Reaping the storm
Furious Norwich City fans vented their anger at senior club officials - and manager Bryan Gunn - last night during a stormy long fans' forum.Chairman Roger Munby and chief executive Neil Doncaster were booed and jeered by most of a 600-strong audience at Carrow Road still struggling to come to terms with the club's relegation to League One.
Furious Norwich City fans vented their anger at senior club officials - and manager Bryan Gunn - last night during a stormy long fans' forum.
Chairman Roger Munby and chief executive Neil Doncaster were booed and jeered by most of a 600-strong audience at Carrow Road still struggling to come to terms with the club's relegation to League One.
Chants of “sack the board” greeted them even before they spoke, with Doncaster facing calls to quit or take a reduction in salary.
Doncaster's first attempt to answer one question from the floor was delayed by more than a minute as fans made their feelings known.
Munby was forced to shout to make himself heard on several occasions as the club's most senior officials struggled to keep order.
Joint majority shareholders Delia Smith and husband Michael Wynn Jones - who had a brief meeting with the media after Sunday's fateful 4-2 defeat at Charlton - were absent, with Doncaster's explanation that they were in London prompting howls of derision. Gunn wasn't immune either and had running battles with a number of individuals in the audience, leaving him clearly angry at the reaction he was receiving.
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The board are due to begin a series of meetings tomorrow to determine where the club goes now, and those talks will include discussions on the managerial position, with Gunn's contract due to expire now that the season is over.
Gunn has made it clear he wants to keep the job, but the difference of opinion among the supporters last night provoked some sharp reactions. “I am capable of managing this club. Ok?” said Gunn when his credentials were questioned.
At one stage he suggested one heckler should be handed a trophy for the “snide remarks” he was making as Gunn struggled to complete his answers.
City fans are unlikely to know after tomorrow's first meeting just who next season's manager will be.
“We need to make sure we make the right decision, that we don't make any knee jerk decisions,” said Doncaster.