Is it time for Norwich City boss Chris Hughton to go?

Chris Hughton during the FA Cup exit at Fulham. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Chris Hughton during the FA Cup exit at Fulham. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
11:21 AM

With just five Premier League wins all season leaving Norwich City two points above the relegation zone - and Tuesday’s FA Cup exit at Fulham making it an eighth winless game in a row - is it time for manager Chris Hughton to go?

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Following the 3-0 defeat at Craven Cottage, Hughton said: “No, I am not worried (about the sack). My only concern is doing the job to the best of my ability and getting results for the team.”

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“I know this result puts more pressure on me and that is something I have to accept and I have to cope with. My only priority is winning a football match on Saturday against Hull. These are the pressures that come with the job and the only way you alleviate those is by winning games and we have to start to get back to winning ways.”


What do you think? Is it time for Hughton to go? Can he turn it around? Can he win back those fans who want him out? Let us know by posting a comment below.


 

165 comments

  • @smudger I agree, a change of coach would be a better option at the moment.

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    James Dougall

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • please dont give the team a bad atmosphere against Hull, we need to pull together to win, if we lose then yes he should go not because he is a bad manager, but because 90% fans want him out. he is a good manager and has bought some top players to NCFC, but the fans rule here since Chase was booted out. if it was upto me I would keep him, realistically we are not a mature premier team and will struggle for a season or two. if houghton stays he will build a team ala everton.

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    David Fulcher

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Di Matteo has pulled clubs out of the mire before now.

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    TiminCarlisle

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Balance of opinion is clear and I'll not add to this. Let's summarise what we need: 1. Board determination to sort this out fast. 2. A manager with tactical imagination and man-motivational skills. 3. A leader on the pitch. Who replaced Grant Holt? 4. A style of play that makes fans excited and want to watch NCFC. I'd prefer to lose 3-2 than 1-0. I have wanted CH to win me over but have now simply run out of excuses. Time for change, decisions and action.

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    BureValleyPaddy

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • The "non-English players not trying" thing is reductionist nonsense. Bradley Johnson was certainly trying hard, but also pinging the ball out of play when in possession.

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    nachospestos

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I really don't know why the board have been dragging their heels about this for so long.Hughton has had more than a fair chance to prove his tactical worth,and it's obvious he just doesn't have it.No doubt he's tried his best,but apart from one good run,which now seems like a lifetime ago,it is clear that he has nothing further to offer.The Chris Hughton expirement is dead,it has fallen off it's perch,it has ceased to exist,etc...Nobody wants to see a real life version of the dead parrot (dead Canary) sketch play out,but every time Norwich get a win,they give him another month in charge.It really is beyond a joke.It's a complete pantomime.It's about time somebody waved a magic wand and made CH disappear.

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    Nexus_6

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I think that the answer is Yes, he does have to go. Last nights performance alone should be a trigger. 0-3 against a team that have lost 11 games out of 15!????!! That's the kind of result you would get if you fielded a pub side against Fulham. It is the manner of our losses that is the tipping point. If there was any sign of commitment , effort or determination it would be a "maybe give him more time", but there is no evidence of that. Even if by some miracle the team pulls off a win on Saturday, the previous half a season cannot be ignored. He should have gone in November.

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • No. The window of opportunity for a new guy to come in and lift the squad and win enough points has passed.

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    Texas canary

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Jay, I understand how you feel, I have had nothing but abuse on here for 18 months for saying CH is useless, CH has a well paid army of trolls on here propping up his failing reign, he should have gone after 2012 pre-season when it was evident he was out of his depth in the EPL which is why quite correctly Newcastle sacked him. McNally made a huge mistake appointing him over McKay or Bruce and now he is not man enough to admit it. McNally is a mouse

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Get Steve Clarke in........

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    Wagg-The-Canary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I watched the players drained of any confidence they had, little by little week by week. There can only be one person responsible for this. Good players don´t become bad overnight, I am sure you´re a decent man Chris but you have trashed your CV and if the board don't move very quickly, you will trash our beloved NCFC, if you haven´t already. Last night was dire, Just go Chris now.

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    spanishcanary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • It pains and saddens me to say this but I now honestly believe all the deep thoughts passion and love of our club is futile. Posters who have supported the club for over 50 years through thick and quite a lot of thin! are being ignored by the Board.After another no show last night our Chief exec talks of rather death than relegation. WE ARE SLOWLY DYING ALREADY. There have been many positive suggestions for the future but what a pathetic response from a man who ruthlessly got rid of Gunny. We deserve answers and action but will we get any? we obviously don't matter to them. I hate to sound negative but if the Pink Un poll is ignored the fans just don't matter to the club sorry it is as simple as that.

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Deja vu. 16 months ago I suggested that Chris Hughton,nice guy, was not the right manager for Norwich. Trying to be consistent I still do not think he is ; and the coaching team for his first team squad are seriously not good enough[ too late now to bring in an attack coach]. Shocked by McNally's comment that Hughtons brief is to keep City out of the bottom 3, even he must realise that the lower your expectations the more likely you are to not quite reach them. Aim for top 8 and fall 6 places short good season, aim for 17th and miss it well we all know the ramifications of that......Apart from the Ipswi44 trolls I believe we all want the best for NCFC and though we may disagree on how to get there we all want premiership next season. Ian Crook to be recalled from australia again, Hucks to be involved.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • James has Snodgrass missed a significant amount? He can't stop picking the player from what I've seen! It hasn't added much either.

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    Drossel

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • And dream on about getting AVB! Talk about being deluded...

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    Seb Trower

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • LR Series 2A

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Sorry for repeating, posted this on the wrong board. "Paradoxically, us trashing Hull on Saturday will be the worst thing that could happen and the best at the same time !"

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I think they will stick with him while we are in touching distance of 10th in the league.On paper its just a couple of games but I am fairly sure that if we somehow manage to avoid relegation he will most definately be sacked.

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    Trevor Sadd

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • managerial longshot, Soton's chairman appears to be going and their manager has said he will go if the chairman goes,???

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Norwich City may get relegated but cheer up you lot, Ipswich could get promoted!

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    John Bridge

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I think they will stick with him while we are in touching distance of 10th in the league.On paper its just a couple of games but I am fairly sure that if we somehow manage to avoid relegation he will most definately be sacked.

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    Trevor Sadd

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I will be in the Lower Barclay as always singing my heart out getting behind the team. 99% of fans also will. Just because a huge majority our unhappy does not mean we wont support the lads or want us to win. What evidence is there to suggest things will change on the pitch though. None based on last 12 months. Continued decline isnt the way forward in my eyes. If we go down we go down trying, rather than going down knowing we could see a problem and didnt do anything about it.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • No! It's was time for him to go months ago, this is a joke

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    Burglecut

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I thought yesterday Mr Hughton looked a beaten Man, every Manager in football is under huge pressure, and the higher up the ladder you go the more pressure there is, from when CH took over to now he look beaten, knacked and coupled with that, I thought it was the last throw of the dice by the first half formation of the team, and when The Wolf came on, it was game set and match for Fulham, I really thought, this guy is lost, he don't know what to do next, I think it would be kind to say "Thank You it's not working" and part company, I dear say he's a nice guy.... a player on a Radio Station the other day who played with Mr Hughton said he was the quite man in the dressing room... so no doubt a nice guy, but he's not cut the mustard at Norwich City.

