Chris Hughton - Norwich City got what they deserved in a 3-0 Premier League loss at Swansea City

Norwich City's players slumped to a sixth Premier League away defeat on the road in a 3-0 loss at Swansea City. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's players slumped to a sixth Premier League away defeat on the road in a 3-0 loss at Swansea City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Sunday, March 30, 2014
5:49 PM

Chris Hughton admitted Norwich City got exactly what they deserved after another no show on the road in a 3-0 Premier League defeat at Swansea City.

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The Canaries’ sixth straight loss away from Carrow Road in the top flight left them six points clear of third-from-bottom Cardiff following a weak effort against the Swans. Jonathan de Guzman struck twice before the break and Wayne Routledge added a late third which barely reflected the hosts’ dominance.

Norwich’s best chance came immediately after the restart when Robert Snodgrass’ half-volley was hacked off his own line by Swans’ captain Ashley Williams.

“We didn’t deserve anything,” said Hughton. “Apart from a spell in the second half when Robert Snodgrass had a shot that was fabulously cleared off the line we were second best in the game. We have found it very difficult to get that right formula. We have chopped and changed and I felt we came here with a positive line up and off the back of a really good performance. You are reliant on keeping the ball well against a side like Swansea. We never kept it well enough and if that is the case then you can not afford to present them with good opportunities to score. They are too good a side not to take them when they hit a bit of form in front of goal.”

Swans’ counterpart Garry Monk insisted his side had played much better for less reward during his brief tenure despite moving above the Canaries and seven points clear of their Welsh rivals.

“It was a very important three points. We knew that before the game, whichever way we did it,” he said. “For me, we’ve played a lot better than that in quite a few of the games and got nothing. It was pleasing. In some spells we were very, very good with our creativity and movement for the goals but other periods we weren’t so good, we need to improve and I have told the players that. In the realm of three points, three goals and a clean sheet I can’t really complain.”

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125 comments

  • Just proves what a C..p set of players we have!

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    dave123

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Last time round Swansea won a meaningless (for them) fixture at Wigan and rescued our season. On Monday West Ham go to Sunderland and could do something similar. CH got lucky last season. That is what it will take to save us again. Fans keep saying WBA a must win game. They are the draw specialists (14 so far) and it could happen again, leaving us 4 points short of a possible 37pts for safety. Where do they come from? No idea but it will be a surprise when it happens. Meanwhile I'm backing West Ham

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Ho, ho, my sides are splitting!

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    Chalkyblue

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Dubai who cares. I am just sick of watching such clueless away performances. I would rather watch a progressive attacking team in the championship. This season has been one of the most depressing I can recall. Giving that small club Ipswich a good beating twice a year would be much more fun.

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    andys

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Don't know about you guys, but I'm getting beyond posting. Nothing we say on this or any other media forum or public meeting makes a difference anyway. I used to think McNasty had his head screwed on. Now he's just coming over as just as bigger ditherer as Clueless Chris by leaving the country vicar as manager. The only thing that would register is a one home game boycott. Faced with an empty stadium, they'd have to act. Won't happen, but we can dream.OTBC !

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    Timbo

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Rubbish manager,rubbish team. What now CH? More verbal nonsense as to why N City are so poor and why the opposition are so good ? Miracles can happen but not I feel at Carrow road.

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    norman hall

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • I got this one completely wrong. I thought this would be an entertaining and competitive game which Swansea would edge 3-1, despite Norwich going all out to maintain the momentum of last week. Instead, Norwich were humiliated 3-0 in a totally one-sided affair which damages the reputation of the EPL (Norwich's own reputation was irreparably damaged by Luton, Villa and others months ago). The only positive you can take out of this fixture was the fact that Norwich remembered to take the right coloured strip. But even that fails to fool anyone into believing that the players care one jot for the club. And why should they? For us supporters, it's recreation, it's our passion, it's what we talk about over a pint. For the players, it's a day job. They clock in, run around half-heartedly, clock out, and hope that next season they will receive (if not earn) even more ludicrous wages for playing Championship football (at best) in front of premiership fans. The reality is that we might get 3 points next week because WBA are useless, we might get 1 point from Fulham because they are even more useless and the "Big 4" will thump us (with Suarez doing it single-handedly for Liverpool and taking his goal tally to 40). So, will 36 points be enough? No. Why? Because Sunderland, Palace and West Brom have easier run ins. And then Norwich can look forward to mid table mediocrity in the Championship where right now they truly belong.

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    User Removed

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • I have always thought that goal difference is a good indicator of the three worst teams in the division. clearly Norwich are the third worst team in the EPL and will be relegated as I have predicted all season, Sunderland have shown enough in their cup runs to get the necessary points with their easy run in. We are stuffed and only have the board to blame for their inaction and all those Hooton happy clappers.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Canarykid - Northern Premier, Evo Stik you are talking my language. Mickleover Sports being my team. Which game are you going to ? Paradoxically I will be at Carrow Road to see City beat West Brom..

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    Steely Dan

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Even if Norwich manage to stay up, Hughton will not be around for the 201415 season. A crumb of comfort in that I suppose.

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    BG

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Adelaide, ol` buddy; further attempts to converse blocked out by Archie. Précis: the team deserves nothing; the fans deserve much better.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • NO comment.

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    harry mcardle

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Next week I am watching a northern Premier club,they will play their hearts out from the first minute.Not 45 minutes after a game starts.Think McN*lly before you start loosing your fan base.Without fans a club is nothing.The fans pay your wages

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    canarykid

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Why do posts keep appearing that CH will not be around next season, even if we stay up? Thought that was his brief. So have I missed something?

