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Alex Neil confirms Norwich City are closing in on Steven Naismith deal and he is interested in Wolfsburg defender Timm Klose

Dieumerci Mbokani had two good chances in the second half of Norwich City's 3-0 Premier League defeat at Bournemouth. 
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Dieumerci Mbokani had two good chances in the second half of Norwich City's 3-0 Premier League defeat at Bournemouth. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Alex Neil revealed he finally hopes to complete a protracted move for Everton midfielder Steven Naismith after watching Norwich City’s 3-0 Premier League defeat to Bournemouth.

Neil confirmed City is in advanced discussions to seal a reported £8m move for the Scottish international, and the Canaries’ chief also made it clear he is interested in Wolfsburg defender Timm Klose.

The Germans’ sporting director, Klaus Allofs, was quoted in the German media on Saturday morning saying the clubs are close to reaching an agreement for the Swiss international defender.

“There is an interest but I can’t say any more than that at this stage,” said Neil, following Norwich’s 3-0 defeat on the south-coast. “Until it is done I can’t tell you anything about anything. You hear so much and read so much speculation that we have been linked with players. Some of it is an absolute nonsense and other parts and rumours are true. We are trying to do our business. Regarding Steven, at this moment I can say nothing for definite. There has been a lot of talk about this deal but until things are complete and its over the line there is not much to say.

“It has been nearly there for the best part of two weeks now so we’ll wait and see. If I knew what the hold up was I would tell you. He is an established Premier League player who has played at this level for a number of years. He has got goals, he is versatile, he can play off both flanks, he is determined, he is an international, he is a good lad off the pitch. There is a whole host of reasons why I would be interested.”

Neil also indicated Gary Hooper’s future could be resolved in the next few days after the Sheffield Wednesday loanee finished his current Hillsborough stint with a match-winning brace to beat Championship rivals Leeds United earlier in the day.

“At this present moment there is no news, but I would expect some news about that in the next couple of days or so,” he said.

Owls’ counterpart Carlos Carvalhal reiterated after Hooper’s brace he wants the striker to stay in Yorkshire.

“He was my first choice since the beginning and I’m sure he’s happy here,” Carvalhal said. “He’s scoring goals because he’s enjoying the way we’re playing. The negotiation part is out of my hands. I’m an optimist about the situation because the player likes to be here and enjoys the way that we play. I advise my technical team but I’m not involved in negotiations. I don’t get involved in money or agents. With this, it’s in the hands of the chairman.”

Neil, meanwhile, admitted Norwich were second best against the Cherries.

“It wasn’t a good afternoon for us,” he said. “We didn’t perform well enough. Bournemouth deserved their win. We didn’t do ourselves justice, anywhere near recent weeks. It was simply too many poor performances. We didn’t compete well enough, our use of the ball wasn’t good enough and we didn’t defend our box well enough. Combine all of that at this level and you will find it extremely difficult to win any game at this level.”

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  • Waclor, you will note that BC didn't doubt the contents of my previous post! Secondly, there are people dying out there. This thread is going nowhere and is developing into pointless boring drivel which I detest. Take a chill pill before you give yourselves heart attacks. OTBC

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    baguio

    Monday, January 18, 2016

  • So it's Baggy the victim now is it? Has it ever crossed your mind that if you were less arrogant and aggressive towards other posters on here, they would be more receptive to you, think about it. Ps it's RECKON.

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    Bald Canary

    Monday, January 18, 2016

  • Baggy, I seem to remember that when you were questioned on that stream, you became more arrogant in stating it as a fact that you knew whilst we poor peasants were completely in the dark. I do enjoy reading the posts on here and that one ranks with "Grant Holt is going nowhere" by our old friend and possibly a very close relative of yours, Steady On. He was deluded on the subject in fact the very existence of his own genius and I suspect you know that you are as well. If you wrote a bit more modestly, your posts would be much more widely appreciated.

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    waclor

    Monday, January 18, 2016

  • Been there, done that Waclor. (Sadly, BC has trouble reading too) Get with the script! What I actually said and its on line if you care to search was "My work colleague is a Wolves season ticket holder with all his mates still living in Wolverhampton. They recon that the Afobe transfer is a done deal. I don't know them and as I hate Wolves I have no wish to know them but that is what they're saying!" Now start searching because that's what I said. Nice try though!

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    baguio

    Monday, January 18, 2016

  • Not wrong Baggy? What about your vehement statement that Afobe was on his way to Norwich? Had you confused Norwich with Northwich or Narridge with Harwich, we could understand but Norwich and Bournemouth neither look nor sound at all similar. Come on then let's be having your arrogant backtracking post.

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    waclor

    Monday, January 18, 2016

  • Unfortunately fellas, the truth does hurt sometimes and some people feel the urge to hit out when their errors and mistakes are pointed out to them. Its usually those closest to them that get stuck first. I guess that this why, being part of this little EDP family you choose to hit out at me? Don't worry though, its natural. Just learn from me because my comments aren't wrong are they? INWT

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    baguio

    Monday, January 18, 2016

  • I was just about to respond to my dear old friend Baguio, when Bald Canary took all the words out of my mouth and got them on the cubicle wall before I could get the top off my felt tip pen. That's the second time he's upstaged me. Do YOU like carveries, Baguio?

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    Barking Wise

    Monday, January 18, 2016

  • ☆* . . . ♥ . ٩(^‿^)۶ . ♥ . . . *☆

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Monday, January 18, 2016

  • Do you know what is more boring Baggy? You telling everyone your right all the time, and now now it appears we are all armchair fans, spare us please. If I wasn't mistaken I would have thought you and Ole Tommy were the same person, the only difference being sometimes he does talk sense, you only talk nonsense. So on that point, go forth and multiply, because you are the most irritating person I have had the misfortune to come across, The Pub Bore would be an understatement.

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    Bald Canary

    Monday, January 18, 2016

  • OMG, these comments get worse. We had a bad day (which I predicted after the GO suspension). Bournemouth are just ahead of us. Swansea are below us and have just sold their best player. Villa and Sunderland are also dross and below us. I would have taken 17th at the start of the season and still would. A new right back has been required all season. RM does his best but we all knew that he wasn't a Premiership defender as he's just not big enough for CB or quick enough for RB. After Bournemouth's first win over us in ages suddenly Surman chose well? He's been on the losing side every other time we have played them? Now we get drivel about people's journey home (we don't care BC. This isn't FB or Twitter so please spare us). We win next week and there will be 30 comments and most of you are chair supporters will have concluded that all is well in the world again. Fickle supporters or what?

