Chris Hughton has no fears over Norwich City captain Seb Bassong

Norwich City captain Sebastien Bassong can count on the backing of Chris Hughton. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City captain Sebastien Bassong can count on the backing of Chris Hughton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
7:27 AM

Chris Hughton has backed captain Seb Bassong to prove his worth over Norwich City’s Premier League run-in.

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Bassong conceded a costly penalty against Stoke that allowed the Potters to earn a point in a 1-1 Carrow Road draw following his own goal at Villa Park the previous weekend, but Hughton insists Bassong will respond in the right manner. The Cameroon international centre-back capped an impressive debut season by winning the club’s player-of-the-year award and Hughton is adamant the 27-year-old is a key man for battles ahead.

“Overall I have been happy with Seb this season,” he said. “It is fair to say he didn’t have his best game (against Villa) and he has been involved again on the penalty, but overall I have not been disappointed with his performances. He is a big character and we need as many big characters as we can for the challenge ahead. He is a big player for us and if I look at his performance against Stoke I think he took responsibility at the back with the way they operated with just one player up front. He tries to make things happen for the team and I felt it was a very soft penalty, but it turned out to be a big moment.”

Hughton insists City still control their own fate even though the likes of Crystal Palace, West Brom and Sunderland now have games in hand.

“We are not the only ones around us in the table who are not playing at the levels they would like,” he said. “That is why we are all down there. We haven’t been consistent enough. We know things have been missing in our game otherwise we would not be in the position we are in. I genuinely feel at times we have not got what we deserved but it is easy to say that the only place we can answer is on the football pitch. We are part of a large group and when you are one of them you quickly look at the other results and hope they go in your favour.”

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57 comments

  • Jaemae2, nope don't think that I am "astonishly mentally challenged". Strange thing to accuse a complete stranger of being, are you alright?

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • With the inability of the Manager to see or accept that anything is wrong we are doomed.Blinkers on, keep sending out the same team formation with the same tactics and hoping that we may scrape a draw or a flukey win. Carrow Road has become the graveyard of all ambition, what are the Board thinking of?

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • I would not wish to get on the back of Bassong as he has played well at times this season, noticeably when he was first partnered with Yobo, however, his performance against Villa suggested that he needed resting. Given that Bennett was previously looking to be our best central defender, I can see no reason why he was not preferred against Stoke. There were a number of incidents against Stoke where both Centre Backs were caught out of position and Olsson was left with two and at least once, three opposition players to deal with, this does not suggest that Bassong is on his game right now that is for sure. FA coaching methods suggest that you should always try to have more defending players in the danger zone than attacking players, we fail on this score far too often, even against the fellow struggling sides.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • It is fair to say he didn’t have his best game (against Villa)..........what about the Stoke & West Ham games too ? That is three out of the last four games ! It seems like there are some players who can't get a game whatever they do - like Bennett, Fox, Garrido, Becchio, Pilkington, Whittaker, Bunn etc. - Then there are the those who can't seem to be dropped no matter how they perform............ Funny old game 'eh ? One thing seems sure - that we supporters are going to have to sweat it out until the final whistle of the last game to find out if we stay in the glorious inequitable Premiere League !

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • .....or Mr Hughton, you ensure your OWN results go in your favour. Setting up to draw a 2nd half of a game your 4-1 down at HT, admitting your looking for others to drop points rather than ensuring your own future with wins yourself is getting tedious now.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • "Chris Hughton has no fears over Norwich City captain Seb Bassong" And that's where the problem lays!! What a clown!

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    kevin

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • TK, I expect Lucky Luciano to inherit his family`s Corned Beef Groves in Argentina, and their Olive Pampas in Sicily before Chrissy gives him a cut of the Colman`s at Carrow. BTW, I see you as the `Saint` replacement, and Sharky as the new `Greavesy`. But, as long as I get my 80%, I really don`t mind. Can you send my cut to the Cayman Islands - I have an influential contact out there. Great success story; he used to sell Big Issue under Putney Bridge while miming to `24 Hours from Tooting`. It was in his genes. Should have left it there...

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • And that sums up Hughtons managerial failings. Everybody saw Bassongs performance at Villa and at against Stoke. Nobody, apart from Hughton, can be in any doubt that Bassong is not a Premier class player in his current form. But, no plan B. Just stick with the failing tactics and the failing team selection . It is MADNESS.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Perhaps we can't expect a manager to discuss individual players but he has now gone on record to say he is happy with Bassong. Once again Hughton shows his stubbornness in continuing to rate Bassong when he is obviously not performing that well. And as for not being consistent - we are consistent - that's the problem - were consistently BAD.

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    VictorM

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • And... while he has a hole in this asre he'll never be a captain!

