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Updated: Norwich City’s Alex Neil reacts to Steven Naismith £8m deal talk and £2.21m swoop for Ivo Pinto

14:35 30 December 2015

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Everton's Steven Naismith has been strongly linked with a January move to Norwich City.

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Norwich City boss Alex Neil has dismissed reports the Canaries have struck a deal with Everton for £8m target Steven Naismith.

Neil, speaking at Colney on Wednesday afternoon ahead of Southampton’s Premier League visit this weekend, insisted it was business as usual on the transfer front ahead of the window officially opening on Friday.

Widespread media reports claimed City are in pole position to finally sign Naismith after failing with a summer bid, while Croatian media reported on Tuesday Norwich had lined up a £2.21m move for right-back Ivo Pinto.

Neil reiterated he wants to bring in fresh blood early in January, but refused to be drawn on recent speculation.

“I can’t confirm anything about a deal in place (for Naismith). Whatever Roberto (Martinez) and Steven decide has nothing to do with me. We’re looking to add to the squad but I won’t get into specifics about certain individuals,” he said. “Regarding him (Pinto) the exact same thing applies. We won’t be talking about individuals. It is always difficult to say when we will get the business done. The bottom line is until that paperwork is signed and they are in the building then nothing is complete, nothing is done.

“As far as I am concerned we are no further forward than this time yesterday. Once we have got deals over the line we can discuss it. We want to strengthen and give the lads already here a hand.”

Toffees’ chief Martinez adopted a similar stance earlier in the day, insisting he plans to sit down and discuss Naismith’s future after a hectic spell of fixtures.

Everton play five times in 14 days, beginning with a home clash with Tottenham on Sunday, and Martinez believes clarity will be brought to Naismith’s situation after that run.

“We speak constantly – in terms of making a decision about the next step and his future, it’s going to be over the next couple of weeks,” the Spaniard said.

“We’ve got a really busy period now and we need to make sure we go through these games. Mid-January will be a perfect moment to have a little bit more of a calm period to look into detail.”

Martinez denied his departure was imminent but appreciates Norwich’s lingering interest may not have dissipated since they were rebuffed a few months ago.

“We all know Steven Naismith had one Premier League club show an interest in the previous window and I’m sure that’s an open secret so I understand those rumours are there,” he noted.

“At the moment there’s nothing to comment. During January we will make sure we know exactly how we need to move forward – it will be the case with every player that is not performing or is not playing a lot of minutes. We need to make sure we go through the window in the best possible way.”

54 comments

  • Please, please, please - let's NOT move away from Carrow Road. I've been to the iPro or whatever it's called and there are no decent pubs nearby. I usually go to one of the city pubs before the game (the Queen of Iceni is just too packed) and then go in there after, as my seat is near an exit and can get to the bar before the hoards.

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    Mr Ed

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • Looks like this thread has turned into a stadium debate, so for my half penneth worth. Wivenhoe I believe they discussed making the foundations and steelwork stronger at the time of building the Jarrold but this was not done due to costs, looks a bad decision now but at the time we were not sold out most weeks. Mattias, I agree with most of your post but cannot agree about no need to expand at present. Yes we may be in a Yo-Yo phase but to get new fans we need to attract and be able to accomodate the casual ones who fancy seeing Man Utd or Liverpool so try and get a ticket, once they attend a few games the bug can bite and then they want it every week, hence we get more support, at present this cant happen. At present they say 25mil to rebuild the City Stand and it would pay for itself in 10 years, im sure a smart board could look at premier league riches and take 10mil to one side towards it and borrow the rest, I understand we need players but there should be enough money for that as well. If we now sold Grabban for 5-6 mil and said there is no replacement planned as we have Kyle Laf and Loza as cover I cant see too many complaining and even if we went down the stand would be underway. I know thats a bit simplistic but when can any Premier league club say that they are going to invest 25mil in a stand, you have to bite the bullet at some point.

