Grant under pressure
CHRIS LAKEY Peter Grant admitted he is treading on thin ice after Norwich City's season reached a new low at the weekend. Defeat at home to bottom side Sheffield Wednesday means City are now just one point and one place above the Championship relegation zone after losing five of their last six league games and failing to score in their last three.
Peter Grant admitted he is treading on thin ice after Norwich City's season reached a new low at the weekend.
Defeat at home to bottom side Sheffield Wednesday means City are now just one point and one place above the Championship relegation zone after losing five of their last six league games and failing to score in their last three.
It was a performance played out in front of a live TV audience, but of more concern will be the reaction of the City fans who greeted the final whistle with a huge chorus of boos - exactly a year after defeat by Burnley at Carrow Road prompted the sacking of Nigel Worthington.
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“If I have to be judged on results, obviously I am not in a strong position,” admitted Grant, who now faces what could be a make or break game against Scunthorpe at Carrow Road tomorrow night.
“Of course I can understand the frustrations. I have got to accept that - I don't like it. I want to be winning matches. I want to be the manager here for a long time, but if we keep getting results like the ones we are that always makes it a little bit more difficult.
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“If you don't win games of football you always feel under pressure, that's the nature of the beast. I will take full responsibility for that. I have to stand out there and I have got to pick a team for the next game and hopefully it's me in charge to make that decision.
“I want to be here and I want to make this a success. I can't work any harder - obviously I don't make that decision.
“If it comes down to work ethic I would be in the job for a long time. Its results and performances that you need to go along with that. If you don't win games of football of course you are always in that position. I don't worry about it because I know I am giving it as much as any manager in the league, if not more.”
Grant has the backing of his board of directors, with chief executive Neil Doncaster saying yesterday: “The board and staff at Carrow Road are totally focussed on giving Peter, his management team and the players every possible support ahead of an important home game this Tuesday.”
The same may not be said of the fans, whose simmering unrest finally boiled over when Wade Small scored the only goal of the game on 75 minutes, with chants of “what a load of rubbish”, “you don't know what you're doing” and “Are you watching, Delia?”.
Grant said he understood their frustrations - and admitted they hurt.
“We lost another game at home, games that we shouldn't lose so I understand the criticism,” he said. “I don't like it one but, I want everybody to be singing their names and giving them all the praise that is going, that is how I want it to be. I want this place to be rocking.
“I understand their frustrations. I can't say anything else - it becomes typical manager speak if I say anything else, but I don't want to go down that line. If you go to a show and you don't like it be critical of it. And I understand it, and I can understand the frustration. We are all frustrated, the players included.”