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    Webber’s new contract official

    Yes tremendous news, if it indeed turns out that we had 5 years of a SW / DF combo then we could look back and think what a golden era it was, considering where it started out at, the club in a pretty dire way. Webber is certainly ambitious and maybe thats why hes signed for 3 more years, you cannnot get more ambitious than being at a self funding club which was on its knees, turn them around, manage to get promoted to the land of milk and money and then to survive there to. That is the next task of course, can we survive and become even established in the Prem?..with our self funding model?..maybe only Norwich City could do that. SW thrives on a challenge, he knows the jobs only half done. Clearly a guy that is not out for a relaxed easy life in a cushy job, his drive to be challenged will be constantly answered here.
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    Now do you understand??

    Ive always been in the positive camp about the direction City are headed ever since Webber and DF arrived at the club, never once doubted, not even in the lowest of times and for sure Lakey has always been this way to. Must admit though, i would not have dared to suggest what he suggested, mainly because i to mostly thought Saturday was just about an impossible task, because of the injuries we had, not any lack of belief that the squad in general, when most are fully fit, could get something from the game. So fair dues Lakey. Huge 3 points, but it still concerns me that right now our squad is wafer thin on fully fit players, so the next few weeks and months are going to be a massive test for our club. Trying to look on the positive side as Lakey does, this time of year we do have precious breaks due to the international scene, have less games than when we were in the Champs, also no League Cup games to care about. Of course to, as shown on Saturday, every last City player left standing has the ability to give of his best, the togetherness, never say die attitude and belief this squad have formed since DF's arrival is second to none, all added to the technical quality that has oozed from practically nowhere to being so self evident in the space of 12 months and its these qualities that could get us through. Winning the Championship after where we stood a year ago was like climbing to the top of Ben Nevis, surviving in the Prem, with this amount of injuries, is akin to climbing to the top of Everest, but thou negativity has its place on forums, maybe we should all cut us a slice of Lakey's positivity, i think our squad and club have earned that from us.
  3. Opinions will differ as to where of course, except one and that its got to be up there amongst the best...both result and performance but more than that...and this part will likely be forgotten over time...on the back of a huge injury list, one look at the subs bench tells all we we truly were down to the bare bones. Make no mistake, this season will still be a massive test but today proved to all that we are deserving of being Premier...it was a Premier performance.
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    There but for the the grace of God...

    No surprise to see the state of the two clubs in L1, we all know such situations have been coming for a couple of decades or so now, such is the enormous financial chasm between those with seemingly endless money pits and those that do not. Yes, its heartbreaking for fans of long held and traditional league members to see their club in such a state of affairs, but for every Bury and Bolton there is a Fleetwood or Forest Green waiting to try their hand. How would i feel if it was us?...we have sailed close to the wind a couple times recently, most noticeably a decade ago of course. In some ways, to keep City on a stable financial position has been even harder than for a club such as Bury, because probably the most difficult thing for a Board and its financial division to get to grips with is a promotion and / or a relegation between the Prem and the Championship, such is the massive increase / decrease in finances associated with such a move in either direction. For any self sustaining modelled club to go thru it once is taxing, but Norwich have done it many times over the last two decades. That is why ive always said our club is unique in that regard, no other club of the 92 come close to what we have been thru, in Delia and Michael we have the best...believe me...the best. Not necessary to express how i would feel if we were in Bury or Boltons position, i already used a word above, heartbreaking. That lot down the road?...well just think, even in their pitiful, ramshackle state theyre in right now, where they would be without their Mr. Evans annual 5 or 6 million input?....exactly.
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    A couple of transfer rumours...

    Its enough for me to read Michael Bailey's comments this afternoon to know we should just all cool down on this ACM saga. Undoubtedly an exciting looking footballer, at least on YouTube, my opinion is im happy enough right now with what guys can drive us forward in the attacking department. We already got today what was far more important, a good looking guy to help us in the DM role, Trybull and Tettey did need another force in there. Come 5pm tomorrow we can look back and think yep, City have done as good as they could with the new guys coming in.
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    Amadou Confirmed

    Seems a very good signing, feels like all areas that needed strengthening are now done and dusted. Well done to SW and all the City staff who work tirelessly in getting the ins and outs sorted, dont think to many City fans can have much to moan about this window, now lets get the transfer window shut and the new season started. Welcome Ibrahim!
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    A couple of transfer rumours...

    If City go on a long bad run this coming season maybe this should be sung by the fans. Should have been one of the great football anthems in general. From the awesome and evergreen Todd Rundgren's Just One Victory. Somehow, someday, we need just one victory and we're on our way, Prayin for it all day and fighting for it all night, give us just one victory, it will be all right.
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    A couple of transfer rumours...

