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Why Norwich City Fans Should Be Grateful for How Their Club Is Run

PETERBOROUGH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05: A Norwich City supporter smiles during the FA Cup with Budweiser third round match between Peterborough United and Norwich City at London Road Stadium on January 5, 2013 in Peterborough, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Andy WardContributor IIJanuary 18, 2013

I had to take a double take when I saw the news that Nigel Adkins had been sacked as Southampton manager (per BBC).

Here was a man that had guided the Saints to successive promotions from League One all the way to the Premier League, working miracles when the Club was virtually on its knees.

Admittedly, it took his side a while to adjust to the alien nature of the top flight once they had arrived, but their recent form had seen the Club move three points clear of the drop zone, with a draw away at Chelsea the latest in a string of impressive results.

It was patently obvious that both the players and the fans at Saint Mary's were buying into what their manager was trying to achieve, only for all of that hard work to be undone with one ludicrous decision.

But then, the realisation hit me that actually I shouldn't be surprised at all. 

Unfortunately, it appears that such a state of affairs is something that we will all have to get used to in the modern game with the emergence of wealthy owners who are hell-bent on achieving almost instant success and lacking in any real morals.

New boss Mauricio Pochettino may well go on to do a good job on the South Coast, but you can't help but feel that he will be facing a losing battle to win over his players and the club's supporters, who you would suspect will feel outraged at the treatment of Adkins.

I am just glad that such a circus would never happen at Norwich City

In a league increasingly dominated by vast amounts of money and greed, the Canaries have stood true to their principles.

OK, the club may not be the richest but the one thing that you can guarantee is that the people in charge certainly have the best interests of the club at heart and possess a genuine strategy to develop Norwich City in a far more sensible manner. 

The owners are among a dying breed of "traditional, footballing people," and although they do not have the capabilities to splash out fortunes on star players, they have always backed their managers as much as they humanly can without putting the future of the club in jeopardy. 

Add into the mix the genius of chief executive David McNally, who has been every bit as important as anyone in orchestrating the Canaries own rise from the third tier to the promised land, and you have a recipe for success (please excuse the Delia Smith pun). 

It seems that many other clubs in the division are more concerned with short-term success rather than long-term stability, but the latter has always been Norwich City's primary focus above anything else.

I'm sure that most Canaries fans will concur that we wouldn't have it any other way.


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