David McNally leaving may be a step backwards for Norwich City

David McNally has given us a lot to be thankful for.

David McNally has given us a lot to be thankful for. - Credit: Archant © 2009

When I sat down to write this piece, I knew exactly what I was going to say. However, I had got no further than the first sentence when I heard the news that David McNally had resigned.

It seems on first glance that he has reacted to the many who asked for his head on social media on Saturday night, but I am sure there is much more to his departure than we will probably ever know.

David McNally has given us a lot to be thankful for and it worries me that his leaving may be a step backwards for the club. Although it doesn’t look good at the moment, Norwich are a great club who have the potential to make the Premier League our permanent home, so it is essential that the board make the right decision when appointing his successor. Get it wrong, and we could be back where we were when Doncaster was CEO.

I know it is not the end of the season, and we have two more matches left, but following everything that has happened in the last 72 hours, my optimism is fast diminishing.

After such a thrilling end to last season, we are almost at the end of another rollercoaster ride, ready for it to start again next season. Here are just a few thoughts I am left with:


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1. It is possible to succeed in top flight football without spending millions.

2. It is obvious the board did not learn their lesson when we were relegated in 2014.

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3. Our defence wasn’t good enough in 2014, it is not good enough now.

4. We badly need a striker who can net 15+ goals a season, and you don’t need to spend a fortune in getting one (see Jamie Vardy).

5. We miss Timm Klose more than any other player.

6. However much we applauded him for getting us promotion, Alex Neil is clearly out of his depth in the Premier League.

7. It is not, however, time to sack the manager. It cannot have been easy to be thrown into the spotlight of the Premier League so early on in his managerial career. Alex Neil will have gained from this experience and it will have made him a better manager, so when we come straight back up, we will stay up.

8. David McNally is the Nigel Farage of Norwich City... he’s resigned, oh no wait a minute, he hasn’t. Actually, yes he has. Will we see him re-instated by the end of the season?

9. Stating the obvious, we have been sorely lacking in many areas and do not have strength in depth, although I really do hope that we are able to hold on to key players like Howson, Redmond and Klose.

10. Lastly, I have resigned myself to the fact that I am never going to see Andrea Bocelli turn up at Carrow Road wearing a Norwich City shirt and serenade us with Nessun Dorma.

I am never downhearted for too long, and you never know, a win against Watford and Everton, and other results going our way... I am not quite ready to throw in the towel just yet

• Blog post written by Lorraine Taylor

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