Worthy given breathing space

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:16 14 September 2010

The pressure group who are attempting to oust Nigel Worthington as Norwich City manager have decided to give him some breathing space. A statement issued by the Worthy Out campaign revealed yesterday that they had no plans to organise a protest before Saturday's game against Sheffield United at Carrow Road - and called on all supporters to follow their lead.

The pressure group who are attempting to oust Nigel Worthington as Norwich City manager have decided to give him some breathing space.

A statement issued by the Worthy Out campaign revealed yesterday that they had no plans to organise a protest before Saturday's game against Sheffield United at Carrow Road - and called on all supporters to follow their lead.

The group had heaped the pressure on the shoulders of the City boss before the previous fixture game against Stoke when they held a noisy demonstration outside the ground, with around 400 fans calling for a change of management.

The Canaries somehow managed to emerge from a difficult afternoon with all three points - and then followed that up with an excellent 2-2 draw at Leeds at the weekend, with a last-minute free-kick denying them what would have been a well deserved victory.

Worthington's team may still be eight points adrift of the play-off zone, but the fact remains that they on a decent run of results at present, having lost just one of their previous six matches.

Yesterday's statement stopped well short of calling for an end to all hostilities - but the manager's sternest critics have clearly decided that the time has come to call a truce.

“The Worthy out campaign (worthyout.co.uk) have no plans to organise a protest at the next home game against Sheffield United and would ask all Norwich City fans to follow this lead,” their statement read.

“Taking into consideration the good result and improved performance against Leeds United we feel that to organise a protest would only serve to widen the gulf in the fan base.

“We feel that it is necessary to have a time of calm while Norwich City Independent Supporters' Association meets with the club for their discussions and to await the results of the meeting.”

That gathering took place at Carrow Road last night, with the recent public meeting at St Andrews Hall about the “current situation at Carrow Road” at the top of the agenda - and the Worthy Out group say they are pleased that the club is listening to the voices of dissent.

“The Worthy out campaign has gained substantial momentum in the last month, even more noticeably over the last two weeks, with a clear message being given to the club and the media that we can no longer be termed a minority,” said the statement. “This has had an effect on the club as demonstrated by Barry Skipper's comments, Delia and Michael's statement and even the manager himself showing passion.

“We would like the club to issue a statement saying what is expected of the management instead of appearing to be satisfied with performances. In addition we would like to see an attempt to bridge the gulf that exists between club and fans instead of continuing to widen it by questioning our loyalty.”

The news that there will be no organised protests before Saturday's big game, which will see the Canaries going for a double over the high-flying Blades, was greeted with approval by the club.

“We welcome the calls for no protests at the Sheffield United game and we are looking forward to what will hopefully be a great afternoon at Carrow Road on Saturday,” said City's head of media Joe Ferrari.

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