Norwich City chief executive David McNally would ‘prefer death’ over relegation

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hief executive David McNally. Norwich City c hief executive David McNally.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
1:07 PM

The future of Chris Hughton’s tenure as Norwich City manager remained uncertain today following an interview of the club’s chief executive.

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David McNally spoke of his determination to keep the Canaries in the Premier League, but refused to be drawn on whether Chris Hughton will remain as manager.

In an interview on BBC Radio Norfolk, Mr McNally said he would “prefer death” rather than being relegated to the Championship.

 

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But when asked whether Chris Hughton had the backing of the Norwich City board, he said: “He is preparing the team for Saturday’s game. The brief is to keep out of the bottom three and that is what we are doing. We will not contemplate relegation, in a sporting sense it is worse than death.”

“We are in the entertainment business and results are the only thing that matters. Whether Chris has a long term at Norwich City or whether I do, it is about how well we do in our jobs and the only real measure is results. We are down there with eleven other teams separated by six points and we do not have the budget that a number of our peers have.”

Mr McNally’s comments came after the club was knocked out of the FA Cup last night 3-0 by Fulham in a third round replay with many fans calling for the manager to be sacked. Attentions now turn to a crucial Premier League home encounter with Hull at the weekend.

He added: “We have a history of playing attractive football and the board is absolutely committed to playing attractive football. We are in a trough where performances have disappointed at times and results have not been what we liked.”

“I would prefer death rather than relegation. There is nothing more important than keeping this football club in the Premier League. We are all focused on that.”

138 comments

  • Notice the names o f NEIL ADAMS AND DARREN HUCKERBY on here. I HAVE BEEN SAYINGTHAT FOR AGES NOW!!!!! Adams to fire the troops up for Hull with Hucks by his side. OkMalky, Steve Clarke Mike Phelan take your pick but we have 2 vital home games to come which will go a long way in deciding our fate.There really is no time to lose. ps the window shuts in 2 weeks !!!!!!!!!!!

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • The game against Hull is the start of a run of fixtures against, mostly, bottom half rivals when we need to create a cushion that will see us through the 5 unwinnable fixtures concluding our season (Really, it is FIVE - beginning with away to Fulham, probably the next game they will win). If Hoots remains in charge I fear the worst. Well, not death, but something quite bad, like ending up in the Championship and the board having faith in Hoots to rebuild.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • You are right MC. There is apparently no dynamism on or off the pitch. We have a manager who wants only to avoid defeat, but does not succeed, and a chief exec who wants only to avoid relegation, but does not succeed?

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • The fact remains that people with more authority to talk on this subject i.e ex top professionals such as Dion Dublin and Mark Robbins have emphaticaly stated that Hughton is the right man for the job. He was a top player through his entire playing career and gained many years experience as coach then assistant manager at Spurs before obtaining promotion as manager at Newcastle. He is better qualified to pick the next team than a new manager coming in who does not know the players. Hughton is no fool and knows better than anyone that recent performances have not been good enough. Hopefully at Norwich, we are lucky to have a board like that at West Ham who will not be pushed into hitting the panic button by pressure from fans who are entitled to have their say even though they may be wrong ! (only my humbe opinion). I'm sure Hughton is capable of turning things around and I am also of the opinion that some of the team are not pulling their weight and have let the manager down.

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    Johny

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I think McNally has been fantastic for us, probably the most positive impact anyone has had at our club for the last 20 years. In regard to the Hughton situation, after the wins against West Ham, Palace and West Brom it looked like things might just have clicked into place, it is only in the last 6 weeks things have really turned bad, so the board need time to react. That is why this saturday is so critical... next week is the latest possible time they can react and still save our season, should we lose to Hull. They have been reasonable with Hughton, but McNally can also be very hard when he wants to, for that reason he likes to be sure before he makes his mind up... because I don't see him being the kind of man to go back on himself afterwards.

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    jops

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • We must be careful what we wish for as our team is for life not just for Christmas! Should McNally be taking advantage of what is happening at Southampton? Manager and players up for grabs, who dares wins!

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    Expat

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • …..Sharky at long last we are beginning to see eye to eye....Bunn has reached a standard, and does his best-- can't kick to save his life!.....I thought Snodgrass was a cut above the rest when at Leeds - in the Championship of course!....Is it coincidence that Norwich City have looked so mis-shapen since his arrival....along with our management set up?....He is either working to his own agenda, wanting to be in the middle rather than the wing or he is being mis-managed....And therein li-es our trouble....everyone wants to play in the middle , be it Fer, Johnson, Hoolahan, Snodgrass, Bassong, RvWW, Elmander, Hooper and now Redmond....Why can't this manager realise that it's Horses for Courses, and give them all a specific job....And have them playing on the correct side of the pitch?.......Even for defenders of varying abilities, they have a right side and a wrong side when it comes to foot control.... Most of us are either Left handed or Right handed, and are most comfortable when using the correct hand....Try using a knife and fork in your usual hands for the first portion of your evening meal, and then swapping over to the alternative hands.....see what I mean?...very few are ambidextrous.... With a right footed player, his strength and balance are generated by the left side of the brain and body..his right leg being 'basically' a swinger, albeit controlled ...The better players build on that strength, and are all at sea when instructed to turn themselves inside out.....A Star player of today should enjoy being able to deliberately impart spin and therefore swerve in both directions with either foot...just practice....The same applies in Boxing, Cricket, and in fact all sports!.....IT WOULD BE A NIGHTMARE FOR Speedway riders to race CLOCKWISE around the track!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • As we all wonder why CH is still here. How about this? Is there a clause in his contract that if he is dismissed when the team are outside the relegation places it triggers a penalty payment to him? It would explain a lot. The nightmare scenario is that he is still here ruining the team as we approach the run in, a point or two off relegation when it is too late to do anything. One name I haven't heard mentioned as a short term fix is Martin O'Neill, I wouldn't let him near the transfer fund but he could galvanise the team on a short term basis as he has as a player (twice).

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    suffolkcanary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I find it difficult to know what has happened to the team since the Man U game. We played really well that day and United were lucky to get all three points. The lads were certainly playing for their manager then. Also - what's all this about CH's brief being to keep us out of the bottom three? I thought McNally said in August that he expected us to be at least mid table this season?

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    Flying Canary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • M333 precisely. Who would be better. How many managers can you say are successful. I do think its time for change though as a new man surely would lift the players. I was shocked by some players attitude during the last two games. The problem is change really changes things in the long run. Most managers fail.

