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Recruitment Issues The Root Of Norwich's Problems

Well, according to Alex Neil they are and in fairness he's talking a lot of sense, especially since we should have learnt our lesson last time we were relegated

Neil acknowledged that the club would have been in a stronger position if they had recruited more since wining promotion through the Championship play-offs last season.

“There has been a whole host of reasons why that hasn’t been the case,” said the Scot. “We were last to go up, through the play-offs, and the recruitment team needed to be put together a bit more than what it was, so that wasn’t fully functioning in the way it should’ve been. And there have been players we’ve tried to attract that ultimately we didn’t manage to get. If you combine all those reasons we found ourselves in a situation where we didn’t add as many as we’d have liked.”

The forwards’ quality is not high and, what is more, their confidence seems low. Neil seems exasperated. “How do you give people confidence?” he said. “You can’t put the ball in the net for them.”

How Norwich must rue their repeated failure to invest properly, especially in forwards. Two years ago, when Chris Hughton was manager, they spent a club-record fee on the Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel and also bought Gary Hooper but neither succeeded, especially not the former, and Norwich were demoted as the lowest scorers in the top flight.

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