I’ve been thinking about writing this article for some time and simply not found the time, but the situation at Aston Villa gave me the final push I needed. I’m finding myself more and more frustrated with the way money is impacting the game I love. It’s felt to me that it’s been spiralling out […]
Music has always played a big part of my life. Growing up I was introduced to The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Rolling Stones, T-Rex, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath by my dad and Simon & Garfunkel and Buddy Holly by my mum. My own journey down this path opened up The Beatles, The Doors […]
Legend is a term that gets bandied around all too frequently these days. Wes Hoolahan, however, deserves that label and more in a Norwich City context. A few years back I casually wrote a tweet saying I thought Wes was our most overrated player of all time. I have also written a joke tweet wondering […]
I’ve missed a lot of games live this season due to some ongoing health issues, but somehow have managed, by hook or by crook, to catch the majority of games. I think not going to the games as often has enabled me to take a step back and think properly about what’s happening at the […]
After an atrocious result against Millwall – something I wasn’t expecting – there’s no doubt been a little soul-searching over whether this new ethos and regime is right. I suspect that includes Daniel Farke, Stuart Webber and even Delia & Michael. In terms of off the pitch, under the existing owners I don’t think we […]
I loved the 90s. The music was better, City achieved their highest ever league position, they played in Europe for the first (and so far only) time, I was younger, could run all day, had more hair and could drink like a fish with minimal hangovers. And football was still about enjoyment and supporting your […]
A lot has happened since I last put finger to keyboard and produced a MFW opinion piece, and I’m pretty excited about what’s going on. The Webberlution is in full swing, we’re signing players in positions we actually need, we’ve shipped out some of the old guard and seem to be replacing them with younger […]
It’s been a subdued start to Wildschut’s City career and I’m certain we’ve not seen the best of him. There’s a dangerous player at this level in there somewhere but it’s not working for whatever reason. However he must stay.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.