Would replacing Chris Hughton with sacked Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup really be the answer for Norwich City?

Swansea Manager Michael Laudrup and Norwich Manager Chris Hughton before the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Swansea Manager Michael Laudrup and Norwich Manager Chris Hughton before the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
6:12 PM

Some disgruntled Norwich City fans have today been calling for the Carrow Road board to make Michael Laudrup the club’s manager, but is the Dane really a sensible option?

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The Canaries are one of the four clubs in the bottom half of the Premier League who have decided to not change their manager mid-season so far, along with West Ham, Hull and Stoke.

Swansea became the sixth club to twist rather than stick last night, despite Laudrup steering them to their Capital One Cup triumph last season, the Swans currently sitting 12th in the table and a Europa League last-32 clash with Napoli fast approaching.

It seems a rather farcical situation in South Wales, particularly as Laudrup was being linked with jobs as high profile as Real Madrid in the last year.

The situation is perhaps even more ridiculous when you look at the Welsh club’s previous eight league results, since drawing 1-1 at Carrow Road on December 15.

Laudrup’s side lost six of those eight matches, however five of those came against teams in the top seven; Everton, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham.

Just over a week ago they beat Fulham 2-0 but then lost 2-0 at West Ham on Saturday to leave themselves just two points clear of the relegation zone – in an incredibly tight bottom half which sees just six points separate Stoke in 11th and bottom-of-the-table Fulham.

So hasn’t Laudrup been hard done by? Surely the quality football his side have often produced demands more respect? He must be a better option for the Canaries than Chris Hughton?

Well, if today’s national newspaper reports are to be believed, perhaps not.

A lack of discipline in training, dressing room cliques, fights between players, a boozy training camp abroad and even Laudrup refusing to take training in the rain are just some of the accusations levelled at the former Barcelona, Madrid and Juventus midfielder.

If there’s one thing that has never been disputed by Canaries supporters, it is that Hughton is a nice and considered man who often represents the club in a very professional manner.

It could be argued that his managerial style is also centred around discipline, so would the grass on Laudrup’s side of the fence necessarily be greener then on Hughton’s?

There is no way of knowing without trying but if Hughton wants to make sure Laudrup’s shadow doesn’t start to loom large over him, he has little time left to fight his case.

The battle for survival must start in the most difficult of circumstances this Saturday when free-scoring title hopefuls Manchester City arrive at Carrow Road.

Somehow find a way to beat Manuel Pellegrini’s team, and Laudrup’s shadow will not matter.

Lose heavily again and play as poorly as in the 7-0 defeat to City at the Etihad in November, then those calls for Laudrup are going to start getting much louder.

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189 comments

  • Malky- once he's got his court issues sorted with Cardiff - or Neil Lennon. How much of Laudrop's success was built on Brendon Rogers' work?

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    Soglio Star

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • If CH is to go the club need a new manager that is able to motivate a struggling team. It would seem that the directors of Swansea doubted "...his ability to motivate the players to engineer a turnaround..." (The Guardian). If they are right (and they've a very good track record for ten years or so) then he would be wrong for NCFC.

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    Coleeeey

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • MY - Lambert's dissatisfaction about money not being available was reported and talked about in the press, so no, not hard fact, but not much is coming out of NCFC is hard fact. However, the math is pretty simple around the speed we came out of debt, and when the 25M was made available to CH, to say that money could have been found for Lambert during the first EPL season. I see in the press also being reported that Swansea have six candidates under consideration - again not fact - but their board seems pretty dynamic in trying to address their situation. Who will survive based on change of manager or no change, only time will tell.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • OK .... I'll throw this out there .... what odds on Hughton going in the summer and Paul Lambert coming back to City?

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    Lucioperca

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • If I was Director of a business that is losing and going Bankrupt in May I wou;ld make changes. Hughton nice guy as he is must go Malky is the man for me or Mike Phelan. Why keep Hoolahan and Fox if you don't play them , we need Hoolahan playing, i really like Snodgrass but by the time he has worked the defender the covers there we need early delivery into the box, why leave subs so late, I could go on. Try something different

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    TonyfromThailand

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • McNally is now in a no win situation having failed to act months ago, if he sacks Hoots now, he looks like the coward he is and he is only doing it to save his own skin and fat pay packet, if he waits till the end of the season then he has to fall on his sword. Interesting that Swansea have appointed a former club captain as coach with no managerial experience which says it all about EPL manager qualifications. So why not bring Holt in as manager with Adams as coach, surely a dream team,

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    BrightonCanary

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Chris Hughton should have gone in the summer, anyone who understood footie knew it was not working... but the board in there wisdom thought he was the man to take us forward, how wrong they were, if he was going to go this season, the latest would have been November, to give someone a chance... now is all a bit late, we are as we are,like it or lump it... Fulham were early... Cardiff were late... Swansea will now go into free fall (Hope), look how long it took C Palace and Sunderland to turn things around and they are not assured of Prem football next season... so like it or lump it "The Man Who Knows Best" (he was the one who said I know best) like Glen Rodent said "I'm the Manager not you"... we are stuck with till May, when the Board will, either be proved dead right or Wrong, so keep your fingers crossed, pray and hope we tally 15 points.

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    OLDYELLA

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • I must admit (although Norway and Denmark isn`t particularly good friends on the football issues) that Laudrup is the perpect match for Norwich, looking at how he coached Swansea. I mean the ball posession combined with attacking, quick, offensive football. Didn`t like the bits about boost on tour and lack of diciplin in training, etc, but that could be just rumours, eh?

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    norwaysbiggesthoolahanfan

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Problem is, how many managers have a track record in the PL and of improving teams they come to? Apart from the obvious top managers at Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal, who else? Those that have improved, slip back within a couple of years..Laudrup hasn't improved Swansea. Liverpool are doing better but will it last? Pardew improved Newcastle but are they starting to slip again? A manager under pressure is a manager who will play safe. The more fans put CH under pressure, the more we weaken him in his position... Yes, things could be better, perhaps, but they are as they are and the team and manager are there to be supported and encouraged...

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Im in no way suggesting Warnock for full time manager! No way! We have 9 games, after Man City against teams, that if we want to stay up, we have to beat. We have to be safe by 4.45pm on April 12th, if we go into the final 4 games needing points, its all over. We need someone with a bit of fire in them,give them a massive bonus, surely its worth every penny. because to be honest watching Houghtons interviews on MOTD, his analysis, and excuses dont cut it with me anymore,he has to go, we need a new manager syndrome few wins. Neil Lennon for next season.

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    Canaries007

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Look. We lose against the bottom team Cardiff in a game that we should have won and Hughton does NOT get sacked. If we lose on Saturday to the top team in a game that nobody expects us to win and Hughton DOES get sacked? That makes no sense. If the Board had any intention of getting rid of Hughton he would have been sacked after any number of disastrous results. I expect Hughton to lead us to inevitable relegation because the Board will not act, if they were going to then they would have acted MUCH sooner.

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • OK .... I'll throw this out there .... what odds on Hughton going in the summer and Paul Lambert coming back to City?

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    Lucioperca

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Not sure is Laudrup is the answer, but im sure Hughton hasn't got the answers also -hes been trying 18 months. NCFC have to pull out all the stops now to get in someone in who can teach this team how to attack and score goals again and boost their confidence. Then just maybe we will have some chance of staying up. Maybe take someone on a short term contract, just to get us out of Hughtons mess.

