Norwich City have signed an abundance of top players in this summer's tranfer window, and will look to have a very positive season in the top-flight.
The Canaries have signed a top goal-scorer in the form of Gary Hooper, with whom they are bound to have a good season ahead. But who do they thank for all this?
It all started back in August 2009, when Paul Lambert was appointed manager at Carrow Road, following the sacking of Bryan Gunn.
The three seasons since then, have seen The Canaries gain back-to-back promotion from League one. Which is quite remarkable, as it had only been done back in 2000 by Manchester City.
Along with Paul Lambert, another man must be thanked for The Canaries' rise to the top level. Grant Holt, who has perhaps played in all the leagues in England. Signed for a minimal fee of around £400,000, he turned out to be a massive success for Norwich. He recently departed Norwich to join Wigan Athletic, and has stated that the prospect of playing European football with the Latics, appealed to him. Quite a nice way to hang up his boots. And perhaps helping Wigan to gain promotion would make it all the more special. He has been instrumental in The Canaries' incredible comeback to England's top tier.
So how exactly did Norwich achieve this feat? It is not like they spent exorbitant amounts on random players. The whole process started when Norwich were in League One, England's third tier. They had just lost 7-1, to a Colchester United side, who were then ironically managed by Paul Lambert.
The board obviously felt that Bryan Gunn wasn't doing an efficent job and was sacked soon. In came Paul Lambert, who was brought in to deliver and deliver, he did.
He won the League One title with Norwich to achieve promotion to the Championship. Norwich then finished one spot below winners QPR in the Championship, securing promotion to England's top tier.
On getting promoted to the Premier league, Norwich wasted no time in improving the squad, bringing in the likes of Ryan Bennett, Steve Morison, Anthony Pilkington to name a few. All established players in the championship. Their first season back in the Premier league, saw them finish in a respectable 12th position.
The following season saw the arrivals of Robert Snodgrass, Sebastian Bassong, Michael Turner and Alexander Tetty. This season saw them finish in 11th spot, although they made a hard deal of it by securing their premier league status only in the last few weeks of the season.
The plethora of players signed from Leeds United must also be praised, as there are quite a few who have switched Elland Road for Carrow Road in the past few seasons, making good progress.
The 2013/14 off-season has seen Norwich strengthen themselves quite comprehensively, having already brought in Leroy Fer, Ricky Van Wolfsinkel, Nathan Redmond, Martin Olsson, Gary Hooper and Javier Garrido who was on loan at Carrow Road last season, from Lazio. The club have also been linked with moves for Toby Alderwereild, and many other top players.
Its yet to be seen as to how Norwich will line-up, but something tells me Norwich will do well this season. Gary Hooper and Ricky Van Wolfsinkel can strike up a powerful partnership upfront, Nathan Redmond is an exciting prospect who has already proved himself with Birmingham in the Championship, and England U21's.
The club would be expected to challenge for a top 10 finish and probably try for Europe next season.
The future looks sunny and yellow at Carrow Road. What will happen in this upcoming season? Only time will tell.
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