Neil Adams - Norwich City’s Wes Hoolahan is priceless

Wes Hoolahan is priceless in the view of Norwich City Neil Adams. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Wes Hoolahan is priceless in the view of Norwich City Neil Adams. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, August 8, 2014
7:00 AM

Norwich City Neil Adams labelled Wes Hoolahan ‘priceless’ after the Republic of Ireland international pledged his long term future to the Canaries.

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The 32-year-old has signed a new deal keeping him at Carrow Road until 2016 to seal a remarkable turnaround after a failed transfer request following interest from Aston Villa last season.

Hoolahan has been in sparkling pre-season form and Adams is in no doubt City have pulled off a major coup to retain the Dubliner’s services.

“He gives you that something different. He is not your normal player, he is not a defensive midfielder or a wide midfielder he is someone who can get on the ball and make things happen and make us tick,” he said. “That is invaluable for any division. I have seen a lot of him at Blackpool before he came here and you see it in training when he is on form the players can’t stop him. To have someone like that in your squad day in, day out is priceless.

“It’s been a bit of an on-going thing with Wes. There was a lot of speculation really from the back end of last season, and maybe even as far back as January when there were rumours of a proposed move and top players are going to attract plenty of speculation and rumour and gossip. To get a player like Wes Hoolahan to sign it goes without saying how delighted we are at the club.”

Adams used the midfielder sparingly in the closing weeks of City’s Premier League season but the Irishman will have a big role in the Championship push.

“I’ve made it clear with the type of games we had then and the situation we were in at the time was totally different,” he told the club’s official site. “Anyone can see from pre-season I have used him in his best position. I know what he is capable of and when he is on form he can rip teams apart. The way he has come back is a credit to him, not me.

“He played through a lot of the summer with the Republic of Ireland. I went to watch him in New York when he played against Portugal just before they went off to the World Cup and he was the best player for Ireland that day.”

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27 comments

  • All cloak and dagger but a young lad I know just decided yesterday to let me know he lives next door to Wes Hoolahan...why in the world did he only just to decide to inform me of this. Next time a certain blonde itfc supporting journo decides to be spoon, ill be setting up camp on Wessi drive way demanding answers! Multimap images aint the best though so stalking is proving difficult at this stage but looks a massive place. Certainly bigger than Mattias Towers in good (not so good at best of times) ole Lowestoft.

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    Mattias333

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Btw, how many erses does Wes have? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • I hope you`re not cyber-stalking Wessi, Mattias. Sinister. TK will be moving to Hull soon. Fleggburgh`s actually veeery posh. About 10 years ago, when my motorbike broke down there, a householder came out to advise me to `get off his property`. Even though I was on the public highway. Nice fellow. He changed his tune when he saw my Royal Warrant (and 1960 Royal Enfield) plus my ex-footy manager certificates... oh, and the blue blood leaking from my minor injury. I`m surprised you can`t afford to dwell in Fleggburgh, Matt. Just your style, chap.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • At the pub on the crossroads there`s whiskey and beer - There`s brandy and cognac that`s fragrant but dear - But it`s Guinness`s Porter that has me this way - For it`s sweeter than buttermilk and stronger than tea - And when in the morning I feel kinda rough - It`s my curse on Lord Iveagh who brews the damn stuff (very approx).

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Stew , your must have a purpose post said all that was wrong about last season, then the aim was we start 0-0 lets hold what we got, but under ? we didnt

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Signed the Dubliners, major coup ,strewth those boys can both drink and sing.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • …..There is more to football than kicking a ball!....You need an objective!....First and Foremost it must be to score goals!...Secondly.. to win the game!..If you fall behind, the object is to equalise, and then score again!....Win!..Win1..Win!..is what matters!...You also need the attitude of mind to achieve this...It's the managers job to instil this into the team...Damage limitation is a non-starter in my book...and we are not playing friendly's.....We use Plan 'A' and let the opposition worry about us!..NOT vice versa!.....I am hoping Gary Holt has got the players fit and tactics right!....and Neil has got the players believing again!..... PS..Wes was not in a hurry to give that up Matt!...probably keeps chickens too!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Biggest issue I took with Hughton was his concept that once we went 3-0 down (or something similar) he would admit in his post match interview that we accepted the game was gone and tried to 'limit' further goals going in at the wrong end (only for more to flood in anyway!). If you are going to lose, go down fighting atleast!

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Just had a look on Multimap at Wes Hoolahan's mansion in the posh part of Fleggburgh (yes there is a posh part!)....wow is all I can say. I expected all the doors to be smaller. Dunno why. Certainly a 6-7 toilet-er.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Would we have done any worse than 1 point from 15 though? Not a lot. Say... 1. As for Hughton`s team selection; it wasn`t illogical, it was contralogical. Aberrant. Iniquitous, even. Sometimes designed to prove his point - like playing 2 strikers away to Everton, in the almost certain belief we`d take a beating. Wes may not have been in a good frame of mind after the abuse he took from Hughton, so overall I believe Adams did what he did for sound reasons. But Wes might`ve made a difference... Anyway, now he`s priceless, so that`s settled. I think Pulis is embarking on a decent building exercise with Palace. No doubt, he won`t have megabucks to waste, like Chrissy did (by our standards).