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    Henry

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • I still reckon Lennon from Celtic. Laudrop a definite no thank you. I went into the Canary Shop in Chapelfields today to exchange a polo shirt. I asked the chap at the counter if there were any " Hoof the Hoots " stickers or flags for sale! I told him that they could probably sell 26000 at a tenner each, that would help with CH's payoff!!

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    tom the taxi

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Canaries 007, Now theres a thought. Time is short , boot the Hoot after Saturday, Neil Adams for West Ham on Tuesday and YES Neil Warnock for the rest of the season. As you rightly say you don't have to like the guy- who could say they liked Mr Ferguson? however respect his ability to motivate the players. What have we got to lose honestly. We have no hope under the current regime.

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Flippancy aside, it seems to me that our own coaching team has been working on the passing game to limited effect. That's Laudrup's specialty. Swansea's problem this season has been similar to our own in that most elements of their game have been there with the single exception of goals, so I'm dubious that anything will be achieved by the change other than added uncertainty in an already tough situation.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • lol @ Mad Brewer! I'd be the perfect fit. I can sign the players for positions we really require & then Hughton can choose to not play them. Match made in heaven. Not Norwegian either...English & partly American....but certainly not Norwegian despite the user name origins. In response to Lucioperca comment. Doubt Lambert would ever return to NCFC. That ships sailed & bridges have not only been burnt, but totally destroyed beyond any kind of repair.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Half the people on here would be asking for the Manager to be sacked and half the players to be sacked even if City were top of the league and in the all the cups that are available. They are the same people that if their boss gives them a Christmas Present would be saying " That's not much and they could give us more" Never happy people who just want the opportunity to do someone else down.

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    goldie

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Dear Archie, Brewer says sorry, and, whatever it was that he did, he promises he won't do it again if you let him come out to play. Thanks, BW.

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    User Removed

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Not sure its hate for Hughton. Certainly isn't from me. I dont feel hes the right man to take us forward but I don't hate him. Clearly he isnt telling Johnson to lose the ball, wingers not to track as you say, but you cannot sack the players. Whether he means to or not something just isnt translating from off the pitch to on the pitch in terms of results and consistent results in games that matter. Thats clear as day. norwaysbiggesthoolahanfan you are indeed correct. Malky cannot take a job until legal dispute with Cardiff is settled. Wouldn't be my choice but understand why so many NCFC fans want him. Can only see him being a short term fix, in terms of getting fans onside. Style of play isn't any better than Hughton which is what alot of the "hughton hate" stems from.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Ridiculous, he is no better than we already have. Same applies to Malky McKay.

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    Dave T

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • I must agree with Brighton canary 100%

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    DOBBY1970

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Stevie Wonder could do a better job cut our losses hoof the hoot

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    Victor meldrew

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Another morning, no headlines. Maybe tomorrow..... Denzil, if you've nothing constructive to add, nothing is a better policy.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Brew thanks for the geographic detail. My ancestors were from that narrow strip of land that joins Denmark to Northern Germany. They were called Jutes. With your Alfie Bass doppelganger do you trace back to the ale of Settlement ?

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • I refer you to my references to Shakespeare a while back, Smudger "Look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under it" and "Smile, smile and be the villain". Both approx! Also there are maybe similarities with The Wizard of Oz - he was `outed` by a dog and proved to be an ordinary, middle-aged man living a Mitty-esque dream as the great Wizard. I was one of the "He`s a nice man" brigade. tHought Hoots was urbane, civilised, courteous and ineffable. But one or two issues involving dealing with people have caused me to wonder. As you say, he`s probably a pleasant enough chap. No more, no less. Not impressed with his management of Norwich City, though. Wivenhoe, that Calderwood scenario truly is `The Sum of all Fears`. Please God, NO!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • It's too late. The task is now 14 points from effectively 9 games. Once again the Board has waited and waited for the turnaround promised by Hughton and the players, just like they did with Worthington until it was too late. I do hope McNally and Bowkett haven't morphed into Doncaster and Mumby. Still, look on the bright side, we've got no debt. What use will that be in the Championship? I'd rather the Club still had debt with a decent manager, knowledgeable assistants and a squad that could be bothered.

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    jigs69

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • As you say, Lucioperca, it`s too late. I think people know I fancied Solksjaer. For the manager`s job, I mean. Still not sure if it`s `Solksjaer` or `Solskjaer`. I`ve seen it spelt both ways in the press. He`s a baeb anyway ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Where does this whole "nice man" thing come from? Do we really all know CH is "nice"? I'm not saying he isn't a nice man, but who really knows. All we see of him is a few pre and post match interviews, we have no idea what he's like behind closed doors. I'm not knocking him, the impression you get is that he probably is a pleasant enough chap. It just seems he was described as such early on by journos and a couple of ex players,, then everybody seemed to arrive at the same conclusion that he's 'nicer' than the average man! It only becomes an issue when people seem to hide behind this 'fact' when defending his position as a manager. "Ok, things aren't going great, but he's such a nice man...". Really?!

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    Smudger75

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Perhaps Laudrup is not the right option at the moment but replacing Hughton with someone should be a priority. What are our board up to - even if they do not sack Hughton they should at least address the discontent that is brewing about the situation and issue some sort of statement.

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    VictorM

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Canaries 007, Now theres a thought. Time is short , boot the Hoot after Saturday, Neil Adams for West Ham on Tuesday and YES Neil Warnock for the rest of the season. As you rightly say you don't have to like the guy- who could say they liked Mr Ferguson? however respect his ability to motivate the players. What have we got to lose honestly. We have no hope under the current regime.

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Only one man has been spoken to(Dec 28th) so as to gauge his reaction IF a replacement was required. Steve Clarke. His reaction was not favourable.

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    pubmandave

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • In the beginning when people made public their misgivings about CH they were attacked and insulted, think someone might've been burnt. Steady on and its many heads were everywhere. Said it before thought he was no good right from the start after that dull pre-season with the square heads and a disastrous start to his tenure . Wolfwinkle..my dad would make a better Portuguese scout...

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    Gruff

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Caution will be the death of us. Because caution will mean sticking with the Hoot. No one is expecting us to beat Man City on Saturday but why not? Sunderland did so why can't we? Because of the Hoot. Yet I live in hope that I shall have to eat my words. If we win on Saturday we're staying up!

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    Cecil

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Hey Michigan Canary, were practically neibours I am also 5 miles north of the palace, Baldwin rd exit lake Orion Go Canarys !!

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    Rottsrool

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • The board were not in a position to give Paul Lambert money like that to spend. We still had an overdraft of Millions when Lambert left and we were on a very large interest rate to the bank on that overdraft. CH did not get money to spend until he kept us in the Premiership for another year and we cleared our debt by virtue of the increased TV money which ensued

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    GPL

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Not sure is Laudrup is the answer, but im sure Hughton hasn't got the answers also -hes been trying 18 months. NCFC have to pull out all the stops now to get in someone in who can teach this team how to attack and score goals again and boost their confidence. Then just maybe we will have some chance of staying up. Maybe take someone on a short term contract, just to get us out of Hughtons mess.

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    Henry

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • What a fickle bunch ncfc is. And why on erth would Mr Luadrup take a job at your club. This would be a massive backward step for him.

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    Liz Knott

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Lobbo What is your problem then? You the one and only Hughton fan? What would you do about the dire situation? Please share with us. Ok Warnock is not the most popular man to visit Carrow Road but he has fire and passion in his belly.

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Joe Rome, and with the number of games managing a Premier League team between them that you could count on the fingers of one foot. Get real.

