Roeder revival is sensational
PUBLISHED: 13:07 09 February 2008 | UPDATED: 15:24 10 September 2010
This week there has been much speculation about whether we can mount a late push for the play-offs. The Man will write that again: the play-offs.
This week there has been much speculation about whether we can mount a late push for the play-offs.
The Man will write that again: the play-offs.
The very fact someone can utter that sentiment without being carted off to Hellesdon Hospital is remarkable.
Anyone who was at Wolves away is probably already in there…
In football things change rapidly, but it is worth us all remembering exactly where this club was when Roeder took over.
To recap: it was stuffed.
The Man, for one, could not see us getting out of the almighty hole Grant had dug for us.
Yet ahead of today's game in Cardiff we found ourselves in mid-table, with a decent chance of ending the season without the stress of a relegation fight.
As The Man said, things change rapidly in football - and once you start winning football matches, football fans, unreasonable souls that they are, expect you to win some more.
But The Man would urge caution in this regard.
Let's not forget where this team has come from.
Before today's game - which I had a nasty feeling about - we have gone 11 games unbeaten in the league.
Roeder has achieved that despite actually making a profit in the transfer market - if you ignore the hidden costs of loans.
He's also shipped out a lot of the “footballers” Peter Grant brought to the club.
It has been a sensational effort.
In fact, The Man struggles to remember many other new Norwich managers who have had such a magnificent impact.
So amid this talk of the play-offs, let's remember just how low we were at half time in the **** game.
It has been a wonderful turnaround.
It is one the management, players and fans should all be proud of.
We are a great club, and over the past two months we have really shown it.
t I know we don't own him, but The Man thinks Ched Evans has done more than enough to earn his own chant.
Given his Welsh heritage, surely there is something that scans with the Taff anthem Bread of Heaven?
We have not replaced the Safri chant in terms of lyrical genius, so I'm hoping someone in the Snakepit or Barclay will be able to come up with something inspiring soon.
On this note, it was rather quiet against Preston.
Yes, it was cold, and yes it was rubbish, and yes it was Preston, but let's not start becoming complacent.
The Man is confident that come the Hull game, the atmosphere will return.
t CITY'S IRON MIKE COULD TAKE A PUNCH
As we head towards Championship safety, there is much talk of a good team spirit being forged at Colney,
But it seems things still have some way to go to match the antics of our greatest ever side, the one that finished third under Mike Walker.
The Man was told on good authority this week, that after each away win, Mike Walker would strip off his top on the team bus and urge members of the squad to punch him in the stomach, to see if he flinched.
The players - fuelled by a couple of bottles of beer and fish and chips - would take it in turns to try and ruffle the Silver Fox with a jab to the gut.
One former player in particular - known for his love of a physical challenge - would really grit his teeth and give Iron Mike the treatment.
The Man can't quite see Roeder pulling the same stunt, but you never know. Great times baby.
t AVRAM'S SIDE COULD ALMOST RUN ITSELF
Lots of plaudits for Avram Grant last week, as assorted pundits decided it was time to give him the “hasn't he done well” treatment.
Even Match of the Day 2 - in one of its achingly unfunny Kevin Day features - decided to do a vox pop on Grant's success.
Why producers persist in interviewing supporters outside a ground two hours before kick-off baffles The Man, all you get is wackos. It's football's twilight zone.
And having Kevin Day turn up with his big Palace face and cheesy jokes doesn't help things.
With regard to Avram Grant, nine wins in 10 games is not bad going at all.
But rather than show his quality as a coach, The Man just thinks it's a reflection of the quality of the squad he has inherited.
I mean really, you could put Mick McGiven and Bryan Hamilton in charge of that team and they'd still struggle to drag it out of the top four. In fact, they could probably finish in the top four without a manager at all. Money buys success, it's as simple as that.