“We know [it] is not the finish you [the fans] wanted, but rest assured we will do everything we can over the summer to make the necessary improvements.
“We’ll sit down and reflect. We’ll get our head around and adapt, get some ideas on board. I want every player to know what I expect for next season.”
These were the words of City head coach David Wagner to the media at his Press Conference on Friday, fully three days before our defeat at Carrow Road to an already-relegated Blackpool on a Coronation Bank Holiday Monday where even the weather conspired to sum up our season.
It was flat, dull, and completely uninspiring with sporadic and all-too-brief bursts of watery sunshine. It must be said that this was pathetic fallacy in full effect – every time a breeze threatened to develop into something more tangible it dropped off into a lackadaisical zephyr until its next half-hearted, doomed effort to rally.
Macbeth’s witches in the thunderstorm on their blasted heath it was not, but it nonetheless served as a valid backdrop to Norwich City’s lack of on-pitch gusto in 2022-23.
We have now got a whole three months to take on board what the Grand Reset is going to bring and if there is any great enthusiasm for this “period of opportunity” in Nelson’s county I must be looking in the wrong places as I’ve yet to come across any optimism anywhere from anybody.
We are faced with more than a few obstacles in our way. So many in fact that this list may miss more than one of them completely so apologies if I have missed anything out somewhere along the line.
- We have no money but are between £55million and £65million in debt, depending on which figure is bandied about at any given time;
- There are no further parachute payments coming along with which to address our level of borrowing;
- We have precious few saleable assets at hand. Maybe Max Aarons, Gabriel Sara and Angus Gunn might raise half the level of the debt;
- There seems to be a transfer policy in place for incoming players: no future resale value, no buy;***
- NCFC is not where a young player with ambition would any longer wish to be. The word is out;
- Recruitment has been abysmal – there’s no other word for it – for some time now;
- Alex Tettey and Olly Skipp have never been replaced. We once had the luxury of both available at the same time;
- How do you replace Teemu Pukki? We’re about to discover just how difficult that will be;
- The details of the share issue and Mark Attanasio’s plans for the future remain shrouded in mystery;
- We still have a football club where a married couple, Stuart and Zoe Webber, very much rule the directors’ box roost;
- This is compounded by the lack of a Chairman or CEO to question the decisions of the above;
- Delia Smith and Michael Wynn-Jones show no signs of relinquishing control and this is the seat of disillusionment for many supporters;
- The Webber-local media standoff continues, which is a source of great regret to many of us;
- Should the above situation be resolved how many City fans will elect to subscribe to the Pink Un? I for one won’t be joining their ranks.
And most importantly of all the fallout from this, the most disastrous season since 2008-09, has given almost everybody of a Yellow and Green persuasion a right Royal kick in the nuts.
We couldn’t even secure a top-half finish. We couldn’t manage to win more games  than we lost . Pukki last scored a goal in Norfolk in September 2022 fer chrissakes!!! And all while the likes of Carrow Road finance chief Anthony Richens attempted to deflect the blame onto us, the supporters.
Of course, nobody wanted to rain on Teemu Pukki’s parade and those who occupied their seats [the cameras showed that once again there were several who didn’t] gave him an ovation we should rightly be proud of when he was subbed off on 80 minutes. This left little appetite or indeed manoeuvre for any coordinated chanting. There was the odd outbreak of Webber Out but dear old Michael and Delia seemed to escape any level of protestation altogether.
Right now the chaos at Carrow Road looks like it can only be remedied by a huge sort out of cataclysmic proportions.
A combination of Bob the Builder, Vlad the Impaler and Shedbarshemoth, the black demon of the moon, would struggle to sort out this unholy mess.
Although I’ve heard from those who should know that Sheddy can be a demon on the wing…
***This is why I am shrugging my shoulders at the prospect of Burnley’s 35-year-old striker Ashley Barnes rocking up at NR1 in the summer, guided tour of Colney notwithstanding. With a strike rate of one goal in every five matches our Ashley seems pretty much non-essential anyway, but such a signing would go against Webber’s philosophy so surely will not be countenanced.
Whatever our views on the issues concerning the form of the “Reset” we are eventually presented with, [and I for one am hoping the MFW comments section will be stacked out with readers’ thoughts and observations over the summer] as supporters we must somehow do our best to summon up the spirit of my final musical outro of the season.