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    Canary on the moon

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Deaf ears Ask Fulham about ex M. U. People and look at where they are. What makes you think Phelan could be any better

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    Eddie Kerridge

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Headline sums it up, why write agenda driven nonsense. FACT Laudrup is a better manager than Hughton, Swansea play better more attractive football than NFCF

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    Burglecut

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • MY APOLOGIES TO ALL READERS!!!!!!! PRESSSED SUBMIT BUTTON WITH NO RESPONSE SORRY FOR 5 POSTS APPEARING.

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Just seen your music quiz, BW. Too late & too tired to attempt it!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • MY, one example of where the current board messed up is not giving Lambert any money to spend. I think this is what got him so upset and wanting to leave. If they were able to give CH 25M last summer, then they should have been able to give Lambert a good percentage of that earlier. I know we were in debt, but waiting until we were out of debt before investing in new players, is probably another example of where our current board is too conservative - Lambert should have been impatient for funds, and a good financial manager can plan additional debt repayment into the financial plan. As it is we came out of debt probably too fast when compared to what was spent on players in our first EPL season.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • I would not trust Hughton with a two bob bit. Brew I salute you for today's language! Gpl I disagree with you. On to tomorrow - I'm truly dreading it my pan-European friends.

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Blimey you guys are up and about earlier than me! Do agree with you Mad Brewer to an extent on Solskjaer. Heard a rumour (purely that, and I dont usually listen to chinese whispers)...regarding Henrik Larsson being touted for jobs in the UK. From what I hear, hes got a similar story to Solskjaer. Great Pro turned manager doing good things in scandinavia. Not bothered to check so please shoot me down if what i've heard is incorrect but his side are top of the league and doing well. Wont repeat my thoughts on Laudrup to much as im sure certain people on hear will have a crying fit if they read the same thing twice ;) but in my opinion alot of the good ground work was already laid out at Swansea by Rodgers previously. Obviously Laudrup added his own twist but for me he kept to form by having a brilliant first season and getting sacked the next. Unfortunate but its become a regular thing with Laudrup. Not convinced hes on route for bigger or better clubs either, unless he has a superb agent of adel taarabt levels. Kind of a contradiction from myself but I still wouldn't mind him being our manager though! Word of warning though, how do you imagine the NCFC faithful would have reacted if we signed David N'Gog & Marvin Emnes.....Makes the signing of Elmander look Juan Mata like!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Laudrup, Clark, Phelan, Mackay,Lennon, Mickey Mouse ,Donald Duck or our own Neil Adams.Please please Board bite the bullet get shot of Coco the clown and his 2 sidekicks and give one of the above the job for the rest of the season, There is simply NO TIME TO LOSE. Games are running out . Relegation is unthinkable but nevertheless nailed on unless swift action isn't taken after Saturday.?Maybe they realise what a terrible mistake they have made, but they will be forgiven if they put it right!!!!! I believe we do have the players to get pull away from the drop zone , but someone has to get them fired up and scoring GOALS,Yes Mr Hughton that's what wins matches . OTBC

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • As I've said before it's not agent hughtons fault it's your pathetic players all 28 mil of them lol, European football what a hoot maybe in your dreams or a pre season game that's your only way.

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    Townman

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Rottsrool - did answer you before on prior posts. About 5M north of the Palace. Just finished clearly snow!!

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • When news first broke that Swansea had sacked Laudrup I was very much on the 'sign him up' side of the fence. However, after seeing some of the criticism leveled at the man from both newspapers and players, my opinion has swayed considerably. I do not like Chris Hughton as as manager and would much rather we get a new man at the helm, but for me Michael Laudrup is not that man.

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    Powers1902

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • …..And waiting!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Laudrup, Clark, Phelan, Mackay,Lennon, Mickey Mouse ,Donald Duck or our own Neil Adams.Please please Board bite the bullet get shot of Coco the clown and his 2 sidekicks and give one of the above the job for the rest of the season, There is simply NO TIME TO LOSE. Games are running out . Relegation is unthinkable but nevertheless nailed on unless swift action isn't taken after Saturday.?Maybe they realise what a terrible mistake they have made, but they will be forgiven if they put it right!!!!! I believe we do have the players to get pull away from the drop zone , but someone has to get them fired up and scoring GOALS,Yes Mr Hughton that's what wins matches . OTBC

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Laudrup, Clark, Phelan, Mackay,Lennon, Mickey Mouse ,Donald Duck or our own Neil Adams.Please please Board bite the bullet get shot of Coco the clown and his 2 sidekicks and give one of the above the job for the rest of the season, There is simply NO TIME TO LOSE. Games are running out . Relegation is unthinkable but nevertheless nailed on unless swift action isn't taken after Saturday.?Maybe they realise what a terrible mistake they have made, but they will be forgiven if they put it right!!!!! I believe we do have the players to get pull away from the drop zone , but someone has to get them fired up and scoring GOALS,Yes Mr Hughton that's what wins matches . OTBC

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Ta, norwaysbiggesthoolahanfan. (Abbr.norbighoolfan). I suppose what I should have said is that Finns aren`t strictly Nordic? The language is classified as Finno-Ugric and ethnically they are more closely related to the Magyars of Hungary, Estonians etc? We East Anglians `welcomed` the Danes, in the form of Vikings, a few centuries ago. I think they still apply Danelaw in some parts of Norfolk! I imagine Denmark & Scandinavia proper were once connected, judging by the closely packed islands of Fyn & Zealand. Perhaps Zealand itself `counts` as Scandinavian? Must be the linguistic & geographical synapses (both of them) sparking today - Lucioperca I`ve just realised you are the Latin name for the Zander.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • I love your post Goldie, but before I endorse it wholeheartedly, could you please remind me how many fans were demanding that Paul Lambert be sacked when we were at the top of the Championship? Thank you.

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    waclor

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Michigan , Fair play I would prefer Laudrup to Warnock, but I agree a great idea to give the new man a fat bonus to keep us up. We all have our own ideas who we would like to see take the helm , but what is NOT an option is the status quo.continuing..

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • lyb, sarcasm doesnt suit you. You havent the brains for it.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Mattias; I reckon you`d make a great Director of Football, no messing! Seriously. Trouble is, you wouldn`t have any spare time during the season to illuminate these boards. I for one would miss that. (Not knocking - I`m a fan. You`re not Norwegian are you......?).

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • So the "Hoot out" mob are saying that bringing in Malky Mckay or Mike Phelan is suddenly going to change the teams fortunes? Suddenly the 11 players in the pitch are going to become Ronaldos? Oh please! We Norwich city fans have to face the stark truth which is that currently we are playing Premiership football with Championship (at best!) players. Ball control skills tend to be pathetic - the passing inaccuate and the players lazy. This is all CH fault I suppose? As far as Im concerned the "Hoots out" mob arent true fans - they dont get behind the team - all they do is whinge and moan. The same idiots drone on with the same boring opinions on team tactics - club management etc etc etc. You only have to listen to canary call after a game to hear this drivel by the lorry load. Look, if you dont like the way the club is managing the team then simply dont renew your season ticket nor watch the games. Frankly those slagging off CH and the club need to find something else to do..

