Roeder needs cash backing

Michael Garrard, Capital Canaries I have always supported the club directorate through thick and thin and that has been because I believed they were generally trying to do their best and we owed a debt of gratitude to Delia and Michael for coming forward at a vital time to rescue the club in the first place.

Michael Garrard, Capital Canaries

I have always supported the club directorate through thick and thin and that has been because I believed they were generally trying to do their best and we owed a debt of gratitude to Delia and Michael for coming forward at a vital time to rescue the club in the first place.

That remains my view. Unlike some others I did believe that the conclusion of the Worthington reign should be brought about in the Norwich way and not abruptly as in so many clubs.

Nevertheless some of the advice given to the board over the appointment of managers has, until recently, been unfortunate.


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I think everyone from the board down believed Peter Grant had the ability to do the job, unfortunately this was not the case and he had a steep learning curve in management to surmount. A number of players brought in at his behest have not been up to the previous Norwich standard. In fact the man we now mourn, Graham Paddon, would simply not recognise them as Canaries players, so far have we descended.

As we are only too well aware Norwich are far from alone in making errors in appointing managers. England and, in league terms, the name Milan Mandaric come immediately to mind.

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But help is at hand and I am now sitting on the edge of my seat pinching myself following the surprise appointment of one of the managers at the top of the very short list I would appreciate seeing at the helm at Carrow Road.

A man of integrity finally united with a club of integrity. There are some who have listened to a vociferous minority of West Ham supporters concerning Glenn.

Glenn is at one and the same time a man of dignity and a tough and very able manager. He also enjoys immense respect throughout the game where it counts among the knowledgeable, and therefore has contacts not open to many. Very soon we shall see precisely who in the team has the bottle for the battle ahead. The non-battlers will be out. It will be a far from easy, bumpy ride, and there will be setbacks. It will be demanding for team and supporter alike. What has declined a great deal takes time to put right.

My worry now does not rest with management but in the amount of money the club can make available and not simply for loan players but in January.

If we survive it will not be a matter for self congratulation but thanksgiving - it will be the Canaries' Dunkirk. So I do not expect any spin to be put on that.

The concern of 24,000 very patient supporters will be whether an able manager will be permitted to take us beyond divisional survival next season. It will test their patience in the extreme as otherwise a number, including the writer, will be turning up the sod before success is attained.

As I see it, bringing in the necessary finance will be the biggest challenge our principal shareholders will have faced. I bet they thought they had experienced all that a football club could throw at them with the troubles of these past times, yet now comes their “appointment with destiny.”

Meanwhile, dear Mr Doncaster, you do not need to reassure us that short term money for loan players will be made available - simply allow Glenn's industry in attracting players to speak for itself.

Also can everyone connected with the club insist that people who refer to the Canaries as “small club” put money in the charity box. It commenced with dear Geoffrey who ,in his Christmas cards, would say “thank you for your support for our small club” but it is no longer appropriate for our club today.

Finally your Christmas bookshelf should not be without the autobiography of 'Mr Peter the Great Crouch' who has devoted around a chapter accompanied by photographs to his time among the Canaries.

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