Three key messages from our interview with David McNally.
Careful consultation and consideration:
McNally made it clear that the decision to change manager at the club was certainly not taken lightly. With a thorough decision-making process in place, the club’s Chief Executive led a process of consultation that included all key stakeholders.
“It’s with a heavy heart that we’ve had to let Chris Hughton, Paul Trollope and Colin Calderwood go.
“But with seven consecutive defeats away from home and only four points from our last six games, we felt we were left with no choice. We expected an improvement (on form earlier in the season), and things have worsened.
“We feel that we had to make a change to protect our Premier League status.”
“After the game on Saturday, all of the board members slept on the decision and Sunday morning we reflected on where we were. We consulted all key stakeholders in the Norwich City family, including playing staff, people behind-the-scenes and of course listening carefully to the views of the fans.”
Below par performance:
At the root of the club’s decision to change the first-team coaching staff was the board’s consensus belief that the City squad had not been performing to its full potential thus fair in the 2013-14 season.
“With the squad that we’ve got I think we’ve underperformed this year.
“We do understand that the national media has a view that it’s a smaller club than it actually is but Norwich City supporters of course realise that we’re a big club. We have a huge fan-base that we have to try and satisfy.”
McNally explained that the board expected Neil Adams to put his own mark on the way the City squad will shape up for the remaining five games of the season.
“We do think that things haven’t been working so we need to make some changes.
“We expect Neil to put his own stamp on the team.
“We aren’t expecting wholesale changes but there might be subtle change (to the tactical approach) that could make a significant difference.”