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    sharky

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Stew I didnt name names but on another article in the week I did. I look for commitment in players. At Everton I was annoyed by Fer. I never ranted in the dressing room after a game. I picked the positives and gave credit. However he would have been in my office on the Monday for a long chat. I wonder if that happens with our manager. It was not good enough and because of his attitude led to the first goal. I have always been anti Whittaker. I disagree with you about Snodgrass mainly because he is committed and wants to play as does Johnson. I was a forward. I know how frustrating it can be. Its possible to run for miles without a touch. There are things you look for though and thats strength and control. We have that in Hooper. Regarding the others I,m waiting. We have potential so lets see action. Board or manager? They are the ones who have the decision.

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    sharky

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • McNally is in a difficult position as his own tenure of the club is really being questioned for the first time since his arrival. He's done some great things at Carrow Road, and moved us far and away beyond the dark days of the Mumby and Doomcaster dynasty, but the continued support of Chris Hughton is weakening his credibility, however much one might sympathize with his 'stand by your man' attitude and dramatic outpourings in which death is preferred to relegation!

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    wallybrain

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I don't think the person in front of McNally has been photoshopped. I think his brain has exploded and blown off the top of his head in reaction to the result.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Nobody was patonising Delia and Michael, LYB. It was but a jest to lighten the mood. Lovely neighbours in Little London. Yes, el dingo, Worthy is the most Father Ted-like one but I bet he wouldn`t dare kick Bishop Brennan up the erse!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I liked malaga`s comments about last night`s ManC vs Blackburn game. I watched the first half and thought ManC were not quite playing with their usual flair, but boy, did they work hard to close down Blackburn and win back possession. The sort of fight you expect from a "minnow" exhibited by a team of megastars. Only 1-0 at half time, I switched channels for a while to see something else. When I switched back it was 5-0! Normal service was soon resumed. Luckily ITV+1 enabled me to see what I`d missed. You`d expect a team of lower quality (to paraphrase Hoots) like Norwich to show at least the same level of fight and intensity as a team of "prima donnas" - which, clearly ManC is not. The harder they work the luckier they get. Fans will get behind a struggling team if they actually struggle - rather than surrender. And get up and chase back, rather than falling over and appealing for free kicks or remonstrating with team-mates, Snods. Jordan Rhodes not in the Blackburn line-up last night. Perhaps we can do a partex for poor old Benchio? I`m sure Lucifer is capable of lighting a few fires if not unwillingly put on strike.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • colin - He's not actually saying that. Archant have para-phrased him slightly unfairly. He actually says........... "We will not contemplate relegation, ***in a sporting sense*** it is worse than death"........... which, although is a bit of a clumsy sentence, I take to mean the death of the club rather than himself. A very dramatic thing to say in any sense!

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    MancCanary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • The solution is already in place. Neil Adams with Hucks as Assistant to get us through the next three games while a successor is found. Can be no worse than Hughton and his delusional support team. They know the players and the history of the club, are exponents of attractive football and could do a great motivational job on what is a good crop of players. Look at the Tim Sherwood effect at Spurs. Worth a try and if it doesn't work over the next three games then it gives Mcnally time to find a full time successor. maybe add Phelan into the mix to support Adams and Hucks. But something has to change because even a win against Hull will merely paper over the cracks yet again.

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    jigs69

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • * all NCFC fans!

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    Henry

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • suffolkcanary - O''Neill is the ROI manager.

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    MancCanary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I have now heard the interview on R. Partridge with him this morning and have now had a bit of a Damascene conversion to McNally. This death comment is a bit out of context to his interview. Also he sounded reasonably humble as though he is prepared to shoulder some of the burden. Maybe its too late n the day to call him McNicey? I just hope he carries on in that style.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • sharky - that is a fair thing to day, but I think the pendulum has now swung in favour of replacing him because, although it's a lottery, changing the manager DOES work sometimes. Whereas if we keep him, due to the fact we seem to be getting worse & worse, it looks more likely that we'll go down. So I think it's now a lottery worth playing, despite the lack of obvious replacements - but I think whatever appointment we make should only be till the end of the season (unless it's a big name).

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    MancCanary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Whilst I respect the boards loyalty toward hoots I think it's about time the board thought about the fans ,we're bored!!!!! Watch and listening to the same old dross week after week ,Delia You may have gotten your money back but the supporters are still shelling out good hard earned cash to watch Hughtons brand of football ( watching paint dry is more interesting ) . Cast your mind back 2 years the football was exciting the ground was buzzing and there was a priority list for tickets ,fast forward to today the footballs woefull the atmosphere is none existent and not surprisingly you can't sell all your tickets ,now. We're not fed up of supporting NCFC were fed up of watching frightened football , ditch the hoot now while we still have a mathematical chance of survival there are a number of candidates for the job even short term ,Zola Steve Clarke Phelan Even Adams nHucks ,you owe your supporters anything else would be disrespectful to the fans not to mention the effect on the local economy BITE THE BULLET NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Victor meldrew

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I think the quote from McNally about playing style is a very telling one too: "“We have a history of playing attractive football and the board is absolutely committed to playing attractive football.” .. as it's clear as day to everyone we haven't played attractive football since day 1 od Hughton's reign. It's also a strange thing to say when they've previously made it clear that staying up is the main priority in the first season, and then improvement was the aim this year. No mention of playing style until now.

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    MancCanary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • el dingo - My pleasure mate. Although things must be grim if you can take a nugget of hope from that!

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    MancCanary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I am not a born pessimist, however I think Mr McNally, that you should ensure that your will is up-to-date. (Just to be on the safe side?)

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    Dictate

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Sticking with Hughton won't keep us up. Not with our run-in at the very end of the season. Look at Hughton's record since 22nd December 2012. Must be less than a point per game, by a long way.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Can I just make one thing clear before I see it for the 100th time. Legally Malky can NOT become NCFC manager. At least not in the immediate future while legal action continues against Cardiff. This has now been said about as many times as the club tells us RVW is our record signing.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • DT, no I'm not Chris Hughton's nephew I am just a humble fan with my own opinion, not a sheep who follows the crowd. I stand by my opinion, the players let the manager down but he is a good manager. But DT, I concede I may be insane but we live in a mad world so this as an asset.

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    Johny

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Steely Dan - He's also the man who sacked Gunn, and picked Lambert. He's also the man who oversaw our rise from League 1 to the Premiership. He's also the man who managed our finances and ensured we have NO debt for the first time in 20 odd years. Doesn't all that just about equal out the horrific crime of hiring Hughton for you, who at the time looked like a pretty solid choice as next manager? If not, then you've got problems mate.

