Chris Hughton believes having his tried and tested coaches alongside him this summer will be a head start to getting Norwich City firing next season.

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The new Canaries boss was unveiled earlier this month, and arrives at Carrow Road with assistant Colin Calderwood and first team coach Paul Trollope from Birmingham City in tow.

The trio is currently expected to join forces with Paul Lambert’s old management team of Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa in City’s extended backroom set-up.

Hughton had also been linked with the vacancy at Premier League rivals West Bromwich Albion, who were reportedly less keen on attracting his right-hand men.

He now has a bit of time before welcoming his new players back from their breaks for the start of pre-season training early next month, and he admitted he is glad to have Calderwood and Trollope by his side again.

“It was important – not the most important thing, I’d have to say, but yes – it was important and it allows me to start on a footing that my coaches know,” said Hughton.

“They know how I work. Colin has worked with me for a longer period of time; Paul Trollope has worked with me over the last season and we certainly had enough games last year and had to do enough work last season that he is very voiced in the way that I work.

“So that was very important for me, because what we all want to do is we all want to start off on a good footing. We all want to do well and if you have got that familiarity around you I think that gives you a little bit of a head start.”

The trio saw Birmingham through more than 60 games last season as the 2010-11 Carling Cup winners enjoyed a successful Europa League campaign that took them into the group stages, on top of the usual 46-match Championship rigours.

And while Hughton saw the benefits of so many competitive outings, he acknowledged he will be grateful for the extra headroom offered by a 38-game Premier League term.

“The European campaign we had last season was the reason we played so many games and strangely enough, I think that actually helped the squad rather than hindered it – but it was an awful lot of games,” added Hughton.

“What fewer games does do as a coach and as a manager, it allows you to assess the games and allows you to close down the games and look at things a little more clearly perhaps.

“When last season we were playing on average two games a week right through, then most of your time during the weeks is spent in preparation for the team, playing games, recovery and then preparation again.

“So certainly I am looking forward to playing fewer games, which also allows you have more working time with the players – and that’s important.”

• The Canaries’ Premier League fixtures for the 2012-13 season are released this morning at 9am – visit www.pinkun.com to see who the Canaries will face.

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40 comments

  • I got ethered for suggesting that the locality around the vanilla bloke was not quite as cultured as our fine city!

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    tom the taxi

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • "Expected to join forces with....Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa.....". We`ll see. Villa trolls would have us believe that those two gents are beavering away on behalf of their old Boss, undermining Chris Hughton, right under the nose of that obtuse Norwich CEO. Now we all know that Mr. NcNally is not an astute operator, don`t we? You don`t like Massive Mercian Meat Mountains, do you, Timbo? It sort of shows a little, sometimes, already. Couldn`t you have made it Lamb Chops, just for me? Or even Karate Chops. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • There is nothing fresh in this article. I agree with you Meds, CH makes no reference to IC and GK at all - they will team up with PL for sure when pre-season starts. We shoudn't lose sleep over this. As for the missives from Massive, everyone knows the only thing massive about Villa is the fickleness of their fans, and the their under-achievement over many seasons. Get a life, mate.

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    canarydownunder

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • Kev, tried to reply to you. Guess what...... ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • This is a poor apology for an article and an awful typo in the first few lines - come on Arc-ant, I know we are slap in the middle of the silly season but 2 10 for this one..

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    LR Series 2A

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • This site is useless!! Prehistoric usn't the word. Can you imagine Facebook or Twitter working like this. It's taking me several attempts to post one comment.

