One of the best things to come out of Carrow Road since the permanent signing of Darren Huckerby emerged very recently as in the decision by our players, manager, directors and other senior staff to club together to help Norfolk people during the coronavirus threat, quickly raising £200,000 in the process.
Straight over to Club Captain Grant Hanley, who said he believes the actions of the City squad illustrate they understand their responsibility.
“It’s a complicated situation. We’ll let those people involved decide what is best to do moving forward.
“I’ve seen some of the stuff that’s been said, but I think as a footballer ever since I started in the game there has always been criticism or a bit of stick for whatever you do or whatever is happening at the time.
“A footballer needs to have a thick skin and accept whatever is coming your way – good or bad – and not let it affect you too much. The most important thing is to remain professional and do what is best for your club at that time.”
City’s six-figure donation will help individuals and charities affected by the virus.
“I did play a part but the lads are first class and they all understand and appreciate how much this club means to the people and the community. It wasn’t difficult. The hard part was phoning people and gathering them all together on this one,” said Hanley.
Now whatever we might collectively or individually think of players’ salary levels, this appears to be much more than merely a gesture. And it didn’t take Grant and the lads very long to pull it together either.
Daniel Farke joins Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe and Brighton’s Graham Potter in a large article in my favourite red top [a guilty pleasure] this morning as an example of how generous folks can be.
I’m sure MFW readers and writers alike have both received and offered help during these dangerous and testing times but what pleases me the most about this is that it’s a “shop-floor” driven initiative. The lads didn’t have to do it, but do it they did.
Sure Norwich City has received a bit of stick recently for furloughing staff but I don’t get that. The 80 per cent Government money is there for a reason whatever business anybody might be in and the Club is topping up the rest to ensure those laid off remain on full pay during the crisis.
I really do not see what else we can do. If you’re in the ticket office or on the matchday team you can hardly work from home. At least this way job security remains for our friendly – in my constant experience anyway – team of “auxiliaries”.
And the one thing we know with Norwich City [however cynical I can sometimes be] is that all monies raised will go to deserving local people. There’s no doubting that.
Not being amongst the Twitterati, my finger is only on the pulse as far as the many friends with whom I am in regular contact, and not a single one of us gives a monkey’s chuff about season ticket payments or possible refunds on Man Utd FA Cup tickets.
All that can wait.
Well played all at Norwich City.