Chris Hughton became the second manager this season to lose his job in the aftermath of defeat against West Brom, with the Carrow Road fat cats taking a perplexing course of action in order to preserve their Premier League status.
The madcap move of Delia Smith and co will pay dividends, but it’ll be luck, not judgement that grants their stay of execution, meaning now is the time to lump on the 7/10 about the Canaries avoiding the drop this season.
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Difficult would be an underwhelming way to describe the final five fixtures caretaker coach Neil Adams must navigate, with Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal a quartet of apex predators licking their lips at the prospect of savouring roast canary in the springtime sunshine.
Next opponents Fulham are the only foes they can reasonably expect to tax some points from, but with the Cottagers sparking a desperate dash to escape from the basement at Aston Villa last time out, Felix Magath’s men will also be eyeing their forthcoming collision as a prime opportunity to generate some points.
Placing a rookie at the helm for such an important game will only serve to hinder Norwich’s (whose dreadful away form means they require all the assistance they can get on the road) chances in west London.
Even if they end up on the wrong side of the scoreline at Craven Cottage, though, they still stand an excellent chance of survival.
If Fulham are to bridge the six-point gap between themselves and the Canaries, they’ll have to win their remaining three home games, as victories at Tottenham and Stoke are unlikely to materialise.
Assuming Norwich lose all of their remaining games, this would see the capital club best the boys in lemon and lime by three points, but the Cottagers have won just four home games all season so winning three in a row will prove too big an ask.
There doesn’t appear to be any way back for Cardiff – another club whose fate has been dictated by Benny Hill-inspired boardroom thinking – who will play the bulk of their final matches away from home, which leads us on to Sunderland and the three games in hand they’re frightening their relegation rivals with.
Two of these are likely to count for little as they are away at Spurs and Manchester City, while a run of friendly-on-the-eye home fixtures is negated by a record of one win from 15 against bottom half brethren this season.
It’s these factors that will conspire to see Norwich wriggle out of the noose, not their belated managerial meddling.