Canaries should bring in a fresh face
PUBLISHED: 16:12 30 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:41 14 September 2010
What a glorious weekend! Above average temperatures for the time of year, fine and mostly dry in East Anglia with almost an excuse to dust off the barbecue and open a bottle or two of the fizzy stuff in honour of our sporting heroes…that is the ones who were clubbing little white balls all over lush green places in Ireland!
What a glorious weekend! Above average temperatures for the time of year, fine and mostly dry in East Anglia with almost an excuse to dust off the barbecue and open a bottle or two of the fizzy stuff in honour of our sporting heroes…that is the ones who were clubbing little white balls all over lush green places in Ireland! (You surely didn't think for one nanosecond that I meant anyone wearing anything green, apart from Plymouth and Yeovil who both racked up wins at the weekend, chasing a rather bigger ball about a smaller arena did you?)
No - I can't spend all of this week's column space talking about why on earth we wore green shorts with the white away shirts instead of the all-white I had expected, much as I might like to. That would be to push the burning question on every City fan's lips under the thickest of carpets and with October looming I'm afraid that just won't do.
So, what is going horribly wrong when all appeared just a few short weeks ago to be going so beautifully right? The answer isn't 'nothing', just as much as it isn't one thing alone, much as we might believe it to be.
Apart from our Championship winning season we haven't been any great shakes on our travels for some seasons, let's be honest, though the reasons for that remain somewhat of a mystery. I have explored to a minor degree the variables of travel distances, support (never lacking and ever admired), tactics/formations etc., even, in jest, our away kits of the past, and yet nothing stands out as being of particular significance.
Yes there have been many occasions when we gave our all out there and came away with nothing (Leeds on the opening day of the season for instance) and that is hard to stomach in its own way, but performances that leave you feeling ashamed and totally disheartened simply should not be happening.
One look at the current league table says it all. Never mind the position or where we were a mere two weeks ago, we are now just four points off the bottom, confidence is once again low and the thinness of our squad is beginning to tell. Dropping like a stone sadly doesn't describe it - we're more like the proverbial lead balloon, and it hurts.
Regular readers will remember me urging no knee-jerk reaction in the form of heads rolling part way through last season. However, I did state that I thought the board would be looking seriously at the situation if, come October, we are in no better position than we were this time last year. Well my calendar will say it's October when I next sit at the desk in my office and those at theirs back in Norfolk will surely be ready to make some very big decisions if 'nul points' is the return in our televised outing against Burnley, and maybe even if it isn't.
Accepting there is no single factor that has caused this situation is one thing, but we all know eventually there is one person the buck stops with.
Sadly I think the time may have come for someone new to try different approaches in an attempt to freshen things up and turn this season around.