Dream team exceeding expectations
Feature by John Maiden
Updated Friday, 6th February 2009
John Maiden previews the weekend's clash with Bristol City in Canary TalkPrior to the home game against Southampton it was brilliant to hear 'Thin Lizzy' announcing over the PA system that "The Boys Are Back In Town" - and not just because it happens to be one of my all-time favourite songs!
Former Canary skipper, Ian Butterworth has subsequently joined up with the new Carrow Road management team of Gunny, Crooky and Dixie, to complete a dream team that looks more than capable of developing into the real deal before the current season is over!
No side earns a point at the home of the top club in the Championship without having the fighting spirit and confidence inspired by a management team that knows a thing or two about how to succeed at Championship level and above.
The fact that Norwich had to come from behind twice to draw 3-3 with Wolves is even greater testimony to the transformation brought about by the influence of the old boys in the new set-up.
It is equally apparent that Bryan Gunn's experience on the recruitment side of the game is also paying dividends. Not only has he strengthened his squad in the short-term, by bringing in some experienced and talented loan players; he is also looking further ahead than the fight against relegation with the acquisition of promising 22 year-old, Cody McDonald, a prolific goal scorer with non-league Dartford.
It is, of course, still early days, but if the 'boys' from yesteryear can keep Gunny's unbeaten run going with a home win at the expense of Bristol City, they are likely to be in town - or in this case - Norwich City - for a lot longer than their current short-term contracts might suggest...