Video: Norwich City’s chief executive David McNally on Chris Hughton’s future and the Canaries’ Premier League survival bid

Norwich City chief executive David McNally has spoken out about the future of Canaries' boss Chris Hughton and the club's Premier League survival hopes. Photo: Bill Smith Norwich City chief executive David McNally has spoken out about the future of Canaries' boss Chris Hughton and the club's Premier League survival hopes. Photo: Bill Smith

Friday, February 14, 2014
6:26 PM

Norwich City chief executive David McNally can give Chris Hughton no guarantees over his Carrow Road future – but the Canaries’ manager has been left in no doubt he must turnaround the club’s Premier League fortunes.

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McNally launched a bullish defence of Hughton’s record on Friday morning in a wide-ranging interview covering the manager’s own position, which has been a serial topic outside the club this season, the frustrations of the Norwich supporters and the club’s survival battle. McNally insisted Hughton is acutely aware of the price of failure for him and Norwich City over these coming months with the club currently one point above the bottom three.

“Chris is the first to accept the buck stops with him,” he said. “He has been told in no uncertain terms to get us out of the current position and get our club moving up the football table; and quickly. Right across the board from Delia and everybody else we are as disappointed as those supporters. As far as giving any certainty in terms of Chris and his position here all I would say is it is a results-business - whether that is Chris Hughton, myself as the chief executive or anyone else. We are paid to do our jobs. For as long as we achieve what is required of us we will stay in work. It would be wrong at any level to give any further guarantees. We would be delinquent almost to do that.

“All I would assure the Norwich City supporters is that we are watching very carefully. The whole board is aware of the strength of feeling from the Norwich City support. As guardians of the football club at this particular time in its history we have to do in a balanced way what we feel is right for the football club. What I would say about any change is you have to be 100% sure if you do that then things will be better. In any consideration when it comes to a big decision for the football club we have to factor in are we guaranteeing things will be better for making that change.”

McNally is adamant Hughton’s debut season proved he can lead the Canaries’ to safety despite their perilous position in the Premier League.

“We finished 11th last season and we had some luck good and some bad but you tend to finish in the position you deserve,” said McNally. “No-one has ever done that to the level he did with the smallest payroll in the division and with the scale of the debt repayments that we had to make last year. That was an astonishing achievement. His track record is there for all to see. Clearly this year results have not been good enough and they need to improve, but everyone can see the players and the management are together and there is a real spirit around the group. They are playing for each other. The odd suggestion that he has lost the dressing room is a complete myth.”

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  • Here are the sub-titles for the hard of hearing: "Chris Hughton is working hard, but he's not good enough, and he'll be gone by the end of the season if not before. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going skiing tomorrow, so I need to go home and pack.Thank you and good night."

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    User Removed

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • I don't get the argument that because it may be too late to change we should stick with what we got. Hughton is almost certain to take us down but not in any dignified way. At least if we go down we should do so showing some class and for once getting full value out of our mostly under-performing players. I agree with an earlier comment that mathematically we can survive but realistically very unlikely given the fixture list and that anyway we can't beat the teams around us (except for West Ham at home who handed us the game).

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • A good example of sacking the manager too late is Wolves, look where they are now. Reality is that for various reasons we don't know of means Hoots still has a job but if Neil Adams is not good enough to be given a try then why not bring in the Fulham bloke who has been sacked, he was never a manager but if he was good enough as a coach for Fergie for all those years then why not for Norwich. The claptrap that Hoots keep spouting about Becchio and Hoolahan having a role to play is a mystery, surely he can do no worse that give them both a start, prove a point! Hoolahan has been running games when he has had a chance, poor old Becchio has never had a fair crack of the whip, are they any worse than those that play and cannot score?

