Board must back Roeder
Robert ONeill, NCISA I still find it hard to see why we, as Norwich fans, jumped about with smiles on our faces when we were sitting bottom of the league, and while we are still smiling now even though we are only just outside the bottom three.
Robert ONeill, NCISA
I still find it hard to see why we, as Norwich fans, jumped about with smiles on our faces when we were sitting bottom of the league, and while we are still smiling now even though we are only just outside the bottom three.
After all, when the season started we were thinking it would be a season to celebrate in front of City Hall again, and with former NCISA chairman Roy Blower being the Lord Mayor, all the pieces of the jigsaw, it seemed, were fitting in to place.
I was disappointed at the departure of Peter Grant and his team, but it was time for a change when it became clear that he had lost the respect of the dressing room.
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There was no chance he would be able to turn things around.
When Glenn Roeder was announced as the next manager, I have to say I could not have been much more disappointed and I felt we had the wrong man. Don't get me wrong - I was always going to back him, and I always will, as I would any manager. I could just not see the motivator that we were so desperate for at the time.
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But, as they say, do not judge a book by its cover. Roeder seems to have the respect of the players, the all-important contacts in the game, and his own and fresh ideas, and he wants to play the game as it is meant to be played.
All too many times in the past we have seen money wasted on poor signings, as well as bad choices in loan players, but in every one of the players Roeder has chosen to bring in so far you can see desire, passion and skill - not only for the game but for this club.
Few could say that a single decision he has made has been wrong, and that has been proven by the results we have seen in the short time he has been in charge.
Now is the time for the board to show their faith and belief in their new manager. They have shown it once by letting Roeder bring in the loan players.
Without the same backing when the transfer window opens, we will lose the loan players and have no replacements coming in.
There will be a risk of this club going back into freefall, with Roeder becoming the next Martin O'Neill and walking away from Norwich as a result of the club showing no ambition.
So come on, Delia and the rest of the board: back this man. He has shown what he can do in the short-term, so let him show us his long-term plan.
Don't just push the boat out - put a motor on it and give him all he needs to turn this club around.
On the ball, City.