As I write this, I am sitting on a wooden chair looking outside the window from a small cabin in the middle of Iceland, near a volcano called Hekkla. I couldn`t be more impressed by the stunning landscapes of this country. Well, I guess I could be more impressed: City`s current run of form definitively has impressed me more, as I did not foresee what would’ve happened after the thrashing at Millwall.
There`s a saying in Icelandic taken from the title of a popular Icelandic song, “Agaetis Byrjun”. It has no direct translation to English but if we had to force a translation it would be something like “OK Beginnings” or “Fine Beginnings” – in fact that`s the official translation given to me by an Icelandic woman. Aware that things started well, maybe not great, but that also everything will be better given some time.
The starting point for the future is always the present. Some weeks ago we could only be dreaming about the position City now find themselves in. Now we can dream about higher grounds.
It`s a bit strange how languages can mesh different types of feelings with just one or two words. To me, Agaetis Byrjun somewhat explains a bit of the feelings around this first quarter of the season if we had to mix them all together.
Right now, after the impressive displays of the past month in which we have seen the Canaries accumulate four wins and two draws, the club finds itself only two points outside the playoff positions. We are in a title run of form right now, and the form team of the moment.
But that has happened after relegation form in the previous weeks, in which everyone in the Norwich structure was under scrutiny.
With a quarter of the season gone, we have started fine under the new regime.
There where high expectations put on Stuart Webber and Daniel Farke. The obvious comparisons to Huddersfield and the idea of playing a perfect possession football type of game certainly added pressure.
I personally always thought that patience would be needed for the management team to fulfil their expectations, and that maybe the task was a two or three-year job. But I am quite pleased that the team has found the balance, the ethos and the reason of their existence so quickly.
Norwich City’s current position in the standings gives us a firm base to go into another key set of matches fast approaching during the end of the year.
I am very pleased that there seems to be a real camaraderie in the squad – no one is better than the other. Players are constantly praising their peers and putting others over themselves. And maybe that was the whole reason behind the Josh Murphy situation in which he had to be “thrown back on the boat” according to Timm Klose.
James Maddison, what a player. He is such a great character and his comments have always impressed me. He deals with public praise in a fantastic way and has a great sense of humour. Also, I love the way he is constantly praising Wes Hoolahan. It`s almost like he always diverts praise to himself towards other players.
At the moments after the Millwall game, when Daniel Farke and James Husband where talking to the media after the defeat, I must admit that I thought “wow, how are we going to get out of this mess?” And that makes the current state of affairs all the more impressive.
I had to remind myself where Stuart Webber had taken Daniel Farke from, and in fact, where we took Stuart Webber from. That thought got me through, telling myself that everything will be well. All we need is time and trust.
Clean sheet record included, this has been one of the most remarkable runs I have ever seen in my time as a supporter.
Agaetis Byrjun, a fine start, and hopefully on the way to becoming an extraordinary journey.