‘This is the last throw of the dice’ - Norwich City supporters call for a united front after sacking of manager Chris Hughton

Norwich Manager Chris Hughton before the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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05/04/2014 Norwich Manager Chris Hughton before 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
10:05 AM

Norwich City supporters have called for a united front from fans in the club’s crunch final five games of the season - following the sacking of manager Chris Hughton.

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Hughton was axed last night to be replaced by former city winger Neil Adams, a day after ugly scenes at Carrow Road during the 1-0 defeat to West Brom.

The defeat was met with a crescendo of boos, ‘Hughton Out’ chants, a demonstration outside and verbal confrontations between players and supporters.

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Reacting to the news today, fans said it was important to forget Saturday and pull behind the team for the remaining games, starting with Fulham away on Saturday.

Nev Townsend, chairman of the Forces 2 Canaries Supporters Group, said that although he had thought it was too late to dismiss manager Chris Hughton, he admires the club for their “leap of faith” and fully supports Adams.

He added: “This is the last throw of the dice – we have five games left and Adams has nothing to lose. I think the club has hit rock bottom and so I welcome it and support Neil 100pc.

“I am shocked – although we were calling for the change since around Christmas. The writing was on the wall and I just didn’t think that Hughton had what it takes.

“The change might be what we need to get the points to see us safe.”

City supporter Mel Lacey said: “I don’t doubt that Chris Hughton is a nice guy, but his football decisions, tactics and the way he has been running the team has mystified me.

“Neil is a club man and he may or may not have had the experience at this level, but he will certainly have the enthusiasm. The players need their spirits lifted.

“He knows the club inside out and everybody knows him. I sincerely wish him well.”

Ben East, of Northern Canaries, said: “I think this had to be done. The atmosphere at Carrow Road meant that no-one truly believed that we could get any more points this season.”

The decision will improve fans’ confidence that the team will avoid relegation, according to Mr East.

He added: “It just seemed that we were slipping towards relegation and Neil Adams is not the sort of guy to let the players go down without a fight, so I am behind him.”

Robin Sainty, who is on the board of the Norwich City Supporters Trust, said that although he was surprised by the timing of the decision, there was a “certain amount of inevitability” about it.

“Something definitely broke yesterday in terms of the bond between fans and players. The decision is a massive gamble, as it would have been to stay with Hughton but the good thing about it is that there’s always the possibility that you might get a short term reaction – and that’s all we need,” he said.

Mr Sainty added that although Adams lacks experience at the level, the change “might generate a little bit of momentum”.

However, supporter Matt Wallace said that although he supports the change, he is concerned it may have come too late.

He added: “A little bit of me thinks that this is after the horse has bolted and that we should have done this some months ago.

“Appointing a youth coach is a bold move, but I think it is one that the majority of fans support. He knows the squad inside out. Time will tell but I am behind him.”

Another supporter who echoed the sentiments of fellow canaries was Donald Parish of the London Canaries.

Although Mr Parish said that he was “staggered” at the of the decision, he didn’t believe things could get any worse.

He said: “People were properly convinced we were going down. From that point of view it is hard to argue that it wasn’t worth a go.

“I think everyone will now go to Fulham excited that it could be a now start. I definitely now have more faith we can with there.”

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14 comments

  • Well said Nev of Lower Barclay D Block fame :) Echoes my exact thoughts on the whole malarky. Get behind Adams and the lads now and lets see us over the line. OTBC!

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    Mattias333

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • So everyone now agrees something had to be done that Hughtons signings, tactics, coaching, substitutions and management skills were useless so why oh why did it take so long. I am now 100% behind Adams until the end of the season, but the Board has to answer for their slow action at the end of the season, OTBC

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • next manager will be god until it all goes wrong then the fans will want him out.short memories football fans have.

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    DAVE

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • HUGHTON WAS A SQUARE PEG IN A ROUND HOLE

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • tooty and Dave - your posts are pointless and clearly show you are not football fans so don't bother us anymore - OF COURSE the next manager will be god until it all goes wrong and then we will shout about getting rid of him - THAT IS EXACTLY what footie fans do - stop trying to extract reasoning to our behaviour, you are just wasting your time - it doesn't work with football and that why we love it

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    malmocanary

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • …..Dave you are jumping the gun a bit!...Remember Hughton began his tenure taking over a mid table side with spirit...he has gradually squeezed every ounce of that out of the players he retained....spent millions on replacements and took this club to the brink of disaster....Neil Adams is being asked to take that same club, on the brink, and instil new ambition into the players, and do his best to keep us in the Premiership....He may not succeed.....But one thing is certain, and that is we were heading fast for the Championship....Be man enough to accept that this club may be going forward!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Spot on, Blaff. Even the riches of Sky have to come from an end-consumer somewhere down the line. The poor old bottom-feeders. You can tell they are bottom feeders by the size of their bottoms. Plus those bell-tent sized replica shirts.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • You're wrong TootyFrooty. All businesses, whether they be football clubs, supermarkets or newspapers, have to respond to their customers. The only exception to this is Archant which doesn't understand its readers or the role of its moderator. If it did, your vile and obnoxious posts would have been deleted and you would have been banned.

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    User Removed

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • people seem to forget we're 5 points above the relegation zone. a win against fulham would see us, thereotically without paying attention to other results, to 12th. now there's no CH in the way, everyone can get behind the players and stop all this nonsense about getting relegated. half the trouble this season has been the negativty surrounding the players and the manager. i agree this should have been done back at xmas, but forget all this rubbish and start concentrating on getting those goals. Liverpool, Chelsea, Man Utd and Arsenal are only as big as you let them become. OTBC nevermind the danger!!!!

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    Morgan Hewitt

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • "....but the Board has to answer for their slow action at the end of the season," Really? Answer to whom exactly? The fans? NCFC is a business and as such only has to answer to its shareholders in the same way that Tescos board have to answer for things to its shareholders. NCFC fans need to get off this cloud that actually its them that dictate what happens. If you dont like it then simply do renew your season ticket!

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    Tootyfrooty

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Let's hope that Neil will give us a lift to keep us in the premiership but he should have been given the chance at Christmas and that's down to McNally ,I do not agree with those that think Chris has been hard done by as us fans gave him game after game to put things right before turning on him.As the EDP poll indicate the vast majority think it is right to sack him.

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    leslie cater

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • * DONT renew your season ticket.

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    Tootyfrooty

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Why wasn't Hughton sacked earlier? Possible reasons. Malky McKay not available after his sacking. Neil Lennon not going to come mid-season. Board would not sack Hughton with no replacement. No choice after Saturday.

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    Capri

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • .…NEIL ADAMS is MANAGER......Hughton who was he?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, April 7, 2014

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