Norwich City must lose the inferiority complex

Norwich manager Neil Adams and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich manager Neil Adams and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Sunday, June 1, 2014
9:49 AM

Norwich City need to shed any lingering inferiority complex to return to the Premier League and then reach their full potential over the next few seasons.

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The Canaries’ top flight decline was notable for a deferential acceptance of their lower status against rivals with vaster resources and richer top flight pedigrees. Dave Stringer moulded a collective who relished trying to upset the odds, particularly in his first full campaign at the helm which saw them finish fourth in the old First Division.

“Sometimes a team who is united can overcome perhaps better players and achieve a lot more than perhaps they would as individuals,” he said. “You look at Southampton this year. They had good players but the team ethic was good and if you look at the majority of sides you think are perhaps the more unfashionable ones who do well, they have a good collective spirit. Even the best clubs have good individuals playing as a team. You need that team ethic and players who know what is required of them.

“You have to give them ambition as well. I think there is a natural ambition in the Championship to get promoted so there you go, that is your target. In the Premier League, or the First Division in my time, it was about aspirations. I used to hear people say that Norwich could not be up there with the big boys. Well, I didn’t believe that and neither did my players.

“We gave ourselves a target to go as far as we could and reach the highest position possible, not just think about staying in the division, because when you say that you can fall short and it creeps up on you before you know it. You always feel you have another game to turn it around; that isn’t a high enough target for me.”

Stringer’s players also reached two FA Cup semi-finals in his time, which the former manager believes had a detrimental impact on attempts to emulate that stellar top four league placing.

“That was an unbelievable finish, when you think we were top of the league for the majority of the season and beating some of the top sides,” he said. “At that time the majority of the players were domestic, British-based players and now you have all the top players in the world so it probably pushes the bar a bit higher. “We were doing well in the FA Cup competitions, we got to two semi-finals and by the second time perhaps players felt that was the attainable aim, rather than winning the league. The concentration went a touch, not from the coaches and management, but perhaps unconsciously from the players who in their own minds felt they could realistically get to the FA Cup final and win it.”

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36 comments

  • I suppose I'm naïve but being in debt to the tune of £ 500,000,000 is still morally wrong as smaller clubs have had points deducted and fined because of administration which in effect Man. U are in.

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    Gibbo

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • I am not looking for the pure business person with no interest in soccer, but I am looking for an owner with money to invest in realizing a dream. All the talk about the losses at Man U is for the US taxman and depreciation - the club still has a huge value due to brand equity. Our current owner is one of the "least wealthy" in all four leagues, and the only money for players has to come out of the club making money from gates, which is not enough to maintain an EPL club who wants to "knock on the Europe door". I think Tony Fernandes would have been a great fit for NCFC, as he could have been molded into a "rich Delia". Unfortunately he chose QPR. It will be intersesting to see how they do back in the EPL with him.I do think Delia has done really well for Norwich over a difficult period, but it is time to move forward.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • £500,000 isn`t that much, Gibbo. We paid 17x that for Winkel. Michigan has a point, but I wouldn`t want to see us go down the Oilygarch\Fake-Tan Man\Colored Boston Sox route. Is it just possible that, when these people have extracted whatever it is they came for, they`ll just bu99er back off? (See Randy Lernered his lesson at Villa, and Fake-Tan messed up at Cardiff anyway). Will the simple game of football survive this era of disfigurement? Yes, stick with the present board and accept what we get. More could, and should, have been achieved than was the case. It`s a `results game`, as we are continually reminded.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Michigan's always going on about changing the board and hoping to attract an oligarch or any other rich benefactor to buy us and take us to the dizzy top 4 of the prem. Dream on as it's like the appointment of a new manager, nothing is guaranteed and we could end up like Blackburn, Pompey and many others, also it's not instant success. I feel that to buy your way to that future is a bit of a sham, it's a lot more satisfying to get there under our own steam using academy and club nurtured players plus experienced and qualified pros from outside as no one team can produce a full complement of players ad infinitum. Hopefully the Norwich board have made the decision to go in that direction and if we can get all the players to sing from the same hymn sheet we can set the championship alight as the majority of players are not donkeys and under NA will be moulded into a good team. I went to Man U for the away game and I had to laugh to myself when they were taunting us by chanting that we were going down, I thought well at least we don't owe £500000 and that is why I think we should stay with the present board.

