Marc Edworthy - Norwich City can use Crystal Palace as a role model

Former Canaries' defender Marc Edworthy is confident Norwich City can survive in the Premier League.

Former Canaries' defender Marc Edworthy is confident Norwich City can survive in the Premier League. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2005

Former Norwich City defender Marc Edworthy urges his old club to use opening day Premier League opponents Crystal Palace as the prefect role model.

Edworthy won promotion to the top flight with both clubs during an 18-year professional career and the ex-full-back insists the Eagles' success last season under Alan Pardew must be a source of inspiration to Alex Neil's squad.

'You have to give Alan Pardew a huge pat on the back because they are a side who give you nothing,' he said. 'You know going to Selhurst Park is a really difficult task and even away they were picking up some great results.

'They are very well-organised and Norwich can take a leaf out of their book; just to show what is possible if you sustain some good results and build confidence. Norwich could quite easily do that this season.

'I will be looking out for the results and hoping they can be in the Premier League next season.'

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Edworthy saw Norwich up close last season in both Championship meetings against Derby in his role as a corporate matchday host at the iPro Stadium and the 42-year-old believes Neil will be looking to strengthen from back to front to compete in the Premier League.

'The gulf between the Championship and the Premier League is huge and it is widening every year,' he said. 'You look at the results of QPR and Burnley coming straight back down and Leicester had to go on an unbelievable run just to stay up.

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'I think it is an advantage they have players who know what it is all about from the last time they were in the Premier League, but Alex will be shopping around. You always want new faces to provide competition for places. I am pretty sure he would want to strengthen in all areas of the pitch.'

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