Norwich City’s fans are right to deliver their damning verdict

Norwich City chief executive Jez Moxey understands fan frustration. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus

Norwich City chief executive Jez Moxey understands fan frustration. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Chief executive Jez Moxey insists Norwich remain a club on the up. Canaries' correspondent Paddy Davitt spoke exclusively to the City CEO on plotting a way forward at Carrow Road.

We hear you and we want the same thing, is the message coming from deep inside Carrow Road.

The mounting frustration at a Championship season which has headed south in recent weeks erupted on the final whistle after a third straight league defeat to Leeds United last Saturday.

Alex Neil and his players were roundly booed by large sections of the home support following Ronaldo Vieira's long range winner.

Fresh from the debacle at Brighton the previous weekend it felt like a tipping point for many, who have watched the Canaries fritter away much of the early work that saw Neil lift September's manager-of-the-month.

The City boss admitted afterwards he needed to win back those supporters who have lost faith in his methods. Norwich's owners delivered a public show of support on the eve of Leeds' league visit, but chief executive Jez Moxey reiterated on Wednesday the club's top brass understand the depth of feeling and the rising tide of criticism.

'We have to accept it. We understand it. We share their feelings,' he said. 'If you lose a goal in the last few seconds of any game you have been behind, then are drawing, then eventually lose, fans are going to express how they feel. I have no issue with that or any supporter at the end of a game who expresses frustration.

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'If we can't accept that then there is something wrong. The fans are right to make their feelings known. Absolutely.

'Whenever you don't win a game, even at Leeds, the fans were not happy. Brighton was a massive blow to everyone and then losing to Leeds here at Carrow Road on the back of those other defeats then of course fans are going to be upset.

'Nowadays there is an immediacy to communication with social media and in football we all know it is about results.

'People want to win today, they are not so fussed about what is happening down the line. Sitting in my chair I have to take a view of what is important today but tomorrow is equally important and making sure the foundations is there to weather the storm and we have strategies in place to help us be successful.'

Moxey opted for a pertinent parallel with events across the pond to offer some context to Norwich's current downturn.

'They say a week is a long time in politics, well a week or two feels even longer in football,' he said.

'It just shows how quickly things can change, from the euphoria of a great run coupled with the frustration of a poor run. I apologise for using a cliché but it is a 46-game season. If it ends as it did two seasons ago with a victory to get us into the Premier League every fan would accept that.

'I know supporters would like us to steamroller the division and be in first or second position. We had some experience of that not all that long ago, the manager gets the monthly award, we have five or six wins on the bounce and we are seconds from making it an unprecedented run.'

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