Chris Hughton is sick of seeing the same old story after Norwich City’s 2-0 Premier League loss at West Ham

More misery for John Ruddy and City as West Ham's second goal goes in on Tuesday night. More misery for John Ruddy and City as West Ham's second goal goes in on Tuesday night.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
10:40 PM

Chris Hughton admits Norwich City had only themselves to blame after another self-inflicted Premier League defeat heightened their relegation fears on Tuesday night following a 2-0 loss against West Ham.

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The Canaries spurned numerous chances again at Upton Park before the Hammers’ struck twice in the final six minutes through James Collins and Mohamed Diame to leave Hughton’s side just a point above the bottom three. City’s wastefulness continues to threaten their top flight existence and Hughton knows the onus is on him to find the answers.

“I am wondering how we lost that. I am very, very frustrated,” he said. “You know you will be up against a very physical side and you have to match and them and for nearly all of the game we did that. You have to give yourself a little bit of release and I don’t think there will have been anyone watching the game that would have felt we didn’t attempt to get into good areas and didn’t create good chances but that is too familiar. Our level of performance has been good, we have created chances and we haven’t put them away. That only puts yourself under more pressure. On the first goal we dealt with that type of ball all game and on the one occasion when it mattered we didn’t. That is what happens. When you haven’t got a lead you think you deserve you put yourself under pressure.”

Hughton refused to single out John Ruddy for blame after the England keeper’s attempt to cut out Diame’s cross allowed Collins to glance home from close range.

“I am never one to directly after a game apportion blame but it is the type of ball we dealt with so well. We had a lot of them and we dealt with them,” he said. “They had minimal chances. No doubt the better chances fell to us. The keeper has made some good saves and unfortunately on our last two games away the keepers have put in man of the match performances. If you create that many you have to score.

“We had worked hard against Manchester City but there was nothing wrong with the energy levels. We were up against a strong, physical West Ham team and we have to be able to match that. I felt we did. The second goal was really our desperation and committing men forward that we went for it and paid the price, but the first hurt us along with missed chances.”

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  • Tootyfrooty and Derek - if you truly believe Norwich aren't good enough for the EPL then don't bother to support them. Fact is this is our THIRD season in the top flight. We didn't sneak up through the play-offs in fifth, we fought and battled and earned our place in the elite. Now you say we shouldn't be here, that we're 'punching above our weight.' We got to the top, we earned our place here and I like so many other true Norwich supporters want us to stay here. If you want Championship football then there's a dingy little town down the road that have some spare seats going, I'm sure you'll fit in well there. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Don't blame the manager for losing a game we should have won. Those golden opportunities we had to score relatively easy were wasted, are they really PL players in our team?. It was soul destroying for this crowd of 1 in the early hours of the morning seeing a game thrown. We could have had them on the back foot early in the game. Anyway I am off on a 2 weeks Pacific cruise I don't know if American ships give PL results, or should I return to find us in the drop zone. I just hope not.

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    Adelaide Canary

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Lots of negativity and doom here as expected as well as undeserved insults at the manager who remains an example to many - dignified, refusing to single out players when it would be easy to and never rising to the insults of ignorant fans. Hughton is a class act - just what a NCFC needs ! The team have played very well in the last two matches with plenty of passion and hard work. The fact remains though that the players throughout the team have been let down by their own poor finishing so the results are down to this and not the manager. Sam Allardyce has been under intense pressure over the past few weeks, I'm sure their fans would have been happy to see him go but the West Ham board have backed him all the way and now they have one 3 succesive games. I hope the Norwich board show the same strength.

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    Johny

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • McNally? Having made a statement that "death is preferable to relegation" or some such other over dramatic twaddle , McNally appears to have disappeared , abdicating any responsibility for the state of the Club. Anyone know how much he is being paid by the Club to do nothing?

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Well no doubt the hysteria from the banshees will be heard by the board and they will sack CH. Then what? Oh I know....replace him with another Manager thats been sacked from another club? Oh, and I think that where some of the hysterical banshees forget that actually NCFC is a PLC and as owned by the 8000 or so shareholders. So it isnt actually YOUR club and as such you really have no say over who the culb employs as Manager. Yep, you can stomp about and give your "expert opinion" but never be so foolish to think that the fans really have much sway. I even read a comment saying that McNally should be sacked. As if...... Like Ive said, if you dont like it, then dont go to the ground. Plenty of people would snap up your seat and frankly I think Carrow Rd would be a better place having one less old moaning "expert" in the crowd..

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    Tootyfrooty

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • spark, I hope you are feeling better. Yes, we were better in the last three games, I acknowledge it. But the thing is we got one point out of them, and two of those games - the two we lost - were against 'inferior' opposition. It's not good enough.

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    Cecil

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • No wonder the stands were not enlarged and ticket prices were frozen the Board obviously can see from last season where the team is going and just want to keep their money in their pockets whilst the mug fans keep rolling in. People keep saying City have spent more than ever before but look at the amount of TV money coming into the club. What has been spent is peanuts.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Wow after your great draw at home with Man City.. Last night must be getting on your T-Ts. You have to Sack C.H. Can't see things getting any better any time soon. End of the road surely looms as i stated earler... Spending big money as we found out to our cost dont allways work and clearly not now...

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    User Removed

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • The silence from the Board is deafening. Backing or sacking? Please let us know.

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    Flying Canary

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • @tootyfrooty who signed the players you are blaming? Who has failed in over 60 sub Situations? Who is not fit for purpose?

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • We'll hoots you surpassed yourself last night what a couple of inspired substitutions 1 point from 9 and two of those teams were below us at the start of the Cardiff game .Mr Macnally ,where is your nasty streak ?. It didn't take you long to get rid of the Canary legend Gunny when. He didn't live up to the boards expectations what's different about hoots? The board seems to think the sun shines out of his axxx we'll I'm here to tell you the supporters don't think it does and what comes out of his mouth is a crock of shxx . I used to think Worthington was a boring in his after match comments but hoots is far more moronic . How much will it cost to sack him compared with the difference between staying up or going down ?. Act now or you'll be just as guilty as him for taking us down . Clarke ,Zola Adams are just three names who could do a better job than Donkey Kong .PLEASE ACT NOW there's still enough time to make a difference

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    Victor meldrew

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Well said Powell. Been saying it for a while that despite me not agreeing with Hughtons style of play, to make his style of play work, he requires a real target man. Not a Holt or Elmander. Im talking about a real target man. Similar to Andy carroll to be fair. hughton isn't stupid though, he knew this as he had a target man to get his tactics working at Newcastle & Brum. Only my theory but I believe he signed Elmander hoping he would be that 5-7 goal a season striker who would be the target man an do the donkey work providing & holding the ball up for a fellow striker + support from MF. It didnt work out however & in January the board either wouldn't back him for the target man we require or that target simply wasnt there or found. Im still not convinced hughton is totally calling the shots when it comes to transfers as spending so much on RVW who he must have known totally 100% does not fit his style of play was a huge mistake. Hopefully a mistake we dont come to regret. Not saying who i'd want as NCFC manager as honestly I dont know. Its not my decision luckily, but I hope when that time eventually comes (it will) we still have players like RVW, Hooper, Hoolahan, Fer, Redmond at the club as another manager inspiring a more positive man management style could really take this club places. Sadly I fear any manager coming in now would have a tough task as all the real winnable games have been an gone except maybe sunderland, stoke & WBA at home. Anything else is a real gamble now. Fingers crossed! OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Yes D J_Framboise & Co. You do miss the point. Chris Hughton is the manager and coach. He is the one who makes the decisions. He has a group of players, many whom he did not choose, around seven of the whole squad are up to top ten EPL standard the rest are just journey men, just like the other bottom ten in this divisive EPL. All these players are paid wages which top managers in other occupations can only dream of. Some of these players make the same mistakes, week after week. We are where we are, just like the other nine strugglers. Making comments which are uncalled for is going to get you nowhere, calling people names is childish and stupid. We are surrounded by disaster in the country, because of failure by those who decide our future over decades. Watching and SUPPORTING NCFC since 1948 has brought me much pleasure and heartache and it will continue to do so whilst I am here. So, lets get a sense of proportion and act accordingly. It will bring more than the wish for constant change.

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    willb

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • No wonder the stands were not enlarged and ticket prices were frozen the Board obviously can see from last season where the team is going and just want to keep their money in their pockets whilst the mug fans keep rolling in. People keep saying City have spent more than ever before but look at the amount of TV money coming into the club. What has been spent is peanuts.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • We keep hearing the cry "we pay CH wages so are entitled to moan" and a contributor even used the example of receiving poor service in a restaurant and complaining. Yes, I agree, we are all entitled to an opinion and to complain. However, if I felt that strongly about poor service in a restaurant then Id not ever go back. But some of the moaning experts here moan and moan but still keep on going to watch NCFC. Just seems that some people are never happy unless they have something or someone to complain about..

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    Tootyfrooty

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • I have a solution to D. Mcnally's little problem with the manager. If it is true that CH has a clause in his contract not allowing him to be sacked unless he is in the bottom three then send him on "Gardening Leave" on the basis of capability and get Neil Adams and Darren Huckerby to take over. If we then drop into the bottom three then he could be sacked at little cost. If we avoid the drop then the board have a choice to make. If we kept him on, didn't drop into the bottom 3 and sacked him at the end of the season would we then be liable for his compensation???

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    NICEONE

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Yeah Kenfoggo, the good old days, when football was a proper sport and clubs were fairly evenly treated by the League and FA. That great day FA Cup Round 3 Manchester United. On the river end and living the dream. Never to be repeated, memories are made of such days. What a farce we have now with the rubbish served up by the false millionaires. Just think where most of them get their money from. Those who pay satellite and cable companies for their games. If they did not exist, could we have our game back ???

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    willb

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • We threw the game away by not taking our chances (or facing a keeper, who did very well). And then Ruddy virtually gave them a goal after Fer conceded a needless free kick. To what extent is this Hughton's fault? We looked the better side for most of the game, that's why it's rather depressing.

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    pablo

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Oh what a night....

