December 5 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 11, 2013
The news that Norwich City are now free of external debt after decades of being in the red, has been welcomed by fans on social media and web forums.
On the Pink ’Un’s message board, supporters lauded the Canaries as an example of how to run a football club at a time when many other teams had large debts and many were looking towards the future, with the possibility of a push for Europe being mooted.
One poster, known as Lincoln Canary, said: “I think its fair to say that currently we are the best example of how to run a football club.
“We’re debt free, making a profit and remain competitive in the best league in the world. It’s down to some great management at board level, coupled with some fairytale stuff on the pitch.
“Providing we stay up and the board don’t become greedy, there’s no reason to suggest that our up turn in fortunes will not continue for a good few years yet. If we take our time I’m sure that we can be one of the best teams outside of the top six. Long may the success continue.”
Iron Stan added: “I’m sure this can be found somewhere online but I suspect there’s not many other clubs in this division which are in the black, I’m guessing Norwich, Arsenal, Swansea, Stoke, West Brom. Maybe one more.
“Aren’t Utd still 300/400 mill in the red?”
On the EDP’s website, fans debated the possibility of the club pushing for Europe, though many were sceptical about whether this ambition could be achieved, preferring consolidation in the Premier League.
Willb said: “European football has no place in City’s medium-term future.
“The only priority is improving the ability to at least make sure each year of a top ten place. We have some way yet to go in this ambition.
“There may be some extra money at stake, but the games would detract from the only important matter, with injuries and tiredness taking over.
“Staying in the Premier League and becoming a permanent fixture without being constantly dragged into a relegation battle.”
And El Dingo said: “Trouble is we’re barking at the moon because it’s not about us fans any more, just the money – anyway, just now I’d settle for staying up, let alone Europe.”
On Twitter, fans were also full of praise for the way the club had turned around its fortunes.
Ian Gurney said: “Congratulations to Norwich City for wiping out all their external debts. I’m one very happy fan.”
And Mary Watson added: “We might be bottom three at the moment, but we are top banana. Top CEO, top fans, top board. Team to fly shortly, debt free.”