It's up to fans to create the magic

Robert ONeill, NCISA What to say that has not been said? That is the problem I have this week, when writing this column this time around. With NCISA looking for your views, on how you feel and where you feel the club is going, I will do the same.

Robert ONeill, NCISA

What to say that has not been said? That is the problem I have this week, when writing this column this time around.

With NCISA looking for your views, on how you feel and where you feel the club is going, I will do the same.

We need to find a spark of magic!


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'Disillusioned' is not a big enough word for how I feel at the moment with what's going on. Anyone who knows me would say "he bleeds yellow and green and his bones are made from Norwich rock".

So why, at a time when my club needs me and all its fans the most, do I find myself drifting along and not willing to grab the rope and pull myself back on board?

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Well, like anyone, when I am cut it hurts.

Normally I would have jumped at the chance to see the reserves play Arsenal, but no: I went swimming in order to avoid the embarrassment of the result, and on Saturday I turned on the radio rather than make my way down to the pub to watch the match for much the same reason, and at the same time I thought: "I hope this game will not run on too late or I will miss the programme Merlin on TV - at least I will get to see some magic there!"

For me the worst game of the season so far was beating Wolves, because it gave us hope only to be kicked back down so soon after.

Everyone in football talks about being consistent so I looked back and thought: with players and managers going through the ever more swinging doors at Carrow Road, what has stayed the same, been consistent? Answer: The Board! While they might be great at what they know and we will for ever be grateful for many things they have done in the past, I ask, what do they really know about football?

Now it seems, some just want to sell up and walk away with an 'anyone will do as long as they have cash' song being sung from the song sheet.

With all hopes of a building programme well and truly gone, and even the 'patch up' on hold, it looks like the 'for sale' boards are going up with the attitude that we will chuck in a few buckets to catch the leaks and hope no one will see them - just like the king in Merlin, it would seem all magic is to be banned while they are in charge.

So with not much left, it leaves us, the fans, to bring in the magic.

I call to all Norwich fans: "Let's pull together, as we are after all here for life and not just the short term."

It's up to us to back Glenn and the players, and while some might not think he, or his ideas, are the best, look at what he has done in the early stages of his rebuild with what he has been given (or rather not been given) in terms of resources.

Yes, it is easy to blame all the loan players for the position we find we are in, saying "they have no passion for the club," but just look again and ask: Why are other managers willing to let their players come to Norwich on loan, when they can clearly see what's going on at this club, and even accept that the chance that their players might not get a game?

Answer: Our manager and what he can teach them.

So let the fans be the magic spark, do the talking, and show everyone what a great club we are and how proud we are to be even just a small part of it. What an advert to any investors as well: If you come and put your money in to this club you too can be a part of this big family.

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