By Andrew Lawn
So 1 week on from the end of the summer transfer window and frustration that we didn’t sign a second striker has mostly dissipated into a realisation that while another striker would have been nice, our squad is still chocked full of talent at this level.
In some bedrooms across the county the frustration has grown, solidified and found an enemy in the board, or “Delia and Co” as they have become known, leading for sporadic calls of an “organised” protest on Saturday.
This could be down to two things as I see it;
1 – A poor last game, followed by the international break meaning there was no City action to distract us
2 – A belief that the grass is always greener and that Jake Humphrey is right when he links how much money is spent with how successful a transfer window is
Either way, to protest against the board at this stage, for this supposed transgression is ridiculous. As is agreeing with Jake Humphrey on almost anything.
The rights and wrongs of our recruitment over the last few windows has been done to death, so I’m not going to go back over it now, other than to point out that sometimes not signing players is better than signing them. It is better say to have £8m in the bank than a flash new hotshot striker called Ricky.
It is also worth repeating that signing a player isn’t as simple as Alex, Delia, Ed or Jez picking up the phone to, for example, Nottingham Forest and blithely chatting about how much we’re willing to spend on Britt Assombalonga.
As well as the clubs, there are also deals to be thrashed out with the player, his agent and even sponsors. For an excellent account of just how complex transfers are, read The Set Pieces Transfer Window Myth-Busting.
Finally, as Chairman Ed Balls wouldn’t be involved in this. Nor would Delia. Nor at that stage would Alex Neil or any of the recruitment team. Their job is identifying players that fit the bill, not haggle. To bemoan them for failing to sign people is the equivalent of bemoaning the Big Screen for not scoring more.
But I digress. Delia out?
Looking at the disparate voices on Facebook calling this week for “someone with a computer and printer” to help make flyers for their “organised protest”, the arguments against their management of the club appear to be;
Maybe this all just seems more pathetic to me because I remember the Chase Out protests.
Although I was at the very beginning of my Canary supporting days, I can vividly recall the reasons for the protests. Back then we really did sell our best players and not re-invest the money. As a comparison, imagine we sold all those players it will have cost us money to retain this summer, no more Wes, Howson, Klose, Brady etc who would all have been shipped out for peanuts.
I also recall my Dad as a Steward being kicked and spat at by our own fans for being a “Chase Monkey” purely because he worked for the club and despite him being just as vehement in his opposition to that regime.
We are so far from that now and it is thanks to Delia and Michael Wynn Jones stepping in back then.
All of this is not to say that the board have done no wrong and there aren’t things they could do better (cheaper tickets, safe standing etc etc), however to be annoyed at them for not announcing the signing of a name you just read on Twitter is not one of them.