Gus Honeywood of Forces2Canaries shares his thoughts following an incredible week in the history of Norwich City Football Club…
Well, what a first week for life in League One, if things carry on like this then I`m not sure that I`m going to be able to make it to next May in one piece!
An opening day shambolic display against Colchester United, and our highest ever home defeat in 107 years really set the ball rolling, and confirmed too many fans what they had long suspected, in that Bryan Gunn just wasn`t up to the job.
However, give him his dues, making wholesale changes and dropping Theoklitos (surely a bitter pill to swallow when it was announced that he was a player that had been top of NCFC`s shopping list) Gunn took his re-vamped side to Yeovil, and after a nervous first half, tempered many of the flames from Saturday after a final score of 4-0 against the Somerset side.
With the team staying in the West Country to build team moral, team spirit and team understanding, the Board have now decided to terminate Gunn`s contract after two games in charge. Yes, technically I know he had 19 games last season, but the Board wiped that slate clean in May when they gave Gunn and Co. twelve month contracts.
So now, we are looking for our fifth manager in three seasons, and it doesn`t take a rocket scientist to work out that something somewhere is seriously wrong! Norwich are already getting that ‘poisoned chalice` association, and get this appointment wrong and the already paper thin patience of the fans is likely to well and truly crack! This is just one problem that can`t be painted over!
I didn`t agree with the appointment of Gunn back in January. Yes, he inherited a poor Glen Roeder team, but Gunn had been part of the backroom staff responsible for highlighting potential players to the Manager, and between his appointment on 15 January and the end of the transfer window brought in no fewer than half a dozen of his own players. Furthermore, Gunn was, and still is a Norwich City legend, and I didn`t want his ‘status` to be tainted by the rotten apple of managing Norwich City Football Club.
Team Gunn failed in their one and only target last season, of keeping Norwich City in the Championship, but that failure was rewarded as Gunn and Co. were offered contracts for the 2009-10 Season, appointments that proved too many supporters just how removed the Board members where from reality.
During the close season Board members were ‘sacked` and replacements brought in, but Gunn was given the player budget to get Norwich City out of League One and the majority of supporters I spoke to were beginning to get a good feeling again. We once again had our own players, instead of relying on numerous loan signings.
We can assume that the removal of Gunn has everything to do with our new Board members, so if this is the case, why was Gunn allowed to sign 12 new players using our precious and not exuberant player budget? Having brought so many new faces in, why was Gunn only given two games to prove himself at the League One level?
And now, well now we are back at Step One, just like we were when Worthington was kept for 18 months longer than he should have been, and then replaced by a complete amateur in the shape of Peter Grant. Fortunately Grant had the sense to walk away, but Glen Roeder was then given the managerial reigns and lasted barely 15 months, much to the scoffs and ‘we told you so`s` of West Ham and Newcastle supporters. Team Gunn was then quite evidently the cheap option but the question has to be asked of where we go from here…
Get this wrong, which is a distinct possibility when you look at some of the names that are coming to the fore, and it won`t be long until the buck will be moved from the manager`s door to that of the Boards and the two remaining constants in all this failure.
Forces2Canaries is the official Norwich City Supporters Group for current and ex-members of the Armed Forces and their dependants, and this column first appeared on the F2C website.
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