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Mr.Carrow

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  1. I noticed that Sheff.Utd had plans to extend to over 40k even before promotion. This is a club that hardly ever sold out whilst gaining promotion last season and their first game (v. Palace) there seemed to be plenty of spare seats. I never will understand the logic. Maybe it's the simplistic logic some City fans use- that areas with bigger populations have bigger potential, conveniently forgetting that areas with bigger populations have many more clubs competing for the same pool of people?
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    Alex!!!

    Great news. The older heads will remain vital next season. Hope Klose stays too assuming he makes a full recovery.
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    TWTD Having Yet Another Meltdown.

    One of the reasons why I'm 100% behind our current approach is that, whilst the old adage of football being cyclical is generally true, there are times when you have a clear opportunity to break that cycle. With the current excellent recruitment and focus on superb young players (and hopefully an extended CR in the next three years) we could be miles ahead of them for decades. What a wonderful thought.
  4. We'll obviously lose a couple for big money if we go down, but I think a fair portion of that will be used to raise the wage structure enabling players like Pukki to earn somewhere close to what he would if he moved. Wouldn't be surprised to see another huge promotion bonus put in place too.
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    Stats man on Talksport

    The problem with Buendia is that when one of his mazy runs doesn't come off, it often leads to a break and chance for the opposition. We outplayed Spurs and Newcastle with Rupp instead of Buendia...
  6. Agreed. The absolutely vital thing is if we go down everybody sticks with it. I'm not really the type to "celebrate failure" but on this occasion the club fully deserves our full backing. We can see the plan and we can see it's working- albeit this season has come too early and unfortunately we're just short of what we need (unless we get a huge surprise...).
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    Geographical Nonsense

    I'd say for young players keen on improving it could be an attraction. Norwich is a fairly lively place and London isn't exactly far away, but it must be easier to concentrate on improving your game in a quieter, slightly out of the way location.
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    Bid for a left back.

    The sales pitch will probably be "We have an excellent 22 year old international left back who is already experienced at a very high level. He will probably leave for a lot of money within two years. When he leaves, you will fill his boots."
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    Bid for a left back.

    I would be very happy with this window if this comes off.
  10. Is a pre-contract binding Bethnal? Do you know anything about the player? Looks exciting from the video but then we've all seen that before! Seems a bit odd that at 22 he hasn't been snapped up by a neighboring German or Dutch club?
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    Thailand canaries

    I watched the home game Vs the scum last season in a bar run by a Norwich fan in Bangkok. About a dozen ex-pats and Thai canaries- a good night indeed! Can't remember the name but Thai canaries have a Facebook page so you could ask on there if interested.
  12. The most important thing if we go down is to keep the "togetherness". The cup games show that we have a seriously talented squad and even if we lose a couple we should be highly competitive next season. Lambert's gonna be gunning for us so all the more reason to stick together!
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    Godfrey

    That post looks very similar to my post above which you described as "utter garbage". Geeeez...
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    Godfrey

    Pace, athleticism and quick reactions count for so much in football. The reason Godfrey will go to a top club for a lot of money is that he has those in spades as well as being a technically gifted player. Hanley and to a lesser extent Zimm don't. Often an amazing block or tackle from those two will only happen because they were half a yard behind in the first place. Godfrey would probably have comfortably got to the ball first and dealt with the situation. Most of his errors have been being done by clever movement from top strikers, which unfortunately comes with the territory for a young defender. Once he's learned to anticipate those little tricks he'll be a full international player.
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    Let's get Jarrod bowen

