As the Canary nation drags itself unsteadily into 2022 there are a few questions that MFW regular Alex Bain feels he would like answers to and I thought I would have a go, But all our views are different, so your comments, dear readers, are most welcome – as they always are of course.
Maybe this article doesn’t make for soft, fluffy, easy reading but these are the issues that everybody and their Alsatian are currently discussing, so let us know what you think.
Okay Alex kick it off, as we tend to say around these parts on matchdays.
Are we an embarrassment to the Premier League?
Almost every season there is a Premier League whipping boy. It just happens that City have been that club more than most over the last decade but, equally, there are many who would like to be in our shoes.
Pundits and media in general harp on about our owners being true supporters and they say they are poor millionaires. To me, they are the embarrassment after 25 years of stagnation and promises that have come to nothing.
I don’t think we will ever establish ourselves in the PL under the Smith regime – Martin.
How long can these owners continue?
I don’t like to see owners hounded out of a club but I can see it happening. People have short memories and Robert Chase thought he was invincible but fan protests after relegation following such an inspiring European campaign did for him in the end.
Managers from the lower reaches of the league structure have been given unprecedented chances at bringing success to prolong the ownership they cannot afford and they seemingly turn a blind eye to investment. Will we ever know the truth surrounding rejection of potential investment?
No, we will never know the truth. It’s all conjecture but anybody who wants to establish a dynasty doesn’t care who falls by the wayside. Ask Henry VII, or indeed Richard III.
Does the PL have a plan to relegate City?
A tongue-in-cheek question of course, but with games involving the bigger clubs it does seem that with injuries and Covid-19 affecting our squad we have to fight tooth and nail to get a game postponed for anything at home, yet West Ham complained about City and the virus and the game was called off.
I kind of think the Leicester postponement gives the lie to that one. WE asked for it, although Brendan Rodgers didn’t seem too unhappy.
Would investment save our season?
This, like the ownership question, is an awkward one. If, say, the Sultan of Brunei opted to drop multiple millions into the kitty it would help enormously. Maybe somebody like James Dyson might be persuaded to hoover up the club but I doubt either offer would be acceptable to Delia.
Of course it would but like you say it will never happen while Delia is in charge. Forget it, mate.
Are we doomed to relegation already?
The doom merchants will say yes we are but even Sky Sports said after the Palace game said that City aren’t adrift and in no man’s land. A few points shortfall isn’t a mountain to climb but effort alone will not do it. The service to Pukki needs to improve massively and others need to put some in the onion bag.
You’d best consider me a merchant of doom my friend.
Can we return once more if relegation happens?
Four players will definitely be gone: Normann, Kabak, Williams and Gilmour. Then there is the possibility of others thinking loyalty has gone far enough, as in Krul, Pukki, Aarons, Cantwell, Hanley, McLean and Rupp.
Will Hugill, Sargent or Idah score enough to get us promoted?
Will the likes of of Gibson, Omobamidele and Gunn shine in an EFL Championship squad?
We will have Mumba, Byram and Giannoulis as fullbacks, PLM and Sorensen in midfield and Rashica, Hernandez and Tzolis as wingers.
Maybe there are a few like Josh Martin currently out on loan who might make the grade.
It will be a long hard winter of discontent.
Something tells me Onel will not want to come back and young Martin ain’t pulling up no trees at MK Dons. For me it’s a big old ‘no’ unless Dean Smith takes a far more active role in recruitment than Daniel Farke ever seemed to do.
Well, I’ve tried to answer Alex as best as I feel able to so now it’s your turn to do a better job than me. Any optimistic responses will be welcome but are by no means compulsory – tell us how you see it.
All I know is that I do not want to go back to the Robert Chase days which made this chart hit very appropriate at the time.