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    TheBirdCage

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Well said @kenfoggo. I am heartily sick that the board accepted relegation in January will not speak to the fans and keeps that ***** in a job. McNally, I do not believe in you any more.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Nelly, did you want some stats? Up to 11th Feb CH has a win percentage with NCFC of 29.33%. (75 games) He had 55.71% with Newcastle (70) and 41.94% Birmingham (62). That compares with Lambert 49.3%, ONeill 46.2%, Worthy 40%, Grant 34% and Roeder 30.8%. Don't look good for our boy does it? Bear in mind however that CH's NCFC stats alone are based entirely on Premier games. I am sure it will look better for him at the end of next season, if you get my drift.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Why oh why did he change the team after the Man City game? crazy! Then after having the better chances he makes the usual very late changes that obviously upset the concentration and the rest is history! I too would now say enough is enough, we know what CH will give us for the rest of the season and I think changing the manager now is less of a risk than keeping CH!

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    kevin

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Willem. Hooper IS NOT A GOAL THREAT. Stop with that, it's a ridiculously idiotic statement to even make remotely seriously.

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    jaemae2 .

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Oops! Agent Hoots strikes again.

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    Liz Knott

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • What point are we missing willb? You have told us five times and I still don't know what it is. We are headed for the Championship under this cretin. You think we fans, who're paying his salary, should just watch it happen and not complain? Your years of supporting NCFC have taught you little then.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Well said Cantab. (I've watched it in the pub).

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    pablo

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Mad Brewer and Barking Wise, sorry I am not the REAL Mr Ken Foggo. He was a childhood hero, and I wish we had some talented and gifted players to follow and support in the way we used to in the days before commercialism , rampant salary demands and overpaid, underperforming team members. I think I use his name as a reminder of simpler times when I used to stand in the Barclay and cheer on players who were paid so very little by modern standards and yet always put in 100 per cent effort. It was easy to get behind them and support them because their efforts were so evident. Not the case today when I see our "stars" being paid so much for producing no entertainment value. I mean absolutely no disrespect to the REAL Ken Foggo , quite the opposite.

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    kenfoggo

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • To be honest this is the most pessimistic I have ever been about Norwich, because I think the damage is done already. There are 12 games remaining in the league, our run in of 5 games is brutal, We'd be extremely lucky to see 2-3 points from the last 5 games. We have 15 points to see us to 40, which is usually the benchmark. Therefore in 7 games we need 15 points, which is over 2 points per game. In our last 9 games we've accumulated 6 points, which is obviously 0.667 recurring points per game, this is relegation form. I'm not sure if a change of manager now would necessarily save us, but 10 games ago, when both Martin O'Neill and Neil Lennon were possible candidates, we had a chance. Neil Lennon wouldn't take this gig in a million years now.

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    Willem

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Well said Matt. I listened to Big Sam post Match talk whereby he stated that he changed things second half by bringing Mo Diame on the left hand side. I mentioned earlier in the week that any decent scout could see our right back weakness. Sam went on to say, we then sat back and waited for out chance to come, that came when CH made a switch from an attacking set up to a defensive one, how come he can never plan an alternative attacking Plan B rather than trying to hold on to a point. Had we introduced a second striker in place of Snodgrass who was carrying a slight injury, then perhaps we could have swung the game in our favour. Not rocket science, just old fashion coaching tactics.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • I cannot get my head around the fact that there are still people out there who defend the clueless idiot we so laughingly refer to as our manager. He and his equally useless coaching (???) staff have brought this club to its knees, undone all of the good done by Lambert and Culverhouse, and made us the laughing stock of the Premiership. How can you defend someone who spends 27 million on players, some of international quality, not play some of them (Becchio, Butterfield), not play Hoolahan or Fox as something different, play Snodgrass, who incidentally I wouldn't have picked for my local Sunday League side, on the right, Redmond who will be the next Ronaldo if coached by someone other than Hughton, on the left, before being taken off for daring to look like a threat to the opposition. Wise up you happy clappers, look at 18 goals scored in 26 games, 8 away from home. Look at our goal difference, tactical awareness, use of impact subs, having a Plan B (we don't currently have a Plan A ) and the general standard of our play. It beggars belief that anyone with a modicum of sense can justify the three stooges being paid vast sums of money to wreck our club. Biggest disappointment for me is that McNally and co. have sat there and watched this happen when just about everyone else could see the problem (HUGHTON) eighteen months ago

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    oldtimer

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • The Guardian described West Ham as being outmanoeuvered and outwitted and The Independent as the hosts achieving "one of the worst 2 - 0 victories you will ever see". We were the best team - but no goals again. No goals equals no win. What's the answer? Read all the posts.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Tactically Hughton has got it pretty much right for most of the last three games, but when it really mattered he didn't call it well. There have been mistakes at the back which have made things worse. Simply, we need to score goals, and we are lacking confidence there, not only in the players, but in the management. What message dud it send to Wolfie, and the rest of the team when Elmander was sent on for Hooper? To me it seemed that even though we were looking dangerous, that the manager didn't think that we could go on to win, and that translated to the team and gave West Ham a real boost. Really frustrating

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Tootyfrooty, well said, you summed it up precisely.

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    Ar ya reet boi?

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • I'll tell you what I'm sick of shall I? Im sick of so called NCFC die hard fans constantly moaning and complaining about CH. So many of you think that you know the answers so why arent you managing a PL team? Fact is NCFC are simply not good enough to play in the PL. We are a championship side boxing well above our weight. Its funny how CH gets the blame for all of the poor fortunes of the team yet last night all I saw were 11 overpaid puddings unable to finish and score a goal. So, hey, lets blame CH for having players who struggle to kick a ball straight. To those moaners I suggest not renewing your season ticket or ask for a refund. Believe me, there are plenty of people who would jump at the chance to take a seat and to support the team.. Of course, the moaners wouldnt do that...after all, what else would they do on a Saturday if theyve nothing else to whinge about?

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    Tootyfrooty

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • And I'm sick of seeing Chris Hughton

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • waclor, I had the hope that Hughton would be forced into the correct team selection due to Robert`s injury. Or, more fantastically, he would make the right selection even if Robert were to be fit. Robert was fit. Robert was selected. Of course Robert was selected. Hughton must have the (alleged) attention span of a goldfish or just isn`t terribly bright (polite, or what?). No lesson learned from ManC game. It`s criminal. The substitutions were typically inept and too late. Elmander for Hooper? Why?? 4 minutes for Winkle. No Hoolahan. Redmond taken off. No Murphy on the bench. Lucky Benchio ignored again. Hughton is TRYING to get the sack. Nobody could be that bad by chance. Dire, dreadful, embarrassing, but avoidable. He must go now. He has turned our team of red-blooded matadors into pasty veal calves. All in 18 insipid months.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • If we had a halfway decent board we would be reading today about the removal of Nice but Dim and his League 1 attendants. But no. Their silence is deafening. Their air of leave it to us, we know best is patronising. Even if somehow they were able to make a decision they would probably bring in Martin Jol....On what sane basis is CH still employed? Even if they wanted to protect their investment it would cost us money to be relegated. For me it seems to boil down to McNally and his ego admitting he got it wrong with CH or 70m. Will we still be having this discussion next year with 'Jam tomorrow' after we have played for a 0-0 at Portaloo Rd and lost there?

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    suffolkcanary

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Quite frankly we're getting s bit sick of seeing Chris Hughton - the script needs rewriting - AND SOON!

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    green tiger

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Hughton said norwich had themselves to blame - no YOU are to blame you made the ridiculous substitutions NO-ONE ELSE! YOU brought Elmander to the club and YOU play for a draw when we are on top of teams.

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    citizen

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • I heard that appalling statistic too, Willem, and wept. I could not believe that he changed the side after one of the best results of the season and brought Snodgrass back in. And what was he thinking to take Redmond and Hooper off and play for a draw. 8 games to score 13 points. I now believe the task is impossible. Darkest days since Roeder and Gunn.

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Who's this N*B........ I'm only saying what everyone else has said (Except N0B) hopeless Subs, even the commantator on line said Hughton has no plan B... but for Mr Mc Nasty, we have you on sucide watch.... Delia, I heard your fiddle playing while I was trying to get to sleep, and in my dream I saw Glen Rodent, Nigel Worthington and Peter Grant dancing around the fire.

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    OLDYELLA

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • We're not playing again for 12 days. Now is our opportunity to get rid of this useless article. It may already be too late but we have at least to give it a go.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • I agree with Bally High that it's not too late (to axe CH). Why the delay though? The bottom three brief thing? Well, that moment is near even if it seems to be taking forever. Perhaps the real problem for McNally and co is who to appoint if they axe CH. Is the board haunted by how successive poor appointments took us down to Div One. Even Lambert, when appointed, seemed another gamble and that is how some Villa fans now see him .Maybe the board recall how Hughton brought Newcastle straight back up from their relegation and see him as their safe pair of hands where ever we start next season.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • ScotCan and Johnny. We've waited all season for the promised turnaround. It hasn't come, so please explain what is going to change over the next 8 games? Or are you wearing those rose tinted specs that you doubtless wore during the final weeks of Worthy?

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    jigs69

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Barking, I`ll take you up on the Fat Cat some day. Trouble is, I live out in the sticks & public transport is non-existent. My brother`s a regular in the FC but I haven`t been in this year yet, though I did visit the Shed on New Year`s Eve. Also had an A1 pint of Nelson`s Revenge in the Whalebone, and decent pints of Something-or-Other in The Plasterer`s, Cowgate. 10% discount for CAMRA members! Can`t be bad. Strange Karma - I purchased some cladding for my nether regions in Marks & Spencer`s, Yarmouth, last Friday. First time I`ve been in an M&S for years. Pants are bl00dy expensive - about 1.5 pints per pair. Why are they called pairs - there`s only one item?? Funny old world.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • You've got it spot on Barking - money talks and bullsh!t walks, big businessmen with big business plans don't care about a crummy team like Norwich. Johny, how can you expect people NOT to be gloomy? Ultimately though, why should we care anymore? That may sound apathetic, but it's a dross season with a team that haven't gelled and what's the use of having a manager that's 'dignified' when there's the threat of relegation looming. Composure might help Hughton with the post-match press, but what good is it doing the team? Bored bored bored. So I'm not going to pay any more attention for the rest of the season. I suggest you all do the same, it'll save you anxiety pressures.

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    Morgan Hewitt

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • I made a provocative but tongue in cheek comment in another blog on the chances of us going down and Ipswich getting promoted via the play offs a week or two back. The way things are going...

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    pug

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Tootyfrooty, go away. Sorry,.......please go away.

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    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • And I don't want to say to you guys and gals that "I told you so", but have I not been banging on like this for over a year now. The only thing I cannot get my head round is why, bearing in mind how we all feel, are we not making our feelings known long and loud at the Carra????????

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    oldtimer

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • It was alleged the Chief Executive said "Death is preferable to relegation." If that is the case we are now dicing with death! !