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    baguio

    Monday, January 18, 2016

  • Butty it's a funny old game, last year we went to Bournemouth where we won and the Bournemouth supporters were saying that we were the best team that had been there all season and this season we played them off the park at Carra Road. Have we gone backwards or have they improved manifold, I think neither just a bad day at the office. I hope if we do get some new players in they are not left out to get up to speed but put in the team to inject some energy and determination to win, I don't like losing but accept it if we are beaten by a better team and we give at least 100% effort.

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    Gibbo

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Good post Waclor about motivation , PL certainly did motivate , the players fought for 90 mins even if they were loosing , now they just drop their heads and sulk as you and I have said before . Remember Holty holding up play around the corner flag for 5 mins when we were 1.0 up with 10 mins to go , a lasting memory for me, also remember how many times we scored in the final mins of play

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    iMac

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Sorry Barking, we would have been delayed if Mrs BC had got her way and wanted to stop for a carvery on way, ordinarily I would have said yes, but we had one yesterday. Will bear this in mind next time I see it on 99, gonna Flake off now.

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    Bald Canary

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • The Mirror is saying the Klose deal for 8M is agreed and will be wrapped up tomorrow with a medical. Naismith and Klose and we have a chance.

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    MichiganCanary

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Nice one 'barking'. Chuckle, chuckle. I was, of course, referring to the fact that he seems to have chosen his club well.

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • One of the more disappointing aspects of our teams since Paul Lambert left is the way every few matches, the players don't seem to turn up. Under Lambert there was much more fight to the final whistle. It's as if the players are so impressed with the colours of their boots, they cannot resist dropping their heads to admire them. Their motivation seems to be fragile and shallow with no real self belief. I suppose when potential recruits don't want to join us, the players get turned off too.

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    waclor

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Surrey, it isn't about to get any easier to attract players. For the sake of prudence, I assume we insist on a relegation clause but the further we get into the season and after losing two league games on the trot, this will become more and more of a sticking point. Looking on the bright side, at least it looks as if we are getting some fees for the players who leave us rather than contracts cancelled by mutual consent as in the case of many players a few years ago. I am also assuming that "Undisclosed" is not just another way of saying: "Too pitiful to risk supporters finding out".

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    waclor

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Well, it would have been me bringing up the ton if Bald Canary had been delayed getting home from his weekend away.

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    Barking Wise

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • And just to bring up the ton on this particular cubicle wall.....Archie, please stop top showing the picture of Gary O'Neil looking menacing and Neanderthal and the picture of Declan Rudd looking lost and forlorn. There is only one thing worse than a keeper sitting on his backside, arms crossed in resignation, looking glum and hopeless..........and that is a picture of a keeper sitting on his backside, arms crossed in resignation, looking glum and hopeless...........wearing PINK. What with Nat's expensive hairdo and technicolor dream-boots, the deckchair look as exhibited by the entire team at the Britannia catwalk on Wednesday, and the hideous and rather effeminate goalkeeping strip, it does make you wonder if the players worry more about what they look like rather than running up and down Mousehold Heath to get fit, like they used to back in the days when you could have any colour football boots as long as they were black. I'm not saying that City would play any better if they abandoned this obsession with sartorial nonsense. But it might stop the opposing team's supporters from laughing as much when we concede goals (see Declan photo).

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    Barking Wise

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Just back from a weekend away and been reading the comments on here. After reading them and watching the brief highlights on MOTD, the conclusion I came to was, one striker is clearly not working. Also RM for the first goal, what was he trying to do for the first goal? Invite the player crossing for a dance? RM has had his day as a Prem player, the sooner Pinto starts the better. Would also like to see Hoops come back and play alongside CJ or just behind him. Anyway that's enough from the amateur analysts, I dare say the Pro pundits will be back on here tomorrow, with their expert views. OTBC

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    Bald Canary

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • I really don't know, Lobbo, I haven't asked him recently. But if he does possess the crystal adornment which you suggest, I'm glad (for his sake AND his wife's) that he didn't find himself on the receiving end of one of Gary O'Neil's two-footed lunges.

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    Barking Wise

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Don't be scared brew, I'm just a sometimes angry pu$$ycat...or am I? Grrrrrrr

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    lordbesty

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Don't be scared brew, I'm just a sometimes angry pussycat...or am I? Grrrrrrr

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    lordbesty

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • If the City management don't sort out their transfer in management processes, AN will put in a transfer request. Sadly we seem to be able to get people out a lot faster than we get 'em in.

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    Surrey Canary

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • If we don't make these signings I can see AN jacking it in ! Think even he's had enough of these carrot crunches who are currently responsible for transfers at NCFC

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    dave123

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • MB. Were you the person who brought up pies at the AGM? Probably more chance of getting pie quality sorted than football quality with the current ownership.

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    MichiganCanary

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Looking for a striker Alex,rumour has it Sheffield Wednesday's got some bloke called Hooper I think,scored at every level including champions league there was one club thou he had a blip,someone said they didn't play to his strengths,play to his strengths Alex and he might save you a few millions mate,as I've said many times before. The other alternatives haven't worked either that or we are not playing to our own strikers strengths. As other posters have said one up front does not suit us and as Hooper gets more regular games under his belt with Wednesday he gets better and better and before I go what about Laffo for gods sake at least give it a go. As I've said before I was at the game yesterday it was bloody woefull and embarrassing to be wearing the green and yellow,for a game that was so important it's beyond me and probably anyone else who was there,even a mate of mine whose a Bournmouth supporter who I met at the game said to me,you lot were s,,t the worse team we've seen down here,that sums it up sorry

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    butty

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Wivenhoe - my mistake, it was £4m - couldn't believe it - thought everyone had previously been talking his up as £12M plus - see how clubs get their business done quietly. We have the EDP blazing every rumour it can for all to see (or should that be all at sea). I still do not regard EDP as supporting the interests of the club. The back line has gone wobbly again and we can't score enough goals to offset their ineptitude. Is it the colder weather? Can you imagine Nobby Styles or Norman Hunter wearing gloves?

