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  1. I think you may well be right. I imagine we'll see a very different setup at the club next season.
  2. Personally I think Smith will be a good manager in the Championship. He's got a decent record. As you say, there's going to be a lot of turnover, and some of it will be necessary for him to build the squad that he wants. But I'm happy to have him in charge for another go at that league. As for funding being the issue... Well yeah, to an extent, it's the reality of where we are as a club. But the money we spent in summer could have been put to better use, which would have given us a far better chance of staying up this year, whether it be under Farke or Smith. Lack of funding doesn't excuse us wasting the money we did have. Admittedly it's a while ago, but we stayed up on a smaller budget under Lambert, after all.
  3. Said it before and I'll say it again - Farke got sacked for Webber's failings. Yes, he wasn't getting the best out of the squad, and sadly he had to go, but no one is keeping this squad in the Premier League. Not Guardiola, Ferguson, nor Klopp. And definitely not Dean Smith. There was one good signing, in Normann, and that was made too late. It's not even that we've merely bought sub-par players, we've bought players who don't even fit our system. Webber is at fault here.
  4. He found his level in the pre-season friendly against Gillingham, sadly.
  5. I went to school worth Danny Crow, who made 4 appearances in a City shirt. It was a bizarre experience seeing him get subbed on in a Premier League game against Boro, back in 2004. Obviously never worked out for him here but he had an interesting career in the lower leagues. Another guy from the same school, and year, became a professional coach at Sheffield United, but never made it as a professional himself.
  6. I imagine he'll pretty much have his pick of Championship clubs if he wants to stay in England. I hope he goes back to Germany, because I think he'll make any Championship side a decent outfit and we'll realistically be playing at that level ourselves next season too. Good luck to him, wherever he ends up. Unless it's Ipswich obviously, but he's far too good for that lot.
  7. He's clearly a talent, but hasn't shown anything in a Norwich shirt yet. He deserved to be dropped when he was. However, I would like to see him get another chance alongside Normann now that the latter is bedded in well and looks handy in midfield. He could well open a little bit of space for Billy to shine. Sometimes it just doesn't work out at a club, however.
  8. Well of course. 18/19 was at a different club. So I address his Derby performance (failed), and then his Chelsea performance (failed). Do keep up, chap. In the interests of fairness i will grant you that he had a period of barely avoiding complete failure in his first season at Chelsea. Wonderful. Shame about what came after. The point is, with that previous record at his last and only 2 clubs, I'm not confident about his ability to achieve success here. I'm glad we agree on that and wouldn't pick him if it was down to either of us.
  9. No, I was looking at his more recent, and thus more pertinent, season in charge. You can't just ignore the part where he got a Champions League winning side to 8th in the Premier League because you prefer the bit that went before. Simply put, he failed at Derby, and he failed at Chelsea. But great, there was a period in the middle there where he achieved the absolute minimum expected of a Chelsea manager. Brilliant stuff, give him the job. Easily pleased, as I said.
  10. He signed 12 players, including loans. That's his squad, not someone else's. Spending beyond their means, and with help from Chelsea. Yet he couldn't compete with a City side put together for a few million quid. I'm also basing it on his inability to get a proven Champions League winning team to a higher position than 8th in the PL. I mean, each to their own. But if that impresses you, you must be awfully easy to please.
  11. Yeah, Chelsea fans backing Frank, presumably. Even Derby fans think he failed - his job was to get them promoted, and he didn't manage it. Incidentally, the guy we just sacked got us promoted that year with a squad assembled for peanuts. I know which of the two I'd rather have in charge next season. Worth pointing out that Tuchel came in and won the Champions League without making any purchases, so makes your claim of Frank suffering due to Chelsea's transfer embargo a bit of a moot point. Now who's making stuff up?
  12. Couldn't get the most expensive squad in the Championship promoted when he was at Derby, despite being FFP-doped and being loaned 3 of Chelsea's best young prospects to help him out. He did manage top 6, I suppose, but failed in the playoffs by not starting a striker. He then took a Chelsea side that shortly after proved to be Champions League winning quality and managed them to 8th in the table. That's an appalling record. Shocking how many people seem happy to become 'Frank Lampards Norwich City' and spend the foreseeable future developing Chelsea's academy, instead of our own.
  13. Have you watched us this season? Theres not been a single iota of evidence to suggest this squad has the quality to stay up. You could put Klopp, Guardiola and Ferguson working together to keep this lot up and they'd not stand a hope. That's my point - Webber's recruitment is to blame for this, yet Farke has paid the price. And sadly so has the club and our prospects next season in the second tier.
  14. There's also a lot of clubs who change manager and don't come back up. But I'd always back someone with 2 promotions on their CV, who knows the club inside out, who has a history of working with youngsters and fits in with our current setup, over the likes of Lampard, Hodgson, Robins, Martin, etc. If our scouting and Webber's recruitment is all it's made out to be, then yes, I'd fancy Farke to win the Championship without Buendia.
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