Supporters round on Carrow Road board
Sarah Hall One of the most influential of Norwich City's supporters groups today called for change on the Carrow Road board after a string of what they dubbed “disastrous” mistakes.
One of the most influential of Norwich City's supporters groups today called for change on the Carrow Road board after a string of what they dubbed “disastrous” mistakes.
Norwich City Independent Supporters Association issued a hard-hitting statement in which they said they had “no faith or confidence” in the make up of the boardroom.
A statement from the association said: “It is with great sadness, following the relegation of our football club to the third tier of English football, that we think the prolonged decline of Norwich City Football Club must be arrested.
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“The mistakes made in recent years by the custodians of the club have been repetitive and disastrous. Lessons have not been learnt and as we look toward the 2009/2010 season we are in crisis.
“Norwich City Independent Supporters Association wishes to place on record that it has no faith or confidence in the current make up of the boardroom to make the correct appointments and decisions, in order that we reclaim our rightful place in the football world.
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“Whilst accepting that those in control have acted with what they considered to be the best of intentions, unfortunately they have been responsible for those mistakes, and it cannot and must not continue.
“NCISA demands that the board act quickly and decisively, and to this end, changes of personnel must take place within the boardroom.”
Norwich City were relegated from the Championship following Sunday's 4-2 defeat at the hands of bottom club Charlton and are facing their first season in the third tier of English football - League One - for the first time in almost 50 years.
Majority shareholders Michael Wynn Jones and Delia Smith admitted, following the Charlton game, that mistakes had been made and have made clear they are prepared to relinquish their shares if the right offer comes in.
The future of manager Bryan Gunn is unclear and he, along with chairman Roger Munby and chief executive Neil Doncaster, came under fire at a fans' forum held after Monday's club open day.
Businessmen Nigel Bertram and Alan Bowkett - chairman and deputy chairman of the NCFC Associate Directors Group - heaped further pressure on the board with an open letter launching a withering attack on the Carrow Road top brass.
The club responded by saying they needed to “thrash out a clear, effective and realistic strategy for getting back to the Championship at the earliest possible opportunity.”