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Five reasons Mike Phelan should take over as Norwich City manager (and five reasons he shouldn’t)

13:56 06 January 2015

First-team coach Mike Phelan during Norwich City

First-team coach Mike Phelan during Norwich City's 2-1 loss at Reading at the end of December. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Mike Phelan looks to be the front-runner to become the next permanent Norwich City manager – but does his lack of managerial experience make him too much of a risk?

The former Manchester United assistant manager was brought in as first-team coach to work alongside Neil Adams at the end of November.

Adams resigned yesterday following a downturn in form for the Canaries and Phelan is now odds-on with many bookmakers to be named as the next permanent manager.

The 52-year-old former City midfielder looks likely to remain in caretaker charge for Saturday’s trip to league leaders Bournemouth, giving him the opportunity to press his claims for the job.

Should the Canaries be considering Phelan for the role though? Here are some of the arguments for, and against, his appointment.

FOR

• Vast experience as first-team coach and assistant manager at Manchester United.

• Knows the club well from his playing days, making 194 appearances between 1984 and 1989.

• Already had time to assess the quality of the playing squad and what needs to change.

• Canaries won three and drew one of Phelan’s first five games in tandem with Adams.

• Links with Manchester United could attract loan players from Old Trafford.

AGAINST

• No previous experience as a manager.

• Former players have rarely been successful as managers at Carrow Road.

• Little experience of the transfer market, with the January transfer window open for business.

• Was unsuccessful previously at Carrow Road as part of Gary Megson’s coaching team in 1995-96.

• Could be tainted by his involvement in the poor defeats at Reading and Preston which led to Adams resigning.

What do you think? Would Phelan make a good manager or does his lack of managerial experience make him too much of a risk for City? Leave your comments below.

102 comments

  • The board will, stick with Phealan another ex player purely for the money saving points of view. Spineless board .

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    Obi- wan

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • This board have always had a thing about Scottish manager might be going down thar route again?

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    Obi- wan

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • According to sky sports Hamalton Alex Neil is in talks with board about managers job ? .Who ever gets the job their wi will always be a certain mount of who won't be total happy .

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    Obi- wan

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Dubai, I was deliberately misunderstanding for comic effect. Maybe time you got back to civilisation, I think the culture is getting to you.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Regardless of whether we like it or not, the Board own the club (at least a few of them own most of it) and hire the CEO to run it. Obviously the performance of the team is linked to income, eventually. I am sure that the whopping bonus of last year was linked to achieving the financial targets but whoops, we got relegated. I am sure the bonus paid up to a pre-arranged formula but there is always the option to pass on it because of what happened, like the railway boss did. Clearing up the debts with the current PL income is not that hard but it was done. Picking the right manager is obviously very difficult, as Double D shows that heroes become villains and vice versa in a season. Unfortunately there are no guarantees that whoever came in will be an immediate success. I guess it is all part of the fascination but my nerves have been fascinated to death over the last three seasons.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • waclor, I wasn't proposing that we PLAY Mick McCarthy, I was suggesting that we stick him in our dugout in a tracksuit and get him to shout at the players from the touchline during the game - I think that is what they call management. Mick will be glad to know that there is enough money in the bank here to pay his wages at the end of every month too !

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Hey JohnnieP, you missed one: Lose to Brighton, get the idiot back.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • I remember a TV interview with the CEO in the days of CH. I'm convinced he said he would be equally responsible for failure. Are we an investment bank? Must be, we seem to reward failure at the top. Time for a new beginning all round. Loyal supporters deserve better than this!

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    Warwickshire Canary

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Funny old game football. Loads of experts on here who haven't got a clue what they're talking about. Last season Allardice was almost hounded out of the Hammers and Martninez was the fans favourite at Everton, this season M doesn't apparently have a clue and A is a football genius. As fans we need to learn patience with whoever comes in. The most successful teams are those with the longest serving managers. Anyone remember Lamberts rallying call 'we're all in this together'? Support the team and the manager even through tough times and see where we can get to.

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    Double D

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Some good posts and points. The problem we have is an experienced manager has probably failed already (AF and Wenger not included), and unproven managers are just that. Maybe someone could tap up Lennon and see if he would come with some compensation going the other way, or Phelan till end of season and see where it goes from there. Its a lottery and our board dont seem to be very good at picking winning tickets !.

