100 Owners: Number 78 – Robert Chase (Norwich City)

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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3 Responses

  1. Ed says:

    Nice piece. People have never forgotten how he got Sutton’s signature on a new contract and boasted, on local TV, “…if Chris Sutton is not here at the start of next season, then neither will I…” -needless to say, Sutton wasn’t there-but he remained!

    The passage of time has rendered the latter years of his despotic reign into a watered down reflection of just how wretched they really were, with some, even now, comparing him favourably with the current owners. However, as the article points out, the much lauded ground redevelopment would have to have gone ahead, regardless of who was in charge-he was its overseer, not its visionary.

    The real ‘sin’ was sacrificing a football team & Manager that could have gone places-a couple of signings in Dec 92/Jan 93 and the team may well have won the first Premier League title-for misplaced priorities and the perpetuation of the “we’ll manage just as we are” philosophy that had long haunted Norwich City-one which, only in recent years has been finally, and, we hope, permanently laid to rest.

  2. steve hiscox says:

    mr morgan at wolves is his brother (probably) read the wolves blog…could be the same bloke

  3. J Webb says:

    I cannot believe the stupidity of these constant attacks on Chase. The success the club had while he was in charge was astounding, finishing 5th, 4th and 3rd in the top division and reaching 2 of the club’s 3 FA cup semi-finals. All achieved playing attractive football with largely British players. What has the club done since, except become a laughing stock? At that time the only way a relatively small club could compete was to buy cheap and sell dear, as Wimbledon also demonstrated. To get the maximum amount of money for players no doubt required some sharp practice, but it worked. And the big clubs kept coming back. The so-called supporters who hounded Chase out of the club yet tolerated the gross incompetence of Smith and her accomplices are a disgrace to football.

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