Score against Ipswich and that used to be a sure fire way of being immortalised in song – right up until the point that ‘half of f***ing Norwich’ did it. But McKenzie, MacKay, Messrs Johnson, Howson and Holt all have songs dedicated to them for sticking it to our near neighbours. On the flip side, Grabban scored against Ipswich twice but we didn’t sing about him. Go figure.
Archive for March, 2017
The club finally appears to be on the right track – but must we, and should we, leave it to next season?March 29th, 2017 by Stewart Lewis | 22 Comments »
Whenever we get back to the Premier League we’ll need to use a big chunk of the income to strengthen the squad (i.e. what we failed to do in summer 2015). However smart our recruitment this summer, we’re simply not in a financial position now to build a PL team. So my view is: grab any chance at promotion.
The four stages of our brave new world. Stone’s in, Webber’s on his way, who’s next through the door?March 27th, 2017 by Martin Penney | 15 Comments »
Finance may well dictate the futures of Timm Klose, Steven Naismith and John Ruddy. I wouldn’t be that sorry to lose any one of them to be honest; my worry would be how much would we get for the trio? Possibly less than for Rod, Jane and Freddy, I’m afraid.
In a week that has been blissfully light of Yellow Army bickering the one discussion that has strayed into ‘lively’ territory is that of how much urgency should be attached to appointing the new head coach, and whether it’s important to do it now or wait until end of the season.
I’m well aware that there are lots of young men who ’support’ their clubs with a semi-religious fanaticism (my NCFC-supporting son included), but they’re mostly online rather than terrace warriors. And getting this lot to pay is the biggest challenge of the information revolution.
Fine margins and rub of the green – facts of life. But we can still give ourselves the best chance of successMarch 22nd, 2017 by Stewart Lewis | 22 Comments »
Our owners shouldn’t be closed to outside investment. It’s my understanding that Delia’s Times interview and Michael’s comments at the AGM were borne of frustration at previous attempts to find investors, and came over as more closed and definitive than they actually are.
The new business model announced on Saturday morning represents a significant turning point from our club, terminating the seemingly outdated and recently ineffective traditional system and implementing a refreshed, overtly modern continental structure. Although many may have their doubts, such a reconfiguration was exactly what this drifting club needed.
The play-offs are unlikely but still vaguely possible and the flicker of desperate hope flickereth stillMarch 20th, 2017 by Martin Penney | 14 Comments »
I do not get why so many people on social media appear to want a manager, head coach or whatever you want to call him, in now. Why pick up what’s left after Derby and Forest have jumped like scalded frogs? We’re not going down and we’re highly unlikely to go up.
A win, clean sheet and five points shy of the play-offs but it’s events off the pitch that take centre stageMarch 19th, 2017 by Gary Gowers | 16 Comments »
That Roy Hodgson is not to be part of the structure has come as something of a relief; not because of his age or ability to manage, which despite his England tenure is good at club level, but because of his proximity to the club’s owners.
‘Expectation’ is what it all boils down to at NCFC. And when they’re not met we search for some answersMarch 17th, 2017 by Steve Cook | 13 Comments »
It’s why the unforeseen victory, the one against the odds, is so much sweeter than the routine win that we saw coming. Or why a defeat at The Emirates or The Etihad is easier to stomach than losing at places like Rotherham, Barnsley or Burton.