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    Tootyfrooty

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • BW - Re. the Quo quiz. Yes I got 'em all. Not included my favourite Quo record 'Sweet Caroline'. I remember putting this on a juke box in October '73. One of those modern 60's 70's pubs by the entrance to the Broadmarsh Centre Nottingham. Mainly lager but they may have had Home Ales on keg as well. My first date with a gorgeous girl from Notts and afterwards I took her to a League Cup tie between Forest and Millwall. Gordon Hill was on the wing. There's a memory for you.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • More than half of the eleven clubs involved in the relegation battle have replaced their managers. Leaving aside Swansea and Cardiff, with them it's too early to say, two - Sunderland and CP - have since done better, two - West Brom and Fulham - have not done better. Replacing your manager is a then a gamble. But with CH at the helm the odds have turned against us. The probability is that with him we're going down. Therefore it is time to for us to take the gamble.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Anyone know if there's a demo planned prior to the match on Saturday?

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    Premier League Budgie

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • I love your post Goldie but before I endorse it wholeheartedly, could you just prove your point by reminding me how many fans were demanding that Paul Lambert was sacked when we were at the top of the Championship please?

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    waclor

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Stupid question Harry the Octupus would do better than Hoots, trouble is McNally is now a very expensive liability, our best chance of getting shot of him is to get relegated

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    BrightonCanary

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Shesh! thats my word sharky lol! nobody uses my words!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Why on earth would you want to replace Hughton with Laudrup?, Swansea are in no better position than Norwich, sack Hughton replace him with another sacked manager, no way, stick with what we have got, that's the only option, sack Hughton means compensation, new manager get to know the players, after all what we have we are stuck with until end of season

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    Derek McDonald

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Talking Dream teams. Neil Adams gaffer, Hucks first team coach to save us. HE WHO DARES WINS. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! More than a breath of fresh air, a positive whirlwind . OTBC

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • And another thing.....it seems that Solskjaer is already taken.

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    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • I simply cannot believe that people are calling for Warnock. Mad.

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    PB 100

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • I have never commented on here before, but finally I am moved to. I have joined live coverage of matches as 'Halland Canary' and some people may recognise that as someone who has strongly advocated giving Hughton time and supporting him and the team. I have been trying to make the point that there are clearly several supporters (and I use that term loosely) who might have sacked SAF early in his tenure. I am not for a moment suggesting Hughton is about to lead City to 20 odd trophies in the next 25 years or so. What I am saying is that I think stability is important and knee-jerk reactions in sacking managers is not. In this country a little over ten years ago we were still laughing as continental teams sacked managers immediately after winning the Champions League or European Cup as I would prefer it to be (but that's another debate) I cannot comprehend some City fans' expectations! My first home game was 1974 v York City, my dad supported the club and his dad before that. I was weaned on Norwich City, I had to recite the 59 semi final line up every morning before breakfast or I didn't get any! Four years ago we were playing in the old third div, that was a disgrace of mismanagement, which the current board etc have worked hard and largely successfully to atone. We are now up against clubs with mega millions to dispose of, they can and do by second X1's that cost more money than we have available and yet after two very creditable final placings in the last two seasons, people are jumping out of the Snakepit , abusing players ...demanding more, more , more...for pity's sake get real! What concerns me honestly is our style of play and my feeling that football has reached a point whereby managers like Chris Hughton are so scared of losing their jobs they will not experiement with innovative attacking football. To be honest Chris (if you reading this and I doubt it!) I find that a bit selfish, you could still earn far more in a year than I might in the rest of my career managing a club in the Championship, if City got relegated because you took a few risks with an attacking formation and please...appointed a coach with experience as a striker...I salute you for buying RVW and Hooper if they were your initiatives, but you're wasting them and it's glaringly obvious. So should he stay, I am not actually convinced he should, but we need some thougthful cool reflection in the summer. We don't need the invective, offensive insults on here or Archant's polls or depressing 'analysis' Darel Rusell (or some of the other ex-players mentioned, including Huckerby) for manager?!!!! WHY?...that's why I posted in the end I think... I managed a Sunday league team for 15 years, tell you what...I'll do it I'll head back over Carrow Bridge now...

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    Uckfield Canary

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • While the new manager bounce is something we need, the amount of bounce will still be dependent on the new manager, and with Warnock I tend to think the bounce would be similar to a lead balloon. We need a "super ball" type of bounce, and Neil Lennon, Steve Clarke, and maybe Laudrup with his style of football would be better. Swansea were initially good under Laudrup. Maybe a short-term contract with a big bonus to keep us in the EPL might work?

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Barking how about Gordon Dula for manager?

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    waclor

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Could someone already within the club give us the new manager bounce? Not saying they won't, but if the squad already feels comfortable with him, then we might not get everything we want. Being put under pressure to impress the new manager is what brings the bounce, so someone who is not there to make friends, and put the players under pressure, like Neil Lennon or maybe Steve Clarke is maybe what we need. Warnock maybe too much of joke in the press to do this.

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Why are we reading this article ? Even more so, Why was this article written ? We have a manager already and i am convinced we will not be relegated under him. The board of Directors are paid handsomely to make the decisions on who manages Norwich City football club and I trust them to sach CH if that is the best thing for the club and by the same token I trust them if they decide that he is best placed to stay as our manager. Reading through the responses on here i have seen about 30 names mentioned as replacement. half of names have never even managed a football club in their own right. Some of them I don't even think have got their coaching badges. The others have failed at Premier league level in the past, so what makes them such a great option now ? it is impossible to leave such a big decision to masses of the public or the fans because there is no chance of ever coming to a conclusion since there are so many differing opinions that is why it must be left to the board to decide because they see what goes on behind the scenes at our club and they think that CH is the best man for the job for now at least anyhow. So Please Please please, stop all these needless press columns about changing our manager until our Board at Norwich City decide we need a new one

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    GPL

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Joe Rome, we have been down that route with Gunn. What a disaster, there is absolutely no reason to consider any of the names you mention. Townman, Shouldn't you and the other 14000 Town fans be more concerned with your own club?

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    Abraham

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Neil Adams – Darren Huckerby - Iwan Roberts – Darren Eadie – Darell Russell – all keen, ready, and willing!

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    Joe Rome

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Saw someone mentioned Hughton isnt such a nice guy. May have some fact to it believe it or not. Two friends of mine who are Brum season ticket holders said the local gossip in those parts was some players were scared to even go into Hughtons office to discuss issues etc. May be a load of old coblers like alot of things but I never gave it much thought until someone mentioned on here how he isn't as nice as every assumes. Im not overly keen on the appointment of managers who are more suited to being no2's (Hughton, Grant, Clarke, etc....). Clubs who appoint those sorts usually tend to have the latest football fashion accessory which is an interfering Director of Football. Would prefer to steer away from being that kind of club. A Good Director of Football is very hard to come by and many people would struggle to name one as the good ones are not house hold names.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Malky- when his court issues with Cardiff are sorted - or Neil Lennon. I'm sure Laudrup is okay as a coach, but how much of what he achieved was really Brendon Roger's legacy.

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    Soglio Star

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Replacing someone fans to consider to be failing with someone who's been sacked because he's considered to have failed somewhere else. Sheer genius. The merry-go-round goes round and round, round and round, round and round... announcement will probably be early in the morning.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • 007 Like I said to Michigan we all have our thoughts, Warnock could just be thinking outside the box!! His age is against a long term contract but hey we shouldn't be looking beyond the end of the season and survival, I would be delighted with Laudrup too, BUT we HAVE to make an immediate change.

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • No-one is mentioning Ronald Koeman. Announced he will leave Feyenoord at the end of the season following success in Holland and Portugal. Has also been assistant at Barcelona. He is Dutch so could be the answer to motivate Leroy and Ricky who should be our best two players if coached and motivated properly. It is clear especially with Fer that his natural game is being coached out of him and Koeman would play the attacking type of football we need. Neil Adams until the end of the season, then get Koeman!

