Chris Hughton insists Norwich City will come out fighting for their Premier League lives

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton is ready to come out fighting. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City boss Chris Hughton is ready to come out fighting. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, February 14, 2014
3:27 PM

Chris Hughton insists his Norwich City players will come out fighting to save their Premier League lives.

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The Canaries’ chief knows many have already written off his side’s survival chances after damaging away defeats at Cardiff and West Ham, but Hughton expects an emphatic response when they host Tottenham in nine days.

“We know we need to get points and the only way we do that is by sticking together as a group,” he said. “It won’t be difficult to pick them up. We have to because we have a very tough game on Sunday week. The lads will have some rest and recovery over the next few days and then we need to put some of the wrongs right.”

Hughton is well aware Norwich have been found wanting over recent weeks against their direct rivals, despite carving out a stack of chances at both Cardiff and Upton Park.

“That adds to the frustration. West Ham were around us and it was an opportunity for us to get points and to deny West Ham points in the process,” he said. “We have a number of those type of games coming up and they are vitally important for us.

“It is tight down there, like this stage last season, and we have to draw on those experiences to finish in a good position. The manner we lost hurts but if we go and don’t perform well then it’s a different type of inquest. It is my responsibility to pick the bones out of what we did well because there was so much good about our performance.”

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  • I am certain it was CH that decided to buy RVW, he tried hard to get him last Christmas and also Hooper. I suspect Hooper was his prime target but when it looked like that deal could not be done with Celtic he switched his attention to RVW. CH looked a good choice for manager given his record at Newcastle and them Brum and the same was true of both strikers, however, sometimes things just do not work and a change is often the only way to recovery. A change may or may not be the answer but to do nothing looks increasing to be the wrong path to take. We can only hope the penny drops very quickly.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • There`ve been two main magic manager moments IMHO. First, a `Twist` that worked; the irrascible baseball becapped Welshman has had a terrific impact at Crystal Pulis. Second, a `Stick` that worked; Big Sam Allardyce, he of the great clean-sheet obsession, has got West Ham going in the right direction. We outplayed them until those inspired substitutions, but Sammy got the points. I just want Hughton, and his co-troglodytes, to go now. Genoeg is genoeg. (Just for BWise).

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Canaries are going nowhere if CH is still the manager. They are not improving and they are worst than last season. They not not flying to the right direction. Championship will welcome norwich back it seems.

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    Jaszli Johari

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • My My My, there is a lot of old nonsense on here today. i was at upton park the other night and saw us play absolutely brilliantly. I saw us play brilliantly against Man City 3 days earlier and 7 days prior to that i saw us tear Cardiff to pieces. Even their own manager conceded that we battered them. In the course of those 3 games we did not get the points which we should have ammassed but thats was largely due to a few individual errors by Gary Hooper for the goal against cardiff and John Ruddy for the goal against West Ham but all i see on here is that everything is the fault of CH. Both the cardiff result and West Ham resuld were individual errors outwith his control. The verbal and literary anger is misdirected here today. I have watched other teams in and around us play in recent weeks as well and by far, we are playing much better football than they are and if that continues then we will be fine I am absolutely sure of it

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    GPL

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • @peterwatson - true but look at this way: Wolves at least had the guts to try to survive. The situations are different anway. Do you want Ch to manage us in the championship? Please no.

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Oh my fellow NCFC fans how fickle you are. most of the posters on here supported CH, including Mad Brewer when 18 months ago I told you all that he was a waste of space. No wonder McNasty doesn't listen to you as you are merely straws blowing in the wind.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Another tactic would be for Chris Hughton to tell his players that if Norwich wins a game they will be paid, if they lose then they get nothing if they draw they get half their wages. by the end of the season they will be top lol...

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    Footyboy16

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Fighting might actually be good least we would get some entertainment ice hockey style. I want to see Hughton vs Sherwood. Maybe an individual fight to decide the 3 points, don't fancy our chances much though! I'm resigned to Hughton for the rest of the season and relegation, so only resort to poor jokes now.

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    Burglecut

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • I always knew it as the Slack Bladder, El Dingo.

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    waclor

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Blah blah blah. Just go Chris, am sick of seeing your face. And take your clueless stooges with you.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • As someone who can see into the future, things are not as bad as they appear at present in spite of the ski slope we are on, and hurtling downwards to the bottom.. I feel sorry to tell you, but they are worse. We are not pencilled in for relegation. We are there in thick black ink. It is quite clear that Hughton has at last surrendered any hope of survival. He doesn't know which way to turn, as witnessed by his well thought out substitutions at West Ham. His body language is crystal clear, and he must be entering depression. All that is keeping him going is the thought of that nice big pay cheque when he gets the sack. .Thank The Lord he is not the airline pilot on your holiday jet! Nothing ! Nothing! can cause any more damage. It really is done..Any glimmer of hope would not be who is appointed in his place, but the fact that he has departed!

