What an eventful time

Clare Williamson, NCISA It's been 11 days since Glenn Roeder was appointed our new manager, and what an eventful 11 days it's been! We've seen Lee Clark (who NCISA sponsor in his role as assistant manager) and Martin Taylor arrive.

Clare Williamson, NCISA

It's been 11 days since Glenn Roeder was appointed our new manager, and what an eventful 11 days it's been!

We've seen Lee Clark (who NCISA sponsor in his role as assistant manager) and Martin Taylor arrive.

Roeder has wasted no time in identifying one of our weaknesses and moved quickly to get Taylor in.


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I know the appointment of Roeder divided fans but I think he's the right man for the job.

He has a proven track record of hauling teams out of danger. Yes, he was sacked at West Ham, but what manager hasn't been sacked in his time?

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I've listened and read many comments from players over the last few days, and the one that sticks out for me was Jamie Cureton after the Ipswich game. Cureton said Roeder had calmed things down and things weren't so intense.

He appears to have good man-management skills and stays calm when others around him are getting a little too excited.

I'm glad we didn't get Paul Jewell or Martin Allen.

Jewell may have been successful at Wigan but when the going got tough he got out. He hasn't done too much to endear himself to Bradford and Sheffield Wednesday fans, either.

We needed someone with a strong character, and although Allen fits that part of the criteria, his nickname of 'Mad Dog' didn't fill me with confidence.

I don't think he would have gone down too well at Colney if the stories of him making players clean the toilets are true!

We'll never know how much cash Roeder has at his disposal but he can obviously spot a good player and I hope he'll be able to persuade potential new signings in January that Norfolk is the place to be.

Until then, he is desperately trying to get loan signings in but it appears to be more difficult that he first thought.

Reading his comments on Thursday about players not being bothered about playing first-team football and just taking the money is a disgrace, and they should be ashamed of themselves.

Maybe we need to get the Norfolk tourism board to sell Norwich to these people, and let the WAGS know that we do have good shops here!

My friends and I were buzzing in the office on Monday. It made a nice change to go to a game and enjoy it rather than the experience being a chore.

A lots of people, including non-Norwich fans, said we deserved to win the derby and they couldn't believe the difference in the team.

But Tuesday night was always going to be difficult against Watford. They aren't eight points clear for no reason and I believe that three, four or five weeks ago we'd have been stuffed 5-0 in both games.

Things aren't going to change overnight and there's no instant fix.

But in just over a week, Roeder and Clark have gone some way in restoring the players' shattered confidence.

Let's just hope that we got something out of the game today and closed that gap in the table a bit.

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