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Dubai Mark

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  1. Thanks as usual for report Ricardo, I think we watched the same match. We was robbed !
  2. Yes I am too, Poringland where I live before coming here was excellent for the match. So, enjoy it everyone, I will be with the no less passionate UAE Canaries down the pub. Also, special request to Ricardo.......would be great if you started to post your match reports on here in the future, thanks
  3. Great news, I seriously believe he will be our future Captain and will play for England, expect a big season from him.
  4. In reality both Watford & Bournemouth are catching up with us. Once our squad had direction, organisation and motivation it showed last season just how much stronger than those two clubs it was, of that there is no doubt. We HAVE already strengthened with some quality and then we have no reason to suspect we wont see at least a couple more, but lets not go down the route of simply bringing in numbers when we already have decent strength and quality plus very good EPL experience too.
  5. Had the OP come from anybody else then that person certainly would have not received some of these responses. Anyway, its a decent OP subject to get reaction and debate from, exactly what message boards are designed to do. I do get where you are coming from LDC and respect your opinion, and it certainly is not impossible. BUT.....and its a big BUT, there are definitely more than six clubs with way more resources than us and much stronger squads, even when taking into account that our squad does seem to be under estimated by many, including City fans. I feel that a Stoke or a Southampton could possibly sneak into the top six with a fair wind and luck on their side, and that if we survive this season and build our squad for two or three more seasons, then and only then could we dream of such a situation, and as the season pass it will probably be a bigger challenge. Sure, you can do it for a week or two, up to maybe Christmas, but then as we have seen so many times those clubs with squad strength and depth really start to push on as the "surprise package" is found out and the squad doesnt hold up .
  6. He wont be far wrong, the EPL shapes up pretty much like this most seasons, few surprises. I disagree with Swansea, I dont think they will be close to top 6. As for our great team, we surely all know and expect that it will be a real battle to keep out of the scrap down at the bottom, and to do just that will be a decent achievement. What I just get so annoyed about is, that so many even knowing this will come on here slagging everything about the club off as per usual. Anything better than simply keeping clear of the bottom three, like maintaining mid table throughout the season will be a major achievement. The club is in good hands and I am looking forward to avoiding the scrap!
  7. I see the sticks are coming out to beat the club with before a ball has been kicked this season. My guess is, that in reality, we will never know the answer to this question. Why? Because the majority of transfer headlines we read are either made up by the player''s agents, the media or these days even social media. We will read that five EPL sides were/are interested when in reality only one club was/is, pretty obvious really, which is why I never get excited about transfers until I see those original pictures with our new player either wearing or holding a City shirt. I wonder which clubs we beat to the signature of....."The Wolf" ???
  8. What a great thread, no insults flying around. I just do think that many are under estimating the squad we have, sure more strengthening is needed, but it should be very selective, and that is what appears to be happening. Also, as has been pointed out, in terms of what we can afford, we should be realistic.
  9. I would much rather have Wickham in our squad than RVW. Even in a patchy career to date I have seen him play some decent games, and given a run I wouldnt be at all surprised to see him notch regularly. Palace must not be taken lightly.
  10. Yes, a true legend from a magic era. Had the pleasure to see her perform some years back in Great Yarmouth, she was terrific. Great lady.....
  11. Phew yet again Hoooton is the reason for a player''s performance or under performance, get''s tedious. On all accounts he was as inconsistent if not more so at Loftus Road. Sure on his day a cracking player, but a lot of mediocrity in between regardless of who is the manager. I too much prefer Mulumbu.......as I am sure the majority will when looking back on Fer''s few great games for us.
