Update: David McNally - Norwich City got last summer “horribly wrong”; players’ salaries will fall; job losses to come

Chief Executive David McNally before the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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11/05/2014 Chief Executive David McNally before the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 11/05/2014

Monday, May 12, 2014
8:24 AM

Norwich City’s chief executive has said a failure to strengthen the squad during last summer’s transfer reason was a key reason for the club’s eventual relegation from the Premiership.

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City’s return to the Championship was confirmed yesterday after the club finished in 18th place in the table.

In an interview with BBC Radio Norfolk, broadcast this morning, David McNally said despite making record signings last summer, they had failed to strengthen the squad, as had happened in previous years.

Mr NcNally said he would remain at Carrow Road.

He said: “If I thought for one moment that me leaving would help this football club I would not hesitate. I care too much about Norwich City, having been here five years and invested a lot of time and effort in this great club. I love this club.”

Speaking of his possible departure, he added: “I don’t think that’s in the best interests of the club at the moment.”

He said he was gutted, disappointed, deeply frustrated and embarrassed by Norwich’s exit from top-flight football, and admitted that, with the benefit of hindsight, supporters who called for the removal of Chris Hughton as manager earlier in the season may have been right.

Mr McNally said Hughton had deserved the chance to lead the club this season, having finished 11th in the Premiership last year.

The chief executive said Norwich City’s new manager will be in place within a week, and the board would strengthen its football management structure.

He said the first team manager needs to concentrate on first team players and coaching them, and not have other responsibilities like medicine and recruitment, which should be managed elsewhere.

He said he does not want one person responsible for all key footballing descisions.

He said the board had a shortlist of possible managers, and has talked to some people already.

He described Neil Adams as a “credible contender” and a manager of the future, having been handed a “poisoned chalice” when he took over with just five games of the season left.

Asked about speculation linking the club to named managers, he said the club may be looking at managers who are available now, as well as others who are currently at other clubs, and there were private discussions ongoing.

He said job losses were likely following relegation, which he said would see the club’s turnover fall from £100m in the Premiership to £50m in the Championship.

He said Norwich is a well run club, and every player has a relegation clause in their contract, and there will be a relegation impact on their salaries - with no exception.

He also said there are no sweet-heart clauses in any player’s contracts, so “we are under no pressure whatsoever to sell anybody”.

However, he expected some players will leave.

Talking about the 2014 summer transfer window, he said: “We can’t afford to get this window wrong in the way we got the last transfer window so horribly wrong.”

He thanked the fans for the support, and apologised for the mistakes made this year.

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88 comments

  • It's for the Board to say whether McNally stays or goes, not McNally himself.

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    blue tractor

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Mattias333. For RVW to score, we need devine intervention, he has managed one single goal and just 8 shots on target all season. Re Hooper, simply not PL class, and as he will be back over Adrians wall pretty quick...thankfully

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    pubmandave

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Andy and Canarybell Im thankful that finally some point with a bit of sense are noticing this. For RVW & Hooper to score as they have in the past the team has to be further up the field & they have to be in the box having chances created for them. Total polar opposite happened this season. Not aided by wingers having to cut in either as naturally the crosses supplied will always curl away from the striker and towards the keeper, rather than towards them and away from the keeper giving them something to attack.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • At last someone who has agreed with what I have been saying. Andy I totally agree with your views on the Wolf. It was evident from his first game at Brighton, pre season,, yes I was there, were I watched him point to were he wanted the ball and it was passed out wide instead. I believe that snoddy did not like the Wolf right from the start what about that penalty? Snoddy hardly passed the ball to Rvw . there again you have to blame the manager for not sorting out. I for one feel sorry for Rvw especially when those idiots blame him for our relegation

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    canarybell

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Agree that McNally must stay. I suspect he will be looking closely at our scouting and referrals system and that may lead to him appointing a director of football whose job would be to ensure a proper liaison between the new manager (whoever that will be) and those responsible for the club's scouting and recruitment. This should make sure we bring in players who will fit into the new manager's system and requirements and that we do not go willy-nilly after players without considering the style and balance of the team, which was horribly wrong under Hughton. Much of the vast sums spent under Hughton appeared to have been done without any clear inducation of how they would fit into the team pattern as a whole.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • The scary issue for the future is the supposed disagreement within the board. If the reason CH was not fired much earlier was because some board members were supporting him, then I don't hold out much hope for a dynamic forward thinking manager to be appointed this week. Maybe Delia should follow Aston Villa and put NCFC on the market.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • If the turnover difference between Premiership and Championship is 50 million pounds the board were pretty shortsighted in January when they lashed out on just 2 loanees who hardly played.,

