5pm update: Aston Villa complete surprise loan signing of Norwich City legend Grant Holt from Wigan

Grant Holt and Norwich manager Paul Lambert at the end of the Barclays Premier League match against Newcastle at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton. Grant Holt and Norwich manager Paul Lambert at the end of the Barclays Premier League match against Newcastle at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
11:40 AM

Aston Villa have confirmed the loan signing of former Norwich City striker Grant Holt, completing a surprise Premier League return for the former Canaries captain.

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Norwich Manager Paul Lambert congratulates Grant Holt as he is subbed during a pre season friendly against Parma at Carrow Road Stadium, Norwich. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd.Norwich Manager Paul Lambert congratulates Grant Holt as he is subbed during a pre season friendly against Parma at Carrow Road Stadium, Norwich. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd.

Holt has been signed on loan until the end of the season to provide cover and competition for Villa’s star striker, the tall Belgian Christian Benteke, after Libor Kozak’s season was ended prematurely by a broken leg.

It reunites the 32-year-old, who scored 78 goals in 168 appearances for the Canaries during four hugely successful seasons, with former City manager Paul Lambert.

Villa boss Lambert had Holt as his captain as the pair spearheaded City’s rise from League One to the Premier League with back-to-back promotions.

“Losing Libor was a blow to us, obviously,” Lambert told Villa’s official website. “When I knew Grant had become available it was something I wanted to pursue quickly because he’ll add strength and experience to what is still a young squad overall.

“Having worked with him for three years at Norwich, I know what he can do and that’s important.

“Coming back into the Premier League will rekindle that desire in him to succeed again at this level and, if he can replicate what he did in those three years at Norwich over these next few months here at Villa, then he’ll make an impact, that’s for sure.

“Grant’s got some really strong attributes, he’s someone who is tried and trusted and a player I’ve worked with before. We’re looking at one or two other positions as well but this is good business for us and he’ll be a really strong influence.”

Opinion: Paul Lambert signing Norwich City legend Grant Holt for Aston Villa is either a marriage made in heaven – or the very last resort

Holt won three player of the season awards in a row at Carrow Road and was hailed as the driving force behind many of the spirited wins secured during Lambert’s time at the club.

But after Lambert left for Villa in the summer of 2012, and Chris Hughton took over at Norwich, Holt’s influence in the team began to lessen.

He still finished last season as City’s top scorer, having scored eight goals in 38 games, but Hughton allowed the big striker to join Wigan in the summer for an estimated £2m.

Holt said of the loan deal: “It’s a massive opportunity for me personally, an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.

“To be able to come back into the Premier League, especially at a club as big as Villa, is fantastic and it’s a an opportunity for me to work with the gaffer and his staff again as well.

“He’s able to get the best out of people, there’s no doubt about that. I know what he wants to achieve here in the long-term and I know what he expects.

“I know what he expects on the training ground and I’m looking forward to working with him over the coming months to try to help things along and to consolidate the club’s position.

“We all know this is a club in transition but we’re making progress this season. We’ve got a lot of young lads at the club who are doing fantastic and I’m really delighted to be a part of it and to be able to lend a hand.”

Holt could now face the Canaries when Hughton takes his team to Villa Park on Saturday, March 1.

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71 comments

  • Sorry Yellowfirebird, I sold you that. My 2 year old son did it.

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    B Inners

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Totally agree, Michigan Canary. It's BECAUSE I'm a Norwich City fan that I criticise CH's management of our club. If I werent a fan why would I bother? Our current form - 3 points from 3 goals in the last 6 games - is the worst in the league. And we're supposed to keep quiet about that or we're not 'true' supporters,Totally agree, Michigan Canary. It's BECAUSE I'm a Norwich City fan that I criticise CH's management of our club. If I werent a fan why would I bother? Our current form - 3 points from 3 goals in the last 6 games - is the worst in the league. And we're supposed to keep quiet about that or we're not 'true' supporters?

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Couldn't believe the Villa fans Booed there team off at HT. There playing against 1 of the best teams in the league and playing pretty well in fairness and they boo them off? Really?!? Try watching NCFC and the drivel we have to put up with every week. They've got no idea, bet half of them still think there European Champions!

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • What do you reckon now little yellow birdie , goldie et all rose coloured glasses? 2-0 down to a very poor Fulham side at half time. Another pathetic display by a team with no idea of what they are supposed to be doing and a manager like a rabbit caught in the headlights. Would appreciate Archant actually putting up posts that are neither offensive or abusive, just factual. Please, please save our club and HOOF THE HOOT (and his equally useless sidekicks).

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    oldtimer

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Tend to agree with blackdog2 though zebbee makes a good point. Can't help thinking Lambert is also using Holt as a bit of bait for Wes. The idea of creating the "old team" might appeal. I think Villa will survive whatever happens. Getting increasingly worried about our chances though. Lose on Saturday (and I'd rather lose then draw) then the club will surely have to act?

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    Flying Canary

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Lambert must be desperate if he has to sign Grant Holt. To all those fans wanting Chris Houghton sacked get behind the team or shut up. The Norwich City board are not going to sack him not now. I know the team is under performing this season but as fans we need to support our club. unlike shitwich who are in debt and and in the lower league than us. I know which team i would support. We can beat the job i am sure.

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    David

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I believe if PL can get Grant Holt fit and believing in himself again, then he will have at least one more good season in him. He looked so unfit and demoralised every time he played last year, which I do believe was down to the current regime at Carrow Road. I truly believe we are back to a level equivalent to "Roeder management". Unfortunately it took the board too long to react to that.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Zebbee, I see where you are coming from with that feeling, thing is I think PL has got a lot riding on this. Villa fans are very much in the PL out camp like it is on these boards with CH and if he brings people in that don't do the business it's going to spell the end of his Villa days I think...

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • PL came second. I got GH´s signature yesterday on e-bay, only cost me 2 quid!

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    Yellowfirebird

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • It's an emotive game, football, LYB. Most of us old lags have "seen it all before" but IMHO this is on a par with tje Roedent era. How can you get behind a team that is ordered to go backwards? Yoi are free to back Hughton bit dp not expect me to join you.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Well another day gone by and no sign of a player who can score goals for us, signing for US.Houghton may not want any proper player for that role but at least 90% of us on this page would !

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    yarco

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • The somewhat deluded section of fans (goldie, lyb, willb sharkey et all), still continue to see Hughton as a good manager. He couldn't be worse if he tried, having totally frustrated any true fan of this club. Explain to me if you can please, how a manager so completely inept, incompetent, with negative tactics, a style of football that had Mike Ashley showing him the door in a hurry, rubbish substitutions, two of the worst coaches in the Football League, the charisma of a dead cod on a fishmongers slab, with just about the worst goals for, and goals against column in the Prem. is good for our club. As I keep saying, he could take world class players and make them ordinary with his stubborn, ridiculous methods. Persevering with wrong footed wingers (especially Snodgrass) and playing full backs in midfield along with attacking Everton with just about the best home record in the league whilst playing 4-5-1 against weaker teams, just about sums the man up.I have no problem with Hughton on a personal level, but I love my club, and I hate what he and his rubbish coaches are doing to it.

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    oldtimer

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Spot on Goldie. Don't get me wrong, I don't see a future for Chris Hughton for much longer. However, I will always want a win for my team, regardless of whether it keeps CH in the job or not. The truth is a lot of fans were on his back after we lost at Hull. A lingering negativity shows a lack of support. A lack of support shows that a lot of fans aren't behind their team, which they should be. I think the negativity from fans is having more of an impact than we realise. I think it's time we put the knives away and got behind the team a bit more. All this negativity can't help, can it?

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    Daniel Smith

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Strange really, Aston Villa already have a decent target man and yet go out to find another as back up, meanwhile we have desperately needed one all season and yet cannot be bothered to search for him. Some players and managers just happen to be a perfect fit, it happened with certain players under Brian Clough and no doubt that is the case with Holt and Lambert. I wish Holt well but fear he is near the end of his footballing career. I am however far more concerned with our current problems and stories such as this simple act as a smoke screen for the bigger issues.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Hints of rose coloured spectacles here, sorry. He was brilliant in his day and contributed a lot to the club but his star has waned. He could not hold a place at Wigan. Having watched Villa last night and looked at Lambo and his backroom staff - didn't they look miserable, have seen Villa several times this year I cannot see the type and speed of the football they play suiting Holty if he could get a game. Second half last night they gave Arsenal a run for their money, get Benteke scoring again and the confidence comes back. This is a pure last ditch gamble by Lambert and Holty will probably be on his way to Carlisle for next season.

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Maybe Matt but Isn't it akin to breaking uo with a girlfriend and still - occasionally - wondering how she's doing?

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Mattias I've been in the Upper Barclay for 10 years after 15 or so in the Lower and this is the quietist I can remember. Fun banter with the Snakepit and belief in the team - we can feel it fading away game by game. I am dreading Saturday because Hughton is beaten before he's started. The team know it the fans know it and Hull will be well aware of it too. We really are a shower under this manager.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Totally agree. Anyone wanting us to lose isn't a true fan and I highly doubt has a season ticket. Thing is a vast majority have now voiced there displeasure in the decline of the club and get quite harshly spoken to & about by the small minority who still want Hughton. Those who are not happy are entitled to there opinion just as much as though who do want Hughton. Ive got my own personal thoughts but I still turn up every game and sing my heart out and get behind the lads from the lower barclay. We do need something back from the team though to sustain it. The hardcore fans try to keep it going but becomes hard as its beaten out of them for 90mins. Anyway im still giving it 110% from first whistle to last and if anyone wants to join the lower Barclay and Snake pit feel free. :) more people making noise and getting behind the boys the better.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Pity we didnt get him to replace Van Wimp-winkel

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    CanaryWest

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • April 1912 . . . she sailed to New York on her maiden voyage. Mr.P. Lambert, your desperation . . . ?!!!*

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    Dissaster

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I think you are missing the point Michegan. Yes it is ridiculous to call supporters "Traitors" for wanting Hughton to be sacked but if their desire to see him sacked leads them to hope the team loses, then perhaps they are traitors. I guess they would justify hoping the team loses on the basis that if the loss leads to Hughton being chucked out earlier, it increases Norwich's chances of avoiding relegation. Personnally I wonder if Hughton's chances of avoiding the sack actually INCREASE if the team gets relegated due to the reduced TV money and the need to avoid paying him off. If this is so it would explain some of Hughton's ludicrous decision making. Catch 22 ??

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    waclor

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I hope I am miles from the truth, El Dingo but stranger things have happened. I can just about see why McNally and Co have kept Hughton for now, reasoning that any other course of action may increase the chances of relegation. I believe there are statistics showing that changing the manager when in dire straits does not provide a short term cure. However surely if we hang in the Premier League this season, the board will not risk another season of his incompetence.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • This is the Pink pages,not the Villas.Lets talk positives,GH went to wigan never played really for them,he has gone bring on the new times.Remember Iwan and others,all played their parts in our history GH is a a player now gone,forget him look to the future.Com on u murphy boys.

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    canarykid

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Spot on Goldie. Don't get me wrong, I don't see a future for Chris Hughton for much longer. However, I will always want a win for my team, regardless of whether it keeps CH in the job or not. The truth is a lot of fans were on his back after we lost at Hull. A lingering negativity shows a lack of support. A lack of support shows that a lot of fans aren't behind their team, which they should be. I think the negativity from fans is having more of an impact than we realise. I think it's time we put the knives away and got behind the team a bit more. All this negativity can't help, can it?

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    Daniel Smith

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • How odd, I just literally said the same thing Wally to my mate. Im smart enough to understand we are not a big top 8 side. Were certainly capable of reaching midtable without it being a great escape though. With that you have to accept you will lose games which I can accept also. Its just the manor and how often were losing them seemingly easily.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Theres no point in having nightmares about Holt scoring the winner against us on March 1st as some of you seem to be doing already. Does anyone really think that he'll replicate for Villa the job he did for us over those 3 seasons? I don't. Things like that rarely repeat themselves. A romantic notion of Lamberts perhaps, but its all it is.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • how about a couple of conspiracy theories: perhaps there's a hands off our players policy in place with Villa, but once they've moved elsewhere, they're fair game. Good luck to both of them if it comes off, Holty gave his all for us for 3 years, then, when an old adversary came to coach us, and tried to tell him how to do his job, he lost his desire for the job. The journey time to Carlisle from here is a complete red herring.

