Problems at City go much deeper than just one man

Cameron Jerome's recent comments have highlighted the problems at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chester

Cameron Jerome's recent comments have highlighted the problems at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

I’ll leave Cameron Jerome to start this article – “Lack respect for team-mates. Not fighting for each other. Lack of respect for the coaching staff. Don’t follow the right instructions and orders. Playing for themselves.”

Alex Pritchard - surely it is time for him to get a regular start. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Im

Alex Pritchard - surely it is time for him to get a regular start. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

A summer clearance sale inbound – and at this rate of performance, how does ‘buy one get one free’ sound?

The ‘highlights’ reels of late have been an absolute horror show. A cross from Mitchell Dijks made it on after our loss against Sheffield Wednesday, which said it all.

Then to put the cherry on the cake, watching back Steven Naismith’s one-on-one miss against Barnsley – that’s a player who has nowhere near lived up to his price tag at Norwich City.

Despite the last two results, it’s remarkable to think that the City teams that started are still, on paper, the third best in the league.


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What the national media do not understand is Alex Neil lacks the ability to get the most out of this team. There’s no inspiration and anyone who thinks he hasn’t lost the dressing room is even more of a blind optimist than myself. And I take some beating in that department!

Not finishing in the top six is grossly under-performing and must result in change before the beginning of next season.

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But the managerial position isn’t the only thing that needs changing. There’s a hell of a lot more to it.

There are stale players who have been at this club for too long. It is astonishing that there are a handful of players who have survived two relegations and yet are still a part of our squad.

The time is now for our youth stars to take the centre stage. The starting team that’s supposedly better simply haven’t brought home the goods.

There’s no reason not to add some youth. Our FA Cup campaign got off to a flying start thanks to their confidence and great attitude. We scored lots of goals, defended relatively well and then what happened? We got knocked out by Leeds, because we fielded our experienced players. The likes of Carlton Morris and Ben Godfrey would be a good start and James Maddison has the potential to be something seriously special.

Alex Pritchard – I’ve got to mention this guy. How on earth is he not starting in this flat City side? After selling Nathan Redmond, we lacked that fear factor. He was surely a direct replacement? Pritchard will make defenders immediately take a few steps back before he’s even got on to the ball, because they know the pace that’s coming their way. In some ways, kudos to Jacob Murphy, who’s certainly provided this to a degree this season. City have got this in their armoury, but Alex Neil has failed to utilise him effectively.

The atmosphere today could be rather poisonous. I dread to think what will happen if we go a goal down. Protest talk has only just started to pick up pace, so I can’t see that happening just yet. I’m really down about the fact our fans may have to resort to tinpot protests to get the attention of our board.

However, just like the Nigel Worthington days, there could well be some “We Want Neil Out” chants. It’s a shambles that the board have let it escalate to this level because ultimately Alex Neil will now take all the flak and abuse for a club that’s been confused from top to bottom throughout the season.

“Give us something positive, Chris”, I hear you cry. Alright then – the frustration and hurt of this season will bring us fans closer together and even more hungry for success. I just hope next season we channel our passion for this club into creating a much noisier atmosphere, rather than consistent negativity.

Make Carrow Road an intimidating place to come and play, because we’ve been nice little Norwich for far too long now.

On The Ball, City!

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