Norwich City chief executive David McNally calls for a killer instinct

Norwich City's waywardness has cost them dearly in recent Premier League tussles. Picture by Tom Smith/Focus Images Norwich City's waywardness has cost them dearly in recent Premier League tussles. Picture by Tom Smith/Focus Images

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
8:00 AM

Norwich City’s chief executive David McNally is well aware the Canaries’ Premier League survival prospects hinge on finding a cutting edge.

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Chris Hughton’s squad have scored twice in the last five top flight games but McNally insists that tells only part of the story with Norwich carving out numerous chances over the past month.

“In the last half a dozen or so games I don’t think entertainment has been an issue. The issue has been our inability to score from the chances we have created which have led to some disappointing results,” he said. “If there was a team trying to play entertaining football at West Ham then it was us, against Manchester City we didn’t park the bus. Yes, there was a difficult period in the second half when I felt it might be a long game. We had a gameplan to get on the front foot as well as be solid. At Cardiff City we were the team playing the entertaining football, but there is no question results have been disappointing. Of course you have individuals who you would like to score the goals but it really is about the team as a whole.”

McNally is adamant Hughton has also received unfair criticism for his perceived lack of success with substitutions this season. The Canaries are the only Premier League side yet to score from the bench.

“Game management is a key part of the manager’s role. We as fans always have the benefit of hindsight, but Chris and other managers have to do that in real-time under huge pressure and intense scrutiny,” he said. “At the start of the season one of the accusations was he didn’t make enough substitutions. A newspaper quoted he had made 63 the other day, which is two and a half per game. He put three on at the same time at Cardiff and he has used a variety of different formations. How many supporters were saying they wanted to see 4-4-2 and we had two up front for a while and, speaking as a supporter myself, I don’t think that was the ideal formation for us.”

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  • Please sack CH irregarless Canaries are relegated or not. It's time for a change. Two season already under him with no improvement. Newcastle did the right thing when they sacked CH last time. We need to follow suit and get a manager which can bring the Canaries up the table and not fighting the drop every season.

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    Jaszli Johari

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Press Conference? 24th Feb? Hang about, thats a Monday....a Monday directly after a game of Football against Spurs....a game of football against Spurs that could have a huge impact on the future of NCFC & Mr Hughton as well....surely it cant be....They wouldn't......surely the board are not going to................announce the deadline for 1st season ticket renewals has passed ;) Dream on....highly doubt a press conference has been organised already. Depending where we drop too IF (not nailed on we will lose)we lose to spurs we may see some movement on the management front.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Yes, Burglecut. I`ve banged on long enough about the similarity between Hughton`s football `style` and Table Football. Rigid formations of players suspended by steel rods through their shoulders. Or Subbuteo. There was another footy toy\game a bit like Subbuteo, wherein each `player` had a button sticking out of the top of his head. Press the button, and up came a foot. A kick! Of course, you could adjust the players to be right or left footed, so there were no totally left-footed Snodgrass-type mannequins. In order to accomodate one of those, it would have to be played at `Right Wing`.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Scrolling up through these comments, I wanted to say: 1. I see no racism here, 2. I don't do social media, 3. If Lennon comes to Norwich, h'll become another foreign manager post independence. But Brewer has stolen my thunder. I would add that there is nothing racist or xenophobic about wanting to see more English managers and more English players in the EPL. I for one harbour a flickering hope that we might one day get the Jules Rimet back, and it ain't going to happen unless we promote English talent on the pitch and in the dug out.

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    User Removed

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Instead of taking a pop at other people's posts on here Mellow, why don't you give us your take on the current situation?

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    Smudger75

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • The thing is Dave, the 4,4,2 formation failed to work because we do not have a decent target man. All loyal supporters really hoped that RVW and Hooper would strike up a great partnership but it simply has not happened. Had you and CH gone out and found a target man during the transfer window then we could have really put that system to the test. However, it is also plain to see that the 4,5,1 system is also failing to bring us goals so perhaps we need to try a 3,5,2 formation and hope we can score more than we concede. After all, with Yobo now on the books we have three excellent centre backs for that formation.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • The reason I seem to be repeating myself is because the site delayed my earlier post. I thought it was lost so did an abbreviated version.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • If Numpty Nally knew anything he should have seen the writing on the wall last May, and as we sing, been "On The Ball" the only Killer Instinct he'll have is when he sacks "He who knows"

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    OLDYELLA

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • To clarify MB I think the racial abuse has mainly been on Facebook & Twitter but it still doesn`t excuse it. And to those wondering why DM hasn`t been on Twitter lately insults rather than genuine debate may have something to with it!

