Norwich City will be the team to beat next season, says Wigan boss Uwe Rosler

Wigan Athletic manager Uwe Rosler shouts directions to his team from the touchline during the FA Cup Semi Final match at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. Wigan Athletic manager Uwe Rosler shouts directions to his team from the touchline during the FA Cup Semi Final match at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
6:30 AM

Norwich City will be a major force in the Championship promotion stakes, in the view of rival Wigan boss Uwe Rosler.

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The German guided his club to the play-offs last season before losing to eventual winners QPR and Rosler is convinced Neil Adams has the squad to challenge for an instant Premier League return. Rosler also respects the Canaries’ recent Championship pedigree after earning promotion in 2011.

“This year will be even harder than last year,” he said, with City scheduled to travel to the Latics on December 6 before a Carrow Road league return on March 3. “You look at Fulham and Cardiff and financially they have a very big budget whilst Norwich will be very, very competitive, keeping the nucleus of their team and they know what it takes to get promotion.

“This season will not be won in the first ten games, it’s a marathon and we have to make sure we are there at the end.”

Wigan failed to bounce back at the first attempt last season and Rosler knows the odds are even tougher this time around.

“There will be teams from last year as well who will get better too so it’s only going to get tougher but we knew that and we have to do everything we can do to get out of that league as soon as possible,” he told Wigan’s official site. “The longer you stay in the Championship the more difficult it’s to get out because the financial rewards get less and less from the parachute payments and that means you have to play catch up more and more. I think for us next year it’s vital for us to have a real go in terms of going to the Premier League.”

Derby look set to challenge as well following their Wembley play-off final defeat and Rams’ assistant boss Paul Simpson is not worried by the £60m parachute payments available to relegated trio City, Cardiff and Fulham.

“There are always teams who are starting however many millions better off because of the parachute payments – and that’s exactly the same this season,” he said. “But that doesn’t matter – it’s about going out and performing how we’re capable of. If we do that and get a performance, we know we’ll get a result on many occasions.”

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  • `Poppekak` would be a good name for a Saarth Ifrikan beer, Steely? I can picture the pump-clip now; a puppet on a chain kakking its keks. The last drop... Afrikaans is, after all, a creation of the 17th Century Dutch settlers (as you well know!). Do you have any insight into the term "balderdash". I`m on the case.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 27, 2014

  • Or was yours a back-reference to that stout "Geniuss" from Dave Winter`s brewery, Cecil? He certainly brews a good drop, bless him.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 27, 2014

  • You`ve lost me there, Cecil. What`s Davy`s wallop?? Another good word: "Balderdash". Apparently this word dates from the 16th Century and used to mean "a frothy, unappetising mixture of drinks" - so maybe another "wallop" connection? I have been unable to delve into the etymology as yet. I bet it`s Dutch - or Double Dutch ;-) The dash bit may be as simple as the "dash" as in "lemon and a dash", which was a very profitable way of selling lemonade at beer prices. My dear old mum used to drink that when she was feeling adventurous. Dear (mean) old dad would get her a lemonade and add a "dash" of his own beer (or someone else`s if they weren`t looking!).

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 27, 2014

  • Yes, MB, Ive had Davy's wallop which you may know. It's as deadly as it is delicious.

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    Cecil

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • Nigeria are the only side to not let a goal in yet. We should have a look at their captain Joseph Yobo. ;)

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

  • After watching the world cup i seen some great teams and some fantastic football play.Then we come to England how poor english football is you take all of the players from aboard out of the premiership what have we got just another championship . The english football has got to change from the ones who run it at the top down to the grass roots if England want to win a world cup. ?

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    DOBBY1970

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

  • He scored against us at Main Road I recall!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

  • What does Rosler know about NC unless he has a crystal ball as he has only seen City in a season of relagation from the Prem. More rubbish paper filling.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

  • Mind games - ALREADY??!

