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  1. nutty nigel

    Zonal Marking? No!

    [quote user="Attack Barclay 2nd Half"]Its not this manager, Worthington persisted with it - drove me nuts.... It enables attacking teams to control possession and gain confidence.
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    Our main problem with zonal marking, at least on set pieces, is the goalkeeper. We have conceded far too many goals from crosses in and around the 6 yard box. It seemed to me that Lee Camp intercepted more crosses in the Leicester game than Gally has all season.

     

     

  2. nutty nigel

    Robinson back in the middle

    How crazy is this thread???

    For the record Robinson did ok yesterday and was very influential when we totally dominated the first 20 minutes. I thought Safri did ok too as did Hughes. The midfield wasn''t the problem yesterday, it was individual mistakes in defence and a stack of missed chances up front.

    I was cold tired and fed after the game but this crazy thread reminds me I''m glad I went and didn''t watch it on the wireless.

     

     

     

  3. nutty nigel

    Dont become a selling club

    [quote user="allways travelling"]Just been reading a few things on the norwich site with referance to earnshaw with granty saying everyone has there price.On this occasion i feeel that should be incorrect to lose earny woukd be disastrouse as like ashton everytime we get someone wholooks really promising and 17 goals already in the bag.He is priceless at the moment we sell him and our future goes down the pan after losing ashton this will be one player to many in my eyes.[/quote]

    I have supported the club for 40 years and they always have been a selling club. The first I remember was Ron Davies to Southampton. Can anyone older remember when we didnt sell our most valuable forwards?

     

  4. nutty nigel

    Bert Westwood Memories

    Thanks Kathy

    It''s right to have a minutes silence for us to spend with our memories of Bert.

    You didn''t make it clear whether the club always intend this or was it because you "stirred them up"? I rather hope it''s the former.

     

     

  5. nutty nigel

    Congratulations!

    [quote user="Canary02"]Wiz - Your point r.e. Doherty. I wonder whether Doherty is being praised as a way of trying to keep his spirits boosted whilst everyone is blaming him for at least one goal on Saturday. Doherty definitely needs replacing but may not be the top priority for Grant during this window. If he knows that all his money will be spent on midfield and attack, then he may be relying on Doherty until the summer and so he''s boosting his confidence by praising his general form in public, particularly if he''s one of the players that Grant has identified as one of those who needs a pat on the back rather than a kick up the arse. May all be rubbish, but it makes sense to me.[/quote]

    Doherty was at fault totally for the second goal, but overall he made fewer mistakes than others. However, it won''t be seen that way on here. Players make mistakes all over the pitch but if you lose the ball in the way Doherty did for the second goal then it''s an avoidable mistake, an unforced error if you like. Grant was right to single that mistake out and he was also right in saying apart from that Doc did ok.

    The player who was at fault for the first goal and who has been at fault for countless goals this season is Gallacher. Palace won three headers in the 6 yard box and he was nowhere near any of them. He is not strong enough to challenge. He is a good shot stopper, but so is any other goalkeeper with a pro contract.

    Defensive mistakes of the kind we saw yesterday are a real sickener when we dominated most of the game and should have won comfortably!

     

     

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    2007

    Totally agree with all of your posting Rudolph. Let''s hope we don''t flirt to much with the fear of relegation, but January is traditionly bad for us.

    I return your wishes for a healthy and happy New Year and hope to se you posting more often again.

     

  7. [quote user="Cluck"]

     Can anyone think of a skillful Jock we''ve had at CR?

    [/quote]

    Ok.. quickly off the top of my head whatabout, Tommy Bryceland, Huch Curran, Kenny Foggo and Bryan Gunn.. oh and Asa Hartford.. bet there''s more too!

    Happy New Year

     

  8. nutty nigel

    New Years Resolution!

    Is it ..

    A) Forget Worthington and the protests and give Grant a chance to turn things round and support the club through the highs and lows as he does it.

    Or..

    B) Carry on with the atmosphere of protest, spend the rest of the season moaning about Worthington and lobby for more changes in the team management and at boardroom level.

    The choice is yours.

     

  9. nutty nigel

    Sing when we're losing.....

    ......Look how quiet this board is after a win! [:#] [:-*]

     

  10. [quote user="cityangel"][quote user="nutty nigel"]

    He''d have to be mega-fickle to change his mind that much in less than 3 months!

