Norwich slam claims they have given up and don’t care about survival, but winless Canaries have no hiding before visiting Leeds on Sunday.
- Norwich looks towards relegation after winning just two points in first nine games
- Canarias were defeated 7-0 by Premier League leaders Chelsea last week
- Sporting director Stuart Webber said the club has yet to accept its fate
- Norwich boss Daniel Farke spent £ 70 million on players in the summer
Norwich can accept criticism for being beaten 7-0 in a ‘diabolical’ fashion at Chelsea.
They can also accept it if someone wants to question their hiring strategy.
But when the goals flew at Stamford Bridge last Saturday, the Canaries knew what was to come: more criticism and repetition of what they consider to be myths about their approach to staying in the Premier League.
Norwich are on their way to becoming the worst team in the Premier League after their torrid start
Before tomorrow’s decisive clash against Leeds, it was time to set the record straight.
Norwich has been angered by some of the claims that have been made about them, particularly allegations that they are ready for the trip and do not have the ambition to stay awake.
During their previous Premier League campaign, that could be reasonably argued after they spent just £ 1.5 million on permanent signings.
Their main objective was to use the money earned from the promotion to regain a solid financial base and improve the club’s infrastructure: around £ 20 million has been invested to transform the training ground and parts of the stadium.
Canarias have scored just two goals in the first nine Premier League games this season
Norwich faces a sixth decline in the face just two years after their fifth record
Norwich ended up going down with a groan and their winless start to this league season has prompted what club bosses consider ‘shameful’ and ‘disrespectful’ comments.
“People have misjudged us,” said sports director Stuart Webber. ‘People who do not know us, our club have not made an effort to seek ideas or research.
“To say that we have already accepted relegation is a shame. Either we sit here and become that nice little Norwich, or we fight back.
Suggestions that they are just looking to take Premier League money again and run are countered by the fact that Norwich’s £ 70 million summer outlay made it the 11th highest-spending country in Europe.
Norwich City manager Daniel Farke is under pressure after his team’s poor start to the season
Norwich sporting director Steve Webber believes the club has been judged too harshly
It’s the most they’ve ever spent in a window and left them with a squad full of internationals, including youngsters Josh Sargent, Christos Tzolis, Milot Rashica and Ozan Kabak.
“We went to war without a gun last time, and now we’ve gone to war with more ammunition,” Webber said.
“People talk about a lack of ambition, that’s wrong. Last time it could target us, but definitely not this time. ”
Norwich has an internal saying for hard times about the need to keep sharks off the island. Now they are spinning around and Norwich has to find a way to defend itself.
Norwich hit a new low by conceding seven against league leaders Chelsea last weekend.
That won’t be easy as negativity is starting to seep into the fanbase, and there’s also resignation starting to set in among some members of Daniel Farke’s team about whether they are good enough to survive.
Despite being unable to win any of his last 19 Premier League games, Farke feels secure in his job.
He signed a new four-year contract in May. But there is a concern from some players about the lack of clarity in what they are trying to do, and also about being too open in certain games.
However, Webber insists they think they can stay awake this time.
He added: ‘The only positive when they beat you 7-0 is that you have nowhere to hide. We have no choice but to put on a performance (against Leeds).
“These are the weeks when we have to stand up and react or hide. And the hidden part cannot be an option.