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Robert N. LiM

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  1. Some very good stuff here. Well worth a read. (Webber-haters and Soccerbot-phobics might want to treat with caution, though.) https://trainingground.guru/articles/steve-weaver-looking-back-on-seven-years-at-norwich-city
  2. Easily my favourite Sinfonia. They just never stop playing, even when 0-6 down after the first movement
  3. Indeed. I did think it interesting that @GodlyOtsemobor didn't have a name in mind. Does suggest it's a tough position to fill
  4. Agree with all of this except the conclusion. It's exactly why I'm excited.
  5. Ah, 'New CDM'. I suppose at this time of year we can dream.
  6. Taking a holiday during the close season when your work is most required on here is completely unacceptable
  7. Indeed. McKenna is the only good thing to happen to Ipswich this century. Hardly surprising they love him. Whole house of cards could collapse very quickly if he does move on. While I'm here I have to say I'm not sure about this certainty they're going to get stuffed every week. If they do keep hold of him and make some decent signings, the sense of momentum they've created might carry them on, like it did for Brentford when they first went up, especially if they get some friendly opening fixtures. Might be more pain ahead for NCFC fans before the bin bubble bursts.
  8. Would be happy with this. Will say again, if it's someone I've heard of* I'll be very disappointed. *With the exception of Cuesta, who I hadn't heard of until he was linked with us.
  9. This would have been beyond even Ramsey, to be fair 😉
  10. I actually think Brighton is a great option for him for the reasons you suggest about Man U and Chelsea. Brighton may have peaked but they're still a clear step up from Ipswich and gives him a chance to show he can coach a team with top players. Go to Chelsea or Man U and fail, as most coaches do given how dysfunctional the clubs are, and he doesn't have much to fall back on at that point, whereas you'd have to assume he'd succeed at Brighton, whereafter the world is his oyster
  11. Lots of wonderful attacking players available to England. Almost no decent defensive players. Idea we're anything like favourites is very, um, patriotic. Semi-finals is par for this group, I think. Think he's been in the job too long for anyone to change their minds about him but personally I find the swiftness to blame our most successful coach since 1970 for England's failure to win something exceptionally tedious.
  12. Like Kenny at CB, Onel is really thriving in his new role as club mascot.
  13. Yes, I understood that. Was just thinking in terms of the OP's balance sheet approach and wondering if there was an initial positive to set against the undeniable negative you're talking about.
  14. Genuine question- were we playing that before Webber/Farke? If not, then to be fair you'd need to acknowledge that that system evolved on his watch. And we were playing a version of it under Wagner, of course. A weird, seemingly LSD-inspired version, but a version nonetheless. So my take on this would be that we established, moved away from and returned to 4-2-3-1 during Webber's time. But very happy to be corrected on the first bit of that.
  15. Brilliant new word. Love it. He was the opposite of a sycophant, though, so only the psycho bit really applies. Good word for Nadine Dorries, though.
  16. Guardian saying that Chelsea want him... https://www.theguardian.com/football/article/2024/may/18/chelsea-eye-up-kieran-mckenna-with-mauricio-pochettinos-future-in-balance
  17. Feels instinctively like a great move for him and a great move for Brighton. Really hope it happens for both their sakes and absolutely no other reason.
  18. This is the point for me. Don't know very much about him except that he's very highly rated. For a club in our position, you have to find every little gain you can. One very big gain is to have a world-class coach. This guy sounds as though he might become one. Let's face it, we're not going to appoint a world-class coach when they have already become established, just as we'd not be able to sign someone like Emi once everyone knows how good they are. I think he's well worth the gamble. Far better than an established Championship coach who's already reached their ceiling.
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