Canaries really need a game plan

PUBLISHED: 15:47 13 October 2007 | UPDATED: 15:19 10 September 2010

Daphne Griffith, NCISA

This was the second time in two weeks that I have watched my team produce performances against the only teams currently below us in the league that were inept, clueless and downright embarrassing.

I watched QPR v Norwich on Sky. This was the second time in two weeks that I have watched my team produce performances against the only teams currently below us in the league that were inept, clueless and downright embarrassing.

I can't think that the players have enjoyed their very public humiliation by television, or the jeers and boos at Carrow Road. I try to persuade myself that they are not deliberately playing badly.

One or two in the team do seem to be genuinely attempting to play - but they are failing because the basic rule in any team sport is that players work as a team and play to their strengths.

The most embarrassing thing at QPR was that the studio pundits were as bemused by Norwich's poor performance as I was.

I have always argued the case for my team however poor the performance, but on Monday hit rock bottom and have no arguments left.

No-one watching Peter Grant on Monday night would have expected him to last another week as manager.

His body language showed he was on his way. I have been one of those who have defended Peter, his coaching staff and his squad for the past year.

Sadly this is not because I have seen a manager with a clear vision of how his team should be playing. It has been because I want to support a team that is winning - and I have been desperately hoping that Peter Grant would build this team - and we would start winning.

Peter leaving is not the answer: too much else at the club at present seems to be totally aimless - exemplified perfectly by our strikers who have failed to find the net in over nine hours.

Norwich City Football Club needs a well-thought-out strategy for improvement - a game plan. It needs it now.

We need a new manager and a rethink on coaching. We need a real shake-up at board level - and there are plenty of rumours flying around about this.

But what we as supporters, and the team we support, most need now is confidence.

Confidence that our club is being managed in the boardroom, on the training ground and on the pitch. We want to see a consistent approach that we may not all agree with, but can understand, and hopefully applaud wholeheartedly.

If we continue to drift, I really fear for the future.

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