Ambitious Canaries seek top flight push

IF MICKY Adams is to secure his first victory in charge of Sheffield United in front of the Bramall Lane public in two days time, his players will have to conquer the surprise package in the Championship this season.

Having stormed to the League One title last term, Norwich City have adapted superbly to their new surroundings and are currently fourth in the second tier, two points adrift of the automatic promotion placings.

Along with rivals Cardiff City and Leeds United, the Canaries also have a game in hand over second-placed Swansea City.

Norwich, believed to be chasing Brighton winger Elliott Bennett, have revealed they plan on expanding the capacity of their Carrow Road ground to 35,000 should they gain promotion to the top flight. Managed by former Celtic and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Paul Lambert, the Canaries average 25,227 at home, the third highest in the division behind Derby County and Leeds. The Blades are ninth in the attendance rankings, averaging 20,717 from their 12 league matches.

Dave McNally, Norwich's chief executive, has shrugged off claims suggesting promotion this year would come "too soon" for the club.

It has been more than five years since the Canaries dropped out of the Premier League following a 6-0 thrashing at Fulham on the final day of the campaign.

But McNally, speaking at the club's annual general meeting, said: "One year in the Premier League guarantees 90m of additional income without kicking a ball."

Currently, Norwich's debt stands at 20.9m while 90m amounts to club's annual turnover four times over. McNally insists the club, who are five points away from table-topping QPR, will continue to push for a top two berth.

He added: "Is it too soon to be promoted? There are 90 million reasons to make certain we are ready.

"If the opportunity surfaces you take it."

Like United, Norwich have struggled to locate and secure new investment to ease their financial problems.

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