Video: Norwich City chief executive David McNally is convinced Neil Adams will keep the Canaries in the Premier League

Norwich City boss Neil Adams will keep the Canaries up in the Premier League. Photo by Adrian Judd Norwich City boss Neil Adams will keep the Canaries up in the Premier League. Photo by Adrian Judd

Monday, April 7, 2014
4:11 PM

Norwich City chief executive David McNally is convinced Neil Adams will keep the Canaries in the Premier League after replacing Chris Hughton.

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McNally was in bullish mood at Colney on Monday afternoon after Adams was officially unveiled in front of the waiting media alongside club captain Russell Martin. Adams has five matches to ensure the Canaries survive, starting with a trip to fellow relegation rivals Fulham on Saturday.

McNally was forced to defend the timing of Hughton’s dismissal and the board’s decision to appoint the club’s FA Youth Cup winning coach.

“We believe with Neil (Adams) in charge of the next five games we have a greater chance,” he said. “Every game at this level is tough. Yes, we know our run-in is tough but we are confident that we have enough to improve our league position. We felt we were left with no choice. Recent results and performances have been disappointing. We have lost four of the last six games. We have lost seven consecutive away games so we felt unfortunately although it is said to see Chris leave we we’re left with no choice to ensure we have the best possible chance of staying in this league. As a football club we are very supportive of our football managers and we give them every chance to get things right. Clearly it is a results business and against our peer group rivals it has not been good enough.”

McNally had been quoted as saying Hughton’s brief was to keep City out of the bottom three but the chief executive insisted the recent downturn in form make it imperative the club acted.

“That comment may have been taken from a 20 minute interview I gave but I have not always said that,” he said. “After a difficult spell earlier in the season prior to the West Ham game I said to Chris, ‘keep us out of the bottom three.’ We are but seven away defeats and four points in six games is relegation form. This great club needs to do something about it. We’ll stay up and we have made this change with that in mind.

“If you looked at this situation two months ago we had not had this sort of prolonged run. We hadn’t lost four games in six and taken four points in six games. Up until January 1 we had won two away games at Stoke and West Brom. That may not have been particularly fantastic but compared to the away form since January 2 we would take it every day of the week.”

62 comments

  • Even with the benefit of hindsight, I'm glad we didn't appoint Pulis. Granted, he's a bit f a Houdini when it comes to relegation, but before he went to Palace I didn't think we would be needing an escapologist to stay in the PL. Also, he was sacked by Stoke for his style of "hoof 'n hope" football which made Stoke arguably the most boring side in the PL last season. No thanks.

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • TK & MF. NA will know which players will be up for the fight. I bet he's been on stand by for weeks waiting to sort this mess out. I.N.A.W.T.

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    alan

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • City are in trouble as the strikers cannot score - not that they get many chances. Only Grant Holt, in the Lambert season, has done well up front since we were promoted. Spurs have come from behind to lead Sunderland 2-1. The second goal by Harry Kane

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    Capri

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Neil Adams himself said "its for five games" COYY

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    sharky

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Oh the unbridled enthusiasm of the happy clappers who have suddenly appeared. Adams knows the club, the players, the fans, he has had succes with the youngsters, ha has a good reputation as a coach and motivator. To have carried on with Hughton it was definitely down and out so McNally has taken a justifiable gamble knowing results can and should only improve, therefore instead of the negativity why not give him a chance and your enthusiastic support.

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    blackdog2

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • To Mr B You are clearly in a dream world - we go to Craven Cottage with an appalling record against Fulham-just check the stats if you doubt me - with a youth team coach in charge of powder puff players - how can any club let alone a Premier League one appoint a YOUTH TEAM COACH as a first team manager - this doesn't even happen in non league for goodness sake - GET REAL. We stand no chance of staying up. We should have invested the wasted £28,000,000 in extending the City Stand - not paying inflated transfer fees for buffoon players.

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    57charles

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Saw the press conference - Adams looked like a rabbit in a car's headlights - will take us down for sure. Mr McNally also resembled a rabbit when questioned by Stuart Hall on BBC East about his own position - please Mr McNally- do the honourably thing and get out now (whilst refunding your 7 figure wages for this season) - we don't want you at our club any more - you've done enough damage for one season as it is.