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    Pa Snipps

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Personally I think its purely tac-tics that have contributed towards our current position. The players appear committed and we have been playing well. Nonetheless, we have not won the 'must win' games, and thats down to our playing style. In my view we now need to take points from ALL of the next eight games. In amongst that need to be atleast 4 wins.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • TK you dont go behind a mans back if you are still supporting him. I,m glad you are not my manager ;-)

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    sharky

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • CH needs help. Bring in Hoddle as Director of Football to work along side him.

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    Bookface

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • It's "Show business" only an entertainment, bit strong to say you would rather die than get relegated. Relax and try to enjoy. Every year 3 teams go down and 3 teams go up. All depending on how much money you have at your disposal.

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    goldie

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Tottenham next - wait for more sycophantic murmurings from Hughton extolling the virtues of that wonderful club Tottenham.

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    VictorM

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Thought they were already doing that

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    Derek McDonald

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • In the Championship under Hughton. It's like something from Stephen King.

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Can't believe I missed the waclor caption! Doyen! Head honcho! Top geezer! All too accurate an observation unfortunately. Could we have the seagull as manager instead?

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • It's like listening to a broken record - for goodness sake GO.

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    VictorM

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Heavens Barking, I had no idea that Anne Boleyn met her death anywhere near Upton Park, and even if her passing was untimely, it doesn't mean our midfield is any better nor that Norwich City FC will enjoy a stay of execution. 'We must score goals by hook or by crook. Therein lies our fortune or the winter of our discontent.'[Lear, Act 1V scene 1]

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Fighting might actually be good least we would get some entertainment ice hockey style. I want to see Hughton vs Sherwood. Maybe an individual fight to decide the 3 points, don't fancy our chances much though! I'm resigned to Hughton for the rest of the season and relegation, so only resort to poor jokes now.

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    Burglecut

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Sharky, The EPL is worth too much money to let sentiment stand in the way I am afraid. Had I been on the board, I would have replace the manager at the end of last season as we really got out of Jail having looked to worst team for so many games. Having given him a second chance, I again would have replaced him after the three drubbings on the trot. I accept that the board are very reluctant to replace him right now but something needs to be done in an attempt to stay up. A director of football or even a decent attack minded coach would help but only the former could be done without the managers permission. My comments are simply made in recognition that the club needs to change its fortunes before it is too late.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • ....piste off eh BW?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • "Forsooth it is said in the very apartments of the Gods that brilliance so rarely bestowed on men can be laid at one man's door. But still what wary visitor steels abroad masquerading under that very mantle? Tis none but the creature Hughton whom all know to be far to the other extreme" Falstaff Act 3 Scene 2 of Why haven't you sacked the three idiots yet.

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    waclor

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • I wouldn`t presume to say such an impertinent thing to Mattias, Blaffen Wijs. I might suggest he pulled himself together, though. If not, it could well be gordijns for him. I still reckon he has a chain of tanning salons, or manages a Job Centre. Something with nothing much to do. Perhaps he`s a local Politician.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • I have tried to be positive as far as possible this season if only to save me from the stress but at the end of the day what will be so wrong if we do drop down to the Chapionship.You cant say that we have exactly set the world alight for the time that we have been there and despite the seemingly respectable finish last season it was a bit of a rollercoaster ride to say the least.Ok it's nice to see the other skillful and exciting players from the Prem but even that becomes a bit 'samey' after a while.Compare that to being in the Championship with the squad we have now.Going to Carrow Road and being able to relax and enjoy the game,knowing that you will probably win far more games than you lose.The stress and anger that this season has generated for the supporter has been purely and simply the results out on the pitch but it strikes me that the main concern of the majority of the board is the financial implications of relegation.I am not so sure I want to concern myself with that side of NCFC.I just want to enjoy watching my team again but without the stress.

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    Trevor Sadd

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • The caption for this photo is: "Finally after 25 minutes Chris Hughton realised that a seagull had stolen his Big Mac".

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    waclor

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • I have previously suggested Glen Hoddle as a possible director of football, like CH he was a Spurs man so they may even be friends anyway which may or may not help. David Platt is another that springs to mind as does Ray Wilkins who I presume has now lost his post at Fulham. All may be able to offer advice as to how we get our strikers hitting the target. However, it is the job of the D McN to identify who is available at a price the club is willing to pay.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • A couple of things, firstly if Hughton was on a knife edge he would have gone after the West Ham game (his tactics being poor and all that), that would have given a new man (or women) 11 days in which to settle. The fact he's still there suggests he's in for the rest of the season! There's only one thing that would convince me that he's going and that's if 'steadyon' (God rest his soul) said "Hughton's going no where!". Secondly, I've thinking, (I know it's not easy), but it wouldn't surprise me if our board had the main say in bringing in RVW and Hooper. If so they can't blame CH and if they sacked he might spill the beans, saying "I never wanted them and all that copswollop". Food for thought. Anyway, where abouts on the cod is it's wallop?

