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David McNally backs Alex Neil to lead Norwich City to Premier League safety

10:18 24 February 2016

Norwich City chief executive David McNally is in no doubt Alex Neil is the right man to lead the Canaries. 
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Norwich City chief executive David McNally is in no doubt Alex Neil is the right man to lead the Canaries. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City chief executive David McNally is in no doubt Alex Neil can keep the Canaries in the Premier League this season.

City sit outside the relegation zone on goal difference ahead of this weekend’s trip to title-chasing Leicester City and looking for a first Premier League win since January 2.

McNally, speaking on the ‘Little Yellow Bird Project’, reiterated he wants Neil to remain at Carrow Road for the long term.

“Whilst he has a huge challenge on his hands we think he has done a brilliant job,” said McNally. “Genuinely I don’t think we’ll get relegated. We have enough about us to finish higher than 17th. We want him to be our manager for a long, long time. Personally I would like Alex Neil to be our manager for a very long time. I hate to think he would be enticed away by another club.

“The season has probably gone, in terms of where we are after 26 games, as we expected. I know we have had plenty of bumps along the way and most Norwich fans, honestly, would have expected this to be a tough season at the start. We set ourselves the target of doing as well as we can. We are on target to do that but we would like some room between us and the bottom three.

“We have been a bit unlucky at times, Stoke at home, Crystal Palace at home, West Ham away spring to mind. We are still above that line and staying in the Premier League means 17th is acceptable but we would like to be a few points and places higher.”

59 comments

  • ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) 20 Tommy and 15 Custard ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) references . . . . do the MOG's actually have a life ? The mask will be unveiled shortly . . . . you'll be terribly surprised. Fancy a Friday teaser - keep posted - and that means you Archie. A fascinating surprise is in store ◄ ▲ ▼ ▲ ► ▼ ◄ ▲ ► ▼Sorry, I just dropped my bag of Doritos™ (▀̿ ̿Ĺ̯̿̿▀̿ ̿)

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Deja Vu 3. Me saying if you aim high and fail you still end up well placed, but if you aim for 17th and fail a little you get relegated.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Deja Vu part the 2nd. same bloke similar type of interview and statements that imply 17th is a target to aim for.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Main reply to MichiCan Tommy-gunned. He may pop across the corridor to fix it for me.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • The Smiths. The Queen is Dead. Long live the Nephew.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Michigan: Change of owners? Not in our lifetime, mate. We're stuck with them. Which pleases the easily pleased, if you see what I mean. Although still in the store, Arkwright has nominated Granville as his successor. Bicycle 'n all.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • You're OK, MichiCan. You are fine. But you must try harder to fly over from your freezing US State and watch a few games. Tommy has unlimited access to free tickets, buckshee travel, Air Miles and Corpulent Entertainment. So get in there! He's a lovely guy really. Just a bit shy; lacking social skills, maybe. A bit of unconditional adoration from you and Tommy will make Carrow Road your oyster. He's a Joy Toy. With Lofty ambitions.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • My opinion is that McNally does a great job under VERY difficult circumstances. If he jumped, the usual suspects would be responsible. And wouldn't overcare now the dynasty is apparently secure. I've met McNally a few times (doing my Tommy bit, hope you noticed) and he strikes me as whole-hearted and genuine. Just my view, but you have to trust yourself! The man is 100 per cent professional imo.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • I did listen to the full interview, and agree David McN comes across as a nice guy. However, I see a lot of "like tos" and but not a lot of strong "how tos". I realize the current regime can do no wrong for OTBC, and anyone who dares to offer an alternative oppinion about ownership he tries to ridicule, but even with the current owners, I am sure all supporters would like to see the absolute most squeezed out of every pound that comes into the club, and everyone including players, giving their all for NCFC. I did not get this out this interview.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • @MichiCan; as long as the Club's Coffers are Brimful of Casha... Tommy really is a stalker. Eldritch.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • how many of you complaining have actually listened to the full 50 min interview (go to @theLYBP on twitter and seek it out, otherwise its on itunes or acast), whilst those are his words the intent and context are being so wildly missed by Trev, Michigan et al that it beggars belief..... the missing information is he was asked for his review of the season so far, he said that it was going as expected - a struggle based on a number of reasonsissues, but competitive. He talks about the failure to recruit in the summer; internet trolls (I am not suggesting that Michigan or Trev are trolls!); and uses the word piffle. Before complaining listen - as the definition of Brady as a left back was my biggest issue!