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    stayingup

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Im the opposite buddy. Fulham have made an insanely good appointment & as long as the chairman backs away and lets him get on with the job im sure he will save Fulham and build them further in the summer. Hope im wrong as before Magath was appointed, Fulham were utterly shocking (other than against NCFC of course). On the subject of Lennon i've always been massively against Lennon. Just not a fan. IMO he lacks the tactical awareness to deliver results outside the extremely average scotish leagues. I'm not even overly keen on Celtic and once again IMO it's one of the weakest Celtic sides i've ever seen. They just have no real challenger to push them. Im not so much against Lennon now though. Way I look at it, who ever comes in for Hughton (which lets face it will happen at some point, whether its now or later in the Championship) it'll be just as much a gamble appointing Lennon as it would anyone else. Theres millions of +- to each eventually out come regarding a Lennon, Malky, Laudrup, unheard of overseas, young up and coming etc....

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • For a consultant with attacking ideas until the end of the season, what about Terry Venables? Just don't let him try and tempt Teddy Sheringham and Alan Shearer out of returement.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • indeed waclor. Totally agree

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Laudrup.. . Laudrup... Laudrup...

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    Jaszli Johari

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • To clarify MB I think the racial abuse has mainly been on Facebook & Twitter but it still doesn`t excuse it. And to those wondering why DM hasn`t been on Twitter lately insults rather than genuine debate may have something to with it!

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    stayingup

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Well McNally you have just gone right down in my estimations, I thought it was possibly you who would of wanted Hughton out but the "luvies" on the board keeping him here, but to defend his Substitution policy has done it for me. Its not the numbers he makes its when and who, like for like, late in game. As for saying we wanted 2 up front, yes in some early games that were winnable but we didnt get it, then he goes 2 up front away to Everton ???, jesssuuzz. The man makes me boil. Oh and finally we play brilliant against Man City so what do we do next game, we change people because Robert is back and he must always play.

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    Jimhow

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Not against foreigners MB; Scottish, Irish, Welsh or otherwise. Its all about diversity these days. We need the best man for the job. I`m just raising a subject for debate. Do we want to consider a Pellegrini or Wengeretc sort for instance. Discuss!

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    stayingup

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • To the Mad brewer I say, like you I go back to the 3rd Div. (South) days. Bill Lewis, Reg Foulkes(who later came to my house to talk to my Dad about playing for the then "B" team) and Players like Don Pickwick, and co. Over the past 60 odd years, I have spent literally thousands of pounds supporting this club to this day, and in my youth I played to a semi professional level, and have been a footie fanatic all of my life. That doesn't qualify me to manage a Prem Team,but I feel that it gives me the right to express my opinions. I think everyone who reads these posts knows what I think of the joke we call a management team, and I do apologise to Mellow yellow et all the happy clappers who find the vast majority of fans concerns about our future boring and negative. It has been instilled in us by the clown and his negative tactics, inane selections and a style of football that sorta makes one lose the will to live.McNally is as deluded as Hughton in my opinion, and as I keep saying.......why do we not make our feelings known long and loud at the Carra?

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    oldtimer

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Most of the criticism of CH fair & I will join in with it. I think his time is up. However yes I think its too late to make a change now. What I will not join in with is the slanderous and racial abuse of him I have noticed on these pages. Neither will I join in with the deliberate mis pronounciation of his name and that of his assistants. How would you like it if your name was deliberately mispronounced when you were the subject of adverse scrutiny. Cheap jibes from I presume normally intelligent people with nothing constructive to say. Yes I`m as disappointed and frustrated as you are but I am not about to descend to the level of the sewer. Make your point by all means and be prepared to debate it. Don`t have a go a people because they have an opposite point of view.

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    stayingup

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • The Mail reports that Ray Wilkins is unwell. If so I am sure we all wish him a very speedy recovery.

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    waclor

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • And why not Neil Lennon or do we want a foreign ie overseas Manager to take the helm. Don`t think Norwich have ever had one and not sure if we want to go down that route.Can`t see Fulham suddenly making a season saving surge and they`ve had two in 3 months! Agreed SPL only barely Championship standard if that but PL came from lower leagues and look where he took us. If he took over now its probably too late but lets look to the future.

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    stayingup

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • The same posts from the same individuals. Its getting boring. Just accept that the Board are backing CH, currently. No amount of complaining or hurling insults is going to change that.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • PMD, if Hughton has been nominated for the Barry Butler gong (the first manager ever to do so), yes, I'll be shocked. If he's been sacked, I won't be.

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    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Press Conferance 24th Feb at Carrow Rd. Prepare to be shocked

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    pubmandave

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • McNally reminds me of a snowdrop he has laid dormant all winter with no sight or sound from him and now that things are warming up he suddenly emerges from the depth's.

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    leslie cater

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • I can't believe we are still discussing Hughton. He is incapable of reacting to what is happening on the field in front of him. To buy strikers then find they don't fit his pattern of play is incompetence in the extreme but still he doesn't learn. The guy should have sacked after the heavy defeats this season if not after the Luton game. To expect him to suddenly find a formula as games run out is cruel to him and insulting to the supporters as he obviously doesn't have this in his locker. I read with interest the piece on Ken Brown yesterday. Lovely guy but don't forget he was hounded out, letters to the EDP etc after NCFC won the Milk Cup. We hardly won a game after that for months before the win at Chelsea which should have saved us before the Coventry and Everton skullduggery. The board did not react until it was too late then. It may have been 1985 but there are strong parallels.