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    Jimhow

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • @urban seagull totally agreed there are many of us who either live out of town or have family or work commitments meaning we cannot commit to an ST but like to go whenever we can. As a priority member who lives close to Cambridge I see about 5 or 6 games a year on average. I would definitely go to more if I could wake up on a saturday morning, ask my wife and kids if they want to come along and then book a few tickets together or at least close to each other. On the morning of the Villa game I waited 30 minutes on the phone to find out there were only 2 tickets left one in the Jarrold stand and one in the Norwich and Peterborough... I decided it was not the best way to treat my wife during the Christmas holiday and declined booking them... this has happened on many occasions before, usually with no tickets available at all... I am sure I am not the only football fan who would like to decide on the day of the match whether to go or not... of course we want a full ground but I am sure there must be at least 25,000 one game in 3 fans like me on top of the 25,000 regulars, we probably only need a 35,000 capacity to keep everyone happy.... short of that let's find out a decent way to get the game live online... I would happily pay for that.... rather than watching some dodgy Sky pirate channel

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    jops

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • none taken MGNdweller :) and my original post meant none either (just incase urban seagull is still reading the thread). To those that have fallen into thinking I was trying to say you are not a fan if you don't have a season ticket, that truly wasn't my intention. Wasn't ever trying to start an argument between non ST holders and long standing ones etc. Just generally the Lower Barclay has been the area that the teams looks towards for its vocal support and usually gets the chants going. This has subsided in recent times. Totally separate argument and i'll likely ruffle a few feathers but I really don't see the need for expanding the stadium right now, especially if we stay up this season. That may sound a bit backwards but hear me out. We only seem to experience this large demand for casual tickets when we get promoted. It last for a season and then attendances dwindle off again 'slightly'. If you want a casual ticket against Cfc, Man United or Liverpool etc then you will likely be out of luck because obviously those who payturn up every single week get their ticket guaranteed and then those that pay for the privilege of getting first dibs on tickets (to generate more £ for the club and save a massive line outside the ticket office) get the spare ones. However for pretty much any other game their is ALWAYS tickets on general sale, even on the day of the game in some instances. It's really not hard to obtain a ticket if needed more often than not. The corner infill's at the Riverend always have spare seats. Not the best view granted but the seats are there. Its for these reasons I worry about expanding the stadium and I really don't feel there is enough demand for it. If we stay up for a sustained amount of time the 'Premiership' factor wears off the demand will then drop even further (excluding any miracle Leicester type season). I would hate to see Carrow Road become a Ipswich or Wolves etc with 1000s of empty seats clearly seen. I know this is a concern of the boards too. I shudder to think how Canary Call would sound if we did expand the stadium and fans couldn't grasp why the purse strings in transfer window were even tighter than usual ;)

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • The UB is the best place for a MOG. And me. Fact. LB is great until you're hitting 30 then you move upstairs. The Barclay is THE BEST:-)

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    el dingo

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • none taken MGNdweller :) and my original post meant none either (just incase urban seagull is still reading the thread). Wasn't ever trying to start an argument between non ST holders and long standing ones etc. Totally separate argument and i'll likely ruffle a few feathers but I really don't see the need for expanding the stadium right now, especially if we stay up this season. That may sound a bit backwards but hear me out. We only seem to experience this high demand for casual tickets when we get promoted. It last for a season and then attendances dwindle off again 'slightly'. If you want a casual ticket against Chelsea, Man United or Liverpool etc then you will likely be out of luck because obviously those who payturn up every single week get their ticket guaranteed and then those that pay for the privilege of getting first dibs on tickets (to generate more cash for the club and save a massive line outside the ticket office) get the spare ones. However for pretty much any other game their is ALWAYS tickets on general sale, even on the day of the game in some instances. It's really not hard to obtain a ticket if needed more often than not. The corner infill's at the Riverend always have spare seats. Not the best view granted but the seats are there. Its for these reasons I worry about expanding the stadium and I really don't feel there is enough demand for it. If we stay up for a sustained amount of time the 'Premiership' factor wears off the demand will then drop even further (excluding any miracle Leicester type season). I would hate to see Carrow Road become a Ipswich or Wolves etc with 1000s of empty seats clearly seen. I know this is a concern of the boards too. Plans are 110% in place for expansion should it become feasible. I have a very close friend who was part of the team that built the Jarrold Stand and the new Media gantry and he confirms his company have held numerous discussions with the club regarding it but the balls firmly in NCFC court and that's where it has stayed for a long time in regards to stadium expansion. Wait and see but I genuinely don't believe we have enough of a demand for expansion yet. I shudder to think how Canary Call would sound if we did expand the stadium and fans couldn't grasp why the purse strings in transfer window were even tighter than usual ;)