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    blackdog2

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • At last he has stuck his head above the parapet. Why now I wonder after disappearing when times got tough a few months back? As usual he is being political - he realises that if he can be seen as a knight in shining armour to the Norwich fans it might save his job. He's distancing himself from our incompetent manager. I hate to say I told you so but I have been saying CH should go since the fulham away debacle LAST SEASON. I was on 606 ranting about the lack of invention and spirit that evening. You could see even then that he hadn't got a clue. But you norwich fans were willing to stick with him and we now find ourselves in a situation where it would be more damaging to get rid of him. It's too late Norwich fans. We only have ourselves to blame. We are TOO NICE. So, let's learn from this and not be so un demanding in the future. Let's get tougher with people like McNally sooner because if I could see the writing on the wall 18 months ago - why couldn't he? Now we must prepare ourselves for a season in the championship - hoping we can bounce straight back. The good news is that - thanks to CH - we now have a good championship team.

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    Marcus Woodroffe

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • There has been some good comment here, but once again, thank goodness most of you don't run the football club. Someone has even suggested that Redman and Pilkington lack pace!!

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Hughton has wasted the money and the talents it has bought. He has singularly failed to create a team, just a group of individuals who seem to work independently of each other most of the time. Which means his training methods are also suspect to say the least. As a result we are not just misfiring but backfiring! No cohesion, poor stand-off defence, no creativity from midfield due, no pace, guile and little from wing play and finally a series of missed chances from our expensive front men. Under Hughton's regime everything has gone backwards. We cannot score and therefore cannot win games. The lack of leadership on and off the pitch has also contributed to a drop in player belief. Even Ruddy looks uncertain and insecure. Given all this, our league position and our pathetic goals record, I do not see how anyone can continue to have any faith in Hughton and his trainers. I fear we are past the point of no return regarding a change. But that should not prevent us from at least trying. Nothing to be lost after all because we are going down under Hughton. If Neil Adams came in maybe we could at least go down looking like a football team?

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Much as I respect Mr McNally, I can't understand how he or anyone else thinks that Hughton is suddenly going to produce, like the rabbit from the hat, a series of wins which is what we will need to stay in the Premiership. You judge someone on their record and frankly Hughton's is threadbare - he spent £27 million in the summer yet he has nothing whatsoever to show for it. In fact we have gone backwards. Last season, for all our faults, we could defend half-decently. Not any more. We have no creativity in midfield - an absolyte must at this level - and no wing play due to Hughton's balmy policy of sticking a left footed player on the right wing. And finally, for all the hype we have three forwards who (with the possible exception of Hooper) have returned next to zilch. So, while McNally talks the talk, Hughton fails to walk the walk.

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    malaga flier

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Send it to me Stew, with a couple of the missus' dumplings. Right then, I'm going to make a comment on what McNally's got to say before I listen to him. Then, after I've had a beverage, I shall make a comment based on what I've heard. So, my first comment, which is based on a very brief conversation that I had with my mum, an hour or so ago, is that this sound's like propaganda b******t. Obviously, I didn't swear, cos she is eighty three, and if the man with teeth is lying in waiting, be warned, I'm feeling a little delicate at the moment, having just passed that poor woman's car in High Holborn. Extremely sad, and let's just say that although we are sick to the back teeth of what's happening on our playing field, at least we haven't been crushed to death. Trust me, it was painful to look at. Right, speak to you soon, I'm off to make that cuppa with a slice of some of Waitrose reduced sultana loaf. A little comfort food perhaps

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Thankfully most of you numpties are running the club and you are that certain of our fate, give me the lotto numbers too please. I do think a change is needed but if you can't go to games, be loud and support the team you should stay away.

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    Craig Bailey

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • MESSAGE TO MCNALLY: All us fans have said month after month: Give BECCHIO a start , play him with Hooper and Hoolahan just behind with Redmond and Pilks.... If you read these messages and you know our frustration then play the guy you pursued and paid money for. He is 100% better than Elmander. Hughton get over your personal issues and put the club first. Us fans in Australia are sick of your useless subs and team changes and selections. The only way to survive is to take the game to the opposition,

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    Robin Sydney

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Total cop out, results and performances since the start of 2013 have in the main been dire. I honestly can't see where the goals to keep us up are going to come from, it was obvious on Tuesday night that players have lost confidence in front of goal but that not surprising when the service into the area has been awful or even non existent in many games and not having an attack minded coach at the club isn't helping things.

