Football is a major cut-throat profession
PUBLISHED: 19:19 13 August 2009 | UPDATED: 16:25 10 September 2010
I went to the Colchester game - a team against whom we've had varying results. I was full of anticipation. On paper the squad looked good and pre-season results had been promising.
I went to the Colchester game - a team against whom we've had varying results. I was full of anticipation. On paper the squad looked good and pre-season results had been promising. I felt we could begin the season with confidence; goals scored and games won. It wasn't to be.
I watched in disbelief, embarrassed to be a City supporter. For the first time ever I left a home game early.
By Monday I was hoping it was this season's 'blip' so I headed up to The Offside Bar for the Capital Canaries AGM, followed by a Question and Answer session with Delia Smith, Michael Wynne-Jones and David McNally.
There was a good crowd and a decent cross-section of membership. Official business was dealt with quickly followed by an excellent buffet.
Fed and watered, the verbal encounters began. In true Caps style, it was passionate, heated, and sometimes sticky, yet order remained throughout.
Delia explained that there was nowhere she'd rather be than with like-minded fans at a time like this.
When asked why Bryan was the best person to take the club forward, Delia and Michael replied that he needed more time to build upon what he had started last season. Delia challenged the room to choose a manager and David explained it would be inappropriate to name unsuccessful candidates. Questions were asked about the management team and the response received was that they looked right for League One given the level of experience between them. David stated that football is a major cut-throat profession. Managers are judged on performance and results was the reply after being asked if Bryan's position would be reviewed in ten to fifteen games.
Moving onto club finances, it became clear that while our income is good, the cash-flow is not. Delia and Michael confirmed they would release shares to someone who put money into the club and that they had tried hard to find new investment. They love NCFC so will not give it to the wrong person. Delia clarified that they would not make any decision alone.
David expressed his opinion that if youth players were good enough, then they were old enough to pull on the yellow shirt. However if offers were made that were too good to turn down they would have to be accepted. Administration is patently not an option for this board and they will fight hard to avoid this route.
There was a suggestion that the two supporters who ran onto the pitch should be given lifetime season tickets from the club as punishment which was greeted with laughter from the floor.
Many thanks to Delia, Michael and David for coming, particularly given it followed that disaster, and answering questions as openly as they were able to.