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    Crazy canary

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • 'Mawther07' (if you're still there),you said,"Lobbo What is your problem then? You the one and only Hughton fan?" I think you got the wrong end of the stick there old chum!

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Like to listen to the radio commentary sometimes. Can someone , who knows, teach Chris Goreham to do so. He blathers on for most of the time about everything but what is happening on the pitch, We hear his high pitched excitement on non events constantly. He really is not fit for purpose. The choice of some of his co-commentators is also a huge let down, we have bumbling ex players who are totally lost.

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    willb

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Multiple ethering. Clearly, I`ve upset Archie again.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Sheesh k`bab. Lamb is Good. Shalom, Bad Skewer.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Lobbo What is your problem then? You the one and only Hughton fan? What would you do about the dire situation? Please share with us. Ok Warnock is not the most popular man to visit Carrow Road but he has fire and passion in his belly.

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • It’s a state of confusion at carrow road and not acute schizophrenia paranoia blues from the supporters, we hope for better things. All day and all of the night, we hope for something better beginning. It’s so mystifying, hoots is a well respected man but would it be a better thing to employ an apeman? Whatever you do, the world keeps spinning round and you can’t win, so who is the wonderboy? A session man, a powerman, someone from scrapheap city? Someone with hidden quality? Mr McN, if you’re reading this, I’m tired of waiting for you to make your mind up. We need a true phenomenon. Do you wish to be a man? Take one more chance and don’t wait until summers gone, place a situation vacant advert, invite applicants and misfits to come dancing. I know we only have a low budget, but look through any doorway and I’m sure our superman is there to lead us to Shangri-la. If not, only time and telepathy till the end of the day or the end of the season will tell whether we’ll be at the funeral, surviving or in dead end street. I gotta go now, so please lose mr predictable, the dedicated follower of fashion (sic). The death of a clown makes sense, then ev’rybodys gonna be happy. Nothing lasts forever, footballs only 90 minutes and I go to sleep most games now.

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • For long-term NO!!! Be great till the end of the season if that was poss. Hoots out, Then he can come in lift the team and play attacking football for 90mins. Would give us city fans abit of hope for EPL football in the new season!

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    Chowman

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • I doubt whether Laudrup would come here anyway but if he did he could hardly be worse than Hughton. To call Hughton a 'professional' seems inapt. You expect a professional to be good at their job. Hughton is not. Yes, perhaps he is a nice guy, but we're not paying him to be nice.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Laudrup, Clark, Phelan, Mackay,Lennon, Mickey Mouse ,Donald Duck or our own Neil Adams.Please please Board bite the bullet get shot of Coco the clown and his 2 sidekicks and give one of the above the job for the rest of the season, There is simply NO TIME TO LOSE. Games are running out . Relegation is unthinkable but nevertheless nailed on unless swift action isn't taken after Saturday.?Maybe they realise what a terrible mistake they have made, but they will be forgiven if they put it right!!!!! I believe we do have the players to get pull away from the drop zone , but someone has to get them fired up and scoring GOALS,Yes Mr Hughton that's what wins matches . OTBC

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Steely, I'm not convinced you got them all because the one you said was not there.....was there. Nor did you say how many there were in total. As for your favourite Quo number, I think you might be getting the Diamond formation mixed up with the 2 up front. Have another go. Might as well. Nothing else to do until Divot's type-writer has warmed up. Meanwhile, I shall try to fathom Brewer's last offering. At the moment, it's all seagulls and trawlers to me.

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    User Removed

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Good old Alfie Bass, aka Abraham Basalinski. I`ve no idea where my ancestors came from. My brother tried to trace us but ran out of lineage in a Costessey churchyard. My old Granny (who looked like Golda Meir or an escapee from Fiddler on the Roof, once told me we were `Costessey Jews`. Then, she`d had a few Guinnesses by that time of the day; it was nearly 10am.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Good old Alfie Bass, aka Abraham Basalinski. I`ve no idea where my ancestors came from. My brother tried to trace us but ran out of lineage in a Costessey churchyard. My old Granny (who looked like Golda Meir or an escapee from Fiddler on the Roof, once told me we were `Costessey Jews`. Then, she`d had a few Guinnesses by that time of the day; it was nearly 10am.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Mad Brewer, You are very precise, indeed - Finns are not Scandinavians, and even more strictly, Danes are not that either.. Solskjaer is correct, by the way. The a and e is for replacing a letter æ that is not in the english language. (how did that come out on your computers, I wonder)

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    norwaysbiggesthoolahanfan

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Laudrup, Clark, Phelan, Mackay,Lennon, Mickey Mouse ,Donald Duck or our own Neil Adams.Please please Board bite the bullet get shot of Coco the clown and his 2 sidekicks and give one of the above the job for the rest of the season, There is simply NO TIME TO LOSE. Games are running out . Relegation is unthinkable but nevertheless nailed on unless swift action isn't taken after Saturday.?Maybe they realise what a terrible mistake they have made, but they will be forgiven if they put it right!!!!! I believe we do have the players to get pull away from the drop zone , but someone has to get them fired up and scoring GOALS,Yes Mr Hughton that's what wins matches . OTBC

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Well said GPL! That is exactly what needed to be said. Keep quiet, trust in the Board, the Manager and the Team. Excellent! You probably still believe in the Yeti, Santa Cluas, the Lochness Monster, the Tooth Fairy and copper bracelets for aches and pains. But in the real world the results produced by this combo do not warrant your trust or optimism. Good luck though.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Anyone, anything to end this 18 months of utter humiliation after humiliation at the hands of this useless management team

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    BrightonCanary

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • I likewise fear it is now too late for us to change our loosing mentality this season and our only hope of staying up is for three other teams to remain even worse. Tuesday night really is our big battle and we should have been going into that with a new manager but once again the board failed to act after the defeat on Saturday. An emergency meeting should have been called on Sunday but the simply could not be bothered to act. CH may well go elsewhere and do well but he just does not suit our club. He certainly does not appear to be able to indentify the right players to fit his system, I am sure he has one but struggle to identify what it actually is. Loosing one nil each game against your rivals certainly is not success. Saturday could end up a blood bath but the excuses have already been prepared, they are a top side blah, blah.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Mawther 007, I was lucky enough to see the status quo at the Carra a few years back. They were playing right midfield (as you look at the Barclay) and I was so far back it was like looking at pictures of matchstick men. They still managed to rock all over the world and I think Messrs. Rossi and Parfitt would be upset to hear you say they can't continue. I think they could make a better fist of that position than some of the current occupants. The simple fact is that, like ice in the sun, you can't have whatever you want. Colin Warnock has had so many clubs that some people call him the wanderer. Wouldn't surprise if he was in the army now. What you're proposing will simply take us down, down, deeper and down. So, sitting here in my chair, I have to ask myself is there a better way? Well, yes, I think there is. Neil Adams would at least make sure the team don't roll over, lay down and concede another 25 goals this season. Anyway, all this analysis is making me thirsty, so I think it's Marguerita time. Kind regards, Caroline. [How many did you get, Brewer?]

