Loyalty will only last so long say fans

PUBLISHED: 13:43 18 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:22 14 September 2010

Under-fire Norwich City boss Nigel Worthington was targeted by more protests before yesterday's bank holiday match against QPR. A small, but vocal, group of protesters gathered outside the ground before the match and, worryingly for the club's management, many seemed to be season ticket holders.

Under-fire Norwich City boss Nigel Worthington was targeted by more protests before yesterday's bank holiday match against QPR.

A small, but vocal, group of protesters gathered outside the ground before the match and, worryingly for the club's management, many seemed to be season ticket holders. They had renewed their season tickets this time, but their loyalty had a price, they said.

Kiv Kiwerski, 47, who lives near Cambridge, has been watching Norwich since 1980.

While he too has renewed his season ticket for next year, he said his loyalty would only last so long.

“I have not enjoyed the football we have played this season. The manager appears to be tactically naïve,” he said.

“A lot of supporters just go to home matches, where our form has been just about acceptable. But away from home we capitulate after 15 minutes. It's poor tactics, poor coaching, poor mental strength, I don't know what. But we need a fresh approach and a new broom.

“From Worthington's after-match interviews it's clear he's not been watching the same matches we have. So many times this season the team has failed to turn up. Norwich used to have a reputation for playing good football, but not this season.

“I have never protested before, because you always felt we were trying to play good football, but I am now. There will come a day when people will think twice about renewing their season tickets. I can see it spiralling down.”

Joanna Sellex, 46, of Thorpe Hamlet, said: “I have supported Norwich since I was nine, so I'm not going to give my season ticket up, but I still want Worthy out. He has made so many disappointing signings. But the Board is so loyal to him I think he will stay.”

Her son Jonathan Sellex, 20, a student at Bath University, travels the 320 miles to Norwich every home game to watch his team.

He said: “The football we play is terrible. All we do is hoof the ball upfield, but we don't have a target man. What's the point of getting players as loan signings when you are not going to play them?

“We are all loyal to this club we love, but we don't love him. From the amount of fans we get, especially away fans, we deserve something better. The attendances have been good, but the atmosphere has not. He has no ideas and we don't create any chances.”

Mark Thorndyke, 36, from Long Stratton, criticised other City fans for applauding Worthy when the team was playing so badly.

“We need a better manager. He cannot motivate the team, and is not willing to experiment with the team until the season is over. He's not ambitious. The team is going backwards not forwards. I think other fans want him out, but are just too apathetic.”

John Morgan, 18, from Stamford, Lincolnshire, who was staying with his grandmother in Lowestoft for the match, said: “I wanted to be here to show my discontent at Worthy. I have been a Norwich fan since I was five, but this must be one of the worst seasons we have had, especially the way we play. He has made some really poor signings, like Andy Hughes, who was known to be bad at his previous clubs, so why should he be better here?”

Ü Do you think the fans are right to protest against Nigel Worthington? Write to: Letters, Evening News, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE, email eveningnewsletters@archant

.co.uk or visit www.eveningnews24.co.uk/forums

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