We need someone to blame

In times of crises the message boards are full of people protesting, trying to put their finger on why the club is struggling on and off the pitch. Everyone from Delia to Captain Canary is apparently to blame.

In times of crises the message boards are full of people protesting, trying to put their finger on why the club is struggling on and off the pitch. Everyone from Delia to Captain Canary is apparently to blame.

One contributor to the message board suggested that he didn't go to the matches even when offered a free ticket, others won't go until there are changes in the boardroom. Apparently there are hundreds if not thousands of supporters waiting to flock back to Carrow Road the moment Peter, Delia and Michael leave the building.

So let me ask what would happen if they did decide to move on? How many would be investors are beating a path to the door? Neil Doncaster has already given a warning that there are difficult times ahead so a sugar Daddy clad in yellow and green appears unlikely, any time soon.

Cast your mind back a decade; remember how you felt when the club was on the brink of extinction? Robert Chase had made his belated exit, Geoffrey Watling saved the club (again) and many people went on record just content to have a club at all, whatever league they played in.


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I'm no apologist for the board but the fact is Delia and her husband have put money into the club, are still the people who oversaw the Division One title-winning campaign a short time ago and, at worst, they are a safe pair of hands to have in control of the club in potentially difficult times.

Would you rather have Robert Chase back on board or Ken Bates perhaps? Let's get rid of Peter Grant, I hear you cry, he must be to blame. A whole year in the hot seat and no further forward, he has had long enough. Good idea! Let's replace him with someone who has experience and can keep a level head, Neil Warnock perhaps or maybe we can poach Bryan Robson from Sheffield United. Any takers?

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Peter Grant has become a little more considered with his comments recently, clearly hurt from criticism, little money forwarded from transfers despite the sales and still no first team coach on the horizon. His frustrated comments made in the press are hardly surprising. The man is always honest and has been somewhat unlucky, but if the crowd turn on the board or the aside comments continue then there is only one head likely to roll.

But we still need someone to blame? Graham Poll admitted to a mistake when he was a guest on our sports show last week. He should have sent an Arsenal player from the field of play during our Premiership defeat at Carrow Road, but somehow gave an offside decision instead - Norwich lost and the extra points possibly gained against 10 men could have kept City in the Premiership. Ah yes, when all else fails let's blame the referee!

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