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    Jimhow

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Tim Sherwood shouldn't be allowed within a 50 mile radius of Norwich

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    Denzil

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • cuts, lets hope the board doesn't have a 'cleaver', otherwise someone's for the chop before they're even hired ! On another note, imagine if Joe Royle was here, would we be expecting him to take on the role ........... how would that've gone down, Luxumbourg nil points !

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    nevermindthedanger

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • I think the board encouraged NA to resign and probably have a replacement in mind. Just hope they get lucky, their judgement isn't too cleaver.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • As much as I would like to see a new broom, Rangnick for example I think MP will get temporary charge to end of season. Unless a Lambert scenario unfolds, lose to Colchester win Lambert. Lose to Preston gain Grayson, lose to Bournemouth gain Howe???

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    johnnyp

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • The club has tried ex players, unproven managers who have been first team coaches at decent clubs (Houghton for exmple), managers who have apparent expereince which makes them too big for the club (Roder), yet our best manager in recent times was one from a lower league who had something to prove, who was hungry, unflappable, not a yes mannice guy, had expereinces of winning leagues and major trophies (among his many other talents the most important being developinggetting the best out of the players he had). For a long time Wigan proved that a small club with no supporters could maintain a premier league club by getting the right manager and having a philiosphy as club of attracting hungry talent who new they could be sold if the price was right... I don't think anyone expects the next Jose or Furgerson, but wouldn't it be nice have some priciples that attracted the right people in the first place? Maybe our expectations as supporters has dipped because the expactions of the boardclub have dipped and we don't think we can do any better than get a short list of managers that no one really wants?

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    MellowYellow

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Damn. I was talking bout the crikey crichton one not that other old rubbish. LOL

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    baguio

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Love it waclor. Good man. That made me a smile.

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    baguio

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Hey Baguio how about Lewis Grabban as player\manager? And to please Jammy he could appoint Gary Hooper as his assistant. Dream team.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Mick McCarthy was a defender. He did not play upfront.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Nothing personal PaulH but I hope you lose your money but not for a few weeks.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • I believe Mick McCarthy has to be a strong front runner - watch this space !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Crikey Crichton! Quote: ".....who has no Norwich previous who can just get the job done without the ghosts of the past sitting on his shoulder." ?? What ghosts of the past are these? We are talking about Mike Phelan not MacBeth. I can almost accept that we don't want somebody who has known nothing but NCFC, but the mere fact that a man with umpteen years experience with the top team in Britain is unsuitable because he once played for Norwich is absolutely ludicrous.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Whats wrong with the lad at MK Dons.?

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Just had a fairly massive punt on Tim Sherwood at 92.Been seriously told by a certain well known gambler Irish Mc fill your boots.But they won.t take so that large a stake.

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    PaulH

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • You didn't trawl very hard then did you Dave T? Mine was a shortened version of that written by Swiss. And now I have wasted some of my life responding to your rude post that contributed nothing to the thread!

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    baguio

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Or at least step back a bit... Probably they felt that they needed to create this structure to compensate for NA's inexperience but certainly seems it's been counterproductive.

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    Wobbly Jnr

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • The changes you mentioned were things like a hotel attached to the ground. The point I was making is that Mike Phelan's playing days at Norwich were before the inception of the Premiership, and for better or worse, the Premiership has transformed modern-day football. In other words, as you pointed out, his previous experience as a player for Norwich isn't really relevant.

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    Suffolk Exile

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Phelan? another cheap option with no relevant experience - go get him Delia!

    delia

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    Rod Bennett

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Just read Iwan Roberts article on the BBC saying NCFC will struggle to appoint a top manager with the current executive board set-up. Reading between the lines, it sounds like the board is meddling and the manager does not have control. I think the board got a big head with the Lambert appointment and the success it generated, and now believes it can run the football side. They need to go.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Just wasted 10 mins of my life trawling through a load of dross to find a commrnt from Swiss Canary which is relevant

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    Dave T

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • does anyone one know what happened to the next manager poll Arch had up?