    Is mega-fickle a word?? [:D]

    We are all disappointed CA, we weren''t expecting this when Grant took over. He deserves time though and maybe us fans have got to be brave and believe![/quote]

     

    This is his latest piece Nutty Nigel, reading in between the lines he sounds as fed up as the rest of us now [:)]

    http://new.pinkun.com/content/columns/NCISA.aspx

    [/quote]

    Nope.. he''s still fed up with Worthington and the board for not sacking him when he asked them to. He''s fed up with MLJ and Dickson, and he''s fed up with Doncaster. He''s concerned that Peter Grant will get the flak for anything that goes wrong while he is manager and he doesn''t say how long into his tenure we can continue to blame Worthington and the rubbish he signed.

    Isn''t it strange that 16 goal Earnshaw is never labeled a Worthington signing?

     

  11. [quote user="a1canary"]Doherty is a bl**dy liability, one might want to swap him with thorne and put Dublin at the back
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    How is Doherty a bl**dy liability? He was our POS last year and he has been solid enough this season. He and Shackell seem to play well together, they were both pretty close to MOM today.

    Our best team surely must have our best centreforward at centreforward.

    Another clean sheet for The Doc and another goal for 37DD means that, with all due respect, I''m glad you don''t pick the team!

     

  12. nutty nigel

    Pleeassseeee

    Dublin was awesome and definitely MOM for me.

    Safri made a difference and we won, which only seems to happen when he plays. He made mistakes but the midfield was better for him being there and the whole team seem to play with more confidence. The back four contributed to the improvement, both Shackell and Doherty would have had MOM claims on another day. They held the defensive line further up the field today which meant Safri wasn''t so deep. I thought he tired during the second half and I just hope he stays fit and can keep his place in the side.

     

     

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    Norwich City FC is finished!

    Wiz

    I now apologise for my real supporters tag, I only said it to prove a point.

    You have my respect again now not that you care. Respect is a funny thing because it doesn''t matter to posters if I respect them and yet it matters to me to lose respect for them.

    I wish you a happy new year in the same way I wished you a merry christmas in a previous thread.

    And I still think The best place for Dion Dublin is up front with Earnie!

     

     

  14. nutty nigel

    Will Anti-Board Protests Begin If Earnshaw Is Sold?

    Do people miss the protests that much that not even three months after Worthington was sacked they want to start another one???

     

  15. nutty nigel

    A positive post (hear me out)

    [quote user="Cluck"]

    I agree totally when it comes to the players we currently have. On the whole they are playing to their limit...which is ordinary at best....and downright shameful at worst.

    [/quote]

    But they are not playing to their limit. That''s THE most disappointing thing at the moment. These players played better earlier this season. They played better in the 3-3 draw at Southend than they did in the 0-0 on Boxing Day. Under Peter Grant they have never reached the standard they set earlier this season under Worthington. I think that''s part of the fans frustrations. I know it is mine!

     

  16. nutty nigel

    Norwich City FC is finished!

    [quote user="1st Wizard"]

    To everyone who''s replied so far:

    My ''doom'' theory is just that, a theory. I speak in general terms, I''m almost certain because of financial restraints, PG will go for cheap Scottish c**p players. This policy will get us relegated when Earnie is sold, and PG will be sacrificed by a cowardly board to cover their original error of appointing him.

    So, to all intents and purposes, Norwich City FC is finished.............................as a viable, ambitious, and glory hunting club. Thats what I meant, the board has killed the club I first loved. I remember how City use to be, before that cook got her greasey hands on it, and even before Chase mucked it up.

    City''s heart and spirit has been badly damaged, those who can''t, or won''t, see that, aren''t real City supporters at all!.

    Digest that at your leisure.

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    Up until the last few days I always had respect for you and your posts Wiz, but I don''t anymore. This post is the final straw for me. I saw this post earlier and ignored it but came just back out of interest to see if anyone took issue with your real supporters jibe and surprise surprise nobody did. Seems you can spout all kinds of rubbish on here and people make allowances for you and make excuses for you. You are out of order because:-

    Part of the reason City''s heart and spirit has been badly damaged is the divisions within the club and it''s supporters caused by the protests and bad feeling over Worthington. Now we have a new manager but the atmosphere of discontent and protest remains. Those who can''t, or won''t, see that aren''t real City supporters at all!

    Digest that at your leisure!

  17. He''d have to be mega-fickle to change his mind that much in less than 3 months!

    Is mega-fickle a word?? [:D]

    We are all disappointed CA, we weren''t expecting this when Grant took over. He deserves time though and maybe us fans have got to be brave and believe!