    Totally agree with Lakey's thoughts, it really does not matter to me if we are in the PL or Champs, the most over riding and important thing for this club was to find a way to survive and if possible thrive to, on a set up that is mainly built on a self sustaining model. To do this is an era of English professional football where so many clubs are awash with rich owners who splash cash like its going out of fashion was and is, a massive undertaking and hugely ambitious. To do that and still retain the clubs unique position it holds regarding its image of being what it is, and in such a quick timeframe has been incredible. City now have a set thats built mainly on bringing the young ones thru and playing attracting football and of course those young ones will move on for, hopefully, the finance to keep the club in good health. Of course we all wish and dream of doing well in the top league, holding our own against the big boys and the first game of the new season shows how far weve come in such a short time. Does not scare me if we get tonked, its just glorious to think of our team being able to take to the field against the high and mighty. Bring it on. OTBC.
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    Josip Drmic signs

    We all know about Pukki now, it excites me to see what Drmic can bring to the club. One things for sure, both have scored goals for their European national sides, so to sign both guys in the space of 12 months on free transfers in this age of mega money transfers is almost unheard of. Very astute signing and more proof at how fast the whole SW / DF set up has shot the whole club to move forward in such a small time period. Welcome Josip!
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    A couple of transfer rumours...

    If BD were willing to sell him for a mill then he could be a good punt. We need cover for Aarons, Passlack knows the club and the set up now and i for one dont hold his lack of height against him. Could do a lot worse imo.
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    Dwight Gayle

    The big issue with both Rhodes and Gayle...even more so with Gayle..is the presumed huge cost of the transfer fee..so could it not be a possibility that we could get either guy as a loan?..both are used to being loaned out, we could likely pay wages and for this moment in time the one importance maybe is trying to stay up in the first season back in the Prem.
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    3 more years of Marco

    This is actually well deserved, has become another important guy for the team. Cant always describe what he brings to the set up but its mostly always positive and i would hate to defend against him. Marco is unique, we fans love him and having him around for the next few seasons seems good. We may not have signed anyone new yet but tying down guys like Marco and big Timm is as important as any new blood coming in, more so in some ways as we know what they are capable of.
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    New signing?

    Its just impossible to know the exact transfer fee of any player unless you were involved in it..5 mill?...ive just read two different outlets about the Diagne to City story...one says the guy moved to Gala for 10 mill...another says it was 13.5 mill. That is all as widely different as one poster here who says Leeds reportedly offered 3.5 mill for him yet another report says Chelsea couldnt agree on a 13.5 mill transfer. Only two things will be factual..he wont be City player until the club inform us of that...and he will blow apart the highest fee City have ever spent on a transfer. But hey...this is the 2019-20 Prem season coming up...and City are in the elite now...this is how much guys cost these days.
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    Jordan Roades

    Im amazed by this thread in the last few days, with quite a few posters thinking Wednesday would be happy to let Rhodes go for 1, 2 3 mill....get real guys. They paid 10 mill for him so its realistic to try and sell him in the 6 or 7 mill range. Champs strikers have been fetching 15 mill in last couple years, McCormack and Assombalonga etc. Do i personally think Rhodes is worth 7 mill in todays price market?..yes most definitely. Do i think City should or would pay that much for him and even consider signing him at that price?..No idea. He did nothing wrong last season as a loan player and in fact played his part in a side who were Champions of the division. But that was last season. Im in the "lets leave it to DF/SW" camp. they more than deserve our trust in their dealings in the next few weeks / months in the transfer merry go round.
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    The Champions

    For me its the goal difference stat that is most important rather than just to single out goals scored or conceded. Fact is we turned around a -11 GD the previous season into a +36..thats a whopping +47 difference. To, that away record of losing only 2 in 23 is a remarkable stat and was no doubt of great importance to cement the huge united love in for our club during the season. The amazing away support our club always gets is truly awesome and those travelling fans have been thru many years of angst away from the Carra, so to lose only 2 games on the road made it one of those very special years indeed. Above all, to nutshell the season, we went with Prudence with Ambition and it brought us Success with Entertainment. Who the heck could'ave asked for more.
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    The cost of poor signings

    In recent years one can say Naismith, Wildschutt, Jarvis and Husband have been 4 signings that have not worked out well but for each one of those there's been 4 or 5 that worked well. Overall thru the seasons City have a pretty good track record of both buying and selling, of course theyve had to be, given the nature of the clubs financial reliance in transfers.
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    Awesome news. Another 3 seasons of Timm at the club is as good as it gets. Hes a real character, puts his heart and soul into the club and for me personally, will be one of those all time CB City legends like Big Dunc and Malky. Its great to have Tim K in goal and Timm K in the heart of the defence, good experience for the younger guys around them.
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    A couple of transfer rumours...

