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  1. I think this post is spot on. This season has been like no other due to the impact of covid and has affected many clubs in many ways. We have a poor and unbalanced squad that has been gradually getting worse for the last 3 years and our injury list has been incredible. Add to that the fact that a huge number of the squad are OOC this summer and it actually allows us to almost start with a blank canvass again. I still feel Nige is the best option, and his contract and backroom staff need to be sorted asap, but i do feel he would have the perfect opportunity to reshape things this summ
  2. This sums him up perfectly for me. There is definitely a good player there, but some aspects of his game still need a lot of work. We have to remember he is still young and playing in such a poor team can't be easy for someone who is really just starting his senior career. Fingers crossed he progresses next season and we could have a top quality player on our hands.
  3. To be fair, Mark Robins is a decent manager and would have been someone who i would have been happy with when LJ left. However.... Nige is the better option and has been assessing the many weaknesses in the squad for the last couple of months. The big question is... will he be allowed to recruit his own players in the summer and move things in his direction?
  4. He needs a summer to add some new faces and bring some physicality and knowhow to the team. To be fair, if you stick Mawson, Baker, Dasilva, Williams, Weimann and Diedhiou (if he still had 2 years on his contract) in to the picture we would have a reasonable starting 11. Nige needs to be backed and allowed to recruit the players he wants and then we can judge him after 20 games next season.
  5. I think the OP raises some interesting points and i do often find myself wondering whether we will ever make the promised land of The Premier League. I've been following City since the late 80's and can only really count about half a dozen magical moments in that time and two of those were football league trophy wins against Carlisle and Walsall! There's a sad part of me that actually likes us failing sometimes... i remember being excited when we faced West Ham on a Tuesday night in the early 90's only to get stuffed 5-1 and when a brilliant Forest team with Stan Collymore up front r
  6. I sort of agree Pezo but i bet you won't be sticking your mortgage on Norwich staying up next year? Newcastle, Leeds, Villa and West Ham are big clubs who should be in The Prem but the likes of Burnley and Brighton are really making up the numbers. Don't get me wrong i'd happily let City make up the numbers for a season, but the reality is that the Prem is on another level to the top half of The Champ. I think Norwich will need to follow Brighton's blueprint. The Seagulls still try and play good football but have added some real physicality to their defending (Burn, Dunk, Webster, Bi
  7. I agree Joe... i like Kalas but think he's been hung out to dry a bit this season. Pairing him with Moore, Vyner or Mariappa doesn't play to his strengths. A physical left sided centre back is probably the most important signing we need to make this summer.
  8. I agree with this 100% too. Kalas is not an imposing first ball centre back and needs a Baker, Flint or Webster type alongside him in my opinion. I believe he played a lot of his early career as a right back and i can understand why. He's a decent Champ defender but i think Chelsea got a couple of million too much out of us!
  9. I totally agree with this summary of Nagy. I've said before that he doesn't excel at any of the key parts of being a top central midfielder. The only thing i would say in his favour is that he always appears to give his all, which is more than can be said for a lot of the others!
  10. The sad thing is that Norwich are highly likely to come straight back down. The gulf between The Champ and the top dozen in The Prem is getting bigger. Norwich play the game in the right way and deserve their plaudits but they will need to improve another 50% to survive next season. It would be amazing to have a go in The Prem tho!
  11. To be fair COD, Nagy, Wells and Palmer are not bad players. I appreciate that we haven't seen great things from them but they all have ability. We don't have a solid defensive base to build from which creates pressure and uncertainty throughout the team. If Nige can bring in 2 or 3 experienced and robust defenders then that will be a great start. The obsession with signing young up and coming players has to stop and he needs to recruit who he wants to without external pressure from the board.
  12. We have got the opportunity to free up some serious money this summer with the OOC players leaving. If (and it is a big if) Nige is allowed to recruit what he wants then my biggest hope is that we can be competitive, difficult to beat and have a group of players who are playing for the shirt and pulling in the same direction. We haven't had a style or identity for over 3 years since Bobby was playing up top, and that style didn't last very long either! I wouldn't even care if we went a bit more direct, just as long as there is some passion and intensity to our play.
  13. If we're honest, this has been building for the last couple of years. Thank god we stole a few wins early in the season so that we are a Champ team next season. We have had bad luck with injuries but this squad is so physically weak its embarrasing. If Nige does stay then it is actually a good opportunity for him to rebuild, as much of the dead wood will be gone and the wage bill can be reset.
  14. I think its impossible to guess what next season will look like. Firstly, we've got to secure Big Nige on a suitable long term contract and he has to be allowed to do things his way. I'm sure he will introduce youngsters to the team when its right, but we are crying out for a few experienced Champ leaders down the spine of the side. Hopefully moving forward, supporters can get back in to stadiums and that will also impact clubs in different ways... our home form clearly can't get any worse! Finances post covid are going to make life tougher than ever, so with good recruitment an
  15. I think you make some good points Jon but the fundamental problem is the first line of your post (and i agree with it by the way). We had just had (arguably) the greatest season in our history and Cotts remit was to "keep us up". I think he went to Steve Lansdown and told him the type of players we would need to be successful in The Champ and he wasn't backed. The one player he did spend money on was Kodjia and we ended up making a huge profit on him. I think Cotts would have been incredibly deflated that summer after achieving what he just had. We had a fantastic stadium that w
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