With the new Championship season looming, vital lessons can be learned not just by Alex Neil’s Norwich City but by all domestic sides. Be bold. Communicate. Provide leadership not just on the pitch but from the dugout as well. Take responsibility.
Archives for June 2016
One forward gone, one rumoured to be going? Boyer eventually sign for Southampton albeit a year after Ted had gone the same way. He might have gone earlier had it not been for an injury that meant he missed half of Norwich’s 1976/77 season anyway, the 21 league appearances he did make seeing a return of just five goals.
I was rather hopeful we’d get Newcastle away on the premise of losing and killing two birds with one stone but Blackburn it is and barring the miracle that would be victory if we can emerge with a point it’ll be an okay start to the campaign.
I’m guessing that Mick McCarthy has one last shot at getting that club into the top flight. He surely won’t want to hang around any longer in the Championship working on a shoestring? He will be desperate to avenge the three defeats of 2014/15.
The Canaries had reached the final of the League Cup in 1973 and 1975 and had only missed out on doing so in the same competition in 1974 by narrowly losing to Wolves in the two legged semi-final. A third Wembley visit in four seasons didn’t seem a particularly unreasonable or unrealistic expectation.
Brady meanwhile continues to pull up trees and, as if it were needed, offered us another reminder of why his future is at the top table and not in the Championship. Olsson too was eye-catching in Sweden’s second game against the Italians and I do wonder…
We all travelled down to witness the FA Cup tie at Paulton Rovers blissfully unaware that the club was as close to going out of existence as it had been at any time in its history.
Two of them, Brady and Redmond, would hardly have required the use of a crystal ball given their international aspirations but the third was Cameron Jerome. Yes, that Cameron Jerome, the one who’s just signed a new three year deal.
That Brady and Redmond were names mentioned came as no surprise. Both have ambition beyond which City can currently deliver and so in their own one-to-ones I suspect both made clear to Alex their wish to depart, hence them being touted to bigger clubs.
You can ring around on a Friday afternoon and have someone in and ready to do just that the following Monday morning. Not quite so easy to do when you’re looking for a new CEO though, especially if there are contracts involved and notice periods to serve.
Newcastle and Villa with their new high-profile managers will likely take their places at the head of the table but we’re next in line and should get at least third dibs when it comes to luring bright young things through the doors of Colney.
With us return to Championship level football again, a lot of hope and expectation is being pinned on some of the leading lights of our FA Youth Cup winning side, not least the Murphy twins.
Of all the goals that City conceded in injury time, Lallana’s strike was surely the most painful. Not only did we fail to take any points from a game that was all but won, it also shattered the belief amongst players and fans alike that we had the ability to hold on to a lead as became painfully evident against West Ham shortly after.