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State of the Canary Nation: Time for a dose of realism at Norwich City?

Russell Martin will lead Norwich City into a new era. 
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Russell Martin will lead Norwich City into a new era. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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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 final day of a week-long series canvassing the opinions of Norwich City fans on a range of issues we want to know what is a realistic target next season for a new look squad and a new head coach, operating within the financial restraints of one final tranche of parachute payments?

City tried and failed to bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt last season. The consequences of maintaining largely the same squad on one of the highest wage bills in the second tier will be felt in the weeks ahead. More players will have to leave to lower overheads and the era of big salaries and multi-million transfer fees at Carrow Road is over - for now.

Alex Neil’s exit and Stuart Webber’s arrival was a tacit acceptance by the club’s top brass things needed to change. But can an expected major summer overhaul to a failing squad and the arrival of a new head coach really pay instant dividends?

Norwich will have less financial clout than the three newly-relegated top flight clubs, and many in the Championship with owners who have deeper pockets than City’s custodians. That is simple economics.

Norwich were unable to handle the weight of expectation last season that came with being one of the promotion favourites but has that now gone second time around or do fans still feel with the right additions they can mount a serious challenge? Or, as Webber himself has publicly stated, will it take time to rebuild and put the foundations in place to achive that long term Premier League goal, centred around a crop of young players who may not be ready for a number of seasons?

• Leave your comments below and the best ones will appear in Saturday’s EDP and Evening News.

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43 comments

  • Vicktor B . True when this club got debt free they should have appointed a top successful manager who knows good players when he sees one . As I've said took the bloody cheapest route and appointed a rookie manager with very little experience and he spent money on poor players for the premiership. That's what I've been saying theses owners and board don't now what they are doing and never will they are totally incapable of running a football club to them it's a business to make them money that's all they know and football and success comes second place . Bunch of man hatters

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    City M

    Monday, May 22, 2017

  • I think it is necessary to make the statement that it's goodbye soft old city where the good ol' boys will put on a show when they feel like it but who knows what the next match will bring. Sadly for me RM is the old city and needs to be moved on to demonstrate that change. We don't need the rollercoaster ride, we need a defence like the Wall of Death. BTW that does not mean running around in circles getting nowhere.

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    waclor

    Sunday, May 21, 2017

  • I agree Gordon that he has been a good servant to the club and was an excellent right back for us. I see no problem with keeping him as a back up player for another season but think he might do better to move on for his own good. As a former centre back myself albeit at a lower level, I simply do not think he cuts it in that position, mainly because he fails to pick up his man, is not spatially aware and certainly does not organize those beside him let alone elsewhere in the team. I did however say on another posting a day or so back that if the new head coach decided to play a three centre back system and we went out and found a decent left sided player such as Craig Fleming with pace, who is then capable of covering the main centre half them we may get away with Martin playing to the right. Not ideal and I for one am hoping the new people in charge will look for an upgrade as that is what is needed if we hope to be in or around the play offs next season or better still, making the top two.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • I guess we'll just have to beg to differ on the Russell Martin debate. Don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating he should be a first choice next season as I agree he's probably had his best days now. But I do still think that he has a role to play as a squad player who can adapt to several different positions. I also think that regardless of whether he's in the team, not in the team, sold to another club etc that he deserves to be remembered as one of those players who cared about the club over a period of years in a day and age when loyalty and longevity are traits more associated with the past.

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    gordonltaylor

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • Spot on Waclor & TK. R . Martin has been a liability at CB ever since Alex Neil played him there & a Duncan Forbes type captain he certainly isn't. Those in his defence argue that he is a good club man & does a lot in the community. Well I say if you want an Ambassador & community liaison officer go & ask Prince Harry . If you want a decent Centre Half & team captain , move Martin out & spend some money in the transfer market Should have been done 2 years ago. What do you think City M. ?

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    Victor Bullimore

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • One other question: when did we last have an established centreback pairing? Was it Watson and Bruce or Fleming and Mackay?

