Grant: Thinking it over
PUBLISHED: 08:48 09 October 2007 | UPDATED: 10:37 14 September 2010
Under fire Norwich boss Peter Grant revealed last night he was considering his position after losing to Championship bottom club QPR. Martin Rowlands' second half penalty notched Rangers' first league win of the campaign as Norwich's goal drought extended to six matches.
Under fire Norwich boss Peter Grant revealed last night he was considering his position after losing to Championship bottom club QPR.
Martin Rowlands' second half penalty notched Rangers' first league win of the campaign as Norwich's goal drought extended to six matches.
Grant admitted he would use the international break to decide his future - but insisted he would walk before being pushed from the Carrow Road hotseat.
“I'll make the right decision - I know I can do this job,” he said. “At this moment in time it's whether I feel like doing it. I have to sit down and assess everything. Of course I'm thinking about my position. I've already spoken to a lot of successful managers in the game - people who have been in this situation ten or 15 times. I want to grow old but not at 42.
“I want to take this club forward but I have to ask myself if I am the right man to take it forward. The same people who gave me the job will be the ones who get rid of me. That's fine - I understand that but I've had no indication and no one will need to tell me.”
Grant denied he had lost the dressing room support of his players.
“No, I don't believe that,” he said. “We've got good players here but how many can put their hands up and say they are playing at their best. I have to ask myself if I am getting the best out of them. I love being on the coaching field with players but it's been a very, very tough baptism with the managing side. I always assess myself after games and right now I have to ask if I'm making the right decisions.”
Grant accepted City's travelling support were right to boo the visitors off after an abject second half display at Loftus Road.
“I understand that,” he said. “We've haven't won a game and we haven't scored a goal. I know they are not going to be singing from the rafters. I take full responsibility for that. They pay hard cash to follow us all over the country. It's not like living in central London where they have so many clubs within 20 minutes. I represent the club, the city and the people of Norwich and I want to do them proud.”
In another interview, with Radio Norfolk, Grant had said: “I can't work any harder. Something has got to give - either me or some of the players.”
Despite his insistence that there is no division in the dressing room, Grant was clearly furious over his players' failure to carry out the training ground game plan - particularly in regard to falling into the QPR offside trap.
“Our players' lack of thought at times disappointed me vastly,” he said.
“There were people running offside constantly which doesn't allow you to build momentum.
“We worked on it yesterday, we worked on it the day before, we worked on it the day before that. We told them exactly what they (QPR) would do. - and they weren't bright enough to see it off.”
He added: “I'd settle for a break once in a while but you've got to work hard to get your breaks. Unfortunately there were too many who let us down tonight. It was a big game and too many of our big players didn't perform.
“Dion's injury at half-time was obviously a blow, but other guys need to step up to the mantle and we're just not doing that at this moment in time.
“But the buck stops with me at the moment, and I've got to accept that. We're here to win games of football and we're not doing that.
Asked how worried he was about City's downward plunge he said: “It's a vast concern. Anyone who tells you any different is kidding you on.”