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    Monkeys Thumbs

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Interesting notion - a caretaker manager in January. Worst case scenario = a decent couple of results then losses to Brentford and Birmingham. The board then decides MF isn't the right man despite an encouraging start with the transfer window closing. Fingers crossed for a glorious run of results...

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    Wobbly Jnr

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Sorry Mike Phelan will not do. It is another easy option a former Canary quick fix who just happened to be standing next to Alex Ferguson for three years. He is not an AF or even a Paul Lambert, he is another cosy fit for the board. NCFC require a strong man manager who has no Norwich previous who can just get the job done without the ghosts of the past sitting on his shoulder. The problem is a weak board, this is where the sea change is needed if NCFC is to progress and I cannot see them appointing a manager stronger than themselves who would stand up to them for the sake of the team.

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    CrichtonCanary

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Whatever decision the Board makes, the first thing that must be done is to bring a far more determined approach to our game, set up the team with proper balance and get them working hard for each other. Despite the belief that some cling to, we are not the best squad in the division. But nor are we by any means the worst. If we can start to apply ourselves properly and get more effort out of the players, concentrate for 90 minutes and become the sum of our parts then we have a reasonably adequate ,team capabler of making the play-offs. That option would also be enhanced if we were to bring in a couple of better central defenders. So much will depend on who is appointed and how much of a hard taskmaster he is.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • If the situation was different, and Phelan had not been appointed, ordinarily I would like to see Sherwood and his no nonsense approach. But we have Phelan and would be surprised if he did not get the job until at least end of season. If thats the case then see the season out, perhaps get a couple of decent players this month, if we make the playoffs and fail we either stick or twist. But either way it will give us the catalyst to push on next season with or without Phelan.

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    Bald Canary

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • I'm sitting on the fence re. Phelan but very much looking forward to seeing who he picks and how he lines them up. I reckon we might well be surprised. Going to take some performance to stop the Cherries.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • There is plenty of comment about Mike Phelan not having experience. He is 52, has been a football professional for 35 years, he has played for England, ManU and captained Norwich, 12 years at ManU, 5 as SAF's deputy, winning the Champions League, three Premier League titles and two League Cups, having spent the previous seven years as first-team coach, etc., etc. What does he know compared to us? I doubt there is anything about football he does not know. He has some short stints as caretaker manager but as SAF's assistant he ran the dressing room. We should all get on our knees and pray for our good fortune. Alternatively we could fire him and hire Colin as I am afraid that Jose Mourhino, Joachim Loewe and Louis van Gaal are not currently available.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Suffolk Exile, I was aware it was pre premiership. What's your point?

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    B Inners

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • There are some very interesting posts here. JDDons brilliant point about the irrelevance of a trial as Neil would have passed any trial after the first half dozen games but then...... This emphasises the difficulty in appointing a good manager. Nobody can foresee how any candidate will perform with respect to those above who think they can. However there are those guys about whose past record suggests that they would bring about changes to the way Norwich play football which the fans would not like. I don't envy the board and that is why I don't advocate a hasty decision. See if Mike Phelan can improve the workrate, tighten the defence and bring about consistent performances.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Not saying this because of Neil's departure because it sounds like a sensible deal was done all round with no silly money changing hands and doors left open, but how do NCFC compare against others when it comes to compensation for loss of office v. actual paid days. We seem to offer managers longish contracts, of a 12+ month rolling nature, then, with the exception of Neil, pay them more to leave than stay? Is that normal?

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    Les Lee

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Mike Walker seen in the Holiday Inn.....

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    Paulie

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Phelan No!!!! ;Look outside the box Norwich.....Southampton have made big strides by not getting sucked into this old boys network....when will Norwich learn?

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    dave123

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Lennon would be my choice but you have to ask yourself why Phelan came to NCFC. That and the confidence that it will be sorted by the weekend suggests that it will be someone not currently employed by anyone else. The football board structure suggests only yes men need apply. Would love to be proved wrong but all evidence suggests another dud.

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    suffolkcanary

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Phelan for me. Has anyone ever been employed by this club with more experience. He will put some of these over paid players in their places and will teach them how top players train and play. Who can argue with his record? IPWT

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    baguio

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • just waiting for the rumours of who has been seen in what hotel...... Just please don't let it be Hoddle or Warnock

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    bigdunc4ever

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Please not Phelan. His knowledge is very much old school and now outdated. We now have the opportunity of getting a young exuberant manager like Sherwood in. He's good with the very good player and the youngsters - and he gets results. Include Glenn Hoddle in the equation if necessary - but let's forget Phelan or we will be in the same or worse position within eighteen months.