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    suffolkcanary

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Yes, poor old Ray has that awful ulcerative cholitis. Nasty. Good luck, RW. kenfoggo, did you read my `scoop` about Famiglia Becchio buying the Club for Lucky Luciano? Apparently, he intends to run it jointly with his secret sister Cecilé from Sicily. But he will keep Hoots as Chief Coach providing he picks LB for every game and compels Roberto Snodgrazzi to be a perma-sub who never comes on.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • I agree with Mellow Yellow. The armchair Managers giving their "expert" opinions (yawn....) just dont get it. The club is a business and the board - not the fans will decide what happens with CH. I repeat....if you dont like whats happening at Carrow Rd then dont go anymore, dont renew your season ticket and cancel your sky sports subscription. Funny though how the ground is always full every home game.....

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    Tootyfrooty

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • They'll be alot of hindsight being talked about if we are relegated, despite the constant warnings for the majority of the fans. Maybe the club could up with something that involves goal bonus(es) which are to be shared out for the 11 players on the pitch, then hopefully they'll just ignore Hughton's no score drawing tactics. Or maybe just sack him now whilst we have a chance to survive.

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    Yellow Fox

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Man Brewer, did Mr Buckley at Wensum View not teach you to never indulge in wild speculative fantasy?

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Mellow Yellow- I DO accept that the board are backing Hughton. My opinion , which I am allowed to voice even if it does not agree with yours, is that the boards faith in Hughton is ill founded and despite the evidence of poor performances they stick with him. I wonder why? Wow! Being paid £ 1,604,000 per annum must surely give you a lofty view of your own importance!

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Ha just noticed your comment Mad ref Malky not being foriegn....yet. Love it! Loved Zola as a player but Zola's spell at West Ham and this season before his sacking at Watford have put me off him as a manager. I know all the attributes im looking for in our next manager....finding someone we can get who has those attributes is another story though. If we could have Lamberts ability to get the very best out of someone and get a team bonded together that be ideal but mixed in with someone with a bit better tactical nonse than Mr Lambert i'd be very happy regardless where hes from, who he is, how old he is etc...

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • MB, all final games of season have to kick off simultaneously, the one good thing to come out of the '85 stitch up. It might help Sunderland to have games in hand but it did not help Wigan last season.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • It may interest you to know Mr McNally that of those 63 substitutions not one produced a goal or even an assist.

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    B Inners

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • McNally I only deal in facts: West Ham brought on Diame in the 61st Minute as a sub: He set the goal up and scored: Hughton brought on Elmander 76 minutes he did nothing: So who had the better tactics Sam or Chris??? Norwich have had their day and chances to sort this out and now Im afraid its too late, there is really no way we are staying up now... McNally you and the board have left it too late, and you have seen the warning signs since Norwich were beaten by a non league team in January last year,, we should have spent the 20 million on a new manager.... anyway i hope we stay up but I dont think we will...and nor do the bookies..

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    Robin Sydney

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • The situation is a complete farce, and has been for weeks, everyone is able to see Hughton is dragging us down for the majority of the season. The board clung on vainly to hope he would do what he somehow managed last season, which was in the most part in spite of CH not because of him. We now have a manager that is devoid and team devoid of confidence and idea, a CEO coming out in public and threatening to axe the manager if results don't improve. How long will you wait and see? 4, 3 or 2 games left of the season??? And I will tell you is becoming boring, these so called journalists complete head in the sand refusal to criticise Norwich at any level. Churning out repetitive dull propaganda articles. Why not write a story about the views of a player that hasn't been personally selected by the club to stout out lines they are told to.

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    Burglecut

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Coventry\Everton skullduggery. Beautifully put, suffolkcanary. That topic came up on another board, too, with respect to Sunderland potentially stacking up unplayed games this season. Surely a repeat of the `skullduggery` will not be permitted? It`s up to the authorities to keep an eye on that. I seem to remember on 14th May, 1985 (?), celebrating (prematurely) Mick Channon scoring the winning goal at a muddy Chelsea to give us an 8 point margin over Coventry, who then went on to win their 3 surplus matches (inc the Everton one - and Everton had already won the Title). Our co-Milk Cup finalists, Sunderland, were also relegated that season. I was still living in Suffolk then; Lawshall, between Bury St Edmunds & Sudbury. Whereabouts in Suffolk are you, S\C? Apparently, that lovely word derives from a Scottish word `sculduddery`, but I don`t know the origins or etymology of it. Interesting things, words. I know Davitt would agree....

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Hughton's lack of success with substitutions is not merely 'perceived', it's a statistical fact. The subs he's brought on have either made no difference or made things worse. This shows he's useless.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • "The mouse that roared." Sorry, but that's what comes to mind in calling for "killer instinct" from a team that can hardly find the goal. Come on boys, prove me wrong!!