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    waclor

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • Agree Trevor, there must be a Shelvey out there in the lower leagues who would jump at the chance to impose his will on a bigger stage. Did think about Aaron Mooyes (??) but he did not impress in the po semis. Just seen Steve Morison put Millwall in the lead at Wembley. He scored a few good goals for us I recall.

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    waclor

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • City Man, you are a real crusader, if only we had your intellect combined with your insight and in depth knowledge I am sure we could set the club straight and win the Premiership within a couple of seasons. I ponder, would you do better to turn your attention to the upcoming elections, you would surely be an asset to Politics.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • Once again I cannot fault your logic waclor, you are totally correct, good guys do not win anything and every leader has to know when to release those past their sell by date. RM was at that point at least two seasons back but sentiment and perhaps a bit of cunning has kept the man in the wrong job for too long. Good captains and leaders do not make friends, they demand respect. Holt was a very good example of that, he gave his all and demanded that other done the same. This will certainly show Stuart Webber's resolve and that of whoever the new Head Coach is. The biggest problem I see right now, is being able to recruit almost a completely new back line, such players will take time to get to know each others strengths and weaknesses before they can form an effective unit. Likewise, we really do need a dominant central midfielder, despite being overloaded with players in and around that position.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • Gordon I have every respect for your views and even more for the eloquent and polite way in which you express them. The word "has" features many times in your post and that is just my point. As a Championship centreback and as a Captain, Russell Martin is a has-been. His time has past. He was a very good right back a few years ago and whereas I never saw him as anything other than an emergency centreback, his performances in that position have deteriorated in the last couple of seasons as well. Do you want a sentimental football club or a successful one? A successful team needs fighters because fighters are winners. Not all players have the attitude that losing hurts and they will go through brick walls to win games. The job of a captain is to show by example, urging, cajoling or possibly even threatening so that while a player is on the pitch he WILL give 100%. Russell comes nowhere near that level of inspirational leadership nor are his performances good enough to encourage other players. How heart-breaking it must be for say Can Jam who runs and runs all day, finally converting his sixth or twenty-sixth chance of the game only to see his Captain marking empty space to gift an easy equaliser. I am negative because Russell Martin is simply not good enough and I would rather see him welcomed back at Peterborough where the pace and standard of play should offer him an extended career. For sentiment go and watch Disney at the cinema. I want to see winning football rather than mediocrity and that rules out any more games for Russell Martin.

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    waclor

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • Delia Smith will never be the queen of football that crown belongs to Karen Brady who's spend a life time in football and Delia Smith will never become like her she just a unwanted fallen tv cook nothing more even thou she owns most of this club with a Delia and her bungerling board. That pull the wool over the marjority dum surpporters and belieave every thing they come out with but their are some that can see though them

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    City M

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • I've not turned against this club I've turned against the owners and board because of so many years of failures and they can never learn from the mistakes. They stumbled through each season and keep failing because they always take the cheap option and that's why they appointed Neil and Delia star loyal to this inexperienced rookie they put money first instead of success as they always do know the surpporters and club are paying the price of their failure the club is a shambles run by Delias man hatters. Know they are letting some releases players and sign players with out a new manager in place this club has become laughable under Delia and her cronies.

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    City M

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • How can you say a season to forget, we finished 8th, we did not just avoid relegation. We scored plenty of goals, only down side we conceded to many. There is something to build on if Webber gets his finger out and appoint a decent manager, one who will make his own mind up, and not be a yes man to Webber

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    Derek McDonald

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • Needless to say Wacklor, I disagree totally with you over Russell Martin. At the end of the day, this guy came from obscurity, has made 300 appearances for our club, has been involved in 3 promotions (as well as the 2 relegations that u highlight), has been club captain and I know has done a lot of good work off the pitch in the community. It's also interesting that SW has taken the time to talk to Russell in depth about the squad, the issues etc. I can think of plenty of players who've just turned up at Norwich, taken the money and run and Russell Martin isn't one of those. I really don't understand why u have such a negative opinion.

