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  1. Think he's a decent manager, Very glad it's not Lampard; Think we could maybe have done better; absolutely willing to give him a chance to prove he's an upgrade over Farke. Overall, Would have preferred to keep DF but given that's not an option, Smith is a solid appointment IMHO. TL;DR - a qualified 'Yes' from me.
  2. With Lampard seemingly out of the running and questions over Knutsen's availability and Smith presumably not even being in Webber's thoughts when the decision to axe DF was made, what other lesser talked about options do people think we could potentially go for? The one that stands out for me is maybe Urs Fischer at Union Berlin... Track record of taking a smaller club up to the top flight and establishing them there; plays good football; would possibly see the Premier League as a step up and a new challenge given Berlin have probably reached about as high as they'r likely to go and aren't likely going to be able to compete for trophies with the bigger teams in the Bundesliga... Failing that, on Football Manager Norwich for some reason always seem to appoint somebody from Turkey, so who knows?!
  3. I think there's a role for both of them to be honest. Pukki hasn't looked quite as sharp since the injury he suffered before the Euros and I wonder if that half a yard of pace is gone for good given his age; but he has the intelligence to move into spaces and unlock opportunities that Sargent doesn't seem the type to do. If Big Josh's physicality can be used to distract the Burnley defence and generally cause a nuisance, I think that could give Pukki the opportunities he needs. On their own, I can see either of them being effectively taken out of the game, but get them working well together and we could really have something good up top. If we're going with 3 at the back and wingbacks again, I'd like to see both Pukki and Sargent up front with Rashica and Cantwell if available, Dowell or Gilmour if not, playing slightly more centrally behind them allowing the WBs to overlap; Normann in behind as an enforcer.
  4. No. I'm fed up hearing this '6 defeats = the end of the world' rhetoric - We've had, as far as I'm aware, the toughest opening period of any team in Premier league history (I can't remember any other club ever having played 4 of the previous season's top 5 in their opening 5 fixtures; might have happened but I don't remember it). The Liverpool, City, Arsenal and Leicester games were always going to be defeats - we lost them the second the fixture list came out, and nobody at the club would have been counting on any points from those games. Realistically even if those games had been spaced out through the year, the expectation would be that we would lose them all. The Watford performance was abysmal and players and manager deserve all the criticism they got from that. Against Everton we were significantly better and undone by two individual moments of poor decision-making from Kabak and McLean. So we've actually lost two 'winnable' games, making definite improvements in the second one. We're only 3-6 points behind where we would have realistically hoped to be at this point in the season and, while things absolutely MUST improve fast and anything other than 4 points from our next two games will genuinely start to look worrying - I really don't think it's panic stations yet. There are obviously significant issues, especially in the defence, and I think we need a serious discussion about whether some of the coaching staff are good enough to be working at this level or whether that side of things needs an overhaul. Clearly some players are not premiership quality and completely out of their depth, but - and this is the crucial thing - we have options this year to replace them. Normann looked like a huge upgrade in the middle and a real battler who is going to do big things for us. The likes of Rupp and McLean will know they're probably on their last chances at this point, if they continue to put in poor performances or make moronic schoolboy errors they know they're likely done because there is genuine competition now for places. Pukki, much as I love him, looks off the pace - as he has since that injury late last season. If he can't get his mojo back fast, I can see him starting on the bench sooner rather than later. Same at the back, Williams hasn't impressed me that much to be honest and I'd be surprised if Giannoulis isn't back in for Burnley - Having learned the lesson of what happens when you give a half-ar$ed performance. I do think it's fair to say these next two games are the most important of the season - but writing us off to go down already? No way.
  5. Anyone know when the away and third kits are supposed to be released? I'm holding off on buying a new shirt until I've seen all three of them to pick my favourite, surely can't be the only one doing the same and as I live abroad it would be nice to actually get one through the post before the start of the season. I thought they might release one each week but still waiting...
  6. 4th-choice (at best) manager Kane surely on the way out Wouldn't be at all surprised to see Son follow if Kane does go Seemingly no money to invest Ageing squad lacking depth in multiple positions No Champions League Very nice but over-budget stadium financed on the basis of multi-use (NFL, Concerts etc) which isn't going to happen for at least another year-18 months Fans up in arms against Levy due to the whole Superleague nonsense I could genuinely see Spurs ending up nearer the relegation zone than the top 4 this coming season.
