Boss has right tools for big job

PUBLISHED: 14:54 03 May 2008 | UPDATED: 15:34 10 September 2010

Ian Russell, Capital Canaries

We've had more memorable seasons, but as the cold light of close season sets in we'll reflect on 2007-08 and be grateful that we're not joining Colchester and Scunthorpe in a drop through the Championship trap door.

We've had more memorable seasons, but as the cold light of close season sets in we'll reflect on 2007-08 and be grateful that we're not joining Colchester and Scunthorpe in a drop through the Championship trap door.

All hail Mr Roeder and his management team for that.

Roeder himself has said that he is not someone to look back, only forward.

With that in mind, I guess 'Phase 2' of the job begins in earnest on Tuesday morning.

With so many loan players returning to their parent clubs, Dion heading for a comfy Sky Sports armchair, the uncertainty of Hucks' situation and a number of youngsters very probably looking elsewhere for their break, I would say the gaffer has a summer recruitment drive of unprecedented proportions.

Those on the mid-summer jaunt to Gothenburg will be seeing not only a new Norwich kit and sponsor, but a whole band of unknown players donning the yellow and green.

At the Player of the Season Awards at Carrow Road on Monday evening, Mr Roeder told Kevin Piper that, amongst other things, managers are judged on the quality of players they bring into a football club; there certainly won't be a lack of exhibits on show to do just that come kick off time in August.

So, what should we expect for next term and have our expectations been lowered now that it's time to 'give the new manager time'?

Only a year ago, I reckon all of us were collectively 100 per cent behind Peter Grant and his men, only to find ourselves points adrift and in the direst of dire straits a few short weeks into the campaign.

No one or thing could have prepared us for low points of Wolves or QPR.

Listen to West Ham fans and they'll tell you to beware Glenn Roeder's 'second season syndrome'.

Fortunately, I'm someone who rarely listens to West Ham fans (when they talk such claptrap at least) and so I am not expecting any disasters.

That said, miracles are unlikely to happen overnight and I don't think our manager is here for a quick fix. I do reckon, however, that Glenn Roeder and Norwich City is a good 'fit' and, with his 3 year plan, he can give set out to give our football club the structure it needs to move towards and be rightly prepared for the 'next level'.

We have the foundation, the support base and the experience - I am certain the manager has the right tools to get building.

On the Ball City and all the best for the summer!

t Darren Huckerbys don't come along very often. So, when Norwich City had the opportunity to convert a fantastic loan into a permanent deal on Boxing Day 2003, a new Canary Legend was born.

So often we forget that football is entertainment; Darren Huckerby is an entertainer.

Old school out and out dribblers are far from 'two-a-penny' (you only have to look at the age old England struggle to find wingers for that) and so I feel very privileged to have seen Hucks throw on a yellow shirt for the past 5 years.

The 'Darren Huckerby factor' has helped to bring in commercial as well as on-the-field successes too - I'm sure numerous number 6 shirts have been sold.

Hucks has pace, he has natural ability and came to Carrow Road with bags of experience.

A certain arrogance coupled with immense self-belief perhaps gives him that little bit of 'showbiz' edge over many of his peers.

Darren Huckerby has become a Norwich man and, therefore, a legend in the hearts of City fans.

If indeed the sad day that he plays his last game for City is near then may I take this opportunity, on behalf of all Capital Canaries, to thank Hucks for the memories and wish him nothing but happiness and success.

Become a supporter

This newspaper company has followed Norwich City through good times and bad. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce in depth coverage that makes a measurable difference to our community. OTBC

Norwich City Video

Norwich City Audio

Norwich City Stats

The Pink Un magazine

cover
A must-read for any Norwich City fan with in-depth, straight-talking, analysis from the best writers around.
Purchase

Latest from the Pink Un - Norwich City Football Club News