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    kevin

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • .....or Mr Hughton, you ensure your OWN results go in your favour. Setting up to draw a 2nd half of a game your 4-1 down at HT, admitting your looking for others to drop points rather than ensuring your own future with wins yourself is getting silly now.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • `windscreens`. Must be desperate for a `win`. TK\Sharky, your physiognomies & physiques are immaterial. I see (!) `Trev & Sharky` as a radio show. You`ll both look terrific on Radio ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • And... while he has a hole in his asre he'll never be a captain!

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    kevin

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • What Is wrong with actually calling things as they really are? Bassong, is NOT performing as a Premier quality player. In fact on his present form he is a liability rather than an asset. His play against Villa away was poor , with one goal due to his poor positional sense and lack of robust challenge and the schoolboy own goal. And against Stoke he was out of position and a yard slow on most challenges plus the unnecessary , ill advised and clumsy challenge which gave away the penalty and two precious points. Couple that with no obvious leadership on the field as Captain I stand by the contention that he is not worthy of selection and may need a rest. Just because he has history with Hughton should not make him an automatic selection.

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Reading articles like this, I am firmly in the believe that CH is one of those managers - you see them in industry all the time - who cannot admit he has made a bad decision, tries to defend all his decisions no mater how wrong they are, and will never reverse or change them. These indicate a very weak manager. The club must be aware of all of his decisions that are being questioned - playing wingers on the wrong side resulting in few balls into the area for our expensive strikers, continuing with favored players who are out of form instead of resting them, not giving members of the squad a chance to prove themselves even when others in their positions are not playing well, only one for one substitutions when tactical changes are needed, etc. etc., and have the same concerns as the fans, so when are they going to take him to task? The fact that they are not doing a "Vincent Tan" indicates the board are a bunch of ostrich's or no-one wants the job or they don't know what to do - all very scary thoughts.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Everyone has said it below, but this article sums up EXACTLY what is wrong with the team - the manager simply has no clue, or is just plain stubborn. I absolutely hate it when players get consistently slated for poor performaces by the fans, yet the manager picks them week after week - give Bassong a break for a while and then bring him back if he's regained some confidence.

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    Cape Town Canary

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • well guys.with all these benchwarmers i wonder if little benno will get a game when he is fit.?

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    bluelight

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • bluelight, I wonder if that Sunderland capitulation was a case of `Ex manager syndrome`, like Chrissy vs Lambo? Or Chrissy vs Larry the Lamb. Or Chrissy vs a dead sheep? Same result; the dead sheep savages Chrissy.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Some of the idiots here claiming Bassong isn't a Premiership player yet somehow RYAN BENNETT IS are astonishingly mentally challenged. Probably think Gary Hooper is this fantastic striker as well, right?

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    jaemae2 .

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • MB - I was never into all the MBAleadership hype that went on around here, and eventually took the industry down in my mind, but did really like one book that I always tried to follow, called First Break All the Rules. Getting an MBA was a bit like getting a tattoo - something you did when you were young and knew no better!!

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • I think the problem at the moment is that he is out of form and probably lacks confidence. Last year he was good so the issue is that he is not at his best this year. We have Bennett so give Bassong a rest - it may work wonders for him. The real issue is CH's stubborn attitude. We have seen it with him failing to play Hoolohan and his persistence in playing wingers on the 'wrong' side, despite identifying that we could improve our attacking and goal scoring if we crossed from the byline. He may be a nice chap but he is just not up to the task!!

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    andy

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • "Euthanasia for Chrissy"? Amazed that Archie let that through, Brew, ......Management Scientist or no Management Scientist.

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    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Everyone has said it below, but this article sums up EXACTLY what is wrong with the team - the manager simply has no clue, or is just plain stubborn. I absolutely hate it when players get consistently slated for poor performaces by the fans, yet the manager picks them week after week - give Bassong a break for a while and then bring him back if he's regained some confidence.

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    Cape Town Canary

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • So Stew, what you are implying is that just when we need a Manager to pull out all the stops with a maximum effort at survival in the Premier, we are saddled with a man and his team of acolytes who do not care and are just going through the motions counting out time before dismissal?

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Jaemae2 (is that a `double name` in the style of the `Darren & Tracey` banners you see on the winscreens of p!mped up Ford Fiestas?): Are you trying to assume the role once held by the serially unpleasant `Steady On`? MichiganCanary; maybe Hughton is a classic example of the `Peter Principle`? Promoted to the level of his incompetence. Dr. Peter came from just across your border with Canada. On the subject of a "Fans` Rebellion", I cannot see it happening at Norwich. We folk in these paaarts are far too stoical, reserved and tolerant. A bit like jaemae (NOT).