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    Surrey Canary

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Has Andrew Surman got a crystal ball?

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • I just don't believe anything that is said from Carrow Road anymore (not AN though) - just see a lot of talk to placate the City faithful - Id like to know why there are decent players going to clubs with the same financial clout - Hope I am wrong though OTBC

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    Vampire Jon

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Oh dear, forget that last line. That red wine is having an affect!

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    zebbee

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Hey guys. Lets take a moment and get things in perspective. A year ago, I believe we were outside the top 6 and the Premiership was looking a distant dream. When we got promoted, virtually everyone on here was saying they'd be content with finishing 17th. So, lets look at the positives. We are currently 16th - 4 points ahead of the 3rd relegation spot (ok only 2 ahead IF Swansea win tomorrow night but thats looking unlikely). We've got one new signing, one almost guaranteed and one looking quite promising. We only have 3 of the current top 10 teams to yet play away and have 2 home games left against teams below us. My glass remains half full - albeit I'm just about to top it up as am celebrating my winning bet on Man U today! against Newcastle7 of the top 10 away eam teams tstill to play Sunderland, |Necastle

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    zebbee

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Get your act together Norwich and sign some quality players many supporters like me are tired of this clubs excuses and lack of ambition! We appointed balls as a chairman and that's what we are getting!

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    dave123

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Ladies and Gents why you slagging off Eddie Howe he has the balls to go out and make those transfers happen to ensure they stay up and get the money back via TV. Norwich on the other hand still have no idea how to bring in quality players and only act when it's to Late. That's why they need changes on the board to support a very good young manager, who will probably walk in the Close season.

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    dave123

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • CanaryBoy65 I know it is their billionaire owner who makes the difference in what they can afford but the Financial Fair Play rules only take turnover into consideration. Norwich's annual ticket income should be c£11.5 million higher than that of Bournemouth, then you can add the extras like refreshments and other purchases by fans. The problem is that in any court case, the clubs have more money to spend on legal fees than the FA so get away with anything.

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    waclor

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Tony from Thailand - that was not taking the mick out of your comment. It was taking the mick out of my own (and the dreadful food at Carra Rud). ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • For goodness sake stop complaining. At the start of the season we all said the priority was at least 17th place and survival. You don't get 17th place by playing fantastic football every week and winning every game. You all wanted to be in the PL well this is it. And it will probably always be the same. It is not a level playing field and never will be. We will never be top of the league and will probably always struggle. Enjoy it as much as you can for as long as it lasts and stop complaining.

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    Sumo27

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • ... surely of greater concern is that NCFC has the 2nd-worst match-day food in the Prem. It shows that just because you pay over the odds for something doesn't mean it's going to be good. Same applies to players?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • After the last two games I am worried. Sunderland folded but looked OK first half against Spurs Newcastle improving wow.I like AN but is he getting the right support how can Bournemouth have 18M to spend and we cannot. We could have got Afobe in August for less than Bournemouth paid the thing is he has pace. JJ Selvey what a steal for Newcastle and Charlie Austin 4M !!! We need Mid field player, Centre back and hopefully Pinto solves the right back prolem. BUT we still lack pace and mobility up front Naismith hopefully . Look outside the envelope offer Villa outrageous sum for Ayew and Liverpool for Lovren. We have worst record in PL for conceding from crosses why? full backs not tight enough and central defence disorganised. A word in Declans defence he went for the ball not the man he had to go for it a 50 50 ball if he had won it would have been free kick to Norwich. Please McNally give the supporters some hope. The Brady saga and now Naismith give us little faith its not your own money PL next season will justify what you do

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    TonyfromThailand

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Encore, Lobbo... G'day, Adelaide. Are you outback there somewhere? Lots of posts this weekend; it shows how much people care. I even care enough to risk the wrath of baguio. Duurrh.. Think.. Type.. Drivel. I don't think I care enough to provoke the anger of lordbesty though. He's really scary. On football; it's too easy to lapse into journo style cliche-ese with phrases the likes of "a week to forget". It is a week that must not be forgotten. Ref the "little provincial club" issue, NCFC has spent a fair bit of time in the top flight for one of those - 3.5\4.5 seasons most recently. Don Davito Macchianalli has described his view of relegation in dramatic terms: "Worse than death", or suchlike? He pulled a rabbit out of the hat with Lambert, moved on to two successive rabbits in the headlights, before getting lucky\astute again with the wee genius. DMcN, more than anyone, doesn't want another Death by Relegation. Does he? How many lives does he have?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • waclor, the size of the crowds means nothing. Bournemouth are bankrolled by a Russian billionaire, our owners are reportedly worth £24 million. That's where the problem lies. Unless we are prepared to mortgage the club to bring players in then we have to live within our means. Looking at Leeds, Bradford, the Sheffield clubs, Wolves, Wigan, Bolton, Forest and a host of others I know what my preferred option is. If Naismith and Klose come off then I genuinely believe we can survive. Next season with the TV money in then we can push on. An is learning his trade and I back him to come through. Those calling for him to go are beyond belief and symballise all that is wrong with the modern fan.

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    Canaryboy65

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • An early post said it is like the Hughton days with silly insults and he is right BUT the silly insults and negativity are from the likes of him and Irish who seem to think it is a crime to criticise anyone at the club. The people who dared to speak out were right about Hughton and Adams (even the Board admitted it in hindsight) and those who vehemently opposed them just changed their allegiances when the manager changed without accepting they had been wrong. At the moment I think we have the manager who can keep us up (surely the target for the season) but there is no room for error and we have had a terrible week. The Board must accept the need to act in a timely manner rather than sitting on their hands and hoping for the best. A club like us can not afford to spend any length of time in the Championship, look at Bolton and Blackpool the money would just flood out of the club outside the PL. The medium term choice is either lower half in the PL or lower half in the Championship. If anyone watched Liverpool tear us apart for two shillings it must have been Division 2, we did not meet them in Division 1 until after decimalisation and it cost a lot more than 10p!