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    mardler

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • The bottom line just goes from bad to worse. We now need three wins and four draws out of the next 8 games to reach 38 points. How on earth is that going to happen?

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    jigs69

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • How were we "unlucky" last night? We failed to take our chances, yet again, and just when we could have scared them into settling for a draw we took off our two most threatening players and bring on ricky van sheep-in-wolfs-clothing when it's far too late. Is Becchio really that bad? Maybe if we had played him from the start a few times he wouldn't have scored any goals - how is that worse than Elmander and RvW? Arguably we were lucky against Newcastle and Man City where the woodwork made 4 saves (though I do think Ruddy might have got to the Man City one if it had been on target). Luck evens out, we've had some lucky wins too. Rant over. Despair setting in again, I do try hard to be optimistic but we keep throwing it away against teams we should beat - Cardiff, Fulham, West Ham and even Man U fall into that category.

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    SussexYellow

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • ScotCan and Johnny. Please explain why you feel Hughton can turn this around and amass 13 points over the next 8 games when him and his assistnats have failed to inspire their team to scrape one point per game. Lest you forget, Calderwood was the manager at Forest who made Holt play on the wing. Between them haven't an ounce of attacking gumption and once Plan A fails they are clueless. But I would be fascinated to hear where you think these 13 points are going to come from and how.

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    jigs69

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • If CH is "sick of the same old story" he has two choices........either change it now if he can or get on his bike and go!!!

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    NICEONE

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • I honestly believe The Board accepted in January that we will be more than likely relegated; look at the siginings we made, not a single permanent addition. It was only loanees, which takes me back to the god awful Roeder days!!. The substitutions tonight were an absolute digrace!! why take Redmond off when he seems like the only creative player on the pitch!!! Totally suicidal to play for the draw. The stat on 63 Subs made and not a SINGLE goal or assist is an embarrassing disgrace. I'm very worried as other teams around us are picking up serious points and are dreaded 'run in' will probably seal our fate. This has been on the cards for months and the board have failed to act!!

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    Michael Merrill

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Flying Canary: 2 GOALS FROM RUN OF PLAY IN 22 GAMES. He's getting plenty of service and missing clear cut chance after clear cut chance. He's not even a league 2 striker. 2 GOALS FROM RUN OF PLAY IN 22 GAMES.

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    jaemae2 .

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • I honestly believe The Board accepted in January that we will be more than likely relegated; look at the siginings we made, not a single permanent addition. It was only loanees, which takes me back to the god awful Roeder days!!. The substitutions tonight were an absolute digrace!! why take Redmond off when he seems like the only creative player on the pitch!!! Totally suicidal to play for the draw. The stat on 63 Subs made and not a SINGLE goal or assist is an embarrassing disgrace. I'm very worried as other teams around us are picking up serious points and are dreaded 'run in' will probably seal our fate. This has been on the cards for months and the board have failed to act!!

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    Michael Merrill

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Well said @kenfoggo. I am heartily sick that the board accepted relegation in January will not speak to the fans and keeps that ***** in a job. McNally, I do not believe in you any more.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Hughton says that he is not one to directly apportion blame? Well, it is high time that somebody DID!

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • `raising the question as to motivation(s)`. Could you elucidate, ScotCan?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Where the hell is McNally ! i give up with this absolute excuse of a manager,What is peter grants,glenn roeders gunnys records compared to this idiot !

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    nelly

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • He's sick of it! Ha! What does he think the fans are doing - enjoying watching his apology for football?!

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Never have I seen a manager of Norwich City make a worse decision on substitutions. To replace Hooper with Elmander and then to take off Nathan Redmund who was probably the only guy who could make something happen simply gave West Ham a lift. When those substitutions were made, I could see our players wilt with disbelief. Then Ricky comes on again. Where is Wes Hoolahan and Becchio. On Saturday, Houghton proved he can set up a defence, but no way does this guy know how to win when the odds are in our favour. he simply has to go. It may not be too late.

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    Bally High

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • We are all sick of his tiresome excuses too. Missed chances, ref decisions, bad luck etc... Last nights game was there for the taking however "settle for a point" Chris decided to remove our attacking threat for "Snodgate" and a striker that has not scored a single goal!! Was it any surprise that Wet Sham decided to push up now the treat was gone and thus got their due reward. Hughton is a laughable manager full of excuses. He is paid a great deal of money for what? Taking on a club in its best financial standing at the start of his reign. One with a good squad capable of a near near mid table finish. All this in a season where there are about 3 established clubs in a "so called" crisis and 3 promoted clubs approx 2 years behind in both budget and squad building. Despite all this he has taken us to 1 point from relegation with the worst run in of the lot. Add to that the fact we cant score for love or money despite the fact he blew our largest ever budget on strikers! What has the club to lose removing him? Its Prem League status? Well that is going anyway under him. Especially now he has alienated our best player of the past few seasons! The time has come to gamble and give Neil Adams or similar a chance and just maybe we could get some spirit back in the camp and scrape survival. I do not doubt given the history of our self imploding board that they will sit by and do nothing while we whimper into the championship for another 5 years or worse. Lambert was an absolute genius and performed a miracle getting us to the prem. It is now becoming clear that the board got lucky with his appointment. Otherwise who knows just how low the board would have took the club?? Maybe they will now get another chance to show us. The silence at this moment is deafening while others make the change and pull away from trouble! Make sure you turn the light offs when you leave!

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    Ian Farrow

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Tootyfrooty and Derek - if you truly believe Norwich aren't good enough for the EPL then don't bother to support them. Fact is this is our THIRD season in the top flight. We didn't sneak up through the play-offs in fifth, we fought and battled and earned our place in the elite. Now you say we shouldn't be here, that we're 'punching above our weight.' We got to the top, we earned our place here and I like so many other true Norwich supporters want us to stay here. If you want Championship football then there's a dingy little town down the road that have some spare seats going, I'm sure you'll fit in well there. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Yes D J_Framboise & Co. You do miss the point. Chris Hughton is the manager and coach. He is the one who makes the decisions. He has a group of players, many whom he did not choose, around seven of the whole squad are up to top ten EPL standard the rest are just journey men, just like the other bottom ten in this divisive EPL. All these players are paid wages which top managers in other occupations can only dream of. Some of these players make the same mistakes, week after week. We are where we are, just like the other nine strugglers. Making comments which are uncalled for is going to get you nowhere, calling people names is childish and stupid. We are surrounded by disaster in the country, because of failure by those who decide our future over decades. Watching and SUPPORTING NCFC since 1948 has brought me much pleasure and heartache and it will continue to do so whilst I am here. So, lets get a sense of proportion and act accordingly. It will bring more than the wish for constant change.

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    willb

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Can anyone explain why CH clearly holds Snodgrass in such high regard? After injury he is always straight back in the side as if CH considers him our one essential player. For the life of me I cannot think why as in my opinion we look far more effective and balanced wthout him.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Tootyfrooty, when Lambert was in charge they were indeed a Championship side punching `way above their weight, which they did with aplomb and courage. Hughton has had more money to spend, by a large country`s mile, than any previous manager at NCFC. Some of his transactions at first looked good, ie well hyped by the mouthpieces at Archant (eg Club record-signing Wolfswinkel) but zero end product. Some were bizarre (Butterfield, Becchio). Some were lavish Pension top-ups for fading Scandanavians and injured Argentines (Elmander`s reported £40k a week+ Gutierrez). One was great (Redmond) - should be a sell-on profit there. Olsson`s fine. Hooper, too - but he`s not producing either (no support). Hughton is the procurer, creator and manager of those `overpaid puddings`, so it`s his responsibility. You use the usual formulaic tags of `whinger` and `moaner` to brush away the reality that is gross under-achievement by a feeble and inept mob of management mercenaries.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • McNally out!!!!!

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    Colby Army!

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Whether or not it's too late the man has to go. He cannot do the job he is being paid to do. He has had 20 months to show us what he can do. He has shown us and it is not good enough. There is a minority who persist with the line 'it's not him'. If he's not him why are we employing him? Whichever way you look at it he has to go.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Mr Tooty (& co) your entitled to your opinion just as much as anyone else. You dont have to have managed a Premier League side to form an opinion. Crickey ive managed at semi-pro level and while I wont proclaim to be the next Mourinho or Ferguson, im certainly entitled to an opinion on the dire state we find ourselves. We are NOT a championship, what a truly shocking thought! We may well end up a championship side if we continue on the same path. We earned our place in the Premier League and currently have one of the best squads we have ever had in the clubs history. Whether its the manager or not, someone isn't getting these players clicking. Blame who you want but you cant deny the quality is there. Personally my opinion is, if we were lucky enough to find the right manager he has a truly superb squad to work with and build on and easily achieve the 'mid table mediocrity' David Mcnally stated he desired. Are you saying David McNally is wrong for stating he wants mid table mediocrity seeing as you feel were all wrong because we are actually a championship side? Is McNallys opinion wrong or invalid because he has never managed a Premier League club. Be prepared to debate and not dismiss peoples views. Footballs all about opinions after all!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • As are we. The definition of madness is to keep doing the same thing and expecting different results. Hughton has a worse win ratio Gunn, Grant, Roeder. How is this clown still in a job??? Only at NCFC. This is down to the board now, Gross negligence and complacency. As for a replacement, a traffic cone would be more effective. Neil Adams short term for me.

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    suffolkcanary

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Oh what a night....

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    TheBirdCage

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Jaemae, who else do we have upfront that's better than him? Honestly... Elmander who is yet to score for us in 20 games, or RvW who has scored 1 in 16 games and is hardly useful in open play. Hooper is our most useful striker right now, however I do share your sentiments that goal 'threat' is optimistic phrasing.

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    Willem

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Lots of comments here about overpaid footballers, that is obvious but even if they win every game, they are still over paid - that is obvious. But the issue here is whinging 'fans' who think they have a divine right to see a winning team or even a successful team. If you are a TRUE fan, you take the rough with the smooth. But we have season ticket holders who think that forking out a wodge of cash at the start of the season should guarantee lots of wins and a high league position. I remember the good old days when most people just turned up on the day and paid at the turnstile. If they didn't like what they saw, they didn't have to come back the next week. But now the fanbase are people who can afford to pay for season tickets and who are used to paying for what they want in life. But in football you don't always get what you want (at least we have a good manager). It is entertainment and I enjoy it, if you don't like it, find something else to spend your money on that makes you calmer happy people.

