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Bethnal Yellow and Green

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  1. Wales have are now introducing mandatory checks to large events with over 11,000 people from 11 October. This is the kind of policy change the Premier League is preparing for - while possible for fans to refuse (politely I would hope) to show vaccination status or negative test right now in England - it may not be that way for too much longer.
  2. I suspect they may have a 10 minute period where they ask everyone for it, and see how many people get into the stadium in that time compared to normal. If it dramatically slows things down, then I can see some clubs with large stadiums having to allocate arrival times to fans so they can make sure everyone is seated by kick off. By the looks of it, nothing. They say it is voluntary.
  3. It is prep in case the Government make it compulsory for anyone attending large events to have these things (negative test, vaccination etc). Premier League being sensible in trialing it out to see how much it slows down entrance and also getting fans used to the idea they may asked for and require these things in the future. Better fans learn how to get their Covid passport etc now rather than being told it will be compulsory 48 hours before a game later in the season.
  4. When you look at the actual position the players adopted versus Arsenal, while the 'base' formation is listed as 4-3-3, it looks more like a lopsided 4-2-3-1 in practice. Against Leicester, McLean tucked in deeper on the left-hand side while PLM pushed further forward on the right-hand side. It makes sense for Norwich to do something different in the Prem than they do in the Championship as they have swung from being one of the best teams in the league to one of the worst. Carrying on as if nothing had changed would be strange. Will be interesting to see what Farke pulls out of the bag for the Watford game. It will be the first game where Norwich will be expected to be on the front foot and Farke may revert back to the 4-2-3-1 base formation.
  5. Kabak has played 120 mins of football since May - not a surprise he might not be ready to start tomorrow. Not sure where the idea that Farke takes new long with signings comes from - Dimi came straight into the team in Jan as did Williams recently. If there is a clear place for a player then Farke puts them in.
  6. It definitely was better that than having Watford, Brentford, Newcastle in the first few weeks - but doesn't change the fact it was a disaster and put Norwich on the back foot straight away. Would have been tough without many changes to the squad, but to have that while trying to integrate a bunch of new players made it particularly bad. Think the lack of cohesion across the midfield is a direct impact. If Farke can get Rashica out of his funk that he had last season and get some confidence into him then Norwich will have a real weapon in attack. Have to remember that several of the new boys are coming in off personally difficult seasons so will need to find their form.
  7. I think it is more likely that Norwich go down than stay up. Not that it represents a massive failure if the club is relegated - whether the season is a success or not shouldn't simply come down to the difference between 17th and 18th. This is one of the strongest ever Premier Leagues and while some of the established clubs hasn't been able to strengthen as much as they might have done if Covid wasn't a thing the sheer quality throughout the league is high. Norwich have a lot of new players to bed in and had the worst pre-season in memory. There is no escaping the fact that it takes time for new players to perform at their top level and it can take even longer when they are coming in from other leagues. Hopefully, Norwich can build up some momentum over the season and finish really strongly to avoid the drop - feel it needs at least one, possibly two other teams to completely implode - which is obviously beyond the club's control.
  8. McLean coming in improved things a lot from the previous games. Gilmour broke through at Chelsea doing exactly what he is doing for Norwich now. Normann will primarily challenge McLean for that spot on the left of the midfield three. I can see the same midfield on Saturday as Leicester (if McLean is fit) while Normann beds in and gets his fitness up. I suspect that if McLean isn't fit Normann will get his first start. Seems Arsenal are having a bit of a midfield crisis - no Xhaka, Elneny or Smith-Rowe. There is also a doubt over Lokongo who pulled out of the last Belgium game.
  9. I doubt Gilmour will be moved out of the CDM/anchor role even when Normann is fully up to speed. Read Connor's piece today on Norwich's midfield - the role Gilmour is playing now is his preferred position and is where he played for Chelsea and where he has played for Scotland. Normann will play where McLean/PLM are playing, but will probably sit deeper. McLean already was sitting deeper than Rupp did in his matches. In my view, PLM has been the bigger issue as he isn't up to the pace of the Prem League yet and doesn't close down quick enough, or move the ball on quick enough.
  10. There is a lot to learn when coming to a new club, especially with the system Farke plays when it isn't just hitting percentage balls over the top. Will need to know and understand the myriad of pressing triggers, positions to take in and out of possession, rotations, set piece duties etc etc. Normann will travel back to Norwich today and have training for a couple of days, whether Farke is confident he can learn what he needs to know in those few training sessions is what will determine if he can start. Farke has thrown players straight in when he is confident they get the system - Dimi played only shortly after arriving for example - but central midfield is so key he might want a little more time to work with the player. There is also the issue that Normann is working his way back to fitness, he hasn't completed a full 90 once this season so far for Rostov of Norway. So that will need to be assessed as well.
