It’s my first piece for MyFootballWriter and, unlike me, it’s going to be a negative one.
Unfortunately for City, in the last two games – especially against Nottingham Forest – they’ve experienced the cruel world of football. This has been the trigger for many supporters to question where the form from earlier this season has disappeared to.
But, despite this irritating dip in form, please think before you tweet. Some of the post-Forest social media content on Saturday night was extraordinary (in a bad way), unbelievable and, actually, just plain stupid.
“Neil out, Pulis in” was one that made my blood boil. How can the same Hughton-haters be flying the Pulis flag?
I suspect after reading this piece someone will point me in the direction of his results. But the Pulis and Hughton style of play is lifeless, churned out and undeniably boring. Why would you wish for that football to come back to Carrow Road?
We’re better than that.
I am often too positive and see things through yellow and green tinted glasses – I hold my hands up and accept that – but I will defend Neil Adams right up until it gets messy, which it is starting to now.
The reason behind defending him is that he is Norwich City through and through, much like Bryan Gunn. The situation Neil has been plonked in to is so wrong and I am surprised we haven’t learnt from what we put Bryan and his backroom team through. You get where I am going here, I’m sure.
If you’re going to turn your backs on someone don’t turn them on Neil. No-one with yellow and green blood running through them would turn down that job offer. The man is doing the best job he can with the experience he’s got, negativity will not help him improve.
I’ve personally turned my back on the board. Not the man that helped fund the signing fee for one of our greatest ever goal scorers (out of his own pocket) and not the famous cook that has kept us afloat for so many years now. But the man that hired Neil – the one at the top of the Norwich City Christmas tree – who has somehow maintained a glowing reputation as the Messiah of Norwich. Untouchable of any criticism.
To get the club back in a positive financial situation is a huge achievement. I am not taking that away from him for that because now we have the funds and squad available to win this league with ease. Credit where credit is due.
But I wish we would stop banging the no-debt drum and started to put our money where our mouth is. Let’s commit to paying big wages for experienced managers and talented footballers. We’re playing it too safe in this league for the sake of keeping the finances all in order.
I’ll steer clear of the ‘oh and Ipswich are above us now’ line.
Moving forward I’d really like to see some balls from those in control of this great football club. They need to come out and instil some confidence and buzz back into the place. I’m talking press coverage on how they’re committed to helping Adams, dropping a few lines on our hopes of landing some big January transfer window signings and also, showing some more respect to the Norwich City away-day faithful.
I am in favour of refunding those devoted fans who travelled to Middlesborough. What a shambolic display – no one can come out and hide behind any excuses. It needs to happen, especially if the club want our continued support away from home – which I personally would say they take for granted. Also Norwich is one of the most expensive places in the Football League to own a season ticket.
Having taken 20 points in our first nine games, we’ve since taken just six from our last eight. This stat is something we have to turn around. Every team goes through a tough patch during the season, especially in one of the toughest leagues to get promoted from in world football.
Football can change very quickly. It was only a few weeks ago that the Yellow Army were bellowing at the top of their voices “We’ve got our Norwich back”. Where has that passion gone? The players have to lift the crowd, we all know that. I also know that when the Barclay is creating an electric atmosphere there haven’t been many occasions where the team has let us down. We’ve still got the chance to turn it all around.
And with two games at Carrow Road coming up what a great chance to do so.
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