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    Lobbo

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Sharky, I don't think the board is supporting Hughton in any meaningful way. It's just that they have not sacked him yet. This is the disasterous middle road philosophy evidenced by no player recruits during the January window. The crux of teh metter is how the players would react to a new man. Usually there is a so-called bounce effect particularly on players who have been ignored by the outgoing man, when they realise that they now have a chance to be noticed. We have several players who do not seem to be being given a fair crack of the whip by Old Clueless eg Wes and Luca. Whilst others are automatic selections. A new man could also use players in slightly different and more effective roles. the current coachingmanager set up have had about seventy games to get the team playing and apart from a few false dawns have failed to do so. We will kick ourselves next year in the championship if we don't give it a try. Wherever we finish in May, surely the three idiots will be fired, sorry leave the club by mutual consent. They simply cannot mould a team.

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    waclor

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • I was one of the dwindling minority of Hughton supporters until 15 mins from the end at West Ham. Taking off Hooper and Redmond was tantamount to saying he would be happy to take one point. Not good enough. Now reluctantly I join those who would see him gone.

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    Geolis

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • We should also accept that few managers have any loyalty towards clubs either, unlike ordinary working class folk. Our previous manager was happy to walk out on us and the present one likewise walked away from Birmingham. In todays football they are simply journeymen cashing in whilst the going is good. I was supporting NCFC before the current board came to power so have seen many managers come and go as well as directors. The supporters tend to be the only thing that remains for longer periods in time.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Off the wall but if you want a football consultant for three or four months, how about Terry Venables? He always had ideas and that seems to be what is lacking from the current three stooges, attacking ideas.

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    waclor

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Come out fighting that's the bare minimum, fighting is rubbish we need quality and goal scorer, transfer window is over now so chance gone.

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    Burglecut

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Trevor, regarding McNally reasoning, I am put in mind of the cliché in medicine which says the best surgeon is the one who knows when NOT to operate. In the analogous case of replacing the current management, the test for McNally is not whether we are doing poorly, nor whether there are lots of voices in the fans calling for change; the test is "will a new manager do better or simply hasten a Wolves-style tailspin?" In my view the debate is not between "Happy Clappers" and "realists"; it is between caution and conservatism on the one hand and adventurism and experimentation on the other. Many people will say it is obvious what should be done. Applying the above test, I do not think it is obvious. It is a very tricky call.

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    Pierre

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • I see WBA subs have scored more goals than the 11 starting this season. Our subs apparently have scored zero with zero assists. I'm not 100% sure I can believe that but shocking stats nonetheless. HUGHTON OUT. Pierre, your surgeon piece is relevant - Wolves did not have a plan B and paid the price. The replacement needs to be outside the current management team. Still would go for Neil Adams caretaker until the end of the season.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Brave move or foolish move by the Fulham board? One thing's for sure - if it comes off and Fulham escape then we are undoubtably down. I'm counting on Fulham and Cardiff to occupy two of the relegation spots. I bet McNally will be watching how this plays out with interest.

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    Flying Canary

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Wac - nice quote - just checking your spelling of the word steels.

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    Steely Dan

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • What a gentleman I for one believe that the fact he is nice means he deserves at least 4 years unquestioned as manager

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    Burglecut

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Exactly. If people still back Hughton fair enough, I admire the optimism and they are entitled to there opinion. Who am I to tell them there wrong? Those people though get the wrong end of the stick. People who have voiced there opinion dont want the side to go down. Far from it. Im utterly terrified of going down. For me im like McNally, id prefer death to going down, I really would. We go down I can tell you right now we wont be coming back again anytime soon like the other times we've gone down. Cant keep saying it enough though, we HAVE a good squad, a squad that should be capable of easily staying up in this league. I bet some teams like Cardiff, Swansea, Stoke, Fulham etc....wish they had a Leroy Fer, RVW & Gary Hooper etc. Easier said than done but if we could just get someone who could get the best out of the players we'd be doing far better than we are now. We've struggled before and im sure we will again in the future but the level of people who can see & point out problems is at its highest its been in many years. So many people cant be wrong. Its different when you have a small minority calling for change. If we drop into the bottom 3 I think action will be taken like McNally has always said. Other than that im just hoping and praying something magic happens and we suddenly 'click' or 'turn that corner' like people proclaim. Its all ive got left to cling onto now.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • @Pierre: what is your view on the silence of the board? Ps you're wasted on here mate -eloquent:)

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Been saying for months though that it appears (according to those still backing Hughton) we're counting on 3 teams being consistently worse than NCFC. So basically if by some miracle we do achieve more points than I personally can see us achieving it'll be more down to others being worse than us. Horrid that its come to this when we have a squad capable of so much more, just sitting there waiting for there potential to be unlocked. Whose the man who can do that? Well its certainly not proving to be Hughton, but im stumped when it comes picking who could replace him. We've missed the boat with many candidates that have already achieved the exact desired results i've just mentioned. I could be totally wrong of course, thats the glory of opinions but for me a better man manager is required in our current state. Not starting arguments about the players not playing for Hughton etc...as I know there is plenty in support vocally in the media, but what I mean is when it comes down to crossing that white line something just isn't happening. For all the hard work im sure there doing on the training ground, players just aint clicking, and they dont appear to be getting the best out of people when it comes to 90 vital minutes.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Canaries are going nowhere if CH is still the manager. They are not improving and they are worst than last season. They not not flying to the right direction. Championship will welcome norwich back it seems.

