RR: The season is back! You’ve been handed a pretty tough start haven’t you? Both sides have the potential to be promotion challengers come season’s end - I personally tipped you to win the league. How do you think both seasons will pan out for the teams?
JR: It's certainly been a tough start for both of us - we had to go down to Craven Cottage first game of the season, a place where we haven't won at since 1986. Couple that with how good they look once again this season and it was never going to be easy.
Derby at home isn't the nicest welcome back to the league either, they're always going to be sniffing around the top six so fair play to your boys for getting a point.
I feel like a good season for Norwich is on the cards. Alex Neil really held us back last year, and now we that have a really progressive system in place lead by Daniel Farke and Stuart Webber, we look good.
In terms of Sunderland - I hate to say it, but I think you might struggle. The Championship is such a tough league and so demanding, I just don't think you've got what it takes to bounce back at the first time of asking.
RR: Last time we met we played out a huge relegation six pointer, and it was a catalyst to our survival that year. What are your memories of that day?
JR: It was the first time I've ever left a Norwich game before the end. I saw a lot of poor performances from our lads that year but that was by far the worst. The way we just collapsed in such a big game angered me so much. We'd given ourselves a great chance of staying up before that but it was evident after that defeat we’d go down. We deserved to go down and I'm trying my best to put that day as far to the back of my mind as I can.
RR: You have a new man in charge in Daniel Farke. What are you initial opinions on him?
JR: I've only got good words to say about him. I must admit I was dubious when we first appointed him but I quickly realised why he's rated more highly than David Wagner in Germany. He's one of the most tactically aware managers I've seen in a long time and demands a lot from his players. He handles difficult situations very well, such as last week’s celebration from Oliveira.
RR: On that celebration... what were your thoughts on it?
JR: I think it would look cocky and arrogant from a neutral's perspective but us Norwich fans know what you get with Nélson Oliveira. He was incredible in pre-season and to then start him on the bench in a big first game was odd. Coming off the bench and scoring an 89th minute equaliser was huge for us - and him too, I'm sure he'll look back at the celebration with a little bit of regret. But he's a very hot headed striker - we love him for it though, and he delivers the goals. I just hope Daniel Farke knows how to handle him right.
RR: Lewis Grabban was at your club not so long ago and had a goalscoring start for us last Friday. What are your memories of him?
JR: Grabban is a strange one, he's probably the only Norwich player in history to score two massive goals against Ipswich and still be hated by the majority of our fan base.
His goal return for us in the Championship the season we went up was impressive, but he never really connected with the fans. He seems like quite an introverted character and then the way he left the club was disrespectful and the fans turned against him. I'm sure he'll get double figures for you guys this season but I don't see him as a man who'll take you up on his own.
RR: There’s been a big shift in personnel at Norwich this summer. Long serving players have left & have been replaced in large by a selection of signings from the continent. Which of the new players do we need to look out for?
JR: We're asking a lot to get all of the new players to click at once and like you said a lot of senior players left too, but I certainly didn't lose any sleep seeing the back of those guys. The players we've brought in all seem to fit the system we're looking to play and that excites me. Marley Watkins is a great player at this level and loves playing in yellow & green already - expect him to have chances on Sunday. I'd say Cristoph Zimmermann is the man who excites me most, he's come in from the fourth division of German football but already looks like a shrewd bit of business. We've struggled with our defence over the past couple of years and hopefully he solidifies things a little.
RR: If you could take any player from Sunderland, who would it be and why?
JR: I think it would have to be Galloway, that's a great bit of business for you guys and he will excel at this level.
RR: Finally, how do you see the game going & what is your prediction?
JR: At this stage of the season it's still very hard to say - but I think we look too strong at present. At home we're always good, so that fills me with confidence. You'll be tough opposition that's for sure but I'm going for - Norwich 3-1 Sunderland.