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  1. Google Bot

    Pinkin podcast

    Think the podcast is great, always well reasoned thoughts and they''re happy to question one another.

    I particularly like Paddy''s input as he''s not as ingrained with the club on a personal level as most of our local media is.

    Also - Listen to the content, not the room acoustics ffs! The easier it is for them to sit in a room and chat the better.
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    Bring back Lambert!

    Young to me is in terms of their experience and stage of career, it can''t always be aligned with age alone.

    Two examples at either end of the spectrum are Ian Wright and Wayne Rooney. Ian Wright was 22/23 (i think) when he became a professional and he had unbelievable hunger and desire to prove himself, and took it with him throughout his career.

    Wayne Rooney on the other hand, while young in age, had so much baggage by the age that Ian Wright was then starting at, he was no longer really considered a ''young'' player - it had the opposite effect on him in fact. He has shown many periods of burn out in his career already.
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    Bring back Lambert!

    Redknapp returned to Portsmouth and won them the FA Cup.

    Pulis returned to Stoke and got them to FA Cup final, and a spot in Europe.

    Eddie Howe at Bournemouth currently.

    And without Nigel Pearson returning to Leicester they would never have gone on to win the prem.

    In fact, while Mike Walker didn''t have success with us on his return he brought in Iwan Roberts and Craig Fleming - both players become a huge part of our club and success leading up to the return to the prem under Worthy.

    As it stands Lambert could never achieve what he had previously here, so he would always be a disappointment. I think that''s the issue with most ''legendary'' like managers who return to the helm at the top flight. (Dalgish/Keegan etc.).

    I bet there''s tons of managers who return at lower level to have more success as their experience grows.
  4. Nope, like most internet users i''m just talking utter bollocks from my perspective... Nothing more, nothing less. It''s a simple game we play.
  5. Highland, he''s had enough opportunities in critical matches to show his worth.

    He came on early in the second half vs Sunderland and Villa - both huge matches for us, and achieved nothing - a lad with his ability and pace should come on and rip through teams, but he didn''t.

    Villa he was non-existent till the last minutes, and Sunderland we managed to go a further 2 down with him on the field.

    Let''s face it, he''s got serious issues to committing his talent for us, and if that''s his mentality he''ll ultimately be no better elsewhere long term.

    He may potentially be a potent threat - but in what terms? a goal scorer? Cause he''s certainly not provider, and he certainly doesn''t stretch defences like he could. If he expects us/another club to build a team around him like we did Huckerby, then he needs to show that he can consistently perform before anyone in the prem would take a gamble with that gameplay.
  6. You''re not forcing him to stay though, he signed a contract and you''re both abiding to that.

    If we decide not to sell, he stays, simple as that.

    If he wants to ruin his career by playing crap for us and subsequently rotting on the bench it shows exactly why he hasn''t and will never reach his potential.

    He''s as big a part of us being relegated as anyone else is at the club, and there''s no shame in improving his trade with another championship season to show what he''s about imo, he''s still playing U21 football let''s not forget.
  7. 15 mil!! lol - he couldn''t even hold a starting place with a now relegated team (us), was nowhere to be seen in the top 3 player of the season awards. Anyone putting serious money down (12m+) are taking a big gamble, because to get the best you have to find a way to accommodate/build around him - For me he''s not that good to justify such a risk.

    Shoddy WAS doing the biz, and he went for half that to Hull.

    Lots of potential, but no-one knows if he can achieve that elsewhere or not - he will be sold for a fair price (around 8-9m) based on whether the club think he''s worth keeping or not - that''s the long and short of it.

    I would say he''s of far more value to a championship side seriously seeking promotion next season.
  8. You need multiple clubs after him willing to pay more than the other to get to 12m. If it''s only Stoke coming in with serious offers AND he wants to go AND we are happy to sell, it will be way under 10m that he goes for.

    So, if all 3 factors are true i would expect a swap of some sort to hide the low transfer value.
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    Redmond v Watford

    A years contract is barely out of the clubs hand, if they deem him capable we can make use of him next season.

    Financially, Whatever transfer fee we''re offered is a fraction of promotion money that we would make IF the club believed he could help us get back up.

    Again financially, No Premier League club is going to spend over the odds on someone who''s failed to put consistent performances in, one of the richer championship clubs would be far more likely, and we''d never sell him into the same league.

    I don''t think it''s as set in stone as everyone''s expecting. Particularly if the board and management hold the belief that he owes us a better season before leaving.
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    ALEX NEIL - Quotes Today

    Yeah, plus media prepared quotes are thrown out in instances like this, AN has to appease the board and the fans alike, so you can take everything at face value, certainly don''t go looking for the truths in media statements because a stray comma can change the dynamics of what someone has ''said''.

    I like to think that he''s putting a question mark on things in order to get the board to commit to decent resources so we can build a squad prepared for the premiership, because we simply wasn''t prepared once again this season. There''s no reason you can''t prepare that squad despite relegation either, we need a genuine threat up front, and have done since losing Holt.