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    Jaszli Johari

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • You learn something every day, BP. The East End is a dodgy area, isn't it?You would know. I guess Anne should have had a chaperone. Loving the Shakespeare stuff. Talking of which.....I fear too early for my mind misgives some consequence yet hanging in the stars." (Romeo & Juliet) I can't quote chapter & verse (O levels were a long time ago), but I can tell you what it means. It means "We're f***ed and going down". But more importantly, what's with the changing body parts. Bald patches, dentures, what's next? Colostomy bag?

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    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • So NOW they have to fight?What have they been doing since the start of the season - Oh, that's right - trying for draws and losing spectacularly.I'd take the forwards to the practice ground and practice scoring goals until it became second nature. Too often a highly paid "professional" will blast it wide, high or nearer the corner flag - the object is to get it in the net and score more than the opposition - it's not that hard.

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    richard black

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • TK I did think change was needed in the so called vote here. I cant see anything to be gained now, by changing it. Who would come???

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    sharky

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Same old, same old - bleh! And MB - you left me out of your comment (*sniff*), and on Valentine's Day at that :)

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    Cape Town Canary

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • I agree with bookface and TK to a point, to bring Hoddle in. If he was good enough for the England job he is surely good enough for us. Maybe bring Neil Adams up to help him,after all he knows the set up and the players,or maybe Mike Phelan, who didn't do a bad job as No. 2 to Sir Alax and the biggest club in the world and the success they achieved. Where I would disagree with you guys, is keeping Hughton and his inept sidekicks, they have ruined this club and the fans aspirations for far too long. And mattias, don't you think McNasty has ducked below the parapet to avoid all the flack he would get. The man is an ultimate coward, running away and hiding rather than face angry fans and the truth that he made an almighty c**k up in appointing the loser we call our manager

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    oldtimer

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Some people on here have questioned why there are so many fans against CH. In considering this you have to say that we are all (probably 95% and I include myself) reacting to what we see happening on the pitch and it's effect on NCFC. This, however, is a one sided view as it cannot include what is happening at board level as nobody from there is giving out any information whatsoever. As a consequence we do not know the boards position on CH, what the options may be in terms of bringing somebody else in, the contractual arrangements or any other relevant details. Hence our arguments are colored by a lack of information and we can but judge on the visual results regardless of what else may or may not be happening. I would defend our right to express the views that we do on this board on the understanding that they are given in light of the details available.

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    NICEONE

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Hello Trueblue, I do recall our tete a tete and you did say just that. As I said, make hay when the sun shines. So enjoy your warm rays. Cap duly diffed in return.

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    B Inners

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • I don't like all the negative criticism being leveled at David McNally. He made a magnificent decision to bring Paul Lambert to Norwich and in my opinion he's made a dreadful decision bringing Chris Hughton here, however does that mean this is all his fault? No. We have a board and they will ultimately make these managerial calls. McNally can request a manager just as he can request we sack a manager, but if board won't play ball then what more can the man do? Stop pointing the finger at McNally and look at the board if you need to blame someone.

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    Powers1902

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • El dingo, I know what you mean mate I've come to the conclusion that having a laugh and hoping for the best is about all I can manage

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    GossVolley

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • It was not so many weeks ago that Mr CH was reassuring us that the City had a cushion of points. Are City going to start to score goals ? Are they going to stop giving away goals? Are they going to stop making schoolboy errors? Are they going to go after the opposition and chase them all over the ground? Is RVW going to score another goal? All in the space of a few weeks. If this is at all possible why are we doomed for the Championship? I can just hear the immortal words of CH. How much he " Rues " our relegation. The board must take full responsibilty for the dire position we are in. CH should have been gone weeks ago and the new man given time to change things. Too late now.

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    norman hall

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Laudrup for norwich please. Some attracting attacking football will be nice. Lambert, you are so missed. If only you are still manager if norwich now..

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    Jaszli Johari

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Waclor..... It's not about blame it's about outcomes. Your pessimism could be misplaced in the final analysis. Here's hoping!!!

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    NICEONE

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • In an attempt to introduce some slightly more contemporary literature into the discussion (because let's face it, no one knows what Shakespeare is banging on about), I prepared an extract from Lady Chatterley's Lover, with our exalted manager in mind,.......but Archie was having none of it. Philistine!

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    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • The Mcnally subject is closed off on this steam driven message board, so its on here. He was being salivated over when Lambert was here, now he is the subject of the misguided. How is it that these people get along with living in this complex world?

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    willb

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • GPL yes I was at two of those games. We did play well. I think what gets people down is the silly decisions with subs. We didnt need to change anything at West ham to ride the game out. I,m still angry and grumpy about it. Mystifying!!!

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    sharky

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Not so measured, more succinct..

