After being informed that MFW was becoming little more than a sea of #NCFC angst, I turned to Twitter to find some voices of a more positive hue.
Luckily for some, my cry for help was heeded, and in the next few days, there will be some articles to offer a more optimistic view of all things Norwich City.
All yours, mate.
I’m generally a positive-minded supporter of the Canaries from the Fine City and this season has, of course, tested that.
However, I have hope and positivity over the good state of limbo that the club is in.
Whilst I am not clever enough to play 4D chess, I can see the pieces lining up ready to be put into place for a forward-thinking, next stage in our club’s history.
A recent fan interview with the Attanasios included calls from them to “be patient” alongside declarations to be more involved and to invest in infrastructure.
Their track record with the Brewers shows that this is their pattern, so while the impending cash injection will not be squandered on a pair of £25m strikers, the infrastructure improvements will hopefully generate more annual commercial income to strengthen the playing squad season on season.
So yes, the incoming funds are a positive because the facilities in the City Stand and Snake Pit will be vastly improved and the sustainable money that the Sporting Director has to spend, will be more than the current level.
In that same interview, Mark Attanasio stated that Stuart Webber and Dean Smith have report cards, which means that David Wagner will have one too. But, more importantly, Webber has someone holding his decisions to account.
That has to be positive.
So Webber and, in turn, Wagner have the backing of the board for now but they will know they have to get it right this summer. They also know they have little to no funds with which to effect big change.
I believe that some people know how to spend based on a fixed budget but not so much with a more fluid one. For me, Messers Webber and Wagner have proven that they are in that category.
So while I am prepared to back them, I know that if they get it as badly wrong as they have individually and collectively in the four transfer windows since May 2022 – when Olly Skipp left, Emi Buendia forced his own departure and eye-watering amounts were spent on the wrong players – they will both be getting their P45s.
That’s another positive. They either get it right or they go.
Personally, I can’t see Webber and Wagner turning the squad around to reflect Zoe Ward’s notion of entertaining football played by youth AND getting automatic promotion, so we will have to manage our expectations of success on the pitch.
But when we come out of this limbo, we’ll hopefully have a youthful, hungry playing squad in a setup that is designed to find and develop the best young talent playing in a ground fit for the era of progression.
The state of limbo is because of the impending sale to the Attanasios and progress cannot begin until that is resolved.
As I understand it, the preferential shares are only being bought by one person, and those shares will take Mark Attanasio to enough of a total shareholding in order to force him to offer the same value per share to all other shareholders for their shares.
Of course, they do not have to accept the offer (I am sure the Canaries Trust and several single shareowners will not sell) but our current majority shareholders will, and that’s where the delay is.
This great club’s value is drastically different depending on which league it is in, so agreeing on a price that allows Mark Attanasio to put the level of money required while giving Delia and Michael the valuation they want, and while not overpaying for the asset, is a tricky balance to strike.