Club captain talks to press ahead of ArsenalRUSSELL Martin gave the players’ perspective on the Club’s impending relegation when he spoke to the media at Colney Training Centre on Friday.
City’s captain was talking in his press conference ahead of the Arsenal match on Sunday, with the Canaries’ demotion to the Championship all but confirmed with Sunderland’s victory over West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday.
Martin was asked to sum up the general feeling of the playing squad.
“Extreme disappointment. A bit angry, a bit dejected obviously, but it’s disappointing more than anything for the football Club, for the fans, for ourselves and in ourselves,” he said.
“We haven’t been good enough for long enough parts of the season. It’s not been about these four games – people keep saying that, it’s about the course of the season.
“We’ve played 37 games so far and we are where we are. People say the table doesn’t lie, so now we’ve gone.”
The defender, who was an important part of the City squad that won promotion from the Championship in 2011, believes that a decisive summer is needed if the Club is to be well-placed to return to the top flight at the first time of asking.
“There needs to be changes. We’ve lost too many games this season, and that becomes almost a culture and that needs to change,” he added.
“In my opinion it’s a massive summer for the football club, because whatever happens there will have to be a decision made on the manager and then the recruitment of players.
“We need to go back to the Championship, and then bounce back to where we belong, and I believe we belong in the Premier League as a football club.
“You have a choice as a player to either wallow in self-pity and feel sorry for yourself, or you have a choice to say ‘right, this has happened’ and you learn from it and grow from it.”