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Ed Balls says Norwich will aim to keep best players

Ed Balls wasn't to avoid selling any key players. Credit: PA

Chairman Ed Balls says Norwich want to keep their best players, including Nathan Redmond, so they can bounce back from their Premier League relegation at the first attempt.

England Under-21s winger Redmond is one of the Canaries' most coveted talents and there has been speculation of a switch away from Carrow Road following the club's relegation to the Sky Bet Championship.

Balls told Norwich-based The Pink'un: "Nathan is showing his stuff out in the Under-21s (Toulon Tournament) at the moment, scored a great goal last night and I think everybody at the football club wants to keep all of our players - and our best players - with us into the Championship next season.

"As (manager) Alex Neil has said, the reality is there are going to be people looking at what's happening at Norwich.

"But we have no need to make any short-term, foolish decisions that are bad for the best interests of the football club - and we're not going to be doing that."


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Neil to review position as Norwich boss in summer

Alex Neil looks set to take Norwich back down. Credit: PA

Norwich manager Alex Neil is disappointed by the departure of the club's chief executive and says he will assess his own position at the end of the season.

David McNally announced his resignation following the Canaries' loss to Manchester United on Saturday, which left the team four points adrift of safety with two games left to play.

Norwich play Watford on Wednesday, with the future of Hornets head coach Quique Sanchez Flores increasingly uncertain, but Neil's side will be relegated regardless if Sunderland beat Everton.

I'll certainly look at my contribution this season, look at my team individually in terms of their contribution and the bigger picture in terms of the club and what we've managed to do on the field and off the field.

Recruitment is a part of that, a whole load of things needs analysing.

I'll speak to the powers that be and the board but I don't think anything is ever off the table in football. We spoke about Quique Flores earlier on.

At the end of the season I'll be judging how I've performed, how other people have performed and I'm pretty sure people will be judging me. That's normal in the Premier League.

– Alex Neil

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Norwich and Sunderland fined £30,000 each by the FA

Norwich and Sunderland have been fined £30,000 each. Credit: Reuters

Norwich and Sunderland have both been fined £30,000 following an incident which took place during their Premier League game at Carrow Road on April 16.

The two clubs were also warned as to the future conduct of their players and officials.

"Both Norwich City and Sunderland have been fined £30,000 and warned as to their future conduct for failing to ensure their players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion," read a statement on the Football Association website.

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