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    Johny

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Ah. so that's it. We didnt score because the oppositions' goalkeepers were too good. It's surprising, isnt it, that there are good goalkeepers in the Premier League? No wonder we can't score. It's just not fair.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Were sick of it as well Chris. Infact a majority were sick of it back in November. A tiny minority seem quite happy with accepting bellow average but a majority, were sick of it. No more excuses will do now, we need points or any small chance of survival is gone.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • RELEGATION---part of our 7 year plan---ask Mcnasty

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    superfan59

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • If I was Houghton, I would advise the chopping board that I cannot tell the difference between a loss or a win and that they should find a new Manager before I screw the club through denial.... When Hooper failed, he raised his game by playing a replacement who has not even scored in his time at the club! What is that about? I want to see a manager with passion and fire... Save Our Souls!

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    TheBirdCage

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Hughton, you are a complete disgrace - we were dominating that second half and you threw the game away with two daft substitutions! We so should not have lost that game and now we have gifted three points to a team who should now be below us in the table. And what is your obsession with Elmander? The man brings nothing to our team!!

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    londoncanary

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • too much talking not enough doing ! just get rid of them .

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    marcohendy

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Random decently presented opinions are fine. But why does anyone think those who are paid to do a job would take any notice of this message board??? Not that they would even look at it.

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    willb

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • I'll tell u why CH hold him in high regard... it's his boundless energy, and the amount of ground he covers, and his willingness to chase one end of the pitch to the other, and his egerness to be involved... IF for one game you just watch what he does, instead of moaning about his moments of waywardness... which by the way he is the first to say, and admit he don't always get things right... you will see what a shift he put in... they said Gary Holt could run all day, well this guy could put in a double night shift and still do 90mins high octane footie...for me he would be the first one on the sheet.... if you want a moan, take a careful look at Hooper, and Wolfnuts, then you'll know why we're not scoreing... Elmander is a right sided old fashioned Wing Half, being plonked in the middle, were he has not got the flexibilty to wriggle into goal scoreing positions.... who's fault is that... our side look disjointed, and we have a Manager and Staff and Board, who are not changing things, so don't blame Snotty, because he have 5 shots on goal and don't score, his position you would expect him to chip in 5 a season, which I expect he will do any more is a bonus... our centre forward had 3 shots on target, the Law of Sod says he should net 12 a season... will he, I doubt it

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    OLDYELLA

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Hallucination could well be the paracetamol tablets i'm taking for the cold .Cecil did you not think we played really well the last 3 games . If one or two of the shots had gone in we would be looking at a different table .

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    spark

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Hughton sick of the same old story, How does he think the fans feel? Perhaps he should start apportioning blame as his team seem to think they are all wonderful and beyond reproach.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Nexus_6. Hot off the press, there is now a Brewery on the Moon! Only one product, a Light Ale brewed at Low Gravity called `Crater Beer`. Honest! Next up, 3 pubs called `The Cat & Fiddle`, `The Jumping Cow` and `The Dish ran away Witherspoon`. And Zak`s have beaten Old McDonald`s to the `Cholesterfest` franchise. Open-cast mining of a cheap local commodity makes for a tasty profit in Cheeseburgers, if you don`t mind them in green.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Oh what a night....

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    TheBirdCage

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • I am truly saddened by the vitriol and bile directed at Hughton and some of the players, not least as most seems to emanate from those who did not actually see the game raising the question as to motivation(s). We were very unlucky last night and while luck does seem to have been in short supply this season, surely we will get our share in the next few games. COYY!

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    ScotCan

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • To bring on two subs for our major attacking threat, whilst playing well. Going on to lose. 61 games where his subs have failed to score yet each week he brings on strikers. Stunning! If i was this successful in my job i would have been sacked or moved to a position with no authority. It's never too late to admit mistakes and make a change. We have 10 days for a new guy to make changes. Sherwood and Monk have come in so why not Adams. Yes it's a risk to bring him in but it's a risk to keep Hughton, i would prefer to make changes with the best intentions rather than do nothing. McN pls take note, earn YOUR money too and not just be a "good news boy". My feelings summed up well by Oldtimer

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    kpg24uk

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • I see the Tahn trolls are up bright and early this morning. Sister kicked you out of bed Townman? Signing on day in Chantry Liz? I hear Kessingland is looking for an idiot if either of you want to apply.

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    suffolkcanary

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • I also think some of the blame lies at the feet of those "supporters" who have blindly followed CH and his inept backroom staff down into the abyss. Most of us have been saying for a long time now that CH isn't right for this team, isn't right for this league, and yet those goody-goods tell us to 'get behind the manager and the team!' Well where's it gotten us? Losing to Hull, Fulham, West Ham, Cardiff? It's time we united and put our combined foot down, otherwise we might as well just flush our hard-earned money down the nearest toilet!

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Last season Sunderland brought in Di Canio with just seven games left and it did the trick. At the time of his appointment they were a point ahead of the drop zone after a run of bad results. It's knowing when to act. This CH "brief" to stay out of the bottom three is nonsense because surely that applies to all managers. Boards and their Chief Execs equally have an unspoken brief to stay out of the bottom three. They need to act when the writing on the wall is too large to ignore. For Sunderland it was with seven games left.For NCFC board the time is now.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Yes D J_Framboise & Co. You do miss the point. Chris Hughton is the manager and coach. He is the one who makes the decisions. He has a group of players, many whom he did not choose, around seven of the whole squad are up to top ten EPL standard the rest are just journey men, just like the other bottom ten in this divisive EPL. All these players are paid wages which top managers in other occupations can only dream of. Some of these players make the same mistakes, week after week. We are where we are, just like the other ten strugglers. Making comments which are uncalled for is going to get you nowhere, calling people names is childish and stupid. We are surrounded by disaster in the country, because of failure by those who decide our future over decades. Watching and SUPPORTING NCFC since 1948 has brought me much pleasure and heartache and it will continue to do so whilst I am here. So, lets get a sense of proportion and act accordingly. It will bring more than the wish for constant change.

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    willb

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Incorrect. What NCFC needs is points and lots of them ASAP.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Has appeared to me that it is a question of 'when' rather than 'if' he goes. Even if we do manage to stay up which is still clearly possible but becoming less likely by the week, do the board really believe he is the right man to take the club forward? I can't believe they do and are keeping everything crossed that we will survive and then act. It's a gamble but I would still go for Adams short-term and look for the right long-term decision. Yes, the players are mostly under-achieving but freshening things up may give sufficient bounce to do the trick. Otherwise, staying out of the bottom 3 is more and more likely. CH may keep us out until the last kick of the last game. That would be ironic. HUGHTON OUT NOW.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Your optimism would do you credit spark if it were not bordering on the hallucinatory. When I complained about the drabness of our football under CH I was told by Hughton apologists that the performance did not matter only the result. Now we are losing vital games to fellow relegation battlers, and frankly we are going down, what have you got left? Blind optimism and self-delusion apparently.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • …..Tooty Fruity....The moaners you refer to are entitled to put their feelings on here in the same way you have....For my part, I disagree with much of your opinion and believe that we do have players available to hold their own in the Premiership....of course not all of them are good enough....Our problem is not that...It is the way they are deployed by our manager and his trainers.....Hoolahan was Man of the Match against Man U and has been dropped ever since for that, or something else....Pilkington had an excellent game against Man C, and was immediately dropped to accommodate Snodgrass v West Ham....No!.our manager makes decisions that are hard to understand... If they resulted in better results the fans would except them...BUT They Don't!..... I would also remind you that the majority of the players were chosen by him to join the club, and if they can't kick a ball straight , its his judgement that was at fault!.... McNally and the board have a period of 10 days to change things!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • willb - you are in denial. CH is simply the wrong man for the job and will never be the right one. He is the manager but should not be. He needs to be replaced. Now.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • He's sick of it , not half as much as I am . Get out , don't come back , don't even mention my club again you are a disgrace to your profession and should be ashamed to receive the wages we pay you .

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    mjc75

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • I agree with most of the comments on here today, except for those from Townman and Liz Knott who clearly wouldn't know a proper football team if they saw one, but hey......they're just geographically challenged. I am this morning even more gutted than I was last night watching the game online. When I woke up this morning, for a brief moment, I thought it had all been a nightmare but sadly... no! If, as I believe, our goose is well and truly cooked and we will be relegated before the end of the season there is no reason for us to tolerate CH any further as he ceases to have any purpose. Why would we as NCFC rely on the manager that has got us into this position to get us out of it when he has had 64 games to show us what he can do and not impressed in spectacular fashion, splitting the club in the process. At this moment in time we have nothing to lose by sacking CH and it doesn't matter who takes over as they cannot make it any worse and there is just a faint chance they may make it slightly better. In respect of our strikers I think they are clearly lacking confidence and the chances missed last night by Snodgrass and Hooper reflect this. In these situations the striker has to first make up his mind what he is going to do with the opportunity, then accelerate and hold off the defender before hitting the ball accurately and hard. In both cases the players did none of these things and these approaches are capable of being coached and should be practiced regularly in training. I see no evidence of the coaching staff working on this problem area yet everyone, fans, pundits even our esteemed manager agrees that this is the root cause of our current plight.

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    NICEONE

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Don't worry it's Spurs next. We'll take the game to them and not show them too much respect.... oh. I listened to the Simeon Jackson goal v Derby the other day on YouTube and Neil Adams commentary. It took so much to get there. It is heart breaking to see it being thrown away so carelessly. Delia, McNally and the rest you should be ashamed.

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    suffolkcanary

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • N City have just about run out of games as far as a new manager is concerned. A replacement for CH at this stage would inevitably fail. The players are substandard and led by an inept manager. A mananger who should have been repalced 8-10 games ago. All that is left now is to hope for a miracle and that City can find some pride and battle harder. But with the run in they have it looks a certainty that they will the richest,debt free club in the Championship.

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    norman hall

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • STOP PLAYING GARY HOOPER IF YOU WANT IT TO BE DIFFERENT! He's scored 2 GOALS FROM RUN OF PLAY IN 22 GAMES! 2 GOALS IN 22 GAMES! Yet, Hughton keeps putting him out there leading the charge, miss after gilt-edged miss... He is clueless and Hooper WAS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE you could ever make. Pathetic, hopefully BOTH. of them will be gone very very soon.

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    jaemae2 .

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Jaemae2. YOU can't be serious. How many matches have you watched?Hooper has worked his socks off for most of the games he has been involved in. Given the service he would score plenty of goals but he is now seriously short on confidence. Bringing him off was crazy. I agree with suffolkvcanary. Let Neil Adams have a shot til the end of the season. It's worth a punt and new input could give the players a lift.

