Climate change is here at Norwich

PUBLISHED: 18:38 14 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:07 10 September 2010

John Wilkinson, NCISA

We do not need the University of East Anglia or any other scientific group to tell Canary fans. I am referring to the change in climate at Norwich City Football Club.

We do not need the University of East Anglia or any other scientific group to tell Canary fans. I am referring to the change in climate at Norwich City Football Club. The 2009-10 season has one objective and that is to be in the Championship next season. Paul Lambert's comment last week that he would take 1-0 wins to the end of the season says it all.

The first sign of the change in climate came with the new chairman of the directors Alan Bowkett making it clear before the season began that it was results on the field of play that was all that counted and a football manager should be judged by this. Tough talk followed by tough action after that trouncing by Colchester.

At the same time chief executive David McNally started the task which is still ongoing of examining every activity of the club to bring club finances under control and ensure that everything undertaken supported the manager to bring football success to the club. This has meant hard and unpleasant decisions for some individuals.

Make no mistake, there is no longer the luxury for the heart to rule the head at Norwich City. However NCISA have been active this season in bringing the attention to the club of matters which have been concerns to some fans, such as the moving of reserve games to the afternoon at Colney, the danger to supporters of crossing Carrow Road after matches and the proposed suspension of the electric trolleys on match days.

Where possible the club has actively sought solutions as with the sponsorship of the trolleys for next season. In other cases the reason for change has been explained. The club still have to solve the problem of young reserve players not having the opportunity to play in front of crowds at Carrow Road before being a member of the first team. There is a need to provide opportunities for the young to develop an affinity with the Canaries so that they become the season ticket holders of the future.

The very necessary link between fans and those at the football club is actively being explored by members of the NCISA Committee with the club. A positive outcome in these discussions can only support the new climate at Carrow Road and need for football success and financial security.

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