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    gordonltaylor

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • For heavens sake do not advocate rewarding failure by creating a sinecure for Russell Martin. Club captain v team captain??? Rubbish. Hughton created that division of labour and the result was effectively NO captain. Ambassador? Sorry but the unconvincing sanctimonious drivel attributed to RM over the last few seasons would not do anything to create a positive image of Norwich City Football Club. Get over him you lot. He is part of the problem and an everpresent reminder of two relegations. For success to come, Russell Martin has to go.

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    waclor

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • Excellent debate in front of the grinding wheels of the Crimson King.Only asking rock fans ?

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    rikki nadir

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • Interesting comments from TK & Rick. I think the main reason why Norwich have made so many protracted (& often poor ) decisions during the 20 years of Delia's ownership is that she came to the club primarily as a relatively wealthy supporter rather than as a egocentric billionaire like many who are running ( & ruining ) many clubs today. She therefore didn't have the football related buisiness knowledge needed to compete at the very highest level. Only when McNally came to the club did we have someone with the character & ability to turn the club around on a SUSTAINABLE level. Perhaps Webber can do the same , find another Lambert , unearth a Grant Holt or 2 & then the question of ownership becomes less of an issue . As I said before , if that takes a season or 2 to gain promotion with a set up that can hold it's own then so be it. Better than making up the numbers in the PL as cannon fodder every few years as has happened so many times recently

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    Victor Bullimore

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • A championship club we are a championship club we will stay under these owners and her board who don't care what the fans want .

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    City M

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • The board just want the sky millions to keep in the bank and not spend the the money it would cost to stay there .

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    City M

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • And why has there been a decline in the football it's down to the owners and board who only appointed one good manager that was Paul Lambert who they tuned they backs on his once he got city to the premiership he asked for the board to release a bit more money for transfers and running against Lambert because his ambitions where not their interest .This club has become the Smiths and the boards business to make them money and football success take second place they have no ambition to be a established premiership club because the cost is to high for their pocket less in the bank less go to them in bonuses before the end of a tax year no body do it for nothing .

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    City M

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • Jim's initial comments and City-M's comment state the consequences of not going up next season. If Webber states it will take time then he is either being cagey in public or is not aware of the seriousness of the situation. To go further into City-Ms comments, if we do not go up soon we will not have years in the Championship, we will be down further. Unlike Dubai I do not think a 4-0 win against a QPR side who were on the beach is anything to be over optimistic about, I see them as relegation favourites next year and are the ghost of seasons yet to come for us if we are too relaxed in our targets

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    JohnnyH

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • Our season hinges on two appointments: the new Head coach and then the Team Captain, who's name will be first on the team sheets. Get those two right and we should be OK.

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    Shots-Canary

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • Rick, you are spot on in that the team does need to learn to grind out results, especially away from home and being an ex-defender, I often cringe when I see just how open we were at the back last season. All players make mistakes but in every decent team, their team mate is there to cover that mistake. Defending can also be entertaining, especially if you already have a lead in the game. Likewise, I simply think any sensible board makes sure it has a contingency plan up its sleeve. The pressure was on Alex Neil as soon as we started to loose on a regular basis and from memory that started way back in either September or October, a proactive board would have already lined up a replacement just in case. However, it seems once again, we got rid of the manager and then started to consider the next way forward. Having decided to go with a system I have long promoted, once again it is taking longer than necessary, meanwhile, many players we might otherwise have been chasing, are committing themselves to other clubs so once again, if we are not careful, we will be panic buying and getting it wrong. Do not get me wrong, I am not a hater of the current board but neither am I their biggest fan. Like most others I support the team and the shirt.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • There may well be a very good reason, TK, why this naming of the Head coach etc is taking so long, and in these days of news management it's unrealistic to expect it to be like the old days. BUT...as you say, this procrastination is not a one-off with NCFC. We have turned it into an artform, and pretty much every signing or appointment made by the club is dragged out to the n-th degree. I'm not exactly sure by what you mean by 'playing the Norwich way', but whilst attacking open football is easy on the eye, as an ex-coack, you'll realise that to be successful in this league we' are going to need to be a lot more adept at grinding out boring 1-0 wins, especially away. We saw a tantalising glimpse of that this season at Cardiff, but sadly could not make it a regular occurance.

