December 9 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
David McNally admitted seeing Norwich City in the Premier League relegation zone is embarrassing – but has full faith the situation won’t last long.
It is only alphabetical order from Fulham that has the Canaries in the bottom three over the prolonged period of an international break. But the City chief executive, speaking after Tuesday night’s fans’ forum at Carrow Road, believes patience is a virtue for Chris Hughton’s side.
“I think we’re not in the position we deserve to be given the performances,” he said. “We would like to have more points. I’m not happy about being 18th; I’m embarrassed by it. So I’m sure lots of supporters feel the same way and we will do everything we can to support Chris to get up the table as quickly as possible, and to stay and remain up the table.
“If you look over the seven games, we were disappointed not to get points at Hull and against Aston Villa. Tottenham was a below par performance but in the other games we’ve been competitive.
“One point would’ve moved us up five places at the weekend; a win and we may have been on the cusp of top half. So it’s very early days. This time last year we only had three points, so year on year there is a distinct improvement.”
McNally, Hughton and academy manager Ricky Martin were on hand to answer a host of questions from an audience of more than 100 fans at Carrow Road.
And arguably the biggest revelation came from Martin, who confirmed City are on the verge of signing a new Under-21 development squad manager. An offer has been made to the coach, who is currently employed elsewhere.
McNally was quizzed on subjects ranging from Manchester United’s ticketing policy for the League Cup clash at Old Trafford later this month, to installing solar panels on the roofs at Carrow Road. He also confirmed the appointments of new sports science head Nick Davies, and Mark Thomas as the club’s London-based head of business development – following a framework from the likes of United.
Hughton handled his own questions that included defending Luciano Becchio’s lack of games, rejecting the need for a specialist attacking coach and his intent in developing City’s academy stars.