Bryan Gunn is the new manager of Norwich City and I for one couldn’t be happier. He is a legend of the club, bleeds yellow and green and will always have the interests of the fans at heart. If last weekend’s result / performance is anything to go by, the players will respond very well to him in the coming weeks as well.
It is very refreshing to see somebody in charge that knows exactly what Norwich City is about. You can’t openly criticise the fans of this club – take note Mr Roeder, should you manage to get another job.
The former manager’s arrogant, stubborn and ‘look at me I’ve managed Newcastle’ approach would have been fine had things on the pitch been going well. In all honesty though, it was clear he had lost the players and sometimes his tactical ‘nous’ was completely non existent.
That’s enough about Roeder though. I will always be grateful for how he kept us up last season, but the way he handled every single one of his roles as manager of Norwich this season was nothing short of disgraceful. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out Glenn.
Anyway – Gunn and the new management team. It is fair to say that although most Norwich fans were hoping for a Norwich connection amongst the coaching staff, they didn’t expect three, potentially four. Gunn, Ian Crook, John Deehan and possibly Ian Butterworth form the new set-up and like Roger Munby keeps saying, they have played well over 1000 games for the club in their career.
Good luck to them I say. They can bring the passion back to this club and in turn, the fans can have a management team to be proud of for the first time in a while.
Emphasising my more positive feeling, I am actually looking forward to the game on Tuesday night. The atmosphere should be electric and Carrow Road and it will be NORWICH against Southampton, in the truest possible sense of the word. We have our club back! No more of the ‘Geordie Mafia’!
Most people who express concern about Gunn’s appointment, point at his inexperience. Well, this may be the case, but who would you have liked? Bryan Robson has plenty of experience? Dave Bassett has plenty of experience? Thought not.
Paul Ince was main name touted, but that would have been as big a risk as Gunn. Ince comes across as an arrogant man, much like Roeder, and I’m not sure how the players would have reacted to him. Also, he would be looking for the next step up the ladder (ie. a Premier League job) as soon as we won a couple of games.
The difference is that Ince would have been an expensive risk. Gunn is a cheap risk with far less baggage. He is a Norwich City legend and even though the football odds still expect us to be heavily involved in the relegation dog fight, I am with him all the way as we try and get out of it.
City Til’ I Die.
By Thomas Rooney – A sports writer who blogs about football betting.