Norwich City were relegated from the Premier League on Sunday, finishing third from bottom with 33 points from 38 matches.
The club’s fans will be disheartened by the team’s performances in front of goal this campaign. With the eye-catching acquisitions of Gary Hooper and Ricky van Wolfswinkel in the summer, the Canaries looked to possess a real threat in the attacking department. However, this enticing combination never came to fruition as the pair only notched up nine goals between them all season.
Chief executive David McNally admitted that the club took a big gamble in spending big money in the transfer window, one which evidently did not pay dividends. As the Norfolk outfit prepare for life back in the Championship, there is a cloud of uncertainty looming over the Canaries.
Norwich will face fierce competition in trying to hold on to their key players. One player who looks certain to leave Carrow Road in the summer is Robert Snodgrass. The former Leeds United winger, who has been an outstanding player this season, would be a huge loss if Norwich are forced to sell the Scot. His endeavour and passion encapsulates what every team want from their players, something City will need if they want to bounce straight back up to the top flight.
One thing that can excite Norwich fans is the imminent announcement of their new manager. Former City defender and captain Malky Mackay appears to be the fans’ favourite to take the helm at his former club.
Whoever takes charge has a challenge on his hands. Getting Norwich back to the Premier League will be far from easy.