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • MGN, let me give you my two pennith as a wise ole MOG. I and my lad had season tickets in the upper Barclay, probably above where you now sit, I think you get a better panoramic view and is probably the reason why most cameras are high up. The atmosphere (crowd not altitude) was positive and vocal. I had to give up my ST for health reasons but bought the occasional 'day ticket' and had to sit in other parts of the ground, big mistake, I may be a MOG but the moaning and groaning in the crowd was too much for me. So stick to the Barclay, upper if you can get it.

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    cutty

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • Plenty of room for a new hundred thousand seater stadium (and car parks) at the new Postwick muddle go nowhere system. Maybe our new Chairman will read this and act - did he get a knighthood ?

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • I too would love to see another tier put on the Jarrolds stand but how much would it cost and where is the money coming from. A rich investor is definitely required. Maybe it could be named the Aviva Tier? Speculate to accumulate is definitely required if we're to become an established club. Unfortunately, along with a bigger stadium comes more logistic problems too. People have to get to and from the game and I know from personal experience that the trains to London are always rammed whenever a London or SW based team come to town. Regarding being able to get hold of a ST, well get on the waiting list and stop moaning. No sympathy I'm afraid as queuing and waiting lists are not a new thing in any walk of life. STs were available when we were in division 1 so people should have bought one then although they probably didn't want to Support a League one team as much as they do a Premiership one? OTBC

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    baguio

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • Matt I was a st holder but had to give it up, I then moved away for twenty years and because of travelling and work commitments I found myself begging to get tickets although I was a member for all those twenty years. I have now moved back to good old Norfolk and managed to get me self a st in lower Barclay and you are correct I do not sing not because I do not know the songs but I choose not to does this make me any less of a supporter? I fell in love with this club on my first visit to cr in about 1965 cannot remember the exact year but a league game against Northampton. Does this make me more of a supporter? Of course not but it takes all sorts to make a crowd I have no problem with those who wish to sing and enjoy listening and hearing the banter sorry I cannot see any thing wrong with that. As a side note having been through the mill re getting tickets surely the club must extend cr I for one would rather see empty seats than knowing genuine supporters cannot get seats and get them at reasonable prices after all that is the way to ger the next generation of fans on board COYY.

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    Bicester canary

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • Hasten to add, I meant older and wiser than me. No offence to Matthias 333, whose views I respect.

