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  1. Given the financial constraints the club is under I'm not sure we have any alternative to the current model if we want to avoid gambling the future by spending money we don't have. Remember Evans supposedly put in £6 million a year just to keep that lot down the road a miserable mid table in the Championship, and look where that got him. If Delia hasn't got money to invest then our current policy of extracting maximum value from youngsters and unfancied players seems the most sensible.
  2. This season makes more sense if you accept that staying in the premier league was a secondary consideration to the club's financial success. The plan was always to take the money, showcase our best young players and prepare for relegation. This is why we assembled a team of young technical players who were encouraged to play free flowing attacking football when a bit more physicality and directness would almost certainly have produced better results. This is why we persisted with pushing our fullbacks forward and over committing in attack, or playing out from the back when under repeated pressure. These tactics were less about winning matches than they were showcasing our young attacking talent. We've all said it all season, but why can't we defend set pieces (and what are they doin' in traynun?) Again, the coaching effort is expended where it will give the best results in terms of making our players attractive to buyers, not necessarily in winning football matches. This may also explain Farke's rueful "no regrets" attitude and constant highlighting of our shortcomings; he was carrying out his brief to play in a certain way and develop players technically rather than to win football matches. As Delia and Michael get older and inevitably look to hand the club over to someone without money to invest, they want to make sure the club is self-sufficient, debt free and financially sustainable in the medium to long term. The upgraded training facilities, the technical style of play, the excellent loan program and the commitment to giving opportunities to young players all make us not only attractive to youngsters looking to develop their careers, but also to bigger clubs when we come to sell them on, hopefully at a good profit. This is the project. It was never about being in the premier league.
  3. I don't know if Farke has lost the players but I think he’s definitely lost his way this season. The constant harping on about us being the underdogs and favourites to go down seems to have taken its toll on both Farke and the players. I’d always hoped it was just press talk to lower expectations or take the pressure off of the players but we’ve been playing like a side that doesn't believe they can stay up for quite a while now.
  4. Watched on NBC and they were very scathing at the end. Robbie Earle called it embarassing and said Farke should be held responsible. Made the point that the club and manager have been happy to accept relegation from the outset so what motivation or accountability is there for the players. Also thought it extremely unlikely we could bounce back with this attitude.
  5. Buendia is a strange one. if you look at his stats he is one of the top players in the league; 4th for chances created, 6th for assists and 3rd for completed dribbles. We can all see his talent during games, and yet despite the stats he clearly isn't affecting games as much as similar players like Grealish or Maddison. The reason we identified him in the first place was because he had excellent stats playing in a poor side. Presumably clubs will be saying the same thing about him this season. The challenge for a coach would be to take Buendia's obvious talents and turn him into a player who is capable of winning games on his own. I think Godfrey has all the natural attributes to be a great defender, he just isn't very good at defending much of the time. Undoubtedly he'd benefit from a regular experienced partner or, dare I say it, being played as a defensive midfielder, either way I expect other clubs will see him as a talent they can develop.
  6. In the case of sports stars this is known as the 'Wilt Chamberlain argument'. To paraphrase Nozick, if 25k Norwich fans freely pay their £40 or so every week to see Teemu Pukki play and he receives a small cut of each ticket which adds up to a huge wage, how can that be morally wrong? My view on the furlough is that whilst the optics are not good, we have as much right as any other business that pays its taxes to participate in the scheme according to the rules. Whether we should is another matter.
  7. Scientists provide data, analysis and advice but what the government decides to do is always a political decision. Note I'm not using the phrase 'political decision' as a pejorative, it is right in a democracy that decisions are taken by politicians and not scientists. My concern is that we keep hearing from the government how they are 'following the scientific advice' as if to abdicate themselves of responsibility for the political decisions they are taking.
  8. The government are keen to keep pushing that they are following scientific advice (although not with regards to their own behaviour it would seem) but decisions about testing policy and lockdowns are political ones. The early scientific evidence from South Korea was that extensive testing and contact tracing was most effective in stopping the spread of the virus. The reason we didn't adopt this approach I suggest is not because we disagreed with the science but because we didn't have the testing capacity. If you look at the various stages of social distancing measures taken across Europe we were behind almost every other country. Again it wasn't that our scientists had some special knowledge, instead it was a political decision to delay.
  9. If true that most of the country has already had the virus then that's got to be good news, presumably these 3.5 million antibody testing kits will be used to test this theory. It would certainly explain one statistic that has been puzzling me; that only 10% of our tests are positive. My understanding is that most of those tested are already ill in hospital so I'm surprised more aren't showing as infected.
  10. I think people can use their common sense. The point is to cut out any social contact so as to stop the disease spreading between households. If you live in the country and walk your dog in fields or along empty roads then it doesn't really matter how often or how long for. Obviously people living in cities are much more at risk of coming into contact with each other when out walking/running etc hence the restriction to once a day. I read Gove said earlier that the police weren't likely to be stopping people in cars and asking them where they are going. I expect they will be looking at dispersing any gatherings and keeping an eye on supermarkets or city centres where people may congregate.
  11. This. People are scared they will run out of food. I've been shopping twice this week to two different supermarkets and in both cases there were a lot of empty shelves with very little fresh meat or veg and no pasta or rice at all. We're certainly not going to starve and have enough in the cupboards to get by but I can understand why some people are worried. Of course this doesn't excuse some of the behaviour that's been seen, but this is yet another area where the supermarkets and government were slow to act.
  12. This was the point where I thought, hang on maybe they really don't have a clue what they are doing. Practically every other country in Europe had closed their schools already so surely it had occurred to someone that we might close ours too and maybe therefore we'd need a plan for exams, vulnerable kids and key workers.
  13. Couple of people have mentioned the Imperial College research but haven't seen anyone link the source: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/medicine/sph/ide/gida-fellowships/Imperial-College-COVID19-NPI-modelling-16-03-2020.pdf Note that the graph posted further up the thread is the model based on the former mitigation strategy and not suppression which we have moved towards now. People with an interest really should read the whole thing but it looks like best case we're just buying time to develop a vaccine or increase our critical care capacity.
  14. Presumably Ipswich fans hoping promotion will be decided based on earlier results, ie. those from the 1970s. If the virus continues to disrupt life through to the Summer I can't see them being able to finish the season. It has to be better to void this season and start again when things are back to normal.
  15. Any fan who is so outraged or moved by what they read on another club's forum to actually be bothered to register and then post is either a troll or an idiot. Like anyone here cares what Sheffield United fans think about what we think about their team? My view on Sheffield United is that they are strong, direct, very well organised and are set up to be a lower to mid level premier league team and as such should be very pleased with how they have done this season. Wilder has assembled a team of experienced mostly domestic players and drilled them very well in a tactical system that doesn't rely on excessive flair or the presence of one or two superstars for its success and it's worked very well against 'stronger' teams. There is certainly an element of us underachieving and them overachieving, but it's undeniable that their style of play has been much more successful at this level than ours. It's telling that our style of play that dominated the Championship (more so than theirs) has been significantly weaker in the premier league. Yes they have a bigger budget and have invested more in their squad, but the core of their side is unchanged from last season, as is ours.
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