In the last 40 years, some illustrious and highly respected managers have given Norwich City a wonderful profile.
Ron Saunders took them to football's promised land for the first time, and the likes of John Bond, Ken Brown, Dave Stringer, Mike Walker and Nigel Worthington enjoyed varying degrees of success in keeping the green flag flying high.
If Martin O'Neill had been given his head and allowed to develop what was clearly a potentially outstanding managerial career, just think where we might be now. Instead we're looking into the abyss.
Which is why Glenn Roeder faces a tougher challenge than all his Carrow Road predecessors. This is probably the club's darkest period since they carried blankets around the ground in the Fifties, urging fans to chuck in coins to keep the Canaries afloat.
Let's not kid ourselves. There's a very real possibility we might return to the third tier of English football and on the basis of what we've seen so far this season, you wouldn't bet against it.
Was it really less than four years ago that we were taunting Ipswich with 'top of the League at Portman Road'? On Sunday, we'll have to suffer the inevitable flak and almost certainly jibes of 'bottom of the league at Carrow Road'!
Yes, this promises to be a chastening and uncomfortable experience. But whatever we think of Roeder's appointment now is not the time to debate it. If City are to emerge from this desperate plight, it will only be through players and fans pulling together. Sunday has got to be a united front in the face of a hugely difficult task.
When you see bookmakers tipping Norwich as favourites to go down, you begin to fully realise just how catastrophic the situation is.And we can't even trot out that oft-used clich? about being too good to go down. Because we're not. We are desperately poor.
What finance is made available to Roeder remains to be seen, but certainly he needs some fairly urgent surgery if the Canaries are to survive. If he didn't realise that when he expressed his interest in coming to Carrow Road, he does now. This will be no easy ride.
Having been without a computer for a few days, I missed all the inevitable speculation on various message boards. When it became clear Roeder was the chosen one, I felt disappointed.. Was he a really good candidate – or with the clock ticking away, were the directors just desperate to get someone ? anyone – before the Ipswich game?
But listening to the press conference to announce the new manager, I warmed to Glenn Roeder. Yes, he sounded slightly hesitant, but he seemed to have a sound grasp of what was required. Avoiding relegation was all that mattered, he said. No unnecessary gloss, no false promises.
His appointment certainly hasn't gone down well with some sections of the supporters. They clearly wanted Paul Jewell, although that was perhaps an unrealistic target. Saving a sinking ship was unlikely to be high on the list of priorities for a man more keen to be upwardly mobile.
Any new manager is a bit of a gamble .Neither Stringer nor Walker were met with universal approval when they assumed charge at Carrow Road, but both proved to be among the most successful in Norwich's history.
For the City directors this is a gamble they can't afford to lose. Having got the appointment of Peter Grant so spectacularly wrong, another failure could leave the Canaries in the footballing wilderness for a very long time.
Roeder has a lot to put right. Apart from David Marshall, how many of the players Grant bought in the summer would the new manager really pin his hopes on? Very few.
Grant's extravagance has brought City to their knees and if the former West Ham and Newcastle manager can steer Norwich away from the trapdoor, this club will have cause to be immensely grateful to him.
At the very least, his experience will surely bring about a closer bond between himself and the players. Grant's touchline antics and public admonishment of them was clearly bound to have repercussions, and it was perhaps no real surprise that some weren't prepared to go that extra mile.
Which is just what Roeder needs from his players at the moment. That loyalty will have a crucial bearing on whether Norwich escape from this appalling mess or whether they'll be lining up against the likes of Oldham and Crewe next season – with crowds of well under 20,000.
Where has it all gone wrong? Well, loyalty is a virtue often preached by those at Carrow Road, but it was Nigel Worthington's inexplicable decision to axe Malky Mackay shortly after leading City into the Premiership that, for me, was the key to their decline.
Add to that the loss of seasoned, well-respected professionals like Marc Edworthy and Iwan Roberts, and any club would struggle to recapture the sense of team spirit they embodied.
That has got to be Roeder's first task, righting the wrongs of the past three-and a half years. Norwich City have been allowed to drift to the point of crisis. It's not too late to do something about it, but we all have a duty to play our part.
As someone else in the City camp once said, we need a 12th man here. On Sunday, what an important role that might prove to be. We'll have to grin and bear what comes to us from the Ipswich supporters. It's not overstating the case to say this could be a defining match in the Norwich City's recent history, so let's wish Glenn Roeder good luck!
One of his predecessors began their Carrow Road managerial career with a 2-0 win over Ipswich, but things went downhill after that. For everyone involved with the Canaries, let's hope this Sunday is the springboard to a brighter and better future.