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    goldie

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Sorry but there really are some daft posts here. McNally has done a brilliant job these past years in turning the club around and putting us in the financial position that is the envy of most clubs in the PL, let alone the Championship. Those calling for his head are lunatics.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • I agree with what appears to be a developing view on RVW - and GH too for that matter. Holt 'failed' under the CH style too. RVW looked at the outset to be someone who could easily find space for himself which the rest of the team failed to exploit. I lost count of the number of times RVW was clearly frustrated at being 'ignored' when in a good position. We then played wide men on the wrong foot which meant it was hard for a striker to get a firm header or strike on the ball but made it easy for their defenders to clear. If the team does not create chances, no one is going to deliver to their potential. CH also failed to develop players through the season. DM is needed at the club, he has done a good job and it is perhaps a mark of progress under him that we are all as frustrated as we now.

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    andy

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Mattias333, let's hope the bookies are right. do we really want a manager with a 38.8 per cent win record and that includes getting Cardiff up, better to stick with Adams as it's nice to have all these names banded about, but in reality very few of them will be any good. I think the Canaries have had some 38 different managers in their time and only a few have ever achieved anything. Is Major Frank Buckley still available?

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    Vic Sponge

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Grasshopper; I think you will find that the reality of the Championship is that nobody fears anybody...

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    Alan Mason

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • DJ_FRAMBOISE what service did RVW get? he had the ball snatched out of his hand when he was about to take a pen. and the said player who done that has not created anything for him. our so called player of the season rubbish he is one of the reasons we got relegated. forwards are only as good as the service they receive

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    canarybell

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • I see Paddy Power now make Malky 3\1 favourite for the WBA job.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • I only visit the site during the working day so im limited on time\which browser etc. Take the point though. Not the be all & end all though. Its only a website forum. OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • A couple of references to lack of 'spell checker' etc. 2 solutions - either type it in 'Word' or similar, or use Chrome as your browser not Internet Explorer!! BTW - I am over 60, not some youngster!!!

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    Mr Ed

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • I am sure the board know they were wrong to persist with Hughton. We only just escaped relegation last year due to a little good fortune and not good management. I felt sorry for the players not knowing if they were in favour from week to week. Desperation bred the management innovation of a dung beetle. RVW a schoolboy amongst men. Poor footballing skills and he could be blown off the ball. I like Hooper but again another of our squad who is not Premier League quality. The SPL teams would be fortunate to survive in the Championship ( no bias I am a Scot ) which really devalues Lennon's credentials. I would definitely go for Moyes but would he go for us ?

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    wreckedagain

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • I heard same things Grasshopper. People put it all down the McNally not getting rid of Hughton at the right time. Thing is the board have to all agree and despite McNally (and others) feeling a change was needed, they couldnt unless all the board agreed. The board couldn't agree that a change would 100% equal staying up so we were stuck with Hughton. McNally wouldn't have kept coming out in public with the comments he did regarding Hughton if he was truly 100% behind him. He's a smart man, a lot smarter than us and we could see change was required. Fingers crossed we get it right now and the club moves forward....quickly!

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    Mattias333

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Entirely agree Lincs, thi season should be one to look forward to. 15m from sky, another 10 from sales and youth players pushing for places should give us a squad that need fear nobody. I am pleased DM is staying, I still think we have an exceptional chief exec who, I am told, was frustrated in his desire to move CH on long before he actually did. I guess it will be Malky for us, which is fine, but I would hope NA stays on with him. I am surprised nobody has mentioned Nigel Atkins, he did the same job for southampton as PL did for us.

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    Grasshopper

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • I spotted a clebrating Man C fan yesterday waving a banner reading "Thanks Sheikh Mansour". Consider it, £1billion invested and the PL's highest player wage spend this season of £196m. That is more than 4 times Norwich's spend. Scan the final PL table and it shows you mostly get what you pay for. However, there are are notable over and under achievers and sadly for us the two lowest spenders, Palace and Hull, over achieved. We, as fourth lowest spenders, only underachieved by one position but it cost us our status. I mention all this because it gives perspective as we set out once more in search of permanency at the top table. Whether it's Malky, Moyse, Sherwood, Allardyce, Lambert, the bottom line will be that the new boss will have to work within tight financial constraints. The plus side to that observation is that the club no longer bears the burden of debt it had when Delia and Michael arrived and if, as McNally mentions, we learn lessons and get our footballing structure right there is no reason we cannot bounce back and try to emulate what Swansea and Southampton have achieved. Either that or Dubai donates us his oil wells.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • DJ_FRAMBOISE what service did RVW get? he had the ball snatched out of his hand when he was about to take a pen. and the said player who done that has not created anything for him. our so called player of the season rubbish he is one of the reasons we got relegated. forwards are only as good as the service they receive

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    canarybell

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Don't Ipswich hold the record for the biggest thrashing in EPL history 9-0. And that was before the major money came into the EPL polarising the league in favour of the big clubs even more.