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • I see a lot of Lamberts theories going into Adams plans. I get the impression we wont be keeping many clean sheets this season but Adams is hoping to offset that via more goals scored.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • I would be a lot more confident if the defence was strengthened. If by September 1st., we have not signed at least a centre back and preferably a right back as well, the midfield will be pulled back to help the defence at the expense of being creative and we can say goodbye to promotion and attractive football.

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    waclor

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • In fairness you couldnt play Wes in those last 5. (Maybe Fulham was the only potential one but it was away). To be honest, as a lower half Premier League team, built around Hughtons theory of 'More defence, Less Attack', if you want to get technical, you cant really afford to have a luxury player like Wes. If you're Man City and want to play David Silva (a poor mans wesley hoolahan) in the hole, brilliant, you can because other teams fear you and are more often than not set up defensively to try out number you in midfield. We couldn't afford to do that in most games, especially under Hughton because we were set up purely to contain teams and maybe nick a goal if we were lucky. Wes got chances in the PL but they were always in games where you really have to scratch your head and wonder why he was used. Palace away for example. Awfully brutal unforgiving defensive side (under Pulis), awful weather conditions and a poor pitch. 3 things you dont want a Wes Hoolahan facing. Maybe Hughton was forced to play him that week through injuries, I dont know, but it was never going to work. Then another week against a side we really have a great chance of beating at Carrow Road in perfect conditions he's left on the bench and not even sent out to warm up during the game. The same applies this season following on from what TK just posted. Its a huge bit of positive news & something im thrilled with as like most im a believer that most our best chances come from him or involve him at some point, BUT like in the Premier League (and our experiences previously in the Champ) there will be games and conditions that simply dont suit Wes and im sure Adams knows that. Best thing is we now have the options to create a plan B and C.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Good point, OTB. But do we know whether Wes `had his mind right` at the time? Like you, I thought it odd that Wes was almost ignored. With 15 points at stake, we had an outside chance but blew it vs Fulham. The WBA game had sounded the death knell, IMHO. Hughton & cohorts got out without a relegation on their CVs, lest we forget. But we won`t forget, will we? I won`t anyway! If only Uncle Stew had been brought in as consigliere...

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • On form, Wes can and will be a great asset to the team when played in the hole. However, lets not put all our eggs in one diamond basket as there will be games when we need to play a different formation and then the squad, including Wes will need to be rotated. I still think Wes should have been played in a couple of games during Neil's first five but it was his choice and must remain so this season.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Aaah, The Happy Clappers, oldtimer. An enduring subspecies; they are eternally cheerful and blessed with a lifetime of childhood. Easily pleased with simple toys, like those cardboard cacophony creations. However, they can turn a bit nasty when they realize their `hero du jour` is a dud. Naturally, in their childlike manner, they will turn on the grown-ups who had tried to warn them.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • If Wes is "priceless", Neil, why didn't you play him in the last five games of last season? We might still be in the Premier League. To argue "the type of games we had then and the situation we were in at the time was totally different” is nonsense. Your best player will help you win any kind of game.

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    Outside The Box

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Superb decision - ss good as signing a new player. Neil Adams is slowly going up in my estimations. Really looking forward to the new season now

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    Lucioperca

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • As someone who knows Neil on a personal level, I knew all along that he is not the "yes" man or cheap option that some fans thought he was. I was losing the will to live after just six months of Hughton and his cronies reign, as many of you know. It took a while for the happy clappers to catch up but in the end we all knew that he was as much use as a chocollate fireguard. New manager, new players, new season, new hopes. Come on you yellows,, let's be 'avin' you.

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    oldtimer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • You are a leg end in your own lunchtime, Uncle Stew ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Didn`t Roeder sign Wes? Perhaps every manager has a good signing in him? Gunn had Grant Holt. Peter Grant had David Strihavka. Hughton had RvW. Ironic that Neil has retrieved Roeder`s treasure, proving that he is capable of managing more than an Under-10s team.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • ,....This is getting to me a bit!....I am now having more press than Snodgrass!....I haven't had so much attention since I stopped playing!....I went under a different name then for obvious reasons!....Played a bit like Hoolahan in that time....about 50years ago!.....I've got Irish blood too!....He can't be!...Can he? ...Best not talk about it!!!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • I wonder if Stew and Paddy are in fact Stewpadsod.

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    cutty

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Bringing Surman back, grabbing Grabban,Hoolahan signing long term - in fact all signings to date indicate a very positive outlook. If we translate technical ability and plan variations (ABCD)to the pitch then oh my goodness Barclaysiders there may well be another song to add to your extensive collection "Happy Days Are Here Again" Steady - I feel the first tremors of excitement!

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    mardler

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • It`s identity theft, Lobbo. That was written by Stew. Well, the Adams bits were. The rest is trademark Paddy. Sparingly sparkling. Wes better have a good season, or Stew`ll be right down in the dumplings...

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • I`m beginning to like the cut of Adams` jib. Lambo had a subtle technique of inserting "for me" and "since I`ve been at the club", at strategic points when praising a player. Just reminding people that he was pulling the strings. Now we have "Anyone can see from pre-season I have used him in his best position..." before "The way he has come back is a credit to him, not me". Off topic, Neil, what did you think about Tom Adeyemi being released by Clueless Chris?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • 'Stew', give over now. You're obviously slipping Paddy a bob or two.

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    Lobbo

    Friday, August 8, 2014

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