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    Gibbo

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Poor man-management from Mr Hughton is soul reason for blame from me. Negative tactics to a point but as a lower half premier league side sometimes negative tactics are required to get results. However there was at least 10-12 other teams we should have been more than capable of dominating with the squad we had last season. Hughton wasnt able to get the best, or even average out of them though. He had the tools but couldn't work out how to use them to get the best out of them. Good players under the wrong manager will never work. Im sure Hughton will go on and get another job and likely do respectable but with us he just couldnt assemble a squad to make his depressing tactics work as they had at Newcastle and Birmingham.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • I guesstimate that Hughton spent around £40m in his 2 dreary years. That`s not counting players he threw away for free, or silly wages and loan fees for fading players in search of a Pension-booster. It wasn`t so much the lack of spending as the inept utilisation of what had been purchased. I`m sure the top-table troughs were well supplied though, norman hall. First priority. No doubt.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Inferiority complex ? Not form the supporters. The board definitely. They do not have the belief that City can grow. Their lack of investment and courage last season was obvious. Take the money and run was their policy.

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    norman hall

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • The weekends are when I truly have someone senior to me....the missus (and a very hyper 2 year old) so at the weekend I tend to avoid the depressing nature of NCFC related news archant supply. Everythings about 2 days behind it breaking over twitter anyway I just enjoy the weekday banter this site provides (most the time).

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Doesn`t Mrs. Who allow you on the `pooter at weekends, Mattias? ;-) The boss of your `workplace` clearly indulges you. Or are you the boss of your own workplace....? That Tardis under the Anglia Square flyover, disguised as a Salmonella Shed franchise... You`ve done so much for a stripling of a mere 28 years, you must be a Time Lord. Cross both your hearts and say it`s not true.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Well I really hoped by the end of the weekend we would have heard something......anything.....from within Carrow Road but shock, horror, nothing! Basically the message the board are currently sending to the fanbase is nothing will happen until this stupid sounding football management team is put together. This atleast from a fans POV is yet to happen so I can only assume from that we are nowhere near announcing any signings, any statements of serious intent yada yada yada. It could have been a whole lot worse for the board and had we not been our usual forgiving selves things could have got really messy following the obvious mistakes of the last 2 years. Now that this is dragging on its testing us fans to the limit. Personally im trying to decide what the first bit of real news from NCFC will be. When I say 'real news' I mean something regarding the actually team officially, whether its a staff appointment, player signings or sales. Personally I think itll be a player leaving. Would be typical just to depress the fan base a little bit more. I understand players go on holiday but they are still able to talk to the big open world. Heck all the youth players found time to post messages on social media praising the appointment of Adams from the beaches round the world. (Obviously not one first team player did the same but hey ho im sure they are thrilled with the appointment). Come on NCFC time is ticking away and we've not even planned the blooming pre-season tour yet. Need action this week!

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Don't agree that players going off on hols or to world cup is any excuse for inactivity. Cardiff have already made signings including a striker who hit 15 in last season's Championship. That's a team who took 4 points off us already strengthened. I keep reading have faith in the board, they do it quietly, the Norwich way. I hope so. What I see is inaction, not just regards players, we have not even got the much vaunted "Football board" in place. So how does Adams operate in the meantime? Can he draw up a retained list? If he wants, say, Assombalonga from Peterborough who makes the approach? I want it all to work out but there are worrying signs the club has gone on holiday and we will be playing catch up later on.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Tone at the top is the issue. New owner and board with the right desires and money are needed.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Indeed CanayWest tho of course the biggest requirement for incorporating a scoreline into your rivals' team name, is that your own team has to do the beating. Clinging desperately on to the rear bumper of another team's win is just pathetic. A good example of what I mean would be.....lets see.....I know........1p5wich !!!!!!!!

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    Timbo

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Liz, it was 1-7, so if you want to insult us at least get it right or it just makes YOU look like the moron. Unless of course you mean the Man City game, in which case it was 7-0 not 0-7, so u still look a moron.

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    CanaryWest

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Bry, what is NA doing? Well, the big problem is that a lot of players are on their hols, so can't be contacted (even by their agents). Then there's the added complication of some event happening in Brazil. I'm not fully certain what this is, The World Samba Championship, International Female Hair Removal Conference or a meeting of The Terry Gilliam Appreciation Society. I'm sure the Snott would know, as it won't be very big, just like Dips Wick.