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    Seattlescion

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Mr McNally earned £1,604,000 last season and 53% of that was a bonus so I think that he has an interest in a 12th or better place finish.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • My last comment was not posted, but let's wait till May and see the poo hit the fan

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    OLDYELLA

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • PMD, perhaps they`re going to announce the sale of the Club? You have got one thing right in the past - Holt`s escape to Cumbria (though you didn`t foresee the subtle way he found his way back to Lambo). I am reliably informed that Becchio has liquefied assets from his family`s Argentinian interests in silver mining, corned beef production and illicit sheep farming on the Malvinas. Plus, being of Italian descent, much of the `Wider Family`s` other extensive financial clout derived from pasta manufacture and contracting, in which venture they made many a killing. With all this, Luciano is buying NCFC and appointing Hughton as Manager for Life - as long as he give Becchs a game.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Thanks, LincsCan, I sort of had it in mind that the powers that be stopped the `post-post` skullduggery. That delayed kick-off thing - that`s something else to `kick-off` about! Appreciate your problem with posts; happens a lot if the Moderators are instructed to cull non-sycophantic material. A précis sometimes works, as it did for you. Sunderland`s games in hand will not be an advantage if the rules are applied. They could be victims of trying too hard. Then, to win without risk is to triumph without glory. At least, should they go down, it`ll not be with a `Wimper`. M_Y, just because you are a happy clapper doesn`t make you right. The pessimists amongst us care far more than you do, because we are willing to throw away our comfort cloths and face reality. You are Dubai Canary without the childlike charm, or Steady On without the impeccable insight. I`ve been watching\supporting NCFC since the mid 50s, through thick and thin, 3rd Division (South), Roeder, Grant, Gunn more recently. But I`ve not seen a well-funded manager perform as ineptly as Chrissy. He should `do a Holloway` and fall on his sword. Or penknife, in his case. Holloway is an honourable man. Hughton? We`ll see.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • McNally must be aware of the very likelyhood of Championship football next season. Why are we in this position ? Simply because CH and his team have not performed and quite frankly are not Permiership quality. Those are the facts. Three years into a Premiership tenure should have produced an experienced team looking to achieve better things. To give a manager a working brief of " just stay out of the bottom three " shows a lack of ambition and belief in the club. CH has proved to be struggling to achieve this very limited instruction. Arsenal are the only club who have never played in a lower division. . There is no reason at all as to why N City could not have gone on to bigger and better things. Look at our history. It is far too late for a new man to make any difference this season. If a miracle is acheived and City survive , the board nust nake its mind up as to whether they want to remain in a continious struggle for relegation or be ambitious. I know which I prefer.

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    stormy

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Mr McNally, I don't think Hughton has been the subject of unfair criticism , it has all been thoroughly deserved. If anything he has been given unwarranted praise by some sections.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Mattias333, you say 'Fulham have made an insanely good appointment'. I say they have made an insane appointment at this stage of the season. The best thing NCFC can do is keep faith with our manager who knows his players and I'm sure we will comfortably stay up.

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    Johny

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Tony Pulis? He's at Crystal Palace Gary - haven't you noticed? Jeeeeeeezzzzzz.....I'm now beginning to wonder why I waste my life reading this rubbish.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Hear what your saying Johny, BUT other than against NCFC Fulham have been woeful. If they had the chance to appoint Magath you couldn't really turn that down in there situation. My only hope is the chairman keeps getting involved and ruins it and they have a huge fall out etc....if Magath is left to it, he will save them.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Just seen the BBC report that Ray Wilkins has been released from his coaching post at Fulham, perhaps we could bring him in as a Fottball adviserDirector of Football to help CH out or is that a bit like wishing we would go out and find a target man.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • It's all very well making substitutions, but he makes them too late. If you bring on a player with 5 or even 10 minutes left, it takes them that long to get up to speed, so no wonder none of the subs have produced a goal or an assist. So Hughton does deserve criticism. Endlessly, in fact. He doesn't learn from his mistakes.

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    Colin

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • To answer your first question, Gek, probably not as much as a Rack o' Welch..........sorry, best I could do in my inebriated circumstances. To answer your second question, no, I have never lived or worked in IP6 (your Barking) nor have I ever lived or worked in RM10 (BP's Barking). However, I'm actively searching for another Barking to move to because I realise now that until one has been closely associated with Barking, one can never achieve the iconic status enjoyed on these boards by your good self and your good vriend Mr Punton. Now....about these photos which adorn the articles penned by Archie's little helpers, I'm sure the one above featuring Hoops and Snod is a repeat. I know this because I commented at the time that Hooper looked like he was trying to screw his head back on.......or maybe it was that Snoddy had forgotten to remove the coat hanger from his shirt....or maybe both. It matters not. The point is that Archie's back catalogue of City action photos seems to be about as well stocked as Radio Pitchfork's record archive. I only came back to this board because I was fed up with looking at the photo of Elmander in his silly red boots which prefaced the article containing the admirable predictions of Mr Lakey. And all I get is repeats. Still, had I not flicked back a page, I would never have got to regale you with this bedtime story. I wonder what episode three of the "predictions" holds in store tomorrow. My money's on more starry-eyed optimism from McNally sycophants and a photo of Duncan Forbes. I'm off to learn the art of précis and claw my way back into your good books. More canine sagacity tomorrow perhaps.

