“I don‘t know how City will fare today but that old feeling of Saturday dread has returned. My mindset now is that of only two more games to endure and then I can relax and look to other things to brighten my week.
“Will a few months away from the Carrow Road fiasco rekindle my enthusiasm for next season? It‘ll take some mega changes for that to happen, maybe I‘m getting too old and weary or perhaps I‘ve just hit a brick wall of disappointment but a bit of tinkering won‘t suffice anymore.”
So said MFW regular Herr Cutz [aka my Posse mate, Cutty] on Friday morning and his statement is among the deepest, darkest and most depressing things I have ever heard in the context of being a football supporter.
The light and shade. The hope that is there to be dashed and the joy of the unexpected win. A sale or a signing, a look at the league table, your favourite players performing in the very way that made you adopt them as such in the first place. Seeing your friends before, after or at the game, this list can be as short or as long as you want it to be.
Those MFW readers, like Alex B or myself, who have a second team [ours coincidentally happens to be Tottenham Hotspur] potentially kind of double your vulnerability to the joy or the anguish. There’s been plenty of the latter at both Carrow Road and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this year of course, although Spurs have become increasingly unimportant to me with the passage of time.
If you quite legitimately support a third team, as I do in the shape of RCD Mallorca, you are really laying yourself open to emotional intrusion, although RCD have offered me some respite this season in that they have already reached the mythical Magic 40 points total in La Liga with six games left to play. There will surely be a good, sun-filled atmosphere at the Son Moix this evening as Los Piratas entertain the Athletic Club.
Back to these gloomier shores, David Wagner said immediately prior to the WBA game:
“Sometimes it makes sense to feel the pain. It was very painful what we experienced last weekend [against Swansea], but then it’s a moment where you have to move on and you have to be clear, to try to get focused for the next one [and] make sure that you do everything to get a result.”
His comments afterwards did nothing for me whatsoever, particularly the final line which seemed more like a threat than a promise:
“We have to analyse and we have to speak publicly. Obviously, after a season like this, there will be questions, which is totally normal, but [as I’ve said] I’m excited because we know the answers, we know the ideas and we know what we have to change
“To be fair at the back of my head, I already thought the chance not to make it [to the play-offs] was slightly higher than making it even before this game. For a few weeks we have been planning, and the plans are totally independent of the division, and this is exactly what excites me.
“I knew exactly what we’d like to do, whether in the Premier League or the Championship, because we know we have a lot to change, and we will do.
“The good thing is that all the key people in the club are committed to building something for the next season.”
So that’s all right then.
Dimi Giannoulis managed to concede the most dubious of free kicks on the edge of the area [what with that and Semi Ajayi being allowed to get away with treading on Gabriel Sara’s foot in the area with no penalty given, referee Bobby Madley joins many others on my personal do not re-employ list] so was already having a pretty bad afternoon in the West Midlands before he was shoved in front of the cameras for a quick comment:
“We need to react and win the next game against Blackpool, for ourselves. We know we’re better than that.
“It’s very important that we get three points.”
No, Dimi me ol’ China. It isn’t important that we get three points cos it no longer matters a monkey’s chuff.
You and the rest of the lads*** have blown it so many times that you didn’t deserve to be in contention for a play-off place on the last day of the season. That honour – if it can truly be called that – goes to the players of Coventry, Millwall, Blackburn, Sunderland and even Albion themselves. You and your pals blew it. Big style. Like on so, so many occasions this season, you blew it.
So that’s that for 2022-23 beyond the Carrow Road clash between ourselves and Blackpool on Saturday, which I would suggest is one for those among us who unfortunately suffer from any form of insomnia or one of its related medical conditions. That notwithstanding, there will be a chance to:
- Air a proper, fitting and loud appreciation of Teemu Pukki, who leaves as a Club legend with all our most sincere good wishes;
- Discover who the POTS is – does Delia’s Bar & Grill have a cat that likes to hang around outside the service doors by any chance?
- Practice our anti-Ipswich songs for next season cos they’ll have plenty of new and quite possibly HMRC-related chants for us.
And I for one will spend my summer anticipating rather than actually expecting seismic changes at the top of Norwich City Football Club.
** During a season that sadly saw the passing of the great gentleman and football commentator that was John Motson, I think the world has finally come up with a player whose name even Motty would struggle to pronounce.
Playing for Southampton under-18s against us today was one Princewill Ehibhationham, which reads a bit like Prince Will’s Exhibitionism to tired eyes on a poorly-lit, misty Norfolk morning. Mind you if anybody could have got Princewill’s name right first time, Motty could. 😀
*** One pal our Dimi won’t be training alongside anymore looks to be Kieran Dowell as it looks like he is off to join Michael Beale – and indeed Todd Cantwell – on the Blue side of Glasgow. As I write, nothing is certain, but the Daily Record is the most prominent source to say the deal is all but done.
I’ll wish Kieran – it would have been no problem for me if he’d chosen to stay – exactly what I wished the Dereham Deco, as in the very best of luck.
And to close it will be some more Manics magic, dedicated on this occasion to my pal Cutty: