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Saturday, September 26, 2020

If Daniel Farke had forgotten how tough the Championship is last Saturday’s game should have served as a salutary reminder.

Daniel Farke has a nice repertoire when it comes to one-liners.

Norfolk, the graveyard of ambition. It’s not the sort of welcoming message to write on the road signs but we all know that’s what outsiders think.

It is a fair bet no previous Championship boss ever had to contend with the pre-match disruption of Barcelona’s interest in one of their prized assets.

While the game at Huddersfield had all the hallmarks of early season, with players still feeling their way into their respective systems, the end result was exactly what was needed from a City perspective, and whilst reversing the record run of losses was vital, to do so with a clean sheet was the icing on the cake.

When managers say it how it is, the vile side of social media ... and a good bit - Chris Lakey looks at some of the talking points in the most difficult league in the world (apparently)

When you’ve not won a competitive game of football for 191 days and lost your last 11 games in the process, you’ve simply got to find a way to change that trend and somehow muster a win of any sorts - and that’s exactly what the lads did up at Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium.

If Daniel Farke wants to know what lies in store and the pitfalls ahead this season he could do worse than invite Alex Neil into his manager’s office on Saturday.

Well, the new season is upon us after what feels like the shortest summer on record – and I’m sure you are all really looking forward to it after the disappointment of the last one.

I’m worried that I might be turning into one of those people. You know the sort. The ones that refuse to get carried away by a Norwich City promotion and claim they prefer the Championship to the Premier League.

One of the biggest questions of the summer is about to be answered... possibly.

There are certain rules to being a football fan. One of them is that you must not sit on the fence.

I hardly think the world needs yet another post-mortem on City’s relegation, so let’s look ahead to next season.

At the beginning of the 2019-20 season I had four former clubs in the Premier League.

Another Premier League adventure has ended for Norwich City. It says something that many fans were relieved that Manchester City didn’t run up a cricket score against the Canaries on Sunday.

So, just the one game to go. Unfortunately, it’s against probably the most potent attacking force in the Premier League, City’s most creative player is suspended, their best striker can’t buy a goal and they’ve got one fully-fit centre-back. What could possibly go wrong?

Thirty seven games down and just one to go in what has been a season of a few highs, but, sadly, far too many lows .

Anyone else think Chris Wilder could be an outside bet for manager of the season?

Listen to Stuart Webber dissect what went wrong for Norwich City in the Premier League and you begin to see how he plans to put it right.

Anyone feeling sad about the loss of this year’s Theatre Royal pantomime would have found solace at Carrow Road on Saturday... Norwich City’s home season finale ticked all the boxes.

During the lockdown I wrote several pieces about how unstable the football pyramid was being shown to be, due to precious little of the huge amounts of money at the top finding its way down.

I’ve read and heard a lot of criticism since Norwich were relegated after that shocking performance against West Ham last Saturday – and I’m not about to stick the boot in on Daniel Farke or his players.

It got so bad for Norwich City on Saturday that I had to say the ‘F’ word on the radio. Yes that’s right – Fulham.

Recruitment is hugely important for clubs like Norwich City – it’s their job to find rocks and stone and polish them into gems.

Recently I decided to sit down and watch some of City’s early-season games, primarily to cheer myself up but also to try to see what has changed.

That’s five consecutive defeats now for Norwich City since the restart, and if you count the 1-0 loss against Sheffield United in their last game before lockdown that’s six losses on the spin, something the club has done only once in their Premier League history, back in April 1995.

The past month since Project Restart kicked off has been one of the most soulless and least enjoyable periods in my 40 years as a Norwich City supporter.

Finding and then choosing the right words at the right time is pretty basic when it comes to football commentary, but the importance of engaging the brain before opening one’s mouth has never been clearer.

The only positive of Project Restart from the perspective of Norwich City fans is the fact that the relentless schedule of games means that our suffering will be over relatively quickly.

If ever there was a game that summed up this season for Norwich City it was the 90 minutes on Wednesday night at the Emirates.

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