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  1. 1. Money doesn't buy success. It buys resilience against bad luck. Fans risk their faith in Norwich City. Sometimes that faith is rewarded by a chance for the investors and owners to risk their capital productively. Treating the promotion to PL as "premature" phase of a project of financial stability as opposed to an unexpected windfall worth risking reasonable amount of money on wasn't an act of fiscal restraint, but of profligacy in protecting the capital value of a PL run. The lesson is to spend enough when it counts. 2. Norwich City still had reasonable chance before the break and certainly was going out with its pride intact. The return from the break revealed a team looking like it was left rot for months, unprepared physically and mentally to face relaunch. It is a difficult starting point for the next season. 3. Losers think confidence is a consequence of success. Winners understand success is the consequence of deliberate pursuit of confidence. I believe confidence is a state of cognitive and psychological being that enables focusing on the task on hand regardless of circumstances. This supports the ability to focus on fighting every fight instead of trying to avoid failure. Being so successful 2018/19 hid the cause and effect reationship between success and confidence. The team had become an engine running on its own success and required leadership to transform once it became evident. Alas... 5. Teemu Pukki dependent strategy short circuited itself against Newcastle and Mancester City. He became a marked man - perhaps *the* marked man in PL for a month or two. No coach in PL was going to let Pukki NewC or ManC them. Farke had no effective alternative. Once Pukki Party was over, we needed defensive grit to grind out goalless draws against mid table teams and score once or twice against teams more vulnerable to our offensive play. This became untenable with a loss of even one CB. 6. Norwich City is financially sound and solid Championship quality. But it could be and could have been more. That is the lesson of 2019/20 for me. I do not feel they achieved their potential. I worry that the underlying vulnerabilities in team dynamics and psyche of individual players remain and may reappear in the form of fatalism on field, which will harm the relationship between the team and fans.
  2. Anybody else interested at all what happened during the break? No? I get the sense they basically played Playstation getting fat believing the season was over, got caught in the headlights being way behind in conditioning when they decided to restart the season, tripped over while hurrying to catch up, got a couple injuries and the absolute abysmal state of psychological conditioning that has plagued the team throughout the season provided nothing to bounce back from. Is anybody talking about perhaps spending like 1/10 of a player's worth to hire a team of sports psychologists and analysts to figure out why the hell the team is less than the sum of its parts? This isn't exactly novel these days. We have physiotherapists. We should have shrinks as well. Is there a "head coach" in the club?
  3. I recall people making estimates his worth being up to £40-50M last fall.
  4. Can't fault them for placing their bet on Champs winning squad. Can fault them for not taking into account the way champs was won, in particular the vulnerability of the defense. The main critical error was to have too few CBs and doubling down on the approach early this year. You'd think 4 CBs was enough, but not when there were history of injuries, and some questions whether the quality of all the team's CBs was up to standards of PL. I'm convinced it is the central back that is the most important position in the team. Not only because they form the backbone from which every offensive derives its strength, but because the requirements are so specific compared to other positions beyond GK. You need size, speed, good game IQ and exceptional judgment. Those rarely come in one package. Add in physical resilience vs injuries and you can be sure you'll be spending a lot of time to find a substitute mid season with the kind of budget we have. Come next season in the Champs, we lack CBs. Injury problems tend to become worse over time, not better. We may need 6 CBs. Big ones. The kind the opposition fears outside penalty area and respects inside. That way the technical fullbacks can focus on their job which is to take the ball up.
  5. Connor was right to write that article. He is a journalist and I don't want a journalist who doesn't attempt to tackle issues ambitiously! Sometimes that means overreaching. It's not even about whether the analysis is 100% right. It hit a nerve, which means that there was enough truth in it to provoke someone who matters. It is now important to get things in perspective when listening to feedback. Conformity is problematic in journalism. I don't want a team fanboy there. I want a perspective, a voice and honesty. Being antagonistic is a whole another thing than taking a good swing at an issue one deems cause for concern and knocking a few things over during the process accidentally. You did your job if your heart was in the right place. Possibly a somewhat poor job if you missed by a mile and knocked a lot of things over. I don't think that is the case here. I think one needs to take into account the different journalistic practices, social expectations and cultural backgrounds of various actors too... Being young, talented and ambitious means you take risks and tend to step on toes sometimes. It is a feature, not a bug. It happens if you intend to make a difference! Within reason, being called out for being disrespectful once or twice is almost a feather in cap, but with a caveat: If you've made a mistake, you own up to it. But be sure you're apologizing for your actual mistake and not the effort itself or for someone else's idea what the mistake was. Usually things aren't black and white. It helps if you separate personal opinion from something you can back up with facts and show the logical process leading to conclusion openly. The subtleties and nuances of communication, understanding of cultural context, sense of proportion and knowledge of any field covered by the journalist come with experience and willingness to learn. But balls you can't learn from a book or sage advice. It is generally good idea to be respectful, but you've wasted your time on this Earth if nobody ever tells you to get the f**k off their lawn. That is my opinion.
  6. Frankly, if I hadn't seen a team today that makes a serious effort and if I hadn't seen Farke exploring options here open mindedly without being reckless, I would probably not feel too bad about letting him go. But a team that stands up so soon after being humiliated thoroughly is a team that is being led. It's not his tactics or strategies I've been worried about. It's the apathetic leadership and signs of what looks like passive-aggressive self defeatistic atmosphere permeating the team. In some way him defending against challenges furiously, and showing emotion is a good thing. Sometimes you just need to rise up to defend against criticism, even if its justified. There are situations where "F*** ***" beats "I'm sorry". Being apologetic and humble can become a bridge to self-defeatism and humility a crutch to lower expectations. Those bridges sometimes have to be burned down. It leaves no other option but try your damn hardest knowing you can still fail and be driven out of town. What you win is the best chance you and your team have to succeed.
  7. Clear improvement. The players didn't give up. I see a bit of a fight in them. Fitness not quite there and still rust in our top players feet. Ok, a lot of rust. Farke trying different things is good, but also speak of some desperation. This match atleast proved that there is no better substitute for the usual starting line-up, but I like he's trying to seize initiative. Now get over dreams of premier league. It wasn't over before the break. It is now.
  8. Good pass from Pukki, but maybe just a tad aspirational taking general level of match fitness into account.
  9. Now would probably be a good time to change.
  10. Ouch. That was a good header. And just when I was about to say we were looking tired and needed number of changes within minutes.
  11. Safe gets us to where risk has better chance to pay off with limited downside. We have no option to go for that high risk gamble. What's to lose?
  12. Ok 1st half. The team looks more upbeat. Midfield more solid with Tettey. Damn I love that guy. He almost got his foot on the ball (passed from Duda?) and it would've been an insane goal. Now Cantwell for Rupp, Pukki for Drmic and Emi for Onel.
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