Russell Martin to Norwich City ?
Monday, 8th Nov 2021 11:56 by David Cornish
As soon as Daniel Farke got the boot from Norwich City we knew that Swansea City manager Russell Martin would be in the focus of the national press as a replacement. Even after only three months of a huge rebuilding project at Swansea City, and a very long way to go.
It’s more than likely that Russell Martin, if he remains on the same trajectory of success as a coach will one day manage Norwich City. However, let’s look at the scenarios before we go rushing about giving reasons why he should go. First off, he won’t go to Norwich City. And here’s why. At MK Dons and at the swans he has come in to both clubs with a positive agenda, in Norwich City’s case it’s hardly that. In a way MK Dons was a case of getting the club to consolidate and lay out a solid regime if he was to leave. And like all managers he left, a bigger club came calling. But that was after a lengthy time rebuilding and implementing his football strategy.
At Swansea, and with only three months under his belt, he has had some success, and a few blunders, but overall it’s been an entertaining and fulfilling time. He knows he has the respect of the majority of supporters and the club management who operate in a friendly and very personable way. The support he has been given has been remarkable for such a young man and coaching team stepping out on their biggest working life challenges to date.
Martin educates his players in a certain way, hence the odd issue with attitude and behaviour. The emotional side of learning. That’s where managers gradually teach a philosophy and then use different skills to gauge the players learning, but they do this emotionally. Keith may well do a few pieces on this in the future.
Regardless of the usual comments that have been bandied about two days before Martin left MK Dons, this isn’t the time for him to go to Carrow Road. He knows as well as anyone that Norwich can afford to cover his buy out clauses at Swansea. And he also knows if immediate results were not seen, and he then had to contend with bad attitudes as a result of the way he trains it would fall apart. And talking about currency, he also knows Norwich have the cash to sack him and boot him as well.
And where would that leave him ?
Hanging on the telephone, but the calls never come
That could easily happen in a six week spell at Norwich. And of course his family and coaches families are settled to an extent in Swansea after a rushed and rapid move. Martin will go to Norwich at some point, when they too can offer him a similar rebuild and support he gets at Swansea. He won’t go there now, there’s no way he wants to go in to a club which is on a disastrous course back to the championship. You cannot rebuild as you go down, it’s one fight after another, one huge game after the next, players who are at the club today won’t be there come relegation. The whole education process that Martin thrives on wouldn't work.
It could actually ruin him.
In other words it would be disastrous for him, his family, his managerial stock and of course for his close allies and coaches he would take with him. Those who say he is at the top of the tree, or near it for this new appointment are not looking at the figures, the personal effect and the overall impact this would have on many people. It won’t happen now, it’s impossible, and Norwich City know that as well.
The contemptible bookies are not stupid, even when they turn up the odds
There’s a thought, Russell Martin waiting for a phone call from his old club ? Maybe he has been listening to Blondie ?
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