Norwich City needed a season of underachievement to ensure a brighter future
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I can't recall a season quite like the one we have just experienced in my lifetime.
We finished equal top scorers, top scorers at home with a better goal difference than Reading, Huddersfield and Sheff Wed yet the Canaries managed to finish the season in eighth place. The flip side is that we conceded more goals in the division than anyone bar Rotherham and Nottingham Forest.
I've been so disappointed with the standard in the Championship this season with only a few teams catching my eye yet we still managed to lose 16 times this season. The defeats away to Rotherham, Barnsley, Birmingham and Burton look even more disappointing now when you realise if we'd have won all of those games we would have finished fourth in the division.
However, I feel we needed this season for the long term good of the club. It would have been far more enjoyable to finish in the top six and instead be talking about the drama of the play-offs in this article but if that was the case we'd have probably faced the same problems this time next year. I'm sure new contracts would have been given to players that didn't deserve them, increased wages given to ageing players and the recruitment policy would have once again failed us.
However, this season has been a reality check and we now face a summer of rebuilding and wait patiently for the new era to begin. It certainly feels like that new era has already started with the likes of John Ruddy and Ryan Bennett shown the door. I feel confident in Stuart Webber to deliver what all Norwich City fans want – a fresh and hungry squad capable of setting the Championship alight.
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It's not been all doom and gloom this campaign though, the win over QPR on Sunday proves for not the first time that we're capable of pushing aside any opponent comfortably.
The attacking players have looked fluid and magical for the most part of a month now. Scoring hasn't been the issue this season, it's been the keeping the ball out of the back of the net that's caused us issues.
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All attention now turns to whether we have the resources to keep hold of the players that have been impressive this season.
Mitchell Dijks, Jonny Howson, Alex Pritchard and Ivo Pinto amongst others need to be kept at Carrow Road next season at all costs.
Over to you Stuart Webber.