Gunn promises City clear-out

David Cuffley Bryan Gunn will present his case for staying on as Norwich City manager to the board of directors tomorrow - and has vowed to take the club back into the Championship if given the chance.

David Cuffley

Bryan Gunn will present his case for staying on as Norwich City manager to the board of directors tomorrow - and has vowed to take the club back into the Championship if given the chance.

The supporters' forum that rounded off yesterday's open day at Carrow Road was heated and unruly at times as fans vented their anger at relegation to League One, confirmed by Sunday's dismal 4-2 defeat at Charlton.

Gunn, chief executive Neil Doncaster and chairman Roger Munby all came under fire last night in the wake of the bitter disappointment of the Canaries dropping into the third flight of English football for the first time in 49 years.

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Doncaster was confronted with chants of “Out! Out!” and “You're not fit to run the club” and was urged to quit or take a pay cut.

But Gunn promised a summer clear-out and no repeat of the awful performance at The Valley if he was allowed to continue as boss next season.

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Accused by some fans of failing as manager since replacing Glenn Roeder, he said: “Yes, I've failed in this mission. Unfortunately we didn't make it. I had nine days to work in the transfer window and I tried to do my best for this football club, trying to change some of the players we had here that weren't good enough that got us into that position and unfortunately, on the final hurdle, we let ourselves down.

“So yes, I've failed to keep the club in the Championship. If I'm given an opportunity to get the club back into the Championship I'll make sure we don't fail.”

City directors are planning a series of meetings to assess the way forward after a disastrous four years since relegation from the Premiership, under four different managers. Many supporters at a packed meeting did not hide their feelings.

Said Gunn: “There are a lot of frustrations in the room, there are a lot of snide comments I can hear from around the place.

“I'm upset too, but I am capable of managing this club.

“I just apologised for that performance (at Charlton). I couldn't do anything about the performance from the side of the pitch. Eleven players went on that pitch and didn't perform. They get paid a hell of a lot of money to go and perform on that pitch. They didn't do it, OK.

“I'm not sure what the answer is and why they didn't do it but I can assure you now that a lot of those players won't be here next season if I'm the manager.

“If I'm given the opportunity to manage Norwich City next season, certainly there will be no performances like that.”

A decision over the manager will be one of City's most immediate concerns, but the chairman was not promising a swift announcement.

Said Munby: “We certainly have a board meeting on Wednesday. It won't be the only meeting. There are a number of meetings scheduled and quite a wide range of topics to discuss. It may be that we don't make a decision on Wednesday. It's quite possible because we have to be fully acquainted with all the issues and fully objective about it.”

Gunn added: “The board have a very important week. They've got to get together on Wednesday and map out the future of this football club. I will do my best to impress them in the way I've tried to in the last 19 games. It's heartbreaking for me, because I felt on January 17 after the game against Barnsley I could do a job and keep Norwich City in the Championship.

“It's not worked out. I'm hurting, like you all are today and like these people up here because they're all supporters of the football club as well. A lot of people in this room, the staff, there's lots of questions unanswered out there at the moment and we don't know the answers until after that board meeting on Wednesday.”

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