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  1. DE.

    Championship season 2019-20

    Just because somebody is honest doesn't mean everything they say should be lauded, though. If somebody told me that they honestly thought the world was flat I wouldn't applaud them just because they were being truthful with me, I'd disagree because it's nonsense. Time will tell whether chucking the season works out for Norwich or not. They'll obviously be better off financially for some time, but the Championship is far from easy to get out of even if you do have some cash behind you.
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    Championship season 2019-20

    Whilst Farke is correct about financial security, the idea that they went about the season the right way is laughable. Burnley and Sheff Utd have shown that with a smart plan in place smaller clubs with limited budgets can survive in the PL. It was obvious when Norwich went up that unless they changed their style of play they'd be coming straight back down, as they conceded the most goals of any Championship winners in over a decade. Failure to address that is a pretty big oversight and as a Norwich fan I wouldn't be very happy with these defeatist comments from a manager who clearly did not put the right strategy in place to give the club the best chance of avoiding relegation.
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    Premier League Stuff

    Man City's two year European ban overturned, to the surprise of nobody. It was ridiculous to punish them, really, when there are a number of clubs blatantly flouting various rules. Might as well scrap FFP at this point in all honesty, as it only helps punish clubs that can't afford a decent lawyer.
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    West Brom at home

    Better players would be a start but we also need to bring in some aggressive lads who won't accept mediocrity. Until we have a few of those dotted around the team we're destined to be nearly-rans. Too many nice lads in the team at the moment who wouldn't say boo to a goose.
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    West Brom at home

    I don't think it's anything to do with the training ground, it's just the mentality of the players we've brought in. They struggle to handle the pressure of being favourites but can deal with being the underdog - a team very much in the image of their manager.
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    West Brom at home

    He had some questionable performances in League 1, but since his injury he seems to have been motivated to prove himself. Unfortunately his limits mean he isn't a top-half Championship player and never will be, but I'm sure TM will look upon his attitude favourably which may bode well for Samuel in terms of getting a new deal.
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    West Brom at home

    In fairness Samuel is playing a level above his ability. Can't fault his effort even if the ability isn't there.
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    West Brom at home

    WBA are a class above us, unfortunately. Difficult to see us getting back into it unless we can grab a scrappy goal or score a set piece and swing the momentum in our favour. The only real positive is that we're only one down at the moment.
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    West Brom at home

    It's not uncommon for TM to keep the side unchanged when the pressure builds and he reverts to a better team with less square pegs in round holes. He did it earlier in the season as well. I'm sure we had an unchanged side for 4 or 5 games around Nov/Dec time.
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    Championship season 2019-20

    There is some absolute tripe at the bottom of the division. At least six teams that arguably all deserve to be relegated. Stoke and Huddersfield especially considering their squads relative to those around them.
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    Mowbray: Stay or Go - A Poll

    It was poor last season and it's poor again this season. We've conceded more than the likes of Reading, Wigan and Boro. Improvement required if we have any serious hopes of pushing beyond mid table.
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    Mowbray: Stay or Go - A Poll

    No chance. PPG under Mowbray was easily enough to stay up over the course of the season. We were relegated with 51 points ffs. The team was poor but it was good enough to stay up, we were just handicapped by Owen Coyle, his pathetic training methods and his useless tactics. Venky's took far too long to sack him and that's the only reason we went down that season. If Mowbray had been in place by early January I firmly believe we would have stayed up.
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    Mowbray: Stay or Go - A Poll

    What? When were we ever League 1 fodder?
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    Mowbray: Stay or Go - A Poll

    I was fairly unhappy with his overall transfer policy before the BB/SG purchases and my post history will back that up (although I'm sure you have much better things to do than trawl through that). For me personally those purchases make a bad situation much worse, but I can't speak for how others would view it. Just my personal thoughts on our transfer business since TM arrived, it may be a little on the harsh side. As a reminder of our permanent signings since returning to the Championship... Summer 2018: Joe Rothwell Jacob Davenport Adam Armstrong Jack Rodwell Winter 2019: Ben Brereton Harry Chapman Summer 2019: Stewart Downing Bradley Johnson Sam Galagher Lewis Holtby Winter 2020: [no transfers in] So, based on that am I confident of a long-term restructuring? Unfortunately no - and that is what we bought with a reasonable budget in place. This summer could potentially be a lot more difficult - or it could be the same as usual, I don't know. Either way at best I see us bringing in a couple of older heads on free transfers and a decent loan or two to just about keep the defence ticking along without actually improving it. I think expectations of genuine playoff contention with the current owners and management (at both board and playing level) is extremely optimistic at best.
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    Mowbray: Stay or Go - A Poll

    Problem is even if there are reasonable deals out there and we do have some kind of budget I'm not convinced Mowbray is the man to bring in the players we need. Not a single good permanent defender in the entire time he's been here, £12m flushed down the toilet on BB and SG, made a total mess of the goalkeeper position last summer, has made a habit of giving contract extensions to players who are at their limit in terms of usefulness... the only decent signings he's made recently are loans or players at the tail end of their careers. Decent fella and so on, but I won't be surprised if we are struggling in six months time. I just hope by then it isn't already too late.
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