I intended this post to be a kind of update to my thoughts on the Darren Huckerby situation, but as I sat down to write it a comment came in from Andy which pretty much encapsulates everything that I might want to say, so if you don’t mind mate I’m just going to paste it straight in here:
I’m not sure what to think about this. On the one hand, it’s surely the bravest decision of Roeder’s managerial career. He’s got balls, there’s no doubt about that. I trust his judgement, and await his dealings in the transfer market this summer with much interest. This club has been under-achieving for too long now, a football club that regularly attracts gates of 25,000 every home game shouldn’t be struggling at the bottom of the Championship, it needs shaking up. He’s the man to do that, I’m in no doubt. He wants his “own” team, and that’s ok by me. He deserves to be allowed to build that team, and let us judge him on it.
Darren knew in his heart (I believe) that Sunday would be his last game for the club he genuinely loves. He also knew that Sunday was always going to be all about Dion. Top man that he is, Hucks left the stage to Dion to take the well deserved plaudits. But I’m sure I’m not the only NCFC fan who noticed Hucks thumping his chest and kissing the badge on his shirt after he scored the opening goal of the game and the last of his 48 for Norwich City. It was poignant, it was heartfelt, it was REAL. Unlike most “badge kissers” he meant it. He really meant it.
And I just feel that he deserved a better send off from us than he got on Sunday, when all eyes were on Dion Dublin.
Glenn, you could at least have let us do that. Hucks may not have been one of yours, but he was one of ours. And as you rightly say Glenn, this football club is special, and we like to look after our own.
Darren, respect mate. OTBC.
In the Pink’un interview he mentions that he reads the message boards. Well hopefully he reads half-baked blogs as well, so if you’re reading this thanks for the memories Darren. The term “legend” is thrown around an awful lot these days, but you are a true Norwich City legend and you will be missed. All the best.