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    JohnnyH

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • That's OK as far as it goes, trev57, but what YOU are overlooking is that Norwich City are not the only small provincial team run on a budget, and have never been in a minority of one either. I suppose it depends on your definition of small and provincial, but I'd say that Leicester,Bournemouth, Stoke, WBA and Swansea all currently fit the bill, and so did teams like Wigan, Blackburn, Middlesbrough and Bolton when they too had long runs in the PL . I find it difficult to believe that all these clubs, plus a few others over the years, outshone Norwich's ability to attract and pay decent quality players. Of course I'm not saying that we should be challenging for honours every season, and of course there will be times when we find it too tough and get relegated, but why do we constantly find it so difficult to do our transfer business for relatively small-time players ? On MOTD this morning one of the topics for discussion was how several clubs (Spurs and Everton were mentioned) are giving their home grown talent a fair crack of the whip. So, if it really is so impossibly difficult to attract proven talent to Norfolk, as you are suggesting, then why do we not give our crop pf youngsters a decent go either ? You and the club cannot have it both ways .......

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    Rick

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • More seduction by Eddie Howe evidently among our own fan base. He is personable ,an able manager (although notably not so successful away from Bournemouth) he has buckets of charm and now with money able to cherry pick our targets, he has great experience accumulated in these last years but in the long term it's Alexander the Great for me. - we shall see. Essential board back this emerging talent who can secure our future whatever the doubters presently think

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    mardler

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Not suffering fools is fine Baggy except that in your little world, anyone who does not agree with you is a fool. Malaga, good post as are many on here. On the fair play rules, let's look at the difference between Bournemouth and Norwich. The ground capacity is 15,000 in our favour and this could bring in c£11.5 million over 19 league games. This could finance four players on £50k per week. The way Bournemouth and Norwich are spending, one would assume that difference is the other way around. Let's look at the suggestion that the Board don't care if we get relegated. I think the answer is that they care more that the future of the club is not threatened by financial imprudence ie like Portsmouth el al. They went (for them) all out for survival when Hughton was manager, loosing the purse strings for Fer and RvW. That didn't work and perhaps they have now lost their nerve. The time to build the squad was in July and August. That chance was squandered. It is the job of the senior management of a football club to identify players needed and sign them so last Summer's window was an abject failure. Whereas the rewards for staying up this season are enormous, the challenge of staying up will not diminish much next season nor the season after and so on. I wonder if the Board have realised that we are, as another poster defines us, an above average Championship club, not a Premier League club and they therefore set their spending limits accordingly. Ask yourself why would a current Premier League player join us now with the very real threat of being in a relegated team this season and a large pay cut next? We are looking at either fringe players from teams at our level or youth players for the future. Our record at developing youth players is not great but our recent record of finding promising players in lower leagues is non existent and that was where the members of the Norwich teams of a few years ago came from. At the back of my mind though is the memory of a post from somebody last season pointing out that Championship football was totally unprofitable and looking at teh acres of empty terracing at most grounds in the Football League show, suggests that that poster was right. Od dear it doesn'y look good really does it unless Alex brings about a miracle.

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    waclor

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • We have a transfer budget[see other board] but with the big pot of money on offer next season, and following seasons, I would like to think the Board would sanction an extra ,say £25m to make sure we are there next year. OK Trev. .Oh and clauses in contracts re relegation and sell on in case the targets dont fancy championship, etc

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • #Surrey, wasn't the Austin to Soton fee only £4m.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • I think Malaga Flier has hit the bunch nails on the head! We do not have a squad capable to fly in the premier league. For my penneth. Neither do we have the resource to spend heavily all at the same time. We do need to improve the squad enough though and play a formation which suits the players and provide quality service to the front men. The latter along with a decent defence was non existent yesterday. I don't know about Klose, however these two signings and Pinto have to improve the quality we had on show yesterday. Like other readers I am sure that the board and the management team do not read our rants. They have their agenda, yet week in week out we all come and of late whinge..... I am also sure that AN is conscious enough to be concerned. He is young and learning, he needs time and unless "a call to action" is implemented then we will be doomed. This is a good time for our Ed to spark some life into Mcinally and sharpen things up. Now that would be good value "for nothing" from a "true supporter"

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    JB

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Pull together not apart and stay solid with the manager - better days are ahead. My understanding is we stayed in pursuit of the young man who scored against us for Bournemouth yesterday until recent days and that it was more wages than any other factor that weighed against us . We cannot break our wage structure and risk our financial future even if moneybags Bournemouth can! There will be other days - I have not forgiven them for seducing Andrew Surman!.-

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    mardler

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Pull together not apart and stay solid with the manager - better days are ahead. My understanding is we stayed in pursuit of the young man who scored against us for Bournemouth yesterday until recent days and that it was more wages than any other factor that weighed against us . We cannot break our wage structure and risk our financial future even if moneybags Bournemouth can! There will be other days - I have not forgiven them for seducing Andrew Surman!.-

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    mardler

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • What you all seem to be overlooking is next seasons big pot of TV money, clubs like Bournemouth and Watford are determined to stay up, with Norwich its not really a lot to do with cash but more the club itself, its very difficult for small provincial clubs to attract decent players and the only way they can is to pay the wages, if they are not prepared to pay the wages then a small provincial team is what they will stay, and this financial fair play rubbish affects nothing, the bigger clubs will always cream off the talent and clubs like Norwich will always be there just to make up the numbers, now and again they will flirt with stardom as they have before but now it's all about money, I remember the days when I paid two shillings to get in and sixpence to get into the south stand, standing in the snow behind the goal in the barclay end watching Liverpool tear us to bits, but now it's just about money.

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    trev57

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Henry , very true but while 80% of fans back her nothing will change the club is heading down wards again learnt nothing from previous spells in the premiership you can't change somone who don't want to I fair for the club long term we don't not wanting to stay in the premiership because it cost to much for the owners & co . But if the board and most fans are happy about going back to the championship either this season or next the club are a joke of the premiership and must be laugh at by other clubs and their fans . Maybe city fans don't care about being laugh at but I do.

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    City man

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Delia has to understand that most of the players dont love Norwich like she does. Its their career and they are there for the money. The best players will go where they get the best deals. Unless we are prepared to offer more to the players, then they will go elsewhere, which they are doing. Some championship clubs are more attractive to Norwich as they are offering the players a better deal. Unfortunately, if we want to compete in the premier league, we have to offer competitive deals to the players. If that means Delia standing down and bringing in people with endless supplies of cash, then so be it - that is the only way forward for us if we want to compete in the premier league. Nobody doubts Delia is full of love for the club, but to see it grow and move forward, somebody with big money needs to step in and take over now. There doesent seem to be a shortage of those type of people out there!