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    richard1

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I think all these comments about fans not really being behind their team because they are making critical comments of the management of the club are ridiculous. These are fans who want more from their club, because they know it is there to be had with the right management. PL was someone, I believe, got the absolute best out of the players, and arguably more out of the team as a whole than the sum of the individual players. Now we have a manager who is getting less out of the team as a whole, than the sum of the individual players who appear to be only operating at 60 - 80% each. We have had days of supporting a club who was punching above its weight. I want to see that back with a manager and coaching staff who can motivate the squad to perform and give their all. Then we can all come on here and make positive comments about the manager, the coaching staff, the players and the board. I look forward to that day. Until then I will continue to criticize the manager for what is questionably even championship performances, and will hope that the board will take note of dissatisfied fans voices and do something about it.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Good luck Grant, lets face it he did manage 8 goals under the clueless Hughton. If the ball is in the box Holt is always in contention.

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I totally agree MC and Cecil, will only say it the once though! ;)

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    kevin

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Seems to me that a certain section of fans are half the trouble at City.We have a team with teams below them and teams above who are hardly racing away from City but according to said fans we have the worst Manager and team in the world. They must spend their lives in misery never enjoying anything. Some of these so called fans are even saying they would like to see the team lose. The only loss I would like to see are these alleged fans of City.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Well like it or not Holty has rejoined forces with Paul Lambert.People may ask why does Lambert want an over the hill number 9. Maybe because he has something our lot do not possess leadership and passion. He was forced out by an inept coaching team who do not have a clue just what attacking football is. Anyone who says he does not work for the team is either blind or stupid. Holty gave everything when he was here even though the current management had him playing out of position for the majority of the season. He covered every blade of grass when he played and of course he never scored as much last year as he spent 75% of his time out wide or in a defensive position. Lambert is not stupid he knows what he is getting, when you compare him with the clown Elmander who replaced him. After tonights result it is time for Hughton and his backroom staff to leave, we have spent 25 million and are a worse team than last year. Maybe that is because the spine of the team were Lamberts brought up from the lower divisions with a mindset of winning games rather than just taking the money like the mercenarys we have employed. So come on Mr McNally make it a happy new year and drop the axe.

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    JohnW

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Why oh why is this headline news on the PinkUn? We all know what a superb job both of these men did for our club & their achievements should never be doubted, but some fans need to realise that Lambert & Holt no longer care about Norwich. Face facts...They are gone & they're not coming back! We seriously need to move on. OTBC

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    Matt J T

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Let's just hope it's not Hughton taking the team there come 1st March.

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    Colin

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Very risky move by PL. Can't imagine Benteke is thrilled - has already been dropped, no confidence, missed a sitter to equalise last night and now being potentially replaced by a striker who doesn't figure at Wigan. Great move for GH though, he may as well sit on the bench at Villa on a Premiership wage and dash up the M6 home when the game is over.

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    Bookface

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Good luck to him for getting another shot at premier league. Our recent poor showings against Villa dont bond well, you just know Lambert will play him to fire him up, and if he scores he scores, but if he does something like a wild celebration and kisses the villa badge.....thats a different matter.

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    Jimhow

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • People asking why this is the headline in the Pink'un, and saying it is not relevant to NCFC - I think it is very relevant to the issue we are all frustrated by. In his press exit interview back in mid August, GH said "his disappointment with the style of Norwich City manager Chris Hughton's side influenced his departure". He also said "On matchday I wasn't enjoying the way we were playing - we were set-up more defensively" and "I was still enjoying being at the club, but wasn't enjoying the tactics" and "I had just had enough really. I was ready to go in January". Isn't this what everyone on here is saying, and apparently a key player was saying this in Jan 2013 and trying to leave then. The board must have been aware of fans and players concerns on NCFC tactics, so what have they been doing since Jan 2013??? They have not issued any statement endorsing CH, but they have not acted either. I did see some people sitting on a fence when I walked around the ground in June!

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Though I wrote it only once my previous comment appeared twice. I have no idea why. Of course it's absurd to suggest, if anyone has, that CH wants us to go down. I am sure he is doing his best to keep us up. It's just his best is not good enough. Probably.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • To be fair, I watched the Aston Villa game last night and didn't think they put in a bad showing on the whole, just threw it with a brief but fatal lapse in the first half. I've seen another team that's had some moments like that this season...

