The first season back in the Championship represents the best chance of bouncing back to the Premier League – if it goes to a third we have every right to start panicking – but the need remains to juggle the financial stability of the club with appropriately funding a promotion push.
Archives for July 2016
Despite finding an uncritical niche personal fan club – seemingly for his good looks and hairstyle – a handful of first-team outings and a single league goal is a shocking return on the record transfer fee paid in the now defunct McNally/Hughton era.
Standing nine feet tall and stuck down the pecking order at Newcastle, Forster was a Lambert signing to replace the hapless Theoklitos in what Andy Townsend might have described as the “ultimate chalk and cheese type scenario”.
Alex likes youth football and we will hopefully encourage bringing players up through the ranks. Also, hopefully, whoever new CEO is, he/she will look at this area and continue it as it looks like we may just be starting to produce some bright young stars.
Many of the players who clinched promotion were those who suffered relegation the season before. As results took a turn for the worse, the face-palming of Messrs Ruddy and Bassong had an all too familiar feel of darker days gone by. It create a sense of déjà vu and an uneasy feeling that the writing was on the wall.
With a three-year Norwich City contract tucked in his glove bag, McGovern is certainly not here to make up the numbers. At 32 years old and fresh from the month of his professional life it’s hard to imagine him signing up to a season on the bench, and so what unfolds over the next few weeks will be a sub-plot all of its own.
Norwich’s pre-season campaign had consisted of just one match; a 1-1 draw up at St Mirren on August 4, in the Paisley Charity Cup. We took them on again during pre-season two years later, that game ending in a 0-0 draw with, on both occasions, the trophy being shared between the two clubs. No penalty shoot outs then!
The pricing issue in particular has shown us all that working together really can get results if there is co-ordination from a national body such as the FSF, and the £30 cap on away ticket prices in the Premier League is a credit to them and to everyone who took part in the campaign.
Quality matters, but – as Paul Lambert showed in his one Championship season with us – not as much as mentality. A relegated team has got used to losing, whatever its quality, unless it can shake off that mindset, is going to be vulnerable to hungrier and mentally more positive teams.
Throw into that midfield mix two fired-up Murphys and the exciting potential of James Maddison alongside the midfield experience and nous that saw us through to promotion last time round, then Alex has the tools at his disposal to return to his preferred, attacking, possession-based style of football.
Louie’s fellow Milk Cup Final winning colleague John ‘Dixie’ Deehan did the unthinkable and moved straight from the Canaries to the Tractor boys in an exchange deal which saw Trevor Putney make the opposite journey. Deehan must have taken serious flak for that move
Hal Robson-Kanu thrived. The man without a club scored twice and made a real impact for both his country and on the footballing public at large, scoring, against Belgium, one of the best goals of the tournament.
There is every sign that the Timm Klose is happy in Norwich and given his limited time in a City shirt so far I would hope that he would give it at least until January before reviewing his future.
Talk of nasty old Norwich City slapping a £20 million price tag on Robbie Brady has caused a rumble or two – not least in Leicester who, while initially appearing to be in the box seat, now seem to have lost interest in signing the Canaries’ most prized asset.
I’ve only actually watched one PL game in three seasons – a terrible 1-1 draw with an equally fearful Swansea, enlivened only by a wonder goal from the much underrated and ill-used Gary Hooper – but from a distance it hasn’t look like much fun.
It says a lot for the Norwich board’s opinion of Saunders that little effort seems to have been made to appease him or get him to change his mind. In truth, maybe each knew that they had gone as far with the other as they could, and this sudden break was just what was needed; a decisive action that suited both parties.
For all of City’s faults last season seldom did they deliver anything as dispiriting and gut-less as that second half performance against Iceland. In fact, seldom can I recall any team in any game delivering a showing of such ineptitude.
Bond was not afraid of big name players, nor those who had a similarly big reputation in the game. He’d already brought Martin Peters to the club as well as signing Peter Osgood on loan as well as having attempts to sign both Alan Ball and Bobby Moore as players thwarted.