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • What club do you think the board are taking as a role model? Sheffield United? Bolton Wanderers?

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    waclor

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Back to Square one again ! shocking

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    Colby Army!

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • I CANT TAKE THIS ANYMORE !!

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    Rottsrool

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Norwich were awful yesterday. When you compare their display to that of Fulham, Cardiff, WBA, it makes you wonder how we will survive. There seems no method whatsoever from the management. Although we live here in Spain we watch every match live on computer so do really start to worry.

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    Barry from Spain

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • PS. I was at the Liberty Stadium yesterday and it was pretty shocking how Swansea - a team which started the game with fewer points than Norwich - did EVERYTHING better than us: passing, movement, finding space, close control, covering each other, finishing (of course), you name it, they literally were better in every department. Sure there is a coaching issue here.

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    Sean Kaye-Smith

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • I said on here 2 weeks ago about the poor travelling fans who went to Swansea, another terrible effort. well if we are thinking that goal difference may save us, forget it with those 4 games at the end, quite frankly we deserve to go down, another failure... and now hoping we beat WBA , and we can forget Fulham...so our total should be 35... is 10 points not achievable for Sunderland,, with 9 games.. its 3 wins 1 draw 5 losses.. im afraid that we are slipping into relegation but slowly and like all fans i just want this terrible season over, the manager gone, players such as RVW, Elmander, Bassong, RM, Whittaker, Johnson, Guiterrez and a bunch of others gone, and regardless of what league a fresh start for all of us that have had to put up with one of the most dull, un-entertaining, mindless, boring, clueless seasons the great NCFC have ever had. I will not be tuning in down under until the season is over now....

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    Robin Sydney

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • In a way nothing changes. Spineless away performance piles pressure to win next home game (cue player interview saying much the same). No points likely from away fixtures that will see our gd reach embarrassing minus level. Wins therefore needed against WBA and Arsenal (forget Lpool). Not hopeful is it? Also someone else is on about players putting in a shift. I've done shifts, they start at ten at night and end at six in the morning. After a week you feel totally exhausted. Do me a favour.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • ok analysing Sunderland fixtures: 7 points behind: With 9 games: They play at Man Utd, Tottenham, Man City and Chelsea, which maximum there 1 point: So lets say City beat WBA, Sunderland will need 9 points from 5 home games against WBA, Everton, West Ham, Cardiff and Swansea, i see 3 wins in there and a couple of draws. thats 10 points: City need West Ham to do something big tomorrow: WBA Have 7 games and are 3 points behind, losing to norwich is 6: with 6 games to go.. they will lose at Man City and Aresnal, which leaves 6 points in 4 games against Spurs, W Ham and Stoke at home and Sunderland away, see 7 points in there...i think the season may come down to three key games really... Norwich have to beat WBA Fact, and maybe somehow get a point somewhere, and the Sunderland v WBA game...ideally better for City if WBA win...

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    Robin Sydney

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Everyone has turned into Ged Steroo.

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    nachospestos

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Thanks to CH for introducing me to a new experience, supporting Everton ('85 boys will know what I mean). Well, the Toffees didn't let me down. I am however very fickle so tonight it's "Come on you Hammers". And to PaulH, ok let's give Ed Balls the CE job.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Ok Genius NOW tell us why they played so badly. WHY WAS YOUR TEAM, THE TEAM YOU COACHED AND SELECTED, SECOND BEST? If you don't know why are you a football manager? (Until May)

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    waclor

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • A lot of nifty number-crunching by Robin Sydney there. We are going to have to get lucky; that`s possible. We are also going to have to `grow a pair`. This is unlikely. I just saw MOTD (fell asleep last night!). Alan `Happy` Hansen was rendered almost speechless by Norwich`s error-strewn, feeble defending. Almost. Chrissy inherited Lambo`s leaky defence, which had conceded 66 goals. This season, his `much improved` back 4 have conceded 51 with 6 games still to go - including Liverpool, Chelsea and Fulham (!). Big difference is that Lambo`s team scored 52. Hughton`s lot, even with club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel (really), have managed 26 so far this season. Will be lucky to get within 20 of Lambo`s lot. How could this decline be allowed to go on for so long when it has been so obvious?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • My emotions at the game: Embarrassment followed by depression. I have felt that way too often under CH. We are stuck with him now for the duration but surely not next season?

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    Cecil

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • So where are we now with regards to the drop ? Before todays game I had us at 75% OK, 25% Down. Had we won today I think we would have moved to 80%+. As it is, looking at other results too, I'd have to say we slide now to 68% OK, 32% Down. Lets see how others see the survival % chances going...

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • From his first decisions, I doubted Hughton's intelligence and he has to go, pity he was not fired last May. However it is very difficult to recruit a good manager. Realistically nobody would leave a job managing a Prem team to come to Norwich. That leaves either a man with no experience of the Prem or one who has previously failed as manager of a Prem team. The best replacements are often in-house; Liverpool followed this path with success for many years. As Hughton and his equally inept and culpable hangers-on are an item, this is clearly not desirable or possible. So who? Hughton has taught us that if the manager is a loser then his team will be. He must have belief in his and his team's ability. Assuming we are in the Prem next year and Burnley are not, I know where I would look. Strangely if we are relegated, we may be more attractive to an up and coming manager but I would also like to see a Director of Football (eg Mike Phelan?) with no ties to the new manager to allow the board to have a more balanced view of how the team is being managed.

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    waclor

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • I only hit send once. Honest. However, if a multiple posting serves to highlight BF's epiphany, that can only be a good thing, surely.

