Raking over the ashes of Josh Murphy’s move to Cardiff, this lunchtime, I was struck by a couple of comments made by Stuart Webber in Norwich City’s official statement on his departure over at Canaries.co.uk
“We would all like to wish Josh well for the future. Josh, like his brother Jacob, will always be part of the Norwich City family” Webber said.
“Josh has had some difficult times at the Club and hasn’t always been every fan’s favourite, but he’s always got his head down and worked really hard to be the best he can be.
“Like his brother Jacob he came through our youth ranks and has been at Norwich all of his footballing life. He’s a real success story for the Academy.
“Josh was keen for a fresh challenge and Premier League football and we were offered a substantial fee, so we believe it’s a good deal for the player and Norwich City.”
Now, if you’ve been as regular a visitor to Carrow Road as I have in the last season, you will know only too well what Mr Webber is alluding to here.
Moaning and criticism from the fans at one of their own players, is what I think he’s trying to say, diplomatically.
I’m sure that you’ll also remember that this isn’t the first time that a Norwich player has suffered at the hands of “the best fans in the country.”
Anyway, make of it what you will, it sounds to me as though that might’ve had a hand in making the lad so desperate to leave. I’ve never had 26,000 people supporting me or moaning at me, so I don’t know what it feels like. I imagine that when they’re moaning, it’s not a great place to be.
Maybe I’m reading too much into it…