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    MancCanary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I've only seen one mention of Neil Lennon as a replacement, and no one has commented on it. Don't know if he'd leave Celtic, but I believe he has the fire and passion to get the best out of the squad, and maybe he knows enough to get the midfield and wingers getting balls into the area to suit Hooper and hopefully RVW. I would also look at some of the clubs in the championship and even Div 1 who are punching above their weight and see which of their managers are wanting and starting to make a name for themselves.

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Performances haven't been there since Hughton took over we aren't in a slump we have been crap all season! And the majority of last season. If we scrap enough points together to survive, we still have to change because the football is dire. Hughton has no plan, no system no philosophy, his only plan is to scrap together enough points and that's not enough

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    Burglecut

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • 'Malaga', personally I'm not a Lennon fan, although he does have fire in his belly. You ask why would he come to NC. Well it's the, could I make a difference, am I good enough, may be, probably, let me have a go, I can do it, mentality. Re. Saturday's game there's a paradox, if we trash Hull, is that good or bad. Me, I just sit here with my ipad quaffing good red and moving on to a good nights sleep. I don't even get wound up by our performances anymore.

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • @ Mattias... I also played in a charity match at Carrow Road a few years back with Dean Ashton. What a lovely guy and a fantastic finisher, even if he couldn't run... when we were warming up some guy put in 3 crosses and Ashton, standing on the edge of the D, hammered all 3 in a row into the top corner leaving the keeper with no chance... best thing I have ever seen on a football pitch that I have been on.

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    jops

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • 16 days left in the transfer window....Stick or Twist time... got a feeling stick is Championship though

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    Paulie

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • The upcoming league games are more important than the cup. The Board doubts whether Chris Hughton can motivate the team to avoid the drop. Who else can and wants to come in? Malky Mackay is not available, for example.

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    Capri

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Notice the names o f NEIL ADAMS AND DARREN HUCKERBY on here. I HAVE BEEN SAYINGTHAT FOR AGES NOW!!!!! Adams to fire the troops up for Hull with Hucks by his side. OkMalky, Steve Clarke Mike Phelan take your pick but we have 2 vital home games to come which will go a long way in deciding our fate.There really is no time to lose. ps the window shuts in 2 weeks !!!!!!!!!!!

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Stew - nice to see you give the more important sport of speedway a little mention there. I have never liked McNally and would be quite happy to see him leave for that vacant position down at Southampton. People on here refer to him as shrewd, best thing to happen,done a great job etc. Yet this is the man who from a list of over 50 candidates picked CH for the job.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Ha! @ El Dingo good story! Perhaps you are totally responsible for how his career went after that. In fact I'd go a step further and say without you he would never have followed the same path and wouldnt have met Paul Lambert and as a result we wouldnt have ever appointed Paul Lambert and as a result we would still be in League 1 playing Owain Tudor Jones in Midfield. Effectively what im saying is El Dingo saved NCFC! ;) I played at Carrow Road a couple of years back and we got a ringer in to play for us....you may have heard of him.....Dean Ashton. Bless him, was a shadow of his old self though. Cant run so at his request he played an all new position....centre circle......still set all 3 of our goals up lol! Once played against a side containing Jim Magilton, Simon Milton, Billy Clarke & Jordan Rhodes oddly! Managed to totally wipe Simon Milton out as well mwhahahaha! Couldnt get near blooming Magilton though.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Delaying the inevitable. Damage is done..maybe beyond repair for this season. Get rid of Hooty now and his blowfish

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    AC Canary

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Johny, are you a member of the Hughton family? Or are you just insane!? The guy is useless and should be sacked immediately.

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    DT

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • We are all managers with hind-sight. Good managers though have fore-sight; they decide what the future will hold and act accordingly. So is McNally a good (general) manager? He appears to have looked at the future in 2009 and decisively and immediately fired Gunn. Was he just lucky with Lambert? Did he just appoint the manager from the last team to beat Norwich as suggested here? After all at that point Lambert had no track record at all. One point on the graph is not enough to know about McNally, but he certainly passed the good manager test then. Hughton: it has been blindingly obvious for months to most and obvious for longer to some that the man is out of his depth and that the future is dreadful. He is plain stupid because he keeps doing the same thing while expecting a different result. To begin with I thought he was stubborn, but I now realise he doesn’t change things because he doesn’t know what to do. McNally must see this as well, but he has done nothing, has been indecisive; the worst trait of a manager. McNally’s indecision is the second point on the graph; still not enough to know. But if he decides the future is with Hughton, we will have the third point on the graph and we will also know he just got lucky with Lambert. Replacement: David Platt.

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    CharlieCrickless

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • If the Board are committed to playing attractive football as he says have they actually been watching for months? If they were as astute and proactive as a lot of us on this Board the present manager and staff would have been let go at the end of last season.The football is as bad as I have seen for as long as I can remember from the days of Sid Plunket and Bill Lewis.But at least they gave it a go in the days when the club could barely afford a first team strip.As for a new Manager, anyone who can get players passing and moving in a forward direction would do for me.Yes, of course avoiding relegation is a must, but to be satisfied with hovering above the bottom 3 with the last 4 game run in that we have beggars belief.If we go down,I don't blame CH and co but the Board for allowing them to stay playing the same sterile negative rubbish week after week with no prospect of any change.

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    irongloves

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • MancCanary your 100% correct. Was thinking totally off the top of my head and with all the talk of Roy Keane being at games watching players i'd totally forgotten Martin O'Neill was even with ROI national side. Malky also isnt going to be taking a job anytime soon for those legal reasons. Firmly believe if that wasnt the case NCFC wouldve moved in already for him (despite it not being what id hope for).Di Matteo likewise will be out the game at least another 2 years I read for those payment reasons with Chelsea. He'd be a fool to void them. There is prob other names ive missed but thiking on the fly they slip me by. Blooming work getting in the way of my NCFC talk!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Reading MrMc Nallys comments is is unconceivable that Hughton is still in a job. Look atjust one of the shed load of things that are gravely wrong at our club. It comes down to this - we cant and don't score!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Frankly we rarely look like scoring so how on earth are we supposed to get the points we need to survive. DEATH before RELEGATION, well we are suffering a slow death now!!!!!!!!! There really is no time to lose Where is the ruthlessness MR MAC displayed when Brian Gunn was dismissed, We fans shouldn't need to be pleading for a change asap it should be a NO BRAINER!!!!!!!! Please directors listen to the fans. Final thought the Pink un poll currently at 86% against HOOTS and the bookies favourite for the chop- we cant all be wrong.

