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Robert N. LiM

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  1. Robert N. LiM

    Safe Standing

    Some issues are complicated. They have shades of grey rather than being black and white.

    This one isn''t. It''s totally straightforward.

    Safe standing is exactly that - safe. It happens in huge grounds in Germany with no problems at all. Of course football supporters should be allowed the choice of whether to sit or stand. Note that no one is forcing anyone to stand (unlike the current situation where those standing in seated areas force those behind them to stand up too).

    But it is impossible to imagine it happening in England in the foreseeable future, not because it''s dangerous or because of Hillsborough, but because the clubs are very happy with the affluent, middle-class fans that all-seater stadiums attract, and with the ridiculous prices they charge for those cramped bits of plastic.

    It''s a disgrace, pure and simple.
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    Talksport this afternoon

    If you listen to Talksport, you really do only have yourself to blame.
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    Are you going to clap Lambert?

    Great post, GP''s Beard.

    A few of those frothing at the mouth on here at the moment would do well to read it.
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    "The Best"..... and "The Rest"!

    Excellent post. What we really need is some kind of relegation mini-league so we can see how we are really doing against our likely relegation rivals. Hopefully some poster will be resourceful enough to set one up.
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    Are you going to clap Lambert?

    Fair enough.
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    Are you going to clap Lambert?

    Oh, and to be fair I live several thousand miles from Carrow Road. Easier to be calmer at that distance. And impossible to watch Sky Sports News, which certainly makes for a better life.
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    Are you going to clap Lambert?

    Take your point, Morty, but no, not really.

    Lambert''s history didn''t suggest he''d leave us in a dignified manner. He''s not a dignified man. He''s a ruthless bastard and that''s exactly why he was so great for us for three years.

    I imagine we''ll get the explanation at some point. I suspect it will be as simple as ''I wanted to manage a big club''. But you can''t say that while you''re in post, or indeed after it if you don''t want to get sued.

    Carrying on as if the last three years hadn''t happened? Well, that''s the supporters'' view. For Lambert it was a job, just as Colchester was a job and just as Villa is a job, to be done until Ferguson retires.

    I was gutted when he left, of course I was. If I''m honest, I thought then and think now that we''ll get relegated as a result. But I can''t find a reason to resent Lambert for it. I understand why others do, but I really don''t think he owed us anything.
  8. And on a similar theme of significant games not involving City:

    Juventus 1-0 Liverpool. May 1985
  9. The Arsenal-Wednesday game is a great shout too. How appropriate that the winner was scored by Andy Linighan. Past Chris Woods (can that be right?)
  10. The 1-7 is a good shout.

    Trouble with most league games is that they''re only really significant in the context of all the others, but there''s little doubt in my mind that the Colchester result brought things to a head much more quickly than might otherwise have been the case. If Gunn had lasted 10 games it might have been too late for Lambert to take us up.

    On a much more minor note, I nominate the draw with Northampton in the League Cup in 2003. Worthington seemed to pick a team designed to show the board just how short of firepower we were.

    Three days later, enter Hucks. A year later, the promised land for the first time in nearly ten years.
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    Lambert tribunal

    I don''t quite agree with your assessment of Lambert, though, Jim. We just don''t know what happened around his leaving. My suspicion is that it was simply that he wanted to manage a bigger club, which Villa undoubtedly are. We can''t really complain at that, otherwise we would never have had him here in the first place.
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    Are you going to clap Lambert?

    Man, some of you people are easily manipulated. NCFC is suing Lambert for breach of contract. He''s launched a counter-suit. Exactly what you''d expect in this situation.

    Bowkett and McNally - wisely - are using it to take the heat off Hughton.

    For me it has not changed my view of Lambert one iota. Great manager, transformed our club. Very disappointed he left, but that''s his prerogative. Wish him well at Villa (relegation rivalry aside). Would definitely clap him.
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    Are you going to clap Lambert?

    Exactly what Bowkett and McNally intended by revealing it last night, Wiz.

    [You''re right to get off Hughton''s back, by the way. But you''re doing it for the wrong reasons]
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    Goal Music! An embarrassment!

    Can''t hear it in Lowestoft, Wiz?
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    Lambert tribunal

    Bang on Jim.

    There are only two things to say about this:

    1) Looks like a fairly standard counter-suit in response to our pursuit of compensation from Villa.

    2) Really interesting that NCFC - normally so secretive - have chosen to make this public. Surely an attempt to shore up support for Hughton by publicly criticising PL. Canny McNally...
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    Goal Music! An embarrassment!

    Not really much of a problem at the moment...
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    "Three years of relentless success"

    I haven''t posted for months, but felt motivated to log on after reading a great thread, and just wanted to second Chops''s long post.

    It''s so hard not to compare Hughton to Lambert. Lambert did a quite sensational job here (he''s got ALL the tricks, GP) and had the sense to leave while at his peak - we have virtually no bad memories of his time here and certainly none worth bothering with (apart from the team he picked last year vs Leicester). So it''s immensely tempting after a disappointing result to speculate about what Lambert would have done.

    Nevertheless, we must try not to. Hughton is absolutely right to do it his way. His more cautious approach may fail (I have to say I fear it will), but it may not, while trying to be something he''s not will, without doubt, get him and us nowhere.

    He''s palpably a decent man. His signings have improved our squad. By all accounts we''ve played all right since Fulham. We need to get behind him.
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    can hughton take us to europe?

    I think this is probably the club''s biggest season since we were relegated from the Prem in 1995.

    Survive in the Prem for a third year and we can begin to think of ourselves as a Premier League team. The debt will be almost paid off and the club will be in its best position for almost 20 years.

    Get relegated and the heady Lambert era will be a distant memory.

    So on that basis I would be delighted with a 14th or 15th place finish in what will definitely be a stronger league next year.
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    Robert Green

    Greeno''s always been a bit of an odd one out though, hasn''t he. Got an A level and everything.
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    Culverhouse or Hughton for me so far.

    Thanks for that piece of info, Shyster. My opinion of Hughton has risen dramatically as a result. Not too many left-wing footballers.
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    Culverhouse or Hughton for me so far.

    Fair enough, Mr Devine. To be honest I haven''t got a clue who our new manager should be.

    And you need to remember that at Birmingham he was picking up the pieces after the awful McLeish. No one in their right mind would want a job like that.
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    Ban twitter; it's cost us Grant!

    There''s no spell-check in the world that could have made sense of Grant''s tweet the other day.
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    McNally Speaks About Manager Search

    I think this is our opportunity to state loud and clear that we will not be in a relegation battle next year, and that we want a manager who can take us further than Lambert.

    A foreign boss with the right knowledge and contacts to bring in a few good-value players to ''gibb den kurrent Gruppe einen Hand'', as Ottmar Hitzfeld used to say, would be a good way of doing that.
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    Suspicious...

    "He obviously hasnt got what it would take to get Norwich higher than 12th next season."

    That being 40 million quid, presumably.

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    Suspicious...

    Some people have short memories. We were in disarray when Lambert took over. Leeds took, what, three years to get out of League One. QPR took the same, I think, certainly didn''t come straight back.

    It was a serious achievement to sort that squad out and turn them from an unfit bunch of nobodies into runaway Champions. There was serious pressure on Lambert and he rose to the occasion hugely. And while the Championship season was largely pressure free, the last month wasn''t and Lambert''s team rose to it while Cardiff faded away.

    My Villa-supporting mate is delighted that Lambert has been appointed and expects them to finish in the top seven as a result. If he''s representative, that''s quite a level of expectation. One I think Lambert, once again, will rise to.

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