Congratulations Mr President and good luck

Tim Allman, Capital Canaries I'd like to start by congratulating the president of the Capital Canaries, Bryan Gunn, on his latest role at Norwich City Football Club. He and his team have my very best wishes as he embarks on his most challenging role so far - saving us from relegation.

Tim Allman, Capital Canaries

I'd like to start by congratulating the president of the Capital Canaries, Bryan Gunn, on his latest role at Norwich City Football Club. He and his team have my very best wishes as he embarks on his most challenging role so far - saving us from relegation.

To say I was shocked by Bryan Gunn's appointment as Norwich City manager was an understatement. I was amazed by the risk that both the board and Gunny have taken by going down this route. I was astounded that one game, admittedly a fantastic win would have swayed him to apply, and also the board into giving him the job. How much influence did the post Barnsley feel-good factor really have in the decision making process? Plenty I would wager.

So what's the risk to Gunny? None I hope, but I can't help thinking that if it all goes wrong, we get some bad results, dodgy luck, or the feelgood factor goes, his status as a Norwich legend may well become tarnished, and that special relationship he has with the club and the fans as an ambassador, and general all-round good guy could be lost. I would like to think that I will never have a bad word to say about him, but in the heat of the moment, when a player doesn't perform, a perceived favourite gets selected, or a bad substitution is made, will I still feel the same way? I really hope so.


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The risk to the Norwich City Board is even greater. After the farce of the last three managers, they have got to have called this one right. The final months of the Worthington regime, when he should have been sacked a year previously after the disasters at Luton and QPR; the Grant era, which ended in him all but resigning in a post-match radio interview, and the bitterness and nastiness which characterised Glenn Roeder's regime were all bad decisions which have cost Norwich a fortune and left us mired near the foot of the Championship, with little or no cash to invest in the squad.

And that they even considered Worthington shows how bad the decision-making process was. And who the hell was advising the board? God only knows.

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Make no mistake; if it all goes pear-shaped again, the next protests will not be against Gunny, they will be against those that appointed him, and made such as mess of the club since our relegation from the Premiership.

And it won't be a couple of hundred fans either as it was after the Charlton loss last week.

Of the other rumoured candidates I wasn't really a fan of any of them, bar one. I've never had much time for Paul Ince, who seems to be a shouty, snarly unpleasant character, who would have jumped ship at the first available opportunity.

As regards Adrian Boothroyd, I was not a fan of his style of football. For those of you who were at Watford last season, it was the most horrific game of football I have ever witnessed.

The beautiful game? Er no. More akin to gridiron than soccer, it was the only game I can recall where the opposition centre half was the focal point of the attack as the ball was continually punted upfield by Watford to their giants, and they used the long-throw from everywhere. I'm sure that this game will have left an impression on the board on our style of play had Boothroyd been appointed.

I am not sure whether Mark Robins was even interviewed or if we approached Rotherham. He would have been my choice, and perhaps he would have been an even bigger risk than Gunny, but as a young ambitious manager, used to working with a shoestring budget, he would have felt at home at Norwich.So perhaps Gunny was the only viable candidate then.

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