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    Flying Canary

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Feeling absolutely stunned today. We have become THE mugs of the PL. Personally I don't think we can ask anymore of the players; its the tac-tics that are plainly wrong for all to see. CH seems to have an amazing ability to undermine things by making inept substitutional decisions. There is no point in explaining why West Ham managed to score after Hooper and Redmond were taken off - it was obvious. In addition the methods employed by CH determine that each match goes down to fine margins. This means we can dominate teams but end up losing - as clearly demonstrated last night and previously against Cardiff.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Not playing for 12 days - thank god for that. If we played continually for 12 days we would still fail to score

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    andys

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • You've got it spot on Barking - money talks and bullsh!t walks, big businessmen with big business plans don't care about a crummy team like Norwich. Johny, how can you expect people NOT to be gloomy? Ultimately though, why should we care anymore? That may sound apathetic, but it's a dross season with a team that haven't gelled and what's the use of having a manager that's 'dignified' when there's the threat of relegation looming. Composure might help Hughton with the post-match press, but what good is it doing the team? Bored bored bored. So I'm not going to pay any more attention for the rest of the season. I suggest you all do the same, it'll save you anxiety pressures.

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    Morgan Hewitt

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Lots of angry fans, all trying to blame Houghton. Let's get things into perspective. Houghton hasn't done a bad job at all, on the contrary, he has exceeded all expectations of a manager managing a club of Norwich's stature. Everyone who knows anything about football, regardless of who you follow, were expecting Norwich to be rock bottom by now. So Mr Houghton has done a great job, he has got them to one point above the relegation zone, a marvellous achievement for a club like Norwich.

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    NB

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Absolutely diabolical, how it can even go through his mind to make those substitutions is beyond me. Snodgrass deplorable, his set pieces atrocious, how he can waltz back into the side based on both his and the other wingers form without him just doesn't make sense, Redmond down the right against the 2nd most expensive team in the world and he was all over them, I'm sure he would've given McCartney a run around. No matter how many times you play him there, Redmond is not a left winger yet he was still our brightest spark for large parts of the game. Hooper is getting himself in the right positions, and his link up play is the best we have. But I cannot fathom how Snodgrass not only started, but remained on the pitch whilst we take off Hooper and Redmond. 75 minutes of domination completely undone by 2 negative, awful substitutions. If he's sick of seeing the same old story it's time for a new author. Woeful, inept and atrocious don't even sum him up well enough.

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    Melbourne Canary

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Snodgrass and Hughton are an item obvious

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    BrightonCanary

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Spot on tootyfrooty. Wonder how many of them have managed anything more than making a cup of tea. Apart from the goal scoring drought, it was a good performance last night from them. We have our exceptions, as usual, Redmond beating players but cannot deliver, Johnson gifting the ball to opposition, Martin so slow he coudn`t catch a bus, Snodgrass so selfish and cannot see players in good positions. The second goal a comedy, Martin being by passed by Diame who left him so far behind, if it wasn`t so serious it would be really funny. For those who don`t like Hughton and can`t stand the sight of him, go down the road to Ipswich, How many of the squad last night were there in May 2012 ???

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    willb

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • It's true that CH is a complete muppet who is out of his depth,and the board are spineless for letting him carry on.But results live and die by the players on the pitch,and just perhaps they really aren't up to standard for this league.There is a reason why most players come to a club like Norwich,and that is because they aren't good enough for the elite teams.If they are creating chances but not taking them then frankly,they just aren't good enough.Good players take their opportunities when they come along.These guys huff and puff,but they couldn't blow out a candle.RVW is so lightweight that you could tie a piece of string to him and fly him like a kite.I just don't see how anyone can save this club from relegation this year.Although sacking CH now would be futile because the damage has been done already,they should sack him anyway.If Norwich are going to go down,they may as well down holding on to the broad shoulders of Malky McKay.

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    Nexus_6

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Btw, in Marks & Spencer there was a group of confused looking Irish Priests inspecting the goods in the lingerie department. I think they must`ve caught the wrong bus `cos they were muttering about it being Limerick`s largest lingerie dept. Kenfoggo - (are you really Ken Foggo, a hero of mine!) - to coin a cliché, the silence from the Board is deafening. Hi, Mattias! I`m only curious because your output is so prolific, you must enjoy bountiful freedom in the workplace! ;-) Are you an optician? Dentist? Own business? Surely Dave isn`t signing on, is he?? Btw, Barking, when I went in search of my muse, Olly G, in the Cardiff Arms, I had a leek in my back pocket (how very contortional, Missus) and a taffodild0 `twixt my teeth. But, alas, Olly G did not show. Too busy celebrating his gift-wrapped 3 points from Hugh Trollderwood. Nil desperandum - Dave Stringer would make a great interim manager...

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • You're right FINN.BLUE, it must be great playing the likes of Yeovil, Bournemouth and Millwall. Much better than playing Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea...COYY

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • CH is bulletproof.He will never get the sack.When he finally leaves the club,his last journey home will be on his free bus pass.More chance of seeing McDonalds on the Moon than seeing Hoots get sacked any time soon.

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    Nexus_6

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Don't worry it's Spurs next. We'll take the game to them and not show them too much respect.... oh. I listened to the Simeon Jackson goal v Derby the other day on YouTube and Neil Adams commentary. It took so much to get there. It is heart breaking to see it being thrown away so carelessly. Delia, McNally and the rest you should be ashamed.

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    suffolkcanary

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • I've had enough of this now! How many more chances can this man get? We have a good enough team here, one that can certainly thrive in the EPL, and yet our manager is so inept he can't get the best from any one of them! It's getting hard to stay positive now.

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Yes D J_Framboise & Co. You do miss the point. Chris Hughton is the manager and coach. He is the one who makes the decisions. He has a group of players, many whom he did not choose, around seven of the whole squad are up to top ten EPL standard the rest are just journey men, just like the other bottom ten in this divisive EPL. All these players are paid wages which top managers in other occupations can only dream of. Some of these players make the same mistakes, week after week. We are where we are, just like the other nine strugglers. Making comments which are uncalled for is going to get you nowhere, calling people names is childish and stupid. We are surrounded by disaster in the country, because of failure by those who decide our future over decades. Watching and SUPPORTING NCFC since 1948 has brought me much pleasure and heartache and it will continue to do so whilst I am here. So, lets get a sense of proportion and act accordingly. It will bring more than the wish for constant change.

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    willb

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Hi all, I watched online last night and normally take most results in my stride. After watching the last 3 games I am just baffled, disappointed and sadly resigned to the worst. Missing chances happens now and again, but game after game after game? To depress me even more, just heard on talk sport that Elmanders wages are 1.8 Mil a year, dear oh dear what a state we are in.

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    spanishcanary

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Here returns the prophet from snowy Slovenia, even 1500 miles away I told you that Hughton was useless, but like all Prophets I was stoned into silence by the sharp tongues of the Hughton faithful, NCFC boy! Steady on etc, where on you now, you cowards, So the prophecy of relegation under the reign of Hughton and McNally came to pass! and the people all turned to the Prophet from Slovenia, save us we are sorry, and it came to pass McNasty fell upon his sword and killed himself and there was much rejoicing in the land of Norfolk, hail the prophet!

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Kenny Foggo one of my heroes too. Remember going round to his gaffe on Eaton Rise, round the corner from a mate of mine. He was washing his car (possibly a Mark 2 Cortina, forget now). Anyhow, he not only gave me his autograph but promised autographs from the whole team, which I collected the following week. Top man. If he IS the same bloke who posts on here, he's become very angry in his dotage. Still, who can blame him?

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    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • We'll hoots you surpassed yourself last night what a couple of inspired substitutions 1 point from 9 and two of those teams were below us at the start of the Cardiff game .Mr Macnally ,where is your nasty streak ?. It didn't take you long to get rid of the Canary legend Gunny when. He didn't live up to the boards expectations what's different about hoots? The board seems to think the sun shines out of his axxx we'll I'm here to tell you the supporters don't think it does and what comes out of his mouth is a crock of shxx . I used to think Worthington was a boring in his after match comments but hoots is far more moronic . How much will it cost to sack him compared with the difference between staying up or going down ?. Act now or you'll be just as guilty as him for taking us down . Clarke ,Zola Adams are just three names who could do a better job than Donkey Kong .PLEASE ACT NOW there's still enough time to make a difference

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    Victor meldrew

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Suffolk Canary , just put a traffic cone in the boot , you never know who may want one.!.Mr Hughton its your team and your tactics that you are fed up with. Do the logical thing and go

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Last sentence: "......cretinous manager", as if you hadn't already guessed the missing word.

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    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • I cannot believe Becchio would have missed some of the chances our other up front players have missed in recent games. Give him a try, he could not do worse, as we now have 4 goals in the last 10 games, and CH has 63 substitutions this year with zero goals. Are we racking up some record breaking stats!

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • ch blames the players,the players only play the way the manager tells them,if they dont he drops them.all the players on the bench wes becchio and others sit and wait.ch has lost the support of the fans.i have never felt so sad.even when we were in div three south we were never this bad.the spirit has gone.ch is turning our team into no hopers.come on lets play championship footballl again.we will win matches,be happy but the club will be broke again, ch on your bike before fans start to say things that really hurt.

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    canarykid

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Just like at Cardiff, it's about substitutions. W Ham make changes at half time, while CH waits till 75 mins to replace our top scorer with a guy who hasn't netted since September. Our most expensive player gets five minutes to make an impact. Crazy! Sorry CH; it's time the board made a substitution.

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    islander

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • I agree that the Striker options are slim slim pickings. For all the junk RVW gets the majority of his games have been subs (yes, he didn't look any better than Hooper in his early season starts). Hooper seems to not get slack for some reason, when he's been DOWN RIGHT horrendous all year long. Let RVW get some starts, it might be the same thing I'm not saying he's better. Both have been incredibly disappointing, Hooper a heck of a lot more to me.

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    jaemae2 .

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • It feels like in the massive gamble that has been our season, our board have decided to 'stick' rather than 'twist' and through a mixture of bad luck and poor decision making (subs,loanees etc) it increasingly looks like the wrong choice. What I'm wondering now is how many fans would welcome a new manager that previously we wouldn't consider a 'Norwich fit' in an attempt to scramble over the finish line i.e Crystal Pulis...

