Paddy Davitt’s inside track on the Jamal Lewis affair was fascinating. If you haven’t read it, it’s here.
Paddy told beautifully the story of how the mighty Liverpool thought that ‘desperate-for-cash’ little Norwich City would be ripe for a quick-and-dirty deal for Jamal, given how needy they’d obviously be given their recent relegation.
£8 million was the bid.
The club considered it derisory. They want £20 million. Even Jamal himself thought it derisory.
Stuart Webber, politely and professionally no doubt, replied with a negative.
And then… nothing.
Silence from Merseyside.
Until… around 24 hours later when news broke that they had signed a Greek left-back by the name of Kostas Tsimikas.
And that was it.
A well-known idiot on the MFW team had predicted this one would turn into one of those on-off sagas – hence the term idiot. But no. Over and done with in a flash.
That Liverpool were less than polite about it was unsurprising – the same club that gave us the ‘you do know who you’re dealing with?’ when City informed the Premier League of the tardiness of the ticket release for last season’s opener – but it was the wrath of their fans on social media rather than the actions of the club that boiled the collective urine.
And they’re still going.
That Liverpool, the football club were a bit rude, graceless and arrogant doesn’t matter. Not really. They’re Liverpool Football Club.
They made what they thought was an okay offer for a player they quite liked, but who was only ever going to be a back-up to Andy Robertson, and we rejected it.
The deal for the Greek lad was clearly already well into its latter stages, but no doubt Olympiakos would have been recipients of the silence treatment if Stuart’s email had say yay rather than nay.
With the national and global media fawning over the current World and European champions, they’re well cocooned from anything approaching criticism. They’ll not give two $hits about a few Norwich City officials and fans getting the hump.
The bigger issue here is how they assumed that because we’ve been recently relegated and are well known in football circles to survive on a hand-to-mouth existence, we’ll be bending over for any Premier League who comes calling, wiling to take their pound to keep us afloat.
Liverpool were the first to attempt to pick over the carcass of our season in the sun but there’ll be others. And those others now know there’ll be no bargains to be had.
Equally, those City fans who had forecast a fire sale will now know there’ll be no such thing.
So, while it ended up being a damp squib rather than a ‘saga’ and amounted, in the end, to a to and fro of a couple of emails, it was the message that was important – a timely reminder to the other Premier League vultures who assumed we’re now football’s bargain aisle at Lidls.
Think again lads.
Just before I go, there’s something infinitely more important that needs saying….
For those wondering, our friends at Along Come Norwich have been in discussions with the club for some time around adding more colour to Carrow Road in the form of some beautiful yellow nets.
Those of a certain age will know the significance of *plain* yellow nets.
Alas, some interlopers have intervened and have introduced the concept of nets with yellow and green stripes! As if.
Now, I know I can trust most of you to do the right thing, but just in case, for some bizarre reason, you’re a waverer, I give you this from Jon Rogers (once aka BigGrantHolt).
Then vote away here… https://www.alongcomenorwich.com/articles/the-return-of-yellow-nets-you-decide/
You know it makes sense 🙂