Norwich’s 7-1 drubbing at the hands of Colchester United on the opening day of the season was possibly the worst thing that could have happened… for the rest of League One.
Yes they followed it up with a 4-0 victory over Yeovil in the Carling Cup but the damage had already been done and the tenure of Canary legend Bryan Gunn was over, fired (Gunn/fire, couldn’t resist) after only a week into the new season.
Lasting only 21 matches which included relegation from the Championship and 10 defeats, Gunn’s time in charge was definitely an interesting one.
The Norwich hot seat didn’t seem like a promising proposition however Paul Lambert, the no nonsense Scottish Hall of Famer took the job.
What has happened subsequently the fans of Carrow Road can only dream of.
Despite a £23million debt hanging over the Norfolk club and in desperate need of investment, Lambert’s men have proven themselves to be League One’s premier side and back on the up.
After being told by the board a Play Off position was reachable, the former Celtic midfielder has led his team to a record 10 away wins following Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Huddersfield, who previously had held the only unbeaten home record in the entire football league.
Norwich now holds a massive seven-point lead at the top of League One having at one stage over Christmas trailing nearest rivals Leeds United by eight points having also played a game more.
One look at Norwich’s squad and it’s clear to see they should be flying high. Football League hotshot Grant Holt has hit a superb 21 goals in just 33 games and showcasing players with the calibre of Wesley Hoolahan and Chris Martin chipping in on a regular basis, it’s not by luck that Norwich are on top of League One.
Cannily adding a strong centre back in Zak Whitbread and building for the future with Oli Johnson proves Lambert is as astute in the market as he is talented with his tactics.
As Norwich race away with the League One title this season, the fans, the board and the squad should look back to the first day of the season and be joyful that they now have the right man in charge to push Norwich back up the divisions.
Written by Danny Samme