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    VictorM

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • No. Just No. But with our board it's very likely.

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    suffolkcanary

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Would those of you calling for Rene Meulensteen as No2 to a Mick Phelan managership please note that the Dutch word Meulensteen is a direct translation of the English " Millstone " . That really , really doesn't bode well , now does it , hmm ?

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    Bring on Foggo

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Malagar flier, I'm getting at what I observed from my armchair.

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    Armchair fan

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • JD - what I was meaning was to give Phelan until the end of the season then see where we are. Four months would be enough time to judge him. Then, if it isn't working we would have the summer and able to take time and care in selecting a new manager. A quick, knee-jerk decision within a few days is not necessarily the best solution. The old adage: decide in haste, repent at your leisure is not just an empty cliche.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • The Board will have long ago done all that they can to line up a new manager....and probably found no one worth considering who would be willing to take the job.

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    Armchair fan

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Not sure what you are getting at, Armchair?!

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • B Inners, 1984-89 is pre-Premiership! I think Phelan will get the job because he's already in place. Whether that is the right decision in the long term is another matter. I think the club should look for an up-and-coming manager from League One or League Two. In response to the negativity from some Canaries fans, the team I support, which is 40 miles south of Norwich, have been in the Championship for a very long time and before McCarthy's arrival relegation was looking likely. You're currently 7th and if things work out you'll probably make the play-offs.

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    Suffolk Exile

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • If a prospective employ came on trial, unshaven and slumped back as if disinterested, and with insufficient energy to enthusiastically involve, who would give him the job on a full time basis?

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    Armchair fan

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • I pray for Hoddle... he is currently joint third favourite with Betfair and I think Phelan would be comfortable to remain as head coach under an experienced manger... in any case whoever we get in we need to do it fast because we need to sign two centre backs and a creative midfielder to put pressure on Hoolahan

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    jops

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Can't see any point in a trial for Phelan - after all you would have given Adams the job after his first couple of months. We should do what worked last time - hire the manager who got the previous manager sacked. Previously Lambert, this time Grayson.

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    JDDons

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Given CEO's salary, unlikely to be any budget available for a new face.

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    essex canary

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Lovin Phelan until the summer, then pick up Lambert when Villa sack him ??

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    martyn elmy

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • walcor. I was also wondering why the headlong rush into a major decision that might affect us for several seasons? Why not ask Phelan to take the job on board as caretaker manager and see how it goes. Having read the for and against article above, that is the only logical conclusion I can draw! Also if we hold on we will either see a man who is proven to be capable or will have the benefit of time and the summer to see who would by then be available. However, when were logic and football ever bedfellows?!

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Obi, the fact that previously ex players have failed as Norwich managers is total rubbish and totally irrelevant. You could just as easily say that men with blue eyes can't manage football clubs. The examples quoted are Gunn who had previously managed nothing more than several large meals a day and Neil whose experience was limited to the youth team. If the board is going to rush into another shock appointment, they are crazy. Give Mike a thorough trial unless he has already said he doesn't want the job.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Buy cheap buy twice, as our board continuously seem to forget. I want a manager with some experience of either winning (i.e a manager from a lower league who shows potential) or someone with experience at this level of getting promotedknows the league well. Going by most of the lists I have seen on this site unfortunately that only seems to be Neil Warnock

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    MellowYellow

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Phelan has never failed as a manager, Meulensteen failed at Fulham having been given several days to get it right. Phelan may well turn out ok. You may say that he has no experience in the transfer market but when it comes to motivating players and tactical implementation, he has been doing it for years, trained by a master in the art. If you were Mike Phelan, would you leave a post as respected Assistant Manager of one of the leading clubs in the world to become manager of Stoke City, Aston Villa or some other such also ran? I don't think so.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • I've heard today on sky sports the the board will appoint a new manager before Saturday game at Bournemouth that says it all going for cheap opposition again just spineless with no ambition board.