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    OLDYELLA

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • At times like these we need the twelfth man. Y’army lets make some noise on Saturday and motivate the team!

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    JamesAnthonyCalland

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Replacing Chris Hughton is no guarantee of Premiership survival, but I'd rather see Norwich go down playing with passion and flair under a new manager than put up with the boring, lacklustre football we have had to endure over the past year or so.

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    Julien Pike

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Just heard McNasty. He'd rather die than be relegated. Let's hope he's still alive in late April then. Hughton Out!

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Yes I think the time has come for Chris Hughton and Norwich City to part ways. He's a nice guy but not a good manager. Maybe at another time this move would have worked out well for both parties, but not this time. Sometimes you just have to accept defeat and step away. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I too never ever thought Hughton and Co were good enough from the start. He says he doesn't fear the sack. of course not a lovely Golden Handshake awaits that will set him up nicely. More than most posting here wil never get near to getting. I would not fear the sack. Personally I think it will be worth the money to get shot, no better than The Rodent .only in niceness

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    gordon52

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Yes! Bring in Malky or Steve Clarke. Sorry Chris, you come across as a stellar chap, but it just isn't working. Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • If Arsenal, Man U, and Everton have shown football one thing it's the benefit of stability and giving the man in charge time and scope to assemble "his" team. Do we really want to be another knee-jerk club lurching from crisis to crisis driven by short-termism ? Ask yourself this question; based on our personnel is our league position really unfair ? Are we really as good as Newcastle, So'ton and Man U so we should sit in the top half ? Ask this too; who will do better ? Give the man time. Norwich fans need to keep their heads and get behind the lads and the manager.

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    Richard May

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Are there 3 teams in the EPL worse than Norwich City?

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    Peter Watson

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • As NCFC fan here in the US I am not as close to the action as you all here but I do care greatly about the club. A few years back when I began watching premiere league games I had to choose a team to root for. I didn't want to choose a typical power club because that's not me. I wanted a team that wasn't always the best but they played with their hearts and left everything on the field. I was so disappointed when holt was left godecided to move on. He exemplified what I loved about our team. Absolute fire and passion to win and if you beat us you were going to work for it and feel it the next day. I am not sure entirely what the best move is at this point in the season, but I would like to see us come out on Saturday with that old fire ready to give Hull all they can handle and then some. I want to see passion from ch all the way through the squad. We are better than this and if you can't get fired up for this game one needs to question their profession.

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    North Carolina Canary

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Hind sight is a wonderfull thing, so there is no point saying CH should have gone earlier in the season, or last year even. However what is pertinant and clear, and was glaringly obvious last night, is that City played without the same determination and commitment as Fulham, and that is the responsibility of the Manager and his coaching staff. We are currnetly able to field a team of all international players, so ability is not the issue. What is the issue is the style, tactics and motivation. So the question is has the current management team the ability and leadership to get the team right and playing in the right style for the next match and win? If not they should go, and as soon as possible. However, if CH should go, do we have a suitable replacement to fill the gap and also capable of improving things. That is a tall order when we are over half way through the season. If the CEO is doing his job he should already have identified alternatives to CH and his team of coaches before Xmas.

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    Canary old timer

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Of course it's time to go. We haven't improved performance wise since last Xmas. We've spent £25 million on quality players but no improvement. The fans that blame the players need to look at the man employed to motivate them. We need an attack minded coach, who's never afraid of the opposition. For all the fans who ask for Malky Mackay, you need to look at his tactics too. Very defensive manager, more so than Hughton. My personal choice would be Steve Clarke. However, i wouldn't begrudge a foreign manager who would play attacking football. I would rather we played that way and be relegated than the current dross we get served up.

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    Daniel Smith

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I want him gone, but technically the answer to the question "Is it time for him to go?" is no, because the time for him to go was the end of last season!

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    troublesome1

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • 'James Dougall', respect for swimming against the tide.

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • The argument of staying above relegation is completely flawed. Norwich are playing Fulham, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man U, Arsenal as their last 5 games. I can't Norwich getting any points from those games and the league is so tight at the moment, there are a few points between 8-10 teams therefore it is imperative that McNasty looks at the league as a whole and not just below the red line. I like McNasty but he is presenting a completely shortsighted and linear view.

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    Adam Smith

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Take your points James but what evidence is there to suggest giving Hughton more money will improve things. Already brought his own players in and its made no difference. Im never one for sacking for the sake of it but surely it beats sticking with something clearly not working, not backed by the fans, the players or the board. New manager isnt a guarentee for success but certain gives us a chance.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • It pains and saddens me to say this but I now honestly believe all the deep thoughts passion and love of our club is futile. Posters who have supported the club for over 50 years through thick and quite a lot of thin! are being ignored by the Board.After another no show last night our Chief exec talks of rather death than relegation. WE ARE SLOWLY DYING ALREADY. There have been many positive suggestions for the future but what a pathetic response from a man who ruthlessly got rid of Gunny. We deserve answers and action but will we get any? we obviously don't matter to them. I hate to sound negative but if the Pink Un poll is ignored the fans just don't matter to the club sorry it is as simple as that.

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Mad...so sorry you did not win the Nobel Prize but not surprised. My career is a matter of public record in Canada And you can check it out if you wish ( John Kellett ). The comment that maybe I am just seeking to be different is an astute one but the point is that often works. Consensus is only right during a trend but can be badly wrong at turning points which is the time of best opportunity. Just saying.

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    canary_canuck

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • DistantCanary - you've hit the nail on the head there! Chris Hughton is petrified of the Premier League. It's written all over his face, its all over the backroom's faces and its weighing on the shoulders of the same players who kept us up last season! Hughton is drowning in the Prem, call an SOS and have him towed back to shore, he's done in these waters. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I think they will stick with him while we are in touching distance of 10th in the league.On paper its just a couple of games but I am fairly sure that if we somehow manage to avoid relegation he will most definately be sacked.

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    Trevor Sadd

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • This has to be the best comedy ever, even better than Del boy! It is past taking the pi**, it is an insult to the loyal fans intelligence!

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    blackdog2

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I hate to say this, but...YES...I think it's time to part ways. With all the talent we have on the field, I'm dismayed by how little we're getting out of it.This should be a solid mid-table, upper mid-table team. I'd be OK with that. But what I see is team that is rudderless in attack, and has become a sieve on defense. As the season has worn on, it's more evident to me that it's not the players. It's the tactic and strategy, whatever that might be, that Hughton is coming up with.He's a nice man, but he simply has to go.

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    FatNakago

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Just heard McNasty. He'd rather die than be relegated. Let's hope he's still alive in late April then. Hughton Out!