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    GossVolley

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • I cannot get my head around the fact that there are still people out there who defend the clueless idiot we so laughingly refer to as our manager. He and his equally useless coaching (???) staff have brought this club to its knees, undone all of the good done by Lambert and Culverhouse, and made us the laughing stock of the Premiership. How can you defend someone who spends 27 million on players, some of international quality, not play some of them (Becchio, Butterfield), not play Hoolahan or Fox as something different, play Snodgrass, who incidentally I wouldn't have picked for my local Sunday League side, on the right, Redmond who will be the next Ronaldo if coached by someone other than Hughton, on the left, before being taken off for daring to look like a threat to the opposition. Wise up you happy clappers, look at 18 goals scored in 26 games, 8 away from home. Look at our goal difference, tactical awareness, use of impact subs, having a Plan B (we don't currently have a Plan A ) and the general standard of our play. It beggars belief that anyone with a modicum of sense can justify the three stooges being paid vast sums of money to wreck our club. Biggest disappointment for me is that McNally and co. have sat there and watched this happen when just about everyone else could see the problem (HUGHTON) eighteen months ago

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    oldtimer

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Tootyfrooty and Derek - if you truly believe Norwich aren't good enough for the EPL then don't bother to support them. Fact is this is our THIRD season in the top flight. We didn't sneak up through the play-offs in fifth, we fought and battled and earned our place in the elite. Now you say we shouldn't be here, that we're 'punching above our weight.' We got to the top, we earned our place here and I like so many other true Norwich supporters want us to stay here. If you want Championship football then there's a dingy little town down the road that have some spare seats going, I'm sure you'll fit in well there. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • I live outside the county and would like to know if any comments from the boardchief exec are being aired locally? Surely, given how bad results are, there must be someone (press?) asking questions. Or are we stuck with McNally's 15th Jan "meeting criteria" as the last meaningful public comment

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Week by week its getting funnier, Norwich couldn't beat an egg !! but we all know at the end of the day they will do the same old Magical trick and escape the drop...

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    Footyboy16

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Just how many goals have we scored in the EPL this season in 26 games, has there ever been such an inept team, management and board, it has been obvious to anyone with a football brain that Hughton would take us down this season and wasting 26 million to boot, this is the most damaging season in the clubs history

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    BrightonCanary

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Oh what a night....

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    TheBirdCage

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Tootyfrooty, when Lambert was in charge they were indeed a Championship side punching `way above their weight, which they did with aplomb and courage. Hughton has had more money to spend, by a large country`s mile, than any previous manager at NCFC. Some of his transactions at first looked good, ie well hyped by the mouthpieces at Archant (eg Club record-signing Wolfswinkel) but zero end product. Some were bizarre (Butterfield, Becchio). Some were lavish Pension top-ups for fading Scandanavians and injured Argentines (Elmander`s reported £40k a week+ Gutierrez). One was great (Redmond) - should be a sell-on profit there. Olsson`s fine. Hooper, too - but he`s not producing either (no support). Hughton is the procurer, creator and manager of those `overpaid puddings`, so it`s his responsibility. You use the usual formulaic tags of `whinger` and `moaner` to brush away the reality that is gross under-achievement by a feeble and inept mob of management mercenaries.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Dont worry all way's look on the bright side of life,,,, If you had one that is...

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    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Why change the team, they got a great result, I get the fact it was three days later but these guys are fit so bringing in Snodgrass was mad, he narrows the play and taking Redmond off for Elmander was bonkers, same for Hooper and The Wolf. Hughton can set up a defensive team but in case you're still wondering how you lost CH, West Ham scored twice. Drop Snodgrass and keep Redmond right, Pilkington left. If you need a goal play Hoolahan and Fer with Tettey covering, Fer can play a bit deeper. You need three points not one a game now.

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    Simon Thetford

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • I could be wrong but I think that this is the last year of Pilkington's contract. Picking Snodgrass over him is costing us in more ways than one. Who am I kidding? Pilks is probably behind a fit Gutierrez in the pecking order, as well. Seems we should have bagged the three or four million for Pilks while we had the chance. He probably won't stay if we somehow stay up, and he surely won't if we get relegated.

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    NorthCarolinaCanary

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • I have a solution to D. Mcnally's little problem with the manager. If it is true that CH has a clause in his contract not allowing him to be sacked unless he is in the bottom three then send him on "Gardening Leave" on the basis of capability and get Neil Adams and Darren Huckerby to take over. If we then drop into the bottom three then he could be sacked at little cost. If we avoid the drop then the board have a choice to make. If we kept him on, didn't drop into the bottom 3 and sacked him at the end of the season would we then be liable for his compensation???

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    NICEONE

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Tootyfrooty, well said, you summed it up precisely.

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    Ar ya reet boi?

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Michael, Agreed 100%. Houghton is becoming an expert in knowing how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. A good manager would immediately take Elmander, and RVW out of that "team" Snoddy should not have been there at all as Pilks had done enough to keep his place on Saturday. Houghtons non selection of Wes and Becchio looks personal, almost like constructive dismissal. The board has to act.

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    Bally High

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Here returns the prophet from snowy Slovenia, even 1500 miles away I told you that Hughton was useless, but like all Prophets I was stoned into silence by the sharp tongues of the Hughton faithful, NCFC boy! Steady on etc, where on you now, you cowards, So the prophecy of relegation under the reign of Hughton and McNally came to pass! and the people all turned to the Prophet from Slovenia, save us we are sorry, and it came to pass McNasty fell upon his sword and killed himself and there was much rejoicing in the land of Norfolk, hail the prophet!

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • I was expecting a more one-sided reaction today. Instead we have been gifted the sort of diversity not usually found outside the M&S underwear department. Mattias, Timbo and NiceOne (inter alia) are representing the vocal majority; Scotcan is asked to explain “motivations”....and quite obviously Sctcan't; you've got Finn and Knott putting the “c***” in “country cousins”, there's Johny [stet] and Fruitloops who've turned on their own people because they've been at the sherbet; Frankie BirdCage and the Four Seasons told us four times about “Oh, what a night,” she had (presumably in an attempt to change the subject); and in the midst of it all Brewer is trying to keep order. And to answer your question, Brew, there was sadly no jar with BP2 in Albert Square. I was initially tempted, but the weather, the tube strike, the admission price, the inclusion of Snodgrass and all those bl**dy bubbles made it a no brainer. However, I got 3 numbers at the weekend so I'm treating myself to a pint of The Bishop's Farewell in the Fat Cat tonight around 9. I'll be wearing a black armband if you want to join me. Presumably you'll still be wearing the pink carnation you had in your button hole at the Cardiff Arms. I'll buy you a pint if you dont mind fraternising with a “rude”, “smart-a**ed”, “troll” with errant spelling (or should that be “erat” spelling?). If they ever come up with a beer called “The Manager's Farewell”, I'll buy the whole pub a pint. Now that really would be a Wise Brew.

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    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Do you recall how from the City Hall (after promotion) we were told "We are one"? It's time now for the board to be ONE once more with the fans. It's like life, often sad and brutal, but time to use the words of Cromwell to an inept parliament in the direction of CH "In the name of god GO" Otherwise we shall all be suffering from nervous breakdowns as the Canaries head for the championship playing good football! Loyalty is all very well - the fans have been - but the board seems wracked by indecision at a critical moment-BE ONE WITH US!

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    mardler

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • STOP PLAYING GARY HOOPER IF YOU WANT IT TO BE DIFFERENT! He's scored 2 GOALS FROM RUN OF PLAY IN 22 GAMES! 2 GOALS IN 22 GAMES! Yet, Hughton keeps putting him out there leading the charge, miss after gilt-edged miss... He is clueless and Hooper WAS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE you could ever make. Pathetic, hopefully BOTH. of them will be gone very very soon.

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    jaemae2 .

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • We certainly have not had a lot of luck this season as we are beginning to look a very solid unit that include many of Chris Hughton's excellent signings .Having such an impressive squad is what would make relegation difficult to swallow. CH major failure has been choice and timing of substitutions in games also not making the most of Becchio and Hoolahan + signing 3 strikers who are not good enough but in all fairness hindsight is a wonderful thing. I still believe we can beat Spurs also the Man C performance give us hope for the last four games.

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    spark

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Don't feed the troll.

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    suffolkcanary

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • People moan and still go back because we love 'The Club' and want it to be the best it can be. I jumped off the fence after the Man City game an voiced my displeasure without getting abusive or booing. Does not mean I go to games and boo. From minute 1 im behind the boys. Same as most.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Strange but true and im sure it still wont give Mad Brewer any clues to my profession but just had a nice chat with a certain Mr Dave Stringer who pops in from time to time. He just jokingly said he's waiting for the call from NCFC to appoint him in charge for the rest of the season. Jokes aside the Hughton fan club have liked to dismiss many fans views on Hughton simply because they've never managed a team before. Well Dave Stringer certainly has, are they going to dismiss his views as well? Everyones entitled to an opinion what ever background your from chaps. Be prepared to debate instead of defensively (like your hero) Clamming up and getting nasty.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • I just got in, turned on the catch the score. I think that I'll go back out again. The same old rubbish served up cold again. Once more our fearless leader seems confused as to why we lost; wait, I see it. It's the away keepers putting in man-of-the-match performances against us. Bast*rds, why is that?

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • We're sick of hearing the same story, Chris. And quite frankly I'm sick of your inept, diabolical tactical decisions, you upset our foothold in the game by taking off our 2 biggest goal threats, Hooper and Redmond, to bring on more defensive personnel (playing for a draw which is a joke), then low and behold as usual, the pressure is piled on and they break the door down. Here's an amazing stat read out on television, 61 substitutions Chris Hughton has made this season (64 after today), NONE, I repeat, NONE of which have clocked up a goal or assist since coming on, astonishing.

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    Willem

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • willb I didnt think you purposely submitted your comment 5 times; I was just joshing. But what makes you think I'm a dreamer? Or that I contribute to these debates in the expectation that my thoughts will be assimilated by the 'decision makers'? As paying fans we are entitled to make our views known. The decision makers ought to take notice of them but I have no idea if they do or not.

