Perchance to dream. . .
Michael Garrard, Capital Canaries An old man's dream …“Your old men shall dream dreams and your young men shall see visions,” Joel Ch2 v28.Since my last letter foreshadowing the current success with Glenn at the helm (December 1, 2007), the club has gone beyond the miracle of our Dunkirk to the miracle of miracles in the rapid climb up the table.
Michael Garrard, Capital Canaries
An old man's dream …
“Your old men shall dream dreams and your young men shall see visions,” Joel Ch2 v28.
Since my last letter foreshadowing the current success with Glenn at the helm (December 1, 2007), the club has gone beyond the miracle of our Dunkirk to the miracle of miracles in the rapid climb up the table.
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A cause for thanksgiving, but not rejoicing. The finance now being in place for next season (I'm taking our chairman at his word), the Roeder revolution will be in full swing. Glenn achieved a great deal at his former clubs but was always undervalued. Cynics will assert everything is for sale at a price and the club will let Glenn go - I fervently hope not.
Our very future is at stake. No, if we remain constant with him through thick and thin, fighting off all predatory raids from other clubs, ensuring that Glenn appreciates that this is 100 per cent his club, and that he has survived ill health, taunts and insults from former supporters all for a purpose to be eventually united with this family club and turn us into a major team. He will become as synonymous with the Canaries as Arsene Wenger with the Gunners, then there is no limit to what this club can eventually achieve.
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It is not easy to build a club of stature in the present economic climate but now it lies over the horizon. We may have to do a yo-yo as Charlton, Watford etc, nevertheless we will get there if we have the right managerial direction as indicated. Then let your imagination run riot into the future if you will - the slip road outside the Geoffrey Watling stand becomes Roeder Road with a statue to rival those of Sir Bobby Robson and Sir Alf Ramsey at Ipswich.
These are halcyon days for this 78-year-old and I confess despite my conviction of overall success to unashamedly shedding tears of tension when were bottom fighting for every point - and who didn't?
My number one manager with my number one team - it doesn't get any better than that. Glenn heads a select band in my mind of Gentleman of the Game. Where Norwich are currently exceptionally lucky is that we have got two GOTG at the same club - the other is Dion Dublin. Replacing him will be Glenn's greatest task.
Congratulations to Delia on the launch of her new book. She is quite wrong however, about having no children - she has thousands of them, all Canaries, fractious at times I grant you, but generally regarding her as the Canaries' Mum. When in London, people often observe my favourite yellow and green block scarf, and observe: “Ah, Norwich - Delia's team,” and now some even say “Delia and Glenn's team”.
Settling into my train seat on the way to Norwich, I close my eyes and recall the words of Dennis Bergkamp in an interview after Norwich lost 1-0 to Inter at the San Siro, and he scored the only goal: “Norwich are simply not an English team but a European team.” And as slumber takes me with the motion of the train, I dream we are on our way back by the grace of God and Glenn - this time, for good!