Jonny Howson nets Norwich City £3m for new signings

Jonny Howson's match-winning strike to sink Manchester City 3-2 helped propel the Canaries two further places up the final Premier League table and netted them an estimated extra £3m in merit payments for finishing 11th. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Jonny Howson's match-winning strike to sink Manchester City 3-2 helped propel the Canaries two further places up the final Premier League table and netted them an estimated extra £3m in merit payments for finishing 11th. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
10:28 AM

Chris Hughton insists he will spend his summer transfer windfall wisely after Jonny Howson’s multi-million pound goal boost to Norwich’s close season coffers.

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The midfielder’s match-winning strike to sink Manchester City 3-2 at the Etihad helped propel the Canaries two further places up the final Premier League table and with favourable results elsewhere netted them an estimated extra £3m in merit payments for finishing 11th.

City’s club record signing of Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has already signalled Norwich’s intent to bolster the first team squad, but Hughton has sounded a note of caution with their top flight rivals also set to benefit from new inflated broadcast deals.

“I have a responsibility as manager to this football club to continue improving, but along with ourselves there are 19 other clubs who are trying to improve the best way they can,” said Hughton.

“We’ll try to be as busy as we can. How many that sees us bring in, I don’t know, but we will endeavour to try. If we hadn’t already known before it is obvious how difficult this division is.

“The goals is something we need to address. When you study our season as a whole I think defensively we very much held our own. We needed to get more goals to win us games and that applies to the whole team and not just individuals.

“We have to be able to make that difference. Jon is probably the one player in the team who doesn’t want the season to finish. Come this second half of the season, he’s certainly been very good and I think he has goals in him.

“He is somebody who breaks forward very well and it was a super goal for him.”

Hughton wasted little time in beginning his squad overhaul with Canadian international striker Simeon Jackson one of ten players released by the club. The Canaries’ boss does not expect to have too much down time over the summer as he plots his next assault on the Premier League after a fine finish to a debut season at the helm.

“I think that comes with the experiences of the job and what it entails,” he said. “That is not just the top league. There is so much that goes into the day-to-day work of a football manager and his staff. There are games to plan for in the summer, most of the pre-season work has to be done, the recruitment side is massive, and having the tools we need to do the job.

“Generally teams come back a little earlier than in the past. It was normally a five-week pre-season. Most would now go into a six, maybe a six-and-a-half week pre-season, but of course it is always a more favourable summer when you are where you want to be.”

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22 comments

  • Oh do stop being such a cantankerous wee sh1te SO(B)!

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    ScotCan

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  • Reading between the lines here do I see words of caution from our manager to dampen the enthusiasm of the fans expecting major signings this summer. There certainly doesn't appear to be too much optimism coming from the manager yet.

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    VictorM

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  • Btw, I do agree with you S\O. "Cantankerous" implies a modicum of wit. ScotCan perhaps could have used "obtuse" instead.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  • Some teams are already making signings, hope we don't miss the bus again.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  • He's finding it hard to keep up with you on the optimism stakes vic thats for sure.

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  • Please don't let us start sniffing around the recently released Carlton Cole!

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    Gavin

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  • Wow, Goldie, made a bit of a fool of yourself there. Pray tell, who is currently signing more players than us? When have we missed a boat recently? I'd be intrigued to who exactly who has spent more than us this transfer season. If your going to slate hughton and the team at least have some facts to hand.

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  • Good old Jonny!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  • .....Should have said 'That rings a Bell'.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  • Please don't let us start sniffing around the recently released Carlton Cole!

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    Gavin

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  • Btw, goldie, in defence of Holty, even if that penalty had not been saved, we would only be level with West Ham & Swansea on points - and they both have a far superior GD. We`d still be 11th. Not having a dig, I was just curious to see what "might have been"! I wonder if Holty & Hoolahoop still have that penalty pact; "2 misses and out"?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  • Would have been 9th if Holty had not missed one of the few penalties we were awarded during the season. Wish Hughton would stop making excuses in advance everytime he makes a statement.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  • .....What's his name then ??.....BIG BEN????.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  • When it comes to the eldritch aberration that is S\O, I don`t belieeeve it!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  • I suppose we already have RvW and Javier, goldie. To fret is understandable though. We need cover and competition in a few positions and there may be more of our "fringe" players on the way out? Vaughan maybe could come back into the picture? And Ayala? In Hoots we must trust. I wonder how Ewan Chester`s Air-Mile tally is doing? Hoots doesn`t like to talk up expectations, does he! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  • A £2.6m player scoring a £3m goal. Is that a net profit? ;-)

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  • Please don't let us start sniffing around the recently released Carlton Cole!

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    Gavin

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  • Hoots believes that Howson has goals in him?? Really?? Then why not play him earlier in the season then?? Hughton does my head in, on the one hand I like the guy and he has done a fairly decent job, but on the other hand he drives me crackers. He is the manager, so if you are struggling for goals why not pick a player who he 'believes has goals in him' and allow him to go forward? I really hope that Hughton has a better idea of the relative strengths and weaknesses of his squad now and that he trusts his players more.

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    Preston Canary

    Thursday, May 23, 2013

  • Or poor Pilks if he aggravated his injury. Let`s hope not. Good business by Leeds. Howson is undoubtedly a good player and worth that fee, but be was in the last knockings of his contract when we signed him. As Leeds` Godfather Christmas, Master Bates, said at the time, it was a "no brainer" to sell him. That said, we got Bradley on a "freebie" at which point Bates remarked "the lad can`t play anyway". Snods & Brad 2nd & 3rd in the PotY stakes.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  • He'd better hope that £3M doesn't go on a player to replace him!

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    troublesome1

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  • I am afraid you're wrong on two counts SO. Firstly I have not taken the name of Victor Meldrew, whoever that might be, and secondly I for one am expecting some decent signings this summer, a sentiment shared by thousands of others I would think.

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    VictorM

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  • I may be many things, but cantankerous is not one of them. certainly not next to someone that has taken the name "Victor Meldrew" and says we shouldn't brace ourselves for big signings this summer. Heres a bold prediction, I predict we'll buy an 8.5m striker with an awesome name and skills we've never seen at this club.

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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