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • CH must go. He has failed to get results and it is the boards fault to allow it to get this far. Ch will know he has failed and even though he is highly rewarded , it is never easy to be fired at any level.So I have some sympathy. Once on the pitch his players have been abysmal. As highly paid professionals they have and continue to make basic errors. I doubt if one of the bunch are good enough to be in the Premiership. With the exception of Redmond, who looks to have a fine career ahead of him. Watch for the likes of Arsenal to pick him up. Whatever happens I am sure that no matter how much be bicker in this column,we all agree on one thing. OUR club must stay in the Premiership.

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    stormy

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Too many Canaries getting their feathers in a ruffle. Calm down and let the mastermind who got us into the Premier league with the astute appointment of Lambert decide who is best at the helm. Some players need to be ditched, they are not fighters but McNally is astute enough to see Hughton's qualities and that is why he has not hit the panic button. Back Hughton.

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    Johny

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Powers, Benitez is employed by Napoli. We have no hope of getting him. We certainly have hope that McNally pulls his finger out and fires clueless Chris. I'd take a defeat to Hull in order to achieve it. Although we've had enough defeats already to warrant his sacking. He should be long gone.

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    DT

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • McNally has done a really great job since he joined, but I have to say that I fear that he's lost it on this one. Shame............

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    Honest Injun

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Fair point, Lobbo. Yes, under Hughton we do induce a state of numbness and boredom. I cannopt fathom what McN is on about when he says we play attractive football!

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Manc - no problems for me. I always thought that McNally got lucky. Just happened to be Colchester who hammered us that day. Had it been any other team he might well have poached their manager. So he got one right and one wrong. Regarding the finances - if the Sky money was say £10m rather than £80m per season it would make a difference.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • That was a good spot, Mark Brailey! Why on earth was it deemed necessary to compose that faux photo? You can`t even trust those nice local media guys these days. Good job they`re inept enough to be caught out by alive guys like you! The photo is Python-esque; a Terry Gilliam cartoon. Looks like a giant human egg cup. Soon be Easter.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Is McNally saying that he'll stick with the Hoot if and only if he keeps us out of the bottom three? The want of foresight is troubling. Our last 4 games are against the top 4 clubs. We could well end up in the bottom three but by that time it will be too late to 'hoof the Hoot'. We must take preemptive action!

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Whilst I'm not making excuses for some of our performances (especially that last night) I can't help but feel that the injuries have had their part to play. RVW, Hooper, and Snodgrass all spent a large part of the first half of this season injured. Pilks, Tettey, Howson, and Elliot Bennet all remain on the casualty list. These 5 are a first choice midfield unit in their own right. I can't help but think that a similar situation would have derailled stability and progress within even the biggest teams.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • MancCanary your post is the only thing to offer a bit of hope. Interestingly Radio Partridge's 1300 headline was by no means pro the status quo.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • This is different to what the BBC Football page is saying, according to them Hughton is meeting their targets. Is the target Championship status, because they are going the right way to achive that target, which is a shame as they do not TV championship games here in Canada. I have many relatives there in Norwich and district who do go to many games and it is nice to see their faces in the crowd occaisionally.

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    canuk

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Why you no show my posts?

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • DT I know Benitez is Napoli manager right now, but that doesn't mean he can't be tempted :) OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Very funny Stew. I saw a left footed player playing on the right wing score a hatrick for Sunderland last weekend.

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    sharky

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Interesting discussion about McNally. I do wonder if he is getting too much credit for being in the right place at the right time, and it is now coming back to haunt him with CH, and how to replace him with another PL

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • What sort of idiot compares relegation to death? It's no sort of analogy at all. And this is the guy we are relying on to make the right decisions to keep us in the Premier League? God help us!

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    Colin

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • If we do sack CH, I would gladly take Neil Lennon. Of all the names touted, he would probably fill me with most confidence. I said in an earlier post that I'd also welcome Hoddle or Curbishley - but I doubt either of those would come.

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    PutneyCanary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Stormy - You are absolutely right. A successful business must always be looking to improve, with a dynamic business plan, and never ever sit back and rest on their laurels. Just look at the famous names of businesses and football clubs from the past that have done this and fallen on hard times. Not being in the EPL bottom three is not a dynamic business plan.

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Maybe McN has done a behind closed doors deal with Malkay and is waiting for his Cardiff door to close before announcing? Or maybe not..... I guess we'll find out what is REALLY happening sooner or later as I absolutely do not believe nothing is happening in the board room. As many have said, McN has been a massive driving force to our financial recovery. Never forget what a huge hole we were in.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Just watched the Man City - Blackburn Cup match and, apart from City's overwhelming fire power, two things stood out: the amount of quality whipped crosses from the byline from both teams and in Man City's case the desire and commitment to win the ball back when they lose possession. Much is talked about their world class players. But even those at the very top ran, chased and closed down their opponents when possession was lost. Two things that these days are almost totally lacking in Norwich City's game. If half our team put in the same work rate as I saw tonight then we might have greatly reduced our goals against tally. I would like to see more of both elements of the game from us on Saturday but I doubt it will happen. As regards quality ball into the front men, Hughton's balmy plan of using Snodgrass on the right all season is a disaster and produces nothing for anyone in the box to feed off. That is of course relfected in the small number of chances created for the likes of RvW and Hooper.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Having heard McNally say on Radio Norfolk that Hughton's brief was to keep city out of the bottom three and that he was doing that so, I presume if we go into the bottom three then he will be sacked but if that happens in 4 or 5 games time it will then be too late for any new manager to keep us up.

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    leslie cater

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • …..Jig69!...I'm flattered that you read my comments on a previous story and agreed with them regarding Neil Adams and Darren Huckerby be given control of team affairs for the remainder of the season!....They may NOT be successful.....BUT their input could have an uplifting effect on the players, and that is what is required rather than a new set of faces on the field!....They could do no worse than that which is happening under the present long faced set up....My 'friend Sharky' says that he thinks that some players are not pulling their weight...One thing is for certain and that is, they are not working for each other... He didn't name names, but I will.....I watched the match last night.... Snodgrass had one intention....advancing down the right wing and falling over in order to obtain a free kick...He spent half as much time on the grass as I did in my seat....Whittaker can't make up his mind as to whether he plays at Right Back, or in the forward line....Bassong?..Ah Well!....I feel sure that one of the tactics used by our opponents is to concede a corner which draws him out of defence, and leaves a damned great hole for them to exploit, and they did!....Hoolahan (my favourite player) on the other hand cannot be blamed for this fiasco if he is 'benched' game after game...He has to play...every game...our only artiste and discarded, probably for speaking out of turn to one or more of the three stooges!....Mr McNally states that Hughton's brief is to keep us out of the bottom three (possibly something written into his contract)....So we may have to wait until Saturday for further action!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Hughtons targets are therefore set very low. That shows a lack of ambition in my view from the board and all NCFC deserve better than that. We should be competing in all games, not hoping we finish 4th from bottom every year. Disgraceful.

