If I was Leroy Fer or Gary Hooper and my new chief executive told me that the club’s ambitions over the next three seasons or so culminated in finishing in the top four of the Premier League, I’d tend to believe him.
Archive for July, 2013
In the case of Quagliairella, he now appears to find himself a little way down the Juve pecking order and so one assumes an unlikely move to ‘unfashionable’ Norwich would come with an expectation of regular first-team football.
With Hooper’s medical having been successfully passed, ‘Arry is left to dwell on the one that got awayJuly 25th, 2013 by Gary Gowers | 11 Comments »
Given the protracted nature of this saga no-one would have been the slightest bit surprised if there had been a last minute hitch or two, but in the spirit of the Canadian Mounty, McNally and Hughton look to have got their man.
Chris Hughton had predicted this would be the sternest test of the tour and he wasn’t to be disappointed with Portland – currently second in the Western Division of the MLS – providing robust opposition.
With Portland the final stop on the US tour, McNally has five and a bit weeks to nab City a striker or twoJuly 24th, 2013 by Gary Gowers | 3 Comments »
However laudable the Duke of Cambridge’s desire to later remind his new born son ’of his ‘tardiness’, when compared to the Hooper saga the wait for the arrival of HRH Prince George of Cambridge almost pales into insignificance. But as relieved as we’ll all be to see an end to it, how many of us will find the feeling of indifference replaced by one of ambivalence? Chris Hughton clearly wanted Hooper, and is clearly convinced that he could do a job at the top level.
For Hooper read ‘Le Juge’? This saga smacks of the summer of 2007 when the expectation levels were similarly highJuly 24th, 2013 by Edward Couzens-Lake | 15 Comments »
Yes, a leading player from the Scottish Premier League was being coveted by both Rangers and Norwich. Sound familiar? OK, the Rangers, in this case, were of the Glasgow variety rather than the Queens Park one.
With fitness and game time still the name of the game, the defeat should be of little concern as City now build towards the finale of the tour, a Wednesday night ‘match up’ with Portland Timbers. Again it’s expected that Hughton will ring the changes as he looks to give his squad ample opportunity to impress ahead of their return to the UK and the friendlies at Brighton, Cambridge United and Braga.
Having reportedly missed out on Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella, rumours emanating from Sky Italia suggest that Chris Hughton’s attention has now turned to the Catania striker who spent last season on loan at Sampdoria. With Serie A the latest hunting ground in City’s search for a striker, Hughton and Ewan Chester look to have identified the ability to score in the rarefied atmosphere of Serie A as a good fit in the Premier League.
I’m not expecting the Italian’s agent and family to come out and declare the Norwich option still to be a viable one, with Tuesday’s private jet from Turin to Norwich now looking highly unlikely to have contained a swarthy looking Italian goalscorer.
For the City traditionalist, keepers wear number ‘one’; for the City faithful Kevin Keelan remains just thatJuly 17th, 2013 by Edward Couzens-Lake | 5 Comments »
It is, and remains, the most familiar and easily identifiable shirt number in football, forever that of the goalkeeper. We weren’t, after all, singing “England’s number twenty-one” at Fraser Forster whilst he was performing heroics with us during his time at the club.