Formed: 1902 Manager: Alex Neil Stadium: Carrow Road Capacity: 27,244 Previous years in Premier League: 7 Last 3 seasons: 2014-15: 3rd (Championship) 2013-14: 18th 2012-13: 11th Best finish: 3rd (1992/93) Opening day fixture: Crystal Palace (H), Aug 8 Final day fixture: Everton (A), May 15
This season’s aim:
Every Canaries supporter is under no illusions that the ultimate target for the 2015/16 campaign must be survival. City made an instant return to the top flight after a convincing 2-0 Championship play-off final success against Middlesbrough back in May, and they won’t want to return to the Football League anytime soon. They have a good manager in Alex Neil, who helped turn their season around when it appeared to be drifting last term, and the Scot has boosted the squad with some Premier League experience in the form of Youssouf Mulumbu, Robbie Brady and Andre Wisdom, who has moved to Carrow Road on a season-long loan from Liverpool. They will struggle at times and it is their results against the teams around them, and at Carrow Road, that will prove to be key to their chances of staying up.
Graham Dorrans (West Brom), Youssouf Mulumbu (West Brom), Robbie Brady (Hull City), Jake Kean (Blackburn Rovers), Andre Wisdom (Liverpool)
Transfers out: Luciano Becchio (Belgrano), Mark Bunn (Aston Villa), Kyle Callan-McFadden (Released), Carlos Cuellar (Released), Javier Garrido (Released), Sam Kelly (Released), Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town), Ignasi Miquel (Released)
Star Player: Nathan Redmond
The England Under-21 international has already proved that he is a huge threat to defences and his assists and goals will be crucial to his club’s chances of survival in the Premier League next season. The winger scored seven times in 46 Championship matches in the 2014/15 campaign, but it is his record of 13 assists that really stands out. Along with new-boy Robbie Brady on the other wing, the 21-year-old will be expected to create plenty of chances for the team’s forwards, and will have learnt from a tough debut stint in the top flight two years ago.
Shoot’s Norwich blogger: Cory Varney
Blogger’s view: “The appointment of little known Scot Alex Neil in January proved to be a master stroke at Carrow Road, with Neil leading the Canaries to a Wembley play-off triumph in May. Quite obviously, the only goal for Norwich this season is to stay up, having fought so hard to bounce back at the first attempt. On paper, City’s opening selection of games look as if there’s plenty of points to be gained and an early chance to build confidence. Nathan Redmond could be the key man for the Canaries, after showing sparkling form towards the end of the season and especially in the play-offs. It could prove a coming of age season for the former Birmingham City man.”
Blogger’s key man: Nathan Redmond
Shoot Says: Relegation candidates