Championship season review: Norwich, Nottm For, Reading, Rotherham

Norwich City: 3rd (promoted via Play-offs) Despite all the parachute payments that come their way, it is always difficult for a side relegated from the Premier League to bounce straight back the following season, so Norwich deserve immense credit for their success, which came via the play-offs. Keeping several players was vital to their success, with experienced duo Sebastien Bassong and captain Russell Martin making up a strong defensive pairing with full-backs Martin Olsson and Steven Whitaker either side. In midfield, Alexander Tettey and Jonathan Howson were superb alongside Player…

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Snodgrass set for Hull switch

Norwich City have accepted an offer from Hull City for Scottish winger Robert Snodgrass, according to Sky Sports. Scottish international Snodgrass has stated his desire to remain in the Premier League after the Canaries were relegated at the end of the 2013/14 season, and a move to Humberside would enable him to fulfil that wish. Snodgrass currently has a year remaining on his Carrow Road contract, but has already indicated that he does not intend to extend the agreement. As such, a move now would be beneficial to all parties,…

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Former Tottenham winger Bentley retires

Former Tottenham Hotspur and England winger David Bentley has announced his retirement from football, Sky Sports has reported. Bentley, who also represented Arsenal, Norwich City, Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City, West Ham and Russian side Rostov, revealed he had fallen out of love with the game and wanted to focus his attention on new ventures and his young family. “I’ve given up football. It’s over a year since I played my last game and I’ve taken the decision to take my life in a different direction. I felt like it was…

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Ruddy deserves England call says Martin

John Ruddy is one of the best goalkeepers in England and should be going to the World Cup in Brazil this summer, according to his club captain Russell Martin, Talksport has reported. Ruddy has been an ever present for Norwich this season, and despite the club falling to the hands of almost certain relegation the stopper has put in impressive performances, keeping 12 clean sheets this season. Ruddy is yet to play a full international for the Three Lions since debuting as a sub in a 2 -1 win over…

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Norwich vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Effectively relegated, Norwich City enter their final game of the season against Arsenal knowing that their three-year spell in the Premier League is coming to an end. When they failed to pull clear of the bottom three, a look at Norwich’s final four fixtures made it seem a tall order for them to stay up, and so it has proved. Bar the defeat at Manchester United, there has unquestionably been more of a fight about the Canaries since Neil Adams took over from Chris Hughton. Many believe that the change…

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Adams: Norwich need luck to stay up

Norwich City manager Neil Adams has admitted that his side will need plenty of good fortune if they are to remain in the Premier League, BBC Sport has reported. He was speaking after the Canaries managed to earn a point from a goalless draw at Chelsea, and thus retain hope of staying in the top-flight for a fourth successive season. However, it still seems an unlikely prospect, with Norwich having to beat Arsenal on the final day and hope Sunderland lose at home to both West Bromwich Albion and Swansea…

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Chelsea vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Chelsea will be aiming to keep up the pressure on their title rivals when they take on a Norwich City side who will feel they cannot afford to lose. Despite winning at Anfield with their much talked about tactics proving extremely effective, it would still take an unlikely set of results for the Blues to become champions. That would mean that Jose Mourinho’s first season back in charge will end without a trophy after they were outplayed by Atletico Madrid in their Champions League semi-final second leg, but they will…

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Mourinho: Norwich will provide a stern test

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that he expects Norwich to be a stern test for his side when they meet on Sunday, according to Sky Sports. Following Chelsea’s midweek Champions League exit to Atletico Madrid, the Premier League is now the final chance of silverware for the Blues this season. Sunderland showed the London club just how difficult a side battling at the bottom of the table can be, and Mourinho will be wary when he faces the relegation threatened Canaries. “I expect they are going to play a…

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Turner: Norwich need a helping hand

Norwich City defender Michael Turner has admitted that the club are looking for favours from other clubs in their bid to avoid Premier League relegation, Sky Sports reports. The Canaries are currently 18th in the table and sit in the relegation zone only on goal difference but the teams above them have a game in hand. Norwich now face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday followed by a final day home match against Arsenal and will be looking to other results hopefully. “I’m sure when we are travelling down we…

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Surman will wait before thrashing out Norwich future

Norwich midfielder Andrew Surman is prepared to wait until the end of the season before his long-term future is decided, according to Sky Sports. Surman has spent this season on loan at Bournemouth – his second overall spell with the club – but has another year to run on his current contract at Carrow Road, but believes that his future will not be decided until the Canaries know in which league they will be plying their trade next season, and possibly following the arrival of a new permanent manager. He…

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Man Utd players will be buoyed by Moyes departure, says Adams

Norwich City manager Neil Adams believes his side will face a different Manchester United this weekend after the dismissal of David Moyes, reports BBC Sport. The two sides come up against each other on Saturday evening at Old Trafford and the Canaries boss reckons United’s players will have been given a boost by the sacking of the former Everton manager. He said: “It’s going to give them a lift. There is no shying away from that. The crowd on Saturday are going to be more vocal than they might have…

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Man Utd vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Ryan Giggs takes charge of Manchester United for the first time in Saturday’s late kick-off as last season’s Premier League champions face relegation-threatened Norwich City. As the club’s record appearance maker and most decorated player, Giggs is certain to get a rousing reception from the Old Trafford crowd as he steps into the breach while Man Utd search for a new manager. The Red Devils will now be looking to move on after dispensing with the services of David Moyes, the man christened the ‘Chosen One’, following a defeat at…

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Moyes frustrated at Man Utd sacking