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • He seemed like the man for the job at the time. Although last season was a struggle there was still some nice football in the early stages. The trend for defensive tactics (approx 35% of midfield passes are played forwards) ,and attempts to keep possession between the back 4, increased. This is obviously his tactics to "stay out of the bottom 3" (McNally) So he buys strikers. Now I don't go to Colney to watch training but i have spent some time at London Colney (Arsenal) and the amount of time spent on support play is incredible. I am SURE this is not the case at NCFC with Hughton. So how are the strikers going to get service????? I am sick of the same 4-5-1 defensive crap every week!!! Sure, defend the last 20 if you are 2-0 up. But against teams we have to beat...really!!!??? I feel that due to this poor attitude players are fed up with being 'restricted' and this is showing on the pitch. I am sure a change of manager will alter the way we play, for better or worse who knows, but i would rather risk change than watch the terrible, lack- lustre, defensive crap we are seeing at present.

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    luke73

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • They really should have replaced him before the West Ham game in November. Last night was a squad containing fringe players who looked like they couldn't be bothered. Why's that? Because Hughton has a starting 11 no matter what and I'm pretty sure e.g. David Fox who had a superb game last time has realised he's not going to get into the team on merit so why bother? Like Morison said if you're not in Hughton's starting 11 you don't exist which is terrible management. I say for Hoolahan's sake to go to Villa and start wreaking havoc again with Holt to prove Hughton what an idiot he is. If Hughton's replaced I would rather keep Wes though to help with the fight! I've heard there will be banners Saturday to protest so the mood isn't going to be happy Saturday. How many times this season already have we had 'massive games' Hughton's scraped through and retained his job and it goes downhill again? Just sack him please.

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    Drossel

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I think looking over the season and a half as a whole, the record has been pretty dismal and it is time to bring in some new blood, I'm not sure that Mackay is the magic bullet that will solve everything though. Maybe our sourcing of a new manager should go beyond these shores, such as Southampton did when recruiting Pochettino. I think it's very easy to be wise after the event and say that Hughton and his staff are not Premier League quality, but how to you get to be Premier League quality? Are you born into it? Or is it a learning process like pretty much anything else? I hope that if we do change manager we have a damn good replacement, not necessarily a placating populist choice, but a well thought out, coherent vision for how we can improve.

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    nachospestos

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • It pains and saddens me to say this but I now honestly believe all the deep thoughts passion and love of our club is futile. Posters who have supported the club for over 50 years through thick and quite a lot of thin! are being ignored by the Board.After another no show last night our Chief exec talks of rather death than relegation. WE ARE SLOWLY DYING ALREADY. There have been many positive suggestions for the future but what a pathetic response from a man who ruthlessly got rid of Gunny. We deserve answers and action but will we get any? we obviously don't matter to them. I hate to sound negative but if the Pink Un poll is ignored the fans just don't matter to the club sorry it is as simple as that.

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • With respect James, we've been trying to motivate the team all season. A bit difficult when the team's been given orders to play 10 men behind the ball + attack on the break. The time to sack Hughton was after the capitualation @ Man City. (Yes I know we lost badly there under Lambo, but we went down fighting). There are some great options still out there: Marcelo Bielsa, Mike Phelan, our old hero + youth coach Adams ( couldn't do any worse), doubt if Lennon would come unless offered silly money (but could be worth offering him silly money with a clause that he has to keep us up). Doing nothing is NOT an option. Hughton will take us down. It's time to gamble McNasty ... OTBC!

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • YES to "leaving". NO to "turning it round". NO to "winning back the fans".

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I agree that Hughton's negativity on the touchline has been detrimental to our results this season. Last night we weren't doing too badly up until the point of conceding, at which point the players were looking around for inspiration and there was no-one - even seb and russ stopped playing it around and started playing long balls. When both your team captain and club captain seem to have lost faith in the manager, I think that's a massive sign that Hughton and his staff should part ways with the club. You could argue that CH has been unlucky losing both Tetty and Howson, which in my opinion should both be in the starting XI alongside Fer - but the way he has handled it has shown how clueless he is - he doesn't know how to play Brad and Fer in the centre and no idea how Fox or Wes are supposed to feature. Hooper has had the only glimmer of passion in what has been a very poor couple of months. Hughton out!

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    ACrazyChemist

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Canuck. That is gobbledygook. CH is not up to the job and should have been fired long ago.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • A friend of mine was a very bad chess player but even he did not blame the chess pieces when he lost a game.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • just voted and am amazed 13% voted for him.MUST be ipswich fans!

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    harry mcardle

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Mattias333 - Thanks for the update, I hadn't heard anything on the radio about McNally interview. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I watched the game last night at Fulham,the fans backed City even when we were 3 down,all CH does is frown,mouth closes,no advice,hands in pockets most of the time and shoulders down.In any level o sport whether it is under 10`s or premier league if a player looks to his manager and he has his hands in his pockets with a look of defeat it spreads to the players.Maybe CH is really clever and wants us to be relegated so he can go down in history as our worse ever Manager.Gunny tried and he always tried even though he was a stop gap.CH is supposed to be an experienced manager,if he is why is he always shrugging his shoulders and making noises to no effect.CH look at the poll 90% of fans want you out OTBC

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    canarykid

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I think CH signings have been fantastic, agreed not all have performed to their best as yet but some have. His tactics and pretty much everything else in a manager is appalling. Making subs beyond 80 minute mark when you want to make an impact is a joke. He seems to be about 3 weeks behind comments, playing 2 up front against Everton away is ridiculous. CH needs to go. His replacement should not be Malky, it can't anyway thank goodness and none of the other names being bounced around should considered either. If there isn't a perfect fit about going for broke and hedge bets on an expensive manager till the end of the season (similar to Rafa at Chelsea), this would bide time for the right manager. I would personally prefer to see Lennon but regardless the replacement issue is separate from the debate of CH staying or not. I want to see Norwich fight and take control than continue the path they are going on right now. Today would've been a perfect day to sack him, if Norwich win against Hull no decision will be made, leaving us further in the quadmire for future games. If they lose then I fear it's all rather too late considering the last 5-6 games run in.

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    Adam Smith

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Hull scored 6 against Fulham, who we couldn't beat in 3 attempts. Hull have a new striker, all points to a bloodbath unless the Board act today. Presumably the 12% who think Hoots should stay are 1p5wich trolls

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • No, but the chief executive needs to walk into a hospital and repeat his crass sound bite of a statement in front of the terminally ill. But no doubt all the 'expert' fans will run to his defence and say it was the 'passion' of the moment.

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    One Horse Town

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Canuck - People merely post their views. If many happen to share the same feelings, why does that make them a 'lynch mob', as if their views are not as valid. You almost make it sound like you want to have an alternate view just 'to be different'.

