The Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules are clearly there to reduce one’s ability to ‘do an Abramovich’ but already loopholes are being found to scupper Sepp Blatter’s best made plans, and no-one is expecting to see a significant shift in the pecking order of the Premier League as a result.
Archives for May 2014
Once the dust had settled, there seemed no shortage of possibilities as to who might be the next manager of Norwich City. The club were, after all, in the top flight and had, at the time, a very strong and able first-team squad.
Harry built himself an Old Lags XI. Literally in the case of Joey Barton. And Richard Dunne is no angel. He has had his moments. But was the rock upon which Rangers’ return was built.
The hard work starts now. Adams’ first task is to filter the current crop for those suited to a Championship challenge and those who are not. Those who are not will be on their way.
Given what awaits in Adams’ in-tray in terms of player exits, every day that passes with a whiffy apple sat in his Colney barrel is a day that the club can do without.
Adams only earned one point from those games but the club hierarchy was impressed with the way he tackled a formidable run of fixtures – and also how he dealt with two undisclosed disciplinary issues within the squad.
If ‘kick the thing and run’ had been the Saunders mantra, then ‘pass and move’ was Bond’s somewhat more cerebral footballing approach; one that his successors, Ken Brown, Dave Stringer and Mike Walker were only too happy to perpetuate
Clearly discussions around Chris Hughton’s future did figure heavily in January’s board meetings and Michael confirmed they concluded that even if City had avoided relegation a change would still have been necessary this summer.
The club’s inability to close the deal by the end of the week has clearly irked a few but the odd day, or even a week, over their self-imposed deadline is hardly the end of the world if it means getting the right man.
Yes, there are elements of the Premier League that I won’t miss. The prices, the stupid kick-off times and the fact that the viewer at home’s considerations seem to be regarded as more important than those who actually go to the games.
Ed: ‘The director of football may be the candidate who is already in work, I would suspect, however, releasing him from his current role is more of a procedural formality rather than something which might become a long drawn out process as it was with Paul Lambert.’
The squad needs rebuilding; there little doubt about that. While I’m not expecting a mass exodus there will clearly be those who, for all the right reasons, will want to stay in the Premier League and have earned that right.
Whoever comes to take charge of the Canaries – be it Neil Adams or not – is going to have a long, hot summer trying to fashion something that works team-wise in time for the start of the new Championship campaign. It won’t be a job for the faint of heart…
The board gave Hughton every chance to sort it out. They gave him longer than many other clubs would have done, and far longer than most City fans would have liked. But as faults go, trying to be patient is not the worst one to have.
In hindsight, those who called for the head of Chris Hughton in December will consider their campaign to have been vindicated, but the decision to retain his services was made in good faith on the basis that a league position that hovered around fourteenth place could be maintained.
With different questions being asked of Messrs Terry and Cahill, the previously impenetrable looking duo found themselves backpeddling and it was at that point it felt almost as if the game were there for the taking.
Should the worst formally befall the Norfolk club over the next week, today’s sterling efforts at least suggested that whoever comes to take charge of the Canaries next season has some stout hearts to call on.
They have been way too sensible for their own good. And, I suspect, that’s going to be a hard charge for someone with the clear business acumen of an Alan Bowkett to swallow. He has to learn to leave his business brain behind when he walks through the door of a professional football club.
For those wanting a straw to clutch, at least City cannot be relegated this weekend. Equally, as the official Premier League website politely and factually reminds us, ‘nor they can ensure avoiding the drop’.