“If you’ve got the right coach, you sign the right mentality of player and get them in early, it gives you six weeks for them to gel. Because our identity and the way we played was so nailed at Huddersfield, it was easy from a tactical point of view for people to settle in.”
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Is our Norwich City debate all about opinions? Well, mostly – but truth and untruth are out there tooApril 11th, 2017 by Stewart Lewis | 29 Comments »
We often agree that most of our football discussion comes down to opinion. Should City start with Jerome or Oliveira? How many games should Wes be asked to play? Who is our worst central defender? We can debate all those and more.
Interesting as the new Sporting Director (and for some of us, the process of getting him) is, the real excitement will come with the appointment of a Head Coach. Given Webber’s track record, it should be exciting even if we’ve never heard of him. It will bring to life the issue of which players stay and go in the summer.
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.
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.
Some things that we should pay attention to: our club’s structure, its values, ethos – and Mick DennisMarch 16th, 2017 by Stewart Lewis | 28 Comments »
It has to evolve and change over time. Giving David McNally free rein to supervise and intervene in every aspect of the club’s operation was crucial (as was Bowkett’s re-negotiation of our debt) in steering the club away from disaster in 2009. But it’s not the right way for Norwich City in 2017.
Politics, football and Strictly: the three domains of our Ed, and where a week remains a very long timeMarch 13th, 2017 by Stewart Lewis | 3 Comments »
Relegation reduced City’s income by around half. The club’s good housekeeping, the relegation clauses in its contracts and parachute payments have helped to mitigate the situation, but they don’t fill the gap.
Undoubtedly the issues go further than the manager. But who can deny the manager is a significant part of the problem? Mathematically we can still make the play-offs, but under the current arrangements there’s no chance of the sustained form it would take.
A stressful season for all associated with Norwich City. But reports of its death may be exaggeratedMarch 1st, 2017 by Stewart Lewis | 29 Comments »
We’ve had few problems scoring this season, but a shocking rate of goals at the other end. Quietly, however, it’s been improving. In the last ten league games of 2016 we conceded 18; in the ten of 2017, we’ve conceded just 11.
Maths isn’t the issue. The issue is form. Stepping back from the disappointment of the weekend, that’s surely open to different interpretations. Burton was another unsatisfactory day; more performances like that will clearly prove the pessimists right. And unless we improve our away record, we’ll fall short.