     

  18. nutty nigel

    Slag me all you want!

    [quote user="Citizen Journalist Foghorn"]

    what can we do? support the team on matchdays and hope Grant proves to be a decent manager or the board have the guts to chop him if this is not the case.  also hope the board back him in january.  That is all.

    The club has shown itself to be deaf to the words of supporters after the ridiculous Worthington saga dragged and dragged.

    Doesn''t mean we can''t discuss stuff on message boards mind.

    [/quote]

    Thanks CJF, that''s exactly how I feel. All we can do is hope that Grant proves to be a decent manager and it''s way too early to think otherwise. I think a lot of fans were expecting an instant cure and are really disappointed especially as Grant seems to use the players available exactly the same as Worthy did.

    There are some good discussions on this messageboard, about systems and tactics and who should play where and who we should buy and who we should  get rid of. I have had a few with you. (I still believe The Doc at the back and DD up front!)

    I just don''t understand the need for letters of dissatisfaction to the Board....emails....letters to newspapers....radio interviews etc. or what these complaints would be about. Thats why I questioned whether some people really are missing the protests!

     

     

  19. nutty nigel

    Slag me all you want!

    [quote user="Cluck"][quote user="nutty nigel"]

    All very good Cluck, but what are we supposed to be complaining about?

     

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    Well Nutty...if you have to ask this question I give up.........

    Maybe I have taken your questions a bit too seriously and tried to answer them logically...because if you can''t see anything to complain about at CR right now.......all I can say is we live on different planets. I go to football to see passion and endeavour with a liberal sprinkling of skill....so perhaps it''s just me all along who has lost the plot..and everything is just fine as it is.........

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    very good

    But you still haven''t answered my question. What constructive things can we do and what is it we need to change? Or should we just complain that we are not winning games and we don''t like the players the manager picks? Or should we press them to sack the manager again? If so what constructive things do we do make this happen? Is it the Board because they didn''t act to sack Worthington earlier? If so how do we turn the clock back? Is it the players? If so what can we do constructively to make them better? Maybe your goodself, CJF and Smudger could take training for a few weeks and pick the team while the manager learns his trade from you!

    I''m not sure we live on different planets but Plymouth was a long trip for me.

     

     

  20. nutty nigel

    Slag me all you want!

    [quote user="Citizen Journalist Foghorn"][quote user="nutty nigel"]

    What constructive idea''s do people have?

    What are our aims?

    Do we need to try get Grant out?

    Or maybe get it written into his contract that he plays Safri instead of Robinson?

    Do we want the board out?

    Or is it a case of "we don''t miss Worthy but we miss the protests"

    Surely we have done what the constructive fans wanted. OK it was done a bit late for some, but all the constructive criticism in the world can''t turn the clock back!!

     

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    We do realise you were an ardent supporter of Worthington - so we have to take any football related opinions with a pinch of salt.  But your constant slagging of the protests which were needed as although the club followed the Charlton model - Charlton hadnt actually had a failing manager to sack.  When they did they sacked him and quick sharp too.  Our board now has this new information about the Charlton model to take onboard.

    Grant is proving himself to not be up to the job at the moment.  Sacking him now would be foolish, but if we drop much closer to the relegation zone it will have to be a serious consideration.  We are following the Charlton model after all.....

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    Was I an ardent supporter of Worthington? I don''t think so! But I did criticise some of the pathetic posts attacking him both before and after he left. There was enough reason for him to go due to poor results and the abysmal away record without making stuff up. You know that''s true too!

    But you still haven''t answered what constructive things we should be doing. You say sacking Grant now would be foolish, so what should we be doing?

     

  21. CJF..

    The list was just part of the post, I am not particularly anti Peter Grant but I am a little disappointed so far. But as I said further down the post, I fear it''s going to take time to turn round. More time than the fans expected and more time than many have the patience for.

    To go back on the subject of the postings from NCISA it appears they are fully behind Peter Grant and much more impressed than you.

     

    I’d hate to say I told you so...

    JOHN TILSON, NCISA

    There is only one topic to write about this week or rather one man, that man being Peter Grant.

    From a personal point of view for those that were prepared to listen to me, I said months ago that if there was to be a change of manager Peter Grant would be top of my shopping list.

    Today this may indeed sound arrogant, conceited or whatever now that the events of Monday have taken place.

    Hare are just a few of the reasons why I chose the man who I believe to come from the same school of football thinking and man-management as Martin O''Neill.