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Not sure Villa fans will be over-enthused either about this. As others have said - total legend but I'd be surprised if he has a significant impact at this point. More concerned about us of course and wake up every morning waiting for good news but never comes. Sick of hearing CH's pathetic excuses. Time to change and the sooner the better.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Why are you reporting this, he is not a Norwich player anymore, good luck to him

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Phone call going to Wes , or his agent saying ' I've got your best mate here for the next 6 months , fancy setting a few up for him. {thats if you can decipher PL 's glaswiegan accent !]

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • LYB if Hughton wanted the squad to be successful, he would have sacked his two stooges, then resigned himself immediately after the defeat by Fulham. OK slightly tongue in cheek but the bloke must realise that he is failing.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Waclor I hope you're wrong about the Catch 22 thing. That really does not bear thinking about:(

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • More concerning to our immediate future is the fact it looks like Hull will have Jelavic and Shane Long by the weekend....

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • It`s almost as if Wigan provided a half-way house to facilitate Lambo getting his Captain back. Would Norwich have let Holty go to Villa? Anyway, I wish GH all the best, but please, please don`t be too hard on us! Pilks seems to be the only strong-willed player left at Carra Rud now. He`ll have to go. I don`t think Hughton`s too keen on those types, though he does seem to encourage Snodgrass`s egocentricity....

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Hints of rose coloured spectacles here, sorry. He was brilliant in his day and contributed a lot to the club but his star has waned. He could not hold a place at Wigan. Having watched Villa last night and looked at Lambo and his backroom staff - didn't they look miserable, have seen Villa several times this year I cannot see the type and speed of the football they play suiting Holty if he could get a game. Second half last night they gave Arzenal a run for their money, get Benteke scoring again and the confidence comes back. This is a pure last ditch gamble by Lambert and Holty will probably be on his way to Carlisle for next season. You mustn't put their correct name in!

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • The criticisms of Hughton are getting stupid now. Some people are actually arguing he wants us to be relegated? Seriously? Whatever you think of him, Chris Hughton wants his squad to be successful. Atmosphere and performance are interrelated, but it's a case of which came first, the chicken or the egg? If the atmosphere is not good, perhaps those in the lucky position of being a part of it should try and change that atmosphere for the better and perhaps that will be the thing that improves Norwich's season.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I think you are missing the point Michegan. Yes it is ridiculous to call supporters "Traitors" for wanting Hughton to be sacked but if their desire to see him sacked leads them to hope the team loses, then perhaps they are traitors. I guess they would justify hoping the team loses on the basis that if the loss leads to Hughton being chucked out earlier, it increases Norwich's chances of avoiding relegation. Personnally I wonder if Hughton's chances of avoiding the sack actually INCREASE if the team gets relegated due to the reduced TV money and the need to avoid paying him off. If this is so it would explain some of Hughton's ludicrous decision making. Catch 22 ??

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    waclor

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • The traitors remark always seems to miss the point. On the way out of the ground, after the Villa game this season (where he had not learnt any of the lessons from the previous Villa match in the Spring) I upset one or two passing supporters by suggesting the players were okay but the coach was not and he should go! Really, he should have gone last Summer. The only reason we stayed up was WBA and Man City had their beach towels on.

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    Imperial Echoes

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I like your Roy of the Rovers analogy, Zebbee! Putney, the `Half-way House` thing was only for fun, though maybe stanger things have happened. I think Owen Coyle recruited Holt for Wigan, then got the sack. A change of manager can scupper the outgoing one`s plans. Also Holt has, uncharacteristically, had some injury troubles. Anno Domini? Interesting that, while this story has `nothing to do` with Norwich, a good few still take an interest in Holty. Now, if there were to be a bid for Wessi, we shouldn`t be too surprised. He seems to command little respect, beyond Weasel Words, from his current manager. Blackdog2; your`proper name` comment had me confused - I thought you were referring to Carlisle, then the penny dropped! I generally get away with Ar$€na£ for the Gunners. Using 3 currency symbols!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Holt only left because he was very unhappy with Hughton's tactics... surely only the most blinkered Norwich City fan is unable to see that Hughton has finally lost the plot. I haven't felt so depressed since the days of Grant and Roeder.

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    wallybrain

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • PS. Agree with Michigan Canary. I should think having to work in close proximity with Bewilderwood must have given Holty all-day morning sickness. Perhaps Calderdash is on his way out now - to Wigan.......

