Now and again I wish Harry Redknapp was at our club.
Fortunately, if I lie down in a darkened room it passes quickly. But it always hits me around this time of year.
It’s about the transfer window, of course. People are now posting pictures of skeletons at computers, to illustrate the feeling of being a City fan waiting for news to feed on.
The problem is the club, of course, and in particular David McNally. Harry is garrulous, profligate, indiscreet and generally irresponsible. Ruinous for his clubs, but wonderful box office.
In contrast, McNally is serious, discreet and responsible. A consummate professional – and very frustrating for us fans eager for tidbits.
We’ve seen enough of Mr McNally to know he’ll be working night and day, focused on exactly what he (or in this case Alex Neil) wants. He’ll achieve whatever can be achieved without jeopardising the solvency of the club.
And he won’t be deflected from his path by clamour from the fans.
For me – and I hope the majority of our fans – that’s the way I want it to be. I’m pretty sure it will work out well. But it’s hard on us.
I’m not ‘in the know’ (in fact, I’m so far out of it that I spent months wondering what ‘itk’ meant) but I did talk about Robbie Brady on this forum a while ago, and why he seemed to me – from the things that are visible to fans – a good fit for our needs.
It seems that the invisible factors might be favourable too and we’re trying to acquire him.
In the other direction, it seems we may have seen the back of the Wolf. To judge from social media, our fans are divided about him.
Was he always ill-equipped for the physical and mental rigours of the Premier League?
Or did Chris Hughton’s style and approach prevent him having a fair chance to show us why he was so highly rated?
I’m inclined towards the first view. But I can’t help wondering: if McGregor hadn’t pulled off a freaky save, and Snodgrass hadn’t inexplicably torn the penalty from his hands, then Ricky might have started with three goals in three games.
That’s a platform for confidence, and he might have blossomed instead of wilting.
Our squad, as has been pointed out, is more experienced and stronger-looking than last time we came up to the top flight. However, the Premier League moves on too.
Our 1992-93 heroics belong to that part of City’s history, and to that part of the Prem’s history but it couldn’t happen now. Even since 2011 the standard and depth of squads has improved.
At the end of the season Alex Neil praised his squad, while saying that three or four ‘quality additions’ would be needed for the next challenge.
That sounds right to me, and it’s what I’d expect David McNally to be burning the midnight oil to achieve.
In a moment of weakness, I recently revealed to this forum that I’m an MCC member. Yes, just as many readers had no doubt already concluded, I’m officially an old fart.
In truth, few MCC members match the stereotype of the plump reactionary snoozing in his stripey jacket but at least one exists, and the press will always feature him (lazy journalism as usual – present company excepted, of course).
I probably don’t get value for my annual subscription – but having waited 20 years to get in, I’m damned if I’m giving it up now. And I must admit, Lord’s on a summer’s day takes some beating, perhaps surpassed only by Carrow Road.
Gary jumped on my revelation and challenged me to get pictures of myself (and possibly others) in Canary shirts at cricket ‘headquarters’. At risk of finding myself up in front of the Committee and having my stripes removed, I’ll give it a go.
Not the most important reason to watch this space, but in the absence of transfer news….