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    andys

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • McNally now needs to see his club in a more realistic light and stop living in big club wonder land, which of course never existed. in the first place.

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    NB

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Well said DJ_FRAMBOISE. I may be wrong, completely wrong, who knows! I dont think it takes a genius to work out why RVW and Hooper have failed to scored the goals needed this season. Grant Holt said it himself after he left and reminded us again on Radio norfolk last thursday that he knows exactly why the strikers are not scoring this season. Hughtons style of play. Under a different manager who knows what he could have done. I truly hope he stays and proves alot of people wrong. If we create consistent chances in the penalty area and he (and hooper) dont deliver ill hold my hand up and say he's pants. Doubt will ever get a chance to see that though. Wish we'd have gotten the chance to see Hooper or RVW during the Lambert era or another manager with a more positive outlook on the way the game should be played. Id bet good money he ends up on loan somewhere next season.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • 28 goals scored, yet another piece of unwanted history by Norwich. Only 3 clubs have achieved this miserable record in the history of the Premier League. I should think that all Championship defenders are quaking in their boots.

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    NB

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • A captain never leaves his sinking ship...

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    Alan Mason

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Johny, Matt333 explains is more eloquently than I could have done. Different systems require different players. I remain undecided whether he can make the transition to English football. He has a stinker of a season regardless and should have scored at least 6-10 with the limited service he did have.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • DJ_FRAMBOISE - How can the jury still be out on RVW ? All the hype said he was a top class striker but he had enough hours on the pitch to show what he can do. The system any manager plays still doesn't alter the fact that a top striker will create chances on their own but this was not the case here. There is far too much hype and pressure put on players but I would say if Simeon Jackson was still here, he would have done a better job, he certainly had pace. The grass is always greener but I'm sure they regret offloading Chris Martin too...

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    Johny

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • RVW issue is simple for me. Take into account first of all that the leagues Hooper and RVW played in for the most part were far far far worse quality than the Premier League. Ignore that initial factor though and look at how they were used at each respective club. At Lisbon 99.9% of the time they were viewed as a big club and of course would be on the front foot. RVW for example spent all his time in the penalty area where you want your poacher fox in the box to be. Then create said striker 3-4 chances a game and a quality player like him will score more than he doesnt. However flip it over and look at how NCFC have used him. As a lower half Premier League side you first of all have to accept we are not likely to be on the front foot for a majority of our games, then add in Hughtons super defensive, cautious approach and where have Hooper and RVW been touching the ball? The half way line, often trying to battle a 6ft2 centre half for a hoofed clearance. Just not going to work. Poor management like I said blooming months ago. Purchased players that clearly dont fit the system the manager wanted to play. Shocking Management in fact. However i'd have hoped someone board level would've raised an eyebrow and at least discussed the transfer business with Hughton. Im assuming thats why McNally is now bringing someone in to work with the new manager when it comes to transfer dealings as it appears we just left Hughton to get on with it and spend millions on players that are clearly good players but just dont fit what we required. If by some miracle RVW is still here next season and no loaned or sold cheap (and wants to be here!!!) I wouldnt be surprised if he and Hooper destroyed the championship. All depends on manager choice and style of play.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Rumour yesterday was that RIP was on his way to Feyernoord for close on what we paid (wasted) on him. Would be a great result if that were the case. Don't think we can automatically assume that our new manager would want NA as his number 2. That would be his choice and probably part of the deal that he can choose his assistant as he sees fit. If it's not NA and doesn't want his old job back, then he could end up as one of the job losses DMc is eluding to. A very poison chalice indeed.

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    Bookface

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • The first post is always the best, well said MikeyB... Delia said the Crowd was the 12th man, well if you don't listen to your work force, you will fail... say no more.

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    OLDYELLA

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • NorgeCan, for me jury is still out on RVW but we cannot afford not to have strikers scoring next season as we (hopefully) look to win matches.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • I cant get my head around the VanWolfswinkel issue. Here the lad scores in his sleep in Portugal, we sign him, the pundits say its the steal of the century, he is easily worth the double, and he fails so miserably?? I just can't understand how everyone can be so mistaken about him? I recon the CH-football ruined him, and his confidence must have been absolutely shattered when Snodders stole his penalty-kick - and missed... And not to mention the clubs introduction of "the messiah"... poor man, all that pressure... I really hope Wolfie stays, at least until the january window, to prove his worth.