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    Smudger75

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Tootyfrooty

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • He seemed like the man for the job at the time. Although last season was a struggle there was still some nice football in the early stages. The trend for defensive tactics (approx 35% of midfield passes are played forwards) ,and attempts to keep possession between the back 4, increased. This is obviously his tactics to "stay out of the bottom 3" (McNally) So he buys strikers. Now I don't go to Colney to watch training but i have spent some time at London Colney (Arsenal) and the amount of time spent on support play is incredible. I am SURE this is not the case at NCFC with Hughton. So how are the strikers going to get service????? I am sick of the same 4-5-1 defensive crap every week!!! Sure, defend the last 20 if you are 2-0 up. But against teams we have to beat...really!!!??? I feel that due to this poor attitude players are fed up with being 'restricted' and this is showing on the pitch. I am sure a change of manager will alter the way we play, for better or worse who knows, but i would rather risk change than watch the terrible, lack- lustre, defensive crap we are seeing at present.

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    luke73

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • For a few, alarm bells were ringing on that first pre-season tour and nothing, including that ten game unbeaten run, caused us to think any different. Finally here we are, the abuse that the few reaped by their words of warning is suddenly not so evident. You'll find that is why people were concerned about Brewer Canuck, the zealots temporarily ran the asylum. As for Ricky, he was too lightweight for the tippy toes Portuguese league so how was he ever going to make it in the rough and tumble of the Prem. I don't want us to go down but I can't wait for that management team to get the boot.

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    Gruff

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • The short answer is yes but I can understand why it's such a difficult decision for the board. I can't recall a situation where the team at the bottom at this time of year is only 6 points from 10th place. With injured players back it is feasible that we can amass 4 more wins and 6 draws from our remaining fixtures to give us 38 points. That will be enough for survival this year. With 10 teams so tightly bunched I believe the survival total will be much lower this year. I am like others in that I never liked Hughton's appointment in the first place and I am totally bored with the football being played. It is predictable, slow and has no end product. Hughton and his other 2 wise men are defenders yet they cannot coach the team to defend even in the simplest terms. I do not have a name to suggest as a replacement, but I want football that is going to excite me and is pleasing to the eye. I want to see passion from the players and management alike. I'd like to see us score 3 or 4 goals in one game!

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    J15asp

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Yes, but I suspect that the Board will wait to see what happens against Hull, bearing in mind their ambition is to finish tenth and we are only four points away from that target. However, win a against Hull it will merely paper over the cracks like recent must win games. Hughton chose to surround himself with a bunch of clueless assistants who have won nothing and have no attacking nous whatsoever. By doing that he has coached every ounce of creativity lut of the team and gone is the reputation of my Norwich City being a swashbuckling, passionate attacking. he has managed to replicate the combined failure of Worthy, Roeder and Gunn and my view would be not to wait until the Hull home debrief. He should have gone after the Hull away debacle. Give the job to Neil Adams as caretaker until the right man becomes available - you never know he may have the Sherwood effect.

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    jigs69

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • watched game a thought we lacked drive and commitment. what about this for an option. Hughton to be retained, but sack Calderwood and replace him with Mike Phelan, excellent coach, would fit at Norwich.

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    smudger

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Did everyone not just hear McNally on the radio? Spoke volumes to me. Obviously he cant come out and say "he has to win or he is sacked" but thats the impression I got from it! McNally even commented he wouldn't have played 2 upfront against Everton. If that isnt doubting the manager (just like the players have publicly done) I dont know what is. Swerved the question regarding if Chris has the boards full support and just said "Chris is focusing on preparing the team for saturday".

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • please dont give the team a bad atmosphere against Hull, we need to pull together to win, if we lose then yes he should go not because he is a bad manager, but because 90% fans want him out. he is a good manager and has bought some top players to NCFC, but the fans rule here since Chase was booted out. if it was upto me I would keep him, realistically we are not a mature premier team and will struggle for a season or two. if houghton stays he will build a team ala everton.

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    David Fulcher

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Well said Trevor, likewise I have supported NCFC for over 50 years and never have I felt so distant, so disinterested in the club. I used to follow every minute of play, now I can't even be bothered to watch MoD because I know that all I will be watching is another dismal performance from men payed a combined 40m pounds to run around kicking the round object to anyone not wearing a NCFC shirt

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • That old saying 'ask a silly question' comes to mind.

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    canaryboy71

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Harry McArdle...I am certainly not an Ipswich fan ( I have supported the Canaries for 50 years ) but I don't want to be part of a lynch mob. I admire the few voices that have not been bullied into silence. Who would replace Hughton. And does the negativity help the morale of players and management? Seriously counter productive. The critics make some very good points but the lack of balance bothers me.I won many fund management awards by avoiding consensus thinking but sometimes it is very hard to counter the prevailing mentality as indicated by your post.

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    canary_canuck

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Just heard McNasty. He'd rather die than be relegated. Let's hope he's still alive in late April then. Hughton Out!

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • McNally's comments today perfeftly illustrate how this mess arose and the inertia he has displayed in neglecting to take some form of decisive action some time ago when they became clear for all to see. As CEO he gave the Manager a woefully limited objective of avoiding relegation by any means possible and the Manager is currently striving as best he knows how to comply - whether he meets his performance target will not be certain for some time and meanwhile the rest is just conjecture. Only now has the CEO realised that the inevitable logical consequence of his inadequate management practice is the depature from a tradition of attractive and committed football cherished by the club and supporters. So he cannot sack the Manager using his original criteria and how can he do it on the basis of the attractive football one he has finally woken up to today? This confused thinking and inertia suggests that unless the board directly takes control urgently and imposes a solution the club is sleepwalking to disaster in the most agreeable style. If they feel that Hughton can adapt then fine otherwise release him with good grace.

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    guella

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • For a few, alarm bells were ringing on that first pre-season tour and nothing, including that ten game unbeaten run, caused us to think any different. Finally here we are, the abuse that the few reaped by their words of warning is suddenly not so evident. You'll find that is why people were concerned about Brewer Canuck, the zealots temporarily ran the asylum. As for Ricky, he was too lightweight for the tippy toes Portuguese league so how was he ever going to make it in the rough and tumble of the Prem. I don't want us to go down but I can't wait for that management team to get the boot.

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    Gruff

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • And why are we touting Phelan for the job? He's been for every managers interview going since he left United and he hasn't got one of them!

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    Seb Trower

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • My fear is we'll do the equivalent of taking a knife out of your leg and stabbing yourself with a fork instead. Especially with so many calling for Malky (who can't even take the job) and suggestions of Adams or Huckerby. As for foreign managers, Southampton are the exception rather than the rule and its far easier to take the gamble as a newly promoted club as you're expected to go down.

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    James Dougall

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Of course it's time to go. We haven't improved performance wise since last Xmas. We've spent £25 million on quality players but no improvement. The fans that blame the players need to look at the man employed to motivate them. We need an attack minded coach, who's never afraid of the opposition. For all the fans who ask for Malky Mackay, you need to look at his tactics too. Very defensive manager, more so than Hughton. My personal choice would be Steve Clarke. However, i wouldn't begrudge a foreign manager who would play attacking football. I would rather we played that way and be relegated than the current dross we get served up.

