Oh, Dean, you’ve done it now haven’t you?
If the post-match comments after the Blackburn defeat weren’t enough, then the ones he made in his pre-match presser this morning have taken Old Yeller (or should I say Old Yellow?) behind the woodshed and put us out of our misery.
Except, the misery remains for Norwich fans because we still have to endure the same poor football every week.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for scrappy wins where we’re mainly on the back foot, but there are only so many you can take before they themselves become boring. Against Blackburn, we were equally as bland but we got punished. Twice.
So what excuses did he come out with to try and pacify and regain the bit of dignity he had left with the fans? What was his war cry to get everyone back on board and to get them fully behind the boys?
“There was never any intent in my comments after the game because the be all end all is we need the fans, we all need to be together”.
Deary me. I’d suggest that is probably the worst thing Smith could’ve said. I understand you need the fans, but don’t lie to them. If there was no ‘intent’ in the comments then why make them in the first place?
If you’re desperate for everyone to be together, then at least act like it and give us good reason to support you. Because very few people now do, as was evident with the chants ringing around Carrow Road in the last 20 minutes of Saturday’s disaster.
He was asked if he regretted his comments made after the Blackburn game:
“No, no regrets at all. I’ve got no apologies to make for what I said after the game. But my intention was not to drive a wedge, my intention is always to bring the place together.”
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse…
That for me just puts the nail in the coffin. How can you confidently say something that will cause even more disconnect between yourself and the fans, then have the nerve to say you were ‘trying to bring the place together’?
I am struggling to comprehend how anything Smith has said can bring us together and make us back each individual at the club, whether it be the players or the ones higher up the chain who I thought Dave Cole summed up brilliantly in his “Us and Them” article. It perfectly captured how most Norwich fans are feeling right now.
The worst part is, there’s so little evidence to give Smith even a tiny bit of praise and try to make out where he’s helped the club in his one-year tenure (which has felt more like a century). His Norwich City CV consists of a Premier League relegation and a win rate of just over 30% across 54 games.
It makes you wonder how he is still considered the right man for the job.
Plus, there are so few players that have genuinely improved in performances since his arrival. Especially when we were in the Premier League getting turned over every week even before his arrival. The only name that springs to mind is Josh Sargent, but there are still issues with how he is used by Smith.
We heard from the man himself that Sarge is better through the middle than out wide – proven by his nine goals this season – but you’ll never guess where he was deployed against Swansea and Blackburn. This just angers me beyond the point of frustration, because it is so obvious yet it continues every single game and won’t change. Which is a very common theme since Smith arrived.
I’m not going to bore you with what I think of the football we play, because almost every other member of the MFW team has already done that and I agree with every word of it.
I’ll throw in one more quote from Smith’s presser that I thought stood out among the others, mainly because we hear the same thing every single week:
“I’m as frustrated as they are because we want to see fast-flowing football, we want to see us winning football games.”
If that genuinely is the case, then why do you feel the need to say it every single time? Not a single person affiliated with the club has seen this ‘fast-flowing football’ since it was mentioned a few months ago.
And, like many others, I am sick of hearing it and don’t think with Smith at the helm of this talented squad it will ever be let loose or be able to reinvent itself as a completely different animal.
So, have you lost it with Dean Smith yet? And, if you have, who do you think is the right man to steady what appears a ship that’s taking on water?
Equally, if you think Smith is still the right man and needs the other 23 games to showcase it, let us know in the comment box below.