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • M_Y this is a forum for fans to express their views. If you are bored with it go and do something more productive with your time. Knit yourself a 'I love Chris Hughton' jumper for instance. That at least will get you a laugh down at CR.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • To be fair if you listenwatch the entire interview McNally was actually more critical than supportive of hughton. He's going to publically slate Hughton but he made no secret results must change and thats been made crystal clear to him. In terms of subs. I dont think i've ever felt confident a sub of ours will change a game. But lets be honest guys for huge portions of this season our bench has been less than brilliant. We've had so many injuries our bench has usually been filled with either A# players who are just not impact players or people able to change a game. Or B# players Hughton simply does not want to play but are listed on the bench almost as if to say "there still part of my plans get off my back"....aka Hoolahan, Becchio etc... Or C# Strikers who dont stand anymore chance of scoring than the ones already starting because we dont make enough chances. To be fair option C# almost sums up why we have not scored or made an assist from 60 odd subs. Simply because we dont score enough goals from those starting to warrant any subs being able to change a game.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Mellow Yellow. there are reasons you keep seeing the same posts over and over. Nothing has changed with the club all season as far as performance is concerned. The team has been underachieving all season and people are tired of it. It's cathartic for some to come on these boards and vent their frustrations. I get that, so I can understand the repetitive criticisms by some people.

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    NorthCarolinaCanary

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Did you ever watch Shawshank Redemption? Why are you being so obtuse? Putting it bluntly.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • MB, re stacking fixtures. The only good thing to come from the '85 CovEverton fiasco was the authorities realising its injustice. These days no club is allowed to carry over fixtures beyond the seasons final day. In fact all final games in each division have to kick off simultaneously. So Sunderland's cup runs might effect their survival prospects when they face fixture congestion like wigan last season. Wish Coventry name had not come up (my fault) it's a bad taste that never goes away. Didn't they have another dodgy day (or more)when they delayed kick off of another final game and for the last 20 minutes played out a draw with a relegation candidate with them both knowing another team's result? Mellow Yellow, I think most of us do accept the board is backing CH currently, that's why there is so much moaning.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • To be fair, MB, anyone who defends the indefensible couldn't possibly understand irony.

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • `Precious` comments, stayingup. I am shocked to see your reference to `racial abuse`. I`ve never noticed any on these boards - have you perhaps witnessed it at games or elsewhere? That certainly is not acceptable. Being in the public eye makes one a target for lampoonery, though. How else would Mike Yarwood, Rory Bremner, John Culshaw, Alistair McGowan et al make a living? And what of `Spitting Images` etc? Precious indeed. I look forward to seeing examples of the `racial abuse` that Archant somehow allowed to slip through. I can find none. Seems highly unlikely.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • There is more to setting up a team then a formations, Hughton's tactical nouse seems to be limited setting a team up in a formation and making them stay in that position for 90 minutes. Like for like subs, unless ocassionally he swaps a attacker for a defender to cling on to a 0-0. What a thoroughly annoying article.

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    Burglecut

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • A bit late in the day for McNally to show he cares. Why hasn't he come out long before now to point out that we are in dire danger of the drop?( I personally think this will be the case) The fans have been saying it now for a long, long time, or has he copped a 'deaf'un' hoping all be well if ignored...Where is Tony Pulis when you need him..!?.

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    Gary Guymer

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Have just checked odds on next Norwich manager and there are a number of Scottish papers reporting heavy hints linking NEIL LENNON with the city job WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Much has been made of our chief execs Celtic links lets hope he pulls it off. Hughton the fat lady has cleared her throat ready to sing. Get ready to clear your desk. !!!

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    Mawther07

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • On the subject of killer instinct, in the photograph above it looks as if Snodgrass has just been hit by a sniper.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • NO ! You don't get it toothy frooty Of course it's a business a poorly run one, and yes we do get a say on what happens to our club, the reason clubs exist is because of supporters paying the wages. If you don't like or agree with us fans giving our opinion I suggest you go and find something else to do and stop mouthing off about things you are clueless about.

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    Rottsrool

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Lots of good, succinct and accurate comments here. It is clear to most of us that Hughton cannot manage at this level. That has been clear for a long time. Long enough for the Board to have acted when we had time to rectify the situation. However they and the CEO decided to sit on their hands in the vain hope that by some miracle Hughton would suddenly as if by magic pull rabbits form the hat. There was never any chance of that happening as time has now proved. The chance to replace Hughton is too late to avoid our relegation plunge. However I still believe a change is worth making if only because we might then go down fighting. As it stands we will go with less than a whimper and frankly on our performances this season what else do we expect?

