He has never hidden his admiration for Messrs Roeder, Clark and Stephenson and City captain Mark Fotheringham yesterday went one further by declaring them the best management team in the Championship.
The Scot has become one of the first names on the team sheet since his recovery from a serious ankle injury in August and after being handed the captaincy upon his return, he has become an essential cog in the Canary wheel.
For now, his future is still uncertain with no new contract agreed but Fotheringham has never hidden his desire to remain at Carrow Road.
And it would be a major surprise if he were to leave the club he now holds so close to his heart. Under the tutelage of the City coaching staff, the man they call Fozzy believes the future is bright ? and he wants to be a part of it.
“I personally think we're really lucky to have them,” said the former Celtic man, speaking at yesterday's Aviva sponsorship announcement. “I think he's the best manager in the league and he's got the best backroom staff in Lee Clark and Paul Stephenson.
“Hopefully I'm not coming across as being arrogant by saying that but I think judging by his record, we're really lucky to have him. I want to be here with him, Lee and Paul ? who have been massive for us this year. It just shows the standards that we've set now that we've got guys like Steve Black here.
“He's worked with World Cup winners and he's been massive for us over the last month and a half. When you've got guys like that coming in and working with you, you just get excited by it all because you know that the team could be going places next season.
“Obviously I hope to be here next season. But it's not up to me; it's up to the club and my agent to sort out a contract. But in terms of myself, I want to be here so hopefully they can get it done as soon as possible.”
Any contract announcement ? for Fotheringham or any of the other players out of contract this summer ? is unlikely before this Sunday's final date on the 07/08 Championship calendar away at Sheffield Wednesday.
And the 24-year-old admitted that while he hopes to pin his colours to the Canary mast sooner rather than later, he was fully focused on this weekend's trip to South Yorkshire.
After all, it is a clash which could see the hosts slip into that final relegation spot if results go against them. And the City squad will have to have their professional hats on – for the sake of Wednesday's relegation rivals and for the 3,000 plus travelling fans expected to make the trek north.
“I'm just concentrating on the Sheffield Wednesday game first,” added Fotheringham. “We need to go up there and put on a performance and finish the season on a high. The fans deserve a win; we need to keep a winning mentality in the squad.
“Clubs will be expecting us to go up there and get a win. We're professionals and we need to win every game ? that's what we are paid to do.
“People will be travelling a long way up to Sheffield to watch us so we'll try and put on a performance, especially for the guys that are leaving and for Dion's big send off as well. But it will be a good test because they've been doing well of late.
“We'll be preparing like we normally prepare for games. In training this week the tempo has been really high; tackles were flying in as usual and that is with us knowing that we're safe.”
But despite the determination to end the season on a high, was the atmosphere in the Canary camp now a little more relaxed after securing their survival last weekend?
“I think a lot of the lads think a big pressure has been lifted off our shoulders. But we put ourselves in that position. We should have put it to bed a lot earlier.
“But it was really nice to get the win against QPR who are a good side. They didn't come here to lie down and they put up a good fight but I think we were just the better team on the day.
“We all enjoyed the game and we've got a really good team spirit this season. The lads all get on great together and we always believe, that on our day, we can beat any team in this league.
“For the last month and a half I feel we've been unlucky – especially against the better teams in this league like West Brom and Bristol City. The most disappointing thing for me will be watching the play-offs.
“We know we can more than match the teams who are in that situation and that's where you want to be. We're all hungry for it and we're looking to next season now.”
But in a captain's warning to the rest of the troops, Fotheringham insisted they must push forwards and improve standards even further. The bar has been raised since Roeder's arrival. Now they must raise it even further?
“We know the standards that are set and if we don't perform, none of us of us will be at this club next season. It's as simple as that.
“Even for the last game of the season there will be guys who are trying to impress the manager for a new contract ? myself included.”
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