Norwich City A-Z: E is for England – and egg on your face, eh Glenn?
Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. In the latest stop along our alternative Canaries alphabet, MICHAEL BAILEY declares that E is for “England”…
Fewer things are more exciting than a World Cup. The anticipation, adrenaline, hope and expectation, too much football and barely the time to take it all in.
Dealing with all that – especially leading a squad wearing three lions – must be an incredible experience, as Gareth Southgate is about to find out in Russia.
But of course, we have no hope of appreciating what that is like – as with anything in football.
“Sorry, I must have missed your tenure as England manager,” retorted Norwich City manager Glenn Roeder to one critical shareholder at the club’s annual general meeting in November 2008. Roeder loved managing a bit of conflict at the best of times. His own tenure – as Canaries boss – ended a couple of months later.
So to celebrate, here are some other moments when City figures of the past probably should have held their tongue – all taken from David Cuffley’s excellent book ‘Talk of the City’, available via Pitch Publishing in book shops and online right now…
• “If I had three or four more like him, I could start talking about winning the First Division” – John Bond hails Drazen Muzinic’s City debut (September 1980).
• “If Chris Sutton is not here at the start of next season, neither will I be” – Chairman Robert Chase (1994), who sold Sutton for £5m and stayed until 1996.
• “The really good players only start to play in February and March. That’s when cup competitions and league titles are decided” – John Deehan (1994), whose side went on to win once in 20 games and got relegated from the Premier League.
• “The lads think we are more suited to playing with two wide men in midfield” – Mark Bowen questions Gary Megson’s tactics; he didn’t add to his 399 appearances after that (1996).
• “Now we can relax a bit and build for next season. Everyone’s been getting a bit anxious recently” – Mike Walker (1998) following successive 5-0 home wins; he was sacked five days later.
• “I want people to look at me coming out of the training ground or Carrow Road and think, ‘Fotheringham looks like a Premier League player’” – Mark Fotheringham (2008).
• “Ricky’s profile is a perfect fit for us: he’s young, ambitious and a proven goalscorer” – Chris Hughton on the £8.5m signing of Ricky van Wolfswinkel (2013).
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