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    MGNdweller

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • On the ST,s , its been a good thread and the lads suggesting an increase in the capacity of Carrow Road are spot on. I remember reading that when the new south stand was built the foundations etc were such that the second tier could be easily added.Must be time to give that one serious consideration now.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • Malaga can, well reasoned. My 2 pennorth (sp?) would be that we need extra capacity but that Carrow Road is probably not the place to do it. Tinkering around the edges has been done and added a few extra seats. To add the extra 5 to 10 we really need would need something major like a stand rebuild. Can't help feeling it's time to move and build a new home fit for these times. Clearly this will stretch finances and is not without risk but we do need to move forward.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • I don't know if anybody is still reading this thread, but since reading Matthias333's post, I have, as a new ST holder in the Lower Barclay, been "considering my position". After trying seats around the ground in casual purchases I chose the LB as a good place to enjoy the atmosphere, and also, a good place to see, in block E, some good right winger and goalmouth action. I now realise that, while I thought I was showing commitment and support by buying an ST, I am actually part of M333's problem, in the same way that some say that the M6 has ruined he Lake District and that the fully dualled A11 will damage the environment in Norfolk . His observations, are of course, factually correct. There are more vocal and less vocal pockets, although these are possibly easier to identify from within than from other parts of the ground. My question is, if I move my seat next year, cui bono? Comments from M333 himself, and from any of you possibly older and certainly wiser 'posters would be appreciated.

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    MGNdweller

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • Interesting debate regarding season ticket holders and the atmosphere. I think that most PL clubs crowds are predominantly ST holders, especially the ones who fill their stadia regularly. The problem at Carrow Road, as I have said many times, is the lack of investment in the stadia. For years the capacity has not been sufficient to enable casual fans to buy as and when. This will have a negative effect long-term on the next generation which the club should be encouraging to attend. Many youngsters, unable to get tickets, will find entertainment elsewhere. Yes, expanding the stadium will cost, but the club needs to be more forward-thinking and see it as an investment in the future. I get sad every time I hear excuses for not expanding the stadium. There was an independent report done some years ago which concluded expansion was essential. Like any business, the club needs to develop its business in a holistic way. Just spending money in one area while neglecting others is not the way ahead. It is a cliche but also a truism that business that don't continue to invest in all areas - marketing, staff, facilities, equipment etc - risk stagnating at best. I hear some saying that if we added say 5,000 seats could we guarantee to fill them ? Well yes, given astute marketing and sensible pricing. On this basis most cinemas would only have a few dozen seats!

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • GFU Looked for the article, but could not find it. Just don't see us being anything but a relegation contender in the PL, with the drop happening in a year or two, without a big money injection into the club. Would like to see us at least become mid-table with an occcasional opportunity in the Europa, but don't see it within the current regime.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • The Stewards at Carrow Road are an embarrassment!!! Way over the top and are on one big power trip!! By far the worst in the country!! Reminds me of the old night club bouncers from years gone by; 'secretly wanting it to kick off!'. They really are provoking and have killed the atmosphere!!! Forever saying; "sit down, sit down!". We're the ones (the fans) who pay your wages!!! If the powers that be at the club are reading this then, HAVE A WORD!! And they are an embarrassment, I find my toes curl thinking about them! - kill joys

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    Michael Merrill

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • Michi, love your thoughts and sentiments for a "takeover". Ain't gonna happen buddy. You can wi$h all you like for our local team to have a massive foreign financial injection. The majority of us locals don't. Give up your pipe dream man. One day Srivaddhanaprabha (วิชัย ศรีวัฒนประภา) will pull out of Leicester. One day Denim will drop Bournemouth. Look at Portsmouth, Coventry and the other 40 non EPL ;-) teams. My Norwich is Norfolk born and bred. UK owned. Supporters on the board.

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Just heard that Kone is going to Sunderland.That's one of city's reported centre-back targets gone and Collins has signed a 2 yr contract with West Ham.Agree it's the central defence that should be the priority,in quality and quantity.Could Ron Vlaar and the lad from Wednesday enter the equation?

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    Peter Watson

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Superb posts Mattias333 and Palmo.

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    Dark Moon

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Cheers to that Mich! A decent theory anyway. I know that you're a stalwart for change and I can't condemn you for it since the way the Prem is going the 'lesser' teams are coming up. I read an interesting article on Football365 the other day about how the big money train is stalling. Have a gander on there and see if you can find it. Good read amid all the usual tosh.