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    User Removed

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • To add insult to injury, Chris Martin notched up his 17th goal this season for Derby, he would out do any of the three we toil with up front!

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    Dobro

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • I fear Hughton's dire and often unfathomable tactics and approach to games has now well and truly permeated the squad who as a man appear to be acting like losers. Yesterday was yet another of those all too predictable surrenders. No passion, no commitment, no closing down or midfield pressing. If you let a team who play football control the midfield like we do, you are done for. You are spot on Mad Brewer. The name of the game is to score more goals than the opposition. The fact that we have only scored 26 or whatever all season tells its own story. We haven't improved defensively or in midfield where we have no creativity except for Hoolahan (when Hughton deems fit to play him) and nothing to offer up front. Partly because the team is not set up to go forward in an organised and effective manner. When he signed these front men he forgot to add a proven playmaker and decent, quick, wingers who can beat their fullbacks and get in a string of good crosses. But I have to say RvW has been woeful. He seems to lack any confidence and always in two minds. I don't care that he works hard. He is there to score goals. End of. A decent front man can do both! Hughton must go at the end of the season whatever the outcome - along with quite a number of his under performing squad. The Board will have to take a huge financial knock one way or another and that is partly their fault for not at least trying to address the problem when it was glaringly obvious months ago.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Yep Dobro - but Martin is playing for a coach and team who obviously knows how to play football. He probably gets more service in a game than our pathetic midfield and wingers achieve over a season. The blame for this mess lies in three directions - Hughton and his coaching staff who have managed to debilitate a whole squad; the team itself which has now succumbed to Hughton's numbing tactical ineptness; and finally the CEO and Board which has sat on its hands when it's been obvious for ages that Hughton is never going to get it right and failing to even make an attempt to rectify the situation. To try and fail is better than to not try at all. Perhaps the only way we will see the back of Hughton and his entourage is if we do go down. While I don't want to see us relegated, maybe in the longer term that would force the Board to act and change things. Then, maybe, football will start breaking out at Norwich City again. If by some fluke we manage to survive, Hughton will probably remain in post and all we can expect is another season of total nonsense masquerading as football.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Look at the Swansea managers interview on BBC Sportfootball, there is a Manager of a lowly team that is going in the right direction.

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    goldie

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • I would think that Machianalli`s at home reaching for the knife sharpener - that alone should answer Lincs question. Until then, Let It Be, no more clues !

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • A few days ago Snodgrass said " letting their actions do the talking – that’s Robert Snodgrass’ recipe for Norwich City" I commented he should wait until they have made this achievement. What happened yesterday inaction not action 59% to 41% again. The manager we all know is well and truly up the wattle as they say down here, but so are the players it is right across the spectrum of the club. Hope some of them like their lower wages next season because they cant put enough . effort into their game irrespective of their manager.

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    Adelaide Canary

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • The way they played on Saturday combined with the lack of any team spirit, I would not be at all surprised if we now have our total points for the season. Hughton has destroyed this football team.

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    waclor

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • This was no more than we have now come to expect. The problems are many and now deep seated and have been well and truly aired here time and time again. My sympathy goes to our loyal away fans. They deserve much, much, better than this witness tripe. There has to be a wholesale clearout in the summer, starting with Hughton and his coaching team.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Why oh why oh why does Hughton persist with RVW - time to admit a huge mistake was made in signing him and move on with Hooper , who given a regular spot will do the job . Howson seems to lack full-match fitness . Why wasn't Redmond brought on to inject some pace into a lacklustre first half performance . How can a team perform so different away from at home ?

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    canadiancanary

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Hi, waclor. Shearer would never say anything derogatory about Chrissy. Dangerous territory. Happy Hansen had to bite his tongue, too... Blaff, only trying to disprove the myth that we are mutual sycophants, honest. Gek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • I can't believe that I'm writing a second complimentary comment about what Barking Wise has posted! However, the old chap is absolutely spot on with his analysis of how bad things are for my beloved club. How it pains me to write such things!

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    Bad Form

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Dubai, is Shearer still saying what a great job Hughton is doing? How can anyone be paid huge amounts of tax payers' money to be so stupid? O sorry forgot about 650 MP's, thousands of civil servants, local councillors, the BBC etc etc etc.

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    waclor

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Norwich were awful yesterday. When you compare their display to that of Fulham, Cardiff, WBA, it makes you wonder how we will survive. There seems no method whatsoever from the management. Although we live here in Spain we watch every match live on computer so do really start to worry.

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    Barry from Spain

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • You never found me being `chirpy` FINN.BLUE. That abject effort at Swansea was totally to be expected. Dire, drab dreadful. Wivenhoe, that much-vaunted 10 game unbeaten run (all 6 wins by a single goal) have protected Hughton and his inept staff for the other 40 games. G`day Adelaide.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • You don't speak with forked tongue, Honest Injun, Hughton is heap big fool.

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    waclor

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • (Respectively) Stevie Wonder and Jose Feliciano could do better!!

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    FredJ

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Back on the roller coaster!. Is this to be the permanent state of our beloved club? ..

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    mardler

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • What we need is our top supporter Ed Balls in charge.He will know what to do,maybe !

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    PaulH

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • But the fans deserve better don`t they, Blaffen? Though I realise many are deluded potimists, and actually (think they) see the Emperor`s New Clothes. To paraphrase a Pet Shop Boys` song "What have they done to deserve this"? Btw1 - your comment was Mattiasesque in its massiveness! Btw2 - Dubai has adopted my `Machianelli` tag. Whatever next? What will Steady On make of it? Has DC become an AC? DC seems to be yet another "Insider". I`ll stick to the periphery with Paddy. Sorry - `Patrick`.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Where's YOUR tongue now Steady On?

