Why the fans are the real reason Norwich are relegated.
Whilst the rest of the world, or in-fact the UK, may not care. An air of disappointment swept over Norfolk last night as Norwich City Football Club were relegated from England’s Elite, the Premier League. And whilst the writing has been on the wall (for most of us) ever since the failure to grab points at Craven Cottage, the fat lady has finally sung.
The majority of fans will tell you the fault lays purely at the feet of Hughton, but I can assure you there is no one man to blame. But maybe perhaps 26,000 of them.
Confidence is the biggest player in sport, it’s something money can’t buy and it will make or break your day no matter what you play. A team with confidence and a little heart can overturn a team of greater standing and skill. And this is where the problem lies.
For a number of years Norwich played with both heart and confidence, even a slight swagger if you will, but for the first time this season that was lost completely. It didn’t take long, the boo boys were out in force, and whilst many believe they are addressing their frustrations about a manager, what they fail to realise is that it affects everyone. Reverberating through the players, the squad and the whole club, to a place where no-one is safe.
Heads dropped, frustrations boiled over and Carrow Road had been a time bomb waiting to go off all season, the only surprise? That we weren’t actually relegated sooner.
Now imagine a game with-out booing, imagine a game with positivity, and imagine if the fans continued to cheer on their team no matter what. After all, as a supporter, isn’t that our job? I firmly believe Norwich, with the right support would have been 10 points better off, and with it, Premier League football for another year.
Don’t believe me? Trying going to Selhurst Park this side of Christmas. And if you think the only reason is a change of manager, then I don’t think football is for you.
A club of the size and infrastructure of Norwich is actually punching above its weight by being in the Premier League, you may not believe it, but it is very much fact. And for that reason alone we should support our team, our yellow blood, no matter what. You may not like the manager, the team he picks, or the way they play, and yes we would prefer expansive free-flowing football, but what we really want is to play at the pinnacle of football.
I believe Norwich have had the worst support of all top clubs this season, the reason, I honestly don’t know. Take your pick. Too many family areas? The original manager who sapped life from them? A Chief Exec who is more interested in instructing fans to sit down through stewards than letting them enjoy game?
Whilst we all have the right to express our opinions and dis-pleasure, there must surely be a better forum than dragging our team down to the brink destruction.
Yes, the players, the board and ultimately the manager are to blame, but we as fans have a duty to ‘support’ our club, no matter what, and with just a little positivity, we would still be a Premiership club.