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    Henry

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • hey 'Adelaide' are you out there. How are you fairing?

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Having watched a rerun of the goals, I have to ask has Rudd now hit a bad patch, lucky to stay on the park and could so easily have been beaten a 4th time had Martin not rescued him when a header sailed goal bound. Once again we have to question team selection, Hoolahan totally off form, Howson shoed into holding midfield when he cannot tackle and Ofoe played to the right. For me, Howson is an alternative to Wes as that is his better position, he is an attacking midfielder but often looses interest when the chips are down. Ofoe can do a job on the right but once again I suspect his best position is that No 10 slot, meanwhile it seems the Naismith saga is on again and if he comes perhaps hone of those mentioned are as good in that No 10 roll. Afobe certainly showed what we missed out on yesterday and look 10 times the player Mbokani did who fluffed our best and probably only chance of the game. Mbokani looks ok coming off the bench and may well grab the odd goal but does not look good enough to play 90 minutes for me. I still think we should give Lafferty a start up front to see if he can hack it and likewise would bring Hooper back into the squad unless we can bring in a better striker.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Expect nothing, then everything else is a bonus. Expect us not to score when we do it's a bonus. Expect us to lose, if we don't, it's a bonus. Expect us to go down, if we don't .......................

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • The board do not care what the fans want or say it's only a small amount of fans that want change 75% of surpporters and happy with the way the clubs run so they are like the board and Delia no ambision in the long term on the playing side this look grim I follow city for more than 30 years and I have know gave up my ticket last mouth I have had enough since the club got debt free they are happy being a rich club in the lower division. But that's not want I want to see I want this club to be establish premiership club like a few others fans but the board and Delia want to goin a different direction .

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    City man

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Let's be realistic if city get relegated the better players like Redmond will leave the board will sell anyone who will they get a big fee for and cut wage bill. Yes the club needs financial investment do most of the Delia followers beleave the somone is going to come along a put millions in to a struggerling club and won't expect to take full control of this club NO body . And Delia knows that she would rather see the the club relegated back to division one before she would sell here control of this club. So the futcher on the playing side on this club look Grim but Delia will be happy to control a rich club in the lower division

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    City man

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • I guess the players need more than a 'wee chat' - question is whether AN has this when the wee chat doesn't make b****r all difference.

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    Surrey Canary

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Why do we need to strengthen our defence only 9 goals in last 3 matches just ask McNally.1goal for us in last 3 games just ask AN REST MY CASE.

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    El tel

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Nice thought Surrey - the problem is that Pinto still won't be up to AN's required speed, I suspect Klosse won't even be through the door and will also not be it o speed and Naismith is injured even if he arrives after witnessing the size of the task on Saturday. Sorry for the depression but yesterday so so far away from where we need to be that I'm just waiting for the ".... Go with what we've got", and "....happy with the business we've done" lines to be trotted out. I suspect we have a lot more exits than entries to come yet. Watch out for Nathan Redmond waving goodbye....

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    Mikey B

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Simples- Either spend or get relegated! This Squad won't survive so we have a few days to sort out what should have been done in the close season. Now we will all see what the NCFC Board is made of however i suspect that the ambition is not there.

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    dave123

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Too many games in a short space of time has cost our limited squad. This coupled by playing with 10 men for an hour at Stoke meant that we looked tired and flat from the off. The sooner we get Pinto in the side the better, without wanting to point the figure all goals yesterday stemmed from their left flank. AN sets us up too open away from home, we still haven't kept a clean sheet away from CR! These days it is all about counter-attacking football away from home, so you really need a striker with pace up top in the mould of Jamie Vardy. Whilst Mbokani has his strengths personally I feel away we should start with CJ as he has more pace and makes more runs as proved at Old Trafford. Easily our best away performance.

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    OTFBC

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Austin was £14 million - Grabban plus Johnson in effect.

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    Surrey Canary

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Yes a good post Malaga after the previous 100 or so angry responses. If you manage a team you have to get the best from what you have and that means playing a system that suits the players at your disposal. Hooper is "enjoying the way Wed play" and has more goals in 6 games than our two strikers have in the season! Surely an indication that if you play to their strengths players will succeed. It is a difficult situation as we all want to see AN succeed but we must not now lose another 3 games this way or the situation becomes desperate and that may mean desperate measures. I think his position now is not unlike that of Neil Adams in that the team seem to have lost their way and he doesn't quite know how to put it right. We will continue to support him and the team but it is time for a tactical change. Is Naismith really the answer?

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    Cyprus Canary

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • I'd like to question what seems to be a disconnect between what our manager says and what actually happens. Now, we all know that he ha mouldy said he wanted to get our business done early in the window. No one disagreed with his logic. After all there must have been plenty of targets left over from the shambles in the summer and there has been months in between to set these deals up. AN gives his prime reason for getting business done early as having the players available for an extra five games. Again, when your squad "needs a wee bit of help" (manager speak for - not good enough)- why wouldn't you. Here comes the disconnects - not only do we not do business early but we also they get in one player who is "not up to speed", one youngster for 20189 at the earliest and, IF Naismith signs, one who has been injured for a few weeks! Where is the joined up thinking here. I'm sorry but the sponsibility for a second shambles on the trot must lay at the door of the Chief Executive. No excuses about players not being available or wanting to come. Players these days are interested in one thing and one thing only - show me the money. If we are going to scrimp on transfer fees then we need to pay the wages. If any of the existing squad complain then point out to them that the new guy on big money just might keep us at the top table and secure their "smaller" wage in the long term. Who wouldn't take Charlie Austin and his goals for £4m and then pay him another £80k a week to bring our £120m next year? Gamble? Yes, but is it a bigger gamble than trying to compete in the tougher second half of a season with players who were inadequate two years ago and are still inadequate today?

