Fans' call to arms

Paddy DavittOne of Norwich City's most prominent supporters' groups last night urged fans to hold the club's failing hierarchy to account at an emergency public meeting next week.Paddy Davitt

One of Norwich City's most prominent supporters' groups last night urged fans to hold the club's failing hierarchy to account at an emergency public meeting next week.

The Norwich City Independent Supporters Association (NCISA) believes a massive turn out will send a clear signal of intent to the Canaries' powerbrokers who have overseen the club's slide into League One.

NCISA chairman John Tilson hopes the specially convened meeting next Thursday at Saint Andrews Hall in Norwich can act as a focal point for the Canaries' disaffected support.

Norwich's directors held the first of a series of key meetings this week to discuss the financial implications of Championship relegation - including the long term futures of interim boss Bryan Gunn and his playing staff.


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Mr Tilson has already publicly questioned Gunn's bid to become Norwich's permanent manager but the NCISA chairman insists next week's meeting is a public forum to draw up a common action plan.

'One item on the agenda will give people an opportunity to discuss the club's belief that the majority of fans support the appointment of Bryan Gunn as team manager,' he said. 'We are not convinced this is the case. The only way of finding out is to give everybody the opportunity of putting their view point forward. We also need to discuss the make-up of the club's board and senior management team. It is important we identify the common denominators in successive failed management appointments.

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'I strongly urge all fans to attend this meeting. The club has enjoyed a loyal solid fan base for a number of years. It is now up to that fan base to speak as one and make sure the club takes notice.'

The latest grassroots call for decisive action at the top comes after board members were heckled at City's Bank Holiday open day in the wake of Sunday's Charlton defeat that confirmed the club's Championship exit.

Leaders of an influential group of Norwich shareholders earlier this week demanded the resignations of chairman Roger Munby and chief executive Neil Doncaster.

Prominent businessmen Nigel Bertram and Alan Bowkett insisted the pair should step down in an open letter of discontent published in the EDP.

City's directors issued a statement in the wake of their first meeting to confirm boardroom changes had been on the agenda for discussion along with stepping up the search for vital new investment.

t The NCISA-organised emergency public meeting will be held at Saint Andrews Hall in Norwich on Thursday May 14 at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm).

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