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Norwich City take on their pre-match huddle at Birmingham. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Deadline day is always an unhealthy affliction for a rather large proportion of football supporters – almost as much as it can do funny things to football clubs. Especially in January.

It was January 31, 2006, when Norwich City got a taste of their own medicine at Reading. It would be nice to think last weekend won't be treated by history in the same way.

It was almost a week ago, but time isn’t making it any easier to digest. And it will take some effort between now and the end of the season to ensure Norwich City’s Carrow Road defeat to Brentford on Saturday is not a watershed moment in their bid for a top-flight return.

Will the Canaries still be celebrating at the end of the season?& Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

For some reason, it was a David Beckham moment that popped into my head this week. Probably his finest moment as a footballer in this country and why, even if you spend a lot of time focused on his shortcomings, you couldn’t really deny his character or what he achieved.

Norwich City manager Neil Adams and first-team coach Mike Phelan spent only a brief period together at the club. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Was it ever meant to be for Mike Phelan’s latest City comeback? MICHAEL BAILEY looks at an awkward fit…

Cameron Jerome's impact was stunning at Cardiff back in September. It wasn't bad at Bournemouth on Saturday either. Here's to more this weekend.
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Given the plight of some football managers, you wonder if Alex Neil was remotely tempted to leave his Norwich City career as a one-match experience following that remarkable game last weekend.

New Norwich City manager Alex Neil poses for the traditional 'shirt in hand'pictures following his press conference at Colney on Friday lunchtime. Picture: James Bass

As Alex Neil settles into his new job as Norwich City manager, Michael Bailey takes a look at the first impressions he made…

Supporters' adoration will have to come second for Alex Neil at Carrow Road. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.

From the school of thought that brings such wisdom as ‘every managerial appointment is a gamble’, there is its cousin – where the first and only starting point has to be to give your new man a chance.

Neil Adams was unable to get much consistency from his Norwich City players during his time as manager.

For such a short tenure, the highs were huge and the lows felt desperate – MICHAEL BAILEY digs into why it didn’t work out for Neil Adams as Norwich City manager…

An iconic 2014 image - but like most memories from last year, it's tinged with sadness.

That most wonderful time of the year, when it’s almost impossible not to look back and what’s dished itself out over the previous 12 months – and then what lies in store over the coming year.

Here's hoping the Canaries remember their lessons from the Riverside last month. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

There are now probably several examples of when things got very real for Norwich City’s promotion challenge this season – but the night of November 4 sticks out.

Gary O'Neil gets rid at Wigan  oh, for a bit more of that in past recent weeks. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

It’s the question we’ve been dying to have answered from the moment the full-time whistle went at the DW Stadium last weekend. And no, it’s not which row of the stand behind Scott Carson’s goal was Kyle Lafferty was aiming for with that second-half free-kick…

Mike Phelan gets down to work at Norwich City's Colney Training Centre with manager Neil Adams (centre) and Gary Holt. Picture:

Most press conferences tend to act as a study in body language. That and picking through the words with a fine-toothed comb. But Thursday afternoon at Colney, there was something extra in the air.

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