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    Norwegian Canary

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • MB did you notice the announcement as promised. I,d love it if Lennon came, but dont think so. Probably Malky with Neil. Most here agree McNally stays. Big mistakes were made. Easy to be wise after. yes we could see it, but we dont know what was going on in the boardroom. Off to my summer coaching now ;-)

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    sharky

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • I'm pleased McNally is staying. Unless we want to go back to the miserable Doomcaster years. Yes, the board got it wrong and this season was a car crash in slow motion but the club is better for his presence. Now let's get the manager we need to get us back up and move forward. I'm sure it will upset Look East who have a major downer on the club and our bitter neighbours but it is all the better for that.

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    suffolkcanary

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Oh, the short memories. We've had a fantastic few years under McN and Lambert, when the club exceeded all expectations. The past couple of years have been difficult, to say the least. But CH deserved a chance to re-stock last summer, and I seem to recall that the general tenor of comments at the start of the season was "wow, we've made some great signings, what an exciting season we're in for". RvW was hailed as a statement of intent by the club, and McN's early move for him was supposed to be a masterstroke. Ok, it didn't work out. CH wasn't the man for the job: but it's also to McN's credit that he stuck by his man, rather than going through 2 or even 3 managers like some other clubs. That said a lot about NCFC to me. So it didn't work out. But we're in much better shape than we were last time we went down and, if we get the right manager, there's a damn good chance of bouncing back again. I'd back McN to get that right. If he doesn't, that may be the time to call for him to go: but not now, not now!

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    wurzelcanary

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • I don't think DM resigning is the way forward. Yes, CH should have been sacked earlier but it's a decision that would have been made collectively by the board. If he goes, they should all go. What hasn't been answered is why there was a very clear lack of ambition in the club. For the last few years clubs in lower leagues looked at Norwich's rise to the PL as a source of inspiration. What changed? How did City go from being ambitious to resignation?

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    CovCanary

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • So you may be right but I would be very surprised. Would be good at least to wind up my Celtic supporting mate who has been taking the p*** all season especially relating to Hooper.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • I still do not understand why the man who brought us PL is suddenly so bad because he also brought us CH. I did not think CH was a good choice but I can see why others might have done. DM - and perhaps others - did give PL the right environment to achieve great things for NCFC so lets see what happens next. I don't recall that Lambert had Premier experience either, nor Poyet or Pochettino for that matter, so I think we have to be patient for a few more days. With regard to the last transfer window, I ask the question again, how many ambitious young players with a real future ahead of them would have wanted to come to NCFC given what was happening?? With the right man in place, there is time to recruit potential key players ahead of August. DM has done great things for the club and we need to keep him here.

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    andy

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • McNally should resign for not sacking Hughton last December, it was his lack of foresight which got us relegated despite the fans calling for a new manager.

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    Essex canary

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Can we please get a manager with a nice straightforward name to help everyone on this message board - no to Houghton, Mackey, Moyse. What's Walter Smith doing these days?

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    richard1

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Muggas Budal - Isn't Neil Lennon from Northern Ireland. Anyway, O'Neil would put him off us.

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    andys

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Can someone please tell me why the England goalkeeping coach who works with Ruddy every day couldn't swing it for him to go and sit on the bench as No 3 for God's sake?

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    jigs69

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Well said TK that was mean't to read. Apologies. Speed typing! ;)

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    Mattias333

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Well TK. Will be interesting as it looks like West Ham & Villa at minimum will be looking for new managers as well. Id bet if Lennon is thinking about jumping to England he would hope for one of those Premier League jobs before us. James Nursey claims Malky is holding out for a PL job but I simply cant see him getting a PL one. Im 99.9% sure itll be Malky appointed Manager of NCFC. Totally a side note and not somebody i'd want at NCFC but I find it insane West Ham potentially sacking Big Sam. I bet he goes to a struggling PL side next season and keeps them up (likely at West Hams expense).

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    Mattias333

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Can't think why Lennon would come as best mate Lambert would surely warn him off. Would love Phelan as Dir of Football with Adams as Manager. If Malky comes he will probably want to bring the guy he worked with at Watford and sacked at Cardiff.

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    jigs69

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Sorry but Ruddy does not deserve to be in the World Cup squad, his technique has gone awry this season and he is all over the place. Frankly he has had a poor season. McNally happy to give you all the advice you need just pick up the phone, hail the prophet from Slovenia!

