Winning post is within sight

PUBLISHED: 16:44 17 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:08 10 September 2010

John Tilson, NCISA

Along with a few other NCISA Committee members I went along to the Supporters Forum at Carrow Road on Tuesday evening which was the first forum the club has held since the changes in the boardroom and to the management team.

Along with a few other NCISA Committee members I went along to the Supporters Forum at Carrow Road on Tuesday evening which was the first forum the club has held since the changes in the boardroom and to the management team.

You just knew beforehand that it was in the main going to be a "love in" with very few prickly questions asked of Mr McNally and nothing but praise heaped in the direction of Paul Lambert. This is not a criticism but just an observation of what a degree of success on the field and a far more business like approach behind the scenes can do for the long suffering fans of Norwich City.

The attendance on the night I thought was lower than it should have been but, as NCISA has found out over the years, when there is a sniff of success people are relatively happy with their lot but when the chips are down and there are stormy waters around everybody wants to join in and have their five penneth.

David McNally did not disappoint in the answers given to the usual subjects like ground capacity, season ticket sales and finance, and Delia and Michael seemed far more relaxed and at ease than they have done in the last few seasons.

I find it incredible that some fans expect to be given precise details about The News of the World settlement, the current state of play with Tony Fernandes and the ins and outs of the long running Colchester compensation saga. Some guy even dragged up The Turners and wanted Delia and Michael to explain why they left!

Paul Lambert obviously had everybody eating from the palm of his hand. His charisma and humour took me back to the all too short reign of Martin O'Neil and that is no bad thing. His banter on the night with Chris Lakey showed to me that he has the press on side and as many managers up and down the country have found out make an enemy of the local media and you are doomed.

Everybody in the room took to him and it will not be long before we all have a grasp of fluent Glaswegian. He kept saying that the two vital ingredients at the club are the fans and the players and without them there would not be a football club. Those who have watched him at away games pressing the flesh with his players at the end of a game and acknowledging the support show his man management skills at team bonding.

We are very, very lucky to have this man as our manager as I am positive history will in time show.

Without wishing to tempt fate it looks as though the winning post is in sight and only a monumental change in our form will prevent us being back in the Championship next season.

Every game is now a cup final to use a cliche and the guessing game being played now by the fans is which game will see us win promotion. Having been at Leyton Orient on that Monday night back in 1972 a big dose of nostalgia would be great for a Tuesday night at the same ground in 2010.

A huge away following is certain and you cannot beat a night game for atmosphere so all I can say is bring it on. So far this season I have been to thirteen away games and only seen us lose two so the omens are good.

For far too long in recent times following Norwich City has been a sense of duty rather than pleasure but those dark days are hopefully at an end and a brand new era has dawned.

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