Tempers flare after Norwich City FC suffer home defeat and creep closer to relegation zone

Norwich Manager Chris Hughton gets animated during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich Manager Chris Hughton gets animated during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Sunday, April 6, 2014
7:58 AM

There were angry scenes at full-time at Carrow Road today, as Norwich City Football Club suffered a major blow to their relegation fight.

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The Canaries lost by one goal to fellow Premier League strugglers West Bromwich Albion, prompting chants of “we want Hughton out” at the end of the game.

Once again the club had provided fans with yellow cardboard clappers in a bid to whip up vocal support for the team.

But the dismal performance on the pitch left some supporters feeling angry enough to toss the clappers onto the grass during the last 10 minutes of the game.

After four minutes of extra time, the boos rang out around the ground and the ugly scenes continued as goalkeeper John Ruddy climbed over the barrier into the Lower Barclay to remonstrate with one fan.

The fan in question later rang BBC Norfolk’s Canary Call, using the name Nick, to apologise and said both he and Ruddy were obviously passionate about the team. He said his criticism had not been aimed at Ruddy, but at the 10 players in front of him.

As the crowd poured outside the ground, a handful of supporters gathered outside the main entrance to the Geoffrey Watling City Stand to call for manager Chris Hughton to get the sack.

Robin Sainty, who is on the board of the Norwich City Supporters Trust, said in his opinion this afternoon’s events were “massively disappointing” in every way.

He said: “It was massively disappointing not just the fact that we lost but the nature of it. I just never thought we gave ourselves a chance of winning.”

In terms of the angry scenes at the end which saw fans throw clappers onto the pitch in disgust and goalkeeper John Ruddy confront one fan after the game, Mr Sainty said it was a sign of the frustration of being a football fan in that you cannot change anything from the stands – although he did not condone it.

He said: “To be honest a few people aren’t going to be too proud of themselves when they think of what happened at the end. When you see John Ruddy diving into the crowd because of what’s been said it’s not good and people throwing stuff onto the pitch will probably get us a fine. I think the reality of relagation has finally hit home today. I think we’re probably going to go down.”

And with calls for manager Chris Hughton to go following the game Mr Sainty said that although he thought the board had “left it to late to make any meaningful change ” with just five games left to play he thought maybe a change of manager might give the club a “bit of a bounce”.

He said: “I think we’re running out of ideas.”

Neville Townsend, from Forces 2 Canaries supporters group, described today’s game as a “shocking display” and said the scenes at the end were as a result of the frustration fans felt.

He said: “They played alright up until the West Brom goal and then heads dropped. The fans got frustrated towards the end – we were never going to score. “We didn’t have a plan B and don’t have a plan B with Chris Hughton and the fans reacted.”

Mr Townsend said although it was not excusable that things were thrown onto the pitch he said it was borne out of frustration and thought the remarks which angered John Ruddy were probably aimed at the team and not at the City number one.

He said: “John Ruddy was one of the few that did okay today and he showed a bit of passion – it’s a pity the other 10 didn’t.”

In terms of sacking the City boss after today’s display, Mr Townsend said he thought it was “too late.”

He said: “It’s too late for him to go but the writing was on the wall since Hull away at the beginning of the season. We’re stuck with him now until the end of the season but he’s not for Norwich.”

Upper Barclay season ticket holder Mel Lacey said: “I have been a supporter for about 50 years and I have never ever felt this frustrated. I got frustrated with Nigel Worthington’s reign at the end but not as bad as this.

“Chris Hughton is hanging on to his job because everyone says he’e a nice guy. He might be a nice guy, but he’s not performing to the level he should be performing at in the Premier League.

“I think we are going to be relegated because I can’t see us winning the matches we have got left.

“I can’t imagine that players wouldn’t want to win a game but looking at the way they played, what were they thinking?

“They weren’t concentrating, there was no commitment and no energy.”

43 comments

  • Sack CH NOW and give Adams 5 games as caretaker. We're screwed unless we beat Fulham.and that won't happen with clueless in charge. Win next week and we might just make it. Di Canio did it last season. In fact better example even Bryan Gunn got a one math bounce as caretaker.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • You only have to look at Palace. Rock Bottom, Same players....Sack manager, bring in Pulis.....Same players.......Above Norwich, looking safe. Its down to a tactically inept Hughton and his tactically inept team. Hughton should have been relieved of his duties a long time ago. The board are at fault as well.