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • DJ, announcement made on SKY Sports News

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    Derek McDonald

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • I totally agree with you DJF, why would Lennon want to drop down to Championship football when his current club offers Champions League every year. Likewise, Moyes will without doubt attract bigger clubs than us. We have to be realistic as to who we can get and who we would want. Malky is a proven success at Championship level so would top my list, I am sure there are other up and coming managers also willing to join NCFC and I will trust that McNally can steer the board in the right direction. However, I will be fully behind however gets the job as my season ticket has already been paid for.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Lennon? Och, nae anither Scot wha we cannae understan.:-)

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    Muggas Budal

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Why is a perfectly constructive, non offensive post with no swear words being continually rejected by moderators?

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    Mel Lacey

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • As much as I like Neil and would be happy to see him as a possible number two, I'm afraid the team he put out against Arsenal ended his chances of being a credible choice as manager. Everybody around me was disappointed at a time when it would have been quite safe to start with a good attacking format. Why did Hooper not start? Why didn't Wolf start alongside him? What an opportunity to try them out together before they both inevitably leave in the summer. We need our next manager to be brave and to use attack as the best form of defence. Radical changes are required very urgently from a board whose performance this season has been no better than management or players. Yet, having said that, I would not want David McNally to leave. His presence in the club is an important and huge foundation for almost everything we do. But thank goodness the lifeblood of the club, our fabulous fans, have again performed exceptionally during this miserable season.

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    Mel Lacey

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • McNally has links to Celtic, Lennon wants a crack at the Premier League. His best shot is promotion to show he can cope with English football.

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    Steady On

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • No need to rush your posts, Mattias - just make them a bit more succinct. Paddy D. has had a book series published on the subject: "Davitt`s Completely Succinct Guide to Advanced Precising, Clichés and Simplified Language, Volumes I to X". Introduction by Stuart Hall and Stanley Unwin. Trouble is, each volume runs to at least 700 pages.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Mc Nally was quite happy to accept the bouquets for appointing Lambert so he cant have it all ways

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    leslie cater

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Why on earth would Lennon come to Norwich ncfcboy. Don't see any mileage in that one. I would expect possible names to be Mackey, Adams, Phelen given they are available. Not sure about others.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • To be fair its not totally McNally who can hiresack etc. Well documented that the board as a group couldnt agree on Hughton sacking numerous times. McNally obviously was in the camp of wanting him out hence why on 3 different occassions he went public criticizing him to the media on things ranging from results to team selection in the Everton game ("I personally wouldn't have played 2 strikers" was the quote). Like he said though, unless the enitre board could agree on Hughtons sacking it simply wouldnt happen. Im not defending him either as im as disappointed as everyone else, but I dont think hes totally at blame. We could talk about the million of reasons we've been relegated until the cows come home but I'd personally prefer to focus on how we're gonna correct the situation.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • IF THIS CLUB IS REALLY SERIOUS IT WILL BE LENNON

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    superfan59

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • seems the consensus is NOT to go with a manager with ties to the club... I'll say this quickly - i'dhavelamberbackinaheartbeat

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    Morgan Hewitt

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Agreed bugsie. It was CH's inability to harness the talent he had that was the problem. The transfer window failure was, without a doubt, the January window. One loan signing when it was clear we needed something more substantial. I'm glad DM has spoken up. He owed to the fans to make a statement. A valuable lesson for him, I'm sure. I'm intrigued to see what changes occur over the summer. Hopefully this will turn into a fresh start for all concerned. OTBC.

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    CovCanary

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • I appreciate McNally's honesty in sticking his head above the parapet. However, the biggest failure last summer remains the failure to replace the manager. About 75% of NCFC fans could see the current situation coming and the other 25% know nothing about football (edited in the hope of passing the ethering this time).

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Correction McNally YOU got last summer wrong AND YOU got the christmas period wrong as well You are MORE responible than Hughton for where we are now by delaying to sack Hughton

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    leslie cater

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Chris, you are right that we all mistakes. However, who else do you know that could make a 'mistake' costing a company £30-50million per year and then still stay in a job?