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    Gruff

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Chris Hughton - the Canaries' chief. Depressing eh? We were supposed to be safely in the top half of the table by now. Not that the top half is safe this season. But that we're fighting to avoid relegation, and likely to lose the fight, means he has failed and we should fire him.

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    Cecil

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • I do believe that whatever the outcome at the end of the season the board will replace Hughton.In the event I would just like one of them to explain in the EEN just why they have taken the stance that they have with regard to the management.They have been very astute and focussed with their handling of the finances of the club but it is hard to fathom their thinking with regards to Hughton and co.

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    Trevor Sadd

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Spot on Bookface, more than once I have offered Hoddle as a solution to our problem and right now he could be brought on on the understanding that if it works he may be able to step up to the top job. I also think somebody like David Platt may also be able to do the same job or ever Phelan if either would take the post.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • 2 seasons ago Wolves, at a similar stage of the season sacked Mick McCarthy.It made a bad situation worse.They are now in league one.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • @trevor & @barking: if you remember the dark days of Pravda and Tass you will understand why sometimes questions are not asked because it would be imprudent to ask them.

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • "spending IT on the ski slopes".....you get my drift.

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    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • One thing is for sure Mardler, there is no loyalty to the fans and the board just seem to ignore the feeling out there in the crowd. I can foresee the excuses from CH now after he has taken us to relegation. They had easier games than us over the last four games as we played top, top sides. Yes but we were aware of the fixture list back in July last year so should have made sure we picked up the points against the lower clubs such as Fulham at home. That was when the alarm bells should have rung loud and clear to the directors but it is still not too late to act, even a decent director of football would be a step in the right direction and contary to what one poster wrote after this was suggested earlier in the week, CH has no say in such an appointment, that is down to the board & McN. If CH objects then he is free to resign, we all have that option in our jobs, it is just that most of us are paid one heck of a lot less and in most cases do a better job.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Yawn. CH is very much part of the problem. I work in Suffolk. My ITFC supporting workmates are incredulous that CH is still manager. They cannot believe he is still in a job. Some of them even feel sorry for me as even THEY can see what is going wrong. It's gone beyond anger and depression now. I think Cardiff and West Ham were the lowest points. We're now into 'you cannot be serious' territory. Still I'm sure the board know what they are doing and we will be well clear of the bottom three before our nightmare run in..... Yeah right.

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    suffolkcanary

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Brilliant, were gonna come out fighting for our lives. So no1 the management are now accepting the failings and admitting were in a relegation fight. Thats a good thing. However should we really be in this state considering the squad we have? Not saying we should be anywhere near top 8 or above but were better than what we've achieved this season.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Ive had enough of this , I log on to the pinkun every day in the vain hope i see that he has gone and sadly it hasnt happend. Fighting is the least we can do, but please without houghton i have no faith in him anymore.

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    rh04

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • I'm lovin' the seagullBig Mac caption, Waclor. Keep 'em coming.

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    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Hughton, you've needed to put some of the wrongs right all season and you haven't. I have no hope that you can do it now. 13 points from 8 games is an impossible task with you and your clueless assistants.

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    jigs69

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • seems a nice guy but Chris we have to go for it to win games not keep playing for draws in the last 20 minutes while the other team who are inferior try to win. 1 point is not enough against teams down with us.

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    citizen

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • GPL, can't believe you accuse me of spouting nonsense today. I mean listen to yourself. Granted we did play well at the Boleyn ground, but as for "we will be fine", I'm sorry but no, we won't be fine. Even if we play in the "Boleyn style" for the remaining 12 games, you bet your bottom dollar that Crouton will spoil it all near the end with one of his inspired substitutions. Sorry, mate, but we have as much chance of a reprieve from relegation as Anne Boleyn had from execution.

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    User Removed

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • ....piste off eh BW?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Fear is the word. Trouble is we have to trust in people we don't trust to get us out of a situation we should not be in. For the second season running...

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • My Mrs. thinks Ive f***ed the whole of Norwich so I signed her valentines card from Chris Hughton..

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    GossVolley

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • well, it would be nice if they did…..

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    Darrell Butcher

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Call me optimistic if you like but I see no reason why the board would not sack CH other than that they believe he is our best chance of survival. The reason we have a board is to make these sort of decisions. I don't say I agree with them but they might prove right in the final analysis. Here's hoping!!! If I take the personalities out of the situation and place myself in the DM's shoes I would not sack CH this late in the season. My prime consideration is that the situation is so finely balanced it could tip either way and if action is taken at this point it could tip it towards relegation. It's just too big a risk to take. Don't get me wrong I want CH gone from our club for all sorts of reasons but not right now. Collectively we have made our bed and now it's time to lie in it!!

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    NICEONE

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • We tore Cardiff to pieces alright; we only lost 2-1. We have been brilliant in the last three games and have amassed a huge points tally of 1 out of 9. All hail the power of Chris Hughton, our saviour.