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    Cris Reynolds

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • So all the managers who watch the game from the stands think they can do better, it is not the managers fault if the fairy feet can not put a little round ball into a fishing net. He can onlt advise on what team to put out and if they are no good then they should be got rid of. They should choose one of the so called supporters to pick the team for the week and if the team fail to win then that person will be barred from this little gane of try and kick the ball for life. Now to wait for lovely comments. !!

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    loco

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • Sainty has constantly sneered at those who dared to say that relegation was on the cards so why does he still have an Archant column?

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    JohnnyH

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • "What we have to do is ensure the performance today doesn't drain our confidence" ..... What confidence? Thats a good one CH. We are going down-down-down-down! Pitiful effort. No heart. We deserve the drop. Tears management team. Thanks for nothing

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    BrisbaneCanary

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • Having sat on their hands and failed to act when they should have done, the Board and CEO will now have the luxury of being able to sit back and repent at their leisure over the summer and also get out their bean counters. If they panic act and sack Hughton now that is also likely to be a wrong decision as there isn't time for a new coach to come in, sort out the mess of two years under Hughton and his crew. The only thing left realistically is to pick over the debris of this dreadful season and its pathetic performances and to rebuild. That of course means handing Hughton and his coaches their P45s once the season is over and also having a radical cull of the playing staff. Some of those are simply nowhere near good enough, others have shown no desire for the fight. Hughton has by and large wasted a lot of money, only for us to regress at a rapid rate of knots. I cannot accept arguments about our limited spending power. It is not about how much for clubs like Norwich as how they spend it. Decent, functional, teams can and are opften bult round average performers. It is a team game and as PL showed with a very limited squad of talent, if you play them to their best abilities, motivate them, coach them so they know exactly what is required and keep it simple, even a set of average players can and do turn in decent performances. So it's not all about money. It is about having the right characters, coaching them properly and instilling in them desire and confidence. Finally we need leadership on and off the pitch. We have none at present. We are, finally, where we deserve to be. The league table doesn't lie and with the games coming up I cannot see this lot winning another game - including Fulham. Good riddance to a dreadful season and a set of coaches who have been out of their depth from the start.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • I was at the game today and I can't remember a Norwich side so devoid of creativity up front. We had 69% of the ball but lacked any penetration at all.... West Brom have won just 3 games away from home and you could almost guarantee they would get a result today. Sadly, City were relegated today on this performance alone - it will be a miracle if we stay up... and a miracle if Chris Hughton is Norwich manager next season!

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    green tiger

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Sack CH NOW and give Adams 5 games as caretaker. We're screwed unless we beat Fulham.and that won't happen with clueless in charge. Win next week and we might just make it. Di Canio did it last season.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Norwich, Does your computer have spellcheck? If it does you should use it.

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    Abraham

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • This is 1995 all over again. All that's left is a dodgy penalty and a Carlton Palmer last minute goal to formally send us down.

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    Adams is God

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Is it the fault of the manager or the coach, when Trollope was manager of Bristol rovers they were rubbish too.

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    gerry mitson

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • CH HAS LOST THE DRESSING ROOM. CGJUST ASKED CH, DO THE PLAYERS CARRY OUT WHAT YOU TELL THM TO DO.ON THE PITCH, HE COULD NOT ANSER IT , THERE YOU HAVE IT, NCFC CANT GO DOWN SOMEONE PLEASE SAVE OUR NCFC.

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    ROBERT WISKEN

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Norwich - your post literally makes no sense to this argument . we're talking about winning a game or two top stay up, not winning a cup so suggest you worry about your boys own plight under Mick. Only a random Ipswich fan could bring up the past... Certainly all you got Keith s - go on, tell him how to be a real fan of your 'team' and we'll get great satisfaction out of beating you twice next year under a real manager. Might even rob Mick as or assistant for a giggle. He'd jump at the chance to be a number two at a real team.

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    JimBob

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • Abraham, does your computer have a "push the submit button once only" check? If so I suggest you use it.

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    KeithS

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • I'm not trying to make an excuse for the bad performance but nobody has mention the unprecedented level 10 pollution smog stuck over Norfolk for the last few days. Maybe they were unable to train much could this have affected players fitness ?

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    spark

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • It's been more a question this season of how we can have been so poor. As regards improving things, of course there is no magic formula. It would be daft to suggest it. However it is always better in life to try than not to try. And that is where the Board and CEO have let us all down. They have not attempted to make changes in an attempt to improve matters. The simple answer to doing better is to look for a coach who can motivate and who can coach and set up teams to get the best out of every player. The second thing is to remove from the club players who, regardless of quality, are not putting in 100% effort and who \are not prepared to commit totally to the club and the team on the pitch. That's where it all must start. We need more balance in the team as well. We have only one creative midfielder and the poorest wing play I can remember from a team. Had enough of seeing a left footed player on the right wing etc! It is simply ridiculous and sums up Hughton's bizarre tactics and team set ups. He has gone all through the season but still doesn't know, by his own admission, which is his best system or set of players for away games! Unbelievable!