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    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Anyone know whether Paul the Octupus is alive and available to replace Hoots the useless. Actually it doesn't matter a dead Octupus could do a better job. In answer to previous posts. 1, There is no evidence that Hoots is even a nice guy. Holloway is a nice guy he resigned when he knew he couldn't do the job and probably saved Palace, that makes Hoots .... 2. Lambert wouldn't come back till we get shot of Mr McNasty, the money saved from his fat salary could pay off hoots and his backwards staff

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    BrightonCanary

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Thankfully Brighton Canary, your sort of lawless uprisings are unlikely to prevail. There has been many a dictator led into power on the coat tails of an uprising mob. Most of them found themselves in the dock at Nuremburg or The Hague a few years down the line

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    GPL

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Double o seven thats not a bad idea. We are stuck with the Hoot until Saturday's game. Whether after that depends, I suspect, on how that goes. No one expects us to win but if we are inept and suffer another humiliation on the pitch then surely he'll have to go.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Looks like we are eaning towards an interim mgt change after the Man City defeat (sorry, but there surely can't be any otter outcome). I want passion brought back into our game, players released to do what they are known to be good at and if we stay up, a compelling case for Neil Lennon to take us forward.

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    BureValleyPaddy

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Experience is bunk. Ability is all. CH has the first and lacks the second. Hoof him!

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Zander, short odds on Hughton leaving, VERY long odds on Lambo coming back! Our Blesséd Chairman (allegedly) said that Lambert was `the most impatient man I`ve ever worked with`. Chalk & Cheese, Lambo and old Hyacinth Bowkett.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Really GPL are you some hapless NCFC employee paid to put down the voice of the fans? The Board have consistently messed up in the past and can't be trusted to run a p*ss up in a brewery so get off your high horse? Hughton and McNasty out now

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    BrightonCanary

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Blarst me bor GPL int that roight. If them ol directors there think Hewton is alroight then thass gotta be good anuf for us hent ut? Now do yew get on a howen a them cabbages dew yew'll be a gitten the sack. An if the farrmer come along dew yew kiss his bewts like what yew usally do. Yew know ya plairce yew do.

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    waclor

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Interesting that you find my remark sarcastic Cecil. From that, one can infer that you actually don't think that replacing one manager at a club that isn't doing as well as hoped with one who's been struggling somewhere else isn't the most intelligent move in the world. That's borderline rational thinking. There's hope for you yet.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Archant must just sit back a smile themselves to death when posting an article like this.

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • The obvious question has to be , could he be any worse? Speculation would seem to suggest there are a few issues, but then, how the heck did they do so well before. I think, that little Europa league has a lot to answer for, simply because it makes everyone's job more difficult, and for what? sixpence halfpenny? Tell you what Deals, get him in. If we go down, I promise not to say, 'What the hell did you do that for? because we'd all know the answer to that question anyway, namely that the present incumbent is what John Cleese once called a 'waste of space'. Good night everyone, sorry about getting so drunk yesterday

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • There are a whole host of ways of looking at this which goes to show the dilemma the Board are facing. Personally I don't think we are going to see a change of manager this season. I don't think Laudrup is the answer, and as for the disperate list of other names that have been mentioned here they all have their positives and negatives. Neil Adams as a temporary stop-gap perhaps, andor Mick Phelan in some kind of assistant role. Neil Lennon on the other hand will know how to get the best out of Hooper.....So many arguments but so little time.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Canaries 007, Now theres a thought. Time is short , boot the Hoot after Saturday, Neil Adams for West Ham on Tuesday and YES Neil Warnock for the rest of the season. As you rightly say you don't have to like the guy- who could say they liked Mr Ferguson? however respect his ability to motivate the players. What have we got to lose honestly. We have no hope under the current regime.

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • The silence in Ruin Towers is deafening. Perhaps Archie has taken his red pen to the collected works of Messrs. Freezer, Bailey and Divot. Or maybe the three of them have been delayed at an extended press conference to announce the appointment of Mattias as Director of Football. Cudos, Mattias, what a meteoric rise. It was only a fortnight ago that you were made strategic attack consultant to Mr H. Meantime, the regulars must be forgiven for losing the plot and wandering off topic. Some are talking Scandanavian linguistics, some drunken ancestors in Costessey with delusions of Judaism, some are working hard on their rock quizzes (cudos to you too, Steely, 13 was the right answer but the Diamond Quo songs about Caroline had different tunes AND different titles); meanwhile Denzil and Willb have joined forces with the Ipswich trolls and resorted to abuse; PL Budgie is planning a demo.........there really is something for everybody. Oh yeah, and 2 other trends are emerging: City will lose on Saturday and Mr Hughton is not very popular. Fascinating.

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    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Yesterday I asked if Archant would post a poll asking if the Chief Exec should break his deafening silence on our dire situation having suggested relegation being like death or something like that. We didn't get a poll , just hope the Board take heed of the deep unrest and frustration amongst the fans.

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Not laudrup,Lennons coming,but not until the summer!

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    tonyb

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Couldnt agree more with you BrightonCanary. Sad but true. Almost resigned to it. Us fans still have plenty of fight in us but cant see fortunes changing on the pitch under current management. 13months and we've not even been teased like were going to turn this mystical corner some talk of.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • LittleYellowBirdie, I understand my suggestion is a little bizarre, but i really think someone like Warnock would work, for the short sharpe hit we need. I would think 95% of managers have been sacked somewhere along there careers, even the top guys, so whoever gets on our merry go round, i hope he hangs on till we have enough points!! then he can fall off.

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    Canaries007

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • On past form; except when the managerial change is out of season; our board politely sack the manager and appoint his assistant as an interim manager whilst conducting a manic search for a replacement. If this format is followed we get Calderwood in charge for a short while . Nooooooooooooo !

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • What a day for Plucking Pheasants!

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    Pa Snipps

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • OK .... I'll throw this out there .... what odds on Hughton going in the summer and Paul Lambert coming back to City?

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    Lucioperca

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Warnock as in Neil Warnock..? why not ask Glenn Roeder Back? I agree we need a new manager, but if Warnock is the best can do then I'd rather stick to what we've got. It would make more sense to offer Laudrup the job.

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    pug

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • You need a Mick McCarthy type of manager.

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    blue tractor

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Laudrup, Clark, Phelan, Mackay,Lennon, Mickey Mouse ,Donald Duck or our own Neil Adams.Please please Board bite the bullet get shot of Coco the clown and his 2 sidekicks and give one of the above the job for the rest of the season, There is simply NO TIME TO LOSE. Games are running out . Relegation is unthinkable but nevertheless nailed on unless swift action isn't taken after Saturday.?Maybe they realise what a terrible mistake they have made, but they will be forgiven if they put it right!!!!! I believe we do have the players to get pull away from the drop zone , but someone has to get them fired up and scoring GOALS,Yes Mr Hughton that's what wins matches . OTBC

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Yes would be better to replace Hughton because he is the worst manager we have seen since Worthington and Rioch Hughton is one of a long list of poor managers appointed by Delia Smith and the board of croonies apart from one that was Lambert he was the best so far and the one the board won't back .

