I have always been one of those folks who tries to negotiate his way around the football world without wearing blinkers in that I love nattering about the game to anybody, irrespective of who they support.
Maybe it’s my historical circumstance that dictates this attitude. If you’re born into a family of West Ham fans, adopt Spurs as your second team through the force of geography and spend a lot of time at work in Manchester, Liverpool and the Midlands you get to spend a lot of time discussing the fortunes of other teams. There’s also the incessant face-to-face chats and messages exchanged between myself and fellow City supporters, of course.
One of the dustcart crew here in Mundesley is an ardent Hammer. These boys have very little time to chat because of their ridiculous schedule, so I normally walk with him to the wagon and back to exchange a few words as I did yesterday.
“We haven’t won since September. It might even have been against you [City]. Roberto and Anderson are only fit for Billy Smart’s. You’ll be ahead of us by Christmas.
“Pellegrini? he’s going nowhere. They gave him nearly £150million to spend so they [Sullivan and Gold] will want some return on that won’t they?
“It’s looking a bit grim for us just now“.
On Sunday morning I strolled down to buy a paper in the City when I was ambushed by our 1p5wich neighbour to be greeted with an all-too-predictable “we’ll beat you twice next season”.
I offered several reasons contrary to his theory. I think I used the phrase don’t count your chickens and we had a laugh about that as he has half a dozen hens and a cockerel in his garden.
His front garden.
I then bumped into Sean [who has previously done a Man Utd preview with us on MFW and will do another in the New Year]. We both said what a great match and result it was – but he was talking about us at Everton while I was referring to the cracking entertainment at Bramall Lane.
Another good laugh.
I got a couple of kind messages from the Blue side of the Mersey to congratulate us on our performance, let alone the win.
And both MFW’s very own Alex B and myself were delighted that Blackpool [where Alex lives] denied the Binners a point.
Later there was also the chance for me to chat with a couple of Arsenal mates, who are not expecting us to flop over and have our feathers tickled on Sunday.
To me, that’s typical of a bit of banter after the weekend’s action. I can’t always enjoy it but as a Canary you have to keep a brave face and a stiff upper beak.
After looking at those pictures of our lot at the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland thingy I was for once lost for words. Mayor McLean in a dino suit? Whatever floats that boat I guess.
On a serious note, the Arsenal match will not be easy. Entertaining for sure, but not easy by any means.
But we live in a world in which Manuel Pellegrini, Unai Emery and particularly Marco Silva are in very, very dodgy places.
And blinkers on or not, all the folks I have spoken to would swap Daniel Farke for their current incumbents.
In fact, my mate Dave said he was approaching the bookies to put a “cheeky flutter” on Silva and Emery getting the tin-tack shortly after we have beaten Arsenal.
I’m likely to go for a risky treble myself by adding Pellegrini and saying they’ll all be toast by December 3.
A Farke is for life, not just for Christmas.