Thank you, Paul Lambert

John Tilson, NCISA I must say a big thank you to Paul Lambert for making my position as NCISA chairman a far more relaxing and pleasurable job since his appointment in August. At last the playing side of our football club appears to be moving forward with a plan and some purpose.

John Tilson, NCISA

I must say a big thank you to Paul Lambert for making my position as NCISA chairman a far more relaxing and pleasurable job since his appointment in August. At last the playing side of our football club appears to be moving forward with a plan and some purpose.

Progress will be slow and there will be upsets now and again that is for sure but how refreshing it is to have a stable squad and a list of players names that you can get your head around as they do not change on what was an all too regular basis. The ability of the manager to get the best out of his players is something that has impressed me.

Darel Russell looked a lost cause a couple of months back but he is now playing some of the best football of his Norwich career. Hoolahan in my opinion was not a team player until the arrival of Paul Lambert. I found him to be frustrating and somewhat selfish for a chap with buckets load of footballing talent but now he is a big part of the team game that we play as an eleven man unit.


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My player of the season so far has to be the awesome Grant Holt. Lambert made him captain and his workrate and leadership qualities have given him a head start on becoming a City legend. Oh and he scores the odd goal or two as well. If he does not score in excess of twenty five goals this season I will eat my hat.

Off the field the new chief executive is certainly not a man who suffers fools gladly and the vast majority of fans seem to think that he will do a good job. He certainly did not attend a "spin" school and gives it to you as it is. Some might not like what and how he says it but he has an unenviable task ahead of him and if he has to upset a few people and tread on some toes well for my money so be it.

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The tears and tantrums, the hugs and continual spin at previous forums and AGMs have got us where we are now. The new chairman by all accounts is silently in the background attempting to steer the ship away from troubled waters so to speak. Not too many interviews or articles from these two chaps in the local press and that impresses me.

Since becoming chairman of NCISA some two and a half years ago there has hardly been a month go by when the media have not been on the phone wanting a comment about the latest crisis to come out of Carrow Road. Those all too frequent events then had the fans on our case wanting to know what NCISA was proposing to do. I will not go over old ground but whatever we said or did did not meet with approval by all. I will be honest and say there were times when i thought do i need the hassle of all these phone calls and e-mails. Goodness me NCISA is run by fans for the fans and in the big picture the good things we do far outstrip the critical barbs that are sometimes pointed in our direction. Most of the Committee have day jobs and there is a limit on how much we can do but we do our best.

So it is thank you to the manager, chief executive and chairman for currently making it relatively easy for myself and the rest of my Committee. Long may it continue but knowing Norwich City FC as we do i am sure the calls and e-mails will start again. This time i hope it is later rather than sooner.

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