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  1. I have been of a similar opinion re. McCallum and Giannoulis - I would keep McCallum as the cheaper and younger option and let Dimi go as he is more expensive and not quite a PL player. However, I wonder why it is taken as given that Dimi would be too expensive? If he left NCFC I can't see him going to a team much higher in the pyramid - so why would he command a wage higher than what we can afford?
  2. I agree. It is not a big surprise losing away to Leicester but it's alarming how uncompetitive we are given that this is what would await us in the Play Offs.
  3. It's like watching an FA cup tie with a league or two between the sides. But surely we can offer a bit more threat?
  4. I have wondered this recently, apart from OTBC do we have any chants/songs unique to our fanbase? (Genuine interest and not a dig at our creativity!) I think there have been some great chants this season (Salt n Pepa, Voulez Vous, that Sainz one...) but I've also heard them sung by the away fans and at other games (maybe not Salt n Pepa?).
  5. You've got to feel for the team/the fans/Wagner here. We were completely dominant and through nobody's fault except the ref/Borja it has gone out of the window.
  6. I wonder how much the club would consider selling him for? Interested to see where his career peaks. I can think of a few strikers over the years who were very impressive at Championship level but fairly anonymous in the PL, but he does seem to have the attributes so I imagine some are considering bids this Summer.
  7. It's been a long time since we had a 12th man crowd at Carrow Road. You can debate the reasons for that (e.g. getting battered in the PL, poor PR from the club etc.) but I think some of us underestimated the difference it would make. We have also been somewhat spoilt since the Lambert era. There were some dismal days in the late 90s and 00s where there was little to get excited about and a lot of random players coming through the team. There was perhaps a frustration amongst some that we never 'upgraded' from Kenny in either PL seasons but I certainly think if we don't go up this year we could look back in a couple of seasons and wish we had a Kenny in there again.
  8. I really liked Bradley Johnson. As I recall he put in a decent shift as a CDM at PL level under Lambert and Hughton, then had another lease of life on the left of midfield under Alex Neil where he scored a few belters. As @Mr Angry says, not sure why we sold him really and by all accounts sounded like he didn't want to leave.
  9. That's a good point. The recent few months do seem to have bucked this trend. Although I do wonder whether over recent seasons the crowd atmosphere will have played some role in influencing which direction games have gone.
  10. Very much agree on that, I never relished playing the 'top teams' either as they generally thrash us and sometimes the players don't even celebrate their goals. I don't think being in the PL has to be so miserable though. I think if Luton do go down this season their fans will still have enjoyed it. We just want to see a team that is at least competitive. It's the last two relegations that have particularly ruined fans appetite. In 2004/2005 we were still in it until we collapsed on the final day, and in 2015/2016 we had our moments and got to 34 points which is far better than the last two efforts. Although ultimately relegation was horrible the seasons were enjoyable at times. The relegation under Hughton (and ultimately Adams) was pretty grim, but again we got to 33 points. The first relegation under Farke was rather men against boys, although I do think we could have at least got a higher points tally with some different factors. The last time under Farke/Smith was the most soul destroying, and was accompanied by a strange shift in how the club engaged with fans and media.
  11. I think Conner has summed it up well in his match review. The whole situation points to a wider problem that's developed over the last couple of years. I agree that the recent PL experiences, terrible club PR, the Dean Smith era, and probably some other less tangible factors*, have created a sour atmosphere at times and a completely flat atmosphere at others. Although Wagner gets the brunt of it, I think very little is actually to do with him. And equally I agree with Wagner - no doubt it doesn't help the players at all. Same with the flat atmosphere we have seen. I've felt for a few years that a bigger atmosphere could have got the team over the line in games or turned games whereas instead the team has typically folded (last night aside). Footballers are people and will respond to positive support and negative support, it's no surprise that they lose their way when the atmosphere sours. I personally found his comments quite refreshing, even though it will undoubtedly go down like a lead balloon and ultimately make the problem worse. But he doesn't really have much to lose does he? He probably won't be here far into next season, and fans might not back him even if he makes (and even wins?) the playoffs.
  12. If he was out for the rest of the season for whatever reason, would that not increase the chances of him staying? He's only had half a season of consistent football, it may not be enough for a club to fork out what NCFC would want for him. Whereas if he finishes the season as strong as he finishes it I'm pretty sure we can get a decent enough fee to justify the sale.
  13. I agree the ship has probably sailed, although I think if Russ went up and got the boot after a poor start in the PL, he would be looking at top half Championship team for his next job. If we dispensed with Wagner after another dreadful run then I'd imagine Martin would be on the shortlist. Unlikely though admittedly.
  14. I really liked Max Aarons - seeing a youngster break into the team so early on and stay there for 5 seasons was great to see, even if he stagnated a bit towards the end. They are still fairly young but I'm surprised none of the youngsters from that era pushed on to higher levels (post-Maddison). Still interested to see where Buendia's career peaks.
  15. It would be interesting to know what bid would be high enough to tempt them into a sale. I expect Rowe will be worth the same in the summer if not more, so selling Rowe now would basically look like accepting the season has nothing to play for. But then we are apparently reliant on player sales so they might not want to risk him getting injured or losing form. He has been brilliant but half a season is not a huge body of evidence and some players do have hot streaks, a bit like Cantwell. I think a Cantwell scenario is unlikely though as Cantwell never had the power and pace of Rowe which are valued so highly. Ultimately, I think there will be a difference between what a club is willing to pay for him based on half a season and what it would take to tempt NCFC into an early sale.
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