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • Norwich city supporters are so fickle !! If they stay up , they will be saying how good they are ??? You judge a teams success on achievement s ?? We haven't won nothing since 1985 !!! The board are just happy for the team to stay in the premiership each season and reek the benefits !!! They have sold the car park etc etc , may be dropping down a table will give them a kick up the a##e until then NFC will just be a money beasket to the shareholders

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    Norwich

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • You only have to look at Palace. Rock Bottom, Same players....Sack manager, bring in Pulis.....Same players.......Above Norwich, looking safe. Its down to a tactically inept Hughton and his tactically inept team. Hughton should have been relieved of his duties a long time ago. The board are at fault as well.

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    Cris Reynolds

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • It wasn't just the fans allegedly... This was copied from the Hughton out facebook page. **From a City fan who will remain anonymous** What I witnessed at Carrow Road today was an absolute disgrace and unbelievable!!! I'm not talking about the *** on the pitch...we're used to that...I''m talking about a poor old gentlemen who sits behind me in the 'City Stand' and has done for many years...who...when the whistle went at halftime...had the audacity (please note my sarcastic tone here) stood up and shouted out to Chris Hughton to sort it out and booed...the next thing I heard was a little commotion behind us where the directors sit....and our so called Chief Executive David Mcnally was standing there getting in the poor gentlemans face giving him an earful...about not standing up, booing and 'growing up'!!! Well you can imagine the reaction Mr Mcnally got from all us other supporters...he was told where to go, was told that we paid a LOT of money (over £600) for season tickets and had EVERY right to vent our anger and frustration at the dross we have witnessed for most of this season...and he disappeared...next minute, a chief steward 'Bernie' (cannot recall his second name) came over to try and 'smooth' things over and said that he was aware words had been exchanged and couldn't take sides. But a lot of us witnessed the REAL David Mcnally today, I say to you Mr McNally, whether frustrations were running high...whatever....your a CEO NOT God Almighty...don't think you can use your 'bully boy' tactics by taking it out on us, the supporters who pay yours, the players wages and keep this GREAT club going and are the bloodline to this club...and will still be here when you are LONG gone....(which won't be much longer if you keep picking on 60+ aged pensioners for having an opinion!!!) YOU'RE the one who has kept an inept manager in a job, who is clearly not cut out for it, YOUR the one who should have changed things earlier and helped by bringing a bit more proper help in the way of transfers in the transfer window and the BUCK...I'm afraid to say...stops with you!!!...(to be fair, I applaud the fact you did go back and apologize to the gentleman apparently...but there was certainly NO need or justice for what you did in the first place!!!) OTBC

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    suffolkcanary

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • Could have a couple of games against Ipswich next season.

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    nicholas dasey

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • CH the way he is managing Norwich City Football Club, CH stands for Central Heating, and the Boiler has blown up. Translated the heating is not fit for purpose and needs urgent replacement !

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    che bramley

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Deluded from Week 1 until now thinking they could do the impossible, now its hit home, now deal with it...relocate to the Championship !!!

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    Footyboy16

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Does not make a difference who the manager is ,if the players on the pitch have no passion and fight in them then we have no chance!

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    tonyb

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • Looking at the statistics, nearly every time Norwich got a draw (8 times) they lost the following match. There is one exception, and that is where they drew with Swansea followed with a draw against Sunderland.

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    Rhombus

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • So now Robin Sainty finally admits that it might be best if we make a change. We all have to suffer his patronising, blinkered defences of Hughton's tenure month after month until he finally announces that he is 'massively disappointed' when on the brink of relegation. Mindless defence of the shocking performance of our management team by people like Sainty and mick dennishas helped keep them in the job for way too long! I can't believe this bloke gets paid by Archant to deliver such drivel. What a mess!!

