potential candidates to replace CH in January. I wonder if that meant they were aiming higher than we thought. Saying that, I think Tony Pulis was available in January and he's never been relegated. Surely, if available, he would have been a candidate in January

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    CovCanary

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Well, at least they`ve said something. Some contrition there, but did I detect just a teensy-weensy touch of sarcasm in St. Dee`s comment "I`ve supported this Club now for 61 years and I know in Norfolk terms that`s not a lot...."? Tut. Did Dee really say "Yeah"? Sort of besmirches the image of perfection I have on my home iconostasis.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • For me this report is a bit impersonal as it keeps referring to Smith, Wynn-Jones, McNally, given the paper is local, surely it knows their Christian names and it costs little in print to include them. I support the club rather than the board but lets not forget where the club could have been without them and I for one prefer to stay with them rather than seeing the club sold out to anyone outside the UK.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, May 19, 2014

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