Good to see Jamie back where he belongs
Clare Williamson, NCISA EARLY on in the week I had about five or six subjects going around in my head to write about, mostly about the poor state our team was in. By Tuesday night that had been narrowed down to a couple and by Wednesday lunchtime there was only one subject on everyone's lips regarding Norwich City Football Club, the sacking of Glenn Roeder and his coaching staff.
Clare Williamson, NCISA
EARLY on in the week I had about five or six subjects going around in my head to write about, mostly about the poor state our team was in. By Tuesday night that had been narrowed down to a couple and by Wednesday lunchtime there was only one subject on everyone's lips regarding Norwich City Football Club, the sacking of Glenn Roeder and his coaching staff.
By the time this goes to print there would've been hundreds and thousands of words already said and written on the subject, so it goes without saying here's a few more.
It wasn't just results that lost Glenn Roeder his job; it was his attitude too, not just towards us fans but towards his own players too. Whether you agreed with the Darren Huckerby decision or not, the way he treated our hero was nothing short of a disgrace. Jamie Cureton is another classic example. He gets shipped out on loan to one of our rivals, scores a couple of goals but Roeder point blank refuses to bring him back when we're struggling to field two fit strikers ourselves. Roeder gets the sack and no more than four hours later Jamie's back where he belongs. Hopefully by the time this is being read he will have bagged himself a goal or two this afternoon and we've got three points safely tucked away.
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I've never seen anyone treat a set of fans with such disrespect as Roeder did. Initially I was pleased when he was appointed, as I thought he would take us forward, but now I feel really let down by him.
We may not all be football managers but there's still some very knowledgeable people sitting in the stands and for him to treat us as if we're idiots was wrong.
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If he wanted the fans to get behind the team and him, he had a funny way of going about it. With this and the wholesale changes he made, I felt he'd ripped the heart and soul out of our club. I now feel this decision has meant we've started to get our club back again.
Whether you like our board of directors or not is a separate debate but I was impressed and surprised with how quickly they acted after Tuesday night, and to sack all three was an even bigger surprise. I honestly didn't think anything would happen this quickly and we'd wait and see how we got on against Barnsley before action was taken.
I know the players have to take some of the blame but there was a clear lack of leadership from the sidelines. There seemed to be no idea of how to get us out of this pickle. No natural leaders.
Nobody likes to see anyone lose their job but I can't imagine too many City players were gutted by Wednesday's decision. In fact, players like Simon Lappin probably heaved a huge sigh of relief.