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    Canarygirl

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • We all suffer for our art. "Beat the Ether" could be a new game show. Ar-chant could bring back Nicholas Parsons to front it. With Prolix Paddy as co-host.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • Massive started off as a tolerable twerp but has morphed into a terminal twit. Like Canarygirl, I do not see the point in him, or her, or it infesting these boards.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • Kevin Barnbrook, don`t get too complacent. When ethering happens to you, you`ll find it very annoying. Sometimes perfectly good notices disappear and weeks later I get an e-mail to say it has been rejected. Reason:-"other"! An the "Offensive" filter seems to be a bit arbitrary too, witness the muck getting through from the Villa invader. Back to football. I agree with canarydownunder and get on with squad matters for next season. I have faith in Chris Hughton; he may be on holiday but I bet he`s not, if you see what I mean. The Culverhouse>Karsa scenario is intriguing. As much as I`d love to see Cully stay, I can`t help feeling, like cdu, that this is a charade. Hope I`m wrong. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • This sort of stuff is not really to my liking. A bit of humour and banter is great, but all this is becoming an on-screen version of chanting neanderthals of the type all too often seen at matches. I`ll go back and rejoin the other old codgers like bluelight et al. Talk about benches, Bovril and concrete terraces. The good old days. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • I am just wondering, how a team of 5 (Chris Houghton, Colin Calderwood, Paul trollope, Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa) would work, is it usual for a team to have that many, which i dont know? I would guess they would all have a valuable role, but is it a sign to say that Chris Hughton is going to sign a few more players in order to keep them all busy? Oh and also Mad Brewer, Timbo et al.. I have never had a message "ethered" i suppose the less you moan about a message not posting and get on with it, the better. Most of the comments i read, well 75% are about being "ethered", who cares??!!!?? Anyway guys and girls!! Bring on 201213 OTBC IHWT

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    KevBarnbrook

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • That, now deleted, tirade of offensive stuff was a strange phenomenon on these boards. Rodders did well to get it retro-ethered. Now, everybody knows I`m not a great fan of Ar-chant`s censorship policy, what with its arbitrary and random nature. Or is it really like that? How did that vileness get through in the first instance?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • Well these august pages tend to be genteel compared to other, more in-your-face, fan-boards. They are the football version of a evening riverside stroll in the Deep South. Our "friend's" last posting was actually illegal under hate-crime legislation. Moderators have done himher a favour by removing it.

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • I really hope that Cully & Karsa stay at the Carra and that there is room for Calderwood and Trollope too in the set up. One cannot under-estimate the contribution that Cully & Karsa have made even though Lambo took all the credit - I believe that the roles over the last three years have been very significant to our success ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • Am sure Culverhouse & Karsa will be at Villa before start of season. Board messed up a bit with Lambert's departure but they are not going to sack Culverhouse & Karsa & have to pay them both compensation. Lambert will definately want them....and whereas Lambert cost Villa nothing - at least Culverhouse & Karsa will.

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    Meds

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • Villa Massive- What a D.......d!

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    dave123

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • Perhaps a bigger coaching squad will ensure the reserves are developed and theyouth set up rejuvenated. Other articles have suggeseted it enables better scouting and watching of other sides opportunites. Ged's been quiet since Lambert left - was he Lambert in disguise!

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    Pondlife

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • I sometimes wonder if it is just incompetence rather than malice? The trolls seem to have unhindered access - and a different set of criteria ref. "offensive".

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • Quite right, Timbo. It was a walk on the vile side.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • I attempt to put up comments about Culverhouse and Karsa but get ethered to near extinction, and yet this idiot can make numerous postings on here when it's not even relevant to his 'team'? Makes me wonder why the hell I even come here!

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    wisemanthree

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • The entertainment provided by the clown from The Vanillas is not only way off beam and is just an irrelevant idiotic rant that was not ethered but was repeated several times as well. Might do well to hold tongue to see how his team fare in order to make sure that foot does not enter it!

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    blackdog2

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • Oh dear Villa-Tubs. You're really starting to lose it now aren't you? Good to see I'm not getting to you or anything pork-chop LOL! What's the matter little lamb? Don't you have any friends in Birmingham? ( can't say I'm surprised LOL!). Oh by the way...I'm not from Norwich ! Epic fail on your part Fatso..TTFN !

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    Timbo

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • Get advice from KevB, Rodders. It never happens to him! Though it looks like you`ve managed to get the vileness removed. Well done!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • So I will try again: for me the good news is that it appears Culverhouse and Karsa are staying to work with the Hughton, Calderwood and Trollope; a formidable team that can benefit City immensely. I just hope Grant Holt can work out his differences and remain with the club. And once CH returns from his hols I reckon we will get some class signings that will help to give the squad depth and strength. The future is looking really good!!