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    Mikey B

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • AN has a system, a Plan A. He fits the players into it hence they end up out of position and not played to their strength's (echoes of CH). You buy a player for his strengths so play him to those strengths. Team for next week? Rudd, Pinto, Kloss, Olssen, Tettey, Brady, Jarvis, Naismith, Howsen, Redmond, Jerome. Risk Redmond because he will hopefully feel confident to go forward with Pinto behind him. Plus Pinto will bring energy and enthusiasm which hopefully he will feed off. Brady plays left midfield but providing the bite alongside Tettey from deep. Jerome to bring some pace up front. Mbokani AND Lafferty on the bench.

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    Surrey Canary

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Lobbo - make sure you set your alarm and get up in time for next Saturday's match!!!!!! Winter draws on eh?!

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • baguio: You are dead right about clubs overspending and seeming to defy the Fair Play rules. If I recall right, clubs can only spend a certain percentage of their income (77 per cent rings a bell). Who is supposed to police this? Perhaps you can enlighten me? Just watching the replay of MotD while I write this, which is not doing much to improve my start to the Sabbath!!!

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Good post 'malaga'. Basically we need to just sit back and try to enjoy the rest of the season. we've got a good ground, good training set up, and compared to how we used to play many moons ago, try to play good footie. Oh well, I'm getting back into bed, both the games I was reffing this morning are off due to snow. We've got about 5cms of lying snow this morning, all looks very pretty.

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • We need a good "our man at the match" report, were you there, Ole Tommy Buster Custard ? Feedback required urgently.

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Agreed Malaga. No criticism from me as it all makes perfect sense!

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    baguio

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • The problems we have are deep-seated and across the board. We are operating with a squad that lacks the overall quality to perform in the Prem League and one that needs re-investment. However we currently lack the vast finances to effectively compete in the UK transfer market where, at the level we need to be looking, the market is totally over-inflated. The same applies to our wage structure - although I could argue that it is more realistic than most other clubs. That said we don't help ourselves with our scouting and recruitment set-up. We are consistently missing targets, even ones that appear to be realistic money-wise. Finally, and while I remain reluctant to criticise AN, there are aspects of our game which, shall we say, I find difficult to understand and which it seems to me don't enable us to get the most out of the players at his disposal. The lone striker for instance does not work for tactical and personnel reasons and limitations. With a squad of limited technical abilities the essence has to be teamwork, commitment and work-rate, which more often than not fails due to players not doing their jobs for 90 minutes and making basic, silly, errors. If we had the quality necessary we could make regular team changes but we have no settled team. I can understand why AN makes changes to try to deal with opponents strengths. But maybe this is done at the expense of continuity? Overall, though, I know AN is doing what he feels best with the resources available to him and it is clearly a balancing act. If we were able to maintain our PL position for some seasons we should have finances enabling us to significantly improve the squad. But short-term we struggle. Sorry if this sounds negative and I know some will criticise me for this - and they have a right to do so - but I try to look at the situation logically and dispassionately (hard for us fans I know!!!). In the end, however, we are all fans and want the best for our club on and off the pitch. OTBC!

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • After a great run over Christmas New Year that is three poor performance on the trot, which is a little worrying. Come on City - lets get some good business done this week - lets get Naismith & Klose IN and one quality £8M+ striker. Give us a fighting chance. Too many of our old warhorses are simply not cutting the mustard in this seasons PL. We need to raise the bar and that means spending £25M in the coming week or so.

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • No anger issue Barking. I do have issue with people who don't think before they type. I don't suffer foools gladly. There are usually perfectly obvious answers to the posts on here. if people just thought about that they could improve their credibility. No one is saying that our squad doesn't need improving however this rubbish about the board wanting us to go down? Where do they get that idea from? Money does talk and Bournemouth cannot be conforming to the financial fair play rules. Their wage bill alone must be enormous, and all from a team with a 12,000 capacity ground! It's not going to help us now but perhaps the league need to get a grip of these things earlier? We don't have a billionaire owner but we do have owners who genuinely care and are not just using our club as a big boy's toy!

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    baguio

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Citizen - if the fans are feeling negative then the team must also feel the negativity. They know better than us what they need to go forward positively. They know better than us how much they are being let down by the board. Let us fans get behind the team and support them and try to get through to delia and company that they need to loosen the purse strings and buy the quality we need to keep our team in the PL. it looks like her politics are more important than her football these days. All NCFC fans, support the team.

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    Jim

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Russell Martin anywhere on the pitch = defeat . If Neil cant see that after his displays all season he is not as good a manager as we thought. 1 up front for every match we play - boring, hopeless and feel sorry for the poor soul who is that forward - no wonder our forwards are leaving and performing better elsewhere. The manager seems to have favourites i.e. MartinBassong if the fans can see it surely it must affect the players morale. embarrassing being a city supporter at Bournemouth am sure we must have been the worst team to play there this season.

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    citizen

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • I don't know what went wrong today but we have to sort it out by next week if not we will get slaughtered by Liverpool and Tottenham rudd nearly got sent off for a rush of blood going to his head not like him if we sign klose and naismith if both fit they got to come straight in along with pinto here's to a win next week otbc

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    pete22

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Jarvis was understandably not back to his best today, Wes had a terrible game, Redmond was poor again, Odjija is not a winger he is a number 10 or attacking midfiled, Tettey looked ponderous, Martin was woefully slow.. Only Rudd and maybe Howson and Mbokani come out of this game with any credit at all...... imagine if we had Afobe, Austin and Shelvey.... oh well.. here's hoping for a decent week of signings this week.... we need 17 points.. let's start by turning over a very unpredictable Liverpool team... truth is if we score first we usually win, if we concede first we usually lose..... so it is ALL about the first goal EVERY game.

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    jops

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • We simply have to sign both these players ASAP, simple as that. I've been saying for it seems like forever that Naismith would be a massive signing and at least one top central defender is required. But I'll believe it when I see it!! NCFC seem to do business at snail pace and seeing Benik Afobe today (class act) I'm fuming that we didn't sign him also.

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    Beachfarmpark

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • If Archie is seriously vetting this forum how the h..l did Jonny austins post get through. It has absolutely nothing to do with the subject being discussed and us totally disgusting.

