Munby: We'll back Roeder

PUBLISHED: 08:11 27 February 2008 | UPDATED: 15:25 10 September 2010

Paddy Davitt

Norwich chairman Roger Munby insisted the club will back Glenn Roeder's bid to complete his Carrow Road revolution.

Munby confirmed Roeder had the green light to launch a summer recruitment drive after skipper Mark Fotheringham recently challenged the club to support the manager's Premiership push.

Norwich chairman Roger Munby insisted the club will back Glenn Roeder's bid to complete his Carrow Road revolution.

Munby confirmed Roeder had the green light to launch a summer recruitment drive after skipper Mark Fotheringham recently challenged the club to support the manager's Premiership push.

City's late Championship play-off surge has been built on a raft of Premiership loanees but Munby revealed planning for Roeder's close season overhaul is already well underway.

Roeder admitted he was content to 'keep his powder dry' during the recent January transfer window despite the board making money available to revamp Peter Grant's squad.

Former Newcastle midfielder Matty Pattison was the only permanent arrival after Birmingham rejected an improved offer for central defender Martin Taylor.

“Glenn is the architect of that process,” said Munby. “It's a debate that has already started along with the broader challenges we face as a club in the summer and beyond. As a board I would re-emphasise we are committed to doing absolutely everything in our power to make progress. I speak to Glenn regularly on the phone and in the more formal board room process and I can assure everyone we will do our utmost to back what he is trying to do here, and that is to move this club forward.”

Munby saluted Roeder's immediate impact after inheriting a club rock bottom of the Championship when he first took charge in November.

“We were positive that Glenn Roeder was the right man,” he said. “Glenn had the necessary experience and leadership qualities. Not only as a manager but I think you'll find he captained ever side he played for in his career as well. He has a certainty and calmness to how he goes about things. He knows what he wants and when he reaches a conclusion he will act with certainty. That was illustrated for me by how he approached the January transfer window. It was impressive to see his preparation before that period, the speed with which he identified young Premiership players and his ability to go out and bring them to our club.”

City's board were strongly criticised during the protracted month long search for Peter Grant's successor - but Munby insists the club's decision to bide their time proved correct.

“As a board we are consistently looking at how we operate in all areas,” he said. “During that process we took what we felt was right from the previous managerial situation and used it accordingly to try and improve on things this time around. A major part of that was to try and use some extra time with regard to a second interview stage. We felt it was necessary to draw out some of the encouraging parts of the first initial interviews and investigate things completely. We were fortunate that a man of Glenn's calibre was available.”

Munby remains guarded on City's prospects of a concerted play-off flourish over the Championship run in.

“We've made terrific, terrific progress,” he said. “But I would also sound a slight note of caution. No one at the club is getting carried away. We are not completely clear of relegation, we're virtually there. Glenn knew when he came in what the brief was and that was not to be in any danger of relegation. Now we can assess the situation again and perhaps look upwards rather than backwards.

“Given what he inherited massive praise must go to Glenn, the players, his coaching team, everyone down at Colney and all the staff. It's a team effort and the fans are central to that process. They've backed us home and away through everything. They really are the hub of the wheel.”

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