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • There seems to be a lot of scapegoating here and that is understandable to an extent. Who was primarily at fault? The Board, the management team or the players? Arguably it is a mixture of the three but I do not accept that we made bad investment in players last summer. Fer and Van Wolfsvinkel were considered coups in terms of purchases and we acquired 4 players with individual transfer fees in excess of anything we had ever paid before. The trouble to me seems to appear from the tactics so my first and foremost scapegoat is Hughton for not using the talent he and at his disposal. RvW needed to run the channels not be a front man a la Grant Holt. Why was Becchio ignored for a whole season? Why was Hoolahan ignored when we needed creativity and why were Redmond and Snodgrass used so ineffectively? I read several neutral pieces in the media last summer commending NCFC on our generic growth and anticipated a mid table finish with ease. Obviously that did not happen and now we have recriminations about who’s fault is was. I do hope we recruit a manager from outside of the current Norwich set up and net be swayed by sentiment to ex players. My choice would be Di Matteo but he wants London and premiership management. I fear like some others that Malky would be a retrograde step and I can’t help but think he would not galvanise the existing players and the inevitable newcomers to really make a difference.

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    Bohnhof

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Dont get me started on lack of spell checking and rushing a post in this awful archie system Mad Brewer!

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    Mattias333

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • bugsie101 you are 100% correct in everything you say. Virtually everyone said that Hughton had bought well, the failings were in that he, together with his coaching team, failed to put a team together using the players' strengths. MCNally has been the most important person at our club for many years, and he must stay. We all make mistakes and his, together with the Board, was not to sack Hughton in November when the writing was on the wall for all to see. This would have allowed a new manager to operate in the January transfer window. As you correctly state the worst two results in recent times were the West Brom (finished 8th) and Man City (finished 2nd) games last season as, if we had lost both of them we would have finished 17th, our rightful place. Hughton lived off those two results all this season. We now need to look forward, not only for our Championship promotion season, but our return to the Premier and beyond assembling a team of players for the future. The appointment of Mackay would not meet these objectives. He's a really nice bloke who did well managing a Championship team to promotion - where have we heard that before?! We need someone with a ruthless, winning mentality and for me Lennon and Sherwood are suitable candidates. They will have no problem in keeping the quality players and letting the under-performing ones move on. Lennon in particular would know how to bring the best out of Hooper, who I believe could be a success in the Championship if we found a big man to play alongside him. The future starts this week when the new manager is appointed, and I urge the board to make the right decision with a long term five year plan in mind. OTBC

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    Chris

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • People of my generation don`t even know what a `spell check` is Dubya. I had thought it was some sort of Hogwart`s rule to keep Harry Potter in control. Maybe therein lies the answer to the decline in the use of decent English - too many folk rely on spell-checkers, instead of engaging the services of their very own `leetle grey cells`. That Walloon chappie, Hercules Pierrot, had it right, the Clown. DJ_FRAMBOISE may correct me on that assertion...

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Sorry Brewer, it is difficult typing in these silly little boxes without a proper spell check as it is........ The older I get the worse my spelling....... Anyway - David William Moyes - I believe, provides the level of experience and maturity that could put the footballing side of the club back into shape. Lets see what becomes, I am sure we have a better chance of Moyes than landing Pinky & Perky - P&P would never be released by Ipswich anyway !

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • It'll be Lennon, good choice, but it will really get some peoples backs up. Not well liked, that's why I like him.