    FI are reporting an "exclusive" on City preparing to table a significant bid for Kalvin Philips. But as the same article mentions Bournemouth are weighing up a 15 mill bid for the guy then this seems a pie in the sky exclusive. To many linked to City players have to high a price tag, notwithstanding most these links are just gossip with zero fact, also City just dont have such finance to get these guys. The Lorient guy is supposedly 8 or 9 mill, Philips likely 12-15 mill, even Rhodes could be 4 or 5 mill...figures just dont add up. Still think the likeliest thing is anyone we do get will come from left field...unlinked until at least the final day or two of any transaction.
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    Pulis gone?

    So Boro finished 7th...hmm, seems a good fit for a certain Mr. Hughton maybe...with TP going the other way to B n H.
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    Nelson Oliveira

    Last i saw the deal was far from done, thou Reading want him, apparently being 54 million in debt means they got to sell others before Nelson can be signed.
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    A couple of transfer rumours...

    Agreed, im not caring much about rumoured interests right now, but the most important thing about any new signings, apart from how good they might be, is of course the attitude of the individual. No matter who they are, where they come from, what age they are, they have to fit into the DF / SW ethos, hard working, team player with no auto right to be in first eleven and above all respectful and honoured to be a Norwich City player, irrespective of what division we are playing in. No place for individualistic prima donnas at our club.
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    Chris Hughton

    Very very similar actually to City when we were relegated last time. I can recall the win against Southampton in January when we had, if i recall, 23 points and i said there and then we would only get another 10 or 11 points until end of that season and so it transpired. If Brighton are indeed a forward looking club with plentiful funds to at their disposal, then i can see why Hughton has gone.
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    Liverpool or Man City

    Indeed, i posted to a couple of weeks back mentioning what a crazy but wonderful and special thing was happening in the top two divsions, City (at the time) on the cusp of being Champions and being so unfancied to do so at season start and to, after a massive upheaval at the club. Then the Prem, mentioning Liverpool would likely finish with 97 points and just 1 defeat, yet not being Champions. Im not worried by Pool or Man, City though, they are miles ahead of every other club in the Prem, even 3rd placed Chelsea finished a whopping 25 points behind Liverpool. Not that it means much these days, but back in the 60s and 70s when a win was 2 pts, Liverpool would have won it on 67 pts with Man. City 2nd on 66. Shows the importance in the modern era of winning games even more than in the old days.
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    Tricky summer ahead

    No doubt between now and August we will be linked to dozens of guys, 95% of whom will be totally wide of the mark. Looking at how Heise was bought in Jan. when he was up to be bought this summer im sure SW already has a good idea who he thinks could be good and / or available for the club in the coming weeks, most of whom wont be ever mentioned by the media. After the huge change in player personnel of the last couple of summers this summer will maybe only see 3 or 4 new faces coming in. The outgoings would seem pretty obvious to most i suppose, Pinto was the first and Oiveira, Yanic, Husband along with likely Marshall and Raggett will need to be sorted . Would love us to sign Jordan, Srbeny is a conundrum, just cant decide on him. In midfield i guess Harrison Reed's name will be a constant pop up name, hes been given 2 full seasons in the Champs and has shown to be a good player. Surely its time he, and his parent club, decided a proper and definite plan on his immediate future. All in all, for the most part, we have a squad that does not need dismantling like last time, and who have given us one of the best seasons in the clubs history. If anything is "tricky" it will be mild compared to the massive overhauls SW has had to deal with the last 2 summers...and which have turned to be hugely successful and brought the club and fans together in a way that seemed unimaginable even 9 months ago.
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    Bottom of the Premier League.....

    Bethnal, i kinda get what your saying, but disagree with you somewhat in that you said Norwich were relatively lucky in the circumstance of the seasons make up of teams in the Champs. Yes true, Wolves had a huge cash injection and the way they spent it obviously has had a current success story to it, but theres plenty of other instances where that kind of thing has not succeeded. WBA and Stoke, at least on paper, had much better higher rated squads than City. A fair few clubs, Derby and Forest to name just two, spent far more than City did, so many clubs should have had a much better chance than City to nail down the top spots. In fact what City have done is way more impressive than what Wolves achieved as Wolves never had any competition of note thru their promoted season, Cardiff only coming thru with a late surge. We hit the top in early November, maintained a high position the rest of the season and finished at 46 games 5 points clear of 2nd and 11 clear of 3rd...and, after spending diddly squat on transfer fees and wages in comparison to Wolves, and we also had Leeds and Sheffield breathing down our neck all the way thru. As to future Prem money...i have nothing to say, let City use it as they wish. W e have heard enough from Delia and Michael and SW about that so im sure most of us know the score.