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    Mark Harrison

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • What nonsense from McNasty again, why does he have to be 100% sure change will be best! surely 51% is enough? Fulham have shown they will move heaven and earth to try and stay up, while McNally fiddles. The buck stops with you McNasty, bye bye! you writing your suicide note

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Oh, by the way, memo to Mr McNally: Fulham have announced the appointment of Felix Magath as their new manager with immediate effect on an 18-month deal. Magath, 60, has had a long and successful managerial career, winning the German Double in back-to-back seasons with Bayern Munich before taking unfashionable Vfl Wolfsburg to the league crown in 2009. He has also managed Hamburg, Nurnberg, Werder Bremen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Vfb Stuttgart and Schalke. See. It can be done!!!

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    malaga flier

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • …..Stopper....Holt played much of last season defending our penalty area ….with Hughton's 'boot it over the top and chase it strategy'....He had to chase 100 yards up field to be involved...and then another 100 yards back to support Bassong and Co....I suggest that his energy levels sapped after a few of these stupid exercises...The same is now being asked of Hooper, and R.vWW, but Not Elmander, or even Benchio!...Snodgrass has been given license to do 'what he pleases, where he pleases'.....Redmond thinks that this is the way to play the game and is trying to copy...if he doesn't, he's out....If Pub Man Dave has that inside knowledge, then we can see why Hoolahan, and Benchio are are not allowed to participate....This is where Mr McNally has to step in ….maybe he already has, and been given the ultimatum of choose between Hoolahan and Premiership survival, or me, my fellow coaches, and a couple of million quid!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • All to late!

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    Norfolk Boy

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Do Fulham know something Norwich don't !!!!! if city do get relegated Mr (Smug)McNally you need to be sacked too, after all you have been told many times what to do since September!!

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    Colby Army!

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • What load of waffle. The ship is sinking fast and the Captain is still left in charge. CH should have been removed weeks ago to allow a new man a chance to turn it around. Threatening CHs job is pointless, as are N City under his guidance, at this stage of the game. Where are the points going to come from to stop relegation? Is this poor team going to become a winning one over the rest of the season? Do not think so. The number of points required against those available is just not mathematically viable. At least City will be debt free in the Championship. Perhaps that was the real plan all along.

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    stormy

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • McNally to McNasty to McNero ? ? ? .

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    Kristafa

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • So it looks like the board are going to keep faith with the manager. Common sense prevails. Fulham have just resigned themselves to relegation by getting a new manager in at a crucial stage of the season, someone who knows nothing about the players or what they can do. It looks like our board have a calmer and more sensible approach. If the fans were running the club, we would sink like a stone.

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    Johny

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • It's all too late now, the time to sack Hughton has past. It's too late for anyone else to do anything. It's time to hammer down the large pieces of crooked wood and hope for the best. You've made your ridiculous bed now lay in it. Sticking with hoots has got us into a farce and a mess now we are facing the drop it's too late to panic.

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    Burglecut

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • I am glad McN came out and said something. Could you pick some holes in what he said, yes. On the substitutions mostly far too late in the game to have any impact, but at this point the message is get behind manager and club. As far as the 100% comment is concerned, reading between the lines, maybe it says they cannot get any of the managers they would like to take the job, eg Lennon, Malky, etc. for various reasons, so are sticking with CH for now until someone better is available??

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • There`s been a fresh mini-outbreak of `Houghton Syndrome`; even one of my heroes, Stew, has succumbed. Also, Erps has introduced a new character to the cast of this tragi-comedy - `Redman`. Pubmandave has supplied startling information, which I would normally take with a sack of Saxa, but PMD has a rather respectable record of rectitude. Fulham sacked a manager, after less than 3 months, for a record of 4 wins in 17 (23.5%). Hoots has 6 wins in 26 (23.0%). Perhaps McGnarly has taken Chrissy`s entire City success story into account - 16 wins in 64 (25.0%). Mightily more impressive than that Meulensteen character`s. I wonder if the Foulham fans called him Meoulenstein? Magath would probably morph into `McGrath` if he ever joined Naaaridge. Since Premier football has become primarily an exercise in making money, is it any surprise the game itself has lost importance? PS; Foulham seem to have little problem in beating Nourwich :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • It's a hell of a quandary for the Board. Remember, by our standards we spent tons on two strikers and we were all excited pre-season. Some of the lack of goals may be down to CH's tactics but the fact is that the Wolf in particular just hasn't delivered. We've had tons of chances recently and very little return for our money. And don't give me the Holty stuff. We all know he came as a present from God for two or three seasons but, if the club was to develop, he had to go and we had to replace. As McNally said, people are paid to do their jobs and our forwards just haven't.

