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Carlos Valderrama

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  1. Are you really that naive to think that going up means 20-30 million to spend, take the blinkers and listen to people like Neil Doncaster when they tell you the score.  Did you not read the report in the EEN about where the money has gone. And finally, I doubt seriously that old trafford cost 100-150 million to build.  Try trebling that figure and you would have a far more realistic figure. Yellow Fever, I suggest that you take the blinkers and come and join everyone else in the real world.  
  2. I wouldn''t have a problem with Martin Hunter as manager, I agree with all your comments.  Plus he is already on board and wouldn''t cost us a penny. With regard to other options, I also quite like the idea of Mark Bowen.  The nostalgia thing is playing a part, but a former player with a geniune love for the club cannot be a bad thing. Also consider this.... Mark Bowen - No. 2 Birmingham City - Birmingham finish mid table - comfortable and playing nice football.... Blackburn Rovers in the same season escape relegation by the skin of their teeth. Following season Mark Bowen leaves Brum and joins Blackburn - Birmingham relegated and play shocking football all season, Blackburn Rovers qualify for europe....... You can all do the maths yourselves, I appreciate that Mark Hughes needs to take some credit but as any manager will vouch, you are only as good as the staff around you. My only other comments would be that if the board appoints either Gary Megson or Bryan Robson I will be sending my season ticket back and asking for a refund.  
  3. There will always be enough custom for a professional conference facility at a state of the art, modern football stadium, the scope for the new facility will be even greater once the hotel build has been completed.  This will generate money, after all no bank is going to throw money at something that won''t see a return. It is all very well throwing money at new players but unless you have an income to support the increased wages and insurance bills you are going to fall flat on your face.  The age old advice of don''t spend more than you earn applies to football clubs as well.  From what I can see the board are investing heavily in projects that will bring in a long term income, they have also invested heavily in the youth academy.  I for one applaud the ''ambition'' of the board on this matter.  After all it takes a lot of balls to ride the storm created by the spend spend spend faction who clearly don''t understand business finances.  If we followed the advice on half the posts I read hear on a daily basis we would be bankrupt in 12-18 months.  Nobody wants that. Finally, forget the Charltons and Boltons of this world and look at Tottenham.  For the last 10 years (since ENIC took over) they have settled for mid table obscurity, selling their best players and generally keeping the club afloat with the odd decent signing.  They have saved, invested in money making projects and generally built an infrastructure fit for a top end premiership team.  Now they are reaping the benfits, they have a top manager, have spent big money on top players and seriously look like challenging for a champions league spot.  All this is possible for them because of the patience and prudence they showed in the early days. Worthington in or out doesn''t really matter.  Sacking him won''t make any difference, keeping him won''t make any difference.  We are not going to sign a hat full of top players and spend big money we are just going to plug away with what we have got.  Promotion or the play offs is a serious possibility this season, and even if we don''t go up does it really make a huge difference.  The future for Norwich, both the city and the football team doesn''t look too bad, everything will be OK......Be patient........ 
  4. Someone who doesn''t get it!!!!!!!! I understand perfectly that on occasions we will have resort to a plan B, I also understand that it is important to mix it up and change your style during games in order to ''out fox'' better opposition.  My point is why does Plan B in everyones eyes have to be hoof it long!!!! I personally think that it is only the narrow minded who think we have to hoof it, or those obsessed with bringing Chris Sutton back to Carrow Road.  I personally do not want Sutton back at the club, again too old, too slow, too expensive and too injury prone.  Seeing as there is a serious shortage of big strikers within our price range surely we have to look at other options and come up with a new plan B. Also do me a favour, don''t assume I don''t get it because I don''t agree with you.  My views are different thats all........
  5. Earnshaw isn''t too shabby in the air for a small man.  I think a target man is ideal if you want to lump the ball from deep.  Quality crosses from the byline into the penalty area are what we need, and from what I have seen throughout his career earnshaw deals with these quite well. I do agree that one of the midfielders needs to bomb on to support, preferably etuhu as he seems big and strong enough to cause problems.  I think it is time for one of our midfielders to follow Frank Lampards example, keep shooting and you will score.  Our entire midfield, full backs included seem scared to bang one from distance.  And with Earnie there to pick up the pieces, who knows!!!