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    DOBBY1970

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Laudrup would be no better? Actually no one would be better. That is, having no one would be better. The Hoot does more harm than good. To our morale. And morale is what we need my friend because there's not enough talent to go round.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • There is a reason to consider Joe's candidates: The Hoof is useless and with him we're most likely going down. Then we'll have to replace him anyway but we'll be in the Championship and there we shall stay. Most likely.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • We desperately need a change of Manager. But that ought to have happened well before the end of the year because it was obvious Hughton was just not up to the job. Our playing record and especially the pathetic goal tally are a nightmare. It may well be too late but if nothing else a change now could just spark some kind of mini revival sufficient to keep us in the Prem League. May not work but doing nothing is not an option - except it seems for our Board who are sleepwalking into relegation. If we go down it will be a huge financial loss. However trying to find a positive, at least we may be competitive in the Championship!!! And once Hughton has gone we may start to see football breaking out again at Carrow Road.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Canary on the Moon, please correct me if I am wrong. Yesterday I suggested some names that I thought could be involved in a change of direction on the playing field, but which you dismissed out of hand, saying they had no experience of Premiership Management. I agree! Perhaps you could tell me how much Premiership Management our present incumbent had before he was appointed . Abraham, to you I would say that Gunn was only a disaster on the field of play, but he did bring some spirit back to the players and supporters when it was sorely needed!. He, like Roeder and Hughton, were never likely to achieve a winning set up, because it was, and unfortunately still is, not the way they saw the game. As players, goalkeepers and full backs don't venture much into the attacking set up, and consider success to be NOT LOSING! The players in my selection were all attackers and wanted to WIN games, and still do!

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    Joe Rome

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Spot on, Blaffen Wijs! Je vriend, Gek Brouwer.. Hebrewer of the Year, 2015.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • If you change the manager, especially at this late stage, you must replace him with someone better. Change just fot the sake of it will not work. Neil Lennon for me!

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    la barbe

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • We dithered in NovDec when we should have brought in either Solskjaer and Phelan or Meulensteen and Phelan. We are now in the situation where we need a "big bang" impact and I'm afraid that isn't Steve Clarke - he's an organiser, a structure builder, a methodologist ..... He is basically an awesome No2. We are looking far a man to come in, shake the tree and get the team fired up a bit more and get rid of the fear factor we take onto the pitch. I understand why Warnock's name is mentioned and the 4 ex-Leeds lads would probably have. View in his arrival. For me Laudrup would be a decent option on a short term deal until June - he plays attacking football, he would make far better use of Wes for starters. I think the real problem is that the are no obvious candidates available and the board are in as much a quandary us the fans

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    Lucioperca

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • The Board my well allow Hughton's contract to run down. Not sure if there is anyone else who can turn things around now - this season. If an alternative manager and coaching team can be brought in Hughton will have his contract paid off. City do not have the internal problems which led to the dismissal of Malky Mackay and Michael Laudrup. The Canaries have been disappointing this season but other clubs are also in trouble. It is up to everyone at Carrow Road to ensure City finish above three or more of these teams come May.

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    Capri

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Mawther007 - 100 percent agree the status quo is unacceptable. Even if we pull off a surprise point or three Saturday, I would not consider it a turn-around.

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Mawther, been a big fan of Adams for a while - always talks sense and his results with the youth squad were great.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Laudrup has bigger salmon to bury. It would be gravely lax of the Club to go for him. If only they`d gone for Solskjaer.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • DJ There have been many many names bandied about over the last few weeks. For the rest of the season I would be happy with most of the names, but I actually put forward Neil Adams many weeks ago albeit as caretaker. However his drive , passion , integrity and popularity could sweep us along to safety either as boss OR coach to whoever the Board bring in. ACTION SATURDAY NIGHTSUNDAY MORNING PLEASE !!!!!!!

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Talking Dream teams. Neil Adams gaffer, Hucks first team coach to save us. HE WHO DARES WINS. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! More than a breath of fresh air, a positive whirlwind . OTBC

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Thanks, Barking Gek, your plea on my behalf may have worked, but the original postings are AWOL. Probably all nestling in my in-box as rejected duplicates - though Archie has been trying `Inaccurate` of late. `Pot - Kettle - Black` Archie. Cheers, Wise Brouwer.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Hew on erth is Luadrup, Liz Ard?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • There are some pretty retarded ideas in the comments here, for sure!

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    Denzil

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • I put this in an earlier article, Get the Man City game out of the way, sack Hughton. Get Neil Warnock in as intrim manager till the end of the season, i dont like the man atall, but i would put a big wager on the fact he would fire up the players, and would get us playing. He would be on the players like flies on you know what.Going down the road of ex players dosent work, we might love them, they might love the club, but ask Gunny or Alan Shearer. Whatever board do something!! if only till the end of the season. Then go all out for Neil Lennon.

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    Canaries007

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Thought the talk was with giving the job to Neil Lennon.

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    Chris Manning

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • The only reason i can think of why the board will not sack him is because Delia and the board do not want to amit that they have got it wrong again in appointing Hughton .

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    DOBBY1970

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • That Laudrup wasnt right for SCFC doesnt mean he wouldnt be right for NCFC. Almost anybody you can think of would do better than CH. Those content to stick with CH must be content to see us go down. That includes the board? It is not too late for someone to turn things round, even Hughton. It's just he can't do it. He has shown he can't do it. So we might as well give someone else the chance to show they can.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Eureka! What we need is a nice pint of Trawlerboys Best Bitter, or that interesting Rauchbier, Red Herring. I`ll order some from Green Jack Brewery, Lowstuff. Steely, you`re losing your grip - failed the Quo Quiz. Tut! Those trawler boys could provide good advice to our stikers - get it in the net!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Split a staying-up bonus between new manager and players. I am not sure what the financial numbers are for staying vs relegated, but have to believe an extra 1M for the new manager and 0.25M for each player in the squad would be worth it at this point for the club based on McNally's last interview before his silence.

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Michael, CH is the one that pickes the team, and he was the one that bought RvW. He is the one that let`s arguebly our best winger (Redmond) warm the bench for most of the matches and the one that has frozen our most creative man out in the cold. And if Johnson is continuing to give the ball away (which I agree with you he does), then use another midfielder. So yes, CH`s responsibility, definitely.

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    norwaysbiggesthoolahanfan

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • I reckon our chances of staying up CH are probably no better than 40% but relegation is no certainly even with him at the helm. Board must absolutely be discussing the options and are probably as or more concerned by the situation as us fans. CH's days are numbered regardless of where we finish and I would twist now and put Neil Adams in charge for the rest of the season. He'd have exactly the same resources available but would approach the job differently and may well reap a better points tally. The prospect of sticking and failing is so depressing. McNally act now and give us some hope.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Don`t be Stupid !!

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    willb

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • We're going down quicker than Monica Lewinski and you ask this question. Sponge Bob Square Pants would be no worse than Hughton. I'm not saying that Laudrup would be my personal choice but he would definitely give us something new!

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    baguio

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Just where are all you loyal Norwich supporters that at the beginning of the season were singing the praises of Hughton and dreamily talking of European football. Fickle and ungrateful are two words that come to mind when you consider just what a multi million pound team Hughton has moulded - even though some of those so called stars are not fit for purpose and some cannot even make the team. Any truth in the rumour that Rip Van Winkel is not playing because after stating he would not play for a Championship team he now thinks he is in one?

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    What a Hoot

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • since we are throwing names in the hat for a new manager,how about eddie howe of bournemouth ,i watched a couple of their games in the cup and was impressed with the quality of there football.he is young and knows how to get the best out of players.just a thought.otbc

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    bluelight

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • It also puzzel me that what Paul Lambert achived and Deliad and the borad woul't back him . Then there is Hughton we are playing the worst football ever seen at carrow road spent £ 25million on players the most this club have ever spent on players and we see one after the other humiliation how thay play but McNally and the board still back him McNally should take his head out of the sand and sack him in stead of worrying about your job and big salary.

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    DOBBY1970

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • I say no to laudrup, who we need is someone proven someone who hasn't been fired for not winning consistently, someone with passion, someone please ! In fact thinking about it ANYONE other than the clown we have now. Btw MICHIGAN CANARY, Where in Michigan do you live??

