Many reasons to call this meeting

PUBLISHED: 15:18 25 February 2006 | UPDATED: 09:14 14 September 2010

I WAS both surprised and disappointed after the Derby game to have it suggested to me that I was miffed because City had won two games and it would undermine the fans' meeting which Norwich City Independent Supporters' Association has planned for Thursday.

I WAS both surprised and disappointed after the Derby game to have it suggested to me that I was miffed because City had won two games and it would undermine the fans' meeting which Norwich City Independent Supporters' Association has planned for Thursday.

Anyone who knows me, or any of the other NCISA committee, for that matter, will know that I love Norwich City and would never want them to lose. No one would be more delighted than me if City won every game until the end of the season and crept into the play-offs.

I would therefore like to make it clear that the meeting we have arranged is not necessarily a “Worthy out” or protest meeting. If it pans out that way then so be it. If not, it may serve as a watershed. Who knows?

NCISA is a broad church and we know that there are many different opinions among our members and, indeed, our committee. Anyone who believes otherwise should be a fly on the wall at one of our monthly meetings. They would probably be very surprised.

I am aware that there are fans who think now is the wrong time to rock the boat, just as I am aware that there are those who feel we should have acted sooner. It is never possible to keep everybody happy. Nor is taking the middle ground an option as this pleases nobody.

NCISA are constantly asked by many different factions to take a stance, particularly when things are not going well at the club, and we consider very carefully before doing this.

As a supporters' organisation, we are obliged to provide a platform for debate and we have dug very deeply on this occasion to do just that.

The only other way fans can make their feelings known is by writing to the Press, using the much-maligned message boards or unfurling banners at matches, only to be told by stewards to take them down because they might start a fire.

My own personal view is that something is very wrong at the football club. I do not want to watch much more of what I have seen at Carrow Road and elsewhere this season. I believe the time for “infinite patience” has passed.

I have had enough of strange team selections, puzzling substitutions, dodgy tactics, perceived player favouritism, the manager saying how pleased he was with the workrate after yet another dire game and, above all, poor results and performances leading to mid-table mediocrity.

And, as someone who spends a great deal of time every July and August compiling the Canary Challenge to raise money for the Academy, it also saddens me to see how little chance our good young players are given, even during an injury crisis.

What is the point of the newly-launched Tactic Zone if you are never going to use it?

Apart from the FA Cup game against West Ham, which was clearly of no importance to the management, youngsters have been given no chance in an under-performing side.

Even then, they were either played out of position or given too little time to make an impression, disappearing off the scene completely afterwards and probably ending up leaving the club altogether like Danny Crow.

When I see that on one of the Ipswich Town websites there is a petition to keep Nigel Worthington at Norwich, I believe my misgivings are well founded.

If, however, you disagree with me and feel the present regime is doing a great job, then why not come along on Thursday night and tell us. Whatever your views about the current situation at the club, we encourage you to come along.

You will be given the opportunity to share them with others.

The meeting is at St Andrew's Hall on Thursday (7.30pm).

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