Why it's never right to boo our team

Daphne Griffith, NCISA Whatever I write this week is likely to be out of date by the weekend, so no temptation to speculate on who will be in or out of the transfer window. I was, like most of us, very depressed at the end of our last home game.

Daphne Griffith, NCISA

Whatever I write this week is likely to be out of date by the weekend, so no temptation to speculate on who will be in or out of the transfer window.

I was, like most of us, very depressed at the end of our last home game. For one thing we were awful in the first half - and not hugely better in the second.

Daft scheduling has meant few home games over the holiday period, and this one didn't warm local hearts. Forest are obviously now on the up - crushing our hopes, then demolishing Man City.


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This brings me to the other reason for my depression: I hate it when our team, individual players or the manager is booed during a game.

Boo and whistle at the opposition, any ex-Ipswich player or inept refereeing, but booing our team is counter-productive.

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Don't get me wrong, I am as alarmed and worried as anyone else when I look at our league position and watch our team throw away points through hopeless finishing and dire defending - but boo them? No!

I am also concerned about booing the manager. Glenn Roeder has succeeded in upsetting many Norwich fans with his style in addressing an audience, his reliance on loans and the current team position.

Let's look at some facts: We were awful under Worthington when relegated. We were worse under Peter Grant.

A manager came in who rescued us with some inspired loan player additions and a feeling that he knew what he was doing.

Glenn Roeder has brought in some permanent players this season: Hoolahan and Clingan, who have raised the level of our game considerably, but for some reason he has failed to get results in spite of creating a team which is good to watch when performing.

The inconsistency of the team is hard to explain. I'm sure Glenn is not trying to lose games, but he has a real job on his hands trying to win over some of the fans.

It amazes me that football supporters, not usually renowned for their delicate constitutions, have been so easily upset by a few words from the manager.

His comments at the AGM were a little unwise, but the vilification he has received from many fans has been totally unwarranted.

I will continue to support my team whatever happens. I will be buying a season ticket for next season. I hope to see better results and hear fewer boos.

To those over-sensitive fans who are having problems with the manager - try cheering and singing for your team instead of booing: it might be more effective.

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