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    Rottsrool

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Hang on till Saturday people! Its my understanding from a good source that anything but a win will spend the end of CH! Steve Clarke has been mentioned.......

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    dave123

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • I think the board has to take a stand and replace the manager. He has been given longer than most, plus had the money in the close season to bring in his own players. Since then he has had time to mold them into a team, which has not happened - in fact if anything we have gone backwards. CH has lost the fans support, and definitely some, at least, of the players. If the board were to make a positive change and layout good reasons, I believe the fans would give their whole-hearted support. Even if we still go down, the club would have tried and put up a fight. I would take Laudrup at this stage, but still think Neil Lennon would be the best choice. Someone feisty who is out to make a name for themselves in the EPL.

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • When young Canaries lifted the youth cup Delia commented about Neil Adams, "He was our best penalty taker, best pundit when he retired and now he's the best manager." Begs the question "Delia, what are you waiting for?" He's already there and you can get him on the cheap Tell McNally, he'll like the cheap bit. Of course, Delia might be wrong. Maybe Snodgrass takes a better penalty and CH is the best manager.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Michigan canary living in Canton ! I'll be playing guitar at the Claddaghs Irish Pub in Livonia this saturday the 15th stop by if possible !

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    Peter McCauley

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Stupid question. I think Stephen Fry could do as bad a job as Hughton.

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Thanks for that piercing insight, Denzil. Do you have something more.....or is that it?

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    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Brew you must go on that programme 'Who do you think you are'. Your mate Stephen Fry went on and yes he had a little weep. It's part of the production deal. Normally those things end up at an ex British workhouse or shtetl in Eastern Europe.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Will Carrow Road become Dead End Street? Its a state of confusion and all day and all of the night we hope for better things all tired of waiting for Mc to look through any doorway and find our superman. Hoots is a well respected man, but not a wonderboy. I know we only have a low budget but Im sureone with hidden quality is there to lead us to our shangri la. I gotta go now, but please lose mr predicatble, the dedicated follower of fashion. If evrybodys gonna be happy with the death of a clown, then place a situation vacant. We may get a powerman, some one from scrapheap city or someone with hidden quality, but whatever it beats 90 minutes where I go to sleep.

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • No chance. According to reports, Laudrup had lost the support of some senior players, was'nt a good coach and had no clear tactics. Remind you of anyone? 

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    Honest Injun

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • I knew you woudn`t be able to resist BW`s Quo Quiz, Steely! Nobody has picked up on the `gravlax` theme. Something fishy there. Rock n Rollmops? Buckling the trend? A Bloater our survival hopes? I`ve soused out the midfield problem? Norwich recruit youngster from Herringfleet? Perhaps our choice of Nordic manager should be a Finn? OK, Finns aren`t strictly Scandinavians, but, hey...

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • I heard the other day that Malky was in a sort of legal battle and had to wait before he could take another job. Is that correct? All in all, I would prefer him as replacement for CH, althoug I think Laudrup would do the trick, too.

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    norwaysbiggesthoolahanfan

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Blue Tractor - I think Mick McCarthy is a good manager, but just like if Ipswich took an ex NCFC manager, and as Villa Birmingham, it would not be accepted. It was bad enough taking Lambert from Colchester - our comments board was overwhelmed with disgruntled Colchester fans. Someone mentioned the Coventry manager Pressley the other day, but Clarke would be an improvement - no nonsense.

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Nurse !! He's out of bed again !

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    User Removed

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • The Pinkun, stop asking silly questions? Boris Johnson would do better.

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    Keep it Low

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • My thoughts are Dyche from Burnley

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    norman feek

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Michigan.......with all respect your comments regarding Lambchops having left because he wasn't given money isn't published fact but purely your own opinion. Therefore you can hardly claim that the Board "messed up", as cannot BrightonCanary. I think many will agree that since Bowkett and McNally have been on board the club has been turned around, and its place in the scheme of things is the envy of a great deal of other clubs and their fans (hence the regular portaloo road trolls). You may not agree with the fact that the Board appear to continue to back CH, but does that alone deserve the ridicule you, Brighton, and others insist on dishing out? Its getting beyond ridiculous.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • There is only one man to take over from Houghton in my view and that's Mike Phelan....he has experience at the highest level including sourcing players from European markets...he was the unsung hero at Man Utd and richly deserve his chance to manage. He is of course and ex player of our club and I am sure would do well here.

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    deaf-ears

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • GPL a sensible post and I do tend to agree with you even though you will get hammered for it. Shesh!!!

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    sharky

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • There's no way they will sack him after losing to Man City if they didn't sack him after losing to Cardiff - it's all a bit late now anyway, window's gone.

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    SussexYellow

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Te be honest replacing Hughton with Homer Simpson probably has its merits.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • There is a plus and a minus to someone within the club. That the squad feel comfortable with him is the plus and the minus. For bounce I'd go for someone new. Yes, we have left it late but there is still all to play for.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • why has everyone got so much hate for Hughton and lets the players get of scott free. Im sure Hughton isnt telling the wingers not to track back, Johnson to give the ball away every time he touches it and RVW to play the invisable man!

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    michael

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Another valid point is that around 95 pc of all the names touted for the job have previously been sacked. That is the nature of the business. Who doesn't fall into that catergory for the short term gig Mike Phelan our own Neil Adams maybe.? We need someone to do short term rescue job lets hope the Board are on the same wavelength at long last.

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • There probably are plenty of available managers out there that coud do better but I am not sure Laudrup is the man to lead us out of the current mess we find ourselves in. I think Steve Clark might be a better answer or David Platt, Malky or even Phelan if he fancied trying a managers job. However, there is no sign that the board is likely to get rid of their man any time soon as they have been noticably quiet despite the unrest amongst many supporter.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • The board have left it way, way too late to long to limit the damage that Hughton and his merry men have caused. I don't see anyone saving us now with the fixtures ahead and improving form of those that have recognised their issues and acted on it long ago. Perhaps we should all be asking if we'd be better off with someone like Hugh Jenkins rather than McNally. He appears able to recognise when things aren't right and act decisively, whereas McNally seems scared to recognise and admit to his mistakes.

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    North folk

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • willb - not sure who the target(s) is\are for that "don`t be stupid"!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • BrightonCanary.......give us one other example of where the current board has previously messed up....

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Sorry, that should be Mawther 07. Too many digits has made me all fingers and thumbs........but that's quite normal N.F.N.

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    User Removed

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Well there may be hope as Robbie Savage has tipped us to go down today on the BBC website, unfortunately I think the majority of Norwich fans probably know in their heart of hearts he is going to be right this time. Still the Board sits and fiddles, ho hum, ho hum

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    BrightonCanary

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • BW sorry I forgot about the number. I recognised eleven although there may be a couple more. I went off Quo when they went through their Jive Bunny period in the late '80's and early '90's. Since then they have got their act together a bit. I had forgotten about Diamond's version. Different song same title?

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Still pining, eh, MB? Try counting managers to help you nod off (not just the baby-faced Nordic ones). After a revitalising REM sleep, you'll crack the quiz.............but no REM stuff in retaliation.

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    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Premier League Budgie

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • What is all this about Hughton being a nice man? Just because he doesn't raise his voice in interviews and likes to start interviewing himself by asking himself questions then answering them? It's ridiculous. I expect Glenn Roeder was just as nice a guy. Didn't Hughton recently swear at supporters in the City Stand? Can't be that nice then!

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    Colin

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • WARNOCK! Dear God no. Getting him in would be akin to urin&ting on a sparkplug. Then we really would see fireworks!

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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