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    North folk

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • To those that say we should not sack CH. I liken them to the people that spend all week thinking that they will win the lottery on the saturday. Then on saturday disappointed that it did not happen, then saying no matter there's always next week!..Another week goes by and another and another etc. A year goes by and could have done something to improve the chances of earning more money yourselves. We should have removed CH long ago and put in place something that offered us the best chance of offering the supporters the experience that their hard earned money deserves. Rather than continually disrespecting the support, not to mention the charlatans that masquerade as a management team. "Good news boy" McNally, do your job and and least try to give the supporters something back in the last 5 games, we may go down but lets go down with at least a fight rather than meek surrender that we have witnessed all too often this season. It's the journey not the destination that gives us experiences! This seasons journey has been atrocious. Thanks CH.

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    kpg24uk

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • So all the managers who watch the game from the stands think they can do better, it is not the managers fault if the fairy feet can not put a little round ball into a fishing net. He can onlt advise on what team to put out and if they are no good then they should be got rid of. They should choose one of the so called supporters to pick the team for the week and if the team fail to win then that person will be barred from this little game of try and kick the ball for life. Now to wait for lovely comments. !!

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    loco

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • Hughton and his coaching team should have been replaced many months ago. The Board has failed to act and do its duty to the club and the fans and they will now be able to repent at their leisure over the summer and count the cost of this abject failure of a season. It is also clear that for whatever reason half the team cannot make any impression. Some for sure are at best Championship level. Some appear to wilt the moment they come under pressure and have no stomach for the fight. Meanwhile I can't see us scoring another goal let alone winning another game this season. I cannot see this lot getting anything other than a beating at Craven Cottage to effectively end what has been a humiliating season. It is not just that we are going down. It is the manner in which we have capitulated game after game. It is a complete shambles. Hughton and his coaching team must go along with numerous players who are either not good enough, or not committed enough. This set up isn't even good enough for the Championship and the club has to undertake a complete root and branch clear out in the summer. Meanwhile Holt scored for Villa! You have to laugh otherwise you'd cry!

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • It wasn't just the fans allegedly... This was copied from the Hughton out facebook page. **From a City fan who will remain anonymous** What I witnessed at Carrow Road today was an absolute disgrace and unbelievable!!! I'm not talking about the *** on the pitch...we're used to that...I''m talking about a poor old gentlemen who sits behind me in the 'City Stand' and has done for many years...who...when the whistle went at halftime...had the audacity (please note my sarcastic tone here) stood up and shouted out to Chris Hughton to sort it out and booed...the next thing I heard was a little commotion behind us where the directors sit....and our so called Chief Executive David Mcnally was standing there getting in the poor gentlemans face giving him an earful...about not standing up, booing and 'growing up'!!! Well you can imagine the reaction Mr Mcnally got from all us other supporters...he was told where to go, was told that we paid a LOT of money (over £600) for season tickets and had EVERY right to vent our anger and frustration at the dross we have witnessed for most of this season...and he disappeared...next minute, a chief steward 'Bernie' (cannot recall his second name) came over to try and 'smooth' things over and said that he was aware words had been exchanged and couldn't take sides. But a lot of us witnessed the REAL David Mcnally today, I say to you Mr McNally, whether frustrations were running high...whatever....your a CEO NOT God Almighty...don't think you can use your 'bully boy' tactics by taking it out on us, the supporters who pay yours, the players wages and keep this GREAT club going and are the bloodline to this club...and will still be here when you are LONG gone....(which won't be much longer if you keep picking on 60+ aged pensioners for having an opinion!!!) YOU'RE the one who has kept an inept manager in a job, who is clearly not cut out for it, YOUR the one who should have changed things earlier and helped by bringing a bit more proper help in the way of transfers in the transfer window and the BUCK...I'm afraid to say...stops with you!!!...(to be fair, I applaud the fact you did go back and apologize to the gentleman apparently...but there was certainly NO need or justice for what you did in the first place!!!) OTBC

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    suffolkcanary

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • Norwich city supporters are so fickle !! If they stay up , they will be saying how good they are ??? You judge a teams success on achievement s ?? We haven't won nothing since 1985 !!! The board are just happy for the team to stay in the premiership each season and reek the benefits !!! They have sold the car park etc etc , may be dropping down a table will give them a kick up the a##e until then NFC will just be a money beasket to the shareholders

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    Norwich

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • So tell me, which of you, out of all those who post here and lots of others who are probably very clever when it comes to football, which of you would do better? And how? And for me the answer is NOT simply 'sack C H' .. How about keep C H and sack the players, it is they who are not delivering the goals. Stick by your team even in the bad times.

