Opinion PUBLISHED: 20:00 04 February 2019 Matt Howman Teemu Pukki has become an emblem for the clever way Norwich City have operated in the transfer market. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Paul Chesterton When you listen to Stuart Webber talk about Norwich City you are left in no doubt that the club is in safe hands. He’s spoken recently about where Norwich are now at as a club, the culture he’s working to instil and how the entire backroom staff are working harder and smarter since he has come in, to undo legacy issues that had been hindering the progress of the club - a task which is still ongoing to this day.The process Webber talks passionately through of creating valuable assets from the academy to justify the expense of running it has paid exceptional dividends this season, perhaps more so than either he or Farke would have expected. The question is, would promotion to the Premier League force their hand in changing their … [Read more...] about Matt Howman: How does Norwich City’s plan evolve if we reach the Premier League?
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Careers could depend on the outcome of Sunday afternoon’s Vikings-Chicago Bears game in Minneapolis. If the highly invested Vikings were to lose and finish 8-7-1 and out of the playoffs, the question for team owners Zygi and Mark Wilf becomes what to do. It’s unclear whether Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer have either one or two years left on their contracts. But it’s very rare that a team lets a GM and coach go into their final year without an extension. Usually at that juncture, they either receive new deals or are fired. Regarding Zimmer, he has had an influential booster in Bill Parcells, who coached the Giants to two Super Bowls. Parcells is admired by Zygi Wilf. If the Vikings don’t get into the playoffs, it’ll be interesting to see how much influence Parcells still has with Zygi and Zimmer. If the Vikings were to keep Zimmer and fire Spielman and bring … [Read more...] about Charley Walters: Fates of Mike Zimmer, Rick Spielman could hang in balance
0 Have your say On Tuesday night Jack Ross tried to get the balance right between an honest assessment of his team's performance, and putting it in the context of the wider picture. Sunderland were so flat, so lacking spark that it would have been an insult to those who turned up to suggest otherwise. But even those in attendance would be quick to recognise that the league is the priority for the Black Cats and avoiding even greater fixture congestion is, as Ross put it, 'not the worst thing in the world'.Sunderland badly lacked an attacking spark in the absence of Aiden McGeady and Lynden Gooch, yet the performance of Duncan Watmore offered a significant positive.It will be a long time until he reaches his sharpest, perhaps even next season, and there were inevitably signs of rustiness in his play against Walsall. Two moments, however, showed how valuable he will be in the meantime.Early in the first half George Honeyman won the ball back in midfield and … [Read more...] about The two moments that show exactly how Duncan Watmore changes the picture for Sunderland and Jack Ross
The first time Chris Reilly saw Kyler Murray on a baseball field, the Oakland A’s scout remembers watching him fly down the first base line. Reilly was timing it, and so was the scout next to him. “We looked at each other and we said ‘oh boy, this kid’s gonna be special at some point.” It was spring 2017, and Murray led a game off with an infield single, stole second, stole third, and scored on a groundout. In six pitches, the future Sooners starting QB and A’s first-rounder had engineered a run. What Reilly saw goes a long way to explaining how Murray tears up defenses on the gridiron as well. In 2018, Murray throws and runs well enough to be a top Heisman finalist and Playoff semifinalist, winning the Big 12 Championship MVP, Davey O’Brien Award, and AP Player of the Year too. Just look at this. -Murray leads the nation in QBR (96.0), passing efficiency (205.7), total offense (4,945 yards), yards per passing attempt (11.9), and total … [Read more...] about How Kyler Murray’s baseball and football skills amplify each other
It's derby day! Mauricio Pochettino is achieving brilliant things with Spurs and despite a quiet summer transfer window, has them sitting in third place, looking good. Unai Emery has lifted the mood at Arsenal and represents the face of change. Having had time to settle in and integrate his ideas, the north London derby represents a first genuinely massive test. So, where might both teams gain an advantage? Keeping balance Arsenal have played with a 4-2-3-1 since the start of the season, with two defensive midfielders providing protection to the defence. This gives forward licence to the wing backs and allows the tricky, creative players to have fun and experiment closer to the opposition box. Spurs' defensive unit are likely to win 50/50s with the likes of Mesut Ozil or Henrikh Mkhitaryan, making Arsenal's midfield protection crucial for Sunday's match. However, in the away game against Crystal Palace the shape changed to a back three. According to Emery … [Read more...] about Big Match Decoded: How Arsenal manager Unai Emery might approach his first north London derby against Spurs