City boss Peter Grant tonight gave his biggest indication yet that he may be out of a job sooner rather than later.
Despondent, dejected and just plain fed up was pretty much the gist of it and without being too dramatic, it could be the beginning of the end for the Scot.
Whether he will walk before he is pushed is the big question and in his post-match press conference after tonight's dismal 1-0 reverse at QPR, Grant revealed he is considering his position as City manager.
Lets face it, the performance in West London was Wolves-esque and it is difficult to see where the Canaries go from here.
Whichever way it is, it now looks increasingly likely that it will be without Grant.
It won't be for the want of trying but maybe this was a partnership that was just never meant to be.
The former West Ham coach certainly feels like his luck has been out in Norfolk from day one.
“Am I still the right person for this job? When you get results like we've been getting, you are never that confident,” revealed Grant.
“Pride is a terrible thing but I'm honest. I want to take this club forward and progress but at this moment in time it is not happening.
“As I said, I'll assess it and if a decision has to be made regarding me, then that's fine. I've not a problem with that. But the first one to make the right decision will be me.
“I want to be the man to take us forward but am I the one to do it?
“I've no doubts in my abilites as a coach but to be in this situation in my first job in management is disappointing because you've got to manage players as well as coach them.
“It has been a very tough baptism for me. Situations seem to be going against us, but that wasn't the reason we lost the game.
“It was the general performance and the players not taking on board what we practiced leading up to the game. But it was there in black and white, we didn't do it on the pitch.”
Grant, however, was quick to dispute that he had lost the dressing room. But the players did not perform for him tonight in what was a must-win game and the Scot revealed his frustration at the fact they just cannot produce the goods on the pitch.
The training ground isn't a problem; the field of play though, was a different kettle of fish.
“I've got no problem with the boys. They are a fantastic group and they are a good bunch, but maybe I need a nasty set of boys, to get the results.
“I don't think I have lost the dressing room in any shape or form but everything becomes very, very tough when you are not winning.
“It's very disappointing that we do the right things on the training field but as soon as we get on the pitch the players seem to have the blinkers on.
“I understand the situation we are in but that is when you've got to have cool minds and heads and at this moment in time it's just not occuring. Too many big players are not performing.
“The players' effort I cannot fault but their thought and their understanding beggars belief at times. I'm talking about simple things here as well.
“It is so important that when you are not playing fluently, you do the simple things correctly and to make the mistakes we have been making is massive. You cannot constantly do that and too many of our players are doing it.”
One thing was evident tonight ? the fans had finally lost their patience. The 500 or so travelling supporters offered their vocal backing during the 90 minutes but once the final whisle blew it was a different story.
“I can understand why the fans are turning on us,” added Grant.
“We're not winning games of football so I don't expect them to be singing from the rafters and I take full responsibility for that.
“They pay a lot of money to come and watch us and it's not as if Norwich is in the middle of London and you can get everywhere easily.
“At the moment we are a massive, massive disappointment for them; myself and the players feel that as well.
“We understand their frustration and it is something I've got to assess because the first person you've got to look at is yourself.”
Leave a Reply