The Norwich City fallout had to come – now we wait for the response
23:06 18 November 2014
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It wasn’t supposed to be like this – that was the opening statement on Thursday night’s Three Up Front and arguably the general consensus following Saturday afternoon’s eight minutes of hell for Norwich City in Nottingham.
The sentiment wasn’t helped by the fact we’ve got twice as long as you would normally expect – if not four-times, given all the midweek games ticked off already this season – to mull over exactly what has happened since the previous international break early in October.
Of course, even though the Canaries were still top of the Championship for the previous two-week break, it was more consolation than justification.
Since then, it feels like the issues have just continued to their logical conclusion – a slide down the table.
Norwich’s capitulation at the City Ground was so dramatic – and of course, off the back of a hammering at Middlesbrough just a few days earlier – that repercussions looked inevitable. It was more a question of what shape they would take.
And by Monday we knew the answer. First-team coach Mark Robson out thanks to a 62-word statement from the Norwich City website, an on-going wait to see who will be confirmed in his place as part of manager Neil Adams’ backroom team, and a swift end to a trio that had been highly trumpeted during City’s summer of recrimination and rebuilding following Premier League relegation.
Let’s be honest. The work between seasons is going to be as good as the foundations it’s built on – and a lot of people now have their focus on those foundations, rather than at the week-to-week fluctuations in results across the Championship.
Following Monday’s news of Robson’s exit, it’s been hard not to think back to Neil Adams unveiling his coaching staff for that first management role – and the genuine glee on the protagonists’ faces.
Same with the euphoric fist-pumps at supporters camped in the away end of places like Griffin Park.
It was pointed out to me by someone a few weeks back that Adams and Robson were sharing more than the odd heated discussion in the City dug-out during games.
And while I certainly stored the insight, it was also put down to the usual strains of a coaching team on the touchline.
Of course with Monday’s news, it was hard not to rethink things.
Certainly it will be interesting to hear Adams’ take next week when he next speaks to us in the media, whenever that arrives.
It’s not for me to say whether the decision was right or will provide the necessary response – that answer will come from the players when they face Brighton at Carrow Road a week tomorrow.
And you would expect it to be a pretty conclusive answer either way.
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• Just Saying…
Where do you even start with the report into the bidding process for the 20018 and 2022 World Cups? Clearly the FA’s judgement in places wasn’t great – but arguably nothing too surprising given it was obvious they were always pursuing votes and favour.
However, Greg Dyke is spot on when he said those who helped most with the investigation were also punished most. Those who destroyed their laptops were in the clear.
Quite how any of this process can be considered fair and transparent is a mystery. What’s more, all it really does is crystallise Fifa’s bankrupt credibility and the need for change.
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