    The players are out there, they cost money, so we''re either serious about this as a club, or we''re not. The politics of player wage structures go out of the window when you''re in lala land of the premier league, one expensive player could be the difference of the whole squad earning more or less depending on relegation/promotion, not to mention each of their careers.
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    ALEX NEIL - Quotes Today

    [quote user="FenwayFrank"]"Whatever happened over the weekend had nothing to do with me "

    I may be over analysing this but why would anyone think it had anything to do with AN ?[/quote]

    I think he means that those decisions made are above his position in the club, i.e. that he''s outside of those discussions and not well equipped to talk in detail on them.

    i.e. he''s not suggesting that it''s NOT related to something he had involvement in.

    Wow, double negatives :)
  12. Just think he''s broken, beyond repair - at least as a goal threat. And if he''s not scoring goals, what use is he? He''s not a battler, he''s not a big man, he can only potentially blossom as a cog within a well oiled machine, somewhere like Arsenal. And that isn''t going to happen.

    To play him correctly we''d have to throw such trust into his ability to come good and build a team around him, based on providers and a partner that he can work with up front - just too much of a risk when we could go out and buy a better (british?) forward who''s prepared to pull their sleeves up and fit into whatever system we play.

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    Drop Ruddy Yes or No

    Personally would''ve dropped him many seasons back. Always felt we should have gone for for Forster after he was here on loan.

    Ruddy''s a really nice guy and i don''t like to slam him, but he''s lacking in so many areas for a keeper. Critically his distribution is poor, and he doesn''t command the box well for a big man - now with those misgivings you would expect him to be a great one-one-one/shot stopper type - but he''s not even that.

    He has had a few cracking games this season which i give him credit for, but i fear they were just flashes in the pan. It wouldn''t do him any harm to be out of the team for a bit and re-assess, see how Rudd does - and maybe it will make him come back, given the chance, a much better keeper.

    I read on someones post that he''s more of a ''worrier'' type, and i think that is spot on assessment of his general demeanour. People who worry sometimes need something to ''worry'' about to get the best of of them and validate their fight.

    There''s no better time to do it than after conceding 6 goals too, not seen Rudd enough to say if he''ll be better, i don''t think he is better than Ruddy - but who knows unless we give him a try?!
  14. The problem is he needs to keep his international career alive - what use is he to us, and what good does it do him if he''s not even making the bench?

    Surely it''s wrong to advocate a sense where paying a player to do ''nothing'' is a sensible option, and yes players should be asking questions at the manager - that''s what a manager wants from his bench/reserves.

    AN is paid to manage/control that, it''s not just about match day you do realise?! Keeping players fit, interested and ready to step in to the first team at a moments notice is a huge part of the management game.
  15. There''s no comedians out there with intelligence then?! I think it''s good to see Laff enjoying his moment as a footballer, any dick can act like Michael Owen and fleece the game for every penny whilst doing their best Alan Shearer impression.

    Life''s for living, respect to the man and shows a burning creativity to bring smiles to people.
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    Grant Holt

    ...more importantly he is guaranteed a free drink if he fancies a cheap night out round here, heck i''d even buy his kids and wife one if i saw them out!! :)
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    interesting stat

    We should send him a custard tart.
  18. Anyone know why that page has so many views to make it 5th?

    ..or is this an error?!
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    Android Boxes

    The android boxes, or rather Kodi/xbmc software which runs on it, just brings it all into one place with some exclusive add-ins on top of that, and wraps it in a useable skin of your choice.

    Just try Kodi on your pc, and try some add-ins and you''ll see what it''s all about.
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    Android Boxes

    hah, i remember those days well, i had to get an imported ''connection'' disk from the US which allowed you to specify your own isp dial-up details, otherwise you had to dial directly into Sega UK and pay per minute!

    It really gave me the bug and i was desperate for xbox live to launch once hearing about it, the day it did launch i tried running it with a 56k modem, it was going ok, but by then most people had basic 500k broadband who were on the service, i think they advertised that 128/256k was a min so no surprise i was struggling.

    So - I was sat there with my 56k modem, had a pc acting as a router bridged to the xbox, ended up annoyed as my voice would always be breaking up, gameplay was ok, but it was hard to chat to people.

    Eventually spent a load of money and had BT come and fit me an ISDN line and that seemed massive at 64k/128k dual, but boy did it cost as i was paying per minute for two lines!

    As ISDN was a digital connection i went from being the slowest to the quickest (in terms of latency) - good days, but expensive! :)

    In fact, i ended up noting which games would run on single 64k and which needed 128k and i would have to reset my connection between games, just to save some money! :)
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    Android Boxes

    The issue of buffering is not necessarily related to your internet connect speed.

    The ''free'' streams are usually put up with limited resources to start with, so a 720/1080p style stream seriously limits the amount of people who are able to pull from a shared source.

    Also, some types of streaming rely on your internet connection to upload the file to somebody else further down the line as you watch.

