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MCNALLY ON PARADE DECISION

26 May 2015

City's CEO confirms time too short for civic reception

CITY CEO David McNally hailed the performance of Alex Neil's side under the Wembley arch as one of the most significant in the Canaries' long history, but confirmed a shortened summer break for the players has ruled out a civic reception.

He said: "Yesterday was certainly one of the best days in our history. I'm thrilled for the fans - those fans that backed us when we were League One and 25,000 still turned up at Carrow Road. Yesterday was for them, as well as the players who, when it mattered most, delivered on the biggest stage at three o'clock yesterday.

"But as far as a parade is concerned we're beaten on time I’m afraid. The City Council were fantastic in inviting us to enjoy a civic parade, but unfortunately time won't allow it – the players and staff need to go on holiday and several of them are representing their countries on international duty."

"Their season end has been delayed by four weeks, which means that they have a shorter summer anyhow. And, quite frankly, there's no point having a parade without all of the footballers and staff present."

BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend hosted in Norwich at the same time City's players emerged victorious at Wembley added a further complication, he added, making a prompt enough civic celebration impossible.

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