  11. Think it is more about Farke being confident he's had enough time to work with players on the training ground so they know the system and how he wants the team to play. Norwich's midfield has looked like a bunch of strangers at times this season, so chucking in Normann might not be the best move (although depends what the situation is with McLean injury). Kabak is going to be a way off fitness wise, he was frozen out at Schalke and played no pre-season to my knowledge. Tzolis is just coming back off injury and in unlikely to be ready to start. I expect a similar line up to Leicester in all honesty. Unless McLean is out and then Farke may go for Normann. Sargent had a pretty torrid international break by all accounts so suspect he'll also be on the bench.
  12. Will always be a combination, but some teams are more prepared to use video scouting and data as their primary sources of information - especially due to the pandemic and inability to travel. As I said though, would only really be done where the player cost is low, clubs wouldn't buy a crucial player without having watched them first.
  13. Yes - wonder if data will become even more important in recruitment now. While Scott was happy to use it, Norwich certainly weren't like Brighton or Brentford who use it as their primary recruitment tool. Scott said he wouldn't sign a player that he hadn't physically gone and watched, other more data lead clubs, will take that risk if the outlay is relatively small. Brighton signed Mitoma from Japan without being able to go and watch him play for over a year for example.
  14. Nice article on Norwich's window in the Telegraph - written by John Percy who is very reliable. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2021/09/09/no-longer-going-war-without-gun-inside-story-norwichs-11-new/ Nuggets include Dortmund making a bid for Aarons the day before the window closed (loan with an option). Lee Dunn has taken over as Head of Recruitment. Tzolis had been tracked for years by the academy recruitment team, and Rashica had been watched since he was at Vitesse. Well worth a read.
  15. It was against the Brentford B team, but yes, they have been working hard in the international break to get the new signings and players returning from injury/Covid up to speed. If Norwich can start well the Emirates will get toxic really quickly - so if Norwich can avoid their almost traditional early goal, then things could get pretty feisty on Saturday.
  16. The break has also been very timely for Arsenal, who will see Ben White and Gabriel return in defence and Partey back in midfield. Those three have all remained at Arsenal during the international break and will have had two weeks training with each other to prepare.
  17. That isn't confirmed yet, and it is doubtful that the players themselves would do this paperwork as these things are usually left to the FA. There is also quarantine free travel within South America for footballers, so the Argentinians are saying that Brazil moved the goalposts to disrupt the Argentinian squad. Brazil didn't enforce any quarantine periods while they were holding the Copa America in the summer either.
  18. Arsenal fans are really upset by the Oliver/Dean combo. They are convinced these two are out to get them. There was even a petition set up by Arsenal fans so Mike Dean would never referee them again, it got over 50,000 signatures.
  19. You can still get a UK work permit if you have a criminal record - depending on what the crime is of course. Rule of thumb is that if there was a sentence less than 12 months in jail you should be okay. Brazil has a different and specific rule for people entering from the UK - where they operate this 14 day quarantine period as a ****-for-tat policy as the UK has them on the 'red list'. The Premier League made a statement that clubs who had players that needed to go to on international duty to red list countries could refuse to release them. As every South American country is red listed it was a bigger impact of the South American players than European ones, where only a few countries are red listed. Rashica and Kabak both missed games as there were in red listed countries, but could still join up with their national teams for other games. FIFA rules state that clubs cannot refuse to release their players for international duty if the country and player requests it. There are potential repercussions coming down the line for the Premier League from FIFA for telling clubs they could refuse to release players. Villa agreed with Martinez and Buendia that they could go and play for Argentina (both players are desperate to represent their country and qualifying for the next world cup is seen as particularly important as it will likely be Messi's last) , but would have to leave as soon as the Brazil game was played to go to a Croatian island where they would be able to train outdoors still, but would need to remain there for 10 days. Clubs were not only worried about players missing matches due to quarantine but also being stuck in a small hotel room, unable to train or exercise and being limited to food from the hotel's restaurant. It seems the Argentinian FA had overlooked Brazil's specific UK policy when they called up the players (as had Villa) - how much the players knew about this is unclear. They would likely presume that their FA had sorted all this out for them (as normally happens in these things when players require entry permits, visas to enter countries for international duty).
