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  1. As I understand it, the EFL deadline is actually a 14 day notice of expulsion from the league....which is effectively a 14 day extension to their current plight. In this context it appears to be pretty meaningless in the grand scheme of things. However, as had been pointed out, Bolton have a much bigger worry in the shape of the administrators, who want to start stripping the club on Wednesday. This is awful for the 2 sets of fans, but I am getting fed up of reading about how they are both too historical to be allowed to die. Let's hope something good comes out of this in the form of a fundamental change to the ownership model for football clubs in this country - maybe something akin to the German way, where only 49% can be externally owned (hence, no rich billionaires can tear the heart out of a club). On the flip side, it has left German clubs struggling to compete in Europe.
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    Past and present Norwich players you’ve met

    I've met a few, but Hucks will always be my favourite. I met him in Castle Mall when he was out shopping with his family. I was wearing my San Jose top and a young lad comes bouncing up to me to tell me his dad played for them. The next thing I know is that the rest of the Huckerby family are coming around the corner. Hucks was absolutely charming and very happy to take time out and chat (to be fair, his lad started it ). He wanted to know why many of us had San Jose shirts. I couldn't draw him into saying anything about Rhoder though.
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    How important is yellow and green to you?

    I would be devastated if we moved away from yellow and green. I live in Bristol now and travel all over the world - the yellow and green is so distinctive. It sets us apart - really something to be proud of...a rallying call. Everyone loves to talk about it (except in Bristol that is). The attached pickie is me in Norwich, Connecticut, USA on a work trip, but determined to fly the colours. They had these signs up all over the town making the perfect photo opportunity, but it was actually a bit of a dump! The locals were pretty bamboozled, even when I explained! Like many others, I have to have the yellow piece when playing games and always have to have the yellow ball when playing crazy golf.
  4. [quote user=" Badger"][quote user="Scot-e-dog"]How about this for a conspiracy theory?

    There is no "bigger picture". Fielding a B-team at Burton, thus allowing a fit and fresh A-team to be fielded next game, is all about reputational damage limitation at home. Short term-ism at its finest!

    Win the home game, there will be no booing or anti-board chants. Lose or draw the home game (no matter what the Burton result was) then the atmosphere at the end of the game would be ugly.

    The club doesn''t want that and hatches cunning plan to keep the masses happy.....for just a little bit longer.[/quote]Just for the record Scot - do you also, like DDD eagerly await the time when we go into administration. [/quote]

    Absolutely not, hence I started the post with a cheeky question. There is so much garbage posted on this forum that I thought I would add my own!
  5. How about this for a conspiracy theory?

    There is no "bigger picture". Fielding a B-team at Burton, thus allowing a fit and fresh A-team to be fielded next game, is all about reputational damage limitation at home. Short term-ism at its finest!

    Win the home game, there will be no booing or anti-board chants. Lose or draw the home game (no matter what the Burton result was) then the atmosphere at the end of the game would be ugly.

    The club doesn''t want that and hatches cunning plan to keep the masses happy.....for just a little bit longer.

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    Burton Match Thread

    This is the game that proved for me that we are in for a relegation scrap at the tail end of this season.

    No guts off of the pitch by the management and no guts on the pitch by the players.

    The minimum acceptable points tally for men over the holiday period was 7 (and that was an absolute minimum given the sides we were playing). Huge pressure on now to achieve that against a side that will bully us next week....and we won''t like that.

    It''s abundantly clear that we are not progressing and Farke is not getting the best out of the players at his disposal. Today clearly demonstrated that either he has no coherent plan or he can''t get his players to understand it (or they are simply not good enough to enact it).

    It''s going to be a long few months ahead of us.
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    Kalulu

    [quote user="Johnny Stump"]Superior to Tia Maria. (IMHO).[/quote]

    But not a patch on D.Serano
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    Playing by numbers

    Conceptually, I agree with you LDC. However, a 3 year "project" requires evidence of a plan, based around a credible vision/philosophy.

    While that plan may require some downs to off set the general upward trend, they need to be part of the overall plan, whether it be learning from mistakes or trying something new.

    In Norwich''s case we are seeing none of these things. It''s very clear that, if Farke does have a vision, it''s not a credible one for this league. We are getting found out far too easily by average sides and don''t seem to have or be able to get the players with the skills required to enact it. This problem is only going to get worse as budgets tighten - where are we going to get skillful ball players on a shoestring budget?

    The down trend we are currently experiencing cannot be put down to being lower to learn from mistakes or deliberate experimentation. We are making the same mistakes over and over again, while the manager changes nothing of note from one match to the next (and generally changes nothing during a game either).

    Yes, a 3 year project can work but....the leader needs to know where they are going and how to lead everyone to get there.

    Football maybe short term, but business is no different. If a project manager looked this far out of their depth at just under 20% of the project length, they would be gone by now.

    Farke may be a nice and intelligent bloke but, based on what I have seen this season, I simply see no evidence at all that he has what it takes to turn this around. Loved to be proved wrong though.
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    Playing by numbers

    So LDC, give us a single example of where things have improved from last season along with a simple explanation of why things might get better.

    Defence is still awful. Attacking has got orders of magnitude worse and neither show any sign of changing.

    There is just nothing a all to suggest that Webber and Farke can turn this around....not unless we can afford to bring in a squad of to notch Bundeslige players who can actually play Farke''s brand of football.

    Until that point we will always be bringing in sub-standard players who will never "get it" and Farke''s project will never end.

    Polishing turds springs to mind here!

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    Positives from tonight

    ...but apparently we work the poor darlings too hard in training, so they will be too tired anyway....bless ''em!
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    Barnsley...

    How many set backs do we need LDC before we see any reaction..... don''t you think we''ve had enough to have expected something.

    Did you watch the first half? That was not the response from a team that thinks that understands they are in the poo and need to fight hard.

    Even if we do get a reaction in the next game, chances are it''ll only be for that game thus doing just enough to stop things going completely south.

    Is that what you want for our club?
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    Match Thread

    Dean Ashton''s commentary has been excellent. He sees the game and can describe it so clearly.

    I haven''t enjoyed the game, but I have enjoyed his analysis.
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    Farke out

    I have been sitting on the fence a bit, but tonight''s performance has settled it for me.

    Farke doesn''t have a vision of philosophy....or if he does, he doesn''t have a clue how to achieve it.

    It''s now very clear we are not going forwards and are not likely to do so at any time soon.

    I get the point about can''t afford to keep him, can''t afford to sack him but......doing nothing appears to be a death sentence now.
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    Match Thread

    There is nothing to lose for the rest of the season now. I would make 8 or 9 changes before the next game. It cannot be worse, so drop the players that are not playing for the badge and do something new.
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    Match Thread

    Listening to Dean Ashton on Talksport is really interesting.

    He is desperately trying to find something positive to say about Norwich, but simply cannot. The word "lazy" is being used far too often as is "poor defending" and "don''t know basic roles".
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