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    Cecil

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Are archant trying to wind us up, headline Hughton is sick of it....Just makes us angry to even think he could be blaming others

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    Jimhow

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Slept badly? How about some early morning stats to send you off? As at 11214 CH win percentage with NCFC was 29.33% from 75 games. At Newcastle it was 55.71% from 70games and Birmingham 41.94% from 62 games. Same bloke, same ideas, but much worse returns. Why? Easy really, his Newcastle reign was mostly a Championship promotion campaign with a big club that kept its best players on going down. Birmingham was another big club gunning for Championship glory. With us he has been faced with an entire fixture list against Prem teams. Lambert, by the way, was 49.3%, ONeill 46.2, BrownWorthy 40%, Grant 34%, Roeder 30.8%. It does not look good for CH but none of those managers had entire management careers at the top level.My point? None really, just killing time until something happens. Hang on, if you're still awake, it's just occurred to me that CH does better under a Labour government and what with there being an election next year...Excuse me, I'm off to do more research

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Exquisitely cynical, Barking Wise - and Spot On. Did you get to have a jar in Plaistow with BP2?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • I notice on NCFC's Facebook page, the list of directors no longer includes Steven Fry... Has the club got rid of the wrong comedian?

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    Mel Lacey

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • For god's sake CH try another combination i.e Becchio and Hoolahan, Hooper and Dog's dangle are just so out of form it's untrue and why persist with Elmander, he couldn't score if we played all year. Ggggrrrrrrrrr!

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    b arclay

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Well here we go again same old story all the play and cannot score goals. Well done CH change the team again bring in blue eyed boy Snodgrass, then substitute our two best attacking options. Elmander played 18 -20 scored 0. Ok we are stuck with him Willem bring in Lennon you say what real experience has he got. Managing a team who have the money to buy the best for that division against the likes of Lowestoft every week. The Scottish Premier League is rubbish you or I could coach a team to win that. And as for Jaemea2 who are you going to replace Hooper with Ted Mcdougall or John Deehan because there is nobody else in the club who can match him, certainly not RVW or Elmander. Its either sack him or back him and I am already consigned to Championship football next year so get rid of him now and put Neil Adams in for now. It cannot be any worse.

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    JohnW

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • willb tooty, you miss the poinmt. CH is the manager not the fans and is paid probabkly very good money to manage.the club. He is failing at that task and should be be dealt with the same way we would be if we failed to do our jobs. Heaven forbid but if we had someone like Pulis, we would almost safe by now. We don't, we have clueless Chris and his buddies and are in deep sh*t. HUGHTON OUT

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • I read these pages daily and sometimes add to them, but 9 times out of 10 its the same old people who comment. Tootyfrooty's comments are spot on

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    Derek McDonald

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha going down going down going down

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    Townman

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • D J_Framboise, you are clearly out of touch with the reality of life. However good or bad Chris Hughton and his coaches are they have been chosen by the Board of Directors who own NCFC. The customers pay and if they don`t like the goods they don`t buy them. This is the bottom line. If you can`t accept it stop whinging and trying to second guess the professionals. Every one of who I have seen or read, has a good regard for Chris Hughton. Football, through the medium of this Archant web site gives you the opportunity to let off steam, most of it is just that, steam which disappears in seconds. There are only a few who contribute on this site and for some it is an opportunity to show their lack of respect, try to show some reason, if you really do support City get behind those who matter.

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    willb

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • I don't think anyone has the answer any more. But to have an answer you have to know the problem. It's more than just not scoring goals, or the defence going to sleep. It has to do with confidence. The only striker who might still have some confidence is Becchio who hasn't had games galore without scoring...

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    Surrey Canary

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • If I get a lousy meal in a restaurant I refuse to eat it and I refuse to pay for it. We should not be paying Hughton for doing a lousy job of managing our club.

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    Cecil

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • These are the facts... Almost everything Hughton has tried has failed. But he hasn't tried BECCHIO. If the other strikers aren't scoring, why not give Becchio a start? He cannot be any worse, can he?

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    Mel Lacey

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Cecil, it took more than five attempts to get this message on board this technical nightmare of a web site, must be one on the cheap, purchased from China. I think you are hoping for more than you will ever know. I, unlike the dreamers, live in a life of reality. If you think the decision makers take any notice of the large amount of rubbish expelled here you are one of the dreamers.

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    willb

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • SussexYellow you correct in the listing of teams we've failed to get points from. Another factor ive noticed is when ever a teams in a bad run, or cant buy a win, we seem to be the fall team. Its almost like if you require a win, just hope you play NCFC as somehow you will achieve it. Cardiff hadnt had a home win in forever and certainly not under Ole yet we rock up and somehow leave with nothing. Dont get me started on the joke that wont go away Fulham, and literally everyone else is beating Man Utd....apart from NCFc where we slipped up at home despite playing 'ok' and got demolished in the cup during a period where everyone was beating them. We drop too many points against our rivals. Plain & simple. But of course its not the managers fault, an we will be fine because there is 3 teams worse than us. give me strength.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Defending Snodgrass on the grounds he can run up and down the pitch a lot and put in a few tackles misses the point. There are many in Div 2 capable of doing that. But in the Premier League a player has to be able to deliver far more. In particular a winger has to supply crosses and balls into the box. Snodgrass does not have the pace or guile to do so. Agreed he is working under a severe handicap because Hughton's balmy tactics of playing him on his weak foot. But taking everything into account, he cannot fulfil the role of a right winger. There is also the odd notion being put forward that because we are not all Premier League managers we don't know what we are talking about. That is like saying you can't criticse a building's design unless you are an architect. Or a painting because you aren't an artist. Or anything for that matter unless you are a so-called expert on it. Much in life is subjective and football is no exception. Fans who watch year in year out can and do have valid opinions based on what they see. In fact it has always been thus, except that today the debate doesn't just go on in the pubs but on forums like this.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • mardler, I just hope the ominous silence from David "Fate worse than Death" McGnarly isn`t because of a preoccupation with selecting his means of ending it all from Suicides.R.Us. NB, NB - it`s "Hughton". H-U-G-H-T-O-N. (I do appreciate the irony though). Btw, Chrissy has a great new career ahead of him as a magician; transmogrifying silk purses into pigs` ears. Plus he`s going to use his `King Midas in Reverse` expertise when he takes over the `Skittles` advert.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • There are over 100 restaurants in Norwich, Fruitloops. If you have a lousy meal, you go to another restaurant. As far as I know, there's only one professional football club in Norwich. So, if you have a lousy experience at The Carra Diner, the next time you go...........back to The Carra Diner.

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    User Removed

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • TK we didnt need a plan B cos we were totally outplaying them. I wouldnt take any notice of what Sam says. He couldnt believe his luck. Nor could their supporters. I was there. Yeah bad drive home ;-(

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    sharky

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • The collective rant is entirely understandable. It's good for the soul and it enhances the sense of cohesion among fans. Like a good dump after ordering too many dishes at the local curry house, it relieves the pressure and makes you feel better. But in the cold light of day, you have to understand that Hughton is not going to resign and he's not getting the sack any time soon. Put yourself in his position. Fabulous salary, manager of a great club in the best league in the world and the bosses are in a coma so they don't know what he's up to. A bit of booing on the terraces is a small price to pay. When he's finally consigned the club to oblivion and the board wakes up and sacks him, he'll either retire on his pay out and go run a pub somewhere or he'll go screw another club in the Scottish second division. What's not to like? And the Board are no better. McNally isn't going to do anything. He's a journeyman CEO moving from club to club, making the accounts look respectable, trousering a big salary and waiting to be head hunted elsewhere. He might don the yellow and green tie on match days but do you think he has an ounce of passion for this club? Don't kid yourself. He knew Norwich were doomed at Christmas, and bringing in Neil Adams might have appeased the terraces but it would have been a costly way of getting relegated. And the rest of the Board? Best not make a fuss, eh? Delia can always write another cook book to compensate for the lack of Sky money next year. Fry can voice over another tawdry TV advert. Bowkett can drown his sorrows at the Golf Club.They all believe the CEO must know what he's doing because it's in his job description and , besides, if they speak out, he'll only shout at them or hide the key to the drinks cabinet in the executive dining room. So they'll just let him do his worst and if the fans moan, the Directors will pull the scarves and rugs around them a bit tighter, so they don't hear the fans from the Directors box. It's that simple. Meanwhile we'll carry on spitting nails at our cretinous regardless. Amen.

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    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • ScotCan and Johnny. Please explain why you feel Hughton can turn this around and amass 13 points over the next 8 games when him and his assistnats have failed to inspire their team to scrape one point per game. Lest you forget, Calderwood was the manager at Forest who made Holt play on the wing. Between them haven't an ounce of attacking gumption and once Plan A fails they are clueless. But I would be fascinated to hear where you think these 13 points are going to come from and how.

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    jigs69

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • IDIOT Hughton!!!!!!!!! You have successfully ruined everything good about our club, made us certainties to go down, taken good players and turned them into moronic zombies with your inane tactics, even worse substitutions and a love affair with a clueless left footed winger playing on the right who would struggle to get a game on a Sunday morning on the Rec. In all the years I have supported this club,I have never been so depressed and frustrated as now. I will still support my club long after you have gone,and you will have so unfairly walked away having earned more money in a year than I will earn in a lifetime, and whilst I am successful in my job, you have taken money under false pretences. Now do the decent thing and S*D OFF

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    oldtimer

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Yes D J_Framboise & Co. You do miss the point. Chris Hughton is the manager and coach. He is the one who makes the decisions. He has a group of players, many whom he did not choose, around seven of the whole squad are up to top ten EPL standard the rest are just journey men, just like the other bottom ten in this divisive EPL. All these players are paid wages which top managers in other occupations can only dream of. Some of these players make the same mistakes, week after week. We are where we are, just like the other nine strugglers. Making comments which are uncalled for is going to get you nowhere, calling people names is childish and stupid. We are surrounded by disaster in the country, because of failure by those who decide our future over decades. Watching and SUPPORTING NCFC since 1948 has brought me much pleasure and heartache and it will continue to do so whilst I am here. So, lets get a sense of proportion and act accordingly. It will bring more than the wish for constant change.

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    willb

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • If Hughton is feeling sick how do he us fans feel we have to pay to watch it and quite foolishly I have already paid for next years season ticket to watch what will probably be champinship football.

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    leslie cater

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Mr Houghton please resign. You have upset you my dear old mum. Seriously though, you are turning our beloved club into a disgrace and it's upsetting. You seem nice but you also seem not to be able to turn things around. Regards, Whiley

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    Whiley Boy

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • TootyFrooty- Anyone who pays the players wages is fully entitled to comment on any aspect of the club. End of. That's what these boards are for. So if you went in a restaurant + the food was rubbish, you'd just meekly sit there + take it would you? You'd never complain? Of course you would. You'd be an idiot if you didn't. Sorry to disappoint you, but we live in a democracy. Try moving to North Korea if you want blind, unquestioning acceptance of the powers-that-be. You'd fit right in old "froot"..! OTBC.

