Me being an idiot; the David McNally answer
I’ve managed to avoid making an idiot of myself for most of
my two years-plus in this job.
There was ditching my four bowls at Potters in front of a
few hundred pensioners and the odd dodgy photo, but nothing too bad.
And, with the banter that tends to fly around the
sportsdesk, I’ve been more than happy to jump on other people when they’re
So as I fumbled through one of my questions for Paul Lambert
at Colney on Monday – on how Anthony McNamee could have a chance to impress at Southampton
– I was unwittingly confident.
Lambert – with a smile on his face – gave me plenty of rope
to hang myself with, allowed me all the time in the world to finish my question
(I’m not the best at phrasing questions) before almost gleefully exploding with
the fact the winger is cup-tied.
No complaints from me – I should have known better. Or at
least remembered. I was at Swindon when McNamee came on
as a sub for the Robins, and wrote several times when he signed here that he
couldn’t play in the JPT for City.
Alas, I put it down to moving house at the weekend.
So, what is the most striking thing posted on the noticeboard
behind David McNally’s desk?
Ten points to those who correctly guessed… an A4 sheet of
paper with only these words in large print: “Norwich City 1, Colchester United 7.”
Unusual for any Norwich
fan to have that on their wall, was my remark to McNally.
His reply? If he has a good day, he looks at the board to
remind him there is still a long way to go.
So it’s basically like one of those ‘geese flying in a
V-formation’ motivation things. But like McNally, me and most likely you, it
probably does the trick with a little more oomph.
posted on 15 December 2009 10:12 byMichael Bailey - Sportsdesk