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    Rick

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • I know there is a saying, act in haste then repent at leisure but it seems to me that our club always takes it time with every decision, even the appointment of Stuart Webber took time. I have said many times that our board are reactive rather than proactive, most people who are successful in life tend to be the latter. They could take a whole year to make a selection but that never ensures it is the right choice, thus far, too many have been the opposite. It took too long to get ride of Roeder, Grant, Houghton and Neil, had they acted quicker we may still have remained in the Premiership more than once. It may well be that Stuart Webber does already know his new Head Coach but until he is signed on the dotted line things can back fire. It is a fact that nothing we do or say will have any impact upon what decision ultimately get made, we can only continue to support the club or turn against it in City M style. I for one will be happy to see the team return to playing the Norwich way, we did see glimpses of it during the last few games and I suspect the real problem was the team set up, rather than the actual players. Yes Ruddy and others in the defense did make individual errors that cost us points but the section of the right captain could make a tremendous difference.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • All I will say is Norwich will be in the championship for several seasons to come know the club have to rely on yougers and if city do fail to get promotion again next season then all the other senior players that are left will also be gone from city and each year it will become harder to get out of the championship as I said before city will be in the wilderness of the championship championship for some time to come with out new ownership that has the money but that's not going to happen.

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    City M

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • There is no chance of city being in the chase for promotion next season new coach to come in all senior players will have left the club and that leaves the replacements being yougers that the next coach don't know . And will take time nowing the teams that have come down and the club that gave rich backers will have many millions more to spend . It's the owners and board fault we are now in this situation because they allowed a rookie manager to stay to long and wasted money on bloody poor players. It the owners and her board failures again to see want was going wrong and Delia Smith let her heart if she has one rule her dum head which prove what I been saying the Smiths don't know what they are doing a fallen TV cook trying to be a Karan Brady the only woman who know about running a football club and Delia will never be on her level .

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    City M

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • Yes, this a very good debate, and the lack of little trollster's sage remarks is not unconnected with that fact. In an ideal world, what Victor is suggesting (having a season of consolidation in the Champ) is a good plan, but that's not how it works in real life. A lot of the success under the Lambert years was born out of getting the wind in our sails and confidence breeding confidence. If, after we'd been promoted from Lge One, someone had suggested to wait a couple of years before going for promotion to the Prem, the momentum would have been lost , and the more able, ambitious players would have left . I'm afraid that all too often consolidation results in Ipswich Town syndrome....ie becoming a fixture in the Championship !

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    Rick

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • I've been thinking for sometime that Martin should remain as club captain but that a new team captain should b appointed. I agree that there is still a place for him in the squad and definitely off the pitch but it would be good to start a new season with a few new faces, a modified style and a new team captain. I actually have a lot of respect for Russell Martin (not just because I live in Brighton !) as I believe his heart really is in the club and he's always done a lot in the local community. A good club ambassador.

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    gordonltaylor

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • Int edebate , with many good points from many , of course especially Waclor & TK. As time goes on & things evolve at Carrow Road , the more obvious it appears thatAlex Neil didn't just mess up on the pitch with his team selection & tactics, but caused deep rooted problems thrall sectors of the club that will take at least a season to sort out. TK , I understand your reservations & caution with the new set up , but from what has gone on so far regarding the recruitment department & expired players contracts I feel optimistic that we are in for an exciting close season & new campaign on the field come August. Although the PL is obviously everyone's wish , I would sooner have a good year in the Championship laying sound foundations ( throughout the club ) for a promotion that is sustainable & more enjoyable for supporters than the last 2 tortured seasons under Hughton & Neil than a ' quick fix ' immediate promotion like we had last time. Let's hope Webber & his chosen coaching staff can deliver , despite the chaos he has inherited from Alex Neil & his clan.

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    Victor Bullimore

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • Although a fierce critic or Russell Martin at CB over the last two seasons I would also be inclined to keep him around the place as a backupsquad player next season. Its clear there is going to be significant change in the squad this summer but I think we need a degree of continuity and we need to have around some older heads who know the club and can help the younger players in the squad. Whatever you think of his playing ability Martin certainly seems the right sort of character to have about the place. I will be disappointed if he is starting at CB though in the absence of a significant upturn in his formperformance.