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    Patrick Grey

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

  • Great post DJ_Fram! Stuart Pearce, whether you respect him as a person, a manager, a player, what ever, made a very good point the other day on talksport. Look back at the Uefa Under-21 Championship final in 2009. England despite losing reached a FINAL of a championship. Germany brushed England aside but it was a great success even reaching a final. Fast forward to 2014 and from that German line up in the final 6 (maybe 7, cant remember off top of my head) players are in the current 1st choice German line up. How many England players from that u21 line up in 2009 have made it to the England 2014 squad? 1.....James Milner. Thats how scary a place the england squad is in. Englands line up in that u21 final was Loach; Cranie (Gardner 80), Richards, Onuoha (Mancienne h-t), Gibbs; Muamba (Rodwell 77); MILNER, Cattermole, Noble, Johnson; Walcott. The German line up was: NEUER; Beck, HOEWEDES, BOATENG, Boernisch; HUMMELS; Johnson (Schwaab 68), Castro, KHEDIRA, OZIL; Wagner.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

  • Pride and passion play a part as do ability, fitness and dozens of other factors. I've been part of the Belgian system for 20 years as player, manager and club president and can't put my finger on why a small country like Belgium can produce the quality is does (albeit without winning anything yet) and we can't. It's not all about the Premier either as we were pants before that started too. Thin lines sometimes as well, winning losing on pens, hitting the woodwork, disallowed goals, picking Phil Nelville. One day hopefully in my lifetime again we will have success both with Norwich and England. I still believe......

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

  • Passion & Pride. Although im biased about the USMNT being better than some think, I agree and it was proved again by the greeks. No ideas above their station thinking they are better than what they are. Game plan, passion & pride and hard work.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

  • Did not even bother to tune in to the England game and given the flop of the big screen coverage I wasn't alone. Got myself hooked on England trying to save the game against Sri Lanka. I watched the Greeks later on and again was impressed (like the USA) how a team of (what appears to be) average talent can come together and give a huge performance when needed. Brew - I think dolls p00 has a similar translation in Afrikaans.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

  • I cant believe what happened yesterday evening at the world cup. Surely thats bigger than any issues we are talking about. The blokes lost the plot, he's insane, he needs locking up. Who plays Smalling & Jones in the same line up? ;)

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

  • Btbtbtw; "Codswallop" doesn`t have a clear derivation. The OED ventures that it might be something to do with a chap called Hiram Codd, who invented a bottle for fizzy drinks, but that seems tenuous at best... or even tangential. The `wallop` bit could be a reference to English slang for alcoholic drink, especially beer. "Poppyc0ck" is more interesting. Some sources say it derives from Dutch dialect for `dolls h1t` - "poppekak". There is an expression "zofijn als gemalen poppekak", literally "as fine as powdered dolls` p00". Oddly, it refers to `excessive religious zeal`. Now that IS tangential. Out on the periphery, the dear old OED believes poppyc0ck to be derived, again Dutch, from "pappekak" which translates as `soft dung`. I seem to recall people being described as "soft as $h1 t", meaning stupid. Anyway; poppyc0ck is a superbly descriptive word, as is codswallop. Thanks for opening this avenue of thought, Cecil. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

  • Well, Cecil, I meant `tangential` in the sense of `a completely different line of thought`. Funnily enough, and young Divot might like this, the OED also has `peripheral`as an alternative.... so, to freshen up next season`s codswallop, The Padster could write `De tractor boys, Dissenters, outsiders, and those off on a tangent`. Btw, I wouldn`t presume to describe TK`s coments as `codswallop`; I just found them a bit, well, peripheral ;-) Btbtw; it`s interesting that the "DDPs" also turned out to be 100% correct about those things they were detracting and dissenting about from their tangential position on the outside. Eh, Paddy? On topic, imagine if young Kylie Rafferty, finding himself marooned in mid-table with Norwich, reworked "Stuck in the Middle with You".

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

  • Just a thought on the national side, how many non qualified for england players are in our leagues, and how many england qualified players are playing in overseas leagues.?. the problem is that our up and coming players dont get a look in , and drop down our leagues to get games , maybe they should consider playing in smaller euro leagues for clubs that get regular success in their leagues and some euro competition exposure. And Radio Partridge via Ceefax have Lafferty passing his medical and just dotting the i's and crossing the t's brfore the announcement of his signing.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

  • 'Tangential' being a euphemism for codswallop?