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    Henry

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Algarve, a board offering unconditional support is normally the first sign they're about to go.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Agree Sharky. Its a massive gamble what ever happens. In my eyes its still less of a gamble than sticking with something that clearly isnt working though. I just hope we get a little bit of 'luck' and the next appointment carries the attributes we immediately required. Certainly someone who can lift the players and get them reaching the potential is a must.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • A lot of well known names being thrown out as candidates, but what about some of the managers who have done well with very little from the lower divisions - Eddie Howe from Bournemouth is one name, but don't know a lot about him, apart from young and done well for Bournemouth. After all Lambert was not setting the world on fire at Colchester (apart from beating is seven one).

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Ok, people criticising McNally is a massive step too far. Obviously he didn't only appoint Lambert because of the 7-1. People seem to forget that He was brought in after years of Stella work at Fulham. Look where they were before him and where they're headed since he left. This is a man with a glowing track record whom I think remains our best ever signing.

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    PutneyCanary

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Reading MrMc Nallys comments is is unconceivable that Hughton is still in a job. Look atjust one of the shed load of things that are gravely wrong at our club. It comes down to this - we cant and don't score!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Frankly we rarely look like scoring so how on earth are we supposed to get the points we need to survive. DEATH before RELEGATION, well we are suffering a slow death now!!!!!!!!! There really is no time to lose Where is the ruthlessness MR MAC displayed when Brian Gunn was dismissed, We fans shouldn't need to be pleading for a change asap it should be a NO BRAINER!!!!!!!! Please directors listen to the fans. Final thought the Pink un poll currently at 86% against HOOTS and the bookies favourite for the chop- we cant all be wrong.

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • What makes people think Lennon would come to Norwich City? He is currently manager of Celtic and under contract. OK, the lure of the Premiership might be of interest to him. But would he leave a club like Celtic, with 50,000-plus at every home game, for struggling Norwich? Especially given the fact that there is great pressure and little time to bring in players. Watch Southampton, because the chairman has resigned and the manager Marcio Pochettino said he would walk if the chairman went. Now he would be someone to consider! He has done a fantastic job at Southampton. But again, would this quality of person want it?

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • i think i would go for that young wippersnapper paul lambert.what do you reckon brew.

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    bluelight

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • As a person Cully is a blooming horrid bloke! Just my 2 cents. Legend as a NCFC player mind you. Cant imagine him going alone. As Lambert once said "they come as a team not a single manager". Lambert would admittedly have virtually zero input or interest in training and that was left totally to Cully. Each to there own obviously. Thats always my concern when it comes to long time assistants who've been mainly coaching based. That isnt a "assistants" cant manage statement as clearly they can, just appears the heavily coaching based ones struggle. (Peter Grant, Sammy Lee etc....endless list). Thats one reason i'd be slightly nervous about Mike Phelan as a candidate. Obviously could work too. :)

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Mattias - I have survived a drink with Tony Spearing!!! I know it's trench humour mate but by Jeez we need it.Hoof the Hoot.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • One thing which is certain in recruitment at any level is that nobody gets it right 100% of the time. Don't criticise McNally on appointing Hughton. At the time there were more people agreeing with that decision that disagreeing. However having made an error it is essential to rectify it ASAP. Hoof The Hoot.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Dont get me wrong as a player and coach Cully is top draw. Just my own personal experiences with the guy though. Blooming Horrid! lol!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • If I was to think outside the box manager-wise then I'd maybe go for Rafael Benitez. I know this isn't going to be a popular choice, but if we could get him in then that'd be a wonderful acquisition. The man is technically-sound, has an amazing track-record and has stated many times that he wants to live in the UK again. He was once close to a move to Blackburn so you never know! OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I don't think the person in front of McNally has been photoshopped. I think his brain has exploded and blown off the top of his head in reaction to the result.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Excellent piece of perspective there Mellow_Yellow. Sadly, I think the mood bought about by the disaster yesterday is hampering the willingness to consider it. Hope the players can get their heads back up.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I notice that Delia has not been seen in the media of late. If City have a winning streak she is all over the papers and on TV, but when they have a bad spell she disappears.

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    mike smith

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • The game against Hull is the start of a run of fixtures against, mostly, bottom half rivals when we need to create a cushion that will see us through the 5 unwinnable fixtures concluding our season (Really, it is FIVE - beginning with away to Fulham, probably the next game they will win). If Hoots remains in charge I fear the worst. Well, not death, but something quite bad, like ending up in the Championship and the board having faith in Hoots to rebuild.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Was at the game last night (easy for me as it was basically in my back-garden). I didn't join in with the chants of "Hughton out" and "you're getting sacked in the morning" when we went 3-0 down. I think you have to take last night's match for what it was - we didn't play a number of first team regulars and those who came in didn't exactly set it alight. I just don't feel that CH has lost the dressing room (which incidently is the reason that Gold gave for not sacking Big Sam at West Ham). Clearly if that happens then he should go immediately. But before that, even having not won any of our last 6 PL games, we're still (just) above the drop zone. A good result against Hull and then follow that up in the next game and suddenly everything looks a lot rosier again. I fully appreciate that many fans would rather see CH go irrespective of results due to the nature of the football being played but, for me, staying in the PL this season is all that matters and I don't (yet) subscribe to the view that keeping CH means we will definitely be relegated. In the same way as sacking him wouldn't definitely mean we stay up. I think it's completely unfair to call him clueless - the man's been in the game far too long (and is well respected by far too many other people in the game) to be a mug. It's just that things clearly aren't working out at the moment. My only hopes are these: (i) if he is sacked, everyone gets fully behind the new manager (whomever it is) (btw, my choices, for what its worth, would be Glen Hoddle or Alan Curbishley (whom I assume will have a clause in his Fulham contract enabling him to leave for a managerial position)); and (ii) if results do pick up a bit and it becomes clear that CH is staying at least until the end of the season, the fans unite behind him for what is clearly going to be the most important second half to a season we've had for a long while. Things haven't gone well for CH, but that doesn't necessarily mean that what is current is for ever more. He has been given the opportunity to build his own team but I really think he's been unlucky with injuries. I mean, combined fee of over £13m for two new strikers and its only about now that both have been fit at the same time. That's got to be hard to stomach. Now they're both back fit (I think RVW is still getting up to match fitness) maybe we'll see his plan for the two of them come together? Stranger things have happened.

