David McNally calls on unity between Norwich City players and supporters in Premier League survival battle

Neil Adams with David McNally and Russell Martin at Monday's press conference, announcing Adams' appointment as Norwich City's new manager. Photo: Bill Smith Neil Adams with David McNally and Russell Martin at Monday's press conference, announcing Adams' appointment as Norwich City's new manager. Photo: Bill Smith

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
5:18 PM

Chief executive David McNally wants Norwich City’s players and fans to be united for their Premier League survival mission under new manager Neil Adams.

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The toxic atmosphere following Saturday’s home defeat to West Bromwich Albion saw angry exchanges between some City players and supporters.

But having since sacked Chris Hughton and his coaching team, McNally hopes his successor can galvanise the club ahead of Saturday’s crunch Premier League clash at Fulham – and beyond.

“We just want all Canaries fans – at Carrow Road, Craven Cottage and elsewhere – to get behind Neil and the boys, because together we can achieve anything,” said the City chief. “And there is a great opportunity.

“If the fans can get behind the players, the players will bounce off the fans and we will have that 12th man again. That’s what we’re all after.”

After this weekend, City host Liverpool and Arsenal – with trips to Manchester United and Chelsea in between. It’s a run-in to convince most that City’s season comes down its one preceding game.

“We want Neil to do as well as he possibly can – that means ensuring we stay in the league and then improve our league position,” added McNally. “Fulham is the most important game because it’s the next game, and the other four teams we play are giants of world football – but we’ve done pretty well against some big teams over the last two years. So we hope we’ll be able to get points in those remaining four games.

“We expect to see changes – not wholesale but maybe subtle ones to make a significant difference.

“Neil clearly hasn’t got experience of Premier League management, but we’re very confident that with his coaching ability, tactical nous and technical abilities, we will improve our fortunes for the rest of this season.”

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33 comments

  • Like me, Fagen, you saw absolutely no merit in this article so you opted for Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.......and came up with the Lee Harvey Oswald thingy. Cool !

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    User Removed

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Timbo, on the subject of strikers, barn doors and managers here's a conundrum. After some time on the periphery, Carroll settles into CH's squad at Newcastle and bangs in 17 in the Championship, then another 11 in the 16 games CH was in charge in the Prem in 2010. Six weeks later goes for £35m to a very strong prem club with a respected manager and craters...

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    Pierre

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • And anyone who personally abuses players or staff shouldn't call themself a supporter.

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    Carrowboy

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • The fans are firmly behind the team under the new manager. Good move to get Adams in to provide instant unity

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    Crazy canary

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Seeing poor old Neil sitting there somehow reminds me of Lee Harvey Oswald ,Dallas, November 1963.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • I 2nd that mellow. Cant wait to get there now!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • The fans are firmly behind the team under the new manager. Good move to get Adams in to provide instant unity

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    Crazy canary

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Carrowboy, up late tonight. Guess it's the school holidays though. Which manager said "the harder we work, the luckier we get". CH wasn't up to the job, is history and we have 5 games to survive. If you don't understand the impact a manager can make on a team, you don't really understand much. We may well still go down but we'll soon see. "Close to being a great side" - you really are delusional to quote a certain jug ears. OTBC

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • For Gods sake , stop moaning , CH has been replaced is what we all wanted. Neil Adams has been appointed which I think was a good appointment considering there's only 5 games left. Stop scoring points by DM should have done this or that- he sees a bigger picture than we do. Wait till saturday and then those of you who habitually moan can moan all you like about whatever you see fit . Be positive about the big change that has happened this week and give it a chance.

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    NoggintheNog

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • McNally is doing his bit to whoop everyone up head of Saturday. The focus is on Adams but he is bringing his successful do with him, Paul Nevin and Mark Robson. Nevin is extremely eloquent, has an interestingly rich international experience and has also done very creditable work as a youth counsellor in tough areas of London. Robson was an England youth coach. This is winning team of men with personal depth an has the same ethnic mix as the departing team, in answer to the troublemaking accusations of a few days ago.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • David McNally need have no fears about unity or Neil's inexperience. Neil Adams is Norwich City thru + thru. If you cut him he bleeds green + yellow just like the fans. His passion + nous will make up for his lack of experience. Hughton was fundamentally a Spurs man not a Norwich man. He + his backroom team have been nowhere near aggressive enough or assertive enough with the players, tactics or media. Basically under Hughton we've rolled over + played dead whenever we've gone a goal down, especially against the big clubs. No more. Neal Adams won't allow that. OTBC !

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • McNally might be pleased I'm not going! My last few visits to Fulham have seen us ship a lot of goals.

