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Gunn's got the boot

League One Norwich City
by Davencfc (U10548304) 14 August 2009
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Gunn has offically been sacked. Ian Butterworth takes temporary charge of tomorows game at Exeter!

Thoughts?

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posted Aug 15, 2009

I've never used the complaint module on this forum before, but it's very easy to use. I'm sure many people are finding out the very same thing after ITFCLou idiotic input to an otherwise decent, respectful debate. Shame.

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posted Aug 15, 2009

jonbanjo - if Gunn was irresponsible for our relegation last season, then please answer the following:

1) Why, if we were outside the relegation zone when Gunn was given the job, did we end up 5 points adrift of safety by the end of the season?

2) If Roeder's loan policy ruined the club, how can Gunn be absolved given he continued (and ineptly continued, at that) his policy of loan signings, bringing in pathetic signings such as the likes of Alan Gow and David Carney who fully contributed to the club's relegation. Cody McDonald was the only permanent signing Gunn made, and he had a good deal of the transfer window to work with.

3) How can any manager be irresponsible when they send their team out on the final day, knowing they need to win to have an outside chance to stay up, only to see his players capitulate 4-1 to the worst side in the league?! That match was effectively a cup final, motivation should not have been a problem and yet everything about the team on that day was an utter shambles.

So as I say, I don't necessarily agree with the timing, but Gunn had to go.

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posted Aug 15, 2009

>jonbanjo - if Gunn was irresponsible for our relegation last season, then please answer the following:<

I do not believe he was entirely responsible but nor do I believe he was completely blameless.

My main point is that a decision had been taken by the board to give Gunn the chance by building a new squad in the summer.

Once such a decision is made and followed through until the new season, I think it is madness to make a decision after 2 games and I think it is nonsensical to take the end of last season into account as a reason for the sacking.

Hopefully I've made myself clear for you this time.

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posted Aug 15, 2009

Split emotions for me.. I will admit that i have said Gunn was not the man for the job, and should not have been given it full time. But, being a legend that he is (and always will be), its a terrible way to be treated by the club he so loyaly served.

The rationality behind the timing of this decision proves the boards inept skills of running our club. We have become a laughing stock.

People say we need an experienced manager, do you think we will get one with our track record relating to term of employment??
Watching City, on and off the pitch, is more like watching a soap on TV... We have more fans visit our forum from other clubs, than any other..!!

The show must go on.. OTBC.

City till i die.

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posted Aug 15, 2009

sorry

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posted Aug 15, 2009

jonbanjo - I already answered you on that point when I highlighted in my very first post that the CURRENT board did NOT appoint Gunn, that the decision to appoint Gunn was that of only THREE members (out of six) of the CURRENT board. The other three members have obviously never been happy with the situation, and wanted Gunn out. Perhaps if you'd read my first post fully, then you would have understood this more.

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posted Aug 15, 2009

Oh I understand that the new board members may have wanted Gunn out regardless...

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posted Aug 15, 2009

I have just got tickets for Brentford away next week as I wanted to go and give Gunny and the team some support. That's what football is all about, loyalty and support. The fans give it to the club every week, no matter what. That's why we have 19,000 season ticket holders despite being relegated to Div 1. I think Gunn deserved some loyalty and support from the Board. He may not have been my first choice last season but I thought he bought well over the summer and was starting to build a good squad, pretty much from the ground up. That takes time and there are bound to be a few ups and downs along the way. I just can't see how any of this helps; what happens now? Surely we need a period of stability so that we can get back on an even keel, and not directors who think the club should be run like some sort of reality tv show. OTBC

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posted Aug 15, 2009

My sympathines to Norwhich...its an indictment on the game today - win at all costs or your out.

Wednesday went through managers like a Frenchman in a brothel when they got relegated from the Prem and it has taken 9 years to get some sort of stability - Laws has been retained despinte some tricky times and is proving to be a good manager.

Gunn has virtually replaced the team and this will be the problem. They are Gunn's players and any new man has to contend with a new, raw team in what is a difficlut league to get out of (ask Leeds)

Not a recepie for success, I'm afraid. All the best for 09/10

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