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    Jim

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • irongloves. Agree. I think Naismith would provide more balls into the lone striker, plus he has the physical presence to get into the area when Mbokani takes defenders out wide. I also think he might make a good captain on the field to galvanize our lethargic bunch into putting a bit of effort into the game.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • Baquio, if a bloke wants twenty grand to do an excellent job replacing your roof and the rest of the roofers in your vicinity charge ten grand for a sometimes average sometimes way below average job, I take it you pay the ten grand and when the roof all leaks tell the wife you should have paid the twenty grand, if Lionel messai offered to play for city for a million a month in suppose that would be another no no, I have always found you get what you pay for unless you are very very lucky, Norwich on the odd occasion have been very very lucky but then tended to flog whoever at the earliest opportunity.

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    trev57

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • Yes,because of the pace of football at this level the fact of playing away midweek and with 10 men for part of it may well have been the reason for taking the edge off our performance. However, I agree with Malaga that the system of one up front is not working. Today, we had just 2 shots on target,both from distance. Mbokani gets no support. His one chance came from a defensive mistake. He needs someone playing off him. We looked a bit more threatening when CJ came on and went up front with him. Wes is off the boil. Odidja looked good going forward today but doesn't track back and I would like to see him playing central off Mbokani. Naismith could do it if we get him. Just a thought because at present we are not creating good opportunities and today never looked like scoring.

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    irongloves

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • Oi barking, you wanna fight?

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    lordbesty

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • Slobbo how's on earts cood yo schujest sutch a ting

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    lordbesty

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • Baguio and Lordbesty, entertaining as they are, your posts reveal certain anger management issues which both of you might like to address at the next meeting with your respective probation officers.

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    Barking Wise

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • Hey Baguio, drivel makes the world go round. And Irish I agree with Alex Neil in that the players did not put in the required effort today, did not pass the ball well enough and did not defend well enough.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • 9 - 1 over three games does look like we have issues at both ends and now it's the return games our opponents now our game. I do wonder what the past few weeks have been like in the dressing room with Ruddy not selected, Grabben wanting away, Olsen not getting selected, Hooper missing maybe the banter and team spirit has taken a hit. Let's hope it's settles down and we get our mojo back, fighting for every ball pushing up the park. Big test for the manager and captain, really would like to see us make it through the transition so that the emerging team can be more competitive in the prem next season. COYY

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    twopips

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • Malaga, you say that there's no evidence (except at games) to suggest that the fans' criticisms have any bearing on team or individual performances. 'Except at games' is quite an exception! Games are all there is! I have no problem with people voicing their opinions, the problem at the moment is that ninety per cent of those opinions are negative. Agreed that the performance today was terrible, particularly as you say the energy levels, but all I'm saying (was saying) is that there might have been a reason for that. How come none of the teams who played away in midweek and played away again today, won? Even when several of those said teams were playing opposition well below them in the table? West Ham, Leicester, Everton, for example?

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • The board have no interest is staying in the premiership just want to take the sky million and go back down and then pick up relegation payment for two years then have another crack at getting promoted the prem come at a to higher price for this no ambitions board and 1-2 mangers will come and go in the with in that period of time AN will do the same as Lambert did he will wake up and walk away to another job you want and see.

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    City man

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • Of causes you are Alex closing in on players I'm closing in on winning the Euro lottery ah ah not if the board are have anything to do with it just be another total mess up like the summer transfers unless you are talking about signing cheap players . No body is going to take a big drop of £20k plus a week in salarys to come to a struggerling club near bottom of the league unless they are after a signing on fee as well.

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    City man

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • 'Lordbesty', always enjoy your posts but !!! if you're a good man you'll admit that you've had one too many.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • @trev, we didn't miss out on Austin, is it that difficult to comprehend? We were not prepared to pay him twice the wage of any other player in our squad because that would not be good for team spirit. Think before you lot type drivel please! Even MB has taken the hint most of the time and this FOOTBALL site is all the better for it. Goodnight.

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    baguio

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • MichiganCanary- This is a bit like The Paul Lambert situation ....... A board that fails to deliver again! AN has done a great job but I guess even he must think he's been had over!

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    dave123

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • I see Southampton picked up Austin for four mil, how did Norwich miss out on that one, can only think must have been wage demands, I hope its not the players that Norwich didn't show an interest in that leads to a return to the championship.

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    trev57

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • The most disappointing thing about AN's comments is that they are getting to be more and more regular. Some where, sometime with someone, the buck has to stop and someone has to take responsibility. . . It seems that the current team squad is still largely the same one which failed badly last time around and ended up being relegated. Unless some serious changes improvements take place, then the chumps it will be next season . . . oh and if you want confirmation of just how poor the side is, then check to see who is the least televised club this season. There is a reason.

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    manbythesea

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • I wonder if a frustrated Alex Neil has made these statements to try and force the directors hand into completing drawn out transfers that otherwise might not go through?

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • We started brightly - they scored after 10 minutes. We have been ok in the last 5 to 6 games. Spurs Man City and Stoke.... the next game will prove is this is a blip. Blip..... its 3 games AN. Why dont we ask him the real questions. We were awful.

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    Robin Sydney

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • The current drawn out transfer situation doesn't help. The fans are generally calling for a new CB, creative midfielder and striker so the likes of Bassong, Hoolahan & Jerome may be thinking "So these transfers might come off and I will be out of the team so why bother?", rather than "I have to up my game to show the gaffer I can't be dropped". Either way the sooner we get back to a settled squad, that is transfers completed, the better and those 'in role' can knuckle down and start putting the expected shift in!

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    Eastangler

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • Blah blah blah here come the bad weather moaners, you should think yourselves lucky we are even in the prem. Board rubbish, players rubbish, manager rubbish, sack the lot of em. You lot can fk right off. Tw@s

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    lordbesty

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • “He’s (Hooper) scoring goals because he’s enjoying the way we’re playing. " I wonder if either of the two strikers that we use enjoy the way Norwich are playing? A solid defender behind Redmond might help him regain his spark and confidence. If we let our defenders defend we could let our wingers attack. Forget overlaps, all that does is knock the team out of shape. We're not good enough to deal with that. Defenders who can pass will pick out the wingers and can therefore hold their positions to deal with counter attacks.