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    Cecil

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • I truly think it's too late for Norwich now. I'm not really sure who to blame for this season. Maybe it's both the players and the rest of the support and manager staff. What I do now it's very sad to see the club go down in such a way and sad that what the club has built will have to be built again. OTBC

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    Panic

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Frankly Hughton, you couldn't fight your way through a sheet of wet tissue paper. Your inane tactics, a love affair with Snodgrass, unwillingness to attack teams big or small, home or away until it is far too late have brought the club to its knees, Yes, we have a good squad, no we don' have a good manager and no, we definitely don't have Premiership quality coaches. How many other managers would persist with the same inane boring "let's play for a 0-0 draw and hope we get lucky," with no regard for attack minded players or any other formation. Having successfully taken away the belief of the fans , you will walk away having earned spectacular amounts of money for not one iota of positive achievment. In short, you are indeed in the same mould as Grant, Roeder, Hamilton, and Gunn, and I honestly believe that Inspector Clousseau could have done a better job than you and your muppets have done.

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    oldtimer

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • What ho budgies. Dont worry I come in peace. Frankly I could keep you up from this position. Play becchio, bring wes in from the cold done. Dont panic just yet as utd are part of that 5 game run in and you really could take points of them. Fulham look doomed, cardiff also so its a case of who takes the last relegation spot. My money is on wba. You need to be better than 1 other team. Look at where WHU are having put a mini run together its not beyond you. Having said all that mr B Inners you were on the greenun crowing about what a top team you had and how you were between multi million pound signings. I told you RVW would be the buggest flop since Alfonso Alves and so far I am proven correct. Humble pie time sir.

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    TrueBlue

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • do feel its a shame Mr McNally isn't on twitter anymore. Was always good to have that link between club & fans. Whether its down to moronic fools abusing him via the power of being a key board warrior or whether it was because he didnt like having to answer questions when the times turned sour I dont know. Either way its a shame. Times like this it be nice to have real dialogue rather than the same old boring PR exercises.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • "Ahh ... there you are Mr.GPL...It's time for your medication.....Nurse?...The screens please...".

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    Timbo

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Correct suffolk canary. I suffer a similar fate. Its ok being optimistic is fair enough but when your arch rival side starts taking the mick you know somethings wrong. No different to when we kept refering to Roy Keane & Paul Jewell as secret agents. We could see they were no good for Ipswich just like they can see the problem at NCFC.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • GossVolley I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • We've heard it all before and it hasn't made an iota of difference. Can't believe it will be any different against Spurs.

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    PhuketCanary

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Nevermind the cod, I just wish the team had some wallop up front

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    waclor

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • @trevor & @barking: if you remember the dark days of Pravda and Tass you will understand why sometimes questions are not asked because it would be imprudent to ask them.

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Fighting might actually be good least we would get some entertainment ice hockey style. I want to see Hughton vs Sherwood. Maybe an individual fight to decide the 3 points, don't fancy our chances much though! I'm resigned to Hughton for the rest of the season and relegation, so only resort to poor jokes now.

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    Burglecut

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Sorry Capetown Canary. Not brushing you off just because I have had so many offers this Valentine`s Day. I wish McGnarly would come out and prove he`s Vlad the Impala. A False dawn in Real Bay? We must keep good hope.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Grow a pair McNally and bring in a new manager. City are sleepwalking to relegation. We can all see it so why can't you? If the Board are incapable of making a decision then perhaps it's time for a change at the top.

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    Premier League Budgie

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Well at least Fulham ain't going down now.

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    superfan59

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • @suffolkcanary - I used to work in Hadleigh regularly and obviously had some Binner mates. They took me to the Blackadder (AB's pub) and I was introduced to one John Wark. After the dog's I must admit I was made welcome-ish. The pub in Kersey where they made the sausages was awesome.

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Really dont think he can motivate the team.

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    Patrick Grey

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • I'm sorry Mr.Hughton but your well of credibility has run dry over the past eighteen months of dull, boring football and your inept management style totally lacking in any motivational skills or tactical awareness and whatever you say is now taken with a pinch of salt by the fans. Your chosen style of play has not worked and the tactics employed, teams selected and poor use of substitutes has not helped. You are finished together with your so called coaching staff, so do the decent thing and resign.

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    VictorM

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • So glad you said that Lobbo. Ive been saying the exact same theory regarding RVW. Clearly a quality player. They dont just because "rubbish" as some people have descrived him over night. Different players fit different systems. Anyone who has watched Hughton at Newcastle or Brum know RVW isnt a Hughton styled player. Plain & simple. Leads me to the same old point I keep trying to make. Why would Hughton sign a player for so much money that he knows full well, wont fit into his tactics or system or style of play. Feel for the lad as hes trying his hardest in a role hes not use to or designed for. I firmly believe it was the board more behind the RVW deal. Yes Hughton likely got a say in the final decision but it massively surprise me if it was in fact Hughton who went to the board and said "hey I want to sign this lad from Portugal and smash your transfer record, he will fit right into how I want NCFC to play".

