It seems perverse that the reason City’s recent relegation hurts so much is because of one of our club’s biggest, most glorious, successes.
Our famous Wembley win injected us all with so much hope. Tasting that success when you support your local team really does mess with your head!
Without question, we have one of the most dedicated fan bases in the world but displaying nothing but negativity every time things don’t go our way will not help this great club bounce back.
It’s in our own song lyrics… ‘Never mind the danger’. In other words, remain positive despite adversity.
Norwich City is a big club but the expectation of instant success has inflated way too much in the past few seasons.
Our promotion campaign and Wembley win was of course down to the impact made by Alex Neil, his tactical genius, players who worked tirelessly for him, but, crucially, also a generous slice of luck.
You do indeed earn your own luck, but last season we didn’t get any. Next season we may well see things go our way again.
I believe we are at the start of a very special journey, especially with Alex Neil at the helm. It’s time to get real and understand that it’s a waste of time turning up for a game of football at Carrow Road, while sitting in silence and then moaning afterwards.
Cast your minds back to that strange Watford game on the last day of City’s season. It was like going back in time. More recently, back to the Lambert era when our passion and love for Norwich City shone through so brightly it impacted the players in yellow on the pitch.
You could see it in the players’ body language. That’s what Carrow Road is all about!
Next season will feel like City’s longest season ever. We won’t win every game but, rest assured, under Alex Neil we’ll give it a really good go.
The bonus ball going into our Championship campaign is that things have changed at the top. The staff at Norwich City can now enjoy a club run on purely on yellow and green passion as opposed to fear. This should create a real feel good factor.
Potentially, the change in chief executive will also be an opportunity for City to break the wage budget, invest in – even gamble – on players and get them driving into the Colney gates over the next few months.
Here are five reasons why we should be positive going into the new campaign:
1] We might just keep our prize asset Timm Klose. It’s possible. Especially if Switzerland have a miserable Euro 2016. Let’s not draw attention to him and pray he stays.
2] The Championship is our magician Wes Hoolahan’s preferred hunting ground. With more time on the ball in this league, more strings will be pulled than ever before.
3] In contrast to the multi-billion pound oil money of the Premier League, we have the financial power to compete in the Championship. A healthy handful of new players in our forward and back line will make us – on paper at least – the best team in the league.
4] Relegation almost always equals reaction. Throughout the squad are some players that are past their sell by date. They’ll want to prove that they are still good enough to complete with the big boys.
5] The players that choose to stay and fight for the Canary cause are those that care. They will put everything on the line. I’m certain Alex will show players that aren’t too fussed about next season where the door is.
So, enjoy your summer holidays, remember why you follow your team up and down the country and prepare for battle.
And then let’s sing our hearts out, remain positive and draw on the joy of Wembley and the pain of relegation to propel our football club back to where it belongs.
On The Ball, City!
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