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

  • Btw; I`m speaking as somebody with `dual Nationality` here - my maternal great-grandmother once went to Bury St. Edmunds. They dug him up later ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Wow, TK! That was tangential, even by Nigella Forage`s standards! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • I agree with Matt on the issue of Pride and Passion for the game, for me one of the biggest problems has been caused by the drive to so called multi-culturism. The few real English left are now almost frightened of declaring a pride in our flag and nation. There was nothing wrong with the English culture so we should let all players embrace it, play the game the English way and if we go out, go out with pride.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Andrew Lawn I see since I posted this morning that Gerrard has come out with a similar opinion about lack of drive by English players being to comfortable with their plush cars and pampered lifestyles.!

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    goldie

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Mattias is right - passion is a factor - it takes you the extra yard! Look at Chile - not a particularly talented bunch but singing their national anthem with passion then transferring that to the pitch. Watching England was like watching Norwich last season - where was the consistency? Where was the passion? The Canaries should exhibit pride and passion in playing for a great chunk of Eastern England - home of the Angles!

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    mardler

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • I have to agree, a bit with Goldie. Not necessarily at the time they get to international level (nobody could doubt Gerrard's commitment, just his ability nowadays) but at the youngest level. Nowadays as a country we are a bit too wealthy as a nation, so that lots of kids can afford other distractions rather than playing football. Also nowadays parents may be a bit less encouraging of their kids to take up football full time when there are other well paying jobs available. This is just one of many factors that could lead to England's international doldrums.

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    PaulWho

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Don't be too hard on yourself Andrew. On the evidence of last season's performances you'd have gone straight into the first team.....

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Goldie - that assessment is absolute rubbish and tells you more about the quality of punditry than the abilities or desire of teams. England, like Norwich last year, didn't take their chances and conceded poor goals. If you do that you lose games. This seemingly endless claim of "if we just wanted it more, we'd be good" is tiresome. I really really really want to play for Norwich, but that doesn't compensate for ability.

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    Andrew Lawn

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • I think England's poor showing was summed up nicely by one of the pundits at the World Cup when he said some of the smaller teams that have performed well did so because their players wanted to use football to get out of poverty whilst for example players like Rooney who are living the good life have no real incentive to die for their country. Thats why City would do well with up and coming hungry players who will give their all to move on and up. IMO.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • sorry for spelling mis take hit the wrong key

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    DOBBY1970

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • just looked at the championship league for this season looking at it Norwich look at home not out of place in this league. I will make my view where city will finish i got it spot on at the start of last season saying that city would be relegated and that Lambert would leave the season before. As for this coming season Norwich will not go straight back up not many clubs do it take they will finish just out side of the play offs.

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    DOBBY1970

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • If I can put my dual nationality thoughts into context here (My fathers parents are american) steely dan, The US national team was forward planning for this tournement 2 years previous to Englands planning and prep. From conditions to locations to tactics, they were planning. Some will say it doesn't play a part but passion is a huge factor. In the UK people are so quick to moan over everything (heck im one of them!) the first chance they get. However in the states they truly embrace each sport. From just singing the national athem you can see how much its means for every player to represent their nation. Not saying the UK players dont care but they are certainly not as passionate as other nations. Look at Mexico. Certainly low on quality but passion in abundance! Passion does make a difference. Like Harry Redknapp recently highlighted, players look for ways out of playing for England at times. They mumble the national anthem and hardly seem bothered. Why should they as well when you get picked for playing for a major club rather than playing well for a smaller club? An lets not forget whats really important, focusing on playing in the biggest tournement you'll face....or recording the latest Dorito or Head & shoulders com! With most the USMNT playing abroad they still fly 1000s of miles just for friendlies and never shy away from representing their nation however tired they may be from there own league football etc. Football (soccer) isnt the biggest by any means in the states but its growing so fast and the standard of players is getting better all the time. English football is in a shambles, from grassroots all the way to the top. Its not going to change, certainly not with the current man at the top in charge making silly suggestions like B Teams etc. Blame does not stop their though as the media dont help. The nationals decided to run stories having a pop at Rooney before the tournement even started. Doom & gloom sells more papers afterall. Anyway thats enough boring you with my views on the USA & England. :)