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    57charles

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • This is interesting. The bookies have Fulham 115, Sunderland 115 and Cardiff 132 to avoid relegation, I have taken Norwich at the price offered tonight at 74 on, bookies not normally wrong!

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    blackdog2

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • To NorthStarRaven, Please don't be a dreamer - Adams has no experience - of course he will take us down - He's a scared rabbit - FACT - we will be floundering in The Championship next season. We should have spent the £28,000,000 which we wasted on powder puff players to increase the capacity of the City Stand so that the capacity goes up to 34,000. He's a Youth Team coach for goodness sake - get real in the real world - Norwich is not the centre of the universe.

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    57charles

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Adams has no chance - powder puff untried manager with a powder puff team - we have no chance - last gasp tactics by a chief executive on his way out who gambled £28,000,000 and lost - as I understand it, he reads these comments and has replied to me on occasion - presumably Mr McNally remembers me and my emails - please advise when you want me to send you my 'I told you so letter', sir - just remember to send it before you switch the lights out in your office. Premier League -over and out.

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    57charles

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Well the Board have to show confidence in their appointment. In reality it's going to be difficult to keep us up. We are going to need more than one more point I fear.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • 3-1 to Spurs Look East presenter is Stewart White.

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    Capri

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • I think that's it a brave move but about 4 games to late of course the new man wont get the blame IF you still go down. But it again dont give him much to work with and Fulham will be boyed up by there last win tough call on Norwich's chance's.??????.

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    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • OK 57 error corrected, The deed is done know time for chat will be after the Fulham game

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    Melvyn Parkerson

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Wouldn't want to be in Neil Adams shoes. They'll lose next match without a doubt.

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    samphirelover

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Oh ffs Charles 57, we've just had all this over Hughton for the last couple of years and now you're kicking off over Adams before they've kicked a ball under him. Records against other teams are the most meaningless stats going. The Fulham game is winnable. You never know, maybe all the Hughton outers were right and we'll have a brand new free-scoring premier league Leviathan on our hands come the weekend.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • An excellent result(and score line) tonight at White Hart Lane. I can't see either Cardiff or Sunderland reaching 32,let alone 35 points, so I am sure a win at Craven Cottage on Saturday will keep us up.. 57 Charles sounds like an absolute idiot.

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    Mr. B

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Norman, only a guess, but I suspect that so long as the chances of survival were reasonable then working to a stable long-term growth plan was the priority. With things getting closer though and little hope of much bolstering of squad morale from the fans I think they decided it was the only game in town. For what it's worth, I think Neil Adams is a pretty exciting roll of the dice. Not a lot of experience, but clearly talented. Complete wildcard. Hope it works out. Seeing as the club clearly can't ignore fans losing patience with managers though I think the club needs to consider moving to the Director of Football model or we're going to finish up having changes of direction every time we change manager, making long-term development very difficult.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Oh, and let's put some smiles back on the faces of players and fans alike!

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    malaga flier

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • To Mr B You are clearly in a dream world - we go to Craven Cottage with an appalling record against Fulham-just check the stats if you doubt me - with a youth team coach in charge of powder puff players - how can any club let alone a Premier League one appoint a YOUTH TEAM COACH as a first team manager - this doesn't even happen in non league for goodness sake - GET REAL. We stand no chance of staying up. We should have invested the wasted £28,000,000 in extending the City Stand - not paying inflated transfer fees for buffoon players.

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    57charles

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Looking at Sunderland losing 5-1 at Spurs, I don't think their games in hand are going to count for much. I'd predict that IF we can beat Fulham away on Saturday it will probably be enough to keep City up. Can't see us getting much from the last four games, but you never know - lets how the new manager syndrome works it's magic. OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • He might`ve saved our season, Wijs, but, as you indicate, a prolonged period of Pulis style football would have made survival something of a pyrrhic victory. Anyway, the die has been cast, albeit a bit late in the day. Neil Adams will do his best, let`s hope his players do likewise. Let the gales of change blow through Carrow Road, powered by la$hings of baked beans. Where there`s a bean, there`s a pulse.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • It will be very interesting to see what team Neil Adams picks next Saturday and which of those players are prepared to give blood sweat and tears for the cause. It certainly is a game we can win so the challenge is out to the players.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • I so hope We get a well earned win this coming Sat not only for the supporters but for Neil Adams.......

