Norwich majority shareholder wants her club back in the top flight next season (Image: PA Archive/PA Images)

How Norwich negotiated a relegation storm and stayed united to tackle the Championship


The trio in charge of Norwich chatted with their players, shaking hands and passing on words of encouragement an hour after the final whistle.

There was Daniel Farke, who shunned offers from around Europe to stick with City after their Premier League flop, as engaging, lively boss as a fan could ask for.

There was smart Director of Football Stuart Webber who showed leadership after the drop, ordered fans to “blame me, it was my strategy” for the relegation in July.

“I didn’t have to sit sulking or crying or lying on the football pitch hoping someone would take a photo of me,” he said. “We had to make sure we didn’t die. We went off that cliff edge and could brush ourselves off and go again.”

And they have.
Daniel Farke guided City to an opening day win against Huddersfield on Saturday and looked to be united with his bosses (Image: Getty Images)

Matriarchal Delia Smith, clearly popular with her young charges, was among the squad showing she's willing the lads to succeed.

It's early days, but few clubs emerge from the wreckage of relegation, a £60m income cut, a ten game losing streak, no win since February, looking as together and ready for the new challenge as the Canaries.

They didn't spend silly money last season, relegation clauses in contracts automatically reduced the wage bill this term and only Jamal Lewis has been sold - £15m to Newcastle.

Solid characters have been added like Ben Gibson and Jordan Hugill.

Stability and united front mean Norwich will be among the promotion contenders again.

This was their first win since February when they beat Leicester, 197 days ago, and ended a ten game losing streak from the top flight.
Delia Smith met her players and gave them individual pep talks after the win at Huddersfield (Image: Getty)

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Webber has overseen more than 460 first team appearances from home grown academy players in the last three years.

Another Adam Idah, just 19, grabbed the winner in Yorkshire against a reslilent Town who were undone only by a terrible backpass by Richard Stearman.

Cork born Idah played twice for Ireland in the week, and nabbed his first league goal.

He said: “All of us work well together even in training, we get each other going. Everyone wants to do well.

“We had a difficult and disappointing end to last season, so this was an unbelievable start to the season and we’re just raring to go.

“Every season once you get off to a good start the confidence comes in.”

Town boss Carlos Corberan said: “We fought with spirit and effort. We couldn't do enough things to get the result. The team showed the spirit we wanted and a performance, which is the positive.”