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    waclor

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Lincs agree with your thoughts. Although it is a worry that the rich owners are running some of the bigger clubs as tax losses or hobbies, they are also putting a lot of money into them to get results and satisfy their egos. Tend to think our current owners are not rich enough to make NCFC a real powerhouse, so overall we would be better off with a mega-rich owner, and be much more likely to get to the top 10.

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    MichiganCanary

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • WHY do our players seem so limp and listless? Though not a great fan of Robert, that does not apply to him. Where`s Machianalli? Why`s Hughton? Who`s Trollope? What`s Bewilderwood?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • H'mmm I can see Sunderland and Fulham getting a maximum of 7 points each from their remaining games and Cardiff no more than 4. We're in a dire mess, but I'd still rather be NCFC than any of those 3 at the moment. It's going to be tight but fingers crossed we can hold on, then it's up to the club to sort it for next term.

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    Double D

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Agree with tonyb for highlighting the board's ineptness. I went down this path a few weeks ago and got some flack about we don't need outsiders who don't care for the club etc. I am sure this board do care about the club but their record is not good. They made a succession of bad managerial choices that took us to Div One and close to administration before Lambert came to the rescue. Now they dally around watching their saviour's work destroyed. It is of course harder to change ownership than sack a manager. However Delia said in the past she will listen to offers but then shied away from any overtures, probably because she was still enjoying the journey. A few years on she might be eyeing the exit and I would like to see her (and partners) be more bullish in attracting new investors. If that scares you and you want no change (of board) then expect us to return where we were pre Lambert, a well supported club being led nowhere.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • same old, same old... win at home, lose away... supporters happy, supporters angry... hoots in, hoots out... only one thing is certain, we are down if we don't beat the baggies... but - hey - we probably will!

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    wallybrain

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Must be honest, saw the writing on the wall at half time and went off to mow the lawn. Hope they're suitably ashamed of themselves this morning.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • My only hope is that the Board feels the same way I do - not having the stomach for another season like this where we only beat teams who don't turn up and when we do win we treat it like we've won the league. I really have had enough of this clueless management team and its gutless players. But then I've been saying the same thing since November. I want my Norwich City back.

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    jigs69

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • I think the fans must make it clear at the end of the season that they do not want Hughton for another season. He cant manage the players he has and doesn't have a decent scouting team to bring in good players who will play winning and exciting football.

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    goldie

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Garry Monk sums it up with "We have played much better in games where we got nothing." Put another way, even a losing performance by the Swans gets them 3 points against the hapless Canaries.

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • I agree it to late to sack him CH,Mcn*lly should be reading the riot act to him and ask him to explain how he wasted 8.5 mil on a player who hardly touches the ball in a match and still gets picked.Confused supporter

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    canarykid

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Hughton says Norwich got what they deserved do he include the supporters in that statement..We were out thought and out fought we have defenders who can't defend and attackers that don't know how to and to cap it all our star summer purchase had one shot today and seven for the whole season what a waste of money.

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    leslie cater

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • I CANT TAKE THIS ANYMORE !!

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    Rottsrool

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • It's not strictly a Catch-22 but I get your drift. If we assume, reasonably, that Cardiff and Fulham are doomed then it's who goes down with them. We should be able to beat Albion and Fulham which might be enough, and frankly if we can't beat them we deserve to go down. Either way Hughton goes surely.

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    Cecil

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • I am not a fan of CH and would have replaced him a long while back but yesterday he gave the fans what the had been crying out for, that was an unchanged team to that which beat Sunderland, centre back apart. I was one of the few demanding that Hooper be played rather than RVW but the real problem was playing Howson as he simply cannot tackle and he certainly needs to take part blame for at least two of the goals. Even when CH changed things at half time to shore up our weak defensive midfield, it was Hoolahan that was taken off but as we saw on MOTD, he at least does put tackle in so IMO that was the wrong substitution. Even if we beat WBA we will now be in the lap of the gods as I cannot see us gaining any more points after that. Squareze has already registered his hat trick for the Liverpool home game for example.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • I hope + pray you're right Double D. Besides the other 3 strugglers' run-ins, the one reason we have for optimism is that we do seem to produce decent results in home games when our backs are up against the wall + it's do or die ( Spurs, Man C, Sunderland). I'd take a finish one place above the relegation slots right now. If we do survive in the Premiership it will be despite Hughton not because of him. We must change the gaffer in the summer, regardless.

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    Timbo

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Maybe you've all discussed this before when I wasn't watching, but why is Beccio never given a game, or even a run of games? Surely he couldn't be any less effective than the people who are consistently chosen ahead of him.

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    Sean Kaye-Smith

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • I missed yesterdays game, which seems like a blessing now and things are pretty turgid generally, last weekend's good performance aside. However, the board get the blame for the bad appointment, but not the praise for the good one? Lambert just happened to charitably turn up and save the club with no input whatsoever from the board? At least try and be a slightly balanced viewpoint.

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    nachospestos

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • no chance Sunderland will beat West Ham, beat Cardiff and possibly draw at home against WBA and Swansea, Thats 8 points, they will lose at United, Man City, Spurs and Chelsea and may draw against Everton at home... Total 9 points . End Total 35

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    Robin Sydney

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Role model club, Wac? WI? CEYMS? Village Green Preservation Society? I wouldn`t insult another football club in that way. (Apart from 1p5wich. And Everton). The trouble with that scenario you paint so vividly, TrevorK, is that it`s a `lose-lose` situation. We fans all want the club to stay in the Prem, but we don`t want an Eternity of Hughtonism. It`s so hard to comprehend how the spirited team of two years past has morphed into this drab, ragtaggle rabble of under-achievers. Until you look at the management `team`. Made in their own Image...

