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Norwich City's owners are sometimes criticised but European Super League shambles shows we should not take them for granted




This week’s column will celebrate the achievement of a wonderful group of players, who have provided so much joy over the last eight months – at a time when it’s been needed most.

But before basking in the glory of our promotion to the Premier League, I feel compelled to touch upon an extraordinary few days in which the football we love came under serious threat.

I am, of course, talking about the short-lived European Super League, an ill-fated attempt at a coup d’etat from the billionaire owners of some of the game’s most powerful clubs – as well as Spurs and Arsenal!

Norwich City supporter Ed Seaman
Norwich City supporter Ed Seaman

All jokes aside, the debacle has highlighted the urgent need for a shift of power at the top of our sport and I hope it proves to be a catalyst for change to ensure a sustainable future – in which we the fans are given much greater influence and consideration.

The saga has also made me feel even more privileged to support a club with owners who care as deeply as ours.

Delia Smith and Michael Wynn-Jones may receive criticism from some quarters, notably for their lack of ability to invest, but for me they are part of what makes Norwich so special. We should never take them – or their loyalty – for granted.

So back to this remarkable season. Returning to the Premier League at the first time of asking is notoriously difficult for any relegated side – before you even consider the abject manner in which we fell through the trapdoor following Project Restart last summer.

To get from a real low ebb to sealing promotion with five games to go is an incredible achievement and it deserves real recognition.

But the mission is not yet fully complete. The back-to-back defeats against Bournemouth and Watford leave Daniel Farke’s side needing two wins from the final three games to make sure the title returns to Norfolk. Let’s get it done – starting with three points at QPR tomorrow.



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