How do you prefer your football club owners, organic or imported?
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Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones are at the centre of a storm, there is no other way to describe it.
The husband and wife team are a rarity in football: supporters who own the club they love. And while that may be a laudable way of safeguarding its future from busy hands who have little feeling but a lot of money, it is not necessarily the perfect business plan.
In the interests of fairness, we should look at both sides.
Would you prefer loyal owners who you know have their club’s best interests at stake, but who may be too emotionally attached to make crucial decisions?
Or would you prefer the type who has pots of money and little regard for tradition? One who may decide that Canaries should be dressed in red and black, or that the manager who brought stunning success one season is axed the next. And yes, that’s the Cardiff and Leicester models right there.
Would you prefer the poor millionaires, as Delia once described herself, or the billionaire owner? The ones careful with money, determined not to risk the club’s future. Or the one who jumps in with two left feet and causes havoc before departing just as quickly?
The centre-point to all the fors and againsts is, of course, success. The whole point of having a football team is to achieve success. It is how the owners go about it that causes the big debate.
Are they right to buck the trend and have faith in Alex Neil’s long-term plan?
In the world of football, 2017, immediacy is key. Football won’t wait. And while Norwich City lags behind, everyone above them is closer to the pot of gold that increases the chances of survival and success.
If success keeps the wolf from the door, it hinges on the ability of the manager and players. At the moment, that is lacking, so why haven’t the owners sacked Neil?
Leicester fans were indignant when Premier League-winning manager Claudio Ranieri was sacked when they were fourth from bottom. City are much better off, yet fans want Neil’s head.
Norwich City have been close to the wall before when fortunes on the field were at their lowest – less than eight years ago the club almost went to the wall. Big changes helped avoid a big crisis.
It it time to act again?