    Therefore if you have a 8m/s down, 0.5m/s connection and you''re streaming a 0.8m/s video then you''re ''taking'' more than you ''give''... When that happens, further down the line buffering will be commonplace. The same also occurs as users connect/disconnect.

    That''s why the ''premium'' subscription services work best as they have more resources to serve their users, and don''t rely on users ''passing'' the feed on. (Which must affect the legality also?), also you tend to find they run SD and HD versions of each stream to help users on slower connections, or during busy periods.

    Of course there''s other issues in that your isp will also choose to throttle/control certain types of data during peak times - For example, i know people who were unable to watch anything between 7-10pm at night, and at 10.01pm all becomes good again.

    Also don''t forget that 720p/1080p is just frame size - it bares little relationship to the actual bandwidth requirements to stream. It''s how the source has been encoded and at what bitrate the audio and video channels are that''s most important.

    There''s some incredibly clever methods out there that deliver near-HD quality at a fraction of bandwidth true HD would require, which is basically how most of this streaming lark works.

    I would say that most streams are around 1.5-2.5 mbit/s with some of the higher quality ones hitting 5-6 - but these are rare as it takes so many resources to put them out for ''free''.

    I''m actually a sky customer but take an android box with me in my caravan when we go away, Sky used to let you stream for free to multiple devices, but then decided to charge for the service and class it as a multi-room option. That really annoyed me hence why i got mine.

    If needed to, i can watch most streams over a 3G connection with the android box paired to my phone.
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    Android Boxes

    Get an account with sports???ia.eu - they are superb, cheapest around and you get iPad/mac/win/xbmc/kodi support.

    They also have a VOD section so you can rewatch most of saturdays games that night when you''re home! :)

    The VOD section also covers boxing, ufc, wwe etc.

    Can''t praise them high enough.

    ??? = opposite of ''woman''
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    What's you second sport?

    Boxing for me - There''s something boxing does for me that no other mainstream sport can, and i can''t fully describe it.

    I think elements such as:

    Watching a fighter survive the end of a round from nearly being knocked out, to coming out and surviving yet more rounds only to plant a wicked shot and floor his opponent later in the fight really shows amazing mental and physical strength.

    Watching a fight swing and change momentum from one boxer to another is fascinating, and of course the thought that someone could be knocked clean out at any second adds to that.

    Also many boxers deserve huge respect for just turning their lives around, a proportion of them, even olympians, have come from some extreme backgrounds and ended up as world beaters who go on to lead incredibly successful lives.

    I also love their personalities, or rather that you get to see their personalities as they are assessable unlike footballers who are pretty much damned if they open their mouths and discuss their real opinions in front of a camera. I will sit and watch the ifl tv youtube channel before checking Norwich news in fact.

    For me this really helps form a bond with particular boxers, Darren Barker lifting the world title for example was hugely emotional.

    We also get pretty decent fights in the region, and have over the years produced/hosted several high level fighters.

    UFC for me doesn''t cut it so far, i think the restrictions in boxing make it a far more considered sport, and of course it comes with a huge legacy - once UFC has that and it matures i may get the same kick from it, who knows.
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    Radio Norfolk and dumbing down football debate

    I guess it''s a bit like car fans and Top Gear, if it''s entertaining, does it matter if it''s poorly informed and dumbed down for a wider appeal?

    I do personally agree with what you say however.

    The problem is, i feel, someone like Rob Butler gets exposed to a lot of twitter debate and effectively is consumed with 24/7 access to supporters.

    So what he feels has been discussed over and over by ''know it alls'' on those outlets is less likely to make it on the show. At least he brings something that he''s passionate to the show, and it''s not just ''made up'' discussion like you get on talk sport.

    But yes, It''s a shame for those that don''t use twitter and would like to hear more indepth analysis i feel. But so many talk complete balls i don''t know how you would filter it out.

    Football hipsters are to blame! :)
  25. I was thinking in regards to these opening games, and how important they could be come the end of the season if we''re found needing points.

    So i considered....

    What happens if we were to finish relegated, one point from safety, and look back at the opening game of the season and that terrible appointment, and subsequent performance of the match day ref Simon Hooper, who arguably... well, universally accepted i think?, cost us at least a point.

    Do the club have the means of getting a lawyer to look into this? Probably not, i accept that at this stage.

    However..

    Do they have a chance of putting pressure on the authorities to ensure we''re ''looked after'' better in future? I think quite possibly, we see Manager''s doing it publicly putting pressure on officials, so you can''t tell me that bigger clubs who get the ''luck'' in games don''t have pressure on their bosses also?

    If they haven''t already, the club may have missed a trick if they''ve not notified the authorities involved, that if come end of the season we are adrift by a point there will be a case of their legal team looking into this incident on the opening day.

    That, in writing, i feel would be a justified action to take - not with the end goal to actually take legal proceedings, but to provide us a fairer rub of the green and make those responsible understand that we''re not taking any crap this season.
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