  7. The media would love it just so they can run a 'From poker chips to kettle chips' headline... A 1-year deal with someone like Lotus (can't see any other company in Norfolk having 7-figure sponsorship budgets to throw around to be honest) wouldn't be terrible though; A Lotus shirt has the potential to look fantastic and the association with an existing high-end brand if marketed well (something I don't feel we've properly exploited in the past), could grow the club's exposure internationally. if we do stay up we will then be more of a known quantity and in a good position to negotiate a bigger and better deal with a more well-heeled sponsor (realistically one from outside Norfolk) for the following season.
  8. Heise gone, I'd be surprised if we release the others immediately as we'll probably try to find clubs for them, even if it's on a free transfer or another season out on loan but I expect Leitner at least to be paid off and released on a free if he's not moved on by the end of the transfer window. Klose actually I'd probably keep around if nobody else comes in for him, don't register him in the PL squad but he could have value in cup games and as an experienced head and mentor in the dressing room, especially now Tettey has gone. Placheta needs to go out on loan for sure, meaning we probably want to keep Onel around as cover/a different option with some pace. Hugill I don't think is particularly special but hasn;t done anything wrong and offers us a very different option up top for games where it's needed... I think Idah probably needs a season out on loan to be honest, he didn't really get what he needed last year because of his injuries.
  9. I think there are 95-year-olds with one leg who are worth more than two Naismiths...
  10. According to The Athletic, this new deal is worth slightly less than the DafaBet one?! I really hope that's not the case because if we've cancelled one deal early to sign a worse one with this shower of manure then surely heads do indeed need to roll purely for the financial stupidity!
  11. Pereira and Adarabioyo the only two relegated players we've been linked with who I'd be interested in honestly. All three of those teams coming down have a lot of overrated players who are there for the cash grab - These two strike me as having a bit more about them and I think Farke could get the best out of them. Realistically I suspect whoever we bring in will not be on many fans' radars as yet though, as Emi wasn't the summer he came in. Webber will have a succession plan for Emi already lined up though - We know they scout players for months, even years sometimes before signing them so likely there are a few out there who we've been keeping tabs on since at least this time last year and sooner or later, they'll pull the trigger on one of them - perhaps after the Euros if anyone in the mix is playing there.
  12. Omobamidele I hope will be in and around the first team squad - I think he can handle the step up from what we saw of him in the last couple of months of the season. As good a servant as he's been, Zimmermann wasn't premiership quality 2 years ago if we're being brutally honest and he's not likely improved in that time. It's been made pretty clear that we'll be bringing in another CB in the summer to compete with Gibson and Hanley; Keep Omobamidele around to gain experience alongside the three of them and let Zimbo go out on loan to Germany or back to the championship so he's still available if we go down and need him again the following season.
  13. We don't know for certain that this failure of due diligence was Kensell's responsibility, so I'd be a little cautious about hanging him out to dry until the facts are established - That said, clearly somebody has not done their job properly and questions need to be asked over why that was and over that person's future role. I suspect the club are currently talking to their lawyers to see if there's any way out of this contract (if BK8 misrepresented themselves in any way in negotiations, or there is a clause about either party's actions damaging the reputation of the other, then that's not beyond the realms of possibility). But I do think Kensell - if indeed it was his ultimate responsibility to make checks on these things - has to stand up and accept that he made a mistake that is going to cost the club both in money and reputation. Whether that necessitates him being fired is another matter - but a public apology from the club and the individual responsible is an absolute must. This also needs to be turned into something more positive - I'd like to see the club donate £10 from each shirt sold to charities that support vulnerable women and work to end gender based violence. That would show that lessons have been learned and would go some way towards rebuilding a little of the trust that's been lost here in a way that has some meaning instead of just empty words.
  14. I'm guessing there must be more to it with Hondermarck in particular - perhaps he feels that rather than spend another couple of seasons in our development side he'd rather try for first team football at a lower level? Although looking at his stats he only made 3 appearances for Harrogate last season and one of them was only 8 minutes, so could be he just didn't live up to his initial promise...
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