Sacked Manchester United boss David Moyes believes that he should have been given more time to rebuild the club’s squad, according to Sky Sports . Sky Sports News sources understand that while Moyes accepts his sacking was down to poor results and a very disappointing season – United lay seventh, are unable to qualify for the Champions League this term and are guaranteed their lowest points tally in Premier League history, the Scotsman has been left frustrated by the decision. Moyes in fact has the second highest win percentage of…

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Snodgrass confident of Premier League survival

Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass believes that his side’s performance against Liverpool will give them the confidence needed to avoid relegation, Sky Sports reports. The Merseyside club beat Norwich 3-2 on Sunday to extend their lead at the top of the table to five points and to hand the Canaries their third defeat in a row. Despite being just one point above the drop zone and facing a difficult final stretch including games against Manchester City and Chelsea, Snodgrass believes they have what it takes to survive. “If we did not…

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Norwich vs Liverpool – Premier League preview and team news

Liverpool travel to struggling Norwich City for an early kick-off on Sunday looking to move a step closer to winning their first league title for 24 years. By the time this match begins, Norwich could find themselves in the bottom three. The defeat to Fulham last time out could prove fatal, despite a performance full of hard work and endeavour, something that was missing in the final few away games of Chris Hughton’s reign. However, their profligacy now means that they will probably need at least five points from four…

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Fulham vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

In a crucial game, Fulham host relegation rivals Norwich City in what will be Neil Adams’ first match in charge of the Canaries. Victory away to Aston Villa last time out, achieved thanks to a much more potent attacking display, lifted Fulham to within just five points of their opponents ahead of this game, and their run-in looks much more favourable. What could work against Fulham is the fact that they have lost more at home than any other Premier League club, but performances have undoubtedly improved under Felix Magath.…

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Hughton insists Norwich would have stayed up

Former Norwich City manager Chris Hughton has said he would have kept the Canaries in the Premier League this season, Sky Sports has reported. Hughton was sacked on Sunday after Norwich were beaten at home by fellow strugglers West Bromwich Albion. The result leaves Norwich one place above the bottom three with five games to play, five points clear of Fulham, who occupy the final place in the drop zone. The Cottagers provide Norwich’s next opposition at Craven Cottage on Saturday with Norwich under the guidance of youth team coach…

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Adams replaces sacked Hughton as Norwich boss

Norwich City have appointed Youth Coach Neil Adams as their new manager after sacking Chris Hughton on Sunday evening, the Guardian has reported. The decision to dismiss Hughton comes just five games from the end of the season with the Canaries lying 17th in the Premier League, five points above Fulham who occupy the final relegation place. The two meet in a crucial fixture at Craven Cottage on Saturday, while Norwich’s final four games are all against sides in the current top six. Throughout the season, sections of Norwich supporters…

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Norwich vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

Norwich City play West Bromwich Albion on Saturday in a meeting of two sides who are still very unsure of their Premier League futures. Despite a nightmare run-in which includes games against four of the top seven, Norwich should have enough to stay in the Premier League. They currently have a six point cushion over the bottom three, and their home record so far in 2014 has been highly impressive, with no defeats and just one goal conceded. However, another poor away display at Swansea City ensured that doubts continue…

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Rooney’s goal was better, says Tettey

Norwich City midfielder Alexander Tettey believes Wayne Rooney’s long-range effort was better than his spectacular goal this weekend, Sky Sports has reported. Tettey netted from the edge of the penalty area, a swerving volley that put the Canaries two goals up against Sunderland, while Rooney scored from almost the half-way line to put Manchester United in front against West Ham. It was Tettey’s first Premier League goal for Norwich but, he said, not the best goal of the campaign, or even of the weekend. “It was a good strike on…

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Norwich vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

Norwich City take on Sunderland at Carrow Road in what is a hugely important fixture in the race for Premier League survival. After being outplayed for 85 minutes at Southampton in their previous game, Norwich suddenly found themselves in with a chance of claiming a point, but they were unable to complete their comeback. The result meant it was another setback for a side desperately in need of points in their games ahead, with the matches they have to play in the final four weeks of the season beginning to…

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Poyet: Treat each game as our last

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has told his side that they must treat each remaining Premier League game as if it was their last, according to Sky Sports. Sunderland go into the weekend’s games in the relegation zone but have at least two games in hand on their fellow relegation battlers. The 46-year-old has now tried to rally his players to focus on every game in hope of avoiding any regrets come the end of the season. Sunderland are without a win since beating Newcastle 3-0 at the start of February…

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Hughton calls for diversity in English football

Norwich manager Chris Hughton has said that he is disappointed in the lack of diversity in English football, according to Sky Sports. The 55-year-old is currently the only black manager in England’s top four football divisions after Chris Powell’s sacking by Charlton. The Canaries boss has called for football to counter the imbalance that has led to just one non-white manager out of 92 Premier League and Football League clubs. “To be the only black manager in the divisions is something that is really disappointing,” Hughton said. “There’s no doubt…

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Norwich boss Hughton questions Stoke penalty award

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton was left frustrated by referee Andre Marriner’s decision to award Stoke City the penalty which led to their equaliser during the 1-1 draw between the sides on Saturday, writes Goal.com. After a goalless first half, Norwich took the lead through Bradley Johnson, who headed home a free-kick from the right. They had looked set for a crucial victory in their battle for survival, only for Sebastian Bassong to upend Stoke’s John Guidetti in the box, with Jonathan Walters converting the resulting spot-kick. Although the Irishman…

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