One of the Sky Sports pundits has claimed that Norwich City have got it right this season in the Championship when compared to fellow relegated sides, Newcastle and Villa.
Andy Hinchcliffe has praised Norwich City for the ‘real philosophy’ they have got at Carrow Road, simply because they have decided to ‘stick with what they did last time’.
Hinchcliffe referring to the fact that Manager Alex Neil is still there, with Nathan Redmond the only high profile player to exit and £10m spent on a couple of incoming transfers.
He says that Norwich ‘were never going to spend it like Villa and Newcastle’.
The thing is, you don’t have to scratch very much below the surface to discover this ‘real philosophy’ hasn’t been around too long…
Norwich City sacked Chris Hughton in April 2014 as they were sliding out of the Premier League, then only nine months later in January 2015 they sacked Neil Adams as they were trying to get out of the Championship.
As for spending money, yes they only spent around £10m this past summer but summer 2015 they spent over £40m and the previous one they splashed out £17m to try and get out of the Championship. In summer 2013 the Canaries spent £26m, when Newcastle didn’t buy a single player – nobody then was declaring NUFC had a special ‘philosophy’.
The reality is that the three relegated clubs this time, had to deal with the hand they were dealt.
After being the worst Premier League club for many years, Aston Villa were not going to think it was a great idea to stick with their players or manager!
As for Newcastle, McClaren was a disaster who should never have been appointed and our squad had numerous slackers and a small number of high profile players who were also desperate to leave, Rafa Benitez having little choice but to make wholesale changes to correct the shambles built up over years.
On the other hand Norwich City are a yoyo team and in these last four season have swapped between Premier League and Championship. The reality is that many of their players have previously shown they could do it in the Championship so why get rid of them, unlike Newcastle who have brought in the likes of Hanley, Murphy, Ritchie and others who have already shown they have what it takes in the second tier.
Norwich of course also didn’t have players that Premier League clubs were all that keen to try and attract, with the exception of Nathan Redmond.
Andy Hinchcliffe speaking to Sky Sports:
“It’s not their (Norwich City’s) philosophy and it never was going to be their philosophy, even with the money they probably took down from the Premier League, they were never going to spend it like Villa and Newcastle.
“There is a real philosophy at Norwich to do things their way, they stuck by Alex Neil, they didn’t think ‘because we have been relegated everything has to change’.
“I think it is the right approach, just to stick with what they did last time.
“Of course a lot of players will be getting more game time, younger players will be in that Norwich team that wouldn’t have played if they had have stayed in the Premier League.
“Alex Neil will be quite happy to be under the radar and let Villa and Newcastle take all the spotlight. They are going about their business very carefully.”