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  1. The issue is this. We spent about £30m on three forward players that were supposed to make the difference for us. Sargent, Tzolis and Rashica. Sargent and Tzolis look nowhere near the standard required in terms of the combination of physical, mental and technical attributes needed, as well as being hugely short of experience. They have scope to improve in time, but in the here and now, they are not going to get the goals and assists that we need to stay up. Rashica is the most promising of the three, but after a third of the season has 0 goals and 1 assist. These are the players that Webber has hung his hat on. But the reality is that our 32 year old free transfer striker is the only person giving us a sliver of a chance of staying up. For whatever reason, and some of it is obviously financial, the summer transfer business wasn't good enough and, whilst we still have an outside chance to stay up, we clearly have one of the three worst squads in this division.
  2. Newcastle are in desperate trouble for me. They have to win at least 9 matches from here. By the time they get to January and sign and bed in players there will only be 16 or 17 games left. You can write off 4 or 5 of those given they are playing the top sides. It is a huge ask for them to stay up from here. They do have NCFC and Burnley I think in the next two games so they are absolutely crucial fixtures to give themselves any chance. They certainly need a couple of wins before they are able to bring in some recruits. As for NCFC, we are still favourites to go down. We still have one of the three weakest squads in this league. We aren't miles off the likes of Leeds and Southampton though and so if we have some luck and good management, then we have a hope. We showed a dramatic improvement against Wolves in terms of defensive shape and that does bode very well. Having said that we didn't look hugely creative, we were fairly reliant on Rashica to make something happen. If we don't beat Newcastle on Tuesday, which is not particularly likely, then with Spurs and Man Utd to follow we could easily be 6 or 7 points adrift of 17th again by the time we play Aston Villa. We are going to need to pull out a big win somewhere. Newcastle is an opportunity but it's also a game we could just as easily lose - we don't have anyone with the class of a Saint-Maximin in our squad. I also worry that if injuries do hit then we have some big problems in certain areas. An injury to Pukki and a long-term injury to Normann will hurt us. We have had almost our whole squad fit for this season and that may well not remain the case. So realistically it's still a huge ask but 7 points from 3 games has put us in the mix. And personally, that's what I expected from us this year. Not necessarily to stay up comfortably, but to at least be in the fight to stay up and not a mile away from 17th. Over the last few weeks we've shown that we are in the fight.
  3. Yeah Amazon Prime has it as well as the Crystal Palace away game at Xmas.
  4. They are already getting towards needing 2 points per game just to make the playoffs. Their defensive record this season has been shocking. So many points thrown away from winning positions. Their constant languishing in that division is a joy to behold!
  5. The issue that concerns me is that the vast majority of the time Krul was just smashing it long on restarts with McLean asked to go up and challenge the opposition centre-halves. I very much hope that was temporary measure for this game with lack of training time etc. Because carry on like that and it won't be very long at all before the critics come out. We were lucky to win yesterday. We were truly dreadful in the first half, probably the worst half I've seen all season. We did much better in the second half and managed to notch from a set piece but I felt both of our goals were keeper errors and Southampton should have been 4-1 up at half-time. Plenty of positives in the second half though and I think Rashica is gradually improving game by game. Both centre-halves produced some great blocks too. The transition away from Farkeball is going to be a bumpy one though and we are going to have play much, much better to continue this mini-run of good results.
  6. It's an inconvenient reality that in order to defend set pieces, especially at this level where you up against teams of giants, you actually need 4 or 5 players capable of winning a header. You stick Tzolis, Cantwell, Gilmour and Rashica along with Pukki, Max and Dimi in the team and you become sitting ducks on crosses, corners and free kicks.
  7. I loved that DPC shirt. I swapped mine with a Crewe fan when we invaded the pitch after the final game of the season, where Iwan scored that absolute wonder goal in his last game. The Crewe fan was half my size so his shirt didn't even fit me!
  8. I don't really see Max going in January to fund a big transfer spend. It's not really how we operate. We do our recruitment in the summer. 1 or 2 additions might happen but I wouldn't expect 4 or 5.
  9. 7 would be absolutely fantastic. But given Spurs (a) we will be huge odds against, I should think 4 or 5 points would be a good effort. I'd take winning 2 and losing 2 right now because 11pts from 15 games will put us firmly back in the mix. Winning a game in this league is so difficult though when you have one of the weakest squads. Southampton is probably our best chance of a win out of the 4, so I'm hoping for a bouncing atmosphere and the players getting a lift mentally.