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • How fickle you all our ..Not many anti C.H. posters last week all well and chirpy But after a normal return on form the knives are out in force. Yes drop any points at home with W.B.A. and that could be your lot... So no pressure then. RvW... Wow what do you do with him. Maybe loan him out at least drop him for a couple of games.. Testing times ahead for you all. A bit more clear cut down the road. But am not expecting the play off's but never know....

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    User Removed

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Adelaide, on performances, the team doesn`t deserve to survive. The fans do, however, deserve to have a Premiership team to support. Norwich City`s supporters are incredibly loyal to `their` club. I sometimes think their reward is to get a warm, wet sensation on their backs, courtesy of the over-paid Prima Donna players and the mean-eyed money men in the shadows. As a sign of their enduring respect for the fans, the club hands out happy-clappy paper noise-toys and duck-billed platitudes. Trouble is, most fans are totally hooked on the match-day experience. Life without it is unthinkable. A soft target for cynical exploitation. Anybody want to buy a replica shirt?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • I am already regreting having signed up for another season of this terrible shambles. Only hope whatever the result of this season that there is a clear out of management and players, City do not have a single star player in the squad and each week feel jealous when I watch match of the day and see virtually every team has at least two or three outstanding players who can make a difference. Also they have managers who know how to have a plan B.

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    goldie

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • This is not the place for balance and objectivity but to vent our spleen or to celebrate our team's successes. More often the first under this idiot. The next two games are both must-wins. Anything less will be decidedly dodgy for us.

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    Cecil

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • The manager blames the players,the players only play the way themanager tells them to do.If CH is this super manager why does he keep getting the big heave ho from all the clubs he managed and destroyed.Newcastle is a prime example.They now play flair.Yes they lose but at least they try to play.We are fed up with GH excuses.THE BUCK STOPS AT HIS DOOR

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    canarykid

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Have to agree with Sean K S. What do they do at Colney all week. It was as if there was no team preparation at all. Coaching must be a joke. As the team stride onto the pitch before the start each team member must be under no confusion about what is expected of him and what his role in the next 90 minutes will be. The Managers final prematch words should be ringing in their ears. So what is that pre match "huddle" all about where Bassong gets to have his two penny worth and perhaps confuse the team? All very amateur hour.

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    kenfoggo

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • HUGHTON, YOUR THE MANAGER THEN DARN WELL MANAGE !

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    yarco

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Why do we keep persevering with RVW 1 goal all season, that's been Norwich's problem, he know what he is on the pitch for, but has not done it, and it I not all down to service. Pity we still did not have Grant Holt, he would have scored five of six by now, and that may have made the difference. WBA next week is a must win

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    Derek McDonald

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Well I think Sunderland will beat West Ham tonight comfortably. That will make 28 points 4 adrift that is why we have to beat WBA without fail to re-establish the 7 point gap. 2 wins and a draw out of 8 for Sunderland achievable easy. Forget Fulham and Cardiff they are gone,, but the key fixtures are Cardiff v Palace (next weekend) Sunderland v Cardiff (massive) Fulham v Palace,, as stated Palace play Liverpool, Man City, Everton and away West Ham as well as Away to Cardiff so 3 of their 7 games are very very tough... leaving 4, 3 of which are away from home....i think 36 or 37 points is enough, but Norwich might need 37 due to the terrible goal difference and the fact this will probably be a further 12 or more after United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.... we need a point from that lot for sure... or win at Fulham... I still think we will go down but only just... as we are the weakest team in the bottom, worst away record in the league, and conceding 3 goals to Fulham, Swansea, 4 to Villa, 4 to Soton, shows we are just not good enough,,, West Ham please win... or at least draw.

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    Robin Sydney

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Mad Brewer, hit the nail sur le head. "Fans deserve better ". And what is missing in the Norwich set up is a rare word in modern soccer ,"integrity ". If Hughton had any ,he would already have resigned his post. If the players had any they would not short change the fans with such lame, ineffective performances.

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    kenfoggo

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Hughton trots out the same old drivelling excuses time after time, but still our lethargic board have allowed him to keep control of the reins throughout this car crash of a season. It's not been SO bad for many a year - I include the doldrums of the championship and league one in that comment. I look forward to seeing a replacement who's capable of kicking some of those demotivated, lethargic players back into line - and getting the club that I've proudly supported for 56 years back to providing the good, positive, entertaining football entertainment that we all love to thrive on.

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    Honest Injun

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Abject, clueless. limp. That's today and we can save time by reprinting this for the Fulham game which will probably be the same for the long suffering travelling supporters. It seems that the Hoots masterplan is to try to squeeze enough home points and hope that others fail. I honestly think he would forfeit away games if a 0-3 reverse was offered. It is depressing that we can't string two decent performances together. Mind you, when you think that our dressing room leaders are the inspirational pair of CH and Bassong (I've been relegated more times than anyone) it is not entirely surprising. As for the board, to quote W1A "I don't want to be negative but this has all the makings of a major **** up"..

