“Match of the day” was interesting. (Martin) Olsson and (Nathan) Redmond having excellent games for their new clubs and attacking at pace, with free-flowing moves as opposed to (Alex) Neil’s tortuous slow build from the back, carpet slippers boring football. Leicester’s owners dispense with (Claudio) Ranieri as they dropped into the bottom three and they then win two matches on the spin and look to secure their Premier League spot. Norwich retain their hopeless manager after relegation and are warmly praised by Alan Curbishley and others and waste the first year of the parachute payments. AN is clueless and the players are not interested in what he has to say… the club is a shambles.
So wrote “NorwichAbs” on the Pink ‘Un site in the aftermath of the spineless display against Sheffield Wednesday.
Now I’m not prone to taking quotes from other websites, but in this case I’ll make a very honourable exception. I cannot disagree with a single word the poster has said. There are plenty of other comments floating around, but I’ve selected this one for a reason.
Anybody who hasn’t seen it yet should look at the Olsson goal. A cracking piece of pacy interplay down the Swansea left ends with a belter into the back of the net. Yes, he wanted out of City but most of us appreciated what he did for us while he was here. He very rarely let his head drop or gave less than100 per cent.
The Redmond goals were hardly bad either; Southampton’s style obviously suits him. Yes, he was happy enough to leave as well and of course, he could infuriate at times, but it’s wonderful to see him doing well.
And this is where “NorwichAbs” has it right again: attacking at pace. Yes we have a brace of Murphys and Ivo Pinto’s no slouch, but as a unit our build-up is so ponderous the intentions of those in yellow shirts are telegraphed and it becomes so easy for the opposition to read and counter.
Robbie Brady also swung in a couple of good-looking corners for Burnley, who look to have secured their Premier League future.
Alan Curbishley’s praise means nothing to me. Owen Coyle joined in the Alex Neil backing on the Channel 5 show. I’m not overwhelmed with his views either.
While I can understand the sentimentality surrounding the dismissal of Ranieri, it has indeed had an effect of the positive kind on the faltering Foxes. Do you think they’ll go down? I don’t, regardless of whether Craig Shakespeare is installed permanently as manager or not.
Following on from my website post of the year (and it’s only March) award going to “NorwichAbs”, I reckon a couple of other observations of that ilk are worthy.
Firstly – and we have to read between the lines – Cameron Jerome’s post-match comments point towards a warren full of extremely discontented bunnies.
If I heard: “We tried our rocks off but lost to a better side”, I would be disappointed, but understanding. But I wouldn’t be as disgruntled as I feel right now. Sure, CJ has his detractors but his application and effort are beyond question.
When a player like Cameron says things like that, you know things are seriously wrong.
Secondly, I notice the Pink ‘Un have changed the who was your man of the match? poll. It now asks – quite rightly – which player would you most like to get rid of?
There was a time quite a few weeks ago when some of the more prominent regional media wrote less than favourably about Alex Neil and certain other aspects of the club. For whatever reason, that position shifted back to the norm.
However, it looks like the pendulum is on the move again.
To paraphrase: “We’re not having an MotM poll this time because it’s pointless; instead let’s see who we’d like to get rid of”, the writing would be well and truly on the wall for most managers.
If – and it still has to be if, none of us are privy to what does or doesn’t happen at Colney – he has lost the dressing room, then the media and the majority of supporters are justified in saying he should go.
However in Delia’s world, it doesn’t work like that. But it’s about time it did.
Bradley Johnson, Dani Ayala, Tom Adeyemi, Stuart Nelson, Rob Green, Matt Gilks, Lee Croft, Aaron Wilbraham, Simeon Jackson, Elliott Bennett, Sergi Canos, Chris Martin, Cody McDonald, Ian Henderson. All our old boys, and I saw every one of them on TV yesterday morning. Kory Smith? Maybe, I don’t actually remember seeing him. All playing for other teams, of course.
Although I wouldn’t actually want any of them back apart from BJ and possibly Canos and Ayala, it makes you realise just how high and rapid “staff turnover” can be in our beloved world of football.
I’m just hoping there will be an extremely high level of said staff turnover at NCFC in the close season.