We must unite to pull through

John Tilson, NCISA On Tuesday, I accepted an invitation from Norwich City, in my capacity as a member of the Supporters' Consultative Group, to be introduced to our new manager, Glenn Roeder.

John Tilson, NCISA

On Tuesday, I accepted an invitation from Norwich City, in my capacity as a member of the Supporters' Consultative Group, to be introduced to our new manager, Glenn Roeder.

Having listened to chairman Roger Munby on Radio Norfolk rolling out the usual clichés such as 'diligence', 'passion' and 'unanimous choice', I cringed when Roeder came out with 'wonderful stadium', 'crowds of 24,000' and 'great training facilities'.

Please, chaps - we have heard it all before and it really is wearing very thin. Just look at the league table and where we have got to.


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By 'we', I mean Norwich City Football Club, which is made up of fans, players, the manager and, by no means least, the board of directors.

But hey - suddenly over the past week, someone at Carrow Road has instilled the great words of Gordon Bennett: 'reality check'.

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At last week's fans' forum in Diss, there was an admission by the board that mistakes had been made. On Tuesday, Munby used the word 'crisis'.

Roeder told me and the other SCG members of our lack of leadership, our lack of a midfield general and a lack of confidence.

In fact, he regurgitated everything that 24,000 fans have been saying for far too many weeks and months.

I left the meeting on Tuesday thinking that maybe, just maybe, everyone inside and outside Carrow Road now stands a chance of singing from the same hymn sheet.

I suppose that what I have just said will have the internet message boards once again accusing NCISA of being cosy with the club. After all, I understand that the latest accusation is that we are 'self-opinionated nobodies'.

But it doesn't matter at the moment how some people view NCISA.

What I do care about passionately (as do my fellow committee members and all our organisation's members) is that we get out of this crisis in double-quick time and start to climb the league table.

Ipswich are coming to Carrow Road tomorrow without an away win so far this season, and there will be a Sky audience watching us.

Hot on the heels of tomorrow's game is a visit on Tuesday by table-topping Watford. It can't be any more daunting, can it?

Is Roeder the man for the job? I really don't know - but does anyone else?

The board know they are in the last-chance saloon. But one thing is for sure - now is not the time for the fans to argue and point fingers at who is to blame for the club's current position.

Now is the time for all of us to pull in the same direction.

If we can get through this chapter in the club's history in one piece, we will all be the happier for it.

If the unmentionable does happen, though, only then will it be the time to play the blame game.

Roeder deserves a chance - let us not deny him that.

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