Norwich City – a club in free-fall and denial of their clear failings

PUBLISHED: 21:14 30 December 2016 | UPDATED: 21:14 30 December 2016

The traveling Norwich fans look dejected at the end of the Sky Bet Championship match at the Madejski Stadium, Reading. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The traveling Norwich fans look dejected at the end of the Sky Bet Championship match at the Madejski Stadium, Reading. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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For the first time ever as a Norwich City supporter, I’ll be missing the next game at Carrow Road – and not regretting it at all.

Finally, the top brass woke up and gave the City faithful a response to the recent run of horrendous form. However, the interview with chief executive Jez Moxey came across as a tick-box exercise. The lack of integrity and accountability is extremely unclear and will have no doubt provoked the fans who already have their pitchforks out.

Norwich City are now a club in free-fall. Votes very much in favour of changing manager, online petitions, spoof twitter accounts – the list goes on.

This is just the beginning of what will turn more and more sour as time goes by. I’m stunned the board haven’t taken action.

This week, Swansea made the move to cut ties with their manager Bob Bradley, who had a better record than Alex Neil.

The football management landscape has clearly changed. I’d question the board on whether they understand that.

Clubs that are run in perhaps the ‘proper’, traditional manner will struggle to make it in the Premier League promised land. Players with huge wage slips have more power at a club than ever before. You have to focus on looking after those assets, therefore one-to-one man management is the single most important skillset. I’m not sure if it’s Alex Neil’s strongest point. If the manager doesn’t deliver results required with those players in half a season, things have to change.

Trust is wearing thin between the fans and the board, something I was almost certain would improve after David McNally’s departure. How wrong I was.

If Delia and Michael can’t grasp the true sense of desperation from the fans for success, then perhaps the next-in-line, nephew Tom, will have to step up to the mark much earlier than he thought. After all, it is the recruitment and failings from board level that have led Alex Neil to the stocks.

It hurts more because I have a lot of respect for Alex Neil. Our Wembley win will go down in history as one of the best ever. I really don’t want this to turn into another Nigel Worthington situation.

On the pitch the same problems repeat themselves over and over. My eyebrows are raised at a number of selection choices. Particularly Steven Naismith over Wes Hoolahan or Alex Pritchard and Sebastien Bassong over Timm Klose. Along with that, the mystery of Sergi Canos goes on. The guy’s got serious talent and we’re wasting it.

With the best will in the world, it would be a miracle if Norwich City manage to get promoted this season.

January is almost upon us so it’s time for Ricky Martin to take centre stage. Has he prepared an astute recruitment strategy? We hope so...

Anyway, I’ll end on a bright note... Ipswich are somehow still below us!

On The Ball, City!

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