Mark Robson on Jose Mourinho and Norwich City’s quest for Championship silverware

Norwich City first team coach Mark Robson has a word with Chelsea boss jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge last season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Norwich City first team coach Mark Robson has a word with Chelsea boss jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge last season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Saturday, June 7, 2014
7:00 AM

There won’t be any chance of a Premier League hangover at Norwich City while Mark Robson is around.

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There won’t be any chance of a Premier League hangover at Norwich City while Mark Robson is around.

The 45-year-old secured a longer-term stint as first-team coach at Carrow Road thanks to Neil Adams’ appointment as permanent manager.

And while the pair couldn’t instigate a miracle path to survival, they are irresistibly bullish about the Canaries’ plans for a Championship promotion push next season.

“These are my thoughts – we’re in the Championship, let’s be the best in the Championship; and I think that’s the way we have to be,” said Robson.

“Of course there’s a place we want to get to, but I think the most important thing is we get ourselves right and we get ourselves ready for the Championship, and we compete at the highest part of the Championship as we possibly can.

“So for me, let’s accept that challenge of where we are – and let’s make sure we’re at the top of it.”

And having a group of players immersed in that goal will be just as vital.

“We’ve got a lot of players who have already played in the Championship,” added Robson. “A lot of our players are Premier League players, without a shadow of a doubt. But a lot of them have already been in this situation before, so they know what’s going to be asked of them.

“They’ve experienced it already and are really established players in the Championship – so much so, their class you’d like to think will be at the top end of it.

“So I think in terms of our players, we will be fine. They will adapt to the challenge accordingly and be ready for what’s going to be put in front of them, because it is a different league.”

Robson will share first-team duties with Gary Holt, which given the former’s established popularity on the training ground – and the later’s liking for discipline – could end up as a good-cop bad-cop arrangement.

“I’ve played against Gary a few times – and he’s probably kicked me a few times, truth be told,” smiled Robson. “I know he’s been involved here for a number of years and an ex-player, so I’m looking forward to it, and to the four of us (with Adams and football consultant Joe Royle) working together.

“Neil will guide us in terms of what he wants from us and between us, we will work that out. And between the pair of us and our skill sets – some will be the same, some will be slightly different and it will just be a case of working out what will be successful in what we deliver. But it won’t be a problem.”

Few things probably are, given Robson was happy to spar with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho towards the end of last season.

“To be fair, it was funny because I think they were claiming for a penalty and it probably looked worse than it was,” joked Robson. “Actually we were having a bit of banter on the side – he said to me to be careful what you say to the fourth official because my man just got suspended for a few games, and we started laughing.”

One player’s future up for discussion has been Leroy Fer – however, the Netherlands midfielder has reiterated his desire to wait until after his World Cup involvement before thinking about his club future.

“First I want to concentrate on the World Cup, then we will see what happens,” said Fer. “I am going to the World Cup as a player for Norwich. They are a very good team but they have had some ups and downs as well. I have to do my best and just play.”

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23 comments

  • mescal shooter and a Colorado kool aid back. Western USA.

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    canarysounder

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • Morning, Swiss. I once had a fridge magnet which proclaimed "Beer - remember, it`s not just a breakfast drink". After Brewers` Dinners, which were massive p!$$-ups, we`d crawl down to breakfast, where just slightly chilled bottles of Worthington White Shield awaited in champagne buckets. The older hands tipped in all the sediment, rather than decant it carefully. It seemed to be a good hangover cure, provided you had a `nominated driver` to get you home! Happy Days.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • No prob, frankief ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • Touche Brewer. Just a bit of scrimmage eh?

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    frankief

    Sunday, June 8, 2014

  • Breakfast beer, now there's a concept. Many years ago I was working in outback Australia outside Moree, NSW. There I was introduced to the idea of a "Bushman's Breakfast" for those having survived a night under the stars. "A smoke, a fart and a walk around."