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    DerbyCanary

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • PUTNEY CANARY. If D McN said it would be worse than death surely he has to pass through death to get worse. Haha.

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    goldie

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Cyprus . . . . which is the reason I've immersed myself SO much the last few years into going away to every game (for free). You never know when you'll reach the pinnacle of world football again. SO sad the MOG's want to keep on moaning. Still, one division lower and they'll have their wish. Who wants to compete in the best league in the world. Little ole Norwich . . . . in the greatest competition on the planet ! Oh, yeah, the penny drops. HEAR HERE !

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • See you later then Michi. We don't need 'fans' like you . . . . SO sorry you'll never get your 'Glazer's' to run our little ole club into the ground to be a play thing for a corporate giant. Best you stay supporting those Wolverines. See you at the King Power . . . . NOT !

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Too many people on here talk about when we come up again as if it will just happen! Talk to fans of Forest, Leeds, Derby, et al and see what can happen - it might take 10 years to get back. We should have made the required managerial change a month ago Premier league survival is much more important the sentiment. AN is a long way from the finished article and we cannot afford his mistakes.

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    Cyprus Canary

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • I cannot believe this article. If it is reported correctly, then for a CEO of a company to say "the season has probably gone as we expected" and "our goal is to do as well as we can" is unbelievable. I have said for years NCFC do not have a business plan for success. This just comment proves it. Even the family corner store has a better approach than this.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • The exclamation "Hear hear" was first used by Members of Parliament to show their approval of something being said. The tradition goes back to the 17th century when the expression was "hear him, hear him" as in "listen to him because he knows what he's talking about". Nowadays, its use is more widespread, even amongst misguided and irritating football fans who are more used to uttering it to others than having it uttered to them. "Relegation" from the top flight of English football is a more recent tradition, favoured by NCFC and going back a mere 42 years. Even more recent is the tradition of tripe and custard, which will hopefully disappear as quickly as it arrived.

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    Barking Wise

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • If I had persuaded the Board to bring in AN then I would be sounding just like McNally - and hoping that I have got it right! By the way, McNally almost certainly has a bonus riding on staying up, so he doesn't want AN getting depressed..................

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    GolfingCanary

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • expect to be on 26 points and out of the bottom on goal difference at this stage of the season, looks like everything is going to plan, good job they didn't beat West ham, arsenal and Stoke as that would really have mucked the plan up, I wonder what plan B was meant to be?.

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    trev57

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • ʕʘ̅͜ʘ̅ʔ HEAR HERE ! There we are then ! ʕʘ̅͜ʘ̅ʔ

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • . . . . just one last comment dingo (◔‿\◔) It must feel like Bru has pulled your p@nts down and wh@cked you on ya a$s . . . . I guess you're SO embarrassed ATM. To be corrected by Bru is THE worst put down EV'A!

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • Gareth Brookman, SO sorry for my grammatical error that wasn't . . . . apologies to your mother for me ;-(

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • dingy, SO sorry for my grammatical error that wasn't . . . . SO sorry ;-(

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • Robin Sydney very clear and true post. Far too many games with players in wrong positions who have no idea what they are doing, we havent been unlucky we have made our own luck and failed. We all have different ideas of the best 11 but id say 75% of supporters think its time Brady was played in his correct position, and Howson isnt a left,right or defensive midfielder but can play as an attacking mid, but AN knows best....hmmm

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    Jimhow

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • LOAD of CODSWALLOP

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    harry mcardle

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • You got me scratching my head there Ole Tommy on that last comment , and I don't mean a itch

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    iMac

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • You know AN might be a great Manager, NC will gather 45 points and next season will be the promised land of mid table safety . . . unfortunately AN's coaching staff are really up to scratch - they show their legs, flash their tats but coach - perhaps they drive coaches, they certainly don't coach players, gather 45 points? well 35 definitely won't be enough nor will 38 and at the rate of conceding at least 2 goals per game, don't expect goal difference to last - and as for mid table safety next season, well the way things are going that could be Championship territory . . . as for those moaning about moaners, well we're all entitled to our moans - and our opinions, perhaps by expressing them here we relieve built up pressure, but remember sometimes people can't see the wood for the trees, managers are just the same . . .