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    Stopper

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Poor old Chris well its beat Spurs or the sack then! Mcnally is no fool he will spend the next few days working on plan B ie the new manager!

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    dave123

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • .....He MUST bury the hatchet with Hoolahan!....He should swap him with Snodgrass!....Hoolahan is our Only Hope....Make him Captain for the rest of the season,and give him freedom to do the necessary.....Even let him select the team!....Mr Houghton stand back,and let the selected men have a go.....You may even save your job!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Commendable sense of proportion shown in your penultimate post, BP. I hope Mattias reads it when he gets to work on Monday. (Incidentally, Broewer, Matthias only posts from the work place, he never posts at the weekend and tanning salons do most of their business on a Saturday. Ergo, Mattias couldn't possibly work in a tanning salon.) Your last post, BP, was slightly less "accessible" than the one preceding it, but I suspect this was because you had reached for your "Camberwell" BEFORE you wrote it and were enjoying the "Camberwell" while writing it. Such exuberance is bound to earn you a starring role in Brewer's forthcoming production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream". Having lost most of the glass in my greenhouse in last night's hooley, I'm in the throes of "A Midwinter' Nightmare". I wish supporting NCFC was as "paneless" as my greenhouse. Which reminds me.........Crouton OUT!

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    User Removed

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • as ever it is hard to distinguish truth from fiction. but there is one reality, ch remains boss and ncfc need solid support behind them. supporters might not be able to keep ncfc up, but they can certainly add to the damage and help them go down.

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    Surrey Canary

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Good job we have a sensible CEO who puts things into realistic perspective rather than the panic that sets in with some of the posters on here. We all get frustrated when results don't go our way - but this IS the best league in the world and City are stating to put some very assured performances together. I believe City will get across line, just as they did last season - hopefully we will be able to strengthen further again close season and be a more potent force next term. OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • There are teams who are worse than us, in terms of the ability of their players. So if we can harness the ability of the individuals into a cohesive unit, and the confidence to apply and impose that on the games we have left, then we should be ok. But it seems a big 'if' at the moment.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Surprised I heard this on the 'pink un' (edp24) when the interview was conducted by Chris Goreham (bbc radio Norfolk) I think at the very most ChrisHughton needs to be given the Spurs game then if we end up in the bottom three its.... ByeBye .. And hello Neil Adams....do what Tim Sherwood has done !!! Come on get a grip !

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    Colby Army!

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Are people really convinced by McNally's waffle? When asked to persuade the fans that Hughton has what it takes to keep us in the Premier League all we get is some irrelevant nonsense about finishing 11th last season. McNally clearly does not have confidence in Hughton but cannot decide what to do about it. His indecision will, in his own words, be the death of us.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Blah Blah Blah, let's get someone to take there head out of the sand and say, we know what we're doing, it's called saving face, it's like the Emperor of Japan looking up the sky and saying "what's that black think coming out of that plane, oh that reminds me I forgot to phone America this morning"

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    OLDYELLA

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • It's a results business and the buck stops with Hughton? So why is he still manager of Norwich City. Surely by waiting till we hit the bottom three will be too late. Let's face it - it's too late now and McNally and the board know that.

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    VictorM

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Seem's you hold him in as high regrad as as our once incumbent Simon Clegg-or known as clue-less. As stated before if you Wish to stay up Big changes are what is needed. Any way a good win at home 4 us and i will be a happy bunny...