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    Jim

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • An interesting question waclor, being one of those that regularly criticized Martin as not being a good captain nor an out and out centre half, I will go against the flow and say, yes there could be a place for him next season if the right system were to be utilised. It seemed to me that Irvine actually improved our defence over the last few game, albeit rather subtly. The system the new head coach employs will determine if there is any place for Martin but I think, had we switched to a three centre back approach with overlapping full backs, then Martin could play to the right of a decent centre back as long as the left sided player was more able to cover the No 5 errors. One thing is for sure however, we need a new captain on the park, one that leads by example and encourages others to up their game. Right now, I think that is the player we need to go out and find, he may well be a left sided player similar to Craig Fleming to cover Klose or even a decent box to box midfielder such as Paul Ince or even Roy Kean, they are very hard to find but I am sure they are out there somewhere.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • I do hope the caption on the photograph above is wrong. That would severely dent my optimism. Does nobody dare to admit that Russell Martin is finished at Championship level?

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    waclor

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • Rick and Jim have got it right. Irvines time in charge has laid bare just how stupid the decision not to score Neil much earlier was. The damage he was allowed to continue doing due to the usual mutton headed sentimental claptrap we have endured for years is vast and threatens the club going forward. To be fair to Irvine, common sense management and subtle changes to the tactical set up and team selection remedied a lot of Neil's nonsense. One gets the feeling while watching the play offs that the serious paucity of the teams competing in them would have given us a very good chance to gate crash the top league had we garnered a few more points lost during Neil's spectacular losing run and the boards total refusal to act as a football board should. Given Pritchards form once unleashed, hoolahans desire to cap his pots award, Josh murphys emergence from his brothers shadow, nelsons goal threat and the possibility that Irvine may have got a tune out of russ, dorrans, ruddy, howson et al and we could conceivably be debating a much happier outcome. If the ownership cannot give us a competitive side they should go and stop using the excuse that they have no money.

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    Roy

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • Hey we have a good discussion going. Where's that damned troll to lower the intellectual content? Dubai, I share your optimism. Trevor, I am sure the new Head Coach is on his way but just dealing with unfinished business. When he arrives, there will be another egg in the basket. Jim, I was one of the idiots who agreed that Alex Neil was doing a dreadful job and was saying that pre last season. I challenged all the AN lovers to list his attributes as a manager with no response. With the new Head Coach, I want to see the right appointment rather than a quick appointment and as for selling Howson, do we really know just how much Neil's more wasteful signings have and will cost? Gordon Taylor, that was my understanding on the contract situation for Bassong, Turner and Whittaker as well. Quite how Michael Turner had that clause is beyond me though. The great thing is guys, we are all agreed that we have the potential to be right up there next season. OTBC

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    waclor

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • I agree with what Waclor says. Last month we absolutely annihilated a team that are now 90 Wembley minutes away from the PL. And that's what makes the board's decisions, not to mention those of Neil, all the more criminal . If we'd been battling it out all season with 6 Barcelonas, Bayern Munichs and Juventus's, then our position would be understandable. But we haven't. This Champ was ordinary, to say the least. But I'm puzzled at what TK means by critcising 'putting all eggs in one basket' . The buck has ALWAYS got to stop somewhere , and in our case it's going to be SW. Though if the right coaches are brought in, surely there will be several eggs in that basket, Trevor ? But yes, Jim has it right. Anything les than a concerted promotion challeng next season will be unacceptable. And I get the impression that Webber knows that !

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    Rick

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • I know it might feel that it's all eggs in one basket with SW but to b fair he did give a timeline for appointment of head coach and as far as I'm aware, he's still on track. I think things will feel much different once this appointment is made and we will see a head coach very involved with recruitment. After all, the only changes in personnel so far have been to release players out of contract so it's not as if SW is about to present the coach with a squad for next season. One point on subject of defenders last season, I may b wrong but although Whittaker was given a new contract, i thought that Turner had an option that he took up and that Bassong was still under contract.