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    suffolkcanary

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Guess what folks Saturday will be yet another must-win home game. the difference is that if they fail this time, it really is too late to do anything but look forward to the Championship. Happy days are Hughton days. NOT

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    waclor

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • "Norwich City got what they derserved'....yeah YOU CH!!! you derserve each other....you can't manage and they can't play!!!. Ruddy IS RUDDY useless.... he probably doesn't ACTUALY know what a football looks like...all he see's is a round porjectile hurtling past every game.... "eh....what was that"....????? that was a GOAL to the other team...... Maybe that's how i'll make my fortune....by betting on the other team to win...the odds against are pretty dire....

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    FredJ

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Maybe we should give the Toe Stubber of old Amsterdam a rest + start Hooper upfront next match. Anagram of Ricky Van Wolfswinkel is " Well Known, If Sick, Vary".......

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    Timbo

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Sunderland were a tough physical team, Swansea are a fast team that moves the ball around and utilises their speed. So why do we play the same team and try and use the same tactics? This is our coaching and management problem - they do not read the opposition, pick the team to neutralize and overcome them, and have a plan B strategy and subs on the bench. We have Div 2 coaching and management. Hopefully we can do enough to stay up and see next year if an EPL capable manager and coaches can do more with the nucleus of this squad, or if we need major changes throughout. I also think effort and getting heads into each game is a major issue within the squad, but that may be because management and coaches are not pushing or expecting enough and no accountability.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Bad Form , I`m glad you now realise the wisdom that my grandson, Barking Wise, gifts to these boards. In the Germanic sense of `Gift`...

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • I said before the game, "If we win, we deserve to stay up, if we lose, we deserve to go down" ! Funny thing football, we make ourselves feel sick with, will we, won't we. Well I can't be bothered to bother anymore and I wasn't even going to post, but I have, so I suppose I must be bothered. Grrrrrrrrrr!

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • I lost faith in Chris Hughton after this run of games,Fulham,QPR,Spurs,West Ham ,Newcastle,Liverpool and Chelsea, 7 games that gave us 3 points and a gd of -12.Yes , the next 10 unbeaten almost got me back onside, but since then its been getting worse. City have to be the most predictable in terms of set up for an opposing manager, who can say to his lads 'just score 1 against \norwich and it is unlikely they will score 2 and thats at Carrow Road.This does not include recent performances in cups.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • That`s a tad edgy for you, Dubai. Btw, correction to an earlier posting: The miraculous 10 game unbeaten run has protected Hughton & his cronies from the reality of the other 60 games. On edginess, Hughton`s teams have the cutting edge of of a wooden spoon.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Hughton says he has found it difficult to get the formula right. Well, you have only had eight months to do so! How long would you like? MoTD tonight was just another horror show. As ever the team set up was wrong against an agile Swansea. As ever we see players who are supposed to be Prem quality unable to make the most simple of passes and unable or unwilling to do any closing down work midfield. Apart from one header I didn't realise RvW was actually playing. To sum up: a coaching team who clearly don't know how to use the players they have and players who in the main now seem to be unwilling to put in a shift. West Brom, Cardiff and Palace all showed enthusiasm, commitment and a will to have a go. In short everything that we didn't have in any measure whatsoever. Hughton has to go and with him quite a number of under-performing players even by their own modest standards. Finally the CEO and Board have to shoulder blame for failing to act months ago to at least try to rectify the situation.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • I wonder why Mattias doesn`t come out to play at weekends? Perhaps he`s an ice-cream man. Another superb format for his Tardis. A little ice-cream cone `tusk` on top of the van and a tinkling version of `Popeye the Sailor Man` coming from the Low-Fi system.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Just watching the first half of the Fulham Everton game. What a contrast between our no-hopers and the spirit ,effort and challenge of Fulham! Even if they lose they will have the respect of their fans.

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    kenfoggo

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • CH aside, it's the continued dire performances of the players that really needle me. Where is the pride, the passion, the self respect? There is none! They are just taking the money each week and not earning it. If any of us were that bad at our jobs we would have been shown the door long ago. Why are these clowns any different? If I consistently played as badly as they have I would be ashamed to show my face anywhere near Carrow Road.

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    la barbe

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • A depressing season continues with another false dawn. As others have said here, ideal is to now stay up by the skin of our teeth, ditch our loser of a manager and start anew hopefully with the right appointment this time although that is easier said than done. Anything less than 3 points next week and we are down. Sick of this season. OTBC HUGHTON OUT

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • A couple of things that struck me about yesterday's embarrassing debacle was what is that pre kick off "huddle" bull shine about? And what on earth do the squad practice all week at Colney, shoulder shrugging? Blaming your colleague? Falling over at the slightest brush? How to stand off from an opponent and make it look like you are contributing? How to stare at each other in disbelief? How to be a truly pathetic excuse for a Premier side?

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    kenfoggo

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • .....Let us assume that the worst has happened...we are now in the Championship!....We have to cut from the past and look to the future!....I would suggest that our first action should be to sever all with the present manager....A new man with a positive attitude should be brought in to salvage that which is worth saving, and dispose of that which is not!....I would. support an approach to Grant Holt to come in as manager.... He has experience of Premiership football and would inspire the players under his control to play as a TEAM with an outlook of getting back to the Premiership at the first attempt!!!....Norwich City need to stop employing defence only men as managers, and approach every game with an ambition to WIN!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Can't see what the problem is. For Hughton there's no change, it's snafu. Only trouble is, having watched the first 45 from Craven Cottage, we won't pick up any points there. So have to beat The Pool or The Gunners and West Brom. hmmm.

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • We will always struggle with no strikers in the team. Hooper, RvW and Elmander are probably the weakest strike force in the league and every team now knows to attack Norwich because we have little or no threat up front. Sort it out CH.

