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  1. Jack Barak

    Things to do/places to stay in Norfolk

    Wells is great for the beach, especially with kids. If you go in the Summer you do need to get there by about 10.30 if you want to park near the beach cafe - this makes it much easier to get your stuff and children on the beach. The town at Wells is also nice, fish and chips on the quay are good. Mundsley is a great beach. You can park behind the shops and it is a short walk down tot he sand. There is a cafe on the beach that does okay food, handy if you haven't brought what you need. You can rent deck chairs for a reasonable fee, so that might save some carrying. The sea is safe for the kids to swim in and there are life guards. Holkham - the estate is lovely and normally costs about £3 to park during the Summer. They have a good play area and lots of grounds to wander around. One the other side of the road is the beach, this is smashing but probably going to be a bit difficult if you have four youngsters. It is a 15 minute walk to get to the really sandy bit and that might be a pain with the kids. Brancaster is my favourite beach in Norfolk. Long sandy beach, relatively quiet, but there aren't life guards and when the tide goes out it can be a 10 minute walk to find it again. Brancaster is really close to Hunstanton so we tend to work up an appetite on the beach and then go to Sunny Hunny for Fish and Chips ('fishers' on the green does a really good meal). Cromer and Sheringham - Cromer is my preference but very similar. Nice towns, good beaches, very convenient. In terms of more organised places: Bewilderwood - as mentioned above. Good for a day, walkways int he trees and slides etc. Will keep the kids going and they will be knackered come the end of it. Banham Zoo, Amazonia, Africa Alive - as the names suggest, all animal parks. Not my thing so I haven't been but the wife and kids have and they enjoyed it. Sea Life Centres (Yarmouth and Hunstanton) - I have only been to the Hunstanton one, was good. What can you say, fish and penguins and that. Norwich Castle and Cathedrals - Check what is on but they are well worth a visit. The castle is really good and has a museum attached. The CofE Cathedral is near the river, good pubs and a nice walk. Some interesting shops. The RC Cathedral is at the top of Grapes hill. Nice part of the City too, little shops but quite pricey. Good if they are doing tours because you can go to the top - might be a grind with the kids though. I am sure others can add to this. Good luck and enjoy, the coast is bloody smashing!
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    Predictions for spending this window?

    I can't see too much being spent, maybe one or two buys for up to £5m and then the rest will be frees, loans and youth players. The intention is clearly to stack the youth teams and build for the future so I cannot see us moving too far away from that. For what it is worth I am more than happy with that as a plan, build for the future and actually look further ahead than the next transfer window.
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    Help appreciated

    I'll have a Google, thanks for the tip. I have not had one jot of luck with this, like bloody ninja's. You'd think they would want to advertise their services but instead they are harder to find than a Binner fan who was actually alive when their 'glorious history' was made.
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    Help appreciated

    Come on, just help me out. Something from John Hopkins, San Jose State...anything like that.
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    Help appreciated

    I appreciate the effort, I'll just keep my eyes open and see if I can find one...bloody needle in a hay stack.
  6. Morning All I know this is a real shot in the dark but I don't suppose anyone could point me to a service for writing university work / just getting a diploma could they? I have looked everywhere and just cannot find a link. Any help much appreciated.
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    Brum Sack Gary Monk.

    I quite like what GM does and I don't think his football is that dire that a struggling club could afford to change him but it must start to raise questions that he has move / been moved on from so many clubs after such short periods of time. It is difficult to see where he might go next, maybe Derby if Frank moves to Chelsea.
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    Play Off Dilemma

    Bristol, Boro or West Brom for me.
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    Daniel and Liverpool connections?

    The only loans I think would want are if we can get a promising young striker to act as cover. Strikers tend to be the most expensive players and with figures of £20m being talked about for the best young players in the Champ it would make sense to borrow this for yer one if we can.
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    Funniest Leeds Tweets

    It's difficult for us, we get promoted quite often so know how to behave, more of novelty in other circles. Also, the pitch invasion is a bit of a cliche if it happens every time.
  11. I saw that quote and wondered too, having listened to the Owain Tudor- Jones podcast where he speaks to Russ Martin I wonder if it was the catalyst for his departure.
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    Out of Contract Players

    I would like to see us keep him so long as the deal isn't too onerous in terms of fee or wages. He offers something coming off the bench and has been invaluable when we are chasing games. Also, he seems to be a really big character in the squad and I think we need to preserve that as much as possible.
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    Prem TV money next season ?

    The overseas money is only split on league position after the current level is split evenly, so this isn't too bad. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jun/07/premier-league-big-six-win-battle-overseas-television-rights The TV money seems to be in the region of £90m - £100m if you finish bottom and then obviously the increased ticketing and merchandise. All in it will probably a £130m - £140m season next year. I guess it will be similar to the last time we went up though in that we will show a smaller profit in year 1 due to the bonuses that become payable on promotion (as I remeber we did post a small loss when we up under Lambert or this reason), this then washes through in year 2 and beyond.
  14. Our wages already exceed this so I assume they are talking about a £20m addition to what we currently have.
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    Norwich transfer budget next season

    Olivera will most probably go to Reading, Pinto, Jarvis, Wildschut and Naismith are out of contract as far as I understand which will save a serious chunk of money. I would expect Marshall to move for what we paid for him but we are probably stuck with Husband for another year until his deal expires. Either way we will have trimmed most of the waste from the squad so have wages and transfer money to spend. Like you I expect us to be looking for bargains in the Bundesliga 1 and 2 again, but so far that has gone rather well. I guess the only consideration might be the need for homegrown players especially if we have an eye on what might happen if we are relegated at the end of the year.