Opinion: The Norwich City board clearly felt they had to act

The home fans have seen enough and leave early during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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05/04/2014 The home fans have seen enough and leave early during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 05/04/2014

Monday, April 7, 2014
8:37 AM

Desperate times call for desperate measures – and that is why the City board felt they had to act.

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Norwich Manager Chris Hughton gets animated during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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05/04/2014Norwich Manager Chris Hughton gets animated during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 05/04/2014

The team looked doomed to relegation at the end of Saturday’s morale-sapping defeat to basement rivals West Brom.

It was realistically the last chance for a win this season with a trip to bogey side Fulham and then the nightmare last four matches to come.

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It wasn’t just the loss which was so worrying – it was the clueless and passionless display.

There was no apparent leadership on the pitch at a time when we needed 11 leaders.

There was no plan B from the management (who so many fans felt got the line up wrong from the start).

I’m sure I’m not alone in being surprised by the move by the Carrow Road top brass last night to get rid of Hughton and his management team when they have stuck by them through thick and thin this year so far.

Is it the right decision? We will only know that come May 11.

I believe is a brave decision and something had to happen.

Neil Adams is a Norwich legend who led the young starlets so brilliantly to FA Youth Cup success last season.

What he has to do from this morning is galvanise the squad and get them believing they can survive.

He must quickly sort out 
the issues which have clearly plagued the team in recent 
weeks. The trip to Craven Cottage on Saturday will become one of the biggest matches for many years – we simply have to win.

Everyone connected with the club has to be 100pc united for the cause,

OTBC

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11 comments

  • Agreed Ian. This does not come off the back of Saturdays result, it comes off the back of 18 months of slowly deteriorating decline in the standard of football, where the confidence, passion and commitment has slowly ebbed away. It's a shame for Chris Hughton as I honestly think that most fans really wanted it to work out for him. When he was appointed everyone was pleased that he had been selected. But it hasn't worked out. He hasn't been helped by his choice of coaches, who on the face of it have contributed very little. Some of his signings have worked but others leave a lot to be desired. We needed a change, its a massive gamble, but Neil Adams has nothing to lose, and a bit of positive energy may just do the trick #OTBC

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    Robert Rosario

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Who`s `houghton`? C-i-slo, Archant have played it safe and jumped down on the right side of the fence far too late to retain any credibility. Remember Paddy`s stuff about `detractors, dissenters and those on the periphery`? PS, C-i-slov, on the Lennon board, your posting disappeared just as I was replying to it. Odd.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • The players need to stop feeling sorry for themselves and go out and play aggressive attacking football. Grow up, you are well paid, get on with it and carry out Adams instructions to the letter who knows you might even win on Saturday! Fulham beat a pathetic Villa team so they are not that good. Win and we are 8 points clear.

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    Simon Thetford

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • @RR: Adams does have somethings to lose - NCFC's place in the Premier League and of course HIS job. Will he keep his position if Norwich go down .. on the grounds that it can't be his fault? As to the article, it sounds like a case of the Board wanting to appear to be doing something even if it isn't the Right Thing. And what a silly remark: ".. when we needed 11 leaders .." - not heard of 'too many chiefs...'? And stop saying 'the biggest game ...' - just win every game and they all become routine and everything will be hunky-dory. Adams won't 'make' anyone play better, the players have to do that themselves .. come on ...

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    Patrick

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • canaryinsloviana is this what everyone was saying when houghton took over such short memories. who ever gets the job fans will say best thing since slice bread then when it all goes wrong sack him.

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    DAVE

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Mad Brewer, as Imperial Emperor of the Fence Sitters until you realised you'd make more online friends by joining the "Hooton Outers", you've got a bit of a nerve criticising Archant for being non-committal.

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    Canary on the moon

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Dear Mr Ian Clarke, whether we stay up or go down of course it was the right decision to sack clueless and his useless cronies. What your paper needs to focus on at the end of the season is the fate of MR McNasty if he really did support Hooton when others on the board wanted to sack him earlier. Archants contribution to the whole Hooton debate has been lame he should have been sacked in August, in the meantime OTBC lets all get behind Adams, and if the players dont they will never be forgiven

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • canaryinsloviana is this what everyone was saying when houghton took over such short memories. who ever gets the job fans will say best thing since slice bread then when it all goes wrong sack him.

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    DAVE

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Board "clearly felt they had to act"? How did it suddenly become clear. Why not after Man C, Villa, Cardiff, Swansea, Soton etc. No matter what our final position is the board have had a bad season. Let's hope this latest managerial gamble produces another Lambertesque saviour rather than a Grant et al.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Of course you are right, C-O-M. OK? Now go away, please. Or am I trying too hard to be friendly? How`s S\O?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Agree Dave you are so right. I wouldn't bother answering to Cis,s daily vitriol. Of course we will support Neil to the end, because we have no option. Good luck. OTBC

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    sharky

    Monday, April 7, 2014

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