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    manbythesea

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • dingo, you 'know' I don't really get corporate tickets right. And as for Aboo Derby . . . . really? Pass the sunscreen ( •_•)>⌐■-■

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • ☆ º ♥ `•.¸.•´ ♥ º ☆I'm pretty sure I did 'hear' DMcN on LYB. Pretty sure of that. Certain in fact. Still if it causes the MOG's to feel they're scoring points against me . . . . then well done those that pointed out the ironic comment. Get's the ole grey matter ticking over on a dull Wednesday . . . . really thought that would could get zero comments. Honestly. Oh well. Shows how pedantic some feel they need to act to get attention. ASCII all the way. Too late Bru, iMac took the Casturd originality, months ago . . . . plagiarism is rife. ᕼᕮᗩᖇ ᕼᕮᗩᖇ, here and now ☆ º ♥ `•.¸.•´ ♥ º ☆

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • Sometimes I truly despair at some of the comments on this site. We all, obviously, have our different views on whether we're underperforming, over-performing or going about par. Likewise re AN, whether he's doing quite well, all things considered, or whether we would expect a significant upturn in results and performances if someone else was in the hot seat. But is this team really a disgrace to the city of Norwich? BTW, Goldie - if memory serves, I don't think DMcN said he would die if we were relegated - I think he said it would be worse than death. He's clearly still alive, but who knows if he's been living in some sort of hell ever since. I suspect if he ever reads the comments of certain posters on here and mistakenly took them to reflect the thoughts of the majority of reasonable City fans, perhaps that would be like some sort of living hell...

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    PutneyCanary

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • Local derby's are back on for next year, both teams are a disgrace to thier citytown respectively, couldn't make a decent Vanorama side out of them put together!

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    KeithS

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • Oh and talking about unlucky. What about lucky. Everton at home springs to mind. They should have been 6 nil up at half time. Sorry we have heard all this before. I expect Villa Sunderland finally and City down this season. Hull Boro and Burnley up.

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    Robin Sydney

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • Leicester 4 Norwich 0. Lets see what newsfeeds come out after that. Im sure we will read Leicester are a great side etc. Sorry David I gave up when we binned the FA Cup and then were trounced by Bournemouth. Norwich will not turn around their fortunes. Picked the wrong team too long. Played the same defenders week in who have conceded nearly 50 goals in the league. Shipped out Hooper. Replaced with Bamford who sits on the bench along with Lafferty. Brady a defender? Come on....

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    Robin Sydney

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • I think this might be the 'The battle of the greasy grass.'

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • Is DMcN in cuckoo land or is it realy sq??? b?? Time It's going to very very tight I put us on 37 points ,none the next 2games , will go to the wire.but I think if we get our act together we could do it Some re-arranging of players for a start , some dropped others included

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    iMac

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • It really hurts me to put dingo right in preference to Creme Anglaise. But you have to be right Eh, Custard . I hope you're not sunburned. No carpet burns. Would be a bummer...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • Btw; it IS Hear! Hear! @dingo. We posh people from Armes St. know that. Casturd most certainly would not. Lunch with Blowers tomorrow, my dear old thing.. Whiffler. All-day Tiffin.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • Thats what McNally said last time and said he would die if it happened. We did get relegated and he didn't die. Probably another omen.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • Where's Nogdem End? Just arséking...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • Does look much like AN doesnt know how to send out the right eleven players ...Have they beenare they trianing now? Many if us say Brady us badly positioned I say Russell Martin has lost the plot and a different team captain us needed possibly Naismith..Tettey still out? Bamford surely nust get in the squad otherwise why is he here? There us too much undisclosed game playing in operation and thats not good sorry. This to me is infuriating since we should have the quality to get out if this mess.

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    johnty

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • Errr... just one point. It is 'hear hear'. https:en.wikipedia.orgwikiHear,_hear P.S. Alex Neil get's my vote, relegation or safety.

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    Gareth Brookman

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • I agree with David McNally, if we finish where we are currently positioned in the league, then I think it would be a successful season. Since we were last in the EPL we have become far more entertaining under Alex Neil and in some games we have shown we can beat anyone on our day. However, our defence has been one of the main issues with our team in the last two years, relegated or not, I would like us to keep Alex Neil and address the problems at the back.

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    Hello Neil

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • I agree with David McNally, if we finish where we are currently positioned in the league, then I think it would be a successful season. Since we were last in the EPL we have become far more entertaining under Alex Neil and in some games we have shown we can beat anyone on our day. However, our defence has been one of the main issues with our team in the last two years, relegated or not, I would like us to keep Alex Neil and address the problems at the back.