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • My butt stopped squeaking after the Man City debacle. Had a good cr*p, resigned myself to relegation and now feeling much more relaxed about everything. Just supposing we did survive the drop, it's possible that the Crouton will be seen by the Board as a saviour of the club and given a new contract. He might even have the money to buy himself a second home (this time in Norfolk). And then we have to endure this pants all over again next season. No, say what you like, but relegation does have its brighter side.

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    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Sharky Brew, I am 6ft 3in tall and so English it would be impossible for me to play the part of Saint John, I am far more like Jack Charlton than his brother Bobby except I could use both feet and often put them in it at the same time. I so nearly played against Greavsey during his latter days for Barnet but he failed to turn up as he was pie eyed, a bit like one of our players last Saturday.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Reference the jaemae2 post, that'll "learn" him, Brewer. No one likes it when you dis their "motor", especially if it's a pimped up escort. He (or she) has gone very quiet all of a sudden. Maybe gone out to the garage to check on the go-faster stripes and the furry dice.

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    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • …..You said that Ken!...but I concur!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • TK, that is an accurate reflection of what most people have been saying. There`s no doubt that Bassong is a good player, but his form this year has been erratic; far too many `bloopers`. I wonder if Ryan Bennett has served his detention and written his lines for `Sir` yet? Will he be in the squad on Saturday? Is Becchio lined up to be the tester of the new "Rail seats"? He could pick up a few extra quid while still being available to not enter the field of play.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • jaemae2, Everybody is entitled to their opinion but I do actually side with you in that Bassong on form is actually one of the better centre backs in the lower half of the Premiership. My points expressed earlier are simply that the man is off form right now and had I been the manager I would have rested him after the Villa game assuming Bennett was actually fit to play. The bigger issue with Bassong is that he does not appear to have what it takes to be a captain on the park and that is an issue the manager should long since have resolved. In fact he should never have given the arm band to him as I fear this plays a part in his drop in form this season.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Hi, MichiCan (I hope that abbreviation is OK!). For some reason there are at least two stand-out Canadian `Behavioural Scientists`, Dr Peter was one and the other is Berne, nee Bernstein(?), who wrote a book titled "Games People Play". In psycho-jargon, it was about `transactional analysis`. The Peter Principle seems to be commonsense, while Berne`s take is a bit ephemeral. I did a management science course about 30 years ago and I`ve never got over it! Educated to the level of my own incomprehension, as Dr. Peter might have said. Dr. Peter might`ve diversified into euthanasia for Chrissy.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • What I find sinister is not that Hughton defends his own selection of team Captain, you really would not expect this blinkered man to do anything else. What I do find odd is that Hughton has realised that he is immune from the sack and can trot out any rubbish and have no disciplinary consequences. He just carries on defending the indefensible . Bassong is NOT worthy of selection.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • I completely agree with you Dubai. Norwich have alot of talent sitting on the bench. Wes should be started alot more or been put on as a sub at 12 time. Everyone knows he is a game changer. I feel I will have a squeaky butt until the Final whistle on the last game of the season...

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    Canadian Canary

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • CH is bound to defend his selections. Soon we will know if he has to defend his position as manager. And if he fails in that task read the "Malky backs Chris" story to see who has made first play to take over.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • I have to agree with the majority on here that Bassong is not a premiership player.i go further to say that Turner is another.CH is very stubborn to his team selection and which is why we are in a position we are in.The tactics are awful.i am sure when Stoke went down to 10 players a certain Mr Lambert would have put 3 up front to get that goal to win the game.Sad CH don't have the b@lls to do it!

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    paul553

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • .....Stop making excuses for him !....He is not up to the standard required...good friend or not !.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • TK, how would you attempt to fathom why Ryan Bennett was not even on the bench last Saturday? Has he talked out of turn to teacher? Hughton waffled about bench spaces being limited and there was no room for RB. But there was room for Becchio, a player to who he is determined to give not a chance. Is there a reason we don`t know about. Is Becchio even fit to play? Not in the U21s last night. A bit of game time might`ve done him good, IF he`s ready, able and willing. Barking Wijs, I`m ahead of you on the Mustard issue. I have bagged my Dream Job: Personal Pógón Pruner to my namesake, the other MB, young Bailey. That`s how to finish on a `high`. Beats Dubai`s Pollyanna Potion, no doubt. Je vriend, Gek. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Actually Stew that is not what I believe although it could easily be misconstrued that this is the case, considering our recent performances. I think Hughton is a professional and will do his best. It is just that I think Hughton is out of his depth and his best will not be good enough.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Generally speaking im at a total loss to whats happened to Bassong this season. I mean last season we were virtually all in agreement that when he was injured we looked doomed and when he played we looked like we would keep a clean sheet. He earned the 'Rock of Bassong' tributes and such and he was certainly one of my POTS. If pushed id guess its either the pressure of being Captain and having to focus on what everyone else is doing thats caused his mistakes or is it we are just generally alot worse at the back this season that last? Or a mixture of both even? Alot of the mistakes he makes are quite casual errors. Errors that to be fair he was getting away with last season and getting caught out on this season. Either way he, along with others need to really get it together. Times ticking away and while some see it as just 1 error here and there, those errors will ultimately send us down unless we see a suddenly change in fortunes or alot of luck come our way. What I wont hear though is "Bassongs not a Premier League player". Was one of our best last season and head & shoulders above any other Centre back we've had in recent times. Spurs fans also claim if it hadnt have been for Bassong & Kaboul they would never have made it into the Champions League the other season and held him just as responsible as Bale & Co. Some NCFC fans are so eager to cast aside a player. RVW for example. Some users on here couldnt go a post without mentioning how amazing he is despite never really seeing him before, but would often quote his large transfer fee as a way of justifying him as a world class player. Now 1 goal and many months later certain members are slating him. Yes he and Bassong are clearly not at the top of their games right now but they are still such key players in the squad and full of quality. Not saying they should start regardless how they play but they deserve better than "so and so isnt a premier league player" comments. Give it a month or two and they will be the bee's knee's again and two others who are flavour of the month will take the verbal bashes.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • that makes one of us Chris

