Norwich City chief executive David McNally wants both Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa to remain part of new boss Chris Hughton’s brains trust.

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Paul Lambert’s key lieutenants have been widely tipped to link up with the ex-Canaries boss at Aston Villa, but McNally is adamant they have a future in Norfolk alongside Hughton’s deputies Colin Calderwood and Paul Trollope.

“They are very much part of the team,” he said. “We had been encouraging Paul for some time to expand his team at Carrow Road and this is an ideal opportunity to do that. Ian and Gary’s roles are exactly as they were, their responsibilities are exactly as they were and they will be joined by a bigger team.

“We want this football club to continue to progress – on and off the football pitch – and through the efforts of Paul and many others we have done that in the previous three years. For us it is now about tomorrow and the next day and the next season. We want to move this great football club forward and continue to improve in every aspect.”

Hughton also endorsed the new look coaching network taking shape at Carrow Road.

“In this day and age the areas you want to be able to cover, you need the manpower to do that,” he said. “It’s not just about what you do on a match day or on the training pitch, it’s about helping the scouts out, it’s about coaches watching games, about having a real interest in the development squad and the academy squad. Results and the games mean so much now you have to protect yourself the best way you can and make sure you’re able to cover all the bases.”

McNally declined to reveal the level of compensation paid to entice Hughton and his backroom staff from Birmingham, but the former Blues’ boss was the outstanding choice of the City board.

“There was no other candidate, no other interview. It was clear that he was the right man for us and we were the right club for him, in our opinion,” he said. “Clearly we looked at the market – and the market is the UK as well as the international market – and we did that quietly as a board. We looked at the contenders and the candidates. We had a detailed period of reviewing who was available, who wasn’t at other clubs and really wanting to try to find the person who could take this club forward.

“Chris joins us probably at one of the best times, financially, in the club’s history. We looked at the names and Chris stood out as the outstanding candidate. We recognised that and having identified Chris we approached Birmingham for permission. We were pleased to find that they were very professional. There was some to-ing and fro-ing, but we got there reasonably quickly.”

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38 comments

  • Compensation has to reflect the cost or loss and not be a penal punishment.

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    cutty

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • mb&cutty.are you old enough to remember the bench that stood along riverside road?

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    bluelight

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Never a dull moment is there Mr Plod.

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    cutty

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • I think this is more a message to Villa, if you want them your gonna have to pay for them

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    ads76

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • no trap cutty.i am just a chip off the old block,billy.

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    bluelight

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • With shrewd statements like this you realise that McNally is worth every penny!

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    a fine city

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • The thing with Wikipedia is it has a spelling page. An acquaintance told me that. Most of us also know it is not Gopsle. ;-) cutty is spot on, don`t forget the cricket cap, etc! Billy Bluelight died in 1949, a bachelor, without official issue. A good ol` eccentric, a bit like the Hermit of Redcoats, Mad Lucas. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • I'm not convinvced Culverhouse will leave, when he, lambert and karsa left colchester they all quit with him yet this time they have remained under contract, giving the impression lambert may have gone on this trip alone. Also, Culverhouse and Hughton are good friends from their Tottenham days - you only had to see Hughton's face when Mcnally said they were staying.

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    suffolk_canary

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • I remember Black Anna well. She turned a blind eye to slightly under-age drinkers. Powerful singer, too! Powerful generally. What about the Kingsway, opposite the Jolly Maltsters, giant chess board in the floor with a giant set of pieces.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • ads76, suspect you`re right!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Billy is a true legend use to race the day river steamer to Yarmouth if my memory is correct.

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    cutty

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • OK, this is new. I had noticed that the NCFC "back room" was more like a League 1 than a Premier League structure. McN makes a good point, and a quiet dig at PL, when he talks about this. It sounds reasonable that you do need a bigger team to do the necessray work, the question is around Assistant manager. The post is open at Villa and having two is going to be uncomfortable, especially when "the other guy" is the Manager's mate. Good luck with that one David!

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • at last,talking and acting like a big club .

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    bluelight

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • bluelight isn't talking about the River End MB - there used to a park bench next to the river on Riverside dedicated to Billy Bluelight. Apparently, his well known saying was 'My name is Billy Bluelight, my age is 45, I hope to get to Carrow Bridge before the boat arrive' - in a bootiful Naarige accent. A rather sad character in later life, I believe - not unlike myself!

