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.
Mick Dennis is a football writer and broadcaster. He began his career with Eastern Counties Newspapers and was the Norwich City correspondent for the Evening News and then the EDP during the John Bond era. He was sports editor of the London Evening Standard and has worked for five national newspapers. He is a football correspondent at the Daily Express and a regular contributor to Five Live.
Handing the reins to Tom is not about nepotism; it’s about D&M doing what they think best for this clubNovember 24th, 2016 by Mick Dennis | 49 Comments »
Many newspapers were chasing Delia and Michael to “do a piece” to mark the 20th anniversary of their becoming City’s majority shareholders. The hack pack would not be put off the scent until they talked to someone, and Henry is a lovely guy, so …
Tales From The City 2 Live: Mix with the great n’ good, and watch Ed as his ‘Strictly’ fate is revealed liveOctober 4th, 2016 by Mick Dennis | Comments Off
There’s no City match at the weekend, but there is a big fixture at Carrow Road on Sunday (9 Oct): the launch of Tales From The City volume 2.
In that summer of 2014, Norwich sold seven and bought 16. They spent £2.7m more on the new men than they got for the ones who left. They offered handsome incentives to keep players at Carrow Road and entice others to join them.
Ed is formidably bright and disarmingly charming in person — but didn’t earn his reputation as a political bruiser by ducking a fight. I expect the new chairman to be our pugnacious champion in meetings with the Premier League and others.
I commissioned and edited the 11 ‘Tales’ and, frankly, the project took over my professional life.
It’s time for the negativity to stop. Russ, Alex et al have done more than enough to be spared the moansSeptember 22nd, 2015 by Mick Dennis | 23 Comments »
Brendan Rogers has been able to spend £312.8 million in three years but even before that wantonness, the inequalities of resources had grown and grown, so that Liverpool have won nine of the last 11 meetings with Norwich.
As Malcolm Robertson said in his MyFootballWriter piece ahead of Wembley, you have to experience the crushing lows to value the vaunting highs. And, as Delia told the TV audience, Wembley was particularly rewarding for us because so many of us carry scars from dismal disappointments.
It is certainly true that Neil is willing to change his men and alter how they are deployed. In Scotland he preferred 4-1-4-1. With Norwich, he has had success with 4-2-3-1, the much-loved diamond (4-1-2-1-1) and several variants of the 4-4-1-1 he went with against Forest.
There appeared to be a lot of confusion about how we should reorganise. Alex Neil was in the technical area, but Phelan, Three Lungs and goal-keeping coach Tony Parks were giving instructions too and Russ Martin, the skipper, made at least two return trips to the side of the pitch for clarification.