Anger as City talks are postponed

PUBLISHED: 14:19 06 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:15 14 September 2010

Angry fans calling for Norwich City boss Nigel Worthington to be sacked today blasted the Carrow Road board for postponing a crunch meeting with fans. Hundreds of Canaries supporters called for boss Nigel Worthington to go before and after Saturday's home match against Stoke City.

Angry fans calling for Norwich City boss Nigel Worthington to be sacked today blasted the Carrow Road board for postponing a crunch meeting with fans.

Hundreds of Canaries supporters called for boss Nigel Worthington to go before and after Saturday's home match against Stoke City. About 400 fans gathered outside the Riverside swimming pool in Wherry Road before the match and then marched towards the Carrow Road ground demanding his head.

Roy Blower, chairman of the Norwich City Independent Supporters' Association (NCISA) was due to meet club chairman Roger Munby and other board members tonight.

But the club contacted him to tell him the meeting was being postponed - until next Monday. Mr Blower said: “I'm disappointed that the meeting has been postponed for a week.

“I could tell you why I think it has been postponed, but I would probably be accused of stirring things.” A spokesman for Norwich City said that the meeting had been rescheduled in order to allow the full NCISA committee to attend.

In spite of the Canaries' 2-1 victory over Stoke, secured thanks to a last minute winner, about 100 people protested outside the ground after the game.

The protest follows a meeting at St Andrew's Hall last week when 500 fans voted overwhelmingly to demand Worthington's sacking.

Mr Blower said: “Lots of fans feel frustrated. This protest was something that was pre-organised. During the match the protesters got behind the team and there was no adverse comment during the match, except for a few shouts of 'Worthy out' in the last five minutes. I think the crowd got behind the team reasonably well, though it's not as passionate as it could be. Clearly it's not a minority that thinks Worthington should go.”

Ian Stamp, membership secretary of the London supporters' group Capital Canaries, said his group had not been involved in the protest and he had some sympathy with Mr Worthington's position.

He said: “We have never really been on one side or the other. Mistakes have been made, but people make mistakes in jobs. I think there has been a lot of bad luck with injuries.” Protesters are also considering other suggestions to highlight concerns including raising a petition, not wearing City colours, boycotting away games and waving white hankies at half-time.

It's been 10 years since the last campaign to oust a key man from Carrow Road.

In 1996, controversial city chairman Robert Chase stepped down following a bitter feud with fans angered by his management of the club. He resigned after selling his 34 per cent shareholding to club stalwart Geoffrey Watling.

Former Sheffield Wednesday player Nigel Worthington became Norwich's sixth manager in six years in January 2001.

The club won the First Division Championship in 2004, but were relegated from the Premiership the following year.

There were high hopes City would bounce straight back, but the team's form has been indifferent and they are in mid-table.

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