Roeder responses aided board

Kathy Blake, NCISA I tell you what, the Norwich City board must have been mightily grateful to Glenn Roeder on Tuesday night. They arrived for the football club AGM knowing full well there was a possibility that they could be in the line of fire from their shareholders over their handling of the football club over the past few seasons, but it the end it was the manager who took most of the flak.

Kathy Blake, NCISA

I tell you what, the Norwich City board must have been mightily grateful to Glenn Roeder on Tuesday night.

They arrived for the football club AGM knowing full well there was a possibility that they could be in the line of fire from their shareholders over their handling of the football club over the past few seasons, but it the end it was the manager who took most of the flak.

I say 'possibility' because you never really know with the football club AGM.


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But this year there had been rumblings beforehand and rumours were rife that things would be different.

There is much discontent at this football club right now following the Peter Cullum affair, the abrupt departure of the Turners, the financial crisis, the loss of Andy Cullen to Milton Keynes and not least, results on the pitch.

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There had been internet message board mentions of protests and boycott.

The NCISA chairman had said to me before hand 'if Delia doesn't get any grief this year then she never will.'

Certainly I thought Roger Munby's opening address was delivered without the usual conviction and panache that he usually displays.

And so it must have been with a huge sigh of relief for the board when the first questioner stood up and had a go at Glenn Roeder.

And the one after that. And the one after that.

A succession of shareholders confronted the manager with searching questions and they certainly didn't pull any punches.

All perfectly justified of course. There have been surprising team selections, questionable tactics, dodgy substitutions, a depressing league position, and still rankling six months later, the disgraceful treatment of Darren Huckerby.

All these were put to the manager by forthright yet polite members of the audience.

His response was prickly and sarcastic and I thought he sounded like a man under pressure. It wasn't pretty.

You can get away with that sort of thing when you are successful and getting results.

Sir Alex Ferguson wasn't exactly at the front of the queue when charm and charisma were dished out. But when your team is in the bottom six of the Championship, arrogance is a really bad idea and he didn't do himself any favours at all.

He would do well to remember that he may well need the support and backing of these fans in the long winter ahead.

All this of course ate up lots of valuable time. There must have been one or two glances at Rolexes on the top table thinking if we can get to quarter to ten then we might actually get away with this.

But of course they didn't. The searching questions duly were asked, but by this time Delia had already as we know, diffused the situation somewhat with her opening address.

But when repeatedly asked about the ongoing and seemingly fruitless search for investment, Delia became quite defensive and turned the tables on the audience saying: “Why don't you tell me? If one of you can tell me then please do. I would be delighted to hear it.”

Well I'm sorry Delia, if the future investment in City comes down to asking the likes of me, then we are in big trouble. That's your job.

NCISA would be interested to hear the views about the current plight of the football club. Email me at ncisa@hotmail.co.uk with your thoughts.

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