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    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Commendable sense of proportion shown in your penultimate post, BP. I hope Mattias reads it when he gets to work on Monday. (Incidentally, Broewer, Matthias only posts from the work place, he never posts at the weekend and tanning salons do most of their business on a Saturday. Ergo, Mattias couldn't possibly work in a tanning salon.) Your last post, BP, was slightly less "accessible" than the one preceding it, but I suspect this was because you had reached for your "Camberwell" BEFORE you wrote it and were enjoying the "Camberwell" while writing it. Such exuberance is bound to earn you a starring role in Brewer's forthcoming production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream". Having lost most of the glass in my greenhouse in last night's hooley, I'm in the throes of "A Midwinter' Nightmare". I wish supporting NCFC was as "paneless" as my greenhouse. Which reminds me.........Crouton OUT!

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    User Removed

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Interestingly, David McNally's thoughts completely mirror my own.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • …..Brew have just tried to send you the recipe for Pydsodd's Stew...unfortunately that robot at Archant didn't like some of the ingredients....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • perhaps pubman should stick to writing in the Sun. What a load of carp. Interesting about the Fulham man. Apparently a bit like De Canio. Will the players respond to being bullied?

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    sharky

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • He said nothing that has not been said here over the last year or so, Prepared answers to questions he knew were coming, not good enough for me.

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    Canaries007

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • We might have finished 11th last year but the football served up was the most boring that we have seen in many a year and it's got worse. Let's be honest about this David, it's no small group who have had enough of Hughton it's nearly all of us! He might not have lost the dressing room but he sure has lost the crowd!

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    baguio

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Thank the Lord. They heard us. I believe in you again mr McNally. A little communication goes a long way. Thank you.

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Yes agreed with most comments on here, but unfortunately now regardless of 95% including me want Hoots out, I feel now it is just too late... I cannot see us getting enough points to avoid the drop,, and our goal difference is another point against us. I said this before Christmas he should have gone after losing 7-0, 4-0 and 5-1 in 3 games, but was saved with a simple win against West Ham who as we know are very poor. That was the big error this season. He needs to play Hoolahan, Redmond, Pilks, Hooper and give Becchio a go,, that is 4 to 5 attacking decent players,, not Elmander, Snodgrass and Johnson... Snodgrass cost us with the shambolic penalty against Villa,,, and this should not be forgotten. As I fear I just hope if and when we go down we go down fighting and not like lame ducks... McNally has spoken so lets see what happens against an in form Spurs.. We lose and he is certainly gone,, and Spurs my friends are far better than Hull and WH where he had his last two lucky escapes...

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    Robin Sydney

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Well said Colby Army ,McNally did say get in the bottom 3 and your time is up Hughton ! Hope he takes his deadwood with him.

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    yarco

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Here`s a Stat in its own right: Holt, Morison and Pilkington scored 32 Prem goals between them that season. The team got 52 in total. As things are, we`ll be fortunate to pass 30. Maybe the `Goals against` column will be better than 66 though? Heading for 57 as things stand. We got past ManC unscathed the second time but still have Spurs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Ar$enal and the mighty Fulham to come. So we might achieve 66. Could be a career-saving Statistic for Chrissy - he`s not a defensive manager after all...

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • At such a late stage of the season,there would need to be a decision made as to whether Hughton's replacement would be a short-term stop gap arrangement,or someone with a longer-term vision who they would stick with even if we go down.If it's the former,someone who would improve morale if nothing else is Neil Warnock-at least we'd go down laughing!

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • BW I'm all for getting rid of CH and putting Neil Adams in charge temporarily, but I am sure McN and co want something beyond that. Going into a change at this stage, NA could only be an interim, and I'm sure the board believe they need an established manager to be more confident of keeping us up. If the players are supporting CH, then it will need a very strong person to capture their minds quickly and drive immediate improvement. If the players resent a change, then we would be in a bigger mess. What we have is not working, but I hear what McN is saying - they must have high confidence in any change. He is closer to the players thoughts than we are. I would like to see an established dynamic manager like Neil Lennon, who I believe could drive what is needed.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • C'mon David McNally. Show some balls and get in tune with the fans. Also respect the feeling the fans have for Wes Hoolahan and stop the manager treating him like Roeder treated Huckerby. You and Delia know its wrong. Why wont you do anything about it.? Its bad business to give a player a 3 year contract and then refuse to play him. Thats a lack of respect to the player and all I keep hearing is what a nice man Mr Houghton is. What utter rubbish. The way that player is being treated is shameful. Also, what places Rip Van Winkle ahead of Becchio in the selection stakes. £8 Million ?. Actions speak louder than words and I have seen enough.

