First take on the new men in charge
David Maidstone You know the feeling, when you get called into the big meeting to hear what the new bosses have to say. The old guard has moved on and the cosy atmosphere is going to change as the new men with a ruthless reputation arrive.
You know the feeling, when you get called into the big meeting to hear what the new bosses have to say. The old guard has moved on and the cosy atmosphere is going to change as the new men with a ruthless reputation arrive.
Well this time it wasn't a takeover by an American multinational but a young Scot with a mission to reach the Premiership and a straight talking executive who didn't come to win friends but to build a successful club.
Last Thursday was the AGM of NCISA and following the formalities, members and guests were treated to the most honest and straight talking question and answer session Norwich City has ever seen.
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For once there were no dodged questions, none of the turn the question on the questioner, and certainly no one was highlighted with a caustic “I missed your tenure as the national manager” type response.
The one difficult moment on the manner of Bryan Gunn's sacking was met head on, with no apologies, just a straight reminder of the realities of third tier football, and the cold statement that the previous regime were getting so many things wrong in terms of preparations that we would have no chance of getting out of it. So yes once decided the deed had to be done quickly and professionally.
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If those present had reservations over how the club was previously run, they were given a taste of how changes will be made, and have to be made, to get City back where the fans deserve it to be. Yes we were left in no doubt by either David McNally or Paul Lambert that the fans along with the players were the people that mattered. Both pledged to work tirelessly for the fans and that we could judge them on that effort, with no excuses if they didn't succeed.
If players had the wrong attitude, they would not play, and unfortunately probably couldn't be sold! However with the right attitude they will get the chance to prove that they have the talent as well, and if they have both they will be in the team. Alas some players weren't wanted by other clubs and were unlikely to feature in a City team, so would be left sitting on the sidelines.
The man we haven't seen yet, our new Chairman, was also mentioned and we left feeling that his sharpness and business acumen were also going to be influences on the resurgence of the club. I'm sure all City fans are looking forward to when he will be available to face the fans as well.
City have had the reputation of a friendly football club, but alas in recent years that has been evident through its generosity to its opponents rather than its attitude to the fans. On Thursday we saw that a reversal may now have come to play, with a hardening of attitude where it counts - on the pitch and in our business dealings, and a softening and frankness where it is really needed - in addressing the concerns of the supporters and building bridges where they are needed with the community around the club.
As for watching the players in training, I agree that is not always appropriate, so maybe I could learn more by watching how a good Chief Executive works by being a fly on My McNally's office wall as I reckon that will be quite exciting.