We had an exceptional run from February in 2015. However, we don’t actually need to replicate it. We finished third and but for a couple of late slips, we might well have grabbed one of the automatic spots. We were eight points clear of the team who took the last playoff place (can’t remember who that was).
Stewart left his native Norfolk for university in Cambridge, then worked in London. He was a director of opinion research firm MORI for 20 years. Despite being away for most of his life, Norfolk will always be home – and Carrow Road the spiritual home. Life highlights: singing with Pavarotti, watching Norwich in the San Siro, playing with Mick Dennis. But not necessarily in that order.
To renew or not to renew, that is the current question. Reflecting on the slings and arrows of City fortunesJanuary 25th, 2017 by Stewart Lewis | 17 Comments »
There’s no doubt in my mind that the Board is well aware of fans’ feelings, and would rather go with them than against them. The situation is that the Board – rightly or wrongly – genuinely believe in their path. On that basis they’re prepared to defy the fans’ wishes…
The Board may feel fate has dealt them a cruel card with that fixture, and the obvious contrast in mood between Lambert’s time at Carrow Road and now. Rather than fate dealing the blow, though, I’m afraid they need to recognise it’s become a self-inflected one.
How might a psychoanalyst assess the state of Norwich City right now? Here’s a bit of amateur speculation…January 12th, 2017 by Stewart Lewis | 6 Comments »
The Board is not powerless here. It could have ‘bitten the bullet’ and dismissed AN; for various reasons it has not taken that course. Having retained him, it could now act to make the second outcome more likely than the first.
Two diseases in football show very similar symptoms – so similar that it’s easy to get the diagnosis wrong. One is lack of commitment (also known as “not playing for the manager”, “lost the dressing room” etc). The other is lack of confidence.
In the five weeks since the AGM (a very long time in a crisis), we’ve heard nothing from the board. I can imagine and understand their unwillingness to get embroiled in unsatisfactory debate – but silence is even more unsatisfactory. But what won’t do are platitudes.
“You’ve been under intense pressure for the past twelve months. The way you’ve conducted yourself has been, in my view, admirable. But being the proud man you are, you may be the last to recognise that a break would benefit you.”
A flawed team selection at Barnsley and therefore time to roll the dice? Or is essence of the old Alex still there?December 12th, 2016 by Stewart Lewis | 17 Comments »
To my mind nothing before this season raised serious questions over Alex Neil’s ability, or the desirability of our keeping him. I was with the majority of Carrow Road in acclaiming him at the end of the Watford game in May.
Alex Pritchard is a quality playmaker, the rightful heir to Wes. His Ozil-like through ball to Robbie Brady for our third was an absolute joy; nice to think we have on our books the two best Number 10s outside the Premier League.
Question: should ‘opinion’ be binding? Maybe owners (and politicians) should just do what they think is rightNovember 28th, 2016 by Stewart Lewis | 23 Comments »
Closer to home, while David McNally was in post I wrote a number of pieces here in praise, or defence, of him. The great bulk of readers’ comments were negative, often vehement in their attack on me, McNally or both.