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    Hello Neil

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • Tommy, just a couple of points. Firstly, it's Here, Here, not Hear Hear. Secondly, why do you want tickets for Ar$enal when you already have your corporate freebies? It's only my second away game of the season, and even though I'm in with the Ar$enal I'm going (mates, nothing corporate, dontcha know). Finally I too would like to applaud McNally for giving his time to the "alternative press". It's mildly amusing that Archant have to acknowledge the source for an excellent interview they didn't get. Good on you Mr McN and I agree Alex Neil should be given at least until the end of the calendar year. And if you have a spare ticket in our section, I deserve it more than Tommy:-)

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • Would relegation alter McN's opinion that AN should stay for a long, long time? If not you might as well argue Hughton, who was meeting his brief, should have been allowed to build for the future. But few managers at any club are given much time. In recent years at NCFC I can only think of Worthy and that ended badly. Presumably then if our winless run continues and we take up residence in the bottom three the club's position is now one of accepting short term pain for long term gain. As for AN being enticed away relegation will end that concern and conversely a strong unbeaten run (I wish) make his departure more likely. And Tommy your first post was not XP friendly but I'm sure it was a cracker.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • .....Is this anything like the vote of confidence he gave about the future of Neil Adams as manager, or the dithering that was made regarding Chrissie?.....Or is this just another smoke screen to keep the dogs away while he searches the planet for another replacement?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • The interview was great, if you've not heard it then you should. We are lucky to have this man at our club, less lucky to have so many moaners in our fan-base. It was a really honest assessment and very positive. It must be tough having a job where you can't please everyone but I think he is doing fine work with our club. Good on you DM and well done Dan Brigham and Jon Rogers with the interview.

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    Norfolk Yorkie

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • "We set ourselves the target of doing as well as we can. We are on target to do that." How is this target measurable? It is totally subjective. Many take the view that we have not done as well as we can in a number of games owing to errors of judgement, not bad luck, and that this has resulted in the loss of vital points. If he is saying that the players are incapable of doing any better then he has lower expectations of them than me.

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    a fine city

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • P.S. David, can I have some complimentary tickets to Ar$enal please?

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • The 'plenty of bumps along the way' makes following my beloved City indeed a pleasurable experience, win, lose or draw. As always the Custard, Gravy, Ketchup and Mayo brigade will be travelling en masse to Leicester. Again, I applaud DMcN for speaking to the Little Yellow Bird. Some will say he can't win, others will say it's all lip service. But what do they know? The residents of Mogdem End will no doubt come out in force. We need all the support we can get ATM . . . . . starting now !

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • Have we been unlucky? Or have we simply made too many mistakes and failed to take opportunities to score? I would like to know what has been done to address this, really address it, not just talk, talk, talk.

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    Surrey Canary

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • I am with the chief executive and custard. Not literally, (but in my thinking).

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    Johny

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • Statements without substance is certainly Mr McNally's way, current form suggests we may get a possible 2points only from our next five fixtures, so exactly how does he think we will not get relegated. I don't think you should fear Alex getting "enticed" away either, not when he's of the opinion that Russell Martin & Seb Bassong are good defenders and Brady is better playing left back. He has very limited technical nous, and has too many "favourites" to be a good manager.

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    Quitefrank

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • Oh dear me.....that does sound a bit like the dreaded vote of confidence.....

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    Algarve Canary

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • It's not beating the teams around us that is costing us, like 2 years ago. Villa, Newcastle etc. Old Trafford away was wonderful but I'd give that back for 12 - 18 points against the lower teams.

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    TweetingCanary

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • It's not beating the teams around us that is costing us, like 2 years ago. Villa, Newcastle etc. Old Trafford away was wonderful but I'd give that back for 12 - 18 points against the lower teams.

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    TweetingCanary

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • ☆ º ♥ `•.¸.•´ ♥ º ☆ᕼᕮᗩᖇ ᕼᕮᗩᖇ ᗪᗩᐯIᗪ . . . . . I'ᗰ ᗯITᕼ YOᑌ ᗩᒪᒪ Tᕼᕮ ᗯᗩY☆ º ♥ `•.¸.•´ ♥ º ☆

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • Unlucky at times? Nothing to do with bad luck. All to do the fact we cannot defend. Maybe 38 points will see us just scrape in at 17th. However getting there still looks a big ask given our form to date.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • Oh! Would you please tell us just where the 18 points are coming from????? Don`t think there is any danger of AN being poached. We do not know how to defend and the management team do not have the answer.

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    willb

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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