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    PutneyCanary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • McNally states that '"We are in the entertainment business". The key word being" business". Any successful business must invest and grow. To settle for just avoiding relegation reeks of lack of ambition and will guarantee N City will always be fighting against relegation .Until the day the fight is lost. Hang out with losers and you will become one. City are in their third season in the Premiership and thanks to this are debt free. No other business receives such a financial reward as do Premiership clubs. Except of course wind farms, railways and other such government pet projects. I digress, football is a business and clubs such as LIverpool and Man., Utd., grew from humble beginnings. I can remember watching both clubs when they were in the old second division. City could grow with the right people in charge. First we must get this season over with. There is no reason that this club, in such a fine city, with its marvellous supporters cannot compete at the highest level.

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    stormy

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Mark Brailey - good spot! What a strange photo to require photoshopping. Why would the editor in question need to photoshop some blurry people into the foreground infront of McNally?! Odd decision!

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    MancCanary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Putney - fair point, but I prefer to look where Norwich are heading and I don't like what I see.

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    CharlieCrickless

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Can everyone slating McNally just wait a second and think? He's NOT going to say that Hughton has one game to save his job in public is he? That doesn't happen. He has to be professional and be very careful with his words. I'm pretty sure that by saying "The brief is to keep out of the bottom three" he is saying, "get hammered by Hull and drop into the bottom 3 then that's it". The reasons he hasn't sacked Hughton before now is because every time we've gone through a very bad patch, there's been a sign of revival and a result to match. We're still only 4 points off a decent position, and not been in the bottom 3 for a long while. So it stands to reason that Hughton would get more time to sort it. However, now we look worse than ever and it's 99% definitely time for him to go. But the trouble with Hughton's reign is that, whilst bad, it's not been *quite* bad enough yet. I am of the opinion that it definitely is now, but the uncomfortable fact remains - that if we beat Hull on Sat and results go our way we could be 12th and 5 points off 18th. Which, in this results-driven business, would mean Hughton is doing his job - getting the results. It's a real head vs heart fight for us fans isn't it, and I'm not enjoying it at all.

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    MancCanary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Excuses are irrelevant, we have poor all season and most of last year, we have got progressively worse and worse, no plan, no idea, no confidence, to system .

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    Burglecut

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Reading MrMc Nallys comments is is unconceivable that Hughton is still in a job. Look atjust one of the shed load of things that are gravely wrong at our club. It comes down to this - we cant and don't score!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Frankly we rarely look like scoring so how on earth are we supposed to get the points we need to survive. DEATH before RELEGATION, well we are suffering a slow death now!!!!!!!!! There really is no time to lose Where is the ruthlessness MR MAC displayed when Brian Gunn was dismissed, We fans shouldn't need to be pleading for a change asap it should be a NO BRAINER!!!!!!!! Please directors listen to the fans. Final thought the Pink un poll currently at 86% against HOOTS and the bookies favourite for the chop- we cant all be wrong.

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I notice that Delia has not been seen in the media of late. If City have a winning streak she is all over the papers and on TV, but when they have a bad spell she disappears.

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    mike smith

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • IHIT!! OTBC!! I am still adamant Hughton is the right man for the job, and the reason we are where we are is because we brought in too many players in the close season. Two wins on the bounce and confidence will start coming into the side, and see where we go from then...The issue is, those two wins on the bounce need to come very, very soon....OTBC! IHIT!

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    Ghana Dom

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • It is quite clear what DM thinks - 'it is about how well we do in our jobs and the only real measure is results.' He then goes on to say his view of the results have been. CH should go now but a defeat on Saturday would make the position obvious beyond all doubt. The worst scenario would be a scrambled draw which prolongs the inevitable. A convincing win might be ok but does anyone think that might happen?

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    andy

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Good one Algarve. I think I wanted Roeder out this much too but somehow the stakes seem higher?

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I would prefer death over relegation, stupid man.

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    Reader

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I think it's almost a when not an if we sack Hughton. And the sooner the better. Not keen on Curbishley even if he was keen on us, but, yeah, Hoddle or Lennon if they'd come. We have been reminded that for legal reasons Malky is not available, but that might be a good thing.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Johny - You say people with 'more authority' such as ex-pros have backed Hughton, but have you not heard the pre and post match comments made by ex-pros on the BT Sport and Radio Norfolk coverage last night? They all seemed to identify many of the frailties and issues that many fans have been banging on about for months! Ex-pros are unlikley to come out and say a manager should be sacked, but they will subtly criticise their teams, tactics, performances etc. You can chose to read between the lines or interporate that as you will I guess.

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    Smudger75

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • The evidence of the past points the way to the future. In Mr McN I trust!!

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    NICEONE

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I`m sure McNally is morphing into Bishop Brennan, as Hoots similarly transmogrifies into Father Dougall McGuire, the Jesuit Jigsaw Genius. I cannot yet see any changes in Michael Wynn-Jones (Father Jack) and Delia (Mrs. Doyle), though I`m sure Delia makes a nice cup of tea anyway.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • For goodness sake get a grip, it's only a game.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Cheers Mattias. Yes, everyone seems particularly up in arms about McNally's "keep us out of the bottom 3" statement.. Because this reported version above isn't fully what he said. But if you listen carefully to the recorded interview, and process what he is saying, he is saying this (and I para-phrase): "When we first slipped into the bottom 3 in october, the brief for Chris was to get us out of it and ***keep us out*** " ... so I think he's saying "if we go back in to the bottom 3 on saturday, you're out." He's certainly NOT saying as long as we are clear of the bottom 3 all season, that's fine. He clearly attributes the statement to a particular time - October. People need to read, listen and think more before reacting.

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    MancCanary

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • David McNally is the best thing to happen to this Club in a very long time and I support his views. The man has never failed us yet so let's stay positive and trust he knows what he's doing this time as well. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I guess Worthy was Ted himself Brew? I do not want to be there Saturday but I will of course. I do still trust McNally btw. But certainly my faith in the rest of the Board is rapidly disappearing.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • McNally is in a difficult position as his own tenure of the club is really being questioned for the first time since his arrival. He's done some great things at Carrow Road, and moved us far and away beyond the dark days of the Mumby and Doomcaster dynasty, but the continued support of Chris Hughton is weakening his credibility, however much one might sympathize with his 'stand by your man' attitude and dramatic outpourings in which death is preferred to relegation!