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    Go_Fleck_Urself

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Really hope these transfers come through for us!!!...Naismith and Pinto would be GREAT additions but, another quality 'centre back' still remains a must (Andrea Ranocchia from 'Inter' the current name being bandied about!!!)...Think I also saw a fleeting mention of us and another couple of 'Prem' teams being interested in bringing Patrick Bamford on loan from Chelsea? (not too sure about this one?...He's not had the best of times at Crystal Palace and I just wonder if the 'step up' to the 'Prem' is a bit too much for him?)...anyway...bring on the second half of the season...'Appy New Year to y'all!!! OTBC

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    YarcoYella

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • MB, I will respond to your chairman comments on this post. My scenario for Delia appointing Mr B. as chairman, is that she wants him to sound out his Harvard Business School buddies about buying an ownership stake in NCFC, while leaving her a percentage ownership. She wants him to find a rich (philanthropic towards NCFC and Delia) businessman who wants to have fun with some of his money owning a PL football club. This way she can be part of building a successful PL club that competes for a place in Europe, maybe builds a new and bigger stadium, and generally fullfills the fairytale of success that (some) NCFC supporters would like to see. This is my take and I have not even had my first beer of the day yet!!

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • I don't know if Norwich fans are any worse or better than other clubs when it comes to 'getting behind the team', but I know that we have a fair share of moaners and complainers. A few seasons back (when I had a season ticket for lower Barclay Block E) I, along with a few other fans, asked the muppets who booing and heckling after the first mistake to stop it as it didn't help the players and save their booing for the end. The goons replied with some nonsense about "do I go to away games" as if this bizarre notion made them more of a fan or something? After some colourful exchanges between the non-booers and booers, I realised that I couldn't handle spending an hour and a half of my time every other Saturday amongst such peanuts and didn't renew my season ticket. To sum it up - when we are winning the crowd are pretty good, but when we are losing it is DREADFULL. Fickle bunch of bar stewards.

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    Palmo

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Agree with Tommy and Mattias re the LB stewards. OTT a lot of the time and possibly too quick to get the police in on occasions. Come on Naismith you know it makes sense!

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Some very interesting comments, especially re the Playoff final, when ticket allocation was a complete farce. I walked into the store in Castle Mall just after Xmas 2010 and was able to buy an ST for my granddaughter no problem and of course we were promoted that season and you suddenly had to go on a waiting list. Our support even when we were in League 1 was excellent and I know many fans travel considerable distances to attend home games on a regular basis. I also think it would be fairer if there were more casual seats available and I'm sure they could easily be filled.

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    Mr Ed

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • I can't remember this ST debate when we were relegated to Div 1 or during that season. Funny that. To me it's a frustrating jealousy by those that now wan't to attend games but can't. Mattias is absolutely spot on with the stewarding though. It's atrocious. The number of times the "new" youngster ST holders at the front of E Block get their collars felt is hugely inproportionate. Easy target me thinks, plus in view of everyone.

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • A further proposition: in the season NCFC were relegated (2013-14 - the season of fan-based vitriol particularly, or initially, in question), Crystal Palace had gathered, I think, something like 4 points after 11 games. Even under the Pulis regime (football anyone?) which began at that stage, their fans were magnificent and Palace stayed up with something to spare. Look at them now! Swap fans that season and we would have stayed up.

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    Dark Moon

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Dave, no offence meant, I was having a go at the club's ticketing policy, not at those who take advantage of it. Mattias 333: Very interesting that your reference point is the difference between old and new ST HOLDERS. What about those fans who can't go every week, for whatever reason, but love the club just the same and would be perfectly willing to fork out for 'casual' tickets a dozen times a season? The thing is, THERE AREN'T ANY (or very few). Those that do have to take their chance and sit wherever they can, because availability is so limited. And that's precisely the problem. CR is in danger of becoming an exclusive members-only club, as the ticket allocation policy for the Playoff Final showed only too clearly. It can't be healthy.

