Did Delia take a sideswipe at Town?

NORWICH City major shareholder Delia Smith has made what will be seen as a thinly veiled sideswipe on Ipswich Town's transfer policy.

Stuart Watson

NORWICH City major shareholder Delia Smith has made what will be seen as a thinly veiled sideswipe on Ipswich Town's transfer policy.

Speaking at the Royal Norfolk Show, Smith refused to be drawn on the subject of her club's current financial situation but seemed to aim a verbal missile in the direction of Suffolk's premier club.

She said: “I think whatever is happening on the investment side we wouldn't be saying because there are certain clubs who shout very loudly about all the money they've got and they have to pay a lot of money for the players so we keep quiet about the money we have got.”

There has been criticism in some quarters that Ipswich have paid over the odds in the transfer market since the announcement of Marcus Evans' multi-million pounds investment in the club towards the end of last year.

While Town are believed to have paid around £2m for Plymouth Argyle midfielder David Norris back in January, Norwich announced this week that they had signed Blackpool's highly rated winger Wes Hoolahan for a fee believed to be just £250,000.

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Roeder has signed just one other player this summer, Sammy Clingan arriving on a Bosman free transfer from Nottingham Forest.

Smith said: “He's happy with the funding he has got. What Michael (Wynn Jones) and I have always been very, very strict on is that the board appoints a manager and we let the manager manage and we don't interfere and sometimes I am very glad we don't because you do hear stories about owners who come in and start wanting to buy the players and talk to the agents and I think that is one good bit of Norwich City - that Michael and I don't go there.”

Last season was the worst since Smith and her husband took over in 1996, but she insisted that good times were ahead.

“Provided we get a squad I think we are going to really do it,” she said. “I always feel really, really excited but it's a bit nail-biting at the moment waiting for the phone to ring to see if we have got any players or not.”