Board have “rock-solid” belief that Norwich City will avoid Premier League relegation

Norwich City's joint majority shareholders Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones celebrate a point at the end of the 0-0 Premier League draw with Manchester City at Carrow Road, with chief executive David McNally to the right of the directors' box. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's joint majority shareholders Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones celebrate a point at the end of the 0-0 Premier League draw with Manchester City at Carrow Road, with chief executive David McNally to the right of the directors' box. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, February 15, 2014
3:00 PM

Norwich City’s board retain a “rock-solid” belief the club will be playing Premier League football next season.

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David McNally knows the scale of the task but Norwich’s recent success since promotion in 2011 can be portrayed as a victory against-the-odds.

“I am 100pc convinced that with everyone behind the manager we will stay in the league,” he said. “We are too close for comfort to the bottom three and I know having invested this summer the supporters expect us to be higher, but we have a rock-solid belief that we will be playing Premier League football next season. We’re 16th, not 20th and if you look at it we are three points from 10th place in the table.

“Last season we finished 11th when, as far as our payroll was concerned, we had the smallest budget in the division. Those are empirical facts. We punched massively above our weight. I don’t know where we are going to appear in the payroll table again this season, but if we are not 20th we’ll be 18th or 19th. That is not a complaint. It is the reality of economics in football. We are in a fight and it is a huge challenge.”

McNally made no apologies for once again turning to the club’s loyal fan base to play their part.

“I can understand the frustration, but we need everyone to get behind this team,” he said. “We have the best fans in the country and they were almost as responsible for that Manchester City result as the management and players. They bounced off each other. The atmosphere was terrific. We need that six more times at Carrow Road and six times away. It is absolutely vital the supporters get behind the players and management. I know they are nervous and the tension is real but they have to get behind the team in the way only they can.”

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15 comments

  • Rock- Solid Belief.Why has that old phrase "living in a fool's paradise" sprung into my head?

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    irongloves

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Ostrich syndrome

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    Sherbert

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • The rock solid feeling must be constipation - not hope of premiership football next year.

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    VictorM

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Good point Kenfoggo, and the team selection against Man City was not the result of a shrewd tactical move by our manager, it was forced on him by an injury to Snodgrass. But even having arrived at a balanced team by accident, the idiot could not recognise it and made changes for the next game. Even that was doing ok so he sabotaged it again with his substitutions. It was as if he was trying to lose. I really belive he wants to go but not without his payout.

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    waclor

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • I read this at 0645 this morning. Big yawn. What a useless website.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Mr McNally. The fans have been very patient this season waiting for a glimmer of a hope of improvement . The supporters will get behind the team, they will cheer anything, as long as it is a performance of effort,passion and commitment. Look at the reaction the crowd gave to a Nil-Nil draw with Man City! It was as if we had won the league. It was because they saw a performance with real intent and determination. We will cheer anything positive. But it is a two way street, the team have to show commitment and effort as a minimum . Hughton cannot carry on exhibiting dross as entertainment and expect unconditional support, the limit of the supporters patience has been reached.

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    kenfoggo

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Jaysus Navarra, El Dingo, I'd only just gone to bed then. By the way, does anyone know what an annual subscription to the flat earth society costs? No Brewer, I'm not talking about the Norwich City bored, and anyway there are thousands of hills in Norfolk

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • The fans will get behind the team, but how can you expect them to get behind the manager when he is so useless. I am 100% convinced that our place in the league table will match our place in the payroll table : "if we are not 20th, we'll be 18th or 19th". Prove me wrong....please.

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    User Removed

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Rock `n Roll. Rock Bottom. A Mediocre Night`s Dream. Pucking useless.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • We have to hope that it is volcanic rock and when the heat and pressure gets too much, it will move heaven and earth to get the desired result.

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    waclor

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • I can't help feeling that the board's " rock-solid belief " is a triumph of optimism over evidence. Just what proof are they basing this conclusion upon? Everything about this manager + his" plans "screams "RELEGATION" to most of us fans !

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    Timbo

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • PS: Dingo? I do trust you didn't get up specially to read it..? Please tell me you were up anyway ! :)

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    Timbo

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • I'm hoping this is all just the inevitable positive spin from our CEO, and that he (and the board) do not seriously believe the stuff he is spouting! When I heard this interview I just kept thinking "please just let this be PR and that he actually sees what we see!". On another point, I'm not convinced Hughton is trying to get sacked, although I agree that his selections and substitutions at times (particuarly those highlighted by Waclor) have been mystifying!

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    Smudger75

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • 'Rome' is burning and the violins are making an awful noise.

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    Kent Anglian

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • I`ve mooted the `trying to get sacked` theory too, waclor. Everything you say about team selection in the ManC & WHU games is spot on. Great opportunity to leave out Snods from the starting line-up at least. I would have just left him out. Pilks on the left, Redmond on the right. Murphy, Fox & Wes on the bench. RvW `rested`, Becchio given a sensible run-out if appropriate (eg we can`t score). But we got the same old same old. Beggars belief. He MUST either be after the sack or he`s not all the ticket. Or does the CLUB really want to go down?? If so, put Calderwood in charge to make absolutely sure. :-((

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 17, 2014

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