To renew or not renew, that is the question facing all of us frustrated fans
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From the moment my father took me to my first game, when I was aged six, I was instantly hypnotised and completely in awe of all things Norwich City.
The character of Carrow Road, the luscious green grass and the special atmosphere in the Barclay Stand.
After my first match, I was certain I'd never miss a Norwich City game ever again.
I was locked in for life. Until this season.
For the first time in 17 years of following the boys in yellow up and down the country, things have become somewhat stale.
I've started to understand just how much Norwich City were punching above their weight in the Premier League last season.
Am I alone when I say my Norwich City spark needs reigniting?
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During our extremely poor run of form, I've used all the bottled-up optimism I had held in reserve. There's nothing left. The win against Wolves last weekend was big, but the next four games are even bigger. They will be a huge deciding factor for many fans when considering signing on the dotted line for next season...
I must say, I'm pleased I didn't receive a pretty brochure in the post this year, because us fans can see right through that.
All I really want is a string of performances and results – they are the best sales pitch I've ever witnessed. Too much to ask for, Alex Neil?
In terms of players we need to invest in, it's still the same as it has been the last three seasons – a centre-back and a striker. Let's not kid ourselves though, it's highly unlikely top talent will come through the Colney gates this window, and that's not just because of the shambolic run either.
Using Henri Lansbury as an example: he completed a transfer to Aston Villa after it was rumoured Norwich City had inquired about his services.
Whether that is true or not, one thing for sure is it is almost impossible to compete with other clubs who offer much higher wages than we do, the clubs that have woken up to the modern footballing world with foreign investment. Wage structures at the highest level are now part of the football history archive.
It's just plain daft to believe it's all about being a 'family club' now. If you're the majority shareholder, an avid Norwich City fan and you truly want your football club to progress in this day and age, why not listen to offers?
I'm desperately trying not to get ahead of myself after our Wolves win last weekend.
Truthfully, on reflection, Wolves didn't really turn up for the first half. It was great to see us playing the ball around smoothly, with the confidence we had at the start of this season, though.
I doubt Birmingham will give us the amount of time and space Wolves did, but if they do, I'm looking forward to it, because Wes Hoolahan will be magic once again.
And Jonny Howson – the one-time pigeon-saving expert was absolutely out of this world against Wolves. His high energy and directness is exactly what Norwich City need to get the opposition on the back foot from the off. Let's hope for another 10 out of 10 performance from him again today.
With the Ipswich derby at Carrow Road now looming on the horizon, it couldn't be more important that Norwich City pull a string of results together. Grind them out. We're showing signs and positive glimmers of recovery now, but it's the hope that hurts you the most.
So, am I going to renew my season ticket?
Yes I am. But I'm getting quite bored of watching my club make the same blatant mistakes season in season out now.
Something much larger than Alex Neil has to change if we're to get our regular final slot on Match Of The Day again.
Who remembers that being a problem?
On The Ball, City!