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    urban seagull

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • After reading the previous comments I feel like I have to air my views on the subject of certain "fans" who jump at the first chance to boo the players. Why? What are they trying to acheive? I understand and agree that we pay for our tickets (casual or ST) and are entitled to voice our opinions but why do a small selection of individuals insist on booing. It's embarrassing and unproductive. I sit in the lower Barclay and sing my heart out for the lads and support them through the good and not so good times and although some players can infuriate me I would never dream of slagging them off. Players do respond to cheering positively and in the same vein respond to the booing but in a negative way. So here's a thought, why not actually support your team verbally in a positive manner, it makes for a better atmosphere and gives the players a much needed lift. That's if you are true supporters, If you are not then stay away, the club doesn't need your money as your seat can be taken by a proper fan. I welcome all responses, especially from one of the booers who can explain their actionsintentions. CTID

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    Bombdoors

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Rare I get involved these days but noticed ncfc fans arguing about ST holders and couldn't help but comment. I've been a season ticket holder for as long as I've been able to attend games as a child. I've seen the old atmosphere at Carrow Rd that rarely gets remembered these days, I've seen the darker days (that were not too long ago), I saw the atmosphere pick up again in more recent years under a certain Mr Lambert and then I've now seen it tail off again. I make no secret that I STAND in the lower Barclay. The atmosphere has always been at its best in the lower Barclay (and the Snake Pit). The long standing ST holders who know all the songs and stand together in unity week after week helped generate this. However in recent years its declined rapidly. The atmosphere has changed due to 3 reasons in my eyes (or ears depending on how picky you are). Number 1 a lot of the old school ST holders were either priced out or opted to not renew their tickets any longer under a certain Mr Hughtons watch. This has resulted in lots of people moving their ST seat or purchasing a new ST. Nothing wrong with new faces etc even if it does get a bit of the "you aint local" look at first but they don't know the songs, don't get involved in the chants and the whole atmosphere breaks down as a result. Number 2 the Stewarding at Carrow Road is so over the top its unreal. Away fans have complained NCFC are up their with the worst stewards for years and these days I cant disagree. I've found a lot of the more senior stewards (who I wont name) that helped keep the atmosphere going and even joined in have been "retired" or vanished and replaced by newer, younger stewards who seem intent on causing as much problems as possible (yes I know there is rules regarding standing but unofficially the clubs always allowed it because quite frankly everyone wants to stand in the lower Barclay). The stewards have caused issues that have not helped. Number 3, us fans whether we are ST holders or not have been spoiled to a large amount of success in such a short time that in a way we've become too use to success that its almost expected to simply happen. My impression is that some fans around me (the newer ones for most part) seem like they are waiting for the first misplaced pass or off clearance to moan and complain. This edginess transpires down onto the pitch I'm positive about that.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Schopenhauer , oh come on Brew. I now have the Philosophers song running around my little birdbrain.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • and dont get me started on self pity city aka dribblepool

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • #byf, urban seagull and dark moon; good little thread going there with good points on both sides. Can it be that by having the same crowd majority at all home games a staleness comes over the crowd in the way that a rock concert by the Stones may not be that exciting at the tenth time of asking. Or does the continuity lead to a greater awareness of the teams structure , progress and failings. But quoting Spurs as a big team must be done on the number of letters in their name, on all other measurements they are not.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Arthur Schopenhauer has it. I still think Hughton proved to be a weak and ineffectual manager for us. Though, when he was recruited, I believed he was a perfect fit for the job. My old adversary, canaryinslovenia, vilified me as a "Hughton apologist" as a result! I do agree with much of what Dark Moon and urban seagull say. Attendance at Carra Rud, for some, is a vicarious life. Mindless loyalty a badge of honour. It's only a game!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • That's interesting. I bought my season ticket when we were in league one and there was no waiting list due to drop in sales. I now find myself being criticised for being a ST holder now that demand exceeds availability. A point to remember is that, ST sales are guaranteed income, unlike casual sales, which can dry up at any time.

