Reader letter: Five questions for NCFC board

PUBLISHED: 15:02 12 April 2018

One reader has some questions for Norwich City board. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

One reader has some questions for Norwich City board. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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One reader has five questions for the Norwich City FC board.

As a supporter of NCFC over some 60 plus years, I feel that it is time to air my views, which I hope will be helpful, albeit painful.

I have some questions and some suggestions for the chairman and his directors.

These comments are made from the view point that this year’s performance has been woefully inadequate.

1) Is it expected, by the board, that there will be some miraculous change in the performance of the manager and his team between now and the start of next season? If the answer to this is yes, then perhaps the chairman should consult the fans in order that he may be disabused.

2) As a change in performance, for next season, is highly unlikely, the expected performance being at best the same as this year, what does the board intend to do about it?

3) Before a new manager is appointed will the directors employ the services of a first rate management consultancy and ask them to enumerate the skills required of a Premiership/(top of the Championship) manager? On past performance the directors have shown they have little understanding of these matters.

4) Will they also ask for guidance as to how to determine which candidates have the necessary skills?

5) It is clear, on past performance, that the directors do not understand that among the many attributes required there are three key skill areas: a) Man management b) Man motivation and c) A thorough tactical knowledge for football at the top level.

It is extremely unlikely that a person without good English language skills can get to square one with ‘a’ and ‘b’.

A lack of tactical knowledge is clearly demonstrated when the number of 1-0 defeats becomes unacceptable. When a team suffers defeats of 3-0 and 4-0 more than once it is clear (to the fans) that there are serious deficiencies.

People paid six figure salaries are expected to perform at the top level all the time. Not next week and not next season. If they cannot perform they should seek employment elsewhere.

Norwich City Football Club is very well supported and the fans do not deserve perennial mediocrity.

Other East Anglian teams have realised that floating about in mid-table 10 points from relegation is not good enough.

As part of the same problem I would point out that directors without the necessary skills to contribute positively at board level are not useful and in fact contribute actively to sub-standard performance by just being part of the organisation.

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