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    canarydownunder

    Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • Response ethered, bluelight. Just musing over John Timpson`s book, "English Eccentrics". Oddly enough, billy bluelight does not feature despite JT`s knowledge of Norwich and of Norfolk generally.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 10, 2012

  • Mr Plod is our scrutineer

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    cutty

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Colin Calderwood born 20 January 1965 in Stranraer is a Scottish football player and coach, who is currently the assistant manager of Norwich City. According to wikipedia which could be wrong.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Mr. Plod???

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Who Mr Plod? You'll be getting an e mail from his pal the site moderator if your not careful bluelight. Bluelight, police, I think I've just walked into a trap.

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    cutty

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Yes, two assistant managers looks a tricky one to deal with. I hope it is all resolved quickly and there is minimal disruption. I must say I`m surprised that the old team will be staying alongside the new. Or will they?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Morning, Mr. bluelight,I used to watch reserve games when the 1st team was away. Still in yellow shirts! (but the shorts were black at one time) You are an earlier generation than I , bluelight. I have a book by John Timpson called "English Eccentrics". With JT`s local connections, you`d think billy bluelight would feature but, alas, he doesn`t.He could easily have qualified under more than one category of eccentricity! Dress, sporting interests (steamer racing!) etc. Dubai, had your "Matzo" in Ethiopia yet? Probably a "Manakish" there? O something similar. Africa was the origin of so much, even has a claim to the humble pizza!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 10, 2012

  • I posted that Dubai, but was ethered (twice) - obviously got to said in a bootiful naarige accent! Jolly Butchers with black Anna anyone? No new stories to comment on at present!

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    canarydownunder

    Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • I think Ian Culverhouse will be Aston Villa bound, this is David McNally displaying the art of Machiavellian diplomacy or simply diplomacy.

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    NorthStarRaven

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • downunder......must be the way i tell 'em !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • This could be a good bargaining point if they get PL without compo. "OK you got PL for free. Culvers + Karsa are a million quid apiece ...".

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    Timbo

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • No chance IC stays, but it would certainly be a blow to Villa if Lambert is denied his right hand man. McNally's almost certainly just posturing.

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    troublesome1

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • My name is Billy Bluelight, my age is 45, I hope to get to Carrow Bridge before the boat arrive. I wasn't born when Billy was around but I did used to enjoy the odd pint at the Jolly Maltsters by Carrow Bridge before a game in the 70's ”

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • So, beyond all this historical reminiscing - I hope that Culvers + Karsa stay at Carrow Road !

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • Hi, cutty. Yes that penny`s dropped now, from comments on another board. Apparently you were not allowed to address dick? suffolk_canary, did that "smile" incident happen during the press conference? I must look again. It just seems uncomfortable to have 2 No. 2`s. One of them would be Calderwood who has "previous" with Holty too. I suspect this ploy is to prevent AV avoiding compo. We`ll see.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • There was a pub in Hall Rd., Naaridge, called the Billy Bluelight, aka Freemasons Arms?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • The thing with Wikipedia is that anyone can update it. An aquaitaince of mine inserted a picture of another aquaitance on the Pope's Wikipedia page for about 20 minutes, silly boy (Everton fan).

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Thanks cutty. Proper reply plodded out. OTBC

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • bluelight, when was that Riverside Rd. bench there? I was born the year before Billy Bluelight died, so it may be before my time?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • Sorry but I dont see that working.I am not even sure what Karsa actually did.I expect to see them depart in the not to distant future.

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    Trevor Sadd

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Come off it! - how can Ian and Gary’s roles be exactly as they were, their responsibilities be exactly as they were with Calderwood and Trollope coming in? Watch this space.

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    canarydownunder

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • It's McNally's way of serving out a kick in the nuts to Paul Lambert. I think Lambert will be desperate to get Cully back beside him, and McNally knows it.. Personally, I'd love to see him stay. Cully and Hughton already know each other well and cully's knowledge of the squad will give Hughton a good head start, pre-season.

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • I remember standing on the concrete getting frozen. I do not recollect luxuries like benches. Were you in the elite, bluelight? ;-) Anyway it`s all corporate and corpulent now. Big spoilt kids in tent-sized replica shirts, aiming for NHS treatment for obesity. Those drastic bands of supporters.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • first sat on that bench brew 1948 on my way to carrow road to watch possibles v probables.thats what passed as a pre-season friendly in those days.what days they where.

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    bluelight

    Saturday, June 9, 2012

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