  10. Excellent post IMHO, I basically never criticise the club but this last week has felt so far removed from the ethos of the last 4 years that it is impossible for me to defend it. Letting an excellent manager (relative to what NCFC are capable of attracting) go with very little chance of replacing him with better is a terrible mistake.
  11. Whoever it is with, I hope beyond hope that DF gets to return to Carrow Road so he can get the ovation he deserves.
  12. These wins feel all the sweeter when you've backed the players, manager and ownership. Enjoy your evening buddy.
  13. This forum is home to discussions on many different topics. There are some in which the standard supporter has more information upon which to base an opinion, some where there is very little information. See the Cantwell speculation for example. I'm on here to read views and contribute where I think I have something marginally interesting to say. And to point out where I think some views may be erroneous and offer an alternative view.
  14. Not at all. I was referring to Farke and Webber.
  15. I don't think that's true though. But it does perhaps introduce a degree of humility into those who understand that fundamentally, the guy who is at Colney every day, who has the experience and coaching badges, might be better placed to make the key decisions than me, you, or anyone else on this forum. The fact that some posters don't understand this explains the content of some of the posts in this forum.
  16. I'm just going to say this. If you choose to boo Daniel Farke, or sing for his sacking, that's on you. I won't be doing it. If you choose to do it, the board aren't making you do it. It all feels a little too similar to telling your kid 'don't make me hit you by misbehaving'.
  17. Voice your opinion by all means. No problem. But like it or not, Webber will make the decisions, and is better informed to make those decisions than anyone on this forum.
  18. But that's not what I said Jim. I actually said everyone can have their opinion and express it how they like. All I said is that some opinions have more weight than others.
  19. After a 3-0 home defeat to Leeds in Farke's second season, you could have said something similar.
  20. I'm not sure that 'we better sack him now cos in a few weeks the fans might boo' is any way to make sound business decisions.
  21. No probs, everyone can have their opinion. But if one isn't in possession of many key facts, such as the availability of alternative managers, it just means that the opinion isn't of much value.
  22. That's all fine and well. But if it's Webber's job to decide whether or not someone better is out there, why don't we just leave it to him to make the decisions rather than demanding sackings? He may have concluded that DF is the best option, all things considered and with the longer term in mind.
  23. Just to try to bring this thread back around to TNC, I'll have my say. Firstly I don't think that there is any doubt that they are both good guys, talented in their media work, engaging and passionate about NCFC. Their channel has some of the more polished fan produced content that you will see in the country. I thought the livestream work that they did was great during lockdowns and they've done good charitable work. Some of their best work has been their interviews with players and staff, demonstrating the ability to connect closely with the club. It is, however, notable at least to me that their interactions with the club itself have tailed off notably in the last 18 months. I suspect the pandemic to have had a significant influence on that, but we are still not seeing those player interviews etc that were a staple of the past. Who knows if there are reasons beyond the pandemic for that. But I do think it has diminished the channel somewhat because I don't know how much mileage there is in hearing the same people express similar opinions week after week. I'm not particularly impressed with Jack's content over the recent several weeks. They've swung incredibly quickly from the reflected glory of the club's success with their HMS pi55 the league caps and celebratory streams to demanding the sacking of the manager. I've seen nothing in Jack's content in terms of what that sacking will actually achieve in the mid to longer term or how the abandonment of our hard-built model and principles will benefit the club going forward. I find his recent content knee-jerk and short-sighted. But I think that's a mistake being made by many right now. This isn't a Webber or Farke issue, they are both talented, skilled and hard working people. We will be very hard pressed to get better. Much more likely is we will get worse. But our position isn't about that. It's a consequence of not having the finance to compete at this level. You can appoint whoever you like to the manager's chair but that fundamental fact will remain. And that is scary for all of us. Because it goes way beyond booting out a manager and expecting things to suddenly change.
  24. Also worth pointing out that Worthington's dismissal set the club on a nosedive that ended in L1. Change isn't always a good thing. The issue with the OP however, is the premise. I have seen very little evidence in the ground of fans really turning on Farke. Apart from some boos at the end of the game I felt the crowd was right behind the team. I didn't hear a single anti-Farke word said during the whole game.
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