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Hooper has provided our opposition one goal less than the goals he's scored for us from the run of play. Think about that. He's been awful the entire year, you might be blind if you think otherwise.

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    jaemae2 .

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • I've just got home from the West Ham game. I thought we played very well and just as good as against Man City. I agree with all of CH's comments. We were attacking and we were all over West Ham and by far the better team. Snodgrass worked his socks off. The tactics were fine but if you can't put the ball into the net it all comes to nothing. I can't see what better another manager could do. I was very anti CH but now after the last three games I'm on his side. It's the final shot that's missing. Remember tonight you posters, we outplayed them! Bad luck and no finish is what finished us.

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    Canterbury Tales

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Hughton says that he is not one to directly apportion blame? But it is time that someone did! Ruddy made a mistake in coming for a cross and not claiming the ball and gifted them their first goal, this was schoolboy bad. The manager made two substitutions which effectively surrendered the game to the opposition! This form has continued through out the Managers' time at Carrow Road. No sign of change and no sign of improvement. The same old excuses post match concerning luck and the opposition keeper playing a blinder. Blame for these inadequacies does need to be apportioned. We all have to judge our own work performance and that of those around us, if I had the kind of work record that Hughton does then I would expect to be sacked by my boss. And yet McNally as Hughtons' boss refuses to act . It could hardly be a knee jerk reaction to just one poor performance, there has been a whole season of disappointing performances. Hughton really has been given enough time to show the direction his managerial style will take the Club, it is time to apportion the blame. The Board needs to act.

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • I was expecting a more one-sided reaction today. Instead we have been gifted the sort of diversity not usually found outside the M&S underwear department. Mattias, Timbo and NiceOne (inter alia) are representing the vocal majority; Scotcan is asked to explain “motivations”....and quite obviously Sctcan't; you've got Finn and Knott putting the “c***” in “country cousins”, there's Johny [stet] and Fruitloops who've turned on their own people because they've been at the sherbet; Frankie BirdCage and the Four Seasons told us four times about “Oh, what a night,” she had (presumably in an attempt to change the subject); and in the midst of it all Brewer is trying to keep order. And to answer your question, Brew, there was sadly no jar with BP2 in Albert Square. I was initially tempted, but the weather, the tube strike, the admission price, the inclusion of Snodgrass and all those bl**dy bubbles made it a no brainer. However, I got 3 numbers at the weekend so I'm treating myself to a pint of The Bishop's Farewell in the Fat Cat tonight around 9. I'll be wearing a black armband if you want to join me. Presumably you'll still be wearing the pink carnation you had in your button hole at the Cardiff Arms. I'll buy you a pint if you dont mind fraternising with a “rude”, “smart-a**ed”, “troll” with errant spelling (or should that be “erat” spelling?). If they ever come up with a beer called “The Manager's Farewell”, I'll buy the whole pub a pint. Now that really would be a Wise Brew.

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    User Removed

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • I have a solution to D. Mcnally's little problem with the manager. If it is true that CH has a clause in his contract not allowing him to be sacked unless he is in the bottom three then send him on "Gardening Leave" on the basis of capability and get Neil Adams and Darren Huckerby to take over. If we then drop into the bottom three then he could be sacked at little cost. If we avoid the drop then the board have a choice to make. If we kept him on, didn't drop into the bottom 3 and sacked him at the end of the season would we then be liable for his compensation???

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    NICEONE

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • I think we have to remember where we have come from and who is responsible for that. Mistakes may have been made recently but we all make mistakes. Now we should be responding to those mistakes by putting together a meaningfull plan for the summer months to resolve these current problems. I am working overseas at present and have not seen NCFC play this year but it is strange to have players of so called Premiership class never getting a kick, are they Prem class or not? if no then why are we employing them? if yes then why when we cannot buy a goal are they not getting at least the last 25 minutes of play? Some of CH decisions do puzzle me, He has said many times that NCFC was not good enough but then do nothing in the transfer window...a striker coming into the team even now yet alone January in a bottom half so tight two or three goals could make a huge difference, yet are we looking to a loan player?????

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    vmarshall

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Anyone who knows anything about football NB? Most pundits and media outlets were praising NCFC and there superb transfers in the summer expect big things. The board also stated they expected (horrible phrase I thought) mid table mediocrity. While some comments to Hughton have been unfair its only been amplified by a truly shocking 13 months + of frustration and poor form & results.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • CH surely you must know from the training ground whether your players can tuck the ball away or not. Are they not the same players when playing in the league? Or maybe it's your match day tactics, ummmmmm that might be worth a bit of thought!

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Embarrassing but Norwich have become the joke team of the Premier, a laughing stock. Nobody connected with the Club, other than the Supporters, gives a care. The Manager and the players can turn up every game, do the bare minimum to make it seem as they all have made an effort, then they can collect their salary and carry on. God alone knows what they do on the coaching ground between games. Trot about a bit and have a laugh. Shameful. It has been such a pathetic season of surrender that I just could not care less what happens now to these bunch of overpaid underachievers . They are not worth supporting, what a waste of time money and effort to go and see these wasters. No more!

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • It's time to go CH. You are no longer wanted at NCFC. The decisions you make are ludicrous and you are damaging this club. Please leave now before it's too late!

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    Davman66

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • We are all sick of his tiresome excuses too. Missed chances, ref decisions, bad luck etc... Last nights game was there for the taking however "settle for a point" Chris decided to remove our attacking threat for "Snodgate" and a striker that has not scored a single goal!! Was it any surprise that Wet Sham decided to push up now the treat was gone and thus got their due reward. Hughton is a laughable manager full of excuses. He is paid a great deal of money for what? Taking on a club in its best financial standing at the start of his reign. One with a good squad capable of a near near mid table finish. All this in a season where there are about 3 established clubs in a "so called" crisis and 3 promoted clubs approx 2 years behind in both budget and squad building. Despite all this he has taken us to 1 point from relegation with the worst run in of the lot. Add to that the fact we cant score for love or money despite the fact he blew our largest ever budget on strikers! What has the club to lose removing him? Its Prem League status? Well that is going anyway under him. Especially now he has alienated our best player of the past few seasons! The time has come to gamble and give Neil Adams or similar a chance and just maybe we could get some spirit back in the camp and scrape survival. I do not doubt given the history of our self imploding board that they will sit by and do nothing while we whimper into the championship for another 5 years or worse. Lambert was an absolute genius and performed a miracle getting us to the prem. It is now becoming clear that the board got lucky with his appointment. Otherwise who knows just how low the board would have took the club?? Maybe they will now get another chance to show us. The silence at this moment is deafening while others make the change and pull away from trouble! Make sure you turn the light offs when you leave!

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    Ian Farrow

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Tootyfrooty, well said, you summed it up precisely.

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    Ar ya reet boi?

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Chris Hughton is sick at seeing the same old story.....What about the rest of us, the supporters. We are now sure to go down with him, why not go down without him. The fans have had enough of him and his tactics, Elmander, how could anyone, apart from CH, expect this has been to make a difference as a sub. Time to go.

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    PhuketCanary

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • 200% agree Melbourne. Watching from Auz is even more painful at 2am (GC here). Just watched us dominate 80 mins of football to squander again. At 75 mins I'd be bringing on another striker to step up the pressure on WH and show intent and desire to win! Instead he sticks with a limp 451 taking off the guys who actually had chances and then when WH score against the play he decides to bring Ricky on in desperation!? Baffled. Maybe he needs to read Art of War as well as an attacking tactics book. Granted he can't go out there and bang them in, but our final third this season has been WOEFUL despite having technically a better strike force than we've had for a while. 2 holding midfielders while dominating? Johnson's chance wasn't the tackle, it nutmegged him just like the rest of the opportunities we've had from 6 yards. No one has the nuts to shoot other than Redmond, with them all passing across the box or sending in balloons that the keeper and defence can manage all day long. Snodgrass almost had a heart attack with his chance, and completely fluffed it. Even Chelski dominated and managed a draw. Visiting UK and going to Spurs game still with hope, but we need 15 pts before Liverpool otherwise we're in serious trouble. I'm not seeing any magical 3-2 wins at Man City happening with these tactics...

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    danpez

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Excellent postings by OLD YELLA, Nice One + mjc. Where is "NCFC boy" these days? Seems to have gone strangely quiet? Finally realised we were right about this clueless clown all along have you? I hear the so called Happy Clappers are having their annual general meeting tonite. It's being held in a phone-box in Little Snoring.....

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Tootyfrooty, well said, you summed it up precisely.

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    Ar ya reet boi?

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Dont expect anything chap. I purchase my season ticket as a way of life regardless what division were in. What I personally do expect is to be competitive. Until recently home & away I cant say we have been. A majority of the time we simply rolled over and waved the white flag. Granted we've picked up recently in terms of creating chances but ultimately were no better off. A season ticket does not = auto wins. It does represent getting value for money though. At times its been far from that. Ill never be happy the situation were in and i'd be deeply concerned if anyone was happy! Were never going to be a big 4 club but were certainly capable of better than we've shown this season. Why anyone would come on here and have a moan at those voicing an opinion because they are not accepting anything less than average is beyond me. I dont blame people being angry, frustrated, worried, concerned etc....some fans are incapable of debate or accepting someone else has an opinion or even more scary...someone else may be right. God im wrong all the time (so the missus informs me)....ill still voice my opinion though!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • So, spent £60 of my hard earned last night for a seat in the gods. From my vantage point we looked quite well put together for large parts of the game. The one area we desperately need to address is our physical presence in the box. We got the ball up well but ran out of ideas and were closed out quickly by Collins et al. We need someone big and quick when the next opportunity arises. Can't fault Hoots too much really, as key players were starting to slow in the last 20 mins and needed some fresh blood on the pitch. I can't argue with his selection because I don't see them train, but always wonder how injury prone or out of shape some must be not to get picked.

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    powelld123

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • I agree with Simon Thetford, Hoolahan should be playing & drop Snodgrass for Redmond. What good is Elmander, 19 goals all season is pathetic, the boat is sinking & i'm afraid the man at the helm is just watching it without doing anything about it. Bring in Hoolahan, Josh Murphy & a loan striker

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    Paul Mark

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Bring in Stig Inge Bjornebye already. Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Suffolk canary, do traffic cones come in yellow and green as I like this idea. We are doomed, doomed I tell ye Mr Manering!OTBC

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    MrCarrowIsInTheHouse

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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