  6. Sutton would not come here to sit on the bench.  The board would not let sutton sit on the bench because of the big wage he would earning if we managed to sign him.  If we want other options we should be looking at young players, who would be happy to wait to earn their place in the side.  4-3-3 was the formation in our title winning year, 4-4-2 was the formation in our premiership year and following championship year....We can all see the difference now we have reverted back to 4-3-3. Why on earth is evryone obsessed with Chris Sutton.  He is too old, too expensive and too injury prone.  And why do we need a big striker anyway, football on the deck does not require a target man!!
  7. Colchester United utility player Greg Halford has handed in a transfer request. I personally would be gutted if this one slipped through the net, quality young player with huge potential.... Just a thought, but do you think that the colchester board have blocked an offer for him and he is unhappy about it and wants to move.  It wouldn''t be the first time that this has happened...... C''mon city, offer them 750k plus add ons, make it happen before saturday.............
  8. I totally agree with all of you. I have said before, and I totally agree with Worthington when he says anyone we bring in has to better than we have already got. It would be so easy to buy a truck load of ageing journeymen with nothing to prove, sure they will do a job in this league but then you are stuck with ageing stars on decent wages who you can''t get rid of..  Unproven youngsters from the lower leagues may or may not cut the mustard at this level let alone the premiership. We have shown with Lee Croft that it is worth waiting for the right man to come along.  I am sure that the club know who they want, it''s just a question of holding out for the right price. Historically there has been some stupid prices paid on the last day of the transfer window, but I think that this year may be different.  I think that there are enough clubs on the breadline out there who have, up until now been holding out for top prices.  Come last day of the season these clubs might be faced with the stark reality of having to sell to balance the books.
  9. We were linked with him years ago when he was at Raith Rovers I think.......
  10. I was just thinking hypothetically.  Mackenzie wants to leave, let him leave.  Forcing a player to stay when he doesn''t want to could potentially be damaging to the club and morale in general. Top quality proven players are expensive.  If you look back NCFC have historically done very well with young players by bringing them through (when they are ready).  Ashton, Eadie, Bellamy, Green, Sutton etc. etc. have all been sold on at profit eventually. I personally don''t see the risk in buying youngsters with great potential, buy them for a reasonable price, develop their talent and sell them for an inflated price ala dean ashton, its the only forward for us.  And when we have saved the profits up buy a quality proven player ala Rob Earnshaw. By doing things this way the future of Norwich is secured and eventually we will have a decent squad capable fo doing something.
  11. What about... David Vaughan + Billy Jones - Combined bid 2 - 2.5m....Could tempt crewe, they are skint after all Greg Halford - 500k + Leon Mackenzie Just a thought, championship manager thinking and real life football don''t really mix do they. Still we can all dream can''t we.....
  12. You are right, it makes no sense trying to keep an unhappy player at the club.  It''s a squad game these days and it sounds like Mackenzie doesn''t want to settle for being just a squad player. Kuqi would be good, I like battering ram type strikers especially at this level. In all seriousness though, who is going to pay top dollar for Mackenzie?  I think we stand a better chance of offering him plus cash to say Colchester or Southend for Halford/Eastwood.
  13. Heres how I would spend the Green money (plus the board might want to inject a few quid!!!) David Vaughan can play left back, left mid and centre mid according to the Crewe website.  By my reckoning thats cover for Drury, Huckerby and any of the current midfield trio.  Just the sort of versatility we need. If we add Billy Jones to the mix thats cover any where across the back four plus he can play as an anchor type defensive mid. And again if we could also get Greg Halford thats right back (cover for Colin), right mid (cover for croft) and striker.  The boy is apparantly 6ft 4" so he would certainly come in the potential target man bracket!!! They are all young, all hungry and all highly rated.  I think we should push the boat out and grab all three.  Lets do a Spurs and sign loads of quality youngsters now, in 3-4 seasons time we will reap the rewards either in cash by selling them to big clubs, or by league position when they all reach there potential. We can use the loan market for goalkeeper cover.  Forget Sutton, forget Anderton lets build for the future......Youngsters are the way forward especially with youth specialist Martin Hunter at the club....
