What a lovely way to start the weekend, the ever informative Michael Bailey tweets..
He’s such a tease, what could it possibly be? Your mind automatically goes to the most extreme, Cowling caught dogging, Cowling ejected from X-Factor audition, Cowling called up to North Korea world cup squad, Cowling caught urinating on Castle Meadow whilst setting fire to Delia Smith books. Surely it can’t be anything that misguided though. Surely Robbie has been on high alert recently, he’s not going to do anything that is possibly going to call his reputation into question is he? Well, yes. Yes he is.
Robbie Cowling decided it was wise to reply to an email this week, sent by a city fan with pretty simple and obvious intentions. Keith Armour, a season ticket holder of 26 years objected to Mr Cowling’s continued resentment of anything yellow when he brought the whole issue to the foreground yet again earlier this week. Mr Armour’s email was quite blunt and to the point, mixing tone between jovial and occasionally more sinister. As illustrated by
Isn’t it about time you stopped being a complete t*t head and let the whole Paul Lambert saga rest.
I do hope that the potato field of a pitch at your stadium yields a good crop of spuds this summer. You’ll need all those potatoes for all the chips you have on your shoulder!
What is most important here is the conversation wasn’t the type of constructive argument or query that you would expect somebody in Cowling’s position to even think about getting involved with. But he did, and he went out of his way in his reply to prove that he’s unlike most football bosses in this country. He tried to strike a tone, casual, blokey, a king of banter if you will. I doubt there are many chief exec’s that would sign off an email in the following way.
Despite the tone of your email message I certainly wouldn’t wish any ill fortune on you. I mean you have the ill fortune of supporting Norwich City to deal with and that must be a fate worse than anything I could suffer.
Any “banter points” gained by the cheeky chappy though were wiped out by the paragraph that has taken the headlines. Where Robbie Cowling outright accused, albeit in a non serious fashion Norwich City’s bosses of being worse than Hitler and the Nazis.
I am sure the Germans were overjoyed at Hitler’s early successes but I wouldn’t want to label your 2 clowns in the same category as Hitler and the Nazis. That would be unfair on our European neighbours.
This part of the email confirms what we all really thought about Robbie Cowling, it’s possible that we all were biased towards our own club and its bosses and that we unfairly turned him into our own pantomime villain. But the relief is here, we were right all along, the real clown in this story has revealed himself. How anyone can expect to be taken seriously as a businessman or an executive when they spout such drivel is unfathomable.
Norwich’s comment on the story was minimal but said an awful lot. Chairman Alan Bowkett saying only.
“Oh dear, oh dear. Robbie will be Robbie. It would not be appropriate to say any more on the matter.”
I’m sure he was laughing his professional head off.
The Evening News article was subtle, simply stating the facts that really didn’t need elaborating to make their point. Except when they said that Cowling…
went on to compare them to “Hitler and the Nazis” in a tirade that will today incense Norwich City supporters.
The statement is so ridiculous that it will struggle to incense or infuriate city fans as suggested. Instead I imagine city fans will greet it with the same kind of reaction they would give a celebrity scandal or a drunken story of an old school friend, humour at first followed by a widespread chorus of “tut, tut, when will they learn.” Forgive us for not agreeing with your pathetic ill thought out opinion Robbie, but we don’t believe that the crime of being overzealous in the pursuit of a new football manager before later accepting punishment without complaint, is in any way more reprehensible than the leading of an attempted genocide of an entire religion.
However in the spirit of neutrality and fairness, if and when Alan Bowkett agrees and the FDC’s findings are made public, maybe we will change our minds.