Ambition will be evident soon

John Wilkinson, NCISA The NCISA committee meetings always produce an exchange of views and opinions which I suspect is a mirror of the different stances taken by our membership and Norwich City supporters in general.

John Wilkinson, NCISA

The NCISA committee meetings always produce an exchange of views and opinions which I suspect is a mirror of the different stances taken by our membership and Norwich City supporters in general.

However, what was clear to all in our November meeting was that there was only one way forward for our club in the present dire situation. The board of Norwich City Football Club have to provide considerable financial support to enable Glenn Roeder to plan an escape equal to any achieved by Houdini.

The introduction of loan players Martin Taylor, Matty Pattison, Mo Camara and Ched Evans is an encouraging start.


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On Tuesday night that meant that Norwich had a talented substitutes' bench. Three of these, Darren Huckerby, Lee Croft and Evans, were available to produce attacking options that helped win the game and collect the much needed three points.

It was refreshing to have a manager who was willing to grasp the opportunity to go for the win away from home and not be happy with a draw.

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Much of the talk this week has been about the quality of the loan signings that Roeder has brought in and the dramatic improvement in confidence levels of other players in the squad.

The manner of the loss at Plymouth together with the enforced break due to the international matches may prove of considerable significance when we look back at the end of the season. Roeder and the directors were left in no doubt that the squad had to be strengthened without any delay.

That enlarged squad will be a necessary requirement to successfully come through the seven league fixtures that face the Canaries in December.

All members of the NCISA committee see the bringing in of loan players as only a beginning. The real crunch will come when the transfer window reopens and the present loan period comes to an end.

In January, the Norwich City board must find ways of supporting Roeder in making permanent signings as well as any further loans he needs.

It is not overdramatic to suggest that the future of Norwich City Football Club and any aspirations to be a Premier League club will be evident for all to see in what happens in January 2008.

As to the more immediate situation the return match with Plymouth next Tuesday is the chance for the players to repay the loyal away fans who had to endure that 3-0 defeat on November 10.

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