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    bonesy

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Last season he was very good, this season he's been very poor at times. What's happened to him? I thought first team training was supposed to develop players. Then of course there's the man management side, is he happy, or does he just need a little luck!

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Surely I have to be Greavesy as I,m the goal scorer. Defending is easy ;-)

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    sharky

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Brew, I fear my fathomed explanation will upset the Saint but here goes. I suspect our manager in all his wisdom decided that as he already had Russell Martin on the pitch together with Whittaker as back up for the right back position, if he lost either centre back, he could simple move Martin to his preferred centre back slot. I on the other hand am sure that Bennett can in fact play right back as well as centre back and therefore would have preferred to have him in the team, for me at centre back but failing that, at right back. Whittaker, however, offers the ability to play left back as well so covers Olsson and indeed has also played in the midfield, a Jack of all trades but mast of none. Meanwhile, Becchio needs time to settle, hence he is a fixture on the bench and still needs at least another couple of seasons before he will be ready to start a game. However, he may come on at some stage next season to claim his appearance money.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Original caption to above photograph: 'See Boss, they've tied my bootlaces together again'.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • I can't believe CH doesn't care but more that he has lost belief in his own abilities and is now a lame duck manager failing to lift himself or his team. Saturdays performance was poor and with a half decent striker, Stoke could and probably have converted their 2 decent first half chances. There were a few bright points but 2 poor teams. Getting more and more depressing and board clearly keeping everything crossed that the decision to stick with CH will get us across the line. Going to be tight.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • You may have no fears over him Mr Hughton but I was at Carrow Road on Saturday and he scared the living Tom Tit out of me

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • "We have not got what we deserved." The man is pathetic.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • 7 wins out of 29 Premier fixtures this season. No team in the league has scored less goals at home and no team has conceded more goals away than Norwich City. This is a team Captained by Bassong. I do not share the Managers' confidence in this player.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Hey, Brewer, there's a part time job going which you might be interested in. See article headed " Video: 3 up front. Extra".

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    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Just catching up on the vitriol here. I do agree with the stubborn theory. However I do think Guy Poyets conclusion about supporters is right. OTBC

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    sharky

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Mad Brewer - I did not realize that the Peter Principle came from around here, although having worked much of my life in industry here I can see he had a lot "study opportunities" around here. On the Bassong issue, I firmly believe he is not the extrovert personality for a captain and he is struggling in that role maybe Howson of Johnson would do better as an on the field captain, but I doubt if CH would change a decision now, even when it is obviously not working. Dr. Peter would have a field day with him.

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Blocked, Blaff. Will tell you about my real role at Mustard when Archie permits. All arranged at the inception. Old news. Great job, better than dressing the girls at the Windmill Theatre. Tell you later. Gek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • I can't believe CH doesn't care but more that he has lost belief in his own abilities and is now a lame duck manager failing to lift himself or his team. Saturdays performance was poor and with a half decent striker, Stoke could and probably have converted their 2 decent first half chances. There were a few bright points but 2 poor teams. Getting more and more depressing and board clearly keeping everything crossed that the decision to stick with CH will get us across the line. Going to be tight.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • …..Quite frankly Ken! ….I think Hughton and Co have had their fill of Norwich City...as we have of them.....I year left on a contract and no desire to 'work ' it out....Let's get fired!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Blocked, Blaff. Will tell you about my real role at Mustard when Archie permits. All arranged at the inception. Old news. Great job, better than dressing the girls at the Windmill Theatre. Tell you later. Gek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • just to cheer one or two of you up,there are worse teams than us about.i watched hull and sunderland on sunday.sunderland! ye gods.

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    bluelight

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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