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    ncfc boy

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Firstly, we need McNally to stay as he is a good and shrewd business operator. He was quick and gracious to take responsibility for the failings, but as CEO, he could well have had his hands tied behind his back by the Board. I am sure David McNally has learnt that there is a big difference between the business side of football (which he manages very well) and the footballing side of football. He is the lynchpin between the two and really has to put the footballing trust into the people who can deliver results. Football is a cut-throat business - 10 managers sacked this season - and six more managerial positions likely to change before the start of next season from the PL alone. I see enough in this article to suggest that NA is not about to get the job, but I hope he is kept on in a capacity that allows him to develop as a future manager at NCFC. Appointing the next Norwich City manager is probably the single most important decision that the club will make in the next five years. Certainly the supporters will have high expectations of an immediate return to the PL next season. Definite we do not what to stagnate into insignificance and become a 'poor to average' mid-table Championship team like Ipswich Town, who have spent a decade in the wilderness and are dreadfully in debt. We are a much bigger, better, well supported and well managed club in good financial shape. Now we need to get the footballing dynamic right again with an experienced manager. My first choice would be David Moyse - at least this sets the standard we should be aiming for now. OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Firstly, we need McNally to stay as he is a good and shrewd business operator. He was quick and gracious to take responsibility for the failings, but as CEO, he could well have had his hands tied behind his back by the Board. I am sure David McNally has learnt that there is a big difference between the business side of football (which he manages very well) and the footballing side of football. He is the lynchpin between the two and really has to put the footballing trust into the people who can deliver results. Football is a cut-throat business - 10 managers sacked this season - and six more managerial positions likely to change before the start of next season from the PL alone. I see enough in this article to suggest that NA is not about to get the job, but I hope he is kept on in a capacity that allows him to develop as a future manager at NCFC. Appointing the next Norwich City manager is probably the single most important decision that the club will make in the next five years. Certainly the supporters will have high expectations of an immediate return to the PL next season. Definite we do not what to stagnate into insignificance and become a 'poor to average' mid-table Championship team like Ipswich Town, who have spent a decade in the wilderness and are dreadfully in debt. We are a much bigger, better, well supported and well managed club in good financial shape. Now we need to get the footballing dynamic right again with an experienced manager. My first choice would be David Moyse - at least this sets the standard we should be aiming for now. OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Btw, Dubya - it`s Moyes, not Moyse. Moyse`s Hall is a Museum in Bury, - St. Edmunds, not Lancashire.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • exactly right DJ. So important a new manager is in place within the next week. 3 months sounds a lot but it isn't in reality. New manager needs time to get in, talk with the players before they go on holiday and establish who is up for the fight and who isnt. Then he can work out where he needs to make signings.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • I for one am glad that McNally appears to want to stay at the club rather than jump ship, I am also amazed that some fans seem to think Moyes would be a good choice as the next manager. Yes he is out of work and done ok at Everton but he failed miserably at Man Utd because he failed to build a team. In any case his sights will be set far higher than Carrow Road so lets all be realistic, I actually think Mackay with Adams as his No 2 could well work for us, he certainly had Watford playing good football on a shoestring budget and has experience in getting promoted out of the Championship. With a good director of football or simply the Chief Executive dealing with recruitment matters the rubbish spouted about him bankrupting the club simply would not be an issue. What we need is a man manger who can get 100% out of the players and it was obvious yesterday that NA failed to achieve that, probably because he currently lacks experience in that field, however, he is still learning so could be groomed for the future as he is fully behind the club in all respects.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • What nonsense, Norwich did not get last summer wrong. We handed the manager a never before seen transfer kitty and to a man everyone thought Hughton spent it well on some great talent. It was his inability to find any formula that could make the team work and that was probably the result of being so negative. After a while it was almost like the players forgot how to be positive, the strikers certainly forgot how to score! McNally's failing was to not get rid of a failing manager. Anyone looking at last season objectively would see that 11th was an inflated position given that it was only results in the last two games against teams with nothing to play for that kept us up. Not to mention that the second half of that season was miserable. After spending all that money Hughton should have been on probation this season. That he kept getting a result when he needed it should not have washed after the third time, probably West Ham at home. When it keeps happening shouldn't serious questions have been asked. Not to mention what the supporters thought, How many still wanted Hughton here after the Fulham game at Christmas? McNally should definitely stay as overall he has been such a force for good for this club but the lessons of last season need to be learnt. You need to identify the point at which a trend is becoming unacceptable and act. Look how ruthlessly Bryan Gunn was treated and in hindsight it was proved a correct decision. How Hughton managed to stay for half a season longer than nearly everyone felt he should is the most concerning thing.

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    bugsie101

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • In fairness to Machianalli, he has seemingly addressed the issues that concern the fans - let`s hope it`s not just well-researched lip service. He admits to getting the last transfer window "horribly wrong". I take that as meaning January, though "windows" might have been more apt; last Summer didn`t turn out too well, either. He says he "doesn`t want one person responsible for all football decisions". Amen to that. Confirms that Bewilderwood and Trollope were mere fellow-travellers in Hughton`s caravan of cronies. I agree with him that his departure would not be in the best interests of the club - he is the only Board member who has the slightest clue about how to run a football club. Paralleling his "no one person" principle, something similar should apply to Director level. Eg:- "No one should be the only Director with the slightest idea of how to run a football club". Perhaps he`s too self effacing for that? So, he seems to know most of the questions; it remains to be seen whether he can find, and be allowed to implement, the answers. I believe Don da Vito Machianalli is a canny and cunning operator. The non-functional Directors should step aside and let him get on with it - aided by freshly recruited and competent accomplices. Dee doesn`t have to stop the dinner parties for the Celebs.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Derek Mc, announcement is at 1400 BST. Where did you see that?

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Rumoured that Unity Emeralds are counting their loose change to make a bid for Winkle, so far they've got £2.97 pence, they need a donation now to buy his boots. Several people have mentioned David Moyes for manager, sure Man. Utd., was a step too far for him plus he took over an ageing team that already had problems but look at the years he spent with success with little or no money at Everton, we could do a lot worse!