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    b arclay

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Actually, I just cannot believe that the Club could have spent €10m on a player (Winkel) so clearly unsuitable for purpose. It cannot be entirely Chrissy`s fault, or he would have been sacked by now... David Strihavka cost £1m and scored 1 goal before being let go for nix. RvW may be in line for a Guinness Book of Records entry - the Premiership`s most expensive goal. At least Strihavka could be anagrammatized into "Hav Strika". Player of the Season? Becchio. No doubt.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Abject, clueless. limp. That's today and we can save time by reprinting this for the Fulham game which will probably be the same for the long suffering travelling supporters. It seems that the Hoots masterplan is to try to squeeze enough home points and hope that others fail. I honestly think he would forfeit away games if a 0-3 reverse was offered. It is depressing that we can't string two decent performances together. Mind you, when you think that our dressing room leaders are the inspirational pair of CH and Bassong (I've been relegated more times than anyone) it is not entirely surprising. As for the board, to quote W1A "I don't want to be negative but this has all the makings of a major **** up"..

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    suffolkcanary

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • He knows where the bodies are buried, Mel. Likewise Newcastle, hence Shearer`s sycophancy.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Just watching the weekend round up and they reckon Fulham and Cardiff are gone, and we are hot favorites now to join them. This is based on our form and the remaining fixtures. Needless to say, if we don't beat West Brom next week we are toast. Five games to go after that but realistically not much hope of a great points haul. Win against WBA takes us to 35 Points, which is still not enough really - difficult to see where the other points are going to come from in the last five outings - not looking great and City are misfiring badly. Not looking forward to the end of the season.........

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • What a bunch of OVERPAID Prima Dona's . I suggest this is not a good time for any Norwich player to venture into the city for there weekly shopping. Chances are, they will face some earthy down to earth feedback from irate supporters. For all the nice words, and feedback from the players, they are all fighting for the club, and supporters? That performance clearly demonstrated they are full of bluster, and been schooled at the MP's colleges of double talk and untruth's. This lot could not lace up the boots of Lowestoft FC's1st XI who are fighting tooth and nail, to get into the Ryman play off's. This lack of guts in the team is typified by Ryan Bennet's half hearted attempt at a block for the first Swansea goal. Ryan, if you are reading this, overpaid, gutless and if that had been Craig Fleming making the block, it would have been that, BLOCKED, and a goal prevented. I am sick, sick, sick of the drivel being served up. Passionless, and not deserved for those who care about Norwich FC. Right, I am off my soap box, and now a dedicated Lowestoft FC supporter on Sat afternoon's, at least I will see some passion and fight for the cause. No coincidence that Craig Fleming has an influence at Lowestoft? The Border Riever

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    The Border Riever

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • A depressing season continues with another false dawn. As others have said here, ideal is to now stay up by the skin of our teeth, ditch our loser of a manager and start anew hopefully with the right appointment this time although that is easier said than done. Anything less than 3 points next week and we are down. Sick of this season. OTBC HUGHTON OUT

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • G'day Mad Brewer, it is so frustrating for all of us fans, chew our finger nails and hope we can remain in the PL and rebuild next season, having got rid of you know who for a start and rebuild with some better players. That is about as much as we can hope for.

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    Adelaide Canary

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • We will always struggle with no strikers in the team. Hooper, RvW and Elmander are probably the weakest strike force in the league and every team now knows to attack Norwich because we have little or no threat up front. Sort it out CH.

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    b arclay

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • It's just a crying shame you don't get what you deserve, Chris Hughton. Your track record is appalling. Why you are still the manager of OUR club, I have no idea. Just what it is about you that is stopping the directors from firing you, I can only privately surmise. You are failing miserably.

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    Mel Lacey

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Mr Hughton, you said much the same after our last 2 away games, and may say much the same after Fulham,Man U and Chelsea.And as for Jonas how in the name of football does he get on ahead of Redmond, on todays showing he is not worth a place in a pub 11

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Lincs agree with your thoughts. Although it is a worry that the rich owners are running some of the bigger clubs as tax losses or hobbies, they are also putting a lot of money into them to get results and satisfy their egos. Tend to think our current owners are not rich enough to make NCFC a real powerhouse, so overall we would be better off with a mega-rich owner, and be much more likely to get to the top 10.

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    MichiganCanary

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Don't worry, BF, it gets less painful with practice. Come to the pub on Tuesday and I'll give you an signed photo to put on the mantelpiece. That might help. I gave your a post a mighty 6 for technical merit. You would have got the same for artistic impression if you hadn't called me "old". Despite the wrinkles, the COPD and a touch of lumbago! Istill have a full head of hair......a rare attribute in these cubicles. It's a funny old world when one's adversaries pay compliments and one's avuncular friends call you poisonous. Next thing you know, Norwich will be playing premiership football next season! As if......

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    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • ok analysing Sunderland fixtures: 7 points behind: With 9 games: They play at Man Utd, Tottenham, Man City and Chelsea, which maximum there 1 point: So lets say City beat WBA, Sunderland will need 9 points from 5 home games against WBA, Everton, West Ham, Cardiff and Swansea, i see 3 wins in there and a couple of draws. thats 10 points: City need West Ham to do something big tomorrow: WBA Have 7 games and are 3 points behind, losing to norwich is 6: with 6 games to go.. they will lose at Man City and Aresnal, which leaves 6 points in 4 games against Spurs, W Ham and Stoke at home and Sunderland away, see 7 points in there...i think the season may come down to three key games really... Norwich have to beat WBA Fact, and maybe somehow get a point somewhere, and the Sunderland v WBA game...ideally better for City if WBA win...