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    Daniel Smith

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I'm not one to support changing managers for the sake of it, but it's not just the last 8 games where we've been poor. It's been the last 12-18 months now. The only doubt I have is who would we get in to turn it round? People saying Malky, very romantic idea but is he the man? I'd like Steve Clarke even just till the end of the season to keep us up.

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    Peter Alcock

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I spoke out about CH probably not being the right choice for City, and my tweet got published by the BBC. Some of the threats and ridicule I received from the "faithful" were unbelieveably hard to stomach - I even got called an Ipswich fan on loan! I hope those people are eating their words now, as this situation cannot continue. What about Gunny? A few bad results and he was up the road! He wasn't given a fair crack of the whip. CH has had plenty of chances, and still nothing! I know PL is going to be a tough act for any boss to follow - But the time has come for fresh blood.

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    Jay Hill

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Hooton out give it to Neil Adams till end of season the guy is a genius

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    Major

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • So very impressed that your career is on public record, canuck. In England we`ve had Crippen and Jack the Ripper. What impresses me most is how self effacing you are. Not at all vainglorious. Well done, top man. As you`ve said.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • McNally on the radio today said that we need 5 wins and 5 draws for safety. We have 9 more home games (4 are against Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs) - so the other 5 is where those wins have to come from, assuming we are still uninspired away from home for the rest of the season. Of the 8 away games, 3 are against Fulham, Man U and Chelsea - so we have to get the draws in the other 5? This is going to be one hell of an escape if we can pull it off - I'd be even more surprised if it was Hughton that pulled it off. Yes - that means we can only afford 7 more losses! We must win the next two home games (Hull and Newcastle) and then hope that we can carry that into a win at Cardiff, this would buy us 2 points and would allow for away losses at SwabseaSouthampton or Villa! I personally think that we've left it to late to get rid of CH considering the magnitude and closeness of the next 3 games. Mike Phelan would be ideal replacement for me - I'll only accept relegation if we go down fighting, no point in fizzling out playing for draws for the rest of the season! - James

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    ACrazyChemist

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • CH is tactically very negative and defensive (despite our appalling goal difference). Not too long ago, going behind would foster the attitude in our players that we needed to score twice to win - now it simply signals that we should attempt to keep the score as low as possible. The flair, passion, drive, determination, heart and soul have gone from our play, and made us the most boringly predictable team in the EPL. We must change now if we are serious about staying up this season. Unless of course a relegation is still in DMcN's 5-year plan......

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    Ghanawintheleague

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • It has been a long time coming from me, but I think he has to go. And not even for the fact that we are toying with relegation (again - last season's position was a fluke on the last one or two games), but more because for the first time - I do not want to watch them play anymore. That is no position for a fan to be put in. Going down is hard but not as hard as watching boring negative dross week in week out. It is CH's last chance to grow a pair and send the team out with some intent to beat who they are playing and not cling on by their finger tips from the first second. We are taking a beating every week. We may as well lose 5 - 0 going for it than 5 -0 rolling over and playing patsy

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    john doe

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • @canary tifoso He's not waiting in the wings.he can't take any job until the legal stuff with Cardiff is sorted. He said as much on motd

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    James Dougall

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Bully for you, canuck. Admirable calling, no doubt. I won the Nobel Prize. Not.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I agree with Canary_Canuck. I don't think the solution is to get rid of Hughton. A change would bring a transitional period of uncertainty, it would hamper confidence within the club and there are no particularly strong candidates out there at the moment anyway. I also refuse to believe that Hughton has lost the dressing room. And let's be positive here - we've got a winnable game coming up on Saturday, at home where our form has been pretty decent all season, and a win would markedly change our position in the table. I think everyone would agree that this is the biggest challenge of Hughton's tenureship to date, in terms of pressure, so let's give him a chance to respond and prove his worth - finishing in 11th last season earned him the right.

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    Seb Trower

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Yes he should leave today, Delia don't you listen to comments he is turning hard core fans away I have seen season tickets up for sale on Facebook, get a grip please let him go and get a manager who can work with the players and restore their confidence I know last night the team wasn't the first team but the mood is reflected in the whole club. OTBC

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    Dave Howe

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Yes, he was a terrible appointment and I told everyone from pre season 2012 that he and his staff are not EPL quality

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I think it is time for CH to move on regardless of whether he jumps or is pushed. The football is very poor (due to CH tactics) but I do recognize that he has been slightly more adventurous over the past couple of weeks. This is, however too little too late. The longer we delay in dispensing with his services the harder it will be to find a new manager quickly as the pool of people willing to take over for the last 10 games, when we may already be on our way down, will be very small. I would also guess that the board will not want to be rushed into making another appointment unless they have the right person. They may of course have someone on tap at the moment who cannot yet take over for some reason. Another harm that has now beset our club as a result of the evident discontent is that we are not all united and schism is widespread between board members (I would guess), players and fans.

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    NICEONE

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • OMG Sorry for repeating a repeat.

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Perhaps the board are also at loggerheads over whether to stick with CH? There may be some discussion about what's best for the Club, and in the end I hope they make the right decision because right now it's looking bleak. I wonder if McNally is trying to remove CH but others aren't allowing it? OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Of course it's time for CH to go! He has not brought out the best in the players this season, Fer is a cracking player but in the last 8 games has been out of sorts due to the style of play and results, Ruddy is a great keeper and im proud he is norwich all the way however when you are constantly on the defence ruddy is having to work over time and its more pressure on him... do you think if you went to work everyday and had CH as your boss and he was constantly passing the buck back to you and you had to defend him all the time you would want to go back to work the next day? We have some great lads in our squad but they are not bein used in the right manor, no vision, no tactics, no drive, i agree the lads could do more but would you go out of your way if your boss was putting big pressure on you everyday and taking you from your role as a dinner lady and putting you in the role of the headteacher? its crazy. CH must go... RVW - Hooper Becchio Redmond - Fer - Howson Olsson - Bennett - Bassong - Martin Ruddy Looks like a great line up from where i am standing... yes its risky playing 3 strikers when we only have 4 but everything else has failed. New manager - New spark - CH out

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    Chowman

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Jay, I understand how you feel, I have had nothing but abuse on here for 18 months for saying CH is useless, CH has a well paid army of trolls on here propping up his failing reign, he should have gone after 2012 pre-season when it was evident he was out of his depth in the EPL which is why quite correctly Newcastle sacked him. McNally made a huge mistake appointing him over McKay or Bruce and now he is not man enough to admit it. McNally is a mouse

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Although i have little opportunity to observe performances, it it quite apparent from the ongoing posts that Hughton's departure is long overdue. I do believe however that we have the players with the quality required to be in the EPL but they have been drained of enthusiasm and no longer appear motivated, inspired or have the desire to play for the shirt, the club or the fans. The player blurbs we see in the papers from time to time are a load of choreographed bulldust and do not fool the fans or do anything to to create any future belief in what has been happening. Unfortunately, i believe we will go down but i hope I am wrong. There needs to be a change and quickly and, with the right man for the job, there is that slight possibility he may just turn it around with the nucleus of the players in the squad at this time. I know they (the players) are paid well and should be performing regardless but I can understand how they must be feeling too. Good luck for the rest of the season.