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    Patrick

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • Hughton had no ideas in the first place , he still doesn't know a team or formation , he should have been sacked 18 months ago, GET rid now

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Our only hope now is to get rid of Hughton and hope for a 'new manager effect'. Keep Hughton and we are certainly down. On the plus side we will get our team back (if) the board can be trusted to make a decent appointment. We have stunk out the Premier League under Hughton and in all honesty deserve to go down. Hughton has suffocated this club with his negative tactics and 'Little Norwich' attitude which has been repeated by lickspittles like Sainty and Dennis. Being relegated will hurt a lot but at least we get rid of Hughton and move on. (NCFC since 1971)

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    suffolkcanary

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Those of you who post on here regularly will know that I said before the end of last season that Hughton and his cronies were pathetic and should be got rid of post haste. Calderwood was useless at Forest and Trollope worse in Bristol. It stood to reason that with those two on board it was a recipe for disaster, but what we didn't realise is that not only was Hughton tactically clueless, he is also stupidly blind, stubborn, arrogant and naive enough to think he was good enough to manage a club such as ours at this level. His idea of captains did nothing to instil any sort of leadership on the pitch, and as for his negative ideas of how this game should be played, well don't even get me started. I stated long ago that to win games you have to score goals, and Hughton has never allowed what are essentially good players (not great, but lots of them are of international quality) to express themselves and now we find ourselves on the brink of relegation which is exactly what McNally and co. deserve after blindly keeping these wasters in a job. I supported my team in the Third Div. South right up to the present day, and will continue to do so long after Hughton is gone. The biggest disappointment for me is that we fans did not deserve the rubbish we have had to endure for two seasons

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    oldtimer

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • We are teetering on the brink. Whoever wins at Craven Cottage next week will have the impetus to stay up. It is imperative that Hughton goes this weekend after this shambolic display in what we thought was a winnable game. Fresh ideas such as breaking at pace instead of this turgid play it endlessly across the back four would be a start.

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    NorwichAbs

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Norwich, Does your computer have spellcheck? If it does you should use it.

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    Abraham

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Just throwing a different thought out there. Suppose the board have already got a name lined up for next season but cannot appoint them until after this season ends. Problem they have is they gambled badly on CH and co keeping NCFC up. They now face the nightmare of relegation and losing their new manager too. Appoint a caretaker NOW to at least give us a fighting chance of gaining a few more points and show the fans the board care too. To go down fighting is better than to be waving the white flag with five games to go.

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    Winger63

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • With 5games to go what's the point in sacking CH the damage has been done there is no way we r going to get 5-6 points from the remains games.we will will still get full houses next season because we love our team more than CH and those who wear the yellow shirt do .I hope I am wrong but I can see 5 defeats on the cards good luck NORWICH CITY FC WE WILL STILL CHEER YOU ON TILL THE DEATH .OTBC

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    pete22

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • We have nothing to lose by sacking CH (except money). I can't believe that anybody actually believes that we can win at Fulham with this set up. After that it's hell. So what's the worst that can happen - we lose the final games? Come on, we all believe that's going to happen anyway. So get shot of the whole senior coaching set-up and let others who believe in the city look after things. It's not a case of saving our premiership position anymore, its about saving some form of dignity. In the corresponding fixtures last season we conceded 18 goals and scored 4! Of course, we did actually score 41 goals last season and we're already within 6 goals of our total conceded.The team needs belief, the supporters need belief and the management needs the boot. NOW!

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    aeleven

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • There is no single reason why Norwich City are in this position but surely the main one is the fact that throughout the season we have fielded strikers who have proved to be not good enough for the Premiership, as in Mr. van Wolfswinkle, Mr. Hooper and Mr. Elmander. I'm excluding Mr. Redmond from this because he's there mainly to run at the opposition, something he can do admirably, but, like the others, his finishing is often woeful - he'll get better. Plenty of teams have been hammered by Machenster City and Liverpool, etc. but most of them have somebody - or maybe even a couple of guys - who can knock in a few goals. Let's face it, Steve Morison wasn't Pele, but through persistence and hard work, he managed a few vital goals, as did Mr. Holt even when he wasn't an automatic starting choice. I'm not saying that the 3 current lads are bad people, or that they don't try, but the harsh, brutal fact is that they're just not good enough, so whoever chose them has turned out to be wrong, sadly. As for Mr. Beccio, I guess we'll never know will we.

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    Sean Kaye-Smith

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • If we beat Fulham next week we WILL stay up.

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    Bruce87

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Ageing Villa 4th choice striker on loan from Championship club surpasses goals-to-games ratio of "Norwich record signing and Dutch international" first choice striker. Sobering thought.

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    User Removed

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • Machenster City? You know who I mean don't you - that team which supplies America with oil.

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    Sean Kaye-Smith

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

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