Manager's honesty is refreshing change

PUBLISHED: 16:11 28 October 2006 | UPDATED: 09:46 14 September 2010

Peter Grant has certainly made an impression in his first week as Norwich manager. It definitely helped that we won both the away game against Birmingham, and Saturday's game against league leaders Cardiff, but it goes a lot further than that (I'll draw a veil over the Carling Cup - we all know Norwich City don't do penalty shoot-outs).

Peter Grant has certainly made an impression in his first week as Norwich manager.

It definitely helped that we won both the away game against Birmingham, and Saturday's game against league leaders Cardiff, but it goes a lot further than that (I'll draw a veil over the Carling Cup - we all know Norwich City don't do penalty shoot-outs).Grant's honesty is so refreshing. His post-match analysis is exactly that - analysis.

He identifies the weak areas of performance and is happy to name team members who do not meet the standard he demands.

When he says that there is a long way to go, I am sure that it will be in the right direction.

The team really made it easy for him against Cardiff. The game was a superb example of everything that is currently right and wrong with Norwich City.

How can a team go from the crisp and intelligent passing of the first half to the mindless “let's-stand-off-the-opposition-and-watch-them-play” attitude of the second half?

Now that Grant has identified this tendency in our players to switch off, I have every confidence that he will get it sorted. He has already made it clear that anything less than 100 per cent will receive zero tolerance, yet at the same time he is also very positive about good performance.

He has singled out several players who he sees as key to his plans - and he has spoken highly of Shackell, Etuhu, Eagle and Earnshaw over the last week. Adam Drury has spoken of his own admiration for Grant's man-management skills, and personal approach to every player.

So, the Canaries are beginning to sing, but no-one is getting too carried away yet. Grant has said the team is OK. That's all - just OK - and that they need to learn a lot, including how to win (presumably including winning penalty shoot-outs). It should be good watching them learn.

Last week, the NCISA annual meeting welcomed Delia Smith, Michael Wynn Jones, Neil Doncaster and Andrew Cullen to an open forum.

The NCISA committee would like to thank all four for coming and engaging with the audience in a good discussion - and giving us an insight to their total support for the new manager.

The committee was re-elected: chairman - Roy Blower, treasurer - John Tilson, secretary - Kathy Blake, plus John Wilkinson, Clare Williamson, Chris Read, Antony Parke, Gary Reeve, Peter Wolsey and Daphne Griffith.

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