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    Colby Army!

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • If Mc Nally is so sure that Adams can keep City from relegation. Why wasn't CH fired much earlier and given Adams some games to turn things around. The board have been far too slow in acting.

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    norman hall

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Commitment and pace is the key. I agree Malaga, although you dont get 69% of the play by "hoofing it forward" as you put it. Good Luck Neil. INAWT.

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    sharky

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • He might`ve saved our season, Blaff but, as you indicate, a prolonged period of Pulis style football would have made survival something of a pyrrhic victory. The mould has been cast, albeit a bit late in the day. Neil Adams will do his best, let`s hope his players do likewise. Let the gales of change blow through Carrow Road, powered by lashings of baked beans. Where there`s a bean, there`s a pulse.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Answering my own question; of course Neil`s already in the Hall of Fame! He sits proudly atop the alphabetical list, inducted in 2003. To save Lunar Canary and his ilk the bother of berating me, I will berate myself for this crass ignorance. Perhaps NCFC could give NA his own personal `Cubicle of Celebrity`, if....

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Wait a sec, Northstander. That can't be right. There wasn't anyone actually employed on the Titanic to re-arrange the deck chairs. I think you'll find that people use the "deck chairs on the Titanic" thing as a metaphor for doing much too little to avert a crisis. And one other thing........we don't have a "North Stand" at Carrow Road.

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    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I just hope we win Saturday whether we deserve it or not.

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    Cecil

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Looking at Sunderland losing 5-1 at Spurs, I don't think their games in hand are going to count for much. I'd predict that IF we can beat Fulham away on Saturday it will probably be enough to keep City up. Can't see us getting much from the last four games, but you never know - lets how the new manager syndrome works it's magic. OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • To Mr B You are clearly in a dream world - we go to Craven Cottage with an appalling record against Fulham-just check the stats if you doubt me - with a youth team coach in charge of powder puff players - how can any club let alone a Premier League one appoint a YOUTH TEAM COACH as a first team manager - this doesn't even happen in non league for goodness sake - GET REAL. We stand no chance of staying up. We should have invested the wasted £28,000,000 in extending the City Stand - not paying inflated transfer fees for buffoon players.

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    57charles

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • To Mr B You are clearly in a dream world - we go to Craven Cottage with an appalling record against Fulham-just check the stats if you doubt me - with a youth team coach in charge of powder puff players - how can any club let alone a Premier League one appoint a YOUTH TEAM COACH as a first team manager - this doesn't even happen in non league for goodness sake - GET REAL. We stand no chance of staying up. We should have invested the wasted £28,000,000 in extending the City Stand - not paying inflated transfer fees for buffoon players.

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    57charles

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • 57 varieties of nonsense and each one repeated ad nauseam. It's like being force fed baked beans when you suffer from a baked beans allergy.

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I don't know what version of the press conference you watched STUART HALL could not have conducted the interview as ls a convicted sex offender banged up.

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    Melvyn Parkerson

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • To Mr B You are clearly in a dream world - we go to Craven Cottage with an appalling record against Fulham-just check the stats if you doubt me - with a youth team coach in charge of powder puff players - how can any club let alone a Premier League one appoint a YOUTH TEAM COACH as a first team manager - this doesn't even happen in non league for goodness sake - GET REAL. We stand no chance of staying up. We should have invested the wasted £28,000,000 in extending the City Stand - not paying inflated transfer fees for buffoon players.

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    57charles

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Peripheralist even. Not that Padster et al would notice. Woolpack jolly today? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • To: 57charles: So glad you are not in charge of NCFC we would still be in League 1. The club may well be relegated, however that has not happened yet. What irritated me most about your comment is the fictitious slur on Neil Adams. I suggest you keep your negativity to yourself, where it belongs.

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    NorthStarRaven

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • To NorthStarRaven, Please don't be a dreamer - Adams has no experience - of course he will take us down - He's a scared rabbit - FACT - we will be floundering in The Championship next season. We should have spent the £28,000,000 which we wasted on powder puff players to increase the capacity of the City Stand so that the capacity goes up to 34,000. He's a Youth Team coach for goodness sake - get real in the real world - Norwich is not the centre of the universe.