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    Robin Sydney

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • If you re-read the relevant post, Gek, you'll see that I wasn't being sycophantic at all, more tongue in cheek. A point not lost on you I'm sure, but way over the head of S\O. When she appears on these boards now, a red mist descends......in the Germanic sense of "Mist".

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    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • This is all interesting but conjecture and can be misleading. Look what happened to Chelsea at Palace yesterday. The only thing Norwich can do about all this is win some football matches. And there's the rub because we are not very good at it and while we can't score goals for whatever reason we will continue to flounder. I fear we are also in a Catch 22 situation: if we go down the implications are obvious but if we manage to stay up, might we have another season under this dreadful coaching team? One of the problems is that it seems the Board and CEO are out of touch with reality and a significant number of their fans. They appear to be just sitting on their hands and hoping that somehow all will be well. Or else they are trapped in the proverbial car headlights and unable to make decisions. If we do go down at least they will then be able to absolve themselves from issues such as stadium expansion - about which they have also dithered despite an independent report which showed it was a necessity for the club;s future development. All this points one way: to a state of stagnation. And that in turn only leads one way - downhill. If we are to progress (and I am a realist so not expecting us to be a Champions League side or anything) decisions have to be made. At present there is a lack of leadership from Board level through to the playing and coaching side and now it seems to have permeated through to the players. The end result is clear to see out on the pitch.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Survival chances after that limp effort? 50\50 - and that`s after a schooner of Dubai`s Pollyanna Potion. I can only explain away Hughton not being booted out just for the RvW fiasco by suggesting - it wasn`t his fault... Machianalli`s been very quiet lately.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Morning Delia Good Morning David, what are you doing down here in the carvery kitchen so early this morning ? I am looking for the knife sharpening steel ! What do you need that for David ? Let’s just Imagine…….

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Don't worry, BF, it gets less painful with practice. Come to the pub on Tuesday and I'll give you an signed photo to put on the mantelpiece. That might help. I gave your a post a mighty 6 for technical merit. You would have got the same for artistic impression if you hadn't called me "old". Despite the wrinkles, the COPD and a touch of lumbago! Istill have a full head of hair......a rare attribute in these cubicles. It's a funny old world when one's adversaries pay compliments and one's avuncular friends call you poisonous. Next thing you know, Norwich will be playing premiership football next season! As if......

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    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Yes Hughton you are right, we didn't deserve anything and what you deserve is the sack, albeit a season too late.

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    irongloves

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Great stats Dubai, I'm jealous. Looking at tonights bottom three I tend to ask what chances they have of achieving the 37pts average survival target for past 10 years. Fulham and Cardiff I rate at no better than 15%. Sunderland is harder to figure because of games in hand. If they beat West Ham on Monday they need about a point a game to reach the target, along with NCFC and another four teams. A one in six chance of third bottom = 83.33% chance of staying up! Ok, that doesn't look right but on a bleak night I thought it worth sharing.

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Worry not, CH has been assured that the big four we face will all be going on holiday from April 1st so he is counting on another glorious end to our season. No doubt if we get out of jail once again, the board will declare him a hero and double his wages as they extend his never ending contract to boot.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Missed the point I think, nachos. Board is blamed for (plural) bad appointments. Think Worthy, Rioch, Hamilton, Roeder, Grant, Gunn. Worthy did ok for a while but was persevered with too long. After that a series of well intended gambles took us to Div one before they finally hit the jackpot with Lambert. I have no problem with the board in that I believe they mean well but I worry we are about to repeat the cycle that took us down before. The major shareholders are not getting any younger, time to shop around for new owners who will take us forward.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Well,well - now I'm receiving sympathy notes from friends (knowing my lifelong devotion to the Canaries) as if a close relative had just died! I cannot forgive CH..

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    mardler

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • .....where are you Tea Lady when things get tough?....That's what needed...a nice cup of tea to Steady the ship!.....Unfortunately 'SS Canary' has already hit the iceberg and was last seen drifting without power towards the depths of destruction!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • barking you are entirely correct except that on current form I think we would struggle to stay in any division in the football league, given that we can't even beat Luton, the Conference is probably too good for us. Our club has become a laughing stock and a disgrace to the great name of Norwich

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Hughton's management has been a disaster and it seems clear that most of the team have now bought into it! There appears no stomach for the fight. Just capitulation on an epic and embarrassing scale. In over 50 years watching professional football at many levels and both in England and overseas, I have never seen performances as dire as the ones we trot out away from home week in, week out. I accept there is little flair in the team (in fact quite a number of the squad are at best Championship level players). However, that is no excuse for not giving 100% commitment on the pitch. If every player, no matter how limited their technical abilities, rolled up their sleeves and were prepared to work their socks off for each other, the club and the fans, we wouldn't be in this mess. Crystal Palace today showed that if you are prepared to have a go, show guts and commitment, better teams can be beaten. Similarly West Brom and Cardiff (both average teams) set out to win and gave their fans something to shout about. Neither surrendered and both kept battling to the end. Remind you of anyone - oh yes, PL;s team! Under Hughton all this has been drained from the club. I doubt under Hughton this team could even raise itself to be competitive in the Championship. If you can't get fired up to compete at this level what chance is there?

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • The board had a chance in january to make things better with sacking Hughton and releasing enough funds to strengthen the squad.They done neither(apart from yobo)They just buried their heads in the sand.come may it should not just be the management and a few players who leave CR.!

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    tonyb

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

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