Michael Bailey

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: canaries.co.uk

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.

Manager Neil Adams, right, and Gary Holt will be in the dugout against Brighton on Saturday - awaiting Mike Phelans arrival on Wednesday.

Credit to Norwich City where it’s due – they utilised the current international break perfectly in terms of shuffling from their chosen trio to shifting the mood in a positive direction, all in time for their return to Carrow Road action this Saturday.

First-team coaches Gary Holt (left) and the now departed Mark Robson in discussion with manager Neil Adams (centre).

It wasn’t supposed to be like this – that was the opening statement on Thursday night’s Three Up Front and arguably the general consensus following Saturday afternoon’s eight minutes of hell for Norwich City in Nottingham.

Big selection decisions await Norwich City manager Neil Adams over the coming days. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Sometimes words count for so little, all they do is mark the time between one result and its subsequent reaction or fallout – which is where Norwich City found themselves a few times last season, and now for the first time this.

Norwich City are enduring a frustrating run of form. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Be known for waking up at dawn, and you will be able to sleep until noon – that’s roughly how the saying goes. I remember being told it at school and it’s stuck with me since. Mainly because of its pitfalls.

He's had to bide his time - but now Wes Hoolahan (right) is a key player for the Republic of Ireland, with the aim of shining for Norwich City again on his return.

Played 16, won 11, lost one – and that was a friendly. It’s a record anyone would take, and it’s hard to think of an international break where things have gone much better for a Norwich City international task force; this time numbering nine.

Jonny Howson has got back to first-team involvement quickly following his injury-hit pre-season.

Sometimes as a journalist you decide to ask a question and you can either hear the answer it’s going to get before you’ve finished asking it, or feel the little nip that it probably wasn’t the best question to ask in the first place.

Referee Michael  Russell tries to keep Norwich City manager Neil Adams in check on Tuesday night. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

It’s hard to imagine anything summing up the Championship quite like the rigor, subplots and ultimate frustration of Tuesday night. From the seemingly unchecked performance of referee Michael Russell, to Charlton’s approach to the 90 minutes – it was a night the Championship loves to dish out.

The XI that walked out for Norwich City on Saturday had Tuesday night off  and may not have their places troubled for Blackpool this weekend as a result. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Most people with some affinity for sport would have loved to know what Sir Alex Ferguson said in his address to Europe’s Ryder Cup team earlier this week. You imagine it was special – although the next few days will reveal how much.

Jos Hooiveld took only 90 minutes to throw himself into Norwich City's newly rediscovered rapport between players and its supporters. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

The chant at Griffin Park said everything about the last seven days for the Canaries. What a week; the week many fans sang – and plenty more will feel – they got their Norwich back.

I told you I'd score... Kyle Lafferty (left) making, possibly, his point to Lewis Grabban. 
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Apparently, as someone took the time to point out on Twitter, it was only two minnows doing battle – but still, it was almost surprising how entertaining it was to watch England’s win in Switzerland.

Plenty would have expected to see the back of Nathan Redmond and Gary Hooper this summer, but both have stayed at Carrow Road.

It’s the close of August that we’re left to argue over the success of Norwich City’s transfer dealings from the summer window – put forward the good points, where things could have gone better, what was missed out on. Although this time, I’m not sure there much of a debate.

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