On guest blog duty today, no other than Alex Bain – one of Martin P’s famous posse.
All yours, Alex.
Fifteen Championship managers have come and gone since David Wagner was appointed (or anointed) as City head coach, the latest two being Nigel Pearson and Gareth Ainsworth, with John Eustace, Neil Warnock, Chris Wilder and Gary Rowett all in the frame as their potential replacements.
If I were following one of our Martin’s musical themes, as far as City’s owners are concerned, they could be said to be currently turning a Blind Eye to all they see before them, while Simon & Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence can be attributed to all those on the board.
Since the last three defeats much has been produced in the media around our octogenarian owners and the new partnership with Attanasio’s Norfolk Group, but barely a peep has emerged from the corridors of Carrow Road power. Even Mrs Webber has kept her head down and almost no one – not even their most fervent supporters – has jumped to the defence of Smith and Wynn-Jones.
Have they finally come to realise the futility of defending almost 30 years of waste?
Ambitious supporters who pay good money to be entertained home and away have been let down, and we now have a supposed handover period for an experienced sporting franchise owner and are told he is still learning about owning a football club from Smith and Jones – yet his expertise in data-driven recruitment is, we’re also being told, already being used.
So my question is, if this sporting expertise in recruitment is currently being used, then why does he need to be chaperoned for such a period? If indeed there is any need at all.
Is it to appease Smith and Jones? Why not just offer both a lifetime position as club ambassadors?
Right now it only makes him, them, and the club look foolish to the supporters and those outside the club.
When Attanasio was first introduced, he said that he was drawn to Norwich City as it was a community club and that he likes community involvement as well as openness with the media. He promised there was much more to come, but where has all that gone?
We are told The Norfolk Group has invested millions in buying shares and refinancing debts but nothing about ground improvements – ie. expansion and improved facilities. Are we seeing another Glazer-type ownership that takes fees and lets the infrastructure rot?
It’s early days, I agree, but the Glazers invested early to get a foothold in football and now have taken out more than they have put in. I just hope the Attanasios are not in the same league. Delia’s dream would come crashing down if Attanasio and his group were to take that same path.
Is that her fear? Otherwise, why the ultra-caution?
As things stand, the club is in a muddle both financially and on the playing side, and all due to lack of foresight and investment, and it lays at the doorstep of the Stowmarket pair – not the supporters or minor shareholders.
Urgent decisions need to be made with regard to both Stuart Webber and his wife needs to leave now, or else the new sporting director will have no chance to make his own mark.
Was he the only one to agree to work with the present regime and under his predecessor’s wife? If so, then the club has no chance of progressing out of this malaise.
Only time will tell I suppose if we can negotiate a way out of this current hell.