Grant is the man to drive us forward

PUBLISHED: 16:35 25 November 2006 | UPDATED: 09:51 14 September 2010

The NCISA committee were told that this Pink 'Un article was going to be about knitting Canary scarves as Christmas presents. However, the manner of the painful defeat on Sunday at Portman Road has required a change of subject!

Peter Grant's very frank comment that: "We were awful, we have got to accept that," is welcome to hear in as much that it gives no room for any excuses from players.

The NCISA committee were told that this Pink 'Un article was going to be about knitting Canary scarves as Christmas presents. However, the manner of the painful defeat on Sunday at Portman Road has required a change of subject!

Peter Grant's very frank comment that: “We were awful, we have got to accept that,” is welcome to hear in as much that it gives no room for any excuses from players.

Indeed, the manager had previously played down the victories against leading league teams, making critical statements about the quality of play and overall performance during these matches. Sunday has left no doubt for even the most positive and ardent of Canary fans that there is much that has to be done and Peter Grant is the man to do it.

My confidence in the manager is based on studying his after match comments and statements.

He clearly understands that, just with successful businesses, in football you should use failure to bring success.

It is the ability to dispassionately analyse why things went wrong and then to act on it that will bring sustained success. In business terms failure should mean that you stop, look, think and then act.

Peter Grant has this approach and certainly appears to have the necessary resilience to enforce his views on the way forward and has a clear vision for the future of Norwich City. He has the understanding that it is consistent match performance, not the outcome of one match, that will bring promotion.

The expected culling of players from the present squad may hold a few surprises.

It will not be based on what fans have witnessed in the last two years but it will be those players who are unable to learn from mistakes and fail to act on the manager's thinking. I hope it will not be many but only time will tell.

Promotion this season is still very much a possibility and financially very important.

Full grounds at Carrow Road and a continued away following second to none with the supporters showing their trust in the manager by cheering on whichever 11 players Peter Grant puts on the field of play, can help achieve it.

What else can we do? With my failure to produce an article on knitting football scarves, I am left suggesting that Christmas gifts this year could come from the club shop or a meal at Delia's Restaurant. It all helps.

On the ball, City.

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