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    blackdog2

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Agree with you dave 123 in particular. Have come to the conclusion that we must appoint from the outside because we need someone with fresh ideas and positive attitude to the way the game is played. As to our signings in the summer, clearly most were really bad mistakes. I wonder who punted up some of these players and who sanctioned their signings? Was due diligence done? There is one heck of a difference between say the Portuguese League and the middle of Ervidisie to the Premiership. Players coming into the Premierhsip should have a proven track record in one of Europe's major leagues. And consideration should have been given to how they would fit in and to the balance of the team. In addition to a change of manager we must also take a long hard look at our scouting and referral systems. In hindsight the £27 million would have been better spent expanding the stadium - at least we'd have something to show for it!

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    malaga flier

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Poor old Ruddy left out of World Cup squad, what a way to treat someone who has been involved form the past 3 years, Ben Foster will be included, he has had just as a bad season as Ruddy, I know Ruddy would not have played, but I still think its a rotten way to treat someone.

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    Derek McDonald

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • At least if we get the appointment made this week, a decision can be made fairly quickly in terms of who to keep release and funds made available to get the players necessary to fit the new managers needs. Attitude is key though. I'd always pick the winners ahead of the glamour boys. When you're up against it, I want players to battle. Championship is no place for showboaters. That would probably mean Hooper will do a job. Not sure about RVW.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • We took two loan players in the January window and the club was doing its best to get more. Whatever, what's done is done. I'm pleased to hear that the club is going to be making changes in the football management structure as sharing the responsibility more broadly is going to be key to ensuring that we can establish an approach that can survive from manager to manager without tearing it up and starting all over again every time.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Just appoint a decent manager who has no past connections with the club. It is quite apparent at least half the playing staff needs moving on and those that stay need a kick up the backside!

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    dave123

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • McNallys statement only backs up Malky being appointed in the next week even more. Malky has always worked with a DOF doing all the transfer business. That was until Moody got sacked at Cardiff by their mad owner and he replaced him with a painter! Malky is use to working with someone else doing the transfer dealings like McNally states he wants. Wait & see. Glad he's taken the 'nobody has to be sold' stance however I think its quite clear a lot of players will leave which I think is a shame in some respects as who ever the new manager is, he could value some of those players leaving differently to say Hughton or Adams. He could have a different style that suits a player that maybe has been out of favour etc. Will be an interesting (nervous) 3 months as we wait and see whose still here come August. Even more worrying is the transfer deadline day, especially if we start the season well and end up getting lots of PL sides offering silly money on the last day for any quality we still have at NCFC.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • DJ_FRAMBOISE - I've been saying exactly that. They need to look at the club, not as a family orientated football club (which it is to an extent) but as a business that needs to thrive. Appointing a 'nice guy' to do a cutthroats job was never plausible. But that's over now and I do not want to have to utter the two names we're all scapegoating. HOWEVER... If McNally turned around and said "balls to the lot of you, i'm off" I wouldn't be surprised. Everyone has their own agenda and don't believe everything you read or hear in the local press.

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    Morgan Hewitt

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Time that we were talking to David Moyse.........

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Oh really! How about spending £28.5m on utter dross! £8.5m of that on a "striker" who scored you ONE goal. PL ? yer avin a laugh!

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    Liz Knott

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • I fort one am happy he will be staying with us and that the board are admitting to making mistakes. They should also not jump the moment fans start getting impatient but need to take a cold calculated decision on what they see as best for the club. With Hughton, they clearly got it wrong. I would like to know how the board were individually on that point but that we will never know. Still nervous about who they will appoint but seems given the speed will come from a list who are immediately available.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Erhhh....selective memory Mr McNally? What about the January window when we took one loan player? What about the dismal performances for the past 18 months? What about the fact that you and your colleagues ignored the collective wisdom of City supporters and continued with Mr Nice Guy when it was obvious to the rest of us that he and his hapless sidekicks were out of their depth. What about the fact that your remit to him was simply to" keep us out of the bottom three" (your words on Radio Spud). Be honest, that was the limit of the board's ambition. Keep the Premiership money rolling in irrespective of how it was achieved. The brief mention of the fact that "mistakes were made" doesn't go nearly far enough and still seeks to distribute responsibility way beyond where it should be placed - on your and your colleagues shoulders. Time to be honest Mr McNally and to start listening to people who have watched football at Carrow Road a lot longer than you have. We don't demand Premier League football - we just demand decent football from a club and a team that is giving their best every week for something more than The Premiership pot of gold.

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    Mikey B

    Monday, May 12, 2014

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