Delia vents anger at annual meeting
NORWICH City chairman Roger Munby has apologised to long suffering fans and admitted they had let them down in the last three seasons.But he and fellow senior club figures failed to quieten many supporters at a stormy annual general meeting who were angry at the club's position in the bottom three of the Championship and without a manager.
NORWICH City chairman Roger Munby has apologised to long suffering fans and admitted they had let them down in the last three seasons.
But he and fellow senior club figures failed to quieten many supporters at a stormy annual general meeting who were angry at the club's position in the bottom three of the Championship and without a manager.
The heated debate led to an angry Delia Smith, who with husband Michael Wynn Jones is joint majority shareholder in the club, to lose her cool, in replying to supporter Keith Roads, who accused the board of handing out “lots more spin”.
Delia, who along with her husband was unanimously re-elected to the board, shot back: “New investment in the club would be very nice, but where are we going to find people to invest?
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“With the Turners (fellow directors Andrew and Sharon Turner) we have invested £3.1m in the club this year. We have put that money in for nothing to come out.
“Anyone who can find idiots like us to put money in and get nothing back can have this club tomorrow. Nobody is queuing up to buy our shares. We have not been approached once.”
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Fans demanded answers following the departure of Peter Grant last week after the club suffered their sixth straight game without a goal. Caretaker manager Jim Duffy has taken over for the next two games, but the board is still looking at finding a long-term replacement for Grant.
Mr Munby admitted that these were “challenging” times in everything except revenue.
He said: “We have let you down over the last three years. And, just for the record, no-one on the board thinks the current league position is anything other than totally unacceptable. We are fans and our current difficulties on the pitch hurt like hell
“The board is united in ensuring the search for Peter's replacement is as robust and thorough as possible and we are already well into the process. We must simply undertake to secure the best available man for the job in the shortest possible time.
“I can report the very high quality of applications, including former international players, current international managers, Premiership managers, experienced Championship managers and up and coming managers in the early stages of their careers. We are not, and will not be, a small provincial club.”
But supporter David Mutch was cheered when he suggested the board did not realise how poor the current squad was, and he warned he could see the club heading for relegation.