    1) Back in 1997 I had the great pleasure of collecting Peter from his Norwich hotel to take to a NCISA forum. There he spoke for an hour and a half with great thought and sincerity, never once repeating himself. Every question received a five minute answer. The man won over a hundred new admirers that night.

    2) His CV shows almost 500 games for Celtic playing every couple of weeks in front of 50,000 plus vociferous ''Jocks''. That is where Mr Grant''s passion and commitment comes from.

    3) Two play-off finals and an FA Cup final as a number two at West Ham.

    4) His ambition is surely one day to be manager of Celtic. First he must prove himself as a successful manager in his own right. What better place to attempt to achieve his goals than Norwich City, a club and an area he is already familiar with.

    5) His composure and articulate manner in front of the media will win many admirers who are not fans of Norwich City, in other words a true ambassador for our beloved club. No spin, just football talk as we all understand.

    To quote the Plymouth Argyle manager Ian Holloway the appointment of Peter Grant has made me “as happy as a badger on the first day of the mating season”.

    This final paragraph to me helps my belief that we have found our new hero who is a true gentleman.

    Did anyone notice that Peter stood behind his chair at the press conference and did not take his place until Delia on his immediate right had sat down. The man has class!

    The future is bright, the future is Yellow.

  22. nutty nigel

    Norwich City FC is finished!

    Wiz

    It''s the people with 5 year season tickets I feel sorry for. Say they had 3 years left and the club was wound up.

    What a diabolical liberty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

     

     

     

  23. nutty nigel

    Slag me all you want!

    All very good Cluck, but what are we supposed to be complaining about?

     

  24. nutty nigel

    Our table Position ... What happened?

    [quote user="Cluck"]

    Fair comment Nutty....but back then we actually had the family silver to sell....now we haven''t. We don''t produce kids to profit from any more...and if Earnshaw goes...there go our goals with it. We will have nothing left in reserve and a very thin squad no-one else wants.

    So yes....we have been a selling club (though not as bad as Crewe)....but this was always tempered by incoming bargain buys.....the list of whom would be endless. The scouting system was second to none...but now seems to be almost non-existant. We buy failures from other modest clubs these days.

    It''s the over-all state of the club these days that bothers me....and how this Board could suddenly change tack from being timid and small minded....to become pro active and ambitious. Currently we are gutless, over prudent and and big time risk averse....and the those ingredients combined do not spell success for me.

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    That''s because the rules of football has changed Cluck. We are supposed to look for talent on the gas platforms in the North Sea while clubs like Crewe and Watford  can get the good young players that are available. Remember not many of the "family silver" were local boys. It happens sometimes, Chris Sutton was one, but not often.

    The transfer window has made a huge difference on bargain buys too. It''s difficult to get players from other clubs in August when their expectations are high. After the window shuts the next opportunity is January when the selling clubs like to try to organise an auction. Remember how we used to be able to go to clubs like Rochdale in October when there season wasn''t working out and then offer them £40,000 for David Cross.

    Times have changed and not for the good of clubs like ours.

     

  25. nutty nigel

    Our table Position ... What happened?

    [quote user="Cluck"]

    Fair comment Nutty....but back then we actually had the family silver to sell....now we haven''t. We don''t produce kids to profit from any more...and if Earnshaw goes...there go our goals with it. We will have nothing left in reserve and a very thin squad no-one else wants.

    So yes....we have been a selling club (though not as bad as Crewe)....but this was always tempered by incoming bargain buys.....the list of whom would be endless. The scouting system was second to none...but now seems to be almost non-existant. We buy failures from other modest clubs these days.

    It''s the over-all state of the club these days that bothers me....and how this Board could suddenly change tack from being timid and small minded....to become pro active and ambitious. Currently we are gutless, over prudent and and big time risk averse....and the those ingredients combined do not spell success for me.

    [/quote]

    That''s because the rules of football has changed Cluck. We are supposed to look for talent on the gas platforms in the North Sea while clubs like Crewe and Watford  can get the good young players that are available. Remember not many of the "family silver" were local boys. It happens sometimes, Chris Sutton was one, but not often.

    The transfer window has made a huge difference on bargain buys too. It''s difficult to get players from other clubs in August when their expectations are high. After the window shuts the next opportunity is January when the selling clubs like to try to organise an auction. Remember how we used to be able to go to clubs like Rochdale in October when there season wasn''t working out and then offer them £40,000 for David Cross.

    Times have changed and not for the good of clubs like ours.

     

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