After 14 years without an opening day win, history tells us not to expect too much from Norwich City when we kick off our Championship season at Blackburn tomorrow.
You have to cast your mind all the way back to August 10, 2002, and a 4-0 win against Grimsby Town, to find the last time the Canaries started with a win.
But that doesn’t dampen the optimism that is ushered in by the start of a new season and the clean slate that comes with it.
It’s been a difficult summer to analyse. On the one hand, the club has done well to retain the core of this squad. But on the other, player recruitment must again come under scrutiny.
Without doubt the best bit of business has been keeping hold of Timm Klose. The Swiss defender will be a class above at this level and key to our promotion push.
However, there is no question City are short on fire-power, something which in all honesty should have been addressed before this stage of the summer.
As fans we’ll never know what goes on behind closed doors, but safter City missed out on Ross McCormack, questions will have to be asked about why we weren’t able to agree a deal for the striker.
I’m sure Alex Neil has his eggs in more than one basket but allowing the Fulham man to sign for Aston Villa after such a drawn-out saga is disappointing.
My final words this week go to Wes Hoolahan, someone who is very much a City player after signing a new two-year deal, taking him into his testimonial year.
Like a fine wine, the Irish magician gets better with age, and I have to say it’s been a privilege to watch him do his thing over the last eight years.
It’s a pleasure to be back and let’s hope this season ends in similar ecstasy to our last foray into the Championship.