Score against Ipswich and that used to be a sure fire way of being immortalised in song – right up until the point that ‘half of f***ing Norwich’ did it. But McKenzie, MacKay, Messrs Johnson, Howson and Holt all have songs dedicated to them for sticking it to our near neighbours. On the flip side, Grabban scored against Ipswich twice but we didn’t sing about him. Go figure.
Archives for March 2017
Whenever we get back to the Premier League we’ll need to use a big chunk of the income to strengthen the squad (i.e. what we failed to do in summer 2015). However smart our recruitment this summer, we’re simply not in a financial position now to build a PL team. So my view is: grab any chance at promotion.
Finance may well dictate the futures of Timm Klose, Steven Naismith and John Ruddy. I wouldn’t be that sorry to lose any one of them to be honest; my worry would be how much would we get for the trio? Possibly less than for Rod, Jane and Freddy, I’m afraid.
In a week that has been blissfully light of Yellow Army bickering the one discussion that has strayed into ‘lively’ territory is that of how much urgency should be attached to appointing the new head coach, and whether it’s important to do it now or wait until end of the season.
I’m well aware that there are lots of young men who ’support’ their clubs with a semi-religious fanaticism (my NCFC-supporting son included), but they’re mostly online rather than terrace warriors. And getting this lot to pay is the biggest challenge of the information revolution.
Our owners shouldn’t be closed to outside investment. It’s my understanding that Delia’s Times interview and Michael’s comments at the AGM were borne of frustration at previous attempts to find investors, and came over as more closed and definitive than they actually are.
The new business model announced on Saturday morning represents a significant turning point from our club, terminating the seemingly outdated and recently ineffective traditional system and implementing a refreshed, overtly modern continental structure. Although many may have their doubts, such a reconfiguration was exactly what this drifting club needed.
I do not get why so many people on social media appear to want a manager, head coach or whatever you want to call him, in now. Why pick up what’s left after Derby and Forest have jumped like scalded frogs? We’re not going down and we’re highly unlikely to go up.
That Roy Hodgson is not to be part of the structure has come as something of a relief; not because of his age or ability to manage, which despite his England tenure is good at club level, but because of his proximity to the club’s owners.
It’s why the unforeseen victory, the one against the odds, is so much sweeter than the routine win that we saw coming. Or why a defeat at The Emirates or The Etihad is easier to stomach than losing at places like Rotherham, Barnsley or Burton.
It has to evolve and change over time. Giving David McNally free rein to supervise and intervene in every aspect of the club’s operation was crucial (as was Bowkett’s re-negotiation of our debt) in steering the club away from disaster in 2009. But it’s not the right way for Norwich City in 2017.
They have a lot of important decisions to make and indeed crucial appointments must be made. I too am hearing good vibes about Tom from some quite disparate quarters, although being me I am still deeply suspicious of him, mainly through his family connection and lack of backstory. but please give him a chance.
The directors themselves have finally worked out that the football club is dysfunctional in so many areas, and initiated that change themselves. What the structural review concludes, and the actions taken from it, now need to form that seminal moment.
Relegation reduced City’s income by around half. The club’s good housekeeping, the relegation clauses in its contracts and parachute payments have helped to mitigate the situation, but they don’t fill the gap.
Delia and Michael are among the most experienced in the country at running a football club. And they are determined to “give us our Norwich back” — to ensure that once again it is a club rooted in its community, is a good employer and achieves as much on the pitch as is possible.
What it can’t be is a cosmetic exercise designed to appease the “moaners” that Delia so despises; one that essentially just shuffles around the building blocks to such an extent it becomes unrecognisable but offers more of the same.
Parts of the crowd turning on the back four seemed akin to a teacher calling the kids in the bottom maths group stupid when giving them an arithmetic problem he/she knew they could never solve. You might feel better for releasing frustration but you’re not really helping. These are never going to be straight A students no matter how much you shout at them.
This time be bold, be different, be imaginative with your next appointment. Don’t look north of the border; been there, done that. Ronald Koeman’s appointment at Southampton was inspired. Surprise me.
Alex’s credits in the bank extended to an ovation as he and the players sheepishly paraded around the pitch after the final home game against Watford. He expressed surprise; he expected at least a modicum of heat. Instead he showered with warmth. Hugs not brickbats.
For the board it’s the players who are at fault and as most of them will be gone soon Neil should be given time to rebuild. The fans just don’t see the bigger picture. We are just a bunch of moaners who don’t understand. And yes, I do believe our players should shoulder a huge amount of the blame because they have been awful at times this season.