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    wallybrain

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Hi - my first time "on the boards"... Among the ever-increasing number of names of potential candidates to replace CH, one I haven't seen so far is Ian Culverhouse. Wasn't he generally considered to have been the brains behind the "Paul Lambert show"? If we could extract him from Villa, and team him up with Neil Adams (i.e. NA as coachmotivator) might it just work? Both with long NCFC playing careers as well.

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    KA-Canary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Well....one thing is for sure........If I was an insurance company, I wouldn't be offering Mr McNally life insurance on that basis!! It's like the first class passengers on the Titanic, standing on the deck, sipping a gin and tonic, believing that the ship was too big to sink, and anyway, rescue would appear over the horizon. I respect McNally. I think I understand his strategy, but even he must now seriously doubt that rescue ship coming over the horizon. It was very interesting that in his interview this morning, he stood well back from offering the manager unconditional support, the way the Golds have to Sam Alladyce. I have been a Norwich fan for over 40 years, and all that time have never before called for a managers removal. I have had no faith in Hughton since he arrived. Sterile tactics, inflexible attitude to making changes needed to virtually everybody in the ground, but him. I am now retired, but I spent a large part of my career, covering football all over the world, as well as the UK. I saw and enjoyed some great teams. I also saw some defeated and doomed teams. Norwich City last night, was a dead team walking.

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    Algarve Canary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • CH cut a lonely figure last night standing out in the technical area in the pouring rain. Whilst I won't make excuses for some of the poor performances the truth of it is that our season has been plagued by injuries. Key players like Snods, RVW and Hooper were absent for large parts of the first 4 months. Now its Turner, Tettey, Howson, Pilks, and Elliot Bennet. Surely a smilar situation would undermine progress at even the biggest clubs?

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Btw; Putney ol` buddy, did McNally really fuel his success at Fulham with "Stella"?! Artois, I mean, not McCartney ;-)) I agree with what you say about McNally, though. Trouble is, this time any ruthlessness has to be directed against his own man, not that hapless misappointment, Bryan Gunn. At the time of Hughton`s appointment I thought he was the perfect fit, and it`s only been relatively recently that I`ve really started having misgivings. Not just our poor performances but some of the strange happenings: Butterfield, Benchio, Vaughan, Captaincy, team selection\structure, loss of form by several players including goalkeepers. Etc. Perhaps performances now would indeed be better described as Stella rather than stellar! (Referring to the painter Frank Stella, whose "minimalism" involves painting pictures entirely in black!). Perhaps the inspiration for our away strip and Fulham`s regular one? And the mood of Canary fans departing a match.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Two things I would say to your comment about the impact of injuries M.Y. 1st it is the management's responsibility to keep players fit and injury free. In an age when sports injury has been studied and researched in great detail, all top flight teams should be able to minimise the impact that they have over the course of a season. The fact that Chris Hughton has not been able to do this is another example of his failures and shortcomings as a manager. 2nd happy players tend to be fit players. Look at the amount of injuries we had during the tenure of Lambert. Very few key players were out with injury for extended periods as they were made to feel important and more importantly enthused at the prospect of playing. Hughton again gives the impression that this is something he fails to do too. I hope that by this time tomorrow I have the happy news that he has been sacked and that we have lined up Loco Bielsa as his replacement (well one can dream).

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    Disco Dale's step-over

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I think we should trust McNally he has been one of the best signings in the history of NCFC. Boards are often criticized in football for being trigger happy and now our board is being criticized for not being. How can they win? The key part of the interview is that McNally has not backed CH. He said it's all about preparing for Saturday's game. The Board would not have instructed McNally to conduct an interview if they didn't realize the management of the team is at breaking point with the fans. I will point out one thing though that is contradicting, the objective has changed from top 10 to keeping us out of the bottom 3 - interesting perception of progression. Regarding managerial candidates, Neil Lennon is the obvious choice but whether or not he would come is a different matter. He maybe happy winning every week and playing in Europe :-)

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    Benji Dubai

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Then lets set about ensuring we stay in the Premier League. We have the players capable. We have a full house every week and we go away no matter how far in our 1000s. The club is set up perfect to ensure there a main stay in the league and not somebody constantly looking over there shoulder. Sadly we have the wrong man in charge. Plain and simple. The board know it, the fans know it, the media know it and it appears the players know it too.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Ok so I keep hearing what are the options if Hughton is sacked. I keep saying "im glad it isnt my job as i'd have no clue" but keep hearing it so lets look at the candidates. Malky is a popular choice, not someone I'd want. IMO he would unify fans first and foremost as a postive in the short term but long term I fear fans wouldn't take to his similar style of football to Hughton ultimately getting us the same result - relegation but in a nicer well hes one of us way. Not something I want to think about. Steve Clarke is backed by alot while dismissed by alot also. Im undecided on him, brilliant first season but he did have a truly special player in Lukaku. Struggled this season to motivate his side, which in reality is exactly what we have issues with at NCFC. Mike Phelan has potential? Ignore the ex NCFC link (which is a positive by the way) and he could work. Bare in mind though it has just as much potential to fail like all candidates really. No experience im sure would be seen as a gamble by the board. Henrik Larsson anyone? Lack of experience may be costly but currently top of the swedish D2 with Falkenbergs FF and playing attractive football from the sound of reports online.Luis Enrique of Celta Vigo? Although hes only been there since pre-season 2013 so unlikely he'd move so soon. Glenn Hoddle always gets mentioned but I really dont think he will take another management job despite playing good football and being very clued up on the game. Old Saggy Chops Harry wont leave QPR so dont even go there people. Martin Jol? Think the stint at Fulham will sour any chance he has appearing. Martin O'Neill is one im undecided on. I can totally understand why some dismiss him right away because of how it ended at Sunderland. Unfinished business with NCFC - Possibly but unsure it work? Stuart Pearce? Not someone i'd want sorry despite being a huge idol of mine as a player. Neil Warnock? Ha just trying to wind a few people up there....surely not a candidate. Zola? Not for me sorry. Awful spell with West Ham and shocking season with Watford this season where he got sacked from a job he could have for life if you believe what there owners said only a year ago. Sean Dyche anyone? Im not a massive fan but nobody can deny what hes achieving at Burnley right now. Unai Emery or Marcelo Bielsa? Likely unrealistic that they would even talk to us let alone consider a move here or other clubs would have nabbed them. Other than that your looking much lower in terms of what people have achieved - lower championship or total unheard-offs by the average fan abroad. Likely missed someone that someone will "WHAT ABOUT SO AND SO YOU DING BAT" but im thinking off top of my head here.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • At this late stage stick or twist will probably both lead to the Championship. We should have sacked him ages ago. It's been clear for a long time to anyone who understands the game that he cannot take us forward.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • KA-Canary - I like your idea. Would be good to see Culverhouse back at NCFC. I just wonder if he would be willing to leave Villa and try his hand at management? Wouldn't hurt the Club to ask though! OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I have took off my rose tinted glasses and now know unless we get some proper management we will lose every match,starting saturday with a 3 goal drubbing. PLEASE GET RID OF CH

