The value of that lone strike became ever more evident as the results from elsewhere started to filter through – heavy defeats for both Fulham and Stoke ensuring that the managerial spotlight would fall elsewhere for the next week…
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Saturday’s return of Tony Pulis promises to be another of those where a win at any cost is the only option – the classic ‘must win’ – with anything less likely to furrow the brow of McNally
A full-back by footballing trade, Paul was one of the early recruits to the club during the Ron Saunders era. He remembers both those early days after he first arrived at the club – very young, very nervous and very unsure of himself or his place in the greater scheme of things
What, exactly, can £8 million can get you in the European striker market? It gets you a Loic Remy.
Those hardy yellow-clad souls who travel to the northern extremities of England to watch a game of ‘Subbuteo’ from the edge of space do so in hope rather than expectation, always with a lingering hope of ‘perhaps this will be the year’.
Clearly the impending January transfer window could offer hope. But a big money strike signing – as desperate as a fresh cutting edge might be – would merely confirm the question marks that still hang over the summer strike arrivals…
Life in the Premier League doesn’t automatically get easier when you have more money to spend – or as a number of Spurs fans put it, to splash* up the wall. (*Not the word they actually use.)
The man who Norwich eventually appointed to replace Young and, in doing so, strive to bring back the air of positivity and progress the club had been making under Parker was Arthur Jewell or Jimmy, as he was more well known
Ed’s pieces on the here and now are insightful and thought provoking, but it’s his ability to transport us back to days when Carrow Road had a rather different feel that sets him apart from all other Norwich City writers.
We lucky folk at Norwich started the 1972/73 season with an attacking partnership that featured David Cross and Jimmy Bone. Neither were household names, having arrived at Norwich from Rochdale and Partick Thistle respectively.
To yearn for the simple days of the Championship is probably the wrong way to think, but I’d make a small wager with you that for many a seasoned City punter one of the most enjoyable seasons in recent memory would be that one in the third tier of English football…
When you have a youngster of Ravel Morrison’s ilk even Big Sam can see the benefits of keeping the ball on terra firma but it was telling that the England Under-21 man found himself only a peripheral figure in the second.
The seam of managerial misgivings runs all too deep, one senses. But the simple, psychological lift that comes from being out of the bottom three can do wonders…
With my pint pot still just above half-full, even if the beer is a little warm and flat, I still remain hopeful that Saturday will be a turning point.
Fans love attacking football, end to end action and goals. As does television and radio. Likewise our embattled press. Football managers, of course, pretend to despise it. But don’t be kidded. They would all rather win 4-3 than 1-0.
There are a host of topics around which venom is unleashed and in the midst of which the more vocal tend to try and outdo each other when it comes to the vehemence of their stance.
The most successful manager of all time, Sir Alex Ferguson, was loathed by fans and very nearly kicked out – before turning things around just a tad. A year ago Arsenal fans were telling Arsene Wenger he didn’t know what he was doing. Now they top the table.
The one area where Hughton has always trumped Lambert – the defence – is no longer a strength and speaks volumes. It further undermines the credibility of those, like me, who have defended his tenure throughout.
West Ham United at home will now be the usual ‘six-pointer’; with an international break then looming, it could yet be the moment when the board has to decide whether to stick or twist manager-wise…
A trip to the Etihad this weekend is unlikely to provide much by way of immediate relief; that gulf is only widening. The trip to The Emirates proved that point; what you get for £8 mill is as nothing to what you can get for £42 mill.