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    Canarygirl

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • whats the point. I have tried and failed 3 times to get those offensive remarks by Massive villa removed. This is my second attempt to post a message telling fellow readers of my attempts and guess what cant get through.Probably wasting my time submitting this!!

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    Rodders

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • There is nothing fresh in this article. I agree with you Meds, CH makes no reference to IC and GK at all - they will team up with PL for sure when pre-season starts. We shoudn't lose sleep over this. As for the missives from Massive, everyone knows the only thing massive about Villa is the fickleness of their fans, and the their under-achievement over many seasons. Get a life, mate.

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    canarydownunder

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • "and first team coach Paul Trollope from Birmingham City in TOE." Is there something afoot here with the spellchecker or is he so small he can hide in body parts? If so, perhaps we could go out on a limb and use him like the Swedes to spy on the opposition.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • VILLA VIA MESS - yes you know who you are - another silly little wind-up merchant ! Go and get a life you are not welcome here if you are going to be a d**k-head !

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • Yippee, sort of. Villa Massive is STILL THERE. Do Archant moderators sleep with the trolls after 10 o clock

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    Rodders

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • Oh, Timbo, I was ethered yet again, and a new "news item" too. I think Ar-chant hate me more than they hate you now. While I appreciate your aversion to Mammoth Mercian Meat Mountains, couldn`t you have made it Lamb Chops or even Karate Chops, just for me, already? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • Oh look, a posting just about Hoots + the future. Very positive + forward looking. "Eets niiice. I liiiike ! ". Before we get started, would any Pork Chop sweaty Brummies like to bore us with their old sh*&^ about former King Paul ? No? Good. Let's get started then Yellers.....Excellent move bringing in Colin + Paul T. Not sure how the dynamic will work with two-thirds of the old set-up stll @ the Carra, but I hope it does !

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    Timbo

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • So trying once more: for me the good news is that it appears Culvehouse and Karsa are staying to work with Hughton, Calderwood and Trollope. This will make for a formidable team and will be such a benefit to City!! And I hope this will encourage Grant Holt to work out his differences and remain with the club. And I believe that once CH is back from his hols he will add some class signings; so bringing depth and strength to the squad ready for the new season. The future is certainly looking good!!

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    Canarygirl

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • I'm quite intrigued with this Villa Massive person guys. Sounds as if Villa don't have a message board worth contributing to so has come to us for a bit of excitement!! Now there's a nice compliment. AV will never excite anybody to be honest; I can't see Lambert having the same impact that he has had with City.

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    Canarygirl

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • Ethered too !

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • Just like to say, Canarygirl, mine appeared straight away, much to my suprise as the comment was about a typo. Also, I have had several submissions repeated once or twice even though I only sent it once. A bit like Buy One Get One Free.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • Mad Brewer I think you will find quite the opposite, as general chat and conversation was quite abruptly transformed by a certain Timbo on the previous page.

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    Villa Massive

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • The term "sausage jockey" belongs in the Nag's Head c. 1976. Trust something genuinely offensive to get through. Go away, Villa Boy. OTBC

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    el dingo

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • Now this is getting ridiculous... perma-ethered to an inch of my life!

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    wisemanthree

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • It won't work Kev. A game of charades is being played out at present. I am more concerned that if Hughton is on his hols, that we are missing the boat on potential new signings. We need two full backs and another centre back as a priority. Naughton and Gunter are both being linked with Villa.

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    canarydownunder

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • Fragment#2. If Cully and Karsa are staying, I hope the rumours that Villa trolls are putting about; that these two guys are `spying` for the ex-manager and undermining CH, are false. Of course they are! I suspect Mr. McGnarly might just notice if that were happening. Those chaps are too high in ethics and honesty to do that. What a dreadful slur on people they profess to want to recruit from us. Totally illogical. Rather, contralogical.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

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