State of the Canary Nation: How do Norwich City keep the back door shut and the goals flowing?

Cameron Jerome finished as Norwich City's top scorer.
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Cameron Jerome finished as Norwich City's top scorer. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The dust has settled on a season to forget for Norwich City. Now the focus turns to what lies ahead at the start of a potentially pivotal summer for the football club.

In the fourth day of a week-long series canvassing the opinions of Norwich City fans on a range of issues we want to hear whether the Canaries need to curb their attacking style to address a woeful defensive record, or if it simply comes down to a new head coach, some new players and fresh ideas?

City's prolific goalscoring form saw them finish as the Championship's joint top scorers, alongside champions Newcastle and beaten play-off semi-finalists Fulham on 85 goals. But City's 69 league goals conceded was a tally only exceeded by Nottingham Forest and rock-bottom Rotherham United.

Norwich were capable of hammering seven past Championship play-off finalists Reading but shipping five at Sheffield Wednesday and Brighton. Forest were mauled 5-1 at Carrow Road but Norwich were overwhelmed at the likes of Burton and Rotherham down the stretch.

Is it simply a case of new personnel and, crucially, the right head coach or do the Canaries have to alter their free-flowing attacking style to cope with the Championship next season? Is it time to move away from the Alex Neil-inpsired mission statement to dominate possession through creative midfielders such as Wes Hoolahan and Alex Pritchard?

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