  14. What if Shackell or the Doc got injured!!  Primus would be excellent cover.....Big, strong and experienced at this and premiership level. Would be a good signing I think...
  15. Nice one Robert Green, hope you do really really well at your new club.  Thanks for the memories....... I for one would like us to use the money to sign Greg Halford, he looks a real prospect and he can play in a variety of positions, including striker (the boy is 6ft 4" according to FM).  Small squads thrive on utility players.....Can anyone else Rob Newman.......
  16. 3.5 Million wold buy good championship players, players who probably wouldn''t cut it at Premiership Level.  We have been there, done that. I am pleased that the club and manager have had the foresight to spend the money on a Premier League quality player in Robert Earnshaw.  Premiership quality strikers are hard to come by, and we have got a good one. I personally would much rather we added quality to squad gradually than panic and get a load of mediocre has beens in.  I get the impression that too many people in Norwich know nothing about football, it''s been a long time since I have had a sensible conversation with anyone about football. Nigel Worthington is a good manager who has done more for this club in the last 5 years than anybody else since Mike Walker in the early 90''s. People keep harping on about better managers and Worthy out, it''s boring, it''s negative and it''s irritating!!!!!!! 
  17. Try this for size.... Paul Gallacher - GK - The forgotten man with a chance to really shine, could really make the number 1 jersey his own.... Yousef Safri - MID - 100% fit and injury niggle free, if he stays fit for the whole season he could be a key player... Lee Croft - WING - A quality outlet on the right with pace, will stop teams marking huckerby out of the game Leon Mackenzie - FOR - 100% fit after last seasons injury woes, new girlfriend after person problems, we all know his quality, now we can hopefully see the best of him Carl Robinson, Dickson Etuhu, Jurgen Colin have all now had time to settle, get comfortable with the area, get used to the other players etc etc.. Peter Thorne - For - Don''t forget that this season he is playing for his future in professional football...Enough said.... I am trying to be positive about the new season, ''Worthington in'' and proving all his doubters wrong would be the icing on the cake for me..... 
  18. Steve Howard would have been a good signing for the Championship but he was way to expensive even with our tiny transfer budget.  Horsfield, Ferguson and Sutton are all too old and have nothing left to prove. But lets not forget that Palace have about 12 million burning a hole in their pocket from selling all their best players.  West Brom have had 2 seasons up and are gambling for a season to see if they can go straight back up, look out for a mass exodus from the Hawthornes if they are doing nothing at Christmas.  Birmingham have had a few seasons in the Premier and all the cash that that brings, plus they have probably re-couped more than they have spent. I think our summer plans were ruined by Green''s injury, I think the cash from his sale would have funded our transfer activity this summer.  I think that the January window will be our time in the transfer market.  And on the plus side if the squad stays injury free it isn''t too bad..... I wish people posting on the forums would look at the full picture and not just the bits that suit them, all the negativity surrounding the club is getting boring...
  19. The Worthington out brigade is starting to get irritating, lets just back the team and all get on with being football fans.  If we are doing nothing come christmas then have a pop. With regard to signings maybe the board are biding their time.  There are a couple of premiership big boys still looking for good strikers (pompey, newcastle, maybe villa), Dean Ashton is a name that has been mentioned as a potential target for a couple of these.  Maybe the club know something we dont!! But possibly the club are waiting to see if anyone buys Ashton so they can top up the transfer kitty with the sell on clause money, then Worthy will probably go for the players he wants other than settling for the ones he can afford. After all Izale Mcleod, Steve Brooker, Greg Halford etc.. will all be £1 million + when all is done and dusted... Who knows? 
  20. According to the MK Dons official site he is 6ft 0'' and 11st 3, from what I can remember he is a strong, quick forward who puts himself about..... I would be pleased if we signed someone like this, everyone else seems to uncover quality from the lower leagues, why can''t Norwich.
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