I write with a metaphorical arm around your shoulder as some of these things are going to be hard to hear.
I know that you have a vague idea who I am as we have met a few times. I also know that you regard me with suspicion as I have been involved with two of those horrid fan groups over the years. You probably also correctly assume that I am one of those nasty 20 percenters.
You will therefore probably be surprised to know that I have nothing but admiration for both you and Michael.
This stems from the fact that I know that in your shoes I would probably have done some of the embarrassing things you have done over the decades and made the same mistakes. I am a poor man’s Delia. We are both cut from the same cloth.
With a hefty bit of disposable income behind me I would probably have done the following:
- Bought into my football club
- Sat in the Barclay and with away fans at games rather than swanning it in the directors’ box
- Danced embarrassingly on the pitch
- Hugged players after clinching promotion on several occasions.
- Drunk too much red wine, went on the pitch, grabbed the mic, and said something cringe-worthy live in front of the watching TV millions
Your time here has been admirable in my eyes. You have been a ‘hands-on’ owner, there through thick and thin in all kinds of weather, supporting the team up, and down the country. None of this absentee landlord stuff from you.
You also are a very decent person. That has not always worked on your side as you have trusted others in jobs for which they are not very good at, and have been too nice to get rid of when it all unravelled.
Both on the pitch and behind the scenes you have put faith in people who just weren’t up to the job. I’m afraid you have to be nasty sometimes.
You tried really hard with the self-funding model which you believe in, you really, really did. A lot of us genuine football fans really believed in it too.
Unfortunately, in the modern cutthroat world of football, it just doesn’t work. You need billions to be successful these days I’m afraid, and where that money comes from, however unethical, doesn’t seem to matter anymore.
That says more about the professional game these days than it does about you.
Despite ill-judged remarks about you pocketing the club’s money, you haven’t made a penny. The ‘hambag’ is empty. If anything, you lost a great deal of money funding NCFC. You probably could have invested it far more wisely and with far less heartache,
I understand that you are hurt by recent events at the football club, and that has led to two recent ill-judged outbursts. These have cost the club and you personally. This needs to stop. You are losing the love and I hate that.
You and Michael have done a fantastic job over the years and must have been getting close to ‘statue’ territory. But what’s happened recently is eroding this at an alarming rate. You have gone from ‘Watling’ to ‘Chase’ I’m afraid. I really don’t want it to be like that.
It is therefore out of kindness that I say the following. It’s time to go.
This three-year transition period you have talked about must not be allowed to happen. Read the room. For your own sake and for the sake of the football club that you love.
Lifelong NCFC fan.
NB. Written as a lifelong City fan and not as a representative of The Canaries Trust.