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    Obi- wan

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Whether or not we end up in the play-offs depends on two major factors: who is appointed manager and whether the players can then develop the right attitude and to produce a decent work-rate. The myth that we have the best squad in the league is still being peddled (Iwan the latest). That has now been well and truly laid to rest. However we are good enough to make a run for the play-offs if whoever comes in can organise the team and get them working as a unified unit. Time and again we see teams of average quality making big inroads due to a collective desire and ambition. Two attributes missing from this team up to now.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Phealan for a manager big No no managerial experience and in transfer dealings and all club ex players that have been manager have all failed. This club needs a strong no nonsense manager and will come down hard on players that don't perform and strict not a Mr Nice guy tried them the players don't perform for them, but I exspect this spineless board will go for the cheapest opposition as normal to same money money money that's all they think about no ambition.

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    Obi- wan

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Please, NO, NO, NO. We need a no-nonsense, kick 'em up the backside man. Unfortunately that sort are unlikely to get on with the top brass [eg Lambert], but we desperately need someone with character...and with a bit of experience at managing a club. We also need to get rid of the hierarchy structure that sits above the managers position [no, not the board]. Just because it is how the top European clubs operate, it doesn't mean it works for everyone. And certainly doesn't at Carrow Road. Phelan has already had his chance, and apart from the Derby game, we have played mediocrity, some of which beat us, because they tried harder! We need someone who is going to breathe life back into a talented but uninspired bunch. Yes, I agree they shouldn't need the motivating, but when you are overpaid that sadly seems to follow in a lot of cases. The majority of our lot still think there Premiership players, expecting to jump straight back without working too hard at it. Just one big plus for Neil....he has managed to get more out of Jerome than anyone else in the last five years or so.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Where's the hurry in making MP's position permanent(ish) anyway? He is currently doing the job after many months unemployed so he is not going to storm out if the current status quo remains unchanged for the next couple of months. Give him an extended trial. I am sure the board are not relishing making another appointment either. For them it will be like taking their driving test after two abysmal failures and let's face it they are not great at three point turns are they?

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    waclor

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Indeed goldie the negativity is ridiculous. Anyone would think we were 7th from bottom instead of being 7th from top. Whilst automatic promotion may now be out of our grasp (I say 'may' as there is always the chance of catching the top two) I firmly believe we'll at least finish somewhere within the play-off positions. OTBC!!!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • 'Expect Rene Meulensteen as No2 before long.' Meulensteen as manager and Phelan as his assistant would be a better combination - IMO.

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    teegee

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Heck of a lot of posters on here have the answer but the only flaw I can see is that they all have a different opinion. Also amazed how many posters want to write this season off when City are in 7th place with loads of games to go.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • I would have thought that going with a manager with a proven track record would be the best option and the one most likely to succeed. Phelan does not have that, his previous time at CR under Megson was not a success and he has not proved anything under Adams. We need somebody who has experience and is on the way up, somebody with a fire in his belly. No more wishy washy please. McNally also needs to look in the mirror and ask of himself how much is it his problem that our last two managers have been such a disappointment for the fans.

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    Radshenko

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • I suspect that whatever input Phelan had with Adams he would not necessarily have been listened to. I have a feeling Adams liked to be the main man and ignore advice from anyone.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • At least CH has already got a new job at Brighton, otherwise the board might have considered bring him back!!! Seriously, we really need an experienced manager BUT if the board do plump for Phelan then he needs 100% support from all NCFC fans. OTBC

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    SinguptheJarrold

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • No, no, no, The most important points here are his non experience as manager or in transfer market, his time with Megson was gruesome. His partnership with Adams didn't deliver. The board really have to make more effort to get the right person. Caretaker to end of season and make right appointment in close season. Firstly we haven't a chance of getting promoted with the current players who appear to be a completely disunited squad. Rebuild for next season and write this season off

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • LOL @ B Inners - not even the grass - we had a new pitch laid since then!

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    Mellow Johnny

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • .. and what exactly does Phelan know about the club leaving in 1989? I would think that almost every aspect of the club has changed since he graced the halls of Carrow Road. There's a new stand, a new hotel, new training facility. In 1989 Andy Townsend would recollect playing for us, we beat Preston in the cup, and reached the FA Cup semis. Even Delia wasn't there. Exactly what would Phelan know well... the grass?