  12. Yes, I am positive but also realistic. I expect to see one or two more in and can see us being a difficult side to play against. The pace at the back at this level is a concern, but it will also be fir many other clubs without the mega millions. So, yes positive from me too
  13. Of course it really is impossible to know whether this is a "made up role" or one that is required, but I am sure, like me, most on here smiled a bit when you read the announcement. Of course, it is great that the club did what they said and gave him a position, and of course for NA its a salary coming in whilst also working at his favourite club, so now he can take his time looking elsewhere if he so desires, he is undoubtedly a good man. That said, when I really think about it, I personally do actually suspect that it is a required role within the scope of the club. I was just trying to think of a few other roles he could have been given.....of course, very important roles......I came up with two he may have found of interest... Coach Inspection Manager: "with the players travelling so many miles to away games, it is crucial that the coach they travel in meets all of the requirements in terms of comfort, temperature and other key areas. We have been searching Europe to find the quality of person required with the right experience who can check the coach market to ensure that the Norwich City footballers transport to away games meets our very high premier league standards. Neil meets all the criteria, particularly as since his departure he has been touring the Norfolk Broads in a 54 seater Easton''s Volvo coach, in which incidentally he was particularly impressed with the leg room, and this training has enabled him to be awarded the Level 1 coach-ing badge. Footwear Analyst Manager: "with the choice of football boots being so key to optimum performance in the modern game, it is crucial that every player wears the correct footwear, not only in terms of whether its a moulded sole or not, but also in terms of comfort, brand, standard or ankle boot and most important the colour. Now we have three amazing new kit designs, it is of great importance that the colours of our players boots do not colour clash with our new kit, and in particular with the Aviva logo. We scoured Europe to find the person with the right level of experience for this key role, and Neil met all of the requirements. During his career Neil has worn a multitude of different kits and boots,and whilst having a penchant for a black Puma boot himself, Neil has also seen almost every colour boot in action since he took a break from the club and is now very keen to start work again with us, so that the team are fully colour coodinated for the first match against Crystal Palace, he has a lot of work to do and we wish him well"
  14. Wiz, down boy! Seriously though, if rumour true and that is very unlikely, Crouch even at 34 is still a very handy option to have. He looked fit last season and was effective when played, still a real problem and has great work ethic. plus on all accounts is great for team spirit. I am a huge believer in that you can never have enough striker options, and he would give us that something different.
  15. I think that other than the very top CB''s who cost tens of millions, and there are not that many, in the EPL you expect your CB''s to be done for pace and turned occasionally. The level and pace of the strikers even at the lesser EPL sides is exceptional. For me, its more about how you defend as a "team", work ethic etc
  16. Another great pre season work out, will have zero bearing on when it gets serious and the first choice eleven line up vs Palarse......
  17. Another good subject to discuss. I like both Bass and Martin as players and they do form a decent partnership. However, the secret of the recent success is I feel down to the management getting the players to work harder across the team on their defensive duties. Previously our back four was left exposed a lot and even the best CB''s will get turned when they have fast players running at them more often than they should. AS for going back in time, I remember Phelan as a midfield player, but was always impressed by Stringer and Forbes and we have had many good CB''s since.
  18. Good OP subject. For me I think first we need to realise that with just one player taking an injury that keeps him out and one out of form, then we can see why we have plenty of options. This Manager from what we have seen to date will almost certainly make subtle changes in the midfield set up throughout the season, probably meaning the majority will all end up with a minimum 10 or so starts and maximum 25. I really do see Vadis coming good this season and certainly would be very disappointed of Bradley Johnson did not get a fair crack after his terrific season. Also, I doubt Mulumbu has come in to be a bench warmer the majority of the time.
  19. McClaren a "poor Manager"...... he has a very decent win ratio, better than Paul Lambert. Oh, great OP and like many others who are not going hysterical, I too, whilst a little frustrated am comfortable with the situation and trusting a very good management team to do what is best for the club.
  20. I really dont get why bthere is quite so much fuss, whilst the kits are not the best ever, they are also not that bad. I''d even say that each is a grower, the home kit particularly. Maybe its just that its been some time since some City fans had something to moan about, and we cant have that now can we.
  21. Such a nice sentiment in this OP to get somebody sacked simply because you dont like the new shirt designs. Its a matter of opinion, and the new designs are relatively radical so will undoubtedly have those who do not like, those that do and some in the middle. For me, I do not dislike any of them , but none are my favorites of all time. I can understand why they are all very different and also can see that there has been a challenge with the sponsors logo requirements, as without it or with a compromise all three shirts would be much better. Also, other than a few seasons with a green away strip, we usually do not see yellow other than in the badge, so this year is different.
  22. On RVW, AN is a canny Scot, and for a young manager knows exactly the right thing to say.......and he did just that. Consequently, RVW is probably still the player the club want to get out of the door the most, but in the meantime have probably agreed to be very professional, keep him in the shop window and keep him motivated to play for us just in case we are lumbered with him and get desperate.
  23. Must admit I had to look him up as World Cup has been lost in my memory just about now. This would clearly be a significant signing, if the rumour is reliable, then surely we must have a chance of signing him. Him being a Muslim doesnt come in to it.
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