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    Surrey Canary

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • In fairness I doubt any of the players and certainly not the manager even read these and other blogs. Football fans like us have always voiced opinions; some good, some daft and some idiotic. But that has always been so and long may it continue. I don't know of any evidence to show that fans criticisms (except at games) has ever had any bearing on team and individual performances. It is not the fans who put in the poor performances; it is players, for which they rightly get criticised. Today Norwich players performed badly - and no that is not me saying it, by the way, it was their manager. AN said we couldn't defend, couldn't pass the ball and worst of all didn't compete well enough (ie didn't put in enough effort). It would therefore be odd not to find fans seeing the same failings and having the same kind of reactions?

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • It seems that we're going back to the Hughton era where anyone like Irish who attempts to say something positive is subjected to silly insults. I watched the game from S America on a dodgy internet feed and yes, City were terrible. But there might be a reason for it apart from the players' incompetence, the board's incompetence, and Alex's incompetence. (Strange that nobody ever mentions the supporters' incompetence, ie. the effect on the team of all this endless negativity, both on these boards and at Carrow Road). City look lethargic, Bmouth looked full of energy. It could have something to do with the fixture list, which for some strange reason made all those teams who played away in midweek play away again today, often at opposite ends of the country. Bmouth played at home on Tuesday and so had an extra day's rest and no travelling. NONE of the teams who played away in midweek won today, even Leicester against the bottom team Villa. All I'm saying is, try to be a bit more positive. The board and Alex are trying to get some new signings in. Why not give them a chance to do that instead of moaning all the time?

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • Disappointed with Redmond of late,he seems to have lost his flair and confidence.A poor performance today,but they must all be aware of that,so lads give us something to cheer about for the rest of the season,I hope that the transfer window proves to be good for us,I still feel positive for our Prem future but then again I'm not on the pitch so I can only cheer week after week and hope that helps.

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    bryceland

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • The "wee genius"? don't make me laugh!!!!

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    harry mcardle

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • Closing in. Means still dithering around what a mess this whole saga is in. Unlike Bournemouth who went out and shelled out 18million on getting what they wanted. Some one at NCFC needs to be telling Everton and Naismith to put up or shut.

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    tunsteadtiger

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • predictably b loody useless

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    harry mcardle

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • Far post defending has been an achilles heel for us Canaries right from day 1 of this season and not enough crosses have been prevented .Let's hope Klose and Pinto can help provide the answer.

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • Irish canary- You listened to it on the radio ......that sums you up! You should try being a travelling supporter at the game because Norwich were complete pants and need serious investment to avoid the drop! Suggest you stay in paddy land dreamworld!

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    dave123

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • Complete this spelling... R-E-L-E-G-A.......

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    Doc at the Radar Station

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • Brady, Jarvis, Mbokani...3 absolute top drawer recruits during the summer..a couple more to come over the next fortnight. What do we wantexpect... A completely new squad?

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    Irish canary

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • So now Naismith & Klose are finally mentioned instead of being rumours! Footballers can read as well as fans and like fans must be dispirited at the length of time it takes Norwich to recruit in the transfer market by contrast with other teams. I am not 'having a go at the manager' but questioning the competence of those acting on his behalf negotiating deals. It enables people like Howe to laugh in their beer! Alright he may have paid over the odds recently but we as a club have not moved far enough forward since the previous window. Players and supporters alike deserve better.

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    mardler

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • And so it begins...Derek - only a couple of weeks ago we were celebrating winning 3 from 4 (including a win at OT) Honest Injun..what exactly did Afibe show us we were missing today?..just in case you are reacting purely to the scoreline ..the answer is NOTHING!..please give our club a break. Our performance at Old Trafford has been dismissed by many cos Utd are going through a tough patch. Have a look at their home record overall..have a look at their goals conceded at home...We have the players and are going to strengthen... I just hope some of our targets don't read posts from so calked supporters.

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    Irish canary

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • Reading AN's comments on the game it is clear just about everything that could be wrong was wrong with our performance (or lack of it). Didn't compete well enough, didn't use the ball well enough, didn't defend our box. Sorry to say this, but as manager it seems you have it all to sort out, AN! Even given that we are woefully short technically, there can be no excuse for any professional team not able to do such basics as passing the ball properly and not able to muster a proper defence. But even that is trumped by the other flaw - not competing - which is totally unforgiveable. Under PL we had a team which on paper was far less well equipped but which performed consistently much better than this one and which displayed true grit and a never say die spirit shown by the number of late and important goals we scored. Frankly there is something badly wrong with our style of play: we are not equipped to play one up front because our midfield doesn't get up and support the front man enough but leaves him high and dry and because Redmond provides nothing from the right flank. I would like to see Hooper brought back and played just behind Mbokani or Jerome and if we can't get the players we need and want in the transfer window, we could do worse than call back some of our young loanees and blood them because if we continue in our current vein we are odds on to go down. Such a move might, just might, stir some of the senior professionals out their collective stupor. They need a wake-up call and one that has some relevance, not just a few sharp words.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • We may have a PL football team (at least in name, but I'm not sure for how much longer if they put in too many shifts like today's). Regretfully we don't have a PL board. Far too much dithering around when important decisions and investments need to be made. They allowed Bournemouth to take Afobe from under their noses, costing us dearly today in particular, and there have been other occasions when we've missed out in similar situations. It's time for the board to step up to the mark and back the manager and the fans with some meaningful investments before it's too late. It needs sorting out now. Tomorrow may be too late.

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    Honest Injun

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • How many more games are NCFC going to fail to turn up? It's difficult to continue being a fan when there is nothing to take pride in. We used to have a reputation for playing quality football, this is no longer the situation. The lack of a quality CB have been a glaring weakness but never addressed, a leader on the pitch is also missing. Buying a reluctant 2nd rate forward unable to command a place in current team, whose goalgame record is not going to improve things. Bring back Hooper, give him support,goals will come.

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    derek lanham

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • I "listened" to the commentary on here of today's match while watching online...really can't understand why some "supporters" bother..it's almost as if they revel in us being up against it. The only comfort I can get from this is that they are (hopefully) not at the game no therefore don't affect the Team as negatively as they do I! Like really...sack the manager???

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    Irish canary

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • Bad day at the office ..let's move on to next week and back home to fortress carra road. Sounds like both these deals are close and will enhance our squad...I'm bunkering down now ready for the onslaught of negative comments from other so called supporters re our performance and transfer targets

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    Irish canary

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

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