Chris Hughton - Wes Hoolahan can still have a Norwich City future

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton insists Wes Hoolahan can still play a part this season. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Norwich City boss Chris Hughton insists Wes Hoolahan can still play a part this season. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Monday, February 3, 2014
7:45 AM

Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan has to prove to Chris Hughton he wants to be part of Norwich City’s Premier League survival push.

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The Irish midfielder failed to earn his move away from Carrow Road after the Canaries’ rejected both a transfer request and firm interest from Aston Villa. Hoolahan made it clear he felt his time was up with Norwich but Hughton insists the Dubliner can still have a role over the coming months.

Hughton opted not to include the 31-year-old in his squad for the weekend’s 2-1 Premier League defeat at Cardiff City, but the Canaries’ boss downplayed the prospect of a potential Football League loan move over coming weeks.

“At this moment he is very much a Norwich City player,” said Hughton. “Wes is contracted to the club. I expect him to knuckle down. Its not a question of anyone being disruptive - he wanted to go, it didn’t happen. The deadline has gone, but I want to stress that before the offer came in originally he had been involved over the Christmas period. Albeit perhaps he hasn’t had the run of games he would have liked earlier in the season. Wes is a good enough individual and he knows he has to get on with it.”

Hughton is confident there will be no hangover from a saga which dominated the past few weeks of the Canaries’ Premier League season.

“It is business as normal come Monday morning,” he said. “Everyone knows the facts with Wes. There was a bid and he did put in a transfer request. He is not the first who wanted to leave a football club and it then hasn’t happened. Players have to knuckle down and train and want to be involved and I expect Wes to be no different. We travelled down to Wales on Friday and all our concentration was on the game so I didn’t speak to him before the window closed. I will speak to him and treat him like I would all the other players. He is still with us and I will make sure I have good communications.”

Former Everton defender Joseph Yobo is poised for his first training session today after the club completed the formalities on a loan move from Turkish side Fenerbahce.

“He is an experienced player coming into the changing room. That gives everyone a lift and we look forward to welcoming him into the squad,” said Hughton. “I’m happy the window is closed and it is over. We now know what players we have got here and we will work as hard as we can with the group of players we have to get the results we need.”

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35 comments

  • With you in charge Mr Hughton Norwich City has no future let alone Wes Hoolahan. Whilst Wes shouldn't have said what he said it was the truth without a doubt! Come on McNasty show this fool the door before it's too late (if it isn't already?).

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    baguio

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • We have just one top quality creative player capable of unlocking tight defences, which has surely been our greatest need for much of the season. PLEASE, Chris, give the man a chance.

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    Geolis

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Not just Wes Hoolahan who is reviewing their future. If all the other players and their agents are not already looking for an exit strategy then they are way behind in the rush for the door.

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    kenfoggo

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • ...then sneak off to service Ma Snipps.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • I suppose Hugh Trollderwood would be better? I hope J.K. Rowling is reading this. She needs a change from doing Tolkien pastiché. (aka quasi plagiarism. Edgar Alan Poe gets ripped off a bit as well).

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • It's as simple as this Chris. You do not treat one of our most highly regarded players like a schoolboy. Wes had a big hand in helping this club to where it is today and us fans will not forget that. He played out of his skin against Man United at home, then his "reward" was being left out. How many of your signings have proved as successful as Wes Hoolahan ?. I can name quite a few. Stop treating us fans with contempt. Play him, or draw comparisons with Glenn Roeder and our much loved Darren Huckerby.

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    Bally High

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • THEN PLAY HIM ;SIMPLES ;YES

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Dave, I agree with you there. And more and more teams also play the 4-2-3-1 - perhaps that is what you want, too. That would suit Wes perfect, and with Redmond and Snodgrass on the wings - chances would have to pour in.

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    norwaysbiggesthoolahanfan

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • It's as simple as this Chris. You do not treat one of our most highly regarded players like a schoolboy. Wes had a big hand in helping this club to where it is today and us fans will not forget that. He played out of his skin against Man United at home, then his "reward" was being left out. How many of your signings have proved as successful as Wes Hoolahan ?. I can name quite a few. Stop treating us fans with contempt. Play him, or draw comparisons with Glenn Roeder and our much loved Darren Huckerby.

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    Bally High

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • This statement shows just how bad this situation has got.It is only going to wind Wes up even more.Clueless hughton trying to put wes in his place!"I expect him to knuckle down "reminds me of my school reports.What an example of man management.I get the feeling he is scared of playing wes in case he had a blinder.Also the crowd would give wes such a reception it could be embarassing.Delia and co please do something now.Looking at those last 4 fixtures I think we are as good as down.

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    harry mcardle

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Hughton is our Wizard of Oz. The WoZ was exposed, by a dog, as an ordinary middle-aged man who admitted to being a total `humbug`. Wes`s treatment has echoes of the Huckerby\Roeder days. Where`ve you been Mattias? Don`t you `work` at weekends?? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • play him saturday to give the crowd a lift!(they need it)

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    tonyb

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • TK glad you agree. Ive been saying that for months & months. Im not a fan of Hughtons style, but we have to accept he isn't going anywhere....so in that case I just want his tactics to work. In fairness at Newcastle & Brum they did work to an extent but he had a real target man....not a Grant Holt or an Elmander...I mean a real target man. Big sam plays a similar way at West Ham....horrible to watch but look how different West Ham looked with there target man Carroll back in the team.....looked solid and got the win. Carroll involved in both goals. I just dont understand why Hughton has never addressed that issue. Unless he figured Elmander would do that job and it didnt work out.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • It's as simple as this Chris. You do not treat one of our most highly regarded players like a schoolboy. Wes had a big hand in helping this club to where it is today and us fans will not forget that. He played out of his skin against Man United at home, then his "reward" was being left out. How many of your signings have proved as successful as Wes Hoolahan. I can name quite a few. Stop treating us fans with contempt. Play him, or draw comparisons with Glenn Roeder and our much loved Darren Huckerby.