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Usually my views on Hughton have not included subs as usually even when others have picked on those I could understand sort of what he was trying to do despite me being royally frustrated with everything else Hughton Related. Sadly though my mind was blown away by the West Ham subs and further more the comments regarding them afterwards. Its more than just fans picking on the West Ham subs though. Its got national media coverage over blooming sub choices. Im sure he regrets it but too late now. More points dropped!

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • I'm off the fence now. It's a win against Spurs or out you go Hughton. You will leave with your nice guy image in tact and a healthy bank balance. Adams in for the final games. He might be able to motivate and organise this side. After all every game from now to the end of the season is a cup game and Adams has proved what he can do in cup competitions.

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    B Inners

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Yawn...Mr Boring Hughton. Heard it all before...

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    Colin

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • No problem Chris.....Just get your strikers firing..........average 1.25 points a game for the rest of the season......and hope that there really are 3 other teams who are even worse than us for the rest of the season..............................................................................................not THAT big an ask is it??

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    Algarve Canary

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • A very measured approach, NiceOne. Cudos! Forgive me if I appear unmeasured, but I don't give a t*ss what's happening in the boardroom or what's written in Crouton's contract. I care about what's happening on the pitch which is reflected in the PL table. And it's not just what I see. It's what everyone at Carrow Road sees, it's what the pundits on the TV and radio see, it's what fans of other clubs see. Even Ipswich fans are feeling sorry for us, for Heavens sake. The Board, the lawyers, the accountants....they're interested in money (not NCFC) and right now, with 11 days between fixtures, they're probably busy spending in on the ski slopes.

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    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Paddy must have been at the All Bran while he was burning the midnight oil. 1st article: we need to score goals; 2nd article: we'll try to avoid relegation. Well, you don't say? The most entertaining part of these articles was when Crouton was quoted as saying "It's my responsibility to pick the bones etc etc" which I misread as "pick bogies" Silly me ....but an easy mistake to make. Come on Divot, ask him a few searching questions, eg "If you're as keen to try new attacking options as you say you are, why not play Becchio?"(That would be new). Or how about "How are you planning on spending your retirement and all that money that Mr McNally is going to give you in May to go away?"

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    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • true barking wise. I wont pretend to have walked this earth much longer than when we won the Milk cup, but i've been there through all the utter dross and im pretty sure im about to do it all again as we slip out the top flight and likely make another poor manager choice.When I say id prefer death to relegation obviously im not about to do something silly as we sit here looking directly at the Grim Reaper himself (who for some reason I always picture looking like Neil Warnock). Ill still be there regardless like all of you. Just so frustrating when for the first time in a long long long time I actually believe NCFC's squad is capable of far far far more than there achieving. Usually im the biggest pessimist going and for many years always claim were punching above our weight. In my mind im 110% sure a different manager could achieve something special. Maybe not quite to the levels Southampton have under there last managerial change but surely similar. Problem is the next appointment is such a massive one what ever division were in. Most Southampton fans were livid when pochettino came in, but hes proven just how inspirational the right manager can be. Takes more than just making the big money signings like RVW, you have to have the right manager to get the best out of them. I feel like a broken record but I feel so passionately in my beliefs and opinion then I cant help but keep saying them. Hope im wrong of course and suddenly like a light switch we suddenly start getting the best out of everyone.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Whilst I thought that we should standby CH after he was not sacked before or during the transfer window. I just feel that he needs to go now because I think if he stays we will be relegated, he had enough chances to prove he is not up for the job - He bought the goal shy strikers and its a results based business - our results been awful for over 12 months. Mcnally do your Alan Sugar impression and fire CH, bewilderwood and trollop. Anyone listed at the bookies for the odds on the next city manager could not do any worse, even its not much better -do they really have a longer term future at NCFC.

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    Yellow Fox

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Fine words Hughton. But that is all it is. It is action on the pitch that counts and we haven't seen much of that!

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    malaga flier

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Chris just fcuk off.

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    Gruff

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Needful Things or Tommyknockers, el dingo? Or Shawshank Redemption without the redemption bit and Ava Gardner.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • To me CH sounds very distant from the team, as opposed to fully involved and driving everyone forward personally. It's as though he has done an MBA, and is managing according to the theory, as opposed to getting his sleeves rolled up, and motivating by involvement.

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • I am fed up with waiting for news of Hughtons departure.What can the reason be for the Chief Executives lack of action ? Tuesday night was surely the final straw with the change following a successful team performance and incredulous substitutions.If something doesnt work you change it but no we continue with plan A working into blind alleys down the right wing. God am I frustrated.

