Ten reasons why this Norwich City fan won’t miss the Premier League

Gabriel Jesus scored the first as Manchester City thrashed relegated Norwich City on the final day o

Gabriel Jesus scored the first as Manchester City thrashed relegated Norwich City on the final day of the Premier League season Picture: Shaun Botterill/NMC Pool/PA Wire - Credit: PA

As let downs go this Norwich City season will take some beating.

The precision and pomp that romped to the Championship title 14 months ago was replaced with a timid trepidation since Project Restart to complete the campaign with a record low points tally.

If truth be told, Norwich City and the Premier League are uneasy bedfellows. We spend years yearning for that promotion, then simply fail to enjoy it when we’re there. Only really in Paul Lambert’s first season did we show the Norwich City attacking way consistently. Other than that it’s hanging on, trying not to be outclassed and picking up enough points against our fellow minnows.

This season’s Canaries team echoes that of Alex Neil’s. One devoid of confidence, of leadership, of a little bit of luck at times. But ultimately one of quality. It’s just not quite there. On the pitch. Off the pitch. Across the board.

And with added lockdown. A time where football has seemed secondary at best, half paced and - for Norwich fans - delivered a ritual kick where it hurts every three or four days.

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So to try and cheer myself I’ve come up with 10 reasons why I won’t miss this season’s Premier League...

1 - My BT Sport Subscription. Probably the worst £50 spent for two months’ viewing.

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2 - Davie Provan. Why?

3 - Allan Smith – I mean, if Davie’s not bad enough as a co-commentator, old Smudger will take some beating for being as ill-informed (on everyone bar Arsenal) and predictable as they come.

4 - Martin Keown. There’s a danger I could just create a long list of very poor pundits. I think three are enough to make the point.

5 - Those coloured lines and two-minute goal checks on VAR. I won’t argue they got Onel Hernandez’s effort against Manchester City incorrect, but is it clear and obvious? If you need the lines, stick with the decision.

6 - The three-second wait for the fan reaction when a goal is scored in the new normal made for TV environment. They should be applauded for trying, it works in cricket where you have the general hum. I just think it’s weird and misplaced in football.

7 - Drinks breaks.

8 - Fahrman, Roberts, Duda, Amadou. Can we just agree Premier League loans don’t work? Think David Bentley. Mbokani.

9 - All those fixture breaks designed for the Champions League.

10 - Selhurst Park. The archetypal 1990s Championship football ground.

And in a similar vein welcome back...

1 - Goals. At the right end. Surely!?

2 - Colin Murray and trying to remember what channel number Quest TV is.

3 - Having a chance in every game. That’s not to take the Championship lightly. You just don’t have Sunday’s trip to Manchester City when the home side were 25/1 on to win. And that was generous.

4 - Three Subs. That’s more than enough.

5 - Midweek under the lights at good, proper football grounds. Hillsborough, the City Ground and St Andrew’s.

6 - Arguing about the referee and linesman’s decisions.

7 - A Norwich City attacking pomp. Hopefully the Hernandez and Pukki of 2018/19 with it.

8 - A trip to Wycombe.

9 - All those ex-Canaries. Alex Pritchard, Jonny Howson, Bradley Johnson, Lewis Grabban. All for differing reasons.

10 - Oh and fans. Please, please fans.

We’ve missed you Championship. We’ll miss you in three months’ time Premier League and want you back; but with some of those flaws removed (please Allan Smith).

Because we’re fickle. We’re football fans. We want the attacking prowess of a Norwich City in the Championship, just beating Manchester City, Wolves and Everton.

- If you have something you want to get off our chest, just send it to norfolksport@archant.co.uk – and mark it Your Posts.

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