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    Dave T

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Cutty, happy new year, nice comment on the York lad, got me wondering if we need another 'promising 'youngster . The one we got at Swindon seems a bit like a homing pigeon in that he's never here. McGrandles is here but rarely seen, and are any as good as our home grown young guns[even if they are all elsewhere]

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Thank you Bury Yella. By pointing the finger elsewhere, I hope you're not trying to defend the indefensible.

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    urban seagull

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Dark Moon and Urban Seagull Thank you for your most interesting take on our support. Obviously neither of you have been to away games at such big clubs as Liverpool or Spurs. Your valued advice to those clubs could be beneficial. Oh and right at the bottom of the scale why not contact the Bin folk darn the road on the way to Larndon I fink!!

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    Bury Yella Fella

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Dark Moon, sadly I can't disagree re. the atmosphere at CR. Root cause: far too many ST holders in proportion to the much despised 'casual' fans. A ST has become a badge of loyalty instead of what it really is, a multibuy deal for cheapskates, and it's far too difficult for new supporters to become regulars. Result: stagnant, lifeless atmosphere, just a couple of home defeats away from turning poisonous. Ticketing policy needs a serious rethink, for the good of the club.

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    urban seagull

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Think we should try getting Patrick Bamford on loan too as back-up! Leeds seem pretty keen on Lafferty, so surely we could get their Right Back in some form of deal. About time we bought a Leeds player.

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    OTFBC

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • MB: To reference a previous post: infinitely more 'malignable' - and profoundly malignant - were the NCFC fans in that season. The support for the team was dreadful; the atmosphere stank; the players were cowed; Hughton wrongly villifed. It was that which the sent the team down. There are signs of it even now as I’m sure AN would testify. Carrow Road is generally a theatre venue for the fickle and the flaky; or a library for the socially inept.

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    Dark Moon

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Can't understand why the press are obsessed with calling this guy a striker when he isn't. He's an attacking midfielder in the Bradley Johnson mould, although he looks to have more skill than BJ. Scored eight in all competitions last season.

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Surely Martinez is covering his back in case the first choice forwards get injured in the next few games. Not exactly playing ball though is it? As a model professional, Stephen Naismith will no doubt be getting on with being a footballer but he must be thinking 'what is going on'?If I was SN I'd try and force a deal through. With other teams sniffing around, I really hope this one goes through. COYY.

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    canarytrev

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Naismith would only come here if he is a guaranteed starter. Is that going to happen?

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    komakino

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • I wonder who penned\pasted that piece? Clues in the phrases the likes of "the likes of" and "in the dying throes"? Hey, Dubya, threatening Roberto with Norwich besting Everton won't encourage him to release Naismith! Anyway, it's a racing certainty he'll come to Carra. We have a Scottish Manager & Captain, a CEO with Mc in his name AND Ed Balls.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Another rumour, from Mrs C I think, I'm to go on a diet in the new year.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Maybe wants to wait and see if there are injury issues after their run of games?

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Some more hot air, mid field youngster Ben Godfrey at York is rumoured is to be heading to Carru Rud.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Ah a rumour about a delay to the rumoured signing from another rumour. Another rumour on the same topic tomorrow please.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Trouble is we want players in a.s.a.p. Later in January may suit Martinez. But probably not us. May be that AN decides to move on to another target? While he would be the kind of player we need, not if timing isn't right.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • I would also add that the Everton supporters are not entirely happy about this so maybe he's trying to calm things down a bit.

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    MellowYellow

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Oh come on Roberto, it's a 'done deal' - you haven't played him so lets move things along ! No sense in dragging these things out..... City to finish above Everton this season maybe ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Hot air hot air hot air. The only reason Martinez is saying this is because Everton are wholly underperforming and the teams below them are snapping at their heels. I guess if he was to sell Naismith now he'd be undermining his up-front capabilities, no doubt Lukaku has plenty of suitors.

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    Go_Fleck_Urself

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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