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Inferiority complex, "Little old Norwich",??? No, never.

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    CanaryWest

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Dave Stringer is a Norwich legend and someone whose opinion we should respect. However . I strongly disagree with his view that Adams has inherited a minor repair job. I believe Norwich need a major organisational and squad restructuring to get us into a position to challenge for promotion next season. And yet NOTHING is apparently being done. No announcements of players being let go, no announcements of talent incoming, no appointments to the back room staff. What is Neil Adams doing to determine we will hit the floor running at the first whistle on the first day of the new season? Come on! Surely some sense of urgency should be evident after the complacent inaction last season?

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    Brycland

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Good idea Nelson. Can I be treasurer? Suggest you can be Director of Creative Thinking, Mad Brewer to host Hysterical Hospitalities, Liz Knott in a basque directing pre match entertainment where tractorboy is shot from a canon in to a vat of boiling tar. And can we move to a new stadium , preferably in Lincolnshire.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Why don't we adopt the German model of the fans owning the club? If the club is worth £25 000 000 and 25 000 of us go to each game, then it is £1 000 each. Just about the same as two season tickets. Then we set the agenda, the board, the manager, etc.

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    Nelson

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • So long as anyone goes along with the observation 'Little Norwich' and purports to support the Canaries so we shall come up short! We are a medium sized club that could become bigger with the right approach. There are five reasons why the Canaries are unique - if you do not know I will respond to anyone asking the question. There is one club which should be our blueprint for success For now it's all behind the Manager and for heavens sake let us get cracking not debating the wisdom of this path or that!

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    mardler

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Run along + do the dishes Liz. I hear you've got some rusty old cups to wash ? There;s a good little girl....

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    Timbo

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • As today is Stating-The-F'n-Obvious Day, perhaps you need to read that it gets dark at night.

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    waclor

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Was Mr Stringer saying this to anyone at this time last year? If so why did nobody listen and if he didn't, why not?

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    waclor

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • C'mon Sharky - please tell us how we're going to steam this league:)

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    el dingo

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • `Inferiorly Simple` might fit you better, La Snott. Nothing happening in 1p5wich? Standard for Suffolk.AC

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Lol since when have n0rw7ch ever had an inferiority complex? They're the most arrogant bunch , that have never actually won anything, in the game.

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    Liz Knott

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Same old...... same old............;-)

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    sharky

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Agree there Brew, for 2 years we had a manager telling us every week how good the opposition was and very rarely telling us how good we were.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • How much do you want to get out of one or possibly two interviews? Dave Stringer is a lovely guy but he's unlikely to be returning so please leave him in peace. See if you can find somebody else who is prepared to talk to you. Good luck.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • The irony is that we've done it before, so there is no excuse for not believing we can do it again. Even the excuse that it's different today is smashed when you look at the likes of Swansea, Southampton, Hull, Wigan. Hardly big clubs, and largely locally owned. Maybe Champions League is out the question, but who's to say Europa League is, with a good league campaign or a cup run. Top 10 finish should be very much in reach. Not saying we shouldn't expect relegation from time to time, but most clubs in the BPL are at risk of relegation on a bad year.

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    Chris Mugglestone

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • i hope the board reads this article.look to finish as high as you can,not be satisfied with a fourth from bottom position.let that be the aim when we return to the prem.

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    bluelight

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • wouldn't be a bad choice with all his knowledge,maybe would not want it at his time of life,though there was talk of joe royle coming in,must be roughly the same age.Hope all the positions are filled this week,cant see what the delay could be,The new season will be here before we know it and we are still none the wiser who's going to be helping Adams.

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    tonyb

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Cup runs upsetting title aspirations. Those were the days my friend. Oh happy days. Up, up and away. Anyhow, like tonyb, I wonder if all these public words of wisdom from Dave Stringer is preparing us for his appointment to the "Football board"?

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • I think he`s a match day host at the moment, tonyb. Or was during the season! Though I`m not sure if he still does\did it.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Legend dave stringer,someone who has yellow and green blood.All this talk about him wonder if he is going to get a position at the club again?

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    tonyb

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • I thought we had. He was sacked a few weeks ago.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

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