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    gordonltaylor

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • I expect nothing less than a promotion challenge and I will not accept a fire sale or excuses about us not being able to compete due to budgets etc. we still have one year of parachute payments left and must go for it this season to get back up. yes I accept that new signings will have to have an eye on what happens if we do not go up and so will not be in the same bracket as previously but that will be no bad thing as we will have to buy hungrier players who see Norwich as a good move and I think that is what served us best in the past. there remains enough talent in the squad to comfortably finish top 6 and that's the bare minimum I expect. I will not buy this narrative that the club is pushing and journalists seem to be buying that we need time to rebuild or that the club should be given credit for this new restructuring. they caused this by failing to remove Neil when any idiot could see he was doing an awful job. They failed by sacrificing our best chance to get back up by sacking him too late and then making it clear we were not bothered about promotion by giving Irvine the job as caretaker for the rest of the season. This board of directors will get no patience or sympathy for me if we are not challenging next season as we should be. All it needs is a competent coach who can bring in three or four reasonable defenders. We do not need to throw out the baby with the bathwater by selling people like Howson as well.

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    Jim

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • I agree with the first two posters but I also worry that the board have repeated the mistakes of the past by putting all their eggs in one basket, Stuart Webber. I am not convinced that he alone led to the success at Huddersfield, the truth is as always that Lady luck does play a part; especially when it comes to the form and fitness of key players. As we saw with Lambert, sometimes many things just drop into place such that the results start to go with you and then the team gets momentum. Lambert made the mistake of thinking it was all down to him so decided to jump ship and we all saw the result of that. This does not mean I would not welcome Lambert back by the way but I suspect he would not want to work under a relatively young man whom he would feel has far less experience. I still feel the club has taken too long to appoint what for me is the key person, the Head Coach. I did work under a similar system down under but for me NCFC have not totally got the system right and appear to have given the Sporting Director too much power rather than sharing it with whoever the new Head Coach will be.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • Exciting times ahead. If SW's imports match the decisiveness and timeliness of the recent departures then I think we will be in very good shape next season. Remember that we currently retain a team that beat QPR 4-0 on the last day of the season with the exception of Ruddy, and we have an able replacement in Rudd. Look at it this way - a new look Norwich City will be pushing to set the pace next season - and we have every reason to be optimistic.

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • The realism is we can score goals but we let too many in. Even those thick skinned boardroom tossers at Carra Rud seemed to have at last realised the plain true. The recruitment strategy has been shambolic and the Mekon's on field tactics were laughable, which was strange for someone so morose. But hey ho Webbo seems to be sorting it out, so being the optimistic happy clappy MOG that I am, I await the summer developments with relish, OTBC, IWIT.

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    cutty

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • Nothing I have see in the playoff semi's suggests that we really had much to beat last season. I am sure that had the ignorant one got in two central defenders last Summer snd let the team settle, we would have been ok. Now as well as that need, a defensive midfield players ir required and there is the job of getting rid of Neil's most useless overpriced purchases. How could Delia have let that loose with the club's money like that? Extraordinary. I think SW is the man to do it though.

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    waclor

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • Alex Neils lack of experience and ability was cruelly laid bare this time last year when he opted to continue with so many of the old guard who'd tried and failed before . Whilst none of us with any realism suggested that a smattering of the more experienced members of the squad were not needed to provide stability and continuity, giving contracts to the likes of Whittaker, Bassong, Turner etc was sheer madness, and it's been up to the new régime to clear up the mess caused by Neil's stupidity. It would be unfair to suggest that there are not a good number of positive signs, but at the risk of stating the obvious, our prospects for next season depend totally on who the new coaches are and the quality and hunger of the large number of new playing recruits we get in over the next few weeks. The fact that we probably need to bring in what amounts to a completely new defence all at one go does not augur well. That said, Webber achieved that at Huddersfield a year back, and they are now only 90 mins from the Premier League.

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    Rick

    Friday, May 19, 2017

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