I want to stay regardless - Lee
Striker Alan Lee wants to stay with Norwich City next season - whether or not the club hangs on to its Championship status.Lee is expected to make his seventh appearance for the Canaries in their do-or-die final game of the season against Charlton Athletic at The Valley (1.
Striker Alan Lee wants to stay with Norwich City next season - whether or not the club hangs on to its Championship status.
Lee is expected to make his seventh appearance for the Canaries in their do-or-die final game of the season against Charlton Athletic at The Valley (1.15pm).
City will be relegated to League One unless they win and fourth-from-bottom Barnsley, currently three points ahead, are beaten at Plymouth.
But the 30-year-old Lee, on loan from Crystal Palace, has seen enough of the club to want to put down roots, even if it means dropping a division.
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He said: “I'd like to stay, up or down. I've said it before and that's the way I feel.
“There is a face to who you are representing, there is something special about the city and representing a huge county.
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“The fans have been absolutely fantastic. As a footballer, sure, you want to play as high up as you can, but there are other things that are probably more important to you, your motivation, and if you get appreciation from the fans and they are at every game filling the stands up, for me that gives me a lot of motivation and I think that's better for me.
“I love living in the area, the facilities are Premier League, you are looked after very, very well.”
Lee believes that if the worst happens, and Norwich drop into the third tier of English football for the first time in 49 years, they can survive the experience.
He said: “I think it's a great club and if results don't go our way and it does go down it's not the end of the club.
“The club doesn't go. You have to come back and be positive next season. I think, sure, it's not good for the club and we'd all be very, very disappointed, but you look at Leicester - they were in the same position last year and came back and I think everyone involved in that club, fans, players, have had a great season and are right now on a massive high.
“So, go down or stay up, I'd like to stay and either way something very positive can happen next year.”
Lee admitted, however, that waiting for the game was taking its toll.
“I think we'd all like to know what's happening and to get it out of the way really,” he said. “It's been a really tense week, with anxious sleepless nights, but we still have a chance, so fingers and toes crossed.
“When you start trying to do the computations it certainly makes me quite anxious, but it's not beyond the realms of possibility - but we've got to make sure we do our bit.
“I think all the lads have been focused on this for some time now, so there is not a lot to say. If you're not up for this one you don't have much chance.”
Events at Plymouth could decide City's fate, regardless of their own result, and Lee believes Barnsley, who need a point to be certain of staying up, may feel the strain.
He said: “Odd things tend to happen. I think it will be down to the manager whether the other result will filter through to us but sometimes you do feel an eerie hush come over the crowd if something's going negative and sometimes I've been in games where the crowd has started celebrating so we'll probably have an idea what's going on.
“Plymouth, like any team, will be wanting to win and Barnsley will have a bit of pressure on them.”
Lee said successive defeats at the hands of Ipswich and Reading were not, in themselves, responsible for City's last day predicament.
He said: “There have been two very, very tough games and we're not in this position because of those last two results, it's what happened throughout the season. Reading in particular are a very good side with a lot of Premier Leaguers players and they were always going to be tough, but maybe we could have done better.”