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    Bally High

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • But Michigan, there IS an alternative manager available, right now, right here. His name is Neil Adams. Why wouldn't he want the job, at least on an interim basis? No one would expect him to avoid the drop but he might restore some passion, some flair, some fluid joined-up football and maybe inspire a goal or two. As for getting behind the team, of course we should, but that won't save us from the drop either. The fans can cheer to the rafters but they can't suck the ball into the net. We need the manager and the CEO to do their jobs too. Sadly, the former can't and the latter won't. Mathematically, we can stay up. Realistically, we can't. Sorry chum, but there it is. If I'm wrong, I'll be the first to own up and then rejoice.

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    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • It's all too late now, the time to sack Hughton has past. It's too late for anyone else to do anything. It's time to hammer down the large pieces of crooked wood and hope for the best. You've made your ridiculous bed now lay in it. Sticking with hoots has got us into a farce and a mess now we are facing the drop it's too late to panic.

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    Burglecut

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Valentine Time! Cue Pydsodd`s gift of red narcissi to the dame who douses his dumplings with desire. And a few desirees on his platter as well, no doubt. LYB, just looking at the 40 metre row of narcissi & daffs planted by my neighbour and me, in the best interests of the community, while some clown watches her pooch poo on the pavement and pee in the plants. Is there any hope? I wish I could hear Echoes of better times, but she`s stopped saying anything original.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • You mean he has it back-to-front, LYB? Something to reflect on. Daffodils will soon be out...

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • We have played well in the last few games , chances aplenty even against Man City . The problem certainly appears to be with the forwards , whether that's confidence or something else who know's . But for CH to simply bemoan the fact that we are not scoring enough , yet carry on with players that have returned knowhere near enough , is to be honest stupid . Rip van Winkle and Elmander have not been a success , but they still get the chance to play every week , Becchio however has never been given a fair crack at it , how many consecutive games has he played for us ? How many pointless late , late subs appearences has he made ? We need goals , and we need them quickly . The players he persists in playing have failed in this , it is CH's job to rectify it so start playing Hooper ( he has scored a few ) , give Wes & Becchio a go ( as both know how to score ) . Persisting with Ricky and Elmander clearly isn't working , so try something else !!

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    mjc75

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • It is, to say the least, strange that we bought three front men all with a scoring pedigree of one kind or another. Yet only Hooper has managed to score a few. Recently they have had umpteen good chances, all of which were squandered. Either these players have become so tense that they can't kick a ball straight. Or maybe it is because their goalscoring was being done in greatly inferior leagues? Or a third possibility is that, having been starved of service all season, suddenly to be confronted and surprised by a few chances, the front men have been caught in the headlights?!!!! I suspect a combination of all three is likely. But it was Hughton who brought the likes of RvW and Hooper to Carrow Road so as others have said the buck stops with him.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Ok, that's better, and I am no longer dying of starvation, however, not all food is comforting. Take this monologue for instance: Here is a nice man, a very nice man, saying some lovely things about us and the meaning of life. He's both appreciative of and complementary to all of us who give him and his lacky a nice little earner. He reminds us that although the results haven't quite hit the zenith of our being, nonetheless, the performances have been encouraging, and that when we do get relegated we must remember this, so that with our, very level balance sheets, we can begin to build for the future. Fine so far, but you and I know that our very nice government, have plans to build on flood plains, so how do we know our board of governors won’t do the same? Exactly, we don’t. For all we know, they might just be trying to emulate global warming, and put us off the scent with a load of toxic waste. As I reach into my tobacco pouch, and produce a ‘Camberwell Carrot’ [and please, I want to know how many of you get that one], I suggest that this interview is not just mere piffle, but actually part of a sinister plot. How else do you explain that the sun is shining in Norwich. Was it filmed in the summer? I'm not suggesting we move to the Somerset levels. No, you realise that, what I seem to be suggesting, is that our foundations are looking a little shaky, and just because the bored [Jungian slip]aren't looking at the bottom of the boat, doesn't mean that we aren't taking on water. Ok, that’s your lot for now, I’m off to watch the Chelsea game. Mourinho’s the man to listen to. True, he may have some sort of non psychotic disorder, but when I’m not wincing, I’m rolling around on the floor.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • I was at West Ham on Wednesday. We outplayed WH. I can't see what any manager can do if our strikers keep missing 'sitters'. We were attacking and played like a team that worked well together. That's what a manager can do. But CH nor any other manager can stand ten feet in front of goal and score. Our strikers have to do that but they have lost their nerve. No need to fire Hughton. Instead bring in a sports psychologist? But NCFC must have done that already?

