Norwich City’s stock tumbles in a Carrow Road crash

Timm Klose's knee ligament injury was one of the low points in a 12 months to forget for Norwich Cit

Timm Klose's knee ligament injury was one of the low points in a 12 months to forget for Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich's stock has declined dramatically in the last 12 months.

A landmark win at Old Trafford was as good as it got this time last year, when Alex Tettey secured a first away win at the Theatre of Dreams since 1989. Norwich then ground out festive victories against Aston Villa and Southampton at Carrow Road to maintain the Premier League feelgood factor. City rang in 2016 14th, and crucially six points clear of the relegation zone. But Alex Neil's squad spiralled into a decline which ended in a needless relegation.

Neil stayed at the helm over the summer. Norwich retained the bulk of their squad. Optimism was high following an emphatic opening day Championship cruise at Blackburn. Ivo Pinto's first career goal sealed a home win over Burton that moved Neil's side top of the standings at the end of September.

But the graph has plunged again with painful away defeats at Newcastle United and Brighton, recriminations in the dressing room and now on the terraces after Friday's latest defeat to Huddersfield.

City go into the festive period a distant 16 points behind the Magpies and large sections of Norwich's frustrated support want change.

Is this as bad as it gets or will the Canaries' fortunes continue to nosedive?