Work never stops for new boss
CHRIS LAKEY It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks for Peter Grant - and there is unlikely to be any let-up until next summer.
It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks for Peter Grant - and there is unlikely to be any let-up until next summer.
Grant has had three games in his first 10 days in the job - and is now preparing for another run of three in the space of a week.
Just a few days into his new job he was appearing on ITV's Anglia Soccer Night - and yesterday he was alongside Canaries goalkeeping legend Bryan Gunn, who was signing copies of his new book in the city centre.
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It's been hectic - but don't expect any let-up.
“That's the intensity I want to work at,” he said. “Every day is a prisoner for me, every day is the last day - that's the way you have got to look at it so I am going to enjoy every moment of it.
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“As I have said, I am going to leave no stone unturned to get to the top with Norwich City, I want to get to the Premier League, so that's the way I work. I'll have plenty of time in the summer to have a rest.
“This time is about working, this is my working year. You go on holiday and you think about your football so you never really switch off, so it's no problem to me.
“This is the intensity I work at and this is the intensity I want the players to work at. Fortunately they can go home and get a rest in the afternoon, I still have plenty of work to do.”
Running the football team is his priority, but meeting City fans is high on his list of things to do.
“I love doing this,” he said yesterday. “I did it when I was a player here and people appreciate it - and I think we owe them our time as well. They support the club and I am supposed to let them see I am the figurehead of the football department. And I have to be out there letting them know exactly the way it is - and I can carry things back from them.”
Grant has been open to the public and open with the media - disarmingly so at times - since taking over Nigel Worthington's former role on Friday, October 13.
“People say I am very honest and open and I think, 'why not?' You have to tell people the truth, the way it is,” he said.
“The players know that's the way I am. I am not going to tell lies. If I am going to kid them on they'll say 'what's he saying? That's the complete opposite of what he said before'. You can only be honest with people. There are certain things I will keep under wraps that are obviously important - not necessarily to keep them away from the press but to keep them away from the opposition. It is important that people know what we are trying to build and where we are trying to go and hopefully the more you are out there the more they understand that.
“I need to understand their frustration if we don't play well and don't win and they need to understand mine if we don't play well or don't win. Obviously I hope we can all enjoy it together when we do win.”
Sitting next to fellow Scotsman Gunn for an hour yesterday was clearly a labour of love - the banter and laughter intermingled with chats with fans. And Grant wouldn't have it any other way.
“It was great - Norwich has always been a community club, that is one thing I will always remember from when I was here before,” he said. “Everybody who supports a club in this city seems to be Norwich City supporters. In Glasgow there was obviously a mixture, the same in London, but here it's the one sort - Norwich fans.
“I think it is very important for us to meet the fans - they are the people who come and spend a lot of money to come and watch us and for us not to give up our time to come along would be a total injustice.”