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • would rather have a headline that says ncfc have signed a striker!who cares about those two now!

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I think you are missing the point Michegan. Yes it is ridiculous to call supporters "Traitors" for wanting Hughton to be sacked but if their desire to see him sacked leads them to hope the team loses, then perhaps they are traitors. I guess they would justify hoping the team loses on the basis that if the loss leads to Hughton being chucked out earlier, it increases Norwich's chances of avoiding relegation. Personnally I wonder if Hughton's chances of avoiding the sack actually INCREASE if the team gets relegated due to the reduced TV money and the need to avoid paying him off. If this is so it would explain some of Hughton's ludicrous decision making. Catch 22 ??

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    waclor

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • We were going for him! As a fullback

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    Chris Butcher

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Initially, tended to agree with GossVolley about it being desperation from PL. But, thinking about it, its a no lose for him. If he scores the odd goal and raises spirits in the club, then they benefit. If he fails, well, no one will be overly surprised - and it no doubt hasnt cost them much. But, I get a 'Roy of the Rovers' feeling about this and somehow we gonna be on the wrong side of the storyline.

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    zebbee

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I just know im going to be left with my regular away lot sad and depressed at Villa Park later this season as Holt scores the winner and we spend the rest of the evening having the 'P' taken out of us by all the Villa fans while out on the town. Can see it a mile off!

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Based on recent form I don't think Holt is going to set the Prem alight, not quite the player he was a couple of years back... Seems like a desperate last throw of the dice by Lambert

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • He's short-term backup for Kozak. Nothing more, nothing less. Some people are getting too wound up over this.

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    chirpy

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I'll love it if the Horse gets a bagful. Not against us obviously...!

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Gutted. Nothing more to say from me. Well done Hughton, another great decision you've made which will now likely come back to bite...

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    Powers1902

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Dire straits from PL. Grant was a legend for us, but last season he spent more time fouling the opposition then trying to tackling them. Villa are like us, scrapping the barrel for anyone who can grab three points for their team. OTBC

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    Tone the moan

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • While I see plenty of people worried and upset at the 12 months of decline the teams shown who are more than allowed there opinion considering how much we spend supporting this team, I also see a few people who see no wrong in anything hughton and co have done. They to are totally entitled to there opinion. However I see no serious, regular posters saying they want us to lose? You get the odd idiot but take them with a pinch of salt (or a punch to the nose).

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • This is no surprise...Hoolahan next?

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    Imperial Echoes

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Mellow, I dont think for a second he will replicate his form he had for us under Lambert but I do firmly believe he will score past us as were brushed aside once again by Paul Lambert & Co. Destiny and the fact nothing else has suggest we will change or do anything different.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Goss Volley I totally agree with you. And anyone who wants us to lose - even with the admirable goal of Hoofing the Hoot - is a traitor.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Not sure I subscribe to the "half-way house" idea. People on the other board criticising Norwich for getting a 30 year old "Newcastle reject" in on loan. PL is getting a 32 year old, unfit Wigan reject in... Maybe Wigan just have rubbish, de-moralising coaches too and that's why Holt's been rubbish for them (like, in fairness, we was in his last season for us). Or, maybe, he's well into his decline...who knows.

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Good luck Grant, lets face it he did manage 8 goals under the clueless Hughton. If the ball is in the box Holt is always in contention.

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Crafty old Brew. You might have something there ;-)

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    sharky

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • To goldie and little yellow birdie I say that I admire your optimism but thousands, yes thousands of fans are totally dissatisfied with what Hughton has brought to this club that we love.even you rosecoloured brigade must be able to calculate ratios. The number of people on this site that live in the real world and have watched Hughton and his idiots dismantle our team and coach every bit of ability out of good players. Captain Marvel went because he couldn't stand Hughton and Bewilderwood, Wes will go because he can't stand them either, Fer and other international class players have come to this club and had every ounce of the beautiful game taken out of them with the inane tactics, stupid substitutions, playing players out of position and generally frustrating even the most ardent supporters. I suggest you look at our goals scored, compare it to goals conceded, try telling all of us so called moaners that this style of football is acceptable, leave the grape juice alone, get in the real world and accept that the mismanagement are completely out of their depth.

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    oldtimer

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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