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    rament

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • @canary tifoso He's not waiting in the wings.he can't take any job until the legal stuff with Cardiff is sorted. He said as much on motd

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    James Dougall

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Mad... your incessant commenting suggests a very big ego with readers anxious for your latest thoughts. I think you should go on the stage....

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    canary_canuck

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • If Hughton stays in post the smart money would be on us getting relegated. Therefore the risk in changing manager, even at this late stage, is relatively minimal. The club either stand idly by and watch the good ship NCFC drift aimlessly towards the precipise, or they act now and give us a fighting chance. As others have said, this should have happened sooner. My fear is if we lose to Hull, that may trigger CH's demise, but that is another vital home 3 pts thrown away, and I can't see many more 'winnable' points in the remainder of the season to keep us up! Might as well get rid now.

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    Smudger75

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I'll hold my hands up and say I voted no for a few simple reasons. The first is no viable alternative. I'd far rather see the money for compensation used to strengthen the squad. Secondly I don't think there is any manager we can get that would unite fans. The discontent will be here for the rest of the season no matter what. Thirdly, most of our best players have been out over the current run of bad form. I think many fans have confused not caringlack of ideas etc... with pure tiredness. Last night was far from a first 11 Last one is to do with deluded fans. They point to the money spent which was barely more than any other premier league club. Also holding players in too high a regard. If last night showed anything it was how far away the likes of fox, Murphy, bunn, Becchio etc.. are from being good enough for the premier league. It's extremely unlikely any managerial change would bring changes in personal or formation

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    James Dougall

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • There is a bit of deja-vu here. Its about 5 years ago to the day that we lost a third round replay to Charlton and Roeder was gone the next day. He left with that enigmatic comment from Doncaster, that haunts me to this day, that 'we had to get him out of the club asap'. I voted 'no' on the poll for the simple reason that I think McNally should be the first.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Time to go CH, Bring in Phelan to save this sinking ship! The games have become dire to watch and our beloved club is taking on water at an incredible rate!

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    TheLondonCanary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • If McNally and the Board wait until the Hull game it just shows that they have no balls and McNally is just a sad whimpering castrated poodle. man up McNally or you too busy spending your bankers salary

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I was going to make a comment but then saw that Seb Trower had said exactly what I wanted to say. Namely nearly everyone accepts that our Chief Exec is a class act (never met him personally) - so leave him to make the right call and in the meantime lets just talk about supporting the team - particularly on Saturday even if it starts badly.

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    thornton

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I find it hard to believe that a GAME where like life you have winners and losers people can get so up tight. Where all these comments made by people who play on the winning side. All I can say is lucky them

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    jennifer jane

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I have supported NCFC for over 50 years with a passion but I am sad to say that the display last night ripped that passion right out of me.The management and players should be ashamed of themselves.I am absolutely gutted.

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    Trevor Sadd

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I fear MCNally has got too big for his boots. All the financial benefits to the club followed from the one good decision to appoint Lambert. Since the ugly departure of Lambert it had all been downhill. McNally you are just an overpaid employee! you are not Norwich City FC, listen to the fans and act now or you will be next for the sack

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Even though I don't think Mackay is the answer, most of the disastrous signings were apparently imposed on him and not really his idea.

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    nachospestos

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • James Dougall, stop making excuses for Hughton, most clubs in the EPL have had injury problems far worse than ours this season? We may not have the budget of Man City but the Board spent more than most clubs in the close season and yet the performances this year have steadily declined. There is only one answer Hughton and all his support staff out now, TODAY

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I'm not spending any more money to watch them until CH has gone!

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    Essex canary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Silly money for Lennon? Managers aren't paid that much in comparison to the players. How much is it worth staying up this season?

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    Adam Smith

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Some interesting points James, I have to say though that at this point I think having ANY manager other than Hughton would unite the fans, at least in the short term...

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    GossVolley

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • It's pointless answering this poll. Everyone's mood right now is rock bottom. Last night was abysmal. Listening to McNally this morning, he's laid out the terms quite clearly: Hughton is to remain. At the end of the day McNally is better placed to judge than me. My own faith is damaged at the moment, but at the end of the day all that really matters is that the club succeeds.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • @ Canaryinslovenia They're not excuses they are reasons why money can be given to Hughton. Are fans that unhappy about who had been brought in. As for the spending I've seen tables put outside the top 10 summer premier league spenders. Also only 4 or 5 clubs. Have squads that cost less to assemble. Whoever is manager needs money to spend. How many sides have had more injuries to first team players than us anyway? West ham is the only one I can think of and they sit below us

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    James Dougall

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Clowns to the left, Jokers to the right. Stuck in the Middle with You, Chrissy? Apologies to Steeler`s Wheel, Steeleye Span and Steely Dan. Oh, and Gerry Rafferty. Weather`s good; I`ll pop out for a Naked Lunch...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Its funny how the beautiful game is.. The entire fortune of the team is pinned on one person who isnt even on the pitch. Ok, so CH has clearly made some mistakes BUT the 11 on the pitch have go to accept their share of the blame. I regularly watch them play and of late they just dont seem to be able to do the most basic things. Short passes that are always cut out by the opposition....simple ball control that would be expected of an average 12 yr old. Sorry, but that cant be blamed on CH. Fans need to get behind the Manager - but they wont. So many of them know the game better than anyone. CH cant win really. He plays one up front and is berated so plays 2 up front but is then berated for having a weak midfield. Players need to earn their money and work harder too. All I see of late are 11 men on the pitch who frankly dont seem to bothered...

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    Tootyfrooty

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • No.....because the time for him to go was 3 months ago!!! Its long long overdue. If we had sacked him 3 months ago I expect we would have had 6 or 7 more points by now.

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    CanaryWest

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • It is interesting to see that there are still a few supporters out there that would stick with CH, I wonder if they are season ticket holders who actually attend games on a regular basis. Personally, I am a long-standing season ticket holder and I have to say that right now we are playing the worst football I have watched for some considerable time. I watched us in division1 and actually enjoyed the season, as we were playing attractive attacking football and winning games. Now we are doing neither, hence I would rather see us relegated if necessary under a different manager rather than seeing us continue with the rubbish that is being played right now.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Having watched the first season under Hughton, I was tempted to cancel my season ticket for this season but decided to give him and the board the benefit of the doubt. Thing seemed to be on an upward curve as we spent big, especially on two strikers but that simply flattered to deceive and the so called better quality players are in fact worse than those we have got rid of because they were supposedly not up to Premiership standards. Darrell Russell hit it on the head last night when he said, too many non-English players do not have the enthusiasm to rise to the challenge when the chips are down.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I agree with your views James, it may not work out. But to do nothing is not an option.

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    spanishcanary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Sadly, YES. The situation is just too dire and has been for too long. There are no signs of improvement, and the sack is the only hope for the turnaround that's needed. No guarantees in dismissing CH, but at least there'd be some optimism in the change.

