| lake district canary wrote:|
| norfolkngood wrote:|
|The club tried to tell Hughton that his style was not working i heard many times Mcnally told him this and to Attack more |
This was always the problem - trying to change the manager rather than let him get on with his job. Hughton was/is a good manager and without the pressure of being more attacking, we might have been more successful in the second season - after all, the move to be more attacking didn't really work, did it? The same way Alex Neil tried to attack in the PL didn't really work........
Correct. Norfolkngood's comment, if in any way accurate, shows that the club, like many of the fans, thought it somehow knew better than a good manager about football. About what works, and what doesn't - and that it completely deluded itself about the quality of our squad too.
You're absolutely right about the pressure Hughton came under. I think Farke's probably been put under similar pressure. I doubt there are many boards or fanbases anywhere in England with a more one-dimensional view of 'good football' than we have. So Farke's thrown out three at the back and possession football, meaning the entirety of last season was a total waste of time. And Hughton tried to be more positive too - meaning instead of at least drawing on our travels, we were too open and just caved in instead.
Meanwhile, if you ever wanted the perfect example of the breathtaking levels of apologia some Norwich fans can produce, look no further than PurpleCanary's post above. Apparently, with one point from 15 (a game we had to win, but didn't even try to), Adams' "out-performed expectations". I don't know whether to laugh or cry. He "out-performed expectations" despite Hughton having beaten Man Utd, beaten Arsenal, beaten Tottenham, held Man City and won at Man City. Amazing.
The board's 'thinking' was, in the wealthiest, highest profile league in the world, full of top, top managers, it could game the system by hoping for a dead cat bounce. That's it. That was the level of its football knowledge. "Many teams briefly get better when changing manager - so let's do it, regardless of the man we choose". It was a suicide note: compounded beyond all reason when we unbelievably gave Adams the job on a permanent basis, after one point from 15.
Norwich City fans will always completely bewilder me:
- We remained hostile to Robert Chase more or less throughout his entire time at the club, and started trying to get him out before we'd even gone down from the Prem
- We've remained loyal to Delia Smith throughout her more than two decades at the club, despite it having been colossally less successful than under Chase. In fact, large swathes of the support appear oblivious that "little Norwich" ever finished 3rd, 4th and 5th or played in Europe to begin with. Under Delia, 5 years out of 22 (and counting) in the top division apparently constitutes glorious success; under Chase, selling players while spending 9 years out of 11 in the top flight was a Mark of Cain. Weird.
- We, as a fanbase, have been infinitely angrier towards Nigel Worthington and Chris Hughton than we've ever been towards the board. In Hughton's case, we had the sheer arrogance to think we could both get by with little investment and play exciting football. Why do people think we've never appointed the likes of Warnock, Pulis or Allardyce? The fans wouldn't tolerate it. And at the same time as Hughton's Norwich ground their way along, so did a whole bunch of other clubs in the Prem. Apparently, we thought we were different.
- And right now? No no, we musn't have new owners. That would be "selling our soul". That everyone else changes ownership is neither here nor there; we're different. Long live the Norwich City way; brickbats to all those who point out that the only time it ever achieved a single damn thing was under an owner we demonised and ran out of town.