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    57charles

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Yep, Trevor. I am hoping to see a more balanced team with players in their best positions. And that means for instance a right footed right winger and a more dynamic and creative influence midfield. Let's also see more pace in the play, less hooffing the ball from the back but rather striving to give proper service to the front men. Above all, however, and like you, I expect to see every player wearing the yellow and green prepared to give 100% and to never give up. I do not want to see another abject surrender if we go a goal down. We need the PL-Grant Holt spirit back in the dressing room, the never-say-die attitude. I do not want to see players strolling about, failing to take responsibility, failing to close the opposition down in midfield and generally treating the game as some kind of gentle training exercise. I suspect Hughton cut them too much slack. I am sure Neil Adams won't tolerate that kind of performance from anyone. I also wonder if he will gamble and add one or two of the youngsters to the squad, if only to put the pressure on some of the under-performers? At least it will be interesting and hopefully some football will break out again? If we do go down, at least let's do so fighting and getting the best out of every player for once.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • So, it is `said` to see Chris leave Padster? And `we we`re left with no choice`. Time for a change of journos, too. Of course, that`s only the view of a dissenter, detractor and periperalist.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • The appointment of NA is a panic measure brought about by the board dithering over an obvious need to replace CH. Don't get me wrong, I hope he does a brilliant job but this is another gamble along with all the others in recent years when only Lambert worked out.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • LincsCan, though never a Pulis fan, I feel there is much value in your comment about him. He has moved his team from the status of near-goners to favourites to escape. Never mind, what`s not done is not done. Btw, Blaffen, all those baked beans do tend to repeat on you, but perhaps they`ll result in a powerful wind of change. Do baked beans count as part of that `5 a day` (or is it 7 now?). So, using forward\slash, part of that `57 a day`? Surely 57charles has supplied more than sufficient `Whistleberries`. Even Gunny managed a transient `new manager bounce`. I seem to remember we beat Barnsley 4-0 in his first match in charge - then, we always beat Barnsley. LincsCan, was that `gifted` in the Germanic sense? Certainly, some might see this as a poisoned chalice for Neil. But nobody will blame him if we go down, and he could earn `Hall of Fame` status in just one game (or is he already in there?) OTBC! INAWT!! Where`s Dubai???

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • 57charles, you really have pessimism in abundance don't you? I feel sorry for you, i really do. It must hurt so much when nobody takes your advice. The reality is, McNally deserves every ounce of his salary, and not many fans would question it. Simply because this guy took us from the bottom and took us to the Premier League. Do you remember Neil Doncaster? Adams looks like a guy ready to take the opportunity with both hands. Winning the FA Youth Cup is no small feat and one, which is highly regarded. You would do well to understand that. Your point about the £28 million is baffling. Van Wolfswinkel and Hooper are proven prolific goal scorers. They will be fine with a manager who plays to their strengths. We will win at least two of our remaining fixtures, as some those teams will be in a holiday period. Just like we saw last season.

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    Daniel Smith

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • So Charles57 invest in extending the ground instead of on the team could not agrre less. hopefully the shackles will be taken off this weekend and Neil Adams can give us the result we are looking for. Admittedly previous form at Fulham is not great but this is another game with a new manager, lets think positive. And as for the comment that nobody in the premier league would appoint a youth team coach. I seem to remember two of the best seasons this club had under a former youth team coach namely a Mr Mike Walker, so it shows it can be done. Who gave him a chance after Dave Stringer stepped down, considering we went out of the FA cup Semi Final to a championship team and were not far off the relegation places not many. I would be more than happy to see history repeat itself. So come on lets all get behind the club and get us over the finishing line this season.