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Just cant see Laudrup at NCFC. Personally I think he would suit NCFC quite well but he's overrated slightly when you look at his track record. Good 1st seasons followed by sackingwalking away in the 2nd or 3rd. Despite that hes still one of the better names ive heard linked with NCFC, im just pointing out he isn't the god like manager some make him out to be. Suspect Laudrup will go back overseas after the legal action with Swansea is over.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • oldtimer, you are clearly an `olderertimer` than I! I was just a junior schoolboy at Wensum View when the old 3rd Divisions, South & North, were wound up, creating Division 4 with no North\South Divide (1958?). Most of my memories of those days are from hearing my father talk about football or seeing the league tables in the Pink `Un (not even sure if it was called that then...). Also, a comic gave away league table kits. A piece of cardboard with slots cut in. The teams were printed on little cardboard tags which fitted into the slots. Every week brought the task of updating the tables by moving the tags around the slots. Such fun! Not as slick as compootahs, but very tactile (and time-consuming). First real memories of NCFC are from the famous 1959 Cup Run - I think was the first season of the plain 3rd. Division? Once I got to the Hewett School, I went to most home matches with a pal who lived `close` to the ground (about 2 miles) & I used to bike to his house from Armes Street and we walked from there. Never went to away games, but watched reserve games between D3 fixtures. It was still Norwich City! Alas, I never went to games with my dad `cos he was usually working, either in his proper job at Morgan`s maltings or a part-time job at the Rugby club up Fifer`s Lane. Eventually, the need for pocket money meant my abandoning Carra Rud also to earn a few pence - making sandwiches for the `toffs` & farmers at NRUFC. And cleaning out the baths (yuk). Not necessarily in that order! OTBC, oldtimer. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • So sections of the media still cry buckets for Chris Hughton - let them - but it is the dire situation NCFC are in that concerns the supporters. Meanwhile the decision in the last passage of time v West Ham and his utter inability to utilise the services of an excellent player like Hoolahan, together with his erratic substitution record confirm CH as unsuitable for the job. Action should have been taken at Christmas but take it NOW and if we unfortunately go down, lets go fighting every inch of the way in every match.

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    mardler

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Also, M_Y, you completely missed the irony in Gary Guymer`s succinct comment about the manager of Crystal Pulis.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Please sack CH irregarless Canaries are relegated or not. It's time for a change. Two season already under him with no improvement. Newcastle did the right thing when they sacked CH last time. We need to follow suit and get a manager which can bring the Canaries up the table and not fighting the drop every season.

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    Jaszli Johari

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Sadly were not London based. Fulham was perfect fit for Curbs & Wilkins. I like Ray Wilkins, I really do though. Wouldn't want him as a manager though. As part of a management team though. Thats be perfect. Cant see him doing that for anyone outside London at moment though. London based clubs fit perfect with his family, home, TV work etc...Dont think it will matter who comes in to 'help' the coaching at this point under Hughton & Co. No magic coach is going to come in and suddenly change there beliefs and what they think is best.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • "The mouse that roared." Sorry, but that's what comes to mind in calling for "killer instinct" from a team that can hardly find the goal. Come on boys, prove me wrong!!

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    Seattlescion

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Spot on, kenfoggo\B Inners. Hughton`s substitutions range between the inept and the bizarre. Unfair criticism? I don`t think so. Many people have tried to support the man against mounting evidence that he is incapable of learning from his mistakes. That is not clever. Or does he really think he`s right? That would be arrogant and\or delusional. I was one of those who considered Chrissy to be a civilised and cerebral man. I stick to the civilised bit, but doubt the cerebral. Seems to me he used up his limited repertoire a long time ago and is incapable of developing a new one. 63 substitutions - a good illustration of the `damn lies` aspect of statistics, McN. Pointlessly late substitutions. Ineffective substitutions. Inappropriate substitutions. Even non-substitutions, like not substituting Robert. Or never not picking him. Demoralising substitutions. Be as adamant as you like, Machianalli, while Hughton encysts. Btw, going 4-4-2 away to Everton was just an exercise in "I told you so-ery". Transparent.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Derek MacD You sound as about as adventurous as our illustrious so called manager. There is an expression stick or bust- well to my mind if we stick we will bust for sure!!!!!!! No inspiration no passion no idea , I and many many others would be genuinely excited at the prospect of Neil Lennon . Ok the Scots prem is not the Champions League but hey don't forget the humble background Paul La mbert came to us from. The man exudes passion any more of this dross and we could be down by Easter.

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • I'm depressing myself looking at the connotations for forthcoming matches. For example, Hull are away to Cardiff this weekend. Hull have a FA cup replay on Monday night with a really good chance of a winnable semi final draw and a trip to Wembley. Will the players really give it their all on Saturday and risk injury, missing out on possible FA cup glory? That being the case, Cardiff win and move onto 25 points. Some say we should only worry about our own games but given the last 4 fixtures, we are likely to be relying on other teams results too. Not looking good.

