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Saturday, March 25, 2017

I do it every time: whenever England play I get all excited about 11 blokes who are about to turn a footballing corner. And then they go and let me down.

United Kingdom

If the atmosphere at the start of the Blackburn game had been decidedly low key, last week’s was positively funereal and was hardly lifted by a game that generated very little in the way of highlights.

Alex Neil

I said a couple of weeks ago after two very poor performances and results away at Sheffield Wednesday and Bristol City that the play-off position was now beyond Norwich City.

Alan Irvine

Some feared it might take longer. Most wanted it done as efficiently as possible. Everyone can be assured, Norwich City have their man.

Michael Bailey

Ed Balls may be suffering from withdrawal symptoms as he comes to terms with life after Strictly Come Dancing. If he feels a burning desire to be judged every Saturday then it has been satisfied these past two weekends.

Alex Neil

The past week has been largely spent chasing wild geese. I say wild, but some of them were positively furious.

In this turbulent Carrow Road season other things have increasingly tended to get in the way of the football for those of us writing about the club.

As I’ve said many times over these past few years in my column nothing really surprises me in football, but I have to say I was shocked when the news broke that Norwich City had sacked Alex Neil with immediate effect and that Alan Irvine would be for the in charge upcoming games.

Europe

A week is a long time in football, so the cliché goes – but that doesn’t stop some weeks being longer than others.

I’ve worked out that Alan Irvine is the 25th manager Norwich City have had since I started supporting the club back in the 1970s,

With the Championship’s top six apparently riding off into the sunset, Norwich City supporters had begun to get used to the idea that we might be in for the rarest of seasons at Carrow Road; one that features nothing to play for from March onwards.

United Kingdom

On January 21 I wrote in this column that “ultimately the decision to stick with Alex Neil may prove inspired, but currently it simply looks desperate”.

It’s remarkable how swift the attention switches. Following Saturday’s Hillsborough humiliation it was all about where such a potentially exciting season had gone so terribly wrong for Norwich City – with seeds sown from the start of 2016.

In August I never thought that Norwich’s season would be over by the beginning of March.

Norwich

After a bit of a count-up I believe I have covered most sports and seen most things in my job.

That Hillsborough humiliation at the weekend left Norwich City fans struggling to tell the difference between Shrove Tuesday and Sheffield Wednesday.

Norwich City

It’s days like this when I will most certainly envy Norwich City’s travelling fans.

Matt Blake

When the post mortems start at the end of a season that now seems almost certain to end in a failure to make the play-offs despite a City squad that, on paper at least, would be the envy of most Championship managers, the recurring theme will be missed opportunities.

I thoroughly enjoyed the derby game at Carrow Road game – it’s just a real shame that Norwich didn’t win.

There aren’t many Norwich City surprises as you trawl down the list of this season’s top Championship performers.

Norwich

I’ve always seen myself as a pretty positive Norwich fan.

Norwich

The times they are a changing – and Sunday’s East Anglian derby did everything to prove it.

Europe

Storm Doris blew the winds of change through part of the Norfolk football scene last week.

BBC

Those who lobby manfully for the FA Cup to become, once again, a thing of beauty, will have seen their hard work go to waste as the world-famous trophy’s image was once again tarnished.

No excuses are required to hear from a Norwich City figure of such standing as David Stringer.

A lot of wrongs can be put right come Sunday lunchtime if Norwich beat their old enemies Ipswich Town after they’ve made the short journey up the A140 to Carrow Road.

Wales

So that was Burton. Any excitement garnered from visiting a ground that Norwich City had never played at before quickly gave way to an all too familiar knot in the stomach.

United Kingdom

Another week and another four valuable points for City, although a realistic assessment would be that this is still a side capable of overwhelming the weaker teams on its day, but with fundamental defensive frailties which can be ruthlessly exposed by opponents with more quality.

Nottingham

Half a century ago today, what was then considered a minor miracle occurred at Old Trafford.

Norwich

It was a random fixture change. An exciting fixture too. The prospect of Norwich City taking on Huddersfield under floodlights and in front of the live Sky Sports cameras will be one of the key evenings this season.

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