With all else going on, I barely get a chance to follow the daily comings and goings at Carrow Road and Colney – much less that of another club down the far end of the A14.
But as an air of distinct restlessness settles over Norfolk as the punters – rightly – wonder just where this season is going, events at Aston Villa over the last six months might be worth pondering.
Footballers aren’t that daft; nor are they much different from many other a profession.
Despite the number of noughts that festoon their pay cheques, they are just lads. Ordinary fellas earning an extraordinary wage for – certainly in the case of the Championship – doing a very ordinary job.
And like everyone else in the world of work, they like to know who is in charge. Who is running the show.
Some like to know that for a simple reason – they want to know just how much they can get away with. A lot or a little depending on who is calling the shots; who is looking out of the window on training.
For reasons I have never fathomed – other than there appeared to be some breach of club discipline – ‘Team Lambert’ of his golden years at Carrow Road split asunder towards the end of last season when Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa were shown the door. But Lambert stayed.
At the time, it didn’t strike me as much of a show of ‘All for one and for all!’ given that the three had been together at Wycombe, Colchester and then Norwich. Even if I struggled to work out what Karsa did, exactly.
Of course, who should then pop at Lambert’s side this summer but Roy Keane. Who promptly disappeared in a hurry last week citing his commitments to Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland set-up as the cause of his abrupt exit.
The Republic have, after all, got a game in three months. Villa, by contrast, only had a game the next day.
Through the course of this whole period, Villa’s form has been – at best – patchy. Christian Benteke has made four appearances this season; no goals; one red card. Darren Bent is out of the door and off on loan to Brighton.
You don’t sense a happy ship. And I’m not convinced that R Keane was ever designed to be anyone’s No2. The messages might have been mixed; confusion rife.
Coming on the back of the whole Culverhouse-Karsa episode, you wonder where Villa’s season is heading. Form and fortune don’t appear to have improved as a result of moving the back room deck-chairs.
Clearly it is way too early to point any fingers in the direction of new City coach Mike Phelan.
He has barely had a chance to catch his breath since his arrival on the back of Mark Robson’s sudden exit post-Forest.
‘Team Neil’ lost a former youth coach at Charlton and gained Sir Alex Ferguson’s former right-hand man.
What followed was wholly inevitable in terms of the supporters speculating that here was the managerial heir apparent; the boss-in-waiting.
That the City faithful would jump to such a conclusion should, surely, have been foreseen by all involved.
He hasn’t – yet – got to the level that Phelan has batted at.
The point being that if the supporters are thinking that; that it is crossing the mind of those that have long admired the man’s coaching instincts and abilities, let alone his musical accomplishments… It will have crossed the mind of every player in that Canary dressing room.
It would have put a question mark in their minds.
And that can be very dangerous. As this weekend’s performance and result might be in the process of bearing out.
Because the manner in which Norwich conceded their second goal smacks of a team not paying much attention to anyone right now.
The kid is six-foot four and has done you once. Don’t let him do you again. Particularly not in the 45th minute. You get back into the dressing room level.
If a rocket was delivered at the break, by every account it didn’t fire too many people into life in the second-half. And come the final whistle – as Norwich made it just the one win in the last ten – the reaction of the paying public was wholly predictable.
Adams was quite right to assert afterwards that it will all come down to winning games. As we all know, the Championship is such a fickle beast that two wins on the spin and you are everyone’s darling again.
But there is a point to management. Be it of football players, plumbers, plasterers, butchers, bakers and candle-stick makers.
Managing people is easy when times are good. Most people can do it. Lambert managed a Norwich side that couldn’t stop winning. Right now he is being asked to manage a Villa side that are struggling to start winning games again on a consistent basis.
Just as Adams is at Norwich.
But the challenge for both men becomes doubly difficult if everyone thinks you are doing it with one eye looking over your shoulder.
Whatever the reality, it’s the perception that counts. And if the players’ perceptions match those of the supporters, you have a fresh and serious mountain to climb.