  20. Kenny was the U21 coach for a couple of years and the idea was he would implement a new play style and see it through from youth to first team. I believe when he was announced as U21 coach, it was also announced that he'd take over the senior team in 2020. This is why the ROI team is a bit of a 'work in progress', they are trying to focus on younger players and develop a whole philosophy - I guess similar to what England did with the 'England DNA' plan. Unfortunately for Ireland it doesn't seem to be working as quickly as they hoped. The focus on youth is probably why players like Idah and Omobamidele get call ups - I don't think they would have done normally due to lack of game time. I'm not sure Northern Irish Neil Lennon would be a popular choice for the Ireland National Team (also the fact he is a fairly awful manager as well).
  21. While the video is a basically a glorified advert for Joma - the hire of Dr John Iga as 'Head of Strategy and Innovation' is very intriguing. He was at Huddersfield as Head of Sports Science and hired by Webber to be part of Wagner's team. He was credited with keeping the small squad relatively injury free, despite Wagner's very intense training and play style. Dr Iga was also Head of Sports Science for the FA for a while. Would be very interested to know what his role entails - the title suggests it isn’t simply as a part of the medical team. Hopefully it is Norwich trying to mimic (in a small way) Liverpool's research team, who have been a large part of their success.
  22. Yeah, sorry it was that Arsenal have made £100m in payments on bonds, but KSE recently bought those up so future payments will go to them. Although it isn't clear how much they'll make from this overall, it could be huge. As I understand it from someone at Arsenal, KSE have remortgaged their stadium with a loan from KSE (as you say) but have also loaded on all the early repayment fee's that came with paying it off early. Now KSE will take interest payments from the club themselves, rather than paying them to external lenders. The £6m was 'administration costs' to do this. (So Arsenal are basically paying their owners for their own debts and are being charged by the owners costs to do this). Wouldn't be surprised if Ipswich's new owners make a big play about how'll they will 'invest' lots of money in improving the ground/training facilities, but basically loan themselves a wad of cash and charge interest on it. Which is fair enough if they can improve the team while doing so - I don't think fans really care about how much money the owners make, as long as the team is performing well on the pitch and improving.
  23. There are plenty of ways to derive a profit, many owners pay themselves very large salaries. Bloom runs Brighton as a personal project and not for profit. Arsenal have paid their owner around £100m already over the last 5 years. I'd say it is much harder to make money from Premier League clubs as it is very difficult to increase their value - but doing it at lower leagues, especially from League One to the Championship is easier. That being said I'm sure when FSG etc look to sell their clubs they will make a healthy return, especially as they will have improved the infrastructure with loans that the club repays the owner - so they increase the value of their asset and get can income from loaning the club money! Think this is what the American investors at Palace are looking at also. Ipswich's owners can lend the clubs some money and charge interest to improve Portman Road and the training facilities and then sell the club on for a healthy profit, especially if they are in the Championship. Or stick around and everytime they make money of the sale of a player, skim a bit off the top. Also, unlike many other businesses, football clubs retain an inherent value and don't go bust easily, even where a normal business would. Even if things go horribly wrong, there is always someone who will buy the club as it is a 'brand' or they are a supporter and value the club in a way that isn't related to its book value. Wealthy Americans wouldn't keep 'investing' in football clubs if there wasn't a way to profit from it.
  24. There are plenty of ways to make a profit out of a football team without getting into the Premier League. If Ipswich can get into the Championship and implement a Brentford style model, the fund managers in America will be quite happy with the returns I'm sure - as mentioned previously on this thread they won't be looking at the next few years, but will look at this as a long-term investment, that tends to be what pension funds prioritise. If they can get Ipswich into the Championship and then they will already almost certainly have an asset worth more than the £40m they spent, and if they can develop a few £500k players into £10m players then they are laughing. In a fund worth more than a billion dollars, a £40m investment is very small. Rivalry aside, it will be really interesting to see how they get on at Ipswich - Ashton did some good work at Bristol, but made some crucial mistakes when it looked like they were getting close to being a play-off/promotion contender. It takes time to implement a good recruitment team - Webber was lucky at Norwich as behind the scenes there was a good foundation, it just needed to be given more influence and the key appointments of Scott and Badlan. Lee Darnbrough had done good work in setting up the data side of things and many of the people he brought in are still at the club. Whether it is possible for someone to copy the Brentford model with the new work permit rules is another matter though. No more Maupay, Benrahma type signings.
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