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    B Inners

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • I'll try again. We need an experienced manager to get the best from the squad.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Gave a reasonable view but Archie no likee.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Just come from Manchester and Sir Alex has announced he will take over the reigns at NCFC. One old codger in charge of a bunch of has beens!

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    alec

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • I have to disagree Colin, Adams was a number 2.

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    B Inners

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • The POSH are doing some warm weather training in Estepona at the moment. I've just come from the gym at the H10, where I got to chat with Darren Ferguson. Now there's a thought, Ferguson and Phelan all over again! And he could always phone his dad.

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    Champsac Bill

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • The five reasons against don't amount to a hill of beans.

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    California Canary

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • I think Phelan would do well with the right assistants, bring back Culverhouse and karsa

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    Cockney.canary

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Perhaps us fans need to be more patient with the managers as even Alex Ferguson at the start of his career at Man Utd was threatened with the sack but they chose to stick with him and look how that turned out,

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    Lindag

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Cheer up everyone! My daily newspaper tells me Stephen Fry has signed up to get married!

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • …..Here is another 'thought for today'....The timing of this resignation and temporary installation of Phelan, almost guarantees that there will be NO INCOMING PLAYERS in this Transfer Window!....There will not be a block on OUTGOING players if the Price is Right!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • +1 for Phelan. He wears a hooded gilet with aplomb

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Timbo. Has an open advice line to Sir Alex helped his son very much in his managerial career?

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    Eddie Kerridge

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • I said it when Hughton was removed and I said it again when Phelan was appointed - the obvious team is Meulensteen and Phelan.

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    Lucioperca

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • We need a successful and experienced manager. No disrespect to MF he maybe a good coach but he's not managed before so would be another risky appointment..

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    cutty

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Allegedly quoted as saying: Fergie? No, I was the real manager at United during his last five years... great choice Norwich...

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    sr44

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Too much risk. Go for the young hungry up and coming manager from the lower divisions, and with Phelan's experience to guide him - what a great combination

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • This affair stinks of incompetents by the board once again. The writing was certainly on the wall during our ten game run of poor results and any Chief Executive worth his salts should have been lining up a replacement in readiness, it happened when Gunn was fired Hopefully I will be proved wrong and a new manager will be announced later today. Personally, I want an Englishman rather than someone from overseas. I presume our CE is not on holiday at present.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • He always looks so angry, is this really what we are after? No.

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    Whiley Boy

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • For me I would prefer a Manager who has a proven record ,preferably with premier league experience ,maybe Tim Sherwood or Neil Warnock both are passionate and have proven track records at the top level. Mike Phelan has had a few weeks working with the team alongside Neil Adams and we didn't see much inspiration from the team albeit we scored plenty of goals against two very poor sides.. I wonder what the general view will be after the next few games, a good win against Bournemouth on Saturday would be a great start for Mike Phelan and most certainly wouldn't do his cause any harm. Interesting times at NCFC.

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    Allend

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • …..Here is another 'thought for today'....The timing of this resignation and temporary installation of Phelan, almost guarantees that there will be NO INCOMING PLAYERS in this Transfer Window!....There will not be a block on OUTGOING players if the Price is Right!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Nevermindthedanger, are those the same professionals who appointed Hughton and Adams by any chance? I assume you are taking the proverbial, the only thing you can trust McNally to do is cash his paycheck. Phelan no thanks

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • ....Somebody..anonymously.. has asked the question!.....My opinion in answer is NO!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Another "for" point not on the list must surely be an open advice line to Sir Alex. I'd give it to him for the rest of this season + see how it goes. Then again there;s Tim Sherwood...decisions, decisions....

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Whoever takes over the reigns, whether young and hungry, upcoming from a lower league, old head of experience or even from off these shores, I put my faith in the professionals that are employed to recruit for NCFC - whoever the future manager is, they'll have my full unprejudiced support OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Expect Rene Meulensteen as No2 before long.

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    Colin

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Another massive risk. We haven't had a manager since Lambert. Hughton and Phelan are perennial No2s who suddenly in their mid 50s decide to be managers. Adams wasn't even a No2.

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    Colin

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

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