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, June 8, 2014

  • Your chip is showing, frankief. I believe you`re as intelligent as I think you are. ;-) Also, I thought absinthe made the heart grow fonder, until I discovered Smirnoff. Pity Waclor couldn`t take up Fagen`s invitation. Another time? I don`t think Take5 stocks that particular fruity concoction, wac, but they do have an `authentic` India Pale Ale from Grain Brewery. I tried a pint yesterday, and was stunned first by the price - over £4 a pint, then by the strength - a bit under 7% ABV. It was a cracking pint of breakfast beer.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 8, 2014

  • Bring Harry to the pub on Tuesday, Waclor. After a couple of pints I find it easier (and sometimes more enjoyable) to talk to dogs than to compete with Brew and Fagen's sparkling wit and repartee. Hence Barking Mad........

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    Barking Wise

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • Talking of tipples and Brew I advise you not to listen to this, what do you think of Copperburg Strawberry and Lime cider? It makes me so happy before I fall over.

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    waclor

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • Thanks Steely, I would love to meet you and Brewer but unfortunately Mrs Waclor is away at the moment and Harry Waclor, a Jack Russell, cannot be left long enough for me to get to Norwich and back. How about before (and after) a home preseason friendly?

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    waclor

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • change your tipple Dubai. everything becomes clearer with Absinthe

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    frankief

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • I am sure I can't understand anything of the last few posts, but, maybe it's just the parsnip wine..........

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • I think what Danny and other people less intelligent than you,(including myself) was alluding to is that the guy probably commands respect in other areasin his persona. I thought it was quite funny Brewer but if you dont like receiving it, dont give it. You make some great points and arguments but your sniping is hypocritical and puerile. Just before you pull some wonderful and imaginative grammar out of your backside, I, for one, believe you are as intelligent as you think you are xx

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    frankief

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • I know my fitness deteriorated during the Houghton era and I think Brew Gek would probably be the same. Blaaffen has maintained shape by smoking 100 fags a day. Tuesday at Take 5 it is then. Waclor you are welcome to join us if you can make it.

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    Steely Dan

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • Good points waclor\Southwold Jack. Bit of both, maybe? Those comebacks in L1 and the Champ were spectacular, and even in the Prem there was real fight. That last game vs Ar$enal is a fair example. A 3-3 draw. Then along came.... Danny Boy, don`t take things so literally. The `Championship` remark was a fairly obvious reference to the frequency that word was used in the article. FFS!! Why am I bothering to explain? My 2-year old great-nephew has more insight. Pints of Dullard`s Bitter all round. Danny`s paying.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • PS I bet Old Three Lungs won't accept shoddy fitness training.

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    waclor

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • Interesting question Jack. I cannot decide whether by the end of a match in which the tactics were found wanting and inevitably we were losing, the players couldn't, through lack of fitness, raise their game for a final effort or due to the lack of inspiration and motivation, simply couldn't be bothered.

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    waclor

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • Speaking of figures and fitness, am I the only one who thinks that our fitness deteriorated greatly under Hughton. Under PL one of our strengths was late-game comebacks but last 2 seasons we've faded towards the end. Like to see this worked on.

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    Southwold Jack

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • Whatever you may say about Mark's figure, the guy behind him in the Aviva tracksuit (sorry don't recognise the face) seems to be admiring his bottom.

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    waclor

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • I wonder if Delia is giving the Carrow Road Menu's a good downgrading this season. I guess it will be cod and chicken next season instead of pheasant and salmon !

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • For F sake he is coaching not playing. He is young enough to carry some weight. Some coaches are in their 60's.

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    goldie

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • Robbo looks positively svelte compared to the fella in front of the Chelsea dug out. I'm sure he's put on a bit since we were last treated to this picture from Archie's limited photo archive.

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    Barking Wise

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • From Mad Brewer's comment it looks like we're getting a bit pre occupied with things like the form of the backroom staff that really don't matter. Let me lay it out for you nice and simple we are now in the Championship obviously no fan likes to see that but when alls said and done we need to be concentrating on getting back into the top flight. The backroom staff are there to ensure they put the lads through their paces and that their ready for the next game it's whats in their heads that counts not whether their carrying a bit round the middle or not

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    Danny Boy

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • One more time, Mark -"Championship". Is it just a dodgy photo, or did Mark inherit the key to Holty`s pie pantry?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

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