Iwan Roberts: Wes Hoolahan and John Ruddy deserved their moment and Leeds United’s Garry Monk would be my choice as head coach at Norwich City
PUBLISHED: 20:02 11 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:27 12 May 2017
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At the end of one of the most frustrating seasons that I can remember at Norwich City in recent years the lads put on a performance that all concerned could be proud of against QPR, which meant three wins in their final four games for Alex Irvine’s men.
In the end there was a 10-point gap between Norwich and Fulham who finished sixth and when you look back at the dropped points against the likes of Blackburn, Wigan and Rotherham, who were all relegated, not to mention the defeats to Burton, QPR and Birmingham and you can understand the frustrations and disappointments that we all have and the feeling of “what if?”
The team picked up just 21 points from a possible 69 on the road and that simply isn’t good enough and the players will know that, they will also know that it’s cost them dearly this season and it has to be addressed by the start of August.
Last Saturday was a special day for a couple of people but for very different reasons.
Wes Hoolahan picked up The Barry Butler trophy for winning the POTS award and big John Ruddy played his very last game for the club after spending seven years at Norwich City.
I don’t think you would find anyone who didn’t think that Wes having been close on more than one occasion deserved to win the POTS at the ninth time of trying.
His performances at home have been superb and that is what has won it for him because he’s struggled to find the same form away from home but then again that can be said about every player this season.
Big John had a fantastic send-off and I’m delighted for him as he more than deserved that, he’s been a very loyal servant to the football club. Personally I think he’s still a very good keeper and still a very good age, had the club won promotion I think he would have been offered a new deal to stay at Norwich.
However, with the wage bill what it is and having to be cut dramatically, financially it made sense to release John and allow him to look for another employee.
He would have been delighted to have kept a clean sheet in his last appearance for Norwich and he’ll have no problem finding a new club as I do think he’s still got so much to offer.
It brought back memories of my last home game for Norwich against Preston back in 2004 when I couldn’t have wished for a better send off.
From all the supporters to the players, staff and all the people who worked at Carrow Road it really was a special day – one that will live with me for the rest of my life and one that I will always be forever grateful for.
Now the hard work begins for Stuart Webber as he sets his sights on naming a new head coach to take the club into a new era and season.
I’ve heard Garry Monk’s name mentioned more than once with the vacancy and looking back at what he achieved at Swansea in his first full season taking them to their highest finish with record points tally in the Premier League.
Garry came in taking over from Michael Laudrup on February 4, 2014 and steered the team away from the relegation places when dropping back into the Championship was a real possibility for the Swans.
If you add to this the job he’s done at Leeds this season with not much money to spend then he surely has to be a main candidate for the head coach position at Carrow Road.
I guess we will know in good time who Stuart Webber wants and whoever he chases I’m sure the yellow army will give him their full support.
Have a great summer.