Where does the blame lie?

PUBLISHED: 14:24 08 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:20 14 September 2010

Two years ago next month, the board of directors and the chief executive of our club stood with the players on the balcony at City Hall to accept an outpouring of joyful passion from tens of thousands of supporters.

Two years ago next month, the board of directors and the chief executive of our club stood with the players on the balcony at City Hall to accept an outpouring of joyful passion from tens of thousands of supporters.

The future looked bright - the players had a tight bond with the supporters, a new stand increasing the ground's capacity had just been built, and millions of pounds were about to be poured into the coffers by Sky and the Premier League.

Having been through the troubled times that had entrenched our club over the previous few years, chairman Roger Munby and chief executive Neil Doncaster must have seen nothing but good times ahead for Norwich City.

But just what was the vision that they had for 2006 and onwards?

I bet it did not include wallowing around in the middle of the very division they were about to leave behind, more than 25 points off an automatic promotion spot.

I bet it did not include a multi-million-pound striker becoming unsettled within a few months of being signed and leaving within a year.

I bet it did not include demonstrations outside Carrow Road or public meetings in St Andrew's Hall.

I bet it did not include restless home support and a morgue-like atmosphere that has become all too familiar at home games (even on the back of five consecutive home wins), culminating with Robert Green making a gesture to the crowd which would probably have resulted in his arrest had he repeated it outside a nightclub in front of a police officer.

Did the vision include giving two and three-year contracts to players (some costing more than half a million pounds) who will never, ever be Norwich City legends? They have been joined by nomads who will be instantly forgotten once we somehow manage to be rid of them. These players have failed to produce the goods, that is for sure.

Where, gentlemen, do you lay the blame? Don't look at the fans for causing the problems now facing you. You sold us the 'tin' around Christmas 2004. We trusted you when you told us not to open it until August last year because the label and its ingredients looked appetising.

But come April 2006, it has all left a nasty taste in the mouth because the contents were not what was described on the tin.

Never mind - thousands of us have bought new tins which cannot be opened until August 2006 (some have bought three or five tins). Let's just pray they do not turn out to be more cans of worms.

Much more of the same and there will be considerable consumer resistance. Don't say you haven't been warned.

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