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    Flying Canary

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • pmd, perhaps they`re announcing the sale of the Club? You have got one thing right in the past - Holt`s escape to Cumbria (though you didn`t foresee the subtle way he found his way back to Lambo). I am reliably informed that Becchio has liquefied assets from his family`s Argentinian interests in silver mining, corned beef production and undercover sheep farming on the Malvinas. Plus, being of Italian descent, much of the `Wider Family`s` other extensive financial clout, derived from pasta manufacture and contracting, in which venture they made many a kiIIing. With all this, Luciano is buying NCFC and appointing Hughton as Manager for Life - as long as he give Becchs a game.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Press Conferance 24th Feb at Carrow Rd. Prepare to be shocked

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    pubmandave

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • The biggest issue is the wrong substitution is made mostly too late in games. Game in game out I sit and and see the obvious starring us in the face but the manager fails to react. Many managers also change their game pattern at half time but CH never seems to be able to react to this either. There is little point making substitutions for the sake of it, they should be used to change the formation to better the team, most of ours seem to be either like for like or to become more defensive when we have already gone a goal behind.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Blaffen Wijs, how much is a Rita Hay worth? Just being picky. To Tutti Frutti I would venture that the reason the ground is always full is because people have nothing better to do or, more likely, want to do. It`s a way of escaping real life to live a faux one vicariously. Sad really, but we fans have all done it. Beats redecorating the downstairs `cloakroom` or taking the wife\husband to a shopping Mall for the latest replica shirt (Issue 1 of 7 this season, and counting). Poor Mellow _Y & Frutti like to indulge in invective reminiscent of Alf Garnett in his prime. `If yer downt loaike it, gow back ter where ya caarm fwom`. Etc. Final aside to my hero and mentor, Barking Wise: You`re not really somebody else under a new alias, are you? I was accused today of being you, just because I once worked in Barking (Suffolk). Je vriend, Gek Brouwer.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Incidentally, what happened to your killer instinct Mr McNally?

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    B Inners

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • TootyFrooty - I am not an "armchair manager". I am a supporter who cares about the team and the embarrassment that they have become. I do not consider my opinions to be "expert" either, but they are MY opinions, and I think that I will continue to voice them even if they bore you (yawn). I will continue with my Sky Sports subscription , thank you.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • The last person you want at Norwich is Neil Lennon, after all the Scottish premier league is hardly world , and where did Hooper com from?, might as well stick with what we have got,

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    Derek McDonald

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Becchio is the great unknown. Has it got to the stage, even with Hughton`s curtailed cognitive capability, where he daren`t use Becchio in case he DOES succeed? The price of stubbornness, or stupidity? A smart bit of petard-hoisting. Then, even when he had the opportunity of repeating the greatly improved performance vs ManC against WHU, he flunked it by picking Robert. He always picks Robert. I wonder how much Robert`s "Penaltygate incident" affected RvW`s confidence (or desire to stay). Or being dropped in favour of Robert might hasten Pilkington`s departure (for free?). I know, Pa Snipps & Stew warned us all a long time ago......

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Have just checked odds on next Norwich manager and there are a number of Scottish papers reporting heavy hints linking NEIL LENNON with the city job WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Much has been made of our chief execs Celtic links lets hope he pulls it off. Hughton the fat lady has cleared her throat ready to sing. Get ready to clear your desk. !!!

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Careful, Gek. Using words like "obtuse" could land you with 28 days "in the hole"...............and I'm not talking about the hole where Crouton plays Elmander and should be playing Hoolahan.

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Laudrup.. . Laudrup... Laudrup...

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    Jaszli Johari

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • To clarify MB I think the racial abuse has mainly been on Facebook & Twitter but it still doesn`t excuse it. And to those wondering why DM hasn`t been on Twitter lately insults rather than genuine debate may have something to with it!

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    stayingup

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • I suppose we now have to look at other teams fixtures, so I think Cardiff, Fulham, Palace are the 3 with WBA and Sunderland although the last 2 are better than the rest, Sunderland mind you have league Cup Final and FA up duties which may help us... but looking at Palace fixtures they also have a few tough ones like us.. Norwich hope is that 3 are worse.. so ill be supporting the teams against Fulham, Palace and Cardiff in this run in...

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    Robin Sydney

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • staying up; surely now, you cannot be against `foreigners` in our football management!! Xenophobia?? You are `avin` a laaarff aren`t you? Anyway, if Scotland gets Independence, the Scots will become `furriners` too! Isn`t Neil Lennon from Northern Ireland? What if Ireland should ever become reunited as a single Republic? Neil will be a furriner then. Funny old World.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • its never to late to sack a manager.if you go down with a new coach who is giving it a good go.its better than going down with someone who dosnt seem to know what he is doing.otbc

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    bluelight

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Press Conference on 24th Feb? Only a couple of things it could be to announce. The sacking of the manager , but that surely would not be stage managed in advance of the Spurs result? More likely to be that Delia has decided to cash in while Norwich is still a Premier Club and a sale of the club will be announced to some far-east concern. Interesting, if the pubmandave IS correct about the Press Conference. Just a quick glance at the web site thesackrace.com gives the odds of Hughton to be the next Premier manager to be sacked at 10-11. Moyes is 16-1. Hughton by far the bookies favourite for the chop.