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    Pondlife

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Warkys_Tash.........you're so out of fashion mate. Either go shave it off or grow a full beard. As for City supporters - get behind the team, and stop the boring sarcasm. I'll be there on Saturday with my pals and three thousand other City supporters. And yes, we'll be singing loud and proud for the full 90 minutes whatever. OTBC!!!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • …..Stop worrying Mr McNally!....The Fans have NOT deserted the players....What you had to do has been done now... and happiness on the terraces has returned....The fans were just so fed up with the dismal performances served up for them to watch....but at long last it has been put right1!....It's just a pity it took you so long!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Another waste of ink. Why do these football journos feel the need to spout something every hour, something obvious, platitudinous and useless?

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    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Norwich City fans must be one of the most patient and forgiving groups of people on this Planet!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • We go months hearing nothing from the board regarding our concerns about Hughton but days before Adams' first game in charge the Chief Exec is publicly speculating on "subtle" changes of playing personnel (Becchio losing his place on the bench?) and geeing up the new manager by pointing out his lack of experience. Good luck, NA.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Ill admit ive not looked it up but id like to see who the two managers were he sacked and how bad the points were etc. Pure coincidence of course, not implying McNally likes to sack people with 5 games to go!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • That poor guy must`ve been p****d off at being sacked twice, Mattias. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • RM should have adopted the Cantona approach to the 'verbals'. Everyone thinks they are the manager don't they?!

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    Carrowboy

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • So was Bryan Gunn & look where that got City... Saturday is make or break time. McNally has pushed the panic button to stop the club imploding & the fans abusing their own star players (and fighting amongst themselves) McNally is just using Adams as a 'feel-good factor' until McKay arrives in the summer.. Succeed or fail, McNally will drop Adams like a stone, once McKay has sorted out his financial wrangle with Tan. Watch this space.

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    Warkys_Tash

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Mc Nally seems to blame the City fans. They are the club. It is not them that have let down the City. It is the other way round. If all in charge at City had performed with the same enthusiasm and loyalty as the fans we would not be in this mess. The fans will turn up,again, at Fulham but will the players?

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    norman hall

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • So was Jack Ruby. But are the CIA?

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    el dingo

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • McNally might be pleased I'm not going! My last few visits to Fulham have seen us ship a lot of goals.

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    Pondlife

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • This point has likely been said (if true) but someone told me last night that previous to NCFC in his time with Fulham, David McNally twice sacked a manager with 5 games to go and both times Fulham survived. Hope that continues!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Win or lose I am sure the whole atmosphere at the club has now changed for the better. Hughton's reign here was truly awful and thankfully it is over. There is now only one thing to focus on and that is to try to stay in the Premiership.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Verbally abusing his family apparently. Hope the idiot gets a ban.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Some of you are living in dreamland if you think NA is gonna perform some miracle just cos 'the fans' are happy. Same squad, same opposition sand same pressures. Thank you CH for your efforts and given a bit of luck we'd be sitting comfortable right now. I for one found the lack of goals frustrating but despite not one of the strikers performing we're still 5 clear. Says something I.e we weren't too far away from being a great side on a tiny budget. Still pray for 3 points on Saturday but ultimately it's the 11 on the pitch and not you, NA or DM that make an ounce of difference.

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    Carrowboy

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • 2 points: 1. We are not really 5 pts clear till Sunderland have played (+ lost) their 2 games in hand. If they win them, then we could end up just 1 pt clear. 2. "we weren't too far away from being a great side on a tiny budget"...now who's living in dreamland? We were pathetic + Hughton was a joke. (No plan B, no idea how to use subs, 1871 win ratio, lost to a non-league side in the cup, bought an £8m useless striker who couldn't hit a barn door etc etc). He wasn;t as bad as Keane + Jewell were for the donkeys down the road, but still a joke. Neal won't win every game but he will give it 100% unlike Whotun- OTBC !

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Lee Harvey Oswald as innocent

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Unity. Last I heard was that Russell Martin was "going to talk to somebody" about the naughty Norwich crowd giving him some verbal. Has he carried through with this worrying threat?

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Mellow not so Yellow (more like green with envy) let's hope you & the other Budgies are feeling sick at 16.52 on Saturday. P.S: not seen you on the EADT for sometime now..fella.

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    Warkys_Tash

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • I'm very happy that CH & co have departed , now it's time to kick on . 3 points at Fulham and then have a go at the next four games , a 2 point return from those is possible . For those of you whimpering and berating I say this , NA has the full support of all genuine canaries fans , he's one of us and that means something .

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    mjc75

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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