Let’s face it, most of us Canary supporters are down in the dumps right now as many of us feel like we’ve been befuddled, bemused and even downright cheated at the extreme end of the emotional scale as this season’s non-events have unfolded.
We have been left with a squad within which there is no constituent member to love rather than tolerate. That extends to the ownership and management as well of course.
Can it really only be a few years ago that many of us gathered outside City Hall to watch Kenny McLean temporarily “borrow” the Town Crier’s tricorn hat and announcement bell with a bottle of MD 20/20 in his free hand?
In just a short period of time, Kenny has lost a fair bit of the love so many of us had for him on that day. Right now many Norwich supporters [not me, to be fair] groan when his name seems to be first on the teamsheet.
But right now Kenny remains with us as does Tim Krul, who has an admirable streak of character within him. Grant Hanley surely demands respect from all of us too, although I don’t see him doing stand-up any more than I could.
As for the rest, apart from Zimbo [more of him later] there is nothing personally endearing about this current crop. Nothing at all.
The days of Daniel Farke are gone and however he will be rated in the future for his NCFC tenure he had that wonderful natural gift of understated charisma from the very beginning. His fluency in English was punctuated by the use of words such as *topic* and *greedy*, which he didn’t quite get right but we all loved him for it.
His match day style of attire was never for me with the kind-of parka, baggy trousers and middle parting. That’s a geezer’s view as a few ladies I know thought he looked “kinda cute”.
The post-victory waves and the “Farke’s on a Horse” song will stay with many of us forever.
Dean Smith cannot match Farke in this respect and probably would not even wish to. There’s nothing of the media or supporter entertainer in him.
Looking back at the players of the Farke incumbency I have some great memories that could not possibly be replicated by this current lot and I’m sure MFW readers will have others similar that I have forgotten, but here are a few of mine.
- Zimbo cheerfully going into his local school and helping out the teachers. Sure he has preparatory qualifications and education is obviously a passion for him – and one I bet he works in when his footballing days are finished.
- Todd Cantwell [yes I know] representing NCFC in a gaming competition during lockdown and speaking very happily about it. He also gave away Christmas presents in his home town of Dereham to anybody and everybody who posted yellow & green balloons outside their houses as recently as three months ago.
- Jamal Lewis demonstrating how grounded he was a year after breaking into the first team by completing a course in accountancy for his future benefit. Not many ballers do that.
- Jordan Rhodes earning his own song despite playing a bit-part role. Surely we all sang “Jordan Rhodes is one of us”?
- Jordan Hugill having a cook-off on Zoom against Emi Buendia during lockdown. Absolutely hilarious.
- Emi [in the days when he loved being amongst us] attempting to sing his own song on social media!
- Onel Hernandez and his declared love for Argos. Probably my favourite media moment.
- Oliver Skipp’s look of sheer disbelief when an unselfish Lukas Rupp gave him a tap in at Birmingham. Priceless!
- Tom Trybull’s wife publishing “The story of Tommy T” about a pigeon she considered had shared a metaphorical journey with TT.
- Mario Vrancic’s hairdressing tips for all that were interested. Just the photos – his life story was far more interesting.
- Alex Tettey for just simply being Alex Tettey with his commitment, huge smiles and occasional on-pitch dancing.
So what are we left with?
Very little in terms of guys like these I’m afraid. And that cannot be for the greater good.
Bland, vanilla, taupe, call it what you might. But this lot seem to have no ostensible character at all and that doesn’t bode well for Norwich City. At least for now. I’m sure there’ll be some more along soon.