Management team changed the mood

Clare Williamson, NCISA As we enter the last six games of the season, it's still uncertain as to whether we'll stay up or not, but it's certainly looking a lot healthier than it did a few weeks ago.

Clare Williamson, NCISA

As we enter the last six games of the season, it's still uncertain as to whether we'll stay up or not, but it's certainly looking a lot healthier than it did a few weeks ago.

I was so depressed after the Coventry game it was untrue. I just couldn't see any way back for us, then in the next five games we pick up some decent results.

There must have been some serious soul searching and very honest discussions between players and management after that Coventry game to turn it around like they have.


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Bryan Gunn has made some big decisions in his short time as manager, and one of his biggest was at the very beginning of his reign when he chose his backroom team.

He's made some very shrewd appointments. There were a few eyebrows raised in some quarters when he appointed John Deehan and Ian Crook. A few said Ian Crook had been away from English football too long. He may have been away for 10 years or more but the basics of football are still the same whichever country you're in. It was interesting to read Sammy Clingan's comments in the last match-day programme, saying how much Crook had helped him in such a short space of time.

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There was then a bit of a saga as to whether Ian Butterworth would join the club or not, but it didn't take long for him to join up with his old team-mates. It's been said by some that it's an old pals act and the Norwich connection has gone a bit over the top. Personally, I think it's exactly what we needed after Glenn Roeder had ripped the heart and soul out of our club. We needed, and still do need, people who care as passionately about this football club as we the fans do and with the four of them and Paul Crichton too, it's exactly what we've got. Over the past few games you can see the rewards for all of the hard work that's gone on up at Colney, with the new set-pieces and the way we're defending too. It's good that the players finally can be given the freedom and feel confident enough to vary the play and try different set-pieces. Even if they don't come off, they will still be encouraged to try again.

Earlier in the week Gunny was nominated for the Manager of the Month award. No disrespect to him but I'm glad he didn't get it, because that could have put the kiss of death on us!

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