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • If I can put my dual nationality thoughts into context here (My fathers parents are american) steely dan, The US national team was forward planning for this tournement 2 years previous to Englands planning and prep. From conditions to locations to tactics, they were planning. Some will say it doesn't play a part but passion is a huge factor. In the UK people are so quick to moan and groan over everything (heck im one of them!) and stick the knife in at the first chance. However in the states they truly embrace each sport. From just singing the national athem you can see how much its means for every player to represent their nation. Not saying the UK players dont care but they are certainly not as passionate as other nations. Look at Mexico. Certainly low on quality but passion in abundance! Passion does make a difference. Like Harry Redknapp recently highlighted, players look for ways out of playing for England at times. They mumble the national anthem and hardly seem bothered. Why should they as well when you get picked for playing for a major club rather than playing well for a smaller club? An lets not forget whats really important, focusing on playing in the biggest tournement you'll face....or recording the latest Dorito or Head & shoulders advert! With most the USMNT playing abroad they still fly 1000s of miles just for friendlies and never shy away from representing their nation however tired they may be from there own league football etc. Football (soccer) isnt the biggest by any means in the states but its growing so fast and the standard of players is getting better all the time. English football is in a shambles, from grassroots all the way to the top. Its not going to change, certainly not with Mr Dyke in charge making silly suggestions like B Teams etc. Blame does not stop their though as the media dont help. The nationals decided to run stories having a pop at Rooney before the tournement even started. Doom & gloom sells more papers afterall. Anyway thats enough boring you with my views on the USA & England. :)

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Indeed, Fagen. Also, though they lost all their games, the Aussies put up a respectable show, specially vs The Netherlands (and they give nothing away; those pompous, penny-pinching polderists). Perhaps the totally veracious Barra `Arry has given us a clue. Clubs and players do not have the required mix of desire and ability. Those that want to - can`t. Those that can`t - want to. Those, that both can and want to, are not English. The stranglehold of The Smugsters at the Old FA rts` Club needs to be broken. Not going to happen anytime soon. That`s why Hodgson is manager. Great little forelock, Roy....

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Talking about management, if I could bore everybody by mentioning the World Cup. The great and the good say that it will be donkeys years before England have the players good enough to compete at the WC level which is correct. Yet the good old USA with what appears a bit of a rag tag bunch of players are totally competitive. Wonder if this is down to organisation and management.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Totally agree chap!!! Kept saying it all last season. It was a man-management issue more than anything else. Last season we had a really good squad. Likely the best we've ever had, but were totally miss-managed. good players under the wrong manager simply wont work out. Hopefully we get the right mix under Adams. Players who in some fans eyes were worthless, over priced, etc...may suddenly become very effective and in turn shock a lot of clubs as well as they may not have been expecting it either.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • There isn't that much difference between teams at the bottom of the prem and the top of the championship. The motivation of a team looking upwards over a team that has just come down, plus the experience of playing at this level, may balance out with the benefits bought with parachute payments. Hopefully we can get the right team together, and our new management can crack this league and at least get us a shot in the playoffs

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    canary can-can

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • I hope that was not a criticism of the `journo`, Mattias, you scamp! Tut. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Next season, it`ll be Iceland ham off-cut sarnies in Tesco Value bread, washed down with mugs of tea, in the directorial Corpulent entertaining box. Perhaps the club will cut back on the troglodytic hordes of silly forkers who emerge, blinking, into the half-time sunlight?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • A little misleading as those parachute payments of £60m are spread over four years. At least that is what Lincs has told us. This being the case we face a loss of revenue on the tv money of £65m this season. So far there is no indication that we are cutting costs to account for this.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • So basically the headline should be "Cardiff & Fulham will be the teams to beat next season......and NCFC if they keep the nucleus of their side will be ok as well". Dont like moaning but they are setting themselves up lately.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • The one thing we had last time that we don't have now is momentum. It's essential we get off to a good start and get some good wins under our belt. First up though is a team with momentum. It'll be interesting.

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    Flying Canary

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • We didn't have too many parachute payments the last time we went up,so that logic dosn't always apply

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    philip crawshaw

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • No team has the divine right to go straight back up no matter how much financial clout they have over the rest of the division. Team work and hard graft will be the key to success .......... plus banging in a shed load of goals OTBC !

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    nevermindthedanger

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Misleading headline - looks to me like he's saying Cardiff and Fulham are the teams to beat.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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