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    Canterbury Tales

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Blackdog2. Scroll back a few weeks and you will see I told you all the canteen fall out in December was instigated by Becchio and Hoolahan. They were trying to get a "no confidence in our manager" group of players to approach the board. The result was that both were made to train with the 2nd's, barred from 1st team meetings, lost their car spaces in the main car park and were both removed from points-bonuses. Hoolahan was allowed to speak to Aston Villa & Ipswich Town, but failed to agree personal terms with either club. He will leave and join Villa or be put out on loan. Becchio has wound his tongue in, is knuckling down and using his recently new found charity and club accademy work to prove he could still be an asset to the club. Re David Mac..... What else can he do (apart from giving all NPS a bonus as we missed out on it last season) ? The club is NOT as cash rich as some people on here like to believe....yes debts were cleared, but the club is not asset rich either, directors loans were used to clear several minus accounts, and mortgages were taken out and are held by directors loans against them. I think Mr Mac is the one to bring happier days to Carrow Rd, but not overnight and not without a substantial new investor. Recently there has been talk of a ground name change similar to what Hull did to bank roll their premiership status, and the same that has happened at Sunderland & Cardiff.

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    pubmandave

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • One other point that came out of the interview is McNally's understanding of the potential weakness of his own position.He knows he has not been immune to criticism and it would be no surprise if he had some apprehensions that,after he put the knife into Chris Hughton,the spotlight for blame would fall on him.OTBC.

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • …..By persisting with Benchio, and Hoolahan sitting each game out on the bench along with Bunn, and Whitaker....our wise but stubborn manager is effectively reducing those available to play from Kick Off, and his substitution options....here he is limited to a large degree into using RvWW and Elmander.....If he has no intention of putting any of the naughty four out for an airing, he is 'cutting his nose off to spite his face'!.... As he stands with his hands in his pockets on the touch line he must feel those piercing eyes from behind him!....laughing!.....Mr McNally he is trapped!....he cannot change his tactics of 'Kick and Rush' because he has alienated the very men he needs to be out there!.....For goodness sake help him OUT!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Oh how humble, no the buck stops with you McNally, get out.

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    Cuthbert J. Twillie

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Hooper has been starting and has chances, lots of chances. Unfortunately of late he's falling short of being a Premier League striker. We don't have the fire power to get us out of this mess. Hope I'm proved wrong.

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    Bookface

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Thank the Lord. They heard us. I believe in you again mr McNally. A little communication goes a long way. Thank you.

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Good interview, about time. At least it demonstrates the pressure is only. We have winnable games, our days for draws is gone now, and the board know it. Questions would have been asked about the subs in the WH game, a game we controlled. Hoolahan questions, Becchio questions but most of all, tactics and motivation. We miss Howson a lot,,, once back provides better options. Im sure they read these posts, and the fans in the majority have been very patient. We just want a team that is competitive week in week out.... So here is what I think.. Villa, Spurs, Stoke, Sunderland, WBA are 5 must win games, Swansea, Soton anything is a bonus,,,I still think we will get relegated along with Cardiff and Fulham, but we need to fight and fight hard.... and those last 4 games will be very troubling so lets hope we are not the only team that needs wins, Sunderland, Stoke, WBA, Cardiff, Hull amongst a few are all the same boat, playing average football, but managing to pick up points... Norwich need 3 wins in a row to kick this off....Whatever happens Hughton will lose his job at the end of the season... as McNally states it is a business and the fans are the customers,,, and the customers are not happy....