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    Seattlescion

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • The fact that Archant and Co have finally summoned up the balls to run this poll suggests that this nightmare Hughton reign is about to end.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • watched game a thought we lacked drive and commitment. what about this for an option. Hughton to be retained, but sack Calderwood and replace him with Mike Phelan, excellent coach, would fit at Norwich.

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    smudger

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Why would any manager nowadays be worried about the sack? They and their clueless staff will pocket a handsome pay off an within 6 months some other delusion fool will take them on. This guy seems so petrified of the premier league and has no belief in his team to WIN a game. That lack of belief is evident in his team and now throughout the stadium. Such a shame that the vibrant, hungry fearless team we had is being corroded with each passing game.

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    DistantCanary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • he should have gone after either the Man c, Man U or Liverpool thumpings!! Our board have become as gutless as the team, rewarding failure!! Third lowest scorers in the division and a defence with more holes in it than a tea strainer!!! What will it take to get rid of Hapless Hughton and Dumb and Dumber by his side?

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    baldyboy

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I did say the same "Canaryinslovenia" but everyone (including many who now so desperately want him gone) slaughtered me with abuse just for seeing the dangers before they happened. I wrote a piece the very day he was appointed. I was driving home from Manchester to Norfolk listening to Talksport the whole way which is painful enough at times, waiting for the announcement. Soon as it was announced my mood sunk. I always compared the Lambert replacement as a similar story (although on a much much smaller scale) to replacing Sir Alex at Utd. Lambert was great at NCFC, but he wasnt the god some claim him to be. He had faults, just he out weighed them with good times, passion, belief and watchable football. Always said I wouldn't want to be the man to follow him and the appointment would be vital to include a few key attributes. Problem I pointed out via my Social media outlet was with Hughton hes always been known to play the style of football we've seen at NCFC. As I pointed out the day we appointed him, the style doesn't so much bother me as long as he achieves results. I did also however point out that it was my belief a % of fans wouldn't take to the massive change in style from attacking, exciting games to dull, defensive games and they would grow frustrated over time which they certainly have. The part I hadn't thought about was if that happened and as well we played shockingly bad, morale reached an all new low and are status in the league came under threat. So basically my prediction was right to a point but it has turned out even worse than I ever dreamed of because I simply predicted we'd do ok position wise under Hughton but fans would want him out simply because of the massive change in style from what we had become use to. The next appointment is crucial. The positives thing is who ever comes in has a very good squad to work with, potentially one of the best we've ever had. The fans are still here in the 1000's and he will have something to build on. Just need to right man who can manage the people as well as just coach.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Teflon Chris,Nothing sticks to him.He thinks he is not at fault,the buck stops at the managers door.He is living in a different world to the other people who love city and would give up everything to make them better.Go before it gets nasty

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    canarykid

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • It pains and saddens me to say this but I now honestly believe all the deep thoughts passion and love of our club is futile. Posters who have supported the club for over 50 years through thick and quite a lot of thin! are being ignored by the Board.After another no show last night our Chief exec talks of rather death than relegation. WE ARE SLOWLY DYING ALREADY. There have been many positive suggestions for the future but what a pathetic response from a man who ruthlessly got rid of Gunny. We deserve answers and action but will we get any? we obviously don't matter to them. I hate to sound negative but if the Pink Un poll is ignored the fans just don't matter to the club sorry it is as simple as that.

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • He's had money, but how many of what many would call first 11 players have missed big chunks of the season. Pilkington, Snodgrass, Hooper, RVW, Tettey and howson have all had significant time out. It's not as though there are complaints about any more than one or two Hughton signings. The reality is that lambert had momentum when we came up but the squad was well short of quality which is partly why I think he left. Barely any lambert players that have left have done anything since. Most don't play. We really lack depth as injuries have shown.

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    James Dougall

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Pretty decent home form? We scraped wins against Palace and West Ham, but out last 2 'normal' home games yielded 1 point from Fulham and Swansea. We've lost to Villa, drawn with Cardiff - two more teams around us we should be beating at home. 12 points from 10 games. 1.2 per game. Not much better than relegation form at home either.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • The poll may end with a massive yes but there is no obvious replacement, fans will be just as divided about any replacement. Those thinking that changing the manager will improve things need to reset their expectations. This season will continue to be long and hard whoever came in

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    James Dougall

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Canuck - Fair enough, but I'm surprised you are not apparently astute enough to recognise a trend. Likewise, I appear to find it difficult to identify turning points. Anyway, we'll leave it there. I don't want to be accused of 'press-ganging' you into the mob.

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    Smudger75

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • "my only concern is doing the job to the best of my ability and getting results for the team" he has answered it himself! unable to get results and no ability, time to go and now and not later.

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    trev

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I totally agree with those who are calling for change but realistic enough to accept it might not work - but better to try and fail than not to try at all. The situation we are now in is so desperate that something has to give or else we are relegated for certain. Hughton has shown he hasn't a clue how to set up or motivate a team, who to play where or when and how to make substitutions. Things won't change under his reign. He has had 18 months and a shed load of money and has failed. So how can even the most optimistic fan expect a sudden change of fortunes? It won't happen, which is why the Board must gamble. The worry is that so far they have sat on their hands when it has been as clear as day Hughton is only moving this club backwards and has been for most of his tenure. The Board should and ought to have made a decision today if only to relieve what I fear may become a very ugly atmosphere on Saturday because I am sure Hull smell 3 points and will set themselves up to get them, whereas all we are likely to get from our team is a token gesture followed by the usual surrender.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I watch all the home games and except for the Chesea and Man Utd games we are average at best and rubbish the rest of the time. We cannot keep the ball and allow teams on to us. Our flair players are left out (Hoolahan) and our strikers get no quality service. I don't expect us to beat the top teams but I do expect to try. As everybody says CH is a nice guy, well Lambert wasn't. What would you rather have?

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    b arclay

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Will someone in the board room PLEASE take notice of this poll, comments from the fans have been calling for this for some time. Act now while there is still time to avoid the drop!

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    Essex canary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • This has to be the best comedy ever, even better than Del boy! It is past taking the pi**, it is an insult to the loyal fans intelligence!

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    blackdog2

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I'll hold my hands up and say I voted no for a few simple reasons. The first is no viable alternative. I'd far rather see the money for compensation used to strengthen the squad. Secondly I don't think there is any manager we can get that would unite fans. The discontent will be here for the rest of the season no matter what. Thirdly, most of our best players have been out over the current run of bad form. I think many fans have confused not caringlack of ideas etc... with pure tiredness. Last night was far from a first 11 Last one is to do with deluded fans. They point to the money spent which was barely more than any other premier league club. Also holding players in too high a regard. If last night showed anything it was how far away the likes of fox, Murphy, bunn, Becchio etc.. are from being good enough for the premier league. It's extremely unlikely any managerial change would bring changes in personal or formation

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    James Dougall

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Sorry for repeating, posted this on the wrong board. "Paradoxically, us trashing Hull on Saturday will be the worst thing that could happen and the best at the same time !"

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Get Steve Clarke in........

