City allow fans back to Colney

CHRIS LAKEY Norwich City have relaxed their rules on fans watching training sessions at the club's Colney training centre.Fans will now be welcome to watch their favourites train every day - except the one before a match.

CHRIS LAKEY

Norwich City have relaxed their rules on fans watching training sessions at the club's Colney training centre.

Fans will now be welcome to watch their favourites train every day - except the one before a match.

The club changed security measures in August, blaming the surge in "citizen journalism" for allowing trade secrets to be picked up by opponents.

Former manager Peter Grant (pictured below) said at the time: "I've had managers say to me post-match, 'we knew you were doing this or that' and I can't have that. Last year when Earnie (Robert Earnshaw) was injured on the training pitch before a game it was on a website before I had got back to my desk, which isn't acceptable."

However, new manager Glenn Roeder is clearly not so sensitive.

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City's head of media, Joe Ferrari, said the policy would remain under review in the weeks and months ahead.

"We unfortunately had to restrict access to watch training sessions after our previous manager Peter Grant felt strong concerns about sensitive selection and injury news leaking on to various websites and then into other media in the build-up to games.

"We appreciate that the vast majority of those who like to visit Colney have not been responsible for any passing on of sensitive information, but a few unfortunately have - and as a result although we have once again relaxed our policy, we will continue to monitor the situation.

"We are an open and friendly club and we like to offer our fans as much access as possible. We very much hope this new arrangement will be welcomed by the fans while still offering an appropriate degree of privacy to Glenn and the squad in their final prepar-ations for games."