Norwich City supporter Edward Seaman is sticking by manager Dean Smith for now
The end of the season cannot come soon enough for Norwich City – and in particular for Dean Smith.
It feels that with every passing week, the relationship between the fans and our manager becomes that little bit more fractious.
I wrote last week that Smith has to shoulder some of the blame for relegation. There is no get out of jail free card for arriving mid-season.
I understand that he inherited a poor squad – especially by Premier League standards – and was unable to bring in any new recruits in January to improve the situation.
Those excuses are valid, but they only carry so much weight.
Ultimately, Smith has now been in charge for more than six months. That is plenty of time for a manager to work with his players to deliver improvements, both individually and collectively.
Simply put, we haven’t seen any real progression. I’m not for one second suggesting that we should have expected any miracles – it was always going to be a big ask for Smith to keep us is in the division.
But as a team, we’ve become no more difficult to beat, no better in possession or no more creative in the final third.
We have no identity, no direction and no clear vision of how to win games.
At this point I must say that despite feeling somewhat underwhelmed by his tenure to date, I’m not writing off Smith or his chances of succeeding at Carrow Road. This season has been difficult for everyone involved in the club.
I’m sure the 51-year-old is looking forward to the summer – and the chance to finally stamp his mark on our playing squad.
It goes without saying that work to identify transfer targets will be well under way – and I hope we are able to conduct our business in an efficient manner, to give ourselves the best possible chance of hitting the ground running.
Given the current mood around the club, the importance of doing just that should not be underestimated.