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    Wagg-The-Canary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • canary_cannuck, I have been in the minority calling for Hughton to be sacked for 18 months, now 85% are with me I am not going to change my views so I can be in the minority again. I feel the Boards failure to act today is now too late and their inaction negligent, McNally should be fired first then Hughton.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • There is an almost 100% majority wishing to change the manager but I do not read anyone coming up with the viable alternative. Where CH is getting the majority of the blame I feel the lethargy we have seen on the field has transcended to the board as the ruthless streak that axed Gunn seems to be missing now. The replacement needs to have drive and experience in escaping the drop and we missed the boat when Pullis was snatched by Palace.At this stage I would go for Warnock but he is not available - we need to have the team once again playing with heart and drive as it has not been happening; even neutrals in my local in Chinatown have been voicing this opinion whilst watching late nights. I would be interested in suggestions who can do this. What I do look forward to seeing on Saturday is everyone behind the team as I am lucky to be able to go. OTBC

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    Singapore Canary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • It pains and saddens me to say this but I now honestly believe all the deep thoughts passion and love of our club is futile. Posters who have supported the club for over 50 years through thick and quite a lot of thin! are being ignored by the Board.After another no show last night our Chief exec talks of rather death than relegation. WE ARE SLOWLY DYING ALREADY. There have been many positive suggestions for the future but what a pathetic response from a man who ruthlessly got rid of Gunny. We deserve answers and action but will we get any? we obviously don't matter to them. I hate to sound negative but if the Pink Un poll is ignored the fans just don't matter to the club sorry it is as simple as that.

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Just heard McNally on Radio Norfolk and that he would rather die than be relegated it looks like we are stuck with Hughton

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    leslie cater

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Yes bunn was his signing and not good enough but without him what would have happened when ruddy was out. I'd expect rudd will be no 2 next season. I have no issue with the garrido signing, good backup for olsson. Whittaker is better than martin. Becchio was only brought in to get Morrison out. Where's Morrison now, Leeds shipped him out pretty quickly. " Available at present: Clarke Mackay Phelan Hoddle AVB." No chance at getting avb, there's a reason huddle has been out of work for so long. West Brom had a few good months under Clarke and then nothing for a year. Mackay isn't even avaliable and Phelan has never managed. If those are the best options it's easy to see why Hughton is still here

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    James Dougall

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Yes of course he should be sacked and in fact should have been last Summer. I suspect that Malky would be just as bad as Hughton so leave him well alone. Just look at his disasterous buys at Cardiff, overpriced and undertalented. Malky is an agent's dream. Keep him away.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Sadly, YES. The situation is just too dire and has been for too long. There are no signs of improvement, and the sack is the only hope for the turnaround that's needed. No guarantees in dismissing CH, but at least there'd be some optimism in the change.

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    Seattlescion

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I voted yes. For me there is Malky Mackay waiting in the wings.

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    canary tifoso

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Yes, he has to go now. Watching Norwich this season has become such a trial. We have good players, but they just are not being galvanised in the right way. Bearing in mind our need to be ahead of the pack before our horrendous run-in, the board needs to act without further delay.

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    bogbog

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Employ GLENN HODDLE as Manager & IAN CROOK as his #2

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    Chris Manning

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Time to go CH, Bring in Phelan to save this sinking ship! The games have become dire to watch and our beloved club is taking on water at an incredible rate!

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    TheLondonCanary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • …..Without any doubt what so ever!....18 months too late!....Hughton and his gang are no better than demolition workers....they can knock a wall down, but haven't the faintest idea how to build one.....Mr McNally!... put them out on gardening leave for 6 months....gives you time to recruit the right man for the job ….Then throw Adams, Huckerby, Eadie, even Darrel Russell, into the rebuilding of the team spirit...just get those others out of the way!!!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Irrespective of whether it's time for him to go or not, this discussion is entirely pointless. McNally is far better positioned to make this decision than any fans, regardless of what you might think. The fact of the matter is Hughton is still in the job, and our efforts are far more constructive getting behind the team, and Hughton, then providing endless criticism and negativity.

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    Seb Trower

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Silly money for Lennon? Managers aren't paid that much in comparison to the players. How much is it worth staying up this season?

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    Adam Smith

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I have supported NCFC for over 50 years with a passion but I am sad to say that the display last night ripped that passion right out of me.The management and players should be ashamed of themselves.I am absolutely gutted.

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    Trevor Sadd

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • This has to be the best comedy ever, even better than Del boy! It is past taking the pi**, it is an insult to the loyal fans intelligence!

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    blackdog2

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • James Dougall - why would you give CH more money to spend? 2 of the players you have cited as not good enough to beat Fulham reserves were his signings - add Whittaker, Garrido & Elmander to that list. Our poor form has extended for over a year since our 10-game unbeaten streak - every occasional positive result since has papered over the cracks. There are of course risks that a change of manager may not keep us up, but I'm happy to take that chance over the certainty of our relegation if CH retains his position. Available at present: Clarke Mackay Phelan Hoddle AVB. If McNally's choice is not on that list, he proved with Lambert he's prepared to do what it takes to get his man. We need to act NOW, so we can go into the Hull game with renewed confidence, and a sense that players are playing for their futures, and an opportunity to prove themselves for regular positions, not just because they're CH's favourites.

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    Ghanawintheleague

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • No, definitely not - want to see this season's League One champions playing in the league at Carrow Road next season and for that reason alone it's vital Houghton stays!!

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    Brundall Bee

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I'd keep him, I hear some of you think Malky is the answer, but what has he won ? What premiership experience has he ? Their will be an statement concerning your captain in the next few days, he's training alone and their has been a big fall out, so finding some stability should be the clubs next task, and having a wobbly captain and an un-experienced manager will not help. Best stick with Hughton

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    pubmandave

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Well said Trevor, likewise I have supported NCFC for over 50 years and never have I felt so distant, so disinterested in the club. I used to follow every minute of play, now I can't even be bothered to watch MoD because I know that all I will be watching is another dismal performance from men payed a combined 40m pounds to run around kicking the round object to anyone not wearing a NCFC shirt

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Time to go CH, Bring in Phelan to save this sinking ship! The games have become dire to watch and our beloved club is taking on water at an incredible rate!

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    TheLondonCanary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • No. The time for him to go was months ago. We've blown it now. Still, might as well get rid as no-one could do any worse, even if we can only pick from unemployed managers now.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Yes, but I suspect that the Board will wait to see what happens against Hull, bearing in mind their ambition is to finish tenth and we are only four points away from that target. However, win a against Hull it will merely paper over the cracks like recent must win games. Hughton chose to surround himself with a bunch of clueless assistants who have won nothing and have no attacking nous whatsoever. By doing that he has coached every ounce of creativity lut of the team and gone is the reputation of my Norwich City being a swashbuckling, passionate attacking. he has managed to replicate the combined failure of Worthy, Roeder and Gunn and my view would be not to wait until the Hull home debrief. He should have gone after the Hull away debacle. Give the job to Neil Adams as caretaker until the right man becomes available - you never know he may have the Sherwood effect.

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    jigs69

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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