    The club won't break it's wage structure for one player. However, if we sell 2-3 players for £60m or so I can see a portion of that money going into the wages pot which could help encourage the others to stay. Could be another £10m promotion bonus on the cards? It's an all-round odd situation with Pukki. Will a top club want to spend the money we would demand (think how much he'd cost to replace...) for a 30 year old with one successful season in a top league in his entire career? Maybe the club can come up with a "creative" solution to giving him the money needed to make him stay.
  16. I don't think you understand football. Young players are expected to make mistakes. Name me a player who was the finished article at 21? What clubs do is weigh up a players age, attributes, game intelligence etc and compare to the number of mistakes they make (which will inevitably decline as they get more experienced). Our young players are some of the best in the country by that measure and will go for around the sums being quoted. You seriously think a 21year old already proven to be a highly capable Premier League attacking player is worth a couple of million more than the Murphy brothers, or the same price as Pritchard??!
  17. Why would you not think that this isn't distinctly possible from the position we are currently in? The club have signed and developed players for peanuts who are now worth fortunes. This isn't luck, it is clever strategy which has been proven to work incredibly well. What possible reason is there not to be confidant that this won't continue; and with a much bigger pot of money to play with? Have Webber, Farke, the scouting team, the academy team left?? Have I missed something from over here in South America?
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    Given up

    We have a wage policy for a reason and that "all in it together" feel is one of the reasons for our success last season. I really struggle to imagine who we could've signed who would've radically improved the team, who wouldn't have smashed that structure. People moan with hindsight about not signing another CB, yet at the start of the season we had Klose, Godfrey and Zimm, so any incoming CB would have probably ended up fighting with Hanley over fourth spot if it hadn't been for the crippling injury crisis. Who could we have signed on reasonable wages for that position?
  19. Had Klose not been crocked I believe we'd be 6 points better off right now. The fact is that people moaning that we didn't sign another centre half are not factoring in that a centre half worth signing would not have come to be fourth or fifth choice.
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    Fire sale

    I have a hunch we may spend more in January than we expect- the logic being that we are more attractive as a Premier league club and the club know they have virtually guaranteed big fees to come in at the end of the season. I would've thought smart agents would promote the club to their clients knowing that they have a good chance of replacing outgoing players.
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    Genuine question

    Unfortunately I think a lot of us were naive in thinking our slick style was ready made for the Prem and Sheffield United's more agricultural style would be found out. The only teams we've bossed have seemed a bit arrogant and not really battled and closed us down. I still think if we can keep our more physical players fit and in form we have a chance. And of course, Farke is still the man and will be even if we go down.
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    Team for Arsenal?

    Superb half from Todd. He was absolutely everywhere.
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    Ricardo's report AGM 2019

    Anybody who feels like nerding out can check this website for attendance stats. Some are pretty shocking- Wolves were down to 4k average in the 80's, Villa had an average of 15k one season in the top division, Chelsea were regularly down at around 12k and even clubs like Newcastle regularly averaged below 20k.http://www.european-football-statistics.co.uk/attn.htm
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    Ricardo's report AGM 2019

    Many clubs who currently get bigger gates than us got similar or less than us in the 80's and 90's. I remember a Chelsea v Man.City game with a crowd of 11k. We used to get crowds similar to West Ham and would generally be above clubs like Southampton. Another factor is that the local population has grown fairly rapidly in the last 30years and transport links have improved immensely. One thing that hasn't changed much is that City are still the only glamorous entertainment in the area! I agree with your last paragraph.
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    Ricardo's report AGM 2019

    Whenever I've looked at it City have had the highest percentage of seats filled outside the big six or seven for twelve seasons. Being at 95% or so of home seat capacity is regarded by clubs as an indisputable sign that extra capacity is needed. Most clubs are way below that yet still expand and often see a large improvement in gates after expansion. Pointing out that for some games away seats, single seats and restricted view seats haven't sold out isn't really a strong argument. Clubs know that there is a very limited number of people willing to take those seats- frankly, if they sell out too it is seen as a bonus. I do think some of the arguments against expansion are sensible and understandable but really it boils down to catchment area and demand (both of which are there in spades) and whether the club feels it is in a realistically healthy position to be fairly successful in the next decade (which again is looking like a yes). One interesting thing from the AGM is that they are clearly looking at two stands, so may be able to do one, taking us to say 32,000, then see how demand pans out over a few seasons before taking on the next one. In my opinion the first one will be done within the three years Webber has committed to.
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