Worthington backs Roeder

Former manager Nigel Worthington believes the Norwich City board should have stood by Glenn Roeder, rather than sacking him yesterday.

Former manager Nigel Worthington believes the Norwich City board should have stood by Glenn Roeder, rather than sacking him yesterday.

The current Northern Ireland manager was given the chop by the City directors in 2006, after six years in charge at Carrow Road and one promotion.

But following Peter Grant's failed stint at management, Roeder's tenure lasted just 14 months and Worthington believes the powers that be have been too hasty as they embark on the search for the Canaries' fourth manager in three seasons.

“They have brought a young manager in, then they don't show the faith in him that they should do,” said Worthington. “Pressure goes on board and boards have got to be strong, and I know the financial circumstances and situations within football clubs, that revenue has got to be brought in.


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“But if you're going to employ somebody, then you've got to stand by them.”

Unity is what brings success according the Northern Ireland chief, rather than chopping and changing at the top - especially when the going gets tough.

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“Spectators nowadays, and everybody, managers and coaches, they can all win games,” added Worthington. “But sometimes it happens for you and sometimes it doesn't, and I think you should stand behind your manager and give as much support as you can.

“I think there's been a lot of frustration. We all know what a good club it is and it is very sad and disappointing to see where it is at this moment in time, so let's hope they can move forward.”

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