I’d have liked to have seen Lafferty, Bennett and Bassong all head out with replacements coming in, but perhaps January is not the best time for that. I suspect those players, perhaps alongside Mulumbu, Whittaker and Turner, may depart in the summer irrespective of the league we find ourselves in.
Craig was born in Norwich and has been watching Norwich since 1985, when the joy of winning a cup was quickly followed by crashing back down to earth with relegation. He is a season ticket holder in the Lower Barclay, a music, tech and animal lover, music, comedy, book and poetry creator and self-proclaimed funny man! A lovely little thinker, but a bugger when he's drunk.
Hysteria is a step too far but it is time for Delia to seriously rethink her future plan for this football clubJanuary 18th, 2017 by Craig Bailey | 37 Comments »
Without extra funding to compete, I don’t believe long-term success was possible for either. We don’t have enough funding options to go into debt so we have to live within our means; something that is incredibly difficult to do in such a competitive market. It leaves restricted transfer and wages budgets.
2016 squad review from Craig Bailey, who assesses, player by player, who should stay and who should goDecember 31st, 2016 by Craig Bailey | 20 Comments »
Wes’s season started well but drifted away, I guess like most 35 year olds. He still has the ability to spark that bit of magic that most do not, but this increasingly comes at a cost defensively. One more season, probably his last, is worth a shout, even if it’s as a bit part and to pass on to the younger generation.
Hate to say it, but told you so – AN’s inability to firefight when the chips are down is his undoingDecember 28th, 2016 by Craig Bailey | 15 Comments »
My biggest fear when he was employed was that he didn’t have enough experience to fall back on when things got tough. His ability to deal with tough times, when things go against you, where you’re not meeting or exceeding expectations were, when he was first appointed, a complete unknown.
A funny old week. Yet still the best solution for fans, club and board would be for Alex to turn it aroundNovember 26th, 2016 by Craig Bailey | 7 Comments »
A win is a win, you only get three points no matter how it happens, but I think the reason fans and media have been so quick to turn on Alex and the board, is that we’ve been incredibly disjointed for most of the season – and winning ugly only takes you so far.
It’s a tricky one. Experience in the top job is key in the Champ but so too is earning the respect of those you manageNovember 23rd, 2016 by Craig Bailey | 16 Comments »
I remember seeing an interview with Sam Allardyce where he quoted Sir Alex Ferguson as saying that man management in the top flight was the most difficult challenge. Alex Neil has discovered this the hard way.
The passing has been pedestrian, allowing teams to get behind the ball, and against Leeds you could see players actively pulling out of challenges; that’s seriously worrying and defensive organisation has been almost non-existent throughout the team.