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • To the Mad brewer I say, like you I go back to the 3rd Div. (South) days. Bill Lewis, Reg Foulkes(who later came to my house to talk to my Dad about playing for the then "B" team) and Players like Don Pickwick, and co. Over the past 60 odd years, I have spent literally thousands of pounds supporting this club to this day, and in my youth I played to a semi professional level, and have been a footie fanatic all of my life. That doesn't qualify me to manage a Prem Team,but I feel that it gives me the right to express my opinions. I think everyone who reads these posts knows what I think of the joke we call a management team, and I do apologise to Mellow yellow et all the happy clappers who find the vast majority of fans concerns about our future boring and negative. It has been instilled in us by the clown and his negative tactics, inane selections and a style of football that sorta makes one lose the will to live.McNally is as deluded as Hughton in my opinion, and as I keep saying.......why do we not make our feelings known long and loud at the Carra?

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    oldtimer

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Thanks for that, stayingup. I must say I`ve never mastered Facebook (I am almost totally `Incomputerate`) and I`ve never been interested in Twitter (the name says it all for me). So it wuznae me, Jimmy! (I suppose that`s a type of racial stereotype?). Scottishist? I am saddened to hear that people have resorted to racial abuse; it`s truly dreadful. I was, at first, quite impressed with the appointment of Hughton (not so pleased when I learned who his No.2 was), but the continued, repeated failings have convinced me he is not the right man for this job. Any more than Roeder, Grant or Gunn were. I`m not Scottishist, `cos I quite liked Paul Lambert (who I lampooned as `Gorbalschev`, despite approving of him) and, of course, Archie Macauley (apology due for dodgy spelling there?). I rarely go to games these days, but on the odd occasion I have, I`ve witnessed tribal behaviour of the foulest kind from a small minority of Neanderthals. Possibly they can manage `Twittering` though? Pax Canaria.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • McNally you plonker, the reason why City are no good playing 442 is because we don't have a compatible 2 up front and wingers on the wrong side. How can anyone as thick as you be paid 1.6m a year unless they are a banker perhaps.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • The killer instinct is alive and well at Carrow Road , however the killing is being carried out by Hughton slowly strangling our greatclub. Anything less than a rousing win on Sunday must surely see our Chief exec finally snaphaving come out of hibernation!!!!! What better time to play Becchio from the start,he can hardly achieve less than Elmander and van Winkle. I Have been crying out for weeks now for Neil Adams to be appointed as interim manager to inject flair, passion and attacking intent. We need the who dares wins attitude and to that end I would settle for Del Boy as manager .!!!!Mr H the fat ladyhas cleared her throat ready to sing - please get ready to clear your desk.!!!! OTBC

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    Mawther07

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • TootyFrooty - The fans have every right to voice a dissenting opinion if they don't like the status quo. That's part of what being a fan is all about. I don't think any of the posters on here are narcissistic enough to believe that they have say over Hughton's future at the club - or McNally's for that matter. It's ok for people to be fans and criticize the team. That's part and parcel of the fan\team relationship.

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    NorthCarolinaCanary

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Ta, Mattias, thought G-FZ had been hoofed. Sad truth seems to be that there are no realistic stand-out candidates. Even sadder truth is that we must still part company with Hughton, that`s how bad it`s become. If Iwan Roberts` prediction of 45 points, on today`s Experts` Tea-leaf Reading board, comes to pass, perhaps Hoots won`t go at all. We just have to get 6 wins and 20 points from the final 12 games. Easy peasy.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • A `Foreign` manager? What about Gianfranco Zola? He`s played plenty of Prem footy so should understand the needs. Honestly cannot think of a realistic possibility other than that - Cardiff beat us to Olly G, the Smiling Assassin. Agree with Mattias ref Laudrup. I still think Malky`s a possibility (though he`s not really foreign - yet). Is Zola still at Watford? Or has he been chopped? Best thing is to hand the job to Calderwood. Continuity is of the essence.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Hmm, what about the other managers who are under intense pressure and scrutiny (ie all of them, as it's part of their job) who seem to make substitutions that DO make a difference week in, week out. McNally has backed a lame duck manager all season so surely his judgment must be in doubt.

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • What a ridiculous statement, what about the first 26 games of the season that produced 0 entertainment value. What about the consistent inability to make changes and in game, what about having no game plan for the majority of the games this season let alone having no plan b. McNally has well and truly shifted down in my estimations he should not talk to supporters like idiots

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    Burglecut

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • A bit late in the day for McNally to show he cares. Why hasn't he come out long before now to point out that we are in dire danger of the drop?( I personally think this will be the case) The fans have been saying it now for a long, long time, or has he copped a 'deaf'un' hoping all be well if ignored...Where is Tony Pulis when you need him..!?.

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    Gary Guymer

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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