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    canarykid

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Totally agree MancCanary. McNally said back then (once again verbally via interview) that he was embarrassed being in the bottom 3 and totally agree with his reminder that they expect midtable and certainly not to be in the bottom 3 again. Brilliant post MadBrewer ref the Stella comment!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Mellow - excuses, excuses, excuses.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • David McNally could be wrong, he could be right. Either way he's emphatically earned the right for us to trust his judgement. Neither will I be so arrogant as to patronise Delia Smith or Michael Wynn-Jones who have committed huge chunks of their own fortunes to the prosperity and success of this club. At the end of the day survival in this league is all that matters if we are to have any chance of moving forwards rather than backwards in the long-term. They have my full support in any decisions they see fit to achieve that end.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Im glad im not in charge as I have no idea who i'd want to appoint. I know for certain though it isn't the usual pub talk names (Malky, Di Matteo etc....) Id hope we try think outside the box. Like McNally said in the past, the board dont draw up shortlists, they identify a target and go for him. He also said NCFC are now a big club and we have to start thinking and acting like one whether its changing the kit every season or signing bigger names. Likewise we need to think as big as we possibly can manager wise. Costs money though. Although I dont agree with who WBA choose I would be happier going down that route of a foriegn manager than I would a Di Matteo etc....Only positive with Malky is he would unify instantly the Fans which is something we miss right now. How long though would it take the same fans to grow tired of similar football to what were experiencing now?

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • The evidence of the past points the way to the future. In Mr McN I trust!!

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    NICEONE

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Mattias I one playyed against Culverhouse in the Harlow Recreational League - don't ask - in the 1970s and can confirm he was not very pleasant. But nor was I because I was stuck wide left and couldn't get myself and the ball past him at the same time. How our careers differed:)

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • "We are in the entertainment business and results are the only thing that matters" - surely entertainment matters, no?

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    actual canary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • @Colin Looked it up 19pts from 19 games last season and 20 from 21 this season. Pretty much bang on 1 point a game.

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    James Dougall

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Colin, what sort of idiot can't recognise hyperbole when he sees it?

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    a fine city

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I guess Worthy was Ted himself Brew? I do not want to be there Saturday but I will of course. I do still trust McNally btw. But certainly my faith in the rest of the Board is rapidly disappearing.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Be careful what you ask for - Ask any Wolves fan.

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    NigelS

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • So true El Dingo! Honestly you gotta find someway to laugh through this depressing time.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Clever last word Brew. Hoof the Hoot.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I tend to agree with you for the most part Mattias333. It'd be a risk taking an assistant and placing them in the hot seat. I've always liked Cully, though, think he's got a good football mind. Interesting that you don't find him all that kindly though. I've never spoken to him personally so couldn't lend an opinion, but interesting nonetheless. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I agree with Stew and others who say we must change our manager and coaching staff on the basis that doing nothing is not an option. It is far better to try and fail than not try at all. Changing manager is a gamble and may even be too late but we are now at such a low ebb that I doubt it could make things worse. We need desperately a manager who can invigorate and motivate the players and a coach working alongside him who can get the best out of the players by playing a system that suits them and playing the players in their most effective positions - no more left-footed right wingers for one! I fear the Board is sticking by Hughton for Saturday's game. If things go to script, they score and we have no answer, then the atmosphere is going to turn very sour indeed. Not what we want but it will be almost inevitable. Based on our current dreadful record this is the most likely scenario.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Notice the names o f NEIL ADAMS AND DARREN HUCKERBY on here. I HAVE BEEN SAYINGTHAT FOR AGES NOW!!!!! Adams to fire the troops up for Hull with Hucks by his side. OkMalky, Steve Clarke Mike Phelan take your pick but we have 2 vital home games to come which will go a long way in deciding our fate.There really is no time to lose. ps the window shuts in 2 weeks !!!!!!!!!!!

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I am reminded of Bill Shankly's comment: Football's not a matter of life and death... it's more important than that.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Presumably the reason why there is no post-match interview with Hughton on Canaries Player is because he is putting all his effort into winning on Saturday. Thank goodness for that - I don't think I could have taken another five minutes of excuses.

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    jigs69

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • What happened to that guys head at the bottom of the photo? ps Hughton out please and thankyou

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    Mark Brailey

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Spot on as usual MancCanary. I said the same thing. The board are not going to go "he has one game to save his job". Infact they did more than anyone else would've done to make it clear there not happy by making comments regarding how they wouldnt have played 2 up top against Everton and how he swerved the support of them question. Speaks volumes. If we lose to Hull he will be gone. Other than that its just a strict and clear message things must improve.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Anyone had the thought that maybe McNally wants to get rid but the "board" dont all share his view ?.

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    Jimhow

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Mattias - I agree on your points completely. Just a couple of things though - O'Neill is the ROI manager now so that can't happen, and Malky can'twon't join anyone till his legal issues with Cardiff are done. Di Matteo won't manage again until he stops being paid by Chelsea. I honestly have no idea who we could go to.. we're up sh*t creek without a paddle, so to speak. I think the only sensible thing would be to give it to whoever we choose till the end of the season, and then permanently depending on how they do. Unless we tempt a Bielsa or someone of that stature, in which case there would be no negotiating and it'd be a 2 yr deal at least. Note - I don't think we'd get Bielsa in a million years.

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    MancCanary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I'm glad you liked my perspective LYB, I'm a usualy pragmatic type of chap. But yes, tac-tics last night were daft to say the least. RVW badly needs game time so it would have been an ideal opportunity to give him the full 90 minutes. Also the lack of leadership, spirit, and motivation on the pitch worries me considerably. CH would do himself a huge favour by selecting an alternative Captain to Bassong.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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