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Despite its inevitability, the fact Norwich City have been relegated from the Premier League with four games remaining is a bitter pill to swallow.

For all the debate and analysis, it’s the concrete evidence that our club has once again fallen an embarrassingly long way short of the required standard to even compete at this level.

In truth, no-one is above criticism. Last week I spoke in a highly condemnatory way about Stuart Webber’s role in this season’s débâcle, particularly when it comes to recruitment. I wholeheartedly stand by that.

Norwich City columnist Edward Seaman
Norwich City columnist Edward Seaman

But he is not alone. The owners, Daniel Farke, Dean Smith and the players must all shoulder some of the blame.

Tactically, under both managers we have not been good enough. Farke’s decision to stray away from what he knew best ultimately cost him his job, while we’ve seen very little improvement since. Some 20-odd games into his tenure and I still don’t know what our identity is under Smith, or what he is trying to achieve.

On the pitch, individual mistakes have cost us dearly, particularly at the back. Equally as damning is that too many in yellow have failed to stand up and be counted for when it has been needed most.

On that last point, I think back most notably to the Brentford game at Carrow Road, when we had a real chance to drag ourselves back into the fight, but failed in such spectacular fashion to deliver.

Even we – the fans – could have done better. I’m not for one second suggesting we are to blame for the dross we have seen subjected to, but the atmosphere inside of Carrow Road has been as flat as I can remember.

I understand that being the case over the last few months, as we’ve sleepwalked towards relegation, but even as the campaign got under way, it was far from intimidating for visiting teams.

This season has been nothing short of a nightmare – one which I cannot wait to end.



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