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    JohnW

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • well i can honestly say i havent enjoyed one NCFC match the entire season, maybe first half against Sunderland , and second half against West Ham (h), but that was probably because the first half was so bad .Sacking long overdue , up to team now to show a bit of backbone ,

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    Foggo

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • One incidental affect of NCFC sacking CH is it almost certainly means all three relegated clubs will have changed managers during the season. An analysis done immediately after CH's sacking shows that in terms of league position only Palace have improved their placing (19th to 14th) under new management. All others are the same or worse. I know this will provoke the style snobs but Pulis was available to us if we had been braver sooner. He was the only manager out there who was both available and with a proven record of making a club competitive in the PL with limited resources. Instead we have belatedly panicked and "gifted" NA the hardest part of our season to produce a miracle. I wish him well.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • To Melvyn Parkerson - Wow, I don't know where that came from - of course I meant Stewart White -apologies to all - notwithstanding this, I refer you back to the press conference and my observations to which you clearly have no answer...,

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    57charles

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • NCFC founded in 1902, since then no less than 39 managers have been appointed. A sad indictment on a club who have clearly suffered with ideas above their station. CH was a perfectly good enough manager for this club, fans and board alike should have been grateful to have had him. It hasn't been long since the acrimonious departure of Paul Lambert, how badly was he treated by a board who were arrogant enough to expect him to stay at a club like Norwich. Until this board and fans start to have realistic expectations, then this club will always be what it is.

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    NB

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Saw the press conference - Adams looked like a rabbit in a car's headlights - will take us down for sure. Mr McNally also resembled a rabbit when questioned by Stuart Hall on BBC East about his own position - please Mr McNally- do the honourably thing and get out now (whilst refunding your 7 figure wages for this season) - we don't want you at our club any more - you've done enough damage for one season as it is.

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    57charles

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • This evening's result is good for us, but we still need something from our own game Saturday.

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    Cecil

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • I wish Neil Adams all the best as he is a decent guy. Having said that, I would predict that either Malky Mackay or Eddie Howe will be appointed in the Summer.

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    blue tractor

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Nicely said vmarshall. Only thing I'd add would be that with the prospect of safe-standing around the corner, major investment in seated capacity would likely be a waste anyway.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Its amazing to read some NCFC comments here. Lets face it the club was in the 3rd tier of football not so long ago, now we are in the premier league with no debt and still some supporters are not happy. Did you really think that on promotion we would not have some ups and downs. As for saving 28mill and increasing the stand, why would you do that if by the same supporters comment we will be in the championship next year and so would not fill the stand. In general the board including MacNally for me have done a very good job, we all would change some decisions on hindsight. CH should have gone a few games ago to leave NA more space to work but that is history now, West Brom is history so lets give saturday a real go, the situation is not lost and calling people names is not motivating anyone to do anything

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    vmarshall

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • The new Manager trick always works for the first game, that's all that maybe needed

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    Blocked User

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • I so hope We get a well earned win this coming Sat not only for the supporters but for Neil Adams.......

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    Colby Army!

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Why shouldn't Neil Adams be the permanent Manager ? so many deciding that its just a temporary appointment !

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    Albert Cooper

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Somehow I think McNumpty is mistaking Neil Adams with the guy who was responsible for rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic

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    Northstander

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • This is interesting. The bookies have Fulham 115, Sunderland 115 and Cardiff 132 to avoid relegation, I have taken Norwich at the price offered tonight at 74 on, bookies not normally wrong!

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    blackdog2

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • None of the youngsters will play or be in the squad, it is not fair to them and Adams is too shrewd to expose them to something that could break a promising career. Next season if he is still in charge then maybe he will blood a few of them that he knows are ready and to see home grown talent instead of the expensive purchases surely that has to be good. Much more confidence in the ending of the season now.

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    blackdog2

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • To Mr B You are clearly in a dream world - we go to Craven Cottage with an appalling record against Fulham-just check the stats if you doubt me - with a youth team coach in charge of powder puff players - how can any club let alone a Premier League one appoint a YOUTH TEAM COACH as a first team manager - this doesn't even happen in non league for goodness sake - GET REAL. We stand no chance of staying up. We should have invested the wasted £28,000,000 in extending the City Stand - not paying inflated transfer fees for buffoon players.

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    57charles

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • I am assuming half the comments here are from the "know nothings" south of the county border who have nothing else to get involved in this season? On a positive note. If NA can get some passion into the squad, we have a good chance of staying up. Use the time left to get them believing in themselves and fired up. With self believe they are more than capable.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, April 7, 2014

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