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    Bally High

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • It's as simple as this Chris. You do not treat one of our most highly regarded players like a schoolboy. Wes had a big hand in helping this club to where it is today and us fans will not forget that. He played out of his skin against Man United at home, then his "reward" was being left out. How many of your signings have proved as successful as Wes Hoolahan. I can name quite a few. Stop treating us fans with contempt. Play him, or draw comparisons with Glenn Roeder and our much loved Darren Huckerby.

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    Bally High

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Getting `Brough` treatment from Archie, eh, Stew? Try posting as Pa - allegedly you are the same people\person! (Source(s): BPBP\BarkingW). I wonder what`s happening at Board level? It`s been very quiet since McGnarly`s "fate worse than death" comment.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • The part that concerns me is when Hughton says "He is not the first who wanted to leave a football club ". You have to ask, why do players suddenly want to leave the club. Why are players feeling the need to speak out of line. Plenty seem on board with Hughton but hate the amount of unrest thats coming out in public. Not helping things at all. I still stand by what I said originally. I wouldn't be surprised if in a months time Wes is heavily involved with the first team again. What happens in the summer? Who knows. If he is used in the right games im still convinced hes a huge weapon for the club.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • The Man City game certainly is the best game to give Wes his head in a 4,2,3,1,1 formation. However, I think even he works better behind two strikers, if only we had a decent target man.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Full agreement with all three posters. This is the same waffle Hoots has been continually trotting out like a long playing record all season! Cut the cackle and give the man a game, the fans want him and the team desperately want him. Thanks to your bizare team and the goings on we are as good as down so for heavens sake play your main creative man, he will get us going again, you obviously can't do it! Andy Flower had to go after the cricket farce, could be time to join him.

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    blackdog2

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • This rumour that Hoolahan is going to Ipswich on loan next week. Any truth in it?

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    blue tractor

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • ... in booth households!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Good man Stew. Solid citizen. Thass orl tha` grub yer git inta yer.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Nice headline, "Wes can still have a NCFC future", yes if the manger departs before him then I am sure he does. Lets ditch the wrong footed wingers against Man City and go with a 4,2,3,1,1 style. I would go with Ruddy, Olsson, Bassong, Bennett, Whittaker, Johnson, Tettey, Fer, Hoolahan, Snodgrass and Hooper but there are other options to suit that set up.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Play him Saturday and hear his name sung.. I don't think Gentleman Chris would care for that, no heroes in his world..When was the last time we heard there's only one Chris Hughton...

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    Gruff

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Ha Mad! Despite a brave fight I finally fell victim to the horrid winter vomiting virus (not proven to be related to watching NCFC but I highly suspect so). Was always on the cards after the little man & missus had it. All I hope is I didnt already have it in my system tuesday at the Newcastle game or I may be responsible for spreading it to 26,000 others....awkward. In terms of Hughtons contract, i'd been wondering about that a while. Obviously Lambert always demanded 1 year rolling contracts (we all know why that was...sneaky so & so). So in theory Hughton still has a year & a bit left on his current deal.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • .....hi all....got a bit of trouble!.......with Archie!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Let's hope the same cannot be said of Hughton. No future in football either if there is any sense in the world.

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    waclor

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • …..Letter to Pa Snipps.....Pa , I owe you an apology for hinting that your good lady would be serving me with my Sunday Evening meal....The problem I must have had as I answered the question posed by BPBP, was that after reading so many angry postings and helping them down with an early drink, the brain and the fingers got slightly mixed.....I can assure you that NOTHING should be misconstrued from the suggestion made by BP that there is a liaison of any kind.....I was given the third degree by Mrs Stewpydsodd, and after enjoying putting me under the strong light for a moment or two, proceeded to laugh her head off!...If only I could turn the clock back about 30 years!.... Pa !..a more personal one to one, could be enjoyed if an e.mail was sent to ;-stewpydsodd@hotmail ....but for gods sake DONT tell every one! …..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Play him then! Make him feel important to the Club again!

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    Powers1902

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Play him against Man City then, as part of a 5 man midfield with, Redmond, Tettey Fer and Snodgrass. Hooper up front on his own.

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    Dave T

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • I prefer `fraud` or `charlatan` to `humbug`, personally!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Just out of pure interest does anyone remember exactly what length contract was given to Hughton & co? Was it a 2 or 3 year deal?

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    Mattias333

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • What, Stew? Have to delay his lunch!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Mr. Hughton - I believe Wes has more of a Norwich future than do, my friend. Mattias - unfortunately, CH signed a 3-year deal. So it's not like the board are waiting until summer to get rid of him for free.

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    Ghanawintheleague

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Well said Bally High. I never thought I`d see similarities between Hughton and Roeder, though there are those that did a while ago. We saw the way he dealt with Lucky Benchio and now, after that practice run, he`s done it to one of our all-time favourites. Wes was pivotal in getting us out of L1 and the Champ. He had a decent first season in the Prem, but it was a big step-up for all the players. They did well; Holt scored 15 goals, Pilks got 8, Morison 9. Hoolahan is a feisty player, despite his slight stature. He does run back, he does close down and tackle. He does go in where it hurts with headers, even. Above all, he does create. And he`s LIVELY. No wonder `Hughtrollderwood` doesn`t like him.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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