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    yorkie2

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • I am still baffled as to why some fans appear to fully support CH. He is a London born lad who played for a London club so had no connection with our club whatsoever prior to his appointment for which he is paid very well. He was hired in to replace a very successful manager but from day one showed us that he is far too defensive minded but results over the last year have shown he cannot even get that part of the game right. PW rightly points out that many clubs such as Wolves have change manager late on but still got relegated. However, others have done the same this season and have now moved above us in the table. As a season ticket holder, all I want to see is our club doing its best and playing attractive attacking football, if Lady Luck still goes against us, I will still be in my seat next season as I was when we were in Division one. Can we say the same about the over paid management and players. Lets be frank, they are all short term employees.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • On the bright side there is no game this weekend so CH keeps us out of the bottom three a while longer and continues to meet his brief. In fact, despite the gloom, we are 15th in the current form league. Not bad for a team that only scored 2 goals in 6 games. My point? None really, I just like joining in.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Blah blah blah quality blah blah blah rue blah blah blah missed blah blah blah yawn. Get the hint Chris. We Don't want you here. Many have been of this opinion since the start of December. This smells of decline for years to come. Well done. And we'll done to the board. Gutted.

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    Chris69

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • I'm afraid that NcNally & Co; will get all they deserve.

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    superfan59

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Empty words from a failing inept manager.

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    kenfoggo

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Ive had enough of this , I log on to the pinkun every day in the vain hope i see that he has gone and sadly it hasnt happend. Fighting is the least we can do, but please without houghton i have no faith in him anymore.

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    rh04

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Don't talk daft, Mattias. You're Archie's 2nd best poster and City's No. 1 supporter. We'd be bereft without you, and as for the Club......might as well knock down the Barclay and build a supermarket if you're not there to sit (or stand illegally) in it. There's worse things in life than relegation, believe me. I once stood in the River End with over 35000 fans crammed in to the Carra. At the time, that was like one third of Norwich entire population, and they were watching second tier football........deliberately. Think of all those elated feelings next season when we put seven past Yeovil, six past Doncaster, five past Bournemouth, and umpteen past the club whose name escapes me right now. You have so much to live for: your employment at the Job Centre which enables you to afford a season ticket, your generous height which enables you to see the play when we all stand up (illegally) and the plaudits of your fellow and lesser posters. So for Heaven's sake, wake up, smell the Colman's and, as Brewer would say, "trek jezelf samen".

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    User Removed

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Lambert aside, new managers at Carrow Road since well back into the nineties have generally delivered win ratios as dull as ditchwater. That is including Worthington, who only had a purple patch as a consequence of Darren Huckerby arriving in Norwich like a meteor. Ironically, Villa Fans came to Carrow in 2012 and chanted for Lambert to replace their "muppetclownclueless" manager at the time; only to find that with a more expensive squad and a bigger transfer budget, PL has delivered for Villa only the same number of points since 2012 as CH. That is, in putline, one example pf the case for the conservatives. Others are Rednapp at QPR, or Kenny's second spell at Anfield. El Dingo, if McNally is the sort of person I think he is, he will continue say nothing unless and until one day he announces that CH is leaving and manager X is taking over. I cannot see much good would come of doing otherwise.

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    Pierre

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • *If we go down... sorry

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    Morgan Hewitt

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Sorry Chris, if you are reading this, I meant that you would be sucking up to the Tottenham hierachy like you always do when their name crops up.

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    VictorM

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • At work we are all called upon to constantly evaluate our own performance and the performance of those around us. If we are not performing and have a consistent record of not performing, then after an appropriate passage of time , I would expect my boss to take action. And this is why I find it incredulous that Hughton still has a job! He is failing, and has a consistent record of failing since joining the Club. The inability to score throughout the season, the inability to get a result against teams like Fulham, Cardiff and West Ham. It is lunacy to continue with the same team and the same tactics which have previously failed and expect a different result! No more!

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    kenfoggo

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • I know the Wolves story. Infact I was likely the first person to use it as a counter argument to my own opinion on here (talking to myself as I do). However im struggling to see how changing manager as risky as it is,is more risky than sticking with a man who consistently fails to deliver even anything near to consistent form, chances, shots, goals, points etc....Hughtons not a bad bloke, but we went through this with Peter Grant. Lovely bloke, great coach, poor man manager when it comes to get performances out of professional footballers for 90 minutes on a pitch. We've improved slightly recently when it comes to actually making chances but it took us 13 months to achieve that change. How long will it take us to turn those now created chances into goals....an what division will we be in by the time he achieves it.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • I,m sure McN has been doing the work you suggest. Maybe theres a problem in getting quality people needed. The last three games have been good apart from points gained. Surely the players will be fighting hard to keep where they are playing. OTBC

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    sharky

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • There's quite a few folks on here that know what they're talking about, so humour me here... What happens to the signings of last summer?

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    Morgan Hewitt

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Flying Canary is hoping Fulham will be in the bottom three at seasons end. Do not bet on it . Historically Fulham have had the finger on NCFC. Additionally they have the easiest run in to seasons end. Another correspondent talked of tactics - what tactics? The board presently display loyalty to their manager = have they not heard loyalty can be misplaced.? Monumental silence and lack of action may well prove to be decisive - they are not then entitled to turn to faithful canaries for sympathy and support!

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    mardler

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Maybe Nice One or perhaps the board would rather do nothing on the (incorrect) assumption that this protects them from getting the blame is we go down.

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    waclor

    Friday, February 14, 2014

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