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    Robin Sydney

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Not that `that season`, Stew! You inserted yourself between my posts- (Oooh, errrh, Missus!). How on earth did you, the wisest of all sages, get `Houghton Syndrome`? Is it the special herbs Ma Pydsodd slips into your dumplings? Or has Pa Snipps been sneaking round and spiking your Shiraz while you`re out plucking? Possibly pubmandave knows the answers to these, and other, items of concern. One thing for sure, Chrissy doesn`t.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • you have to be 100% sure any change will be better.could hardly get much worse could it?

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    bluelight

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • PubMan - if there is some substance to it then that is interesting stuff. Fulham have hit the panic button twice and who is to say won't do so again ? The cost of this is going to be astronomical. If I said £30 million probably not far from the figure.

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    Steely Dan

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • …..Brew young fellow, you should try a nice big helping of Pydsodds Stew!.... made with the carcass, of a well plucked pheasant...cooked most of the day in a slow cooker with parsnips turnips, and oxtail soup...then served in a bloody great dish with boiled and mashed 'Bartlett Rooster' red potatoes, and crowned with a couple of Grapefruit Sized Suet Dumplings....Even Bill Punton's Dentures could have no trouble with this on his 'plate(s)!'.....all washed down at leisure with a glass or two of Shiraz...or in your case, beer of your own recommendation!...just the job for a day like this....What you might call a 'round ' meal '!…Well I always feel 'round' at the end. ...”Delia Eat your Heart out”! …..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Very good Mad Brewer. What I actually meant was he's spot on. Performance levels have improved, we've got a lot of good players back from injury, the squad supports the manager and continues to do their best. We are creating more and more really good chances and the individuals at the front simply have to make more of them. Those individuals have the pedigree to show that they can do that, even if they're not hitting the mark at the moment. He's behaving rationally and a lot of fans aren't really that rational about it. He talked about the fact that we need to make a lot more investment to become a real top eight contender and he's absolutely right. He's showing an exceptional level of rationality when most in his position would be flapping around in a tizz like Fulham are in particular.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • .....and about time too!...its about time cards were laid on the table....question is 'When will D Day be?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Well said LYB. The only sensible comment amongst the usual nonsense.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Btw; Gorbalschev`s Prem record was 13 wins in 38 (34.2%). And that was without the benefit of Rocket Robert or CRS Ricky. We did have Holt, though and Pilks chipped in with 8 goals. Even the much-maligned (me included) Morison got 9.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • By the time the board act to sack CH and Co it will be to late. They should have gone at Christmas. The only bright outcome is that we will play the scum next season in the championship.

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    mattc1

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • PUbmandave, interesting stuff, wouldn't be surprised if was Hughtons favourite the class sneak Snodders who ratted on Becchio and Hoolaham and as a result gets his first team place guaranteed. Actually I think Snodders is a very good player but maybe for Norwich he is a square peg in a round hole and would do very well somewhere else, hint.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • I believe that Brewer's experimentation with thespianism will be set amongst the daffodils growing in his "communal area" and the "tulpen in Amsterdam". The love interest will be provided by a Norwegian who is coming to the end of a run at the Cardiff Hippodrome.

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    User Removed

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • I agree that Hooper has now been given plenty of time to show his worth but still think he is a better bet than RVW. However, both of them really need a target man to feed off to produce their best. Is there another loan transfer window about to open up or have we left it too late to find a decent target man.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Finally, someone at board level has said something.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • My guess is CH has the next two games to produce a win because with ten games left a newcomer has just enough time to produce a turnaround. Any new arrival however would be in the same position as CH and every other manager who has bossed us in the top flight, effectively being asked to drive a Rolls Royce when he does not have the means to run it.

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • It's all too late now, the time to sack Hughton has past. It's too late for anyone else to do anything. It's time to hammer down the large pieces of crooked wood and hope for the best. You've made your ridiculous bed now lay in it. Sticking with hoots has got us into a farce and a mess now we are facing the drop it's too late to panic.

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    Burglecut

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

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