Norwich City boss Chris Hughton expects no hangover from Wes Hoolahan transfer saga ahead of Aston Villa trip

Norwich City's Wes Hoolahan celebrates his assist for Michael Turner's equalising goal at Aston Villa in last season's 1-1 Premier League draw. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's Wes Hoolahan celebrates his assist for Michael Turner's equalising goal at Aston Villa in last season's 1-1 Premier League draw. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, March 1, 2014
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Chris Hughton has ruled out any lingering hangover from a January transfer saga that embroiled both Wes Hoolahan and Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa ahead of this weekend’s televised Premier League trip to Villa Park.

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Villa’s initial enquiry was rejected by City’s top brass along with a later transfer request from the Republic of Ireland international that prompted chief executive David McNally to insist there was never any real prospect of Hoolahan following his former boss to the Midlands.

“That will have no impact at all,” said Hughton. “To be fair to Wes he has trained ever so well. Sometimes that is what happens and we were fairly consistent right through the whole of that transfer window period. We said as soon as the window closed, everyone would have to get on with it. That was both clubs and more so Wes and he has been really good.”

Hoolahan and Russell Martin are the only survivors left from Lambert’s League One title-winning squad at Carrow Road in 2010, and Martin has also backed the Irishman to impress against his ex-mentor.

“It is a big one for all of us, not just Wes. Wes is his own man. He is a unique character and he will deal with all of that in his own way,” said Martin. “If he is asked to play he will be fine. He is a Norwich City player, simple as that. I know he will give everything. He has been training really, really well recently and I have been fortunate to be on his team rather than against him. If he plays and he is on song he will cause them some problems for sure.”

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23 comments

  • Dubai, I know that drugs are easy to come by at the UEA, but I thought that this wasn't the case in the UAE. Wolfie would find it hard to score in a house of ill repute.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • What article?

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    User Removed

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • The comments always make better reading than the article which as usual is mind-numbingly banal. We have picked up 4 unexpected points against Man City and Spurs but tomorrow is, if not a must-win, a must-not-lose game.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • When interviewed the Hoot is curiously unanimated, still I think he has a passion for the game. I'm sure he'd be a nice chap to chat with over a pint of bitter it's just Ive never been a fan of his brand of football. Even so I'd take Hughton over Pardew any day.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • It seems almost inevitable that RVW will come good at some stage of the season. Could tomorrow be the day he surprises us all with a brace or a hat-trick ? I'd love to see Wes chip in with the winner - now that that would be sweet !

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • That post is so bad its laughable.

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    sharky

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Best comment ever Cecil. Don't tell anyone, but I rarely read the article. Ssshh...

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Apparently when he gets home after a game, he likes to play Couperin's Les Barricades Mysterieuses on his harpsichord. It is immensely soothing with a mug of hot chocolate.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Oh Bill ! I'm shocked...sometimes you " don't read the article 1st " ? You don't mean.... you just come on here looking for a rattling good argument do you? I'm sure none of the rest of us ever do that.....:)

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    Timbo

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Yes, I was pleased to see CH fist-pumping when Snoddy scored. His demeanour could be a bit less restrained, I think. But not anywhere near the de Canio end of the spectrum...

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    Pierre

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • I don't know why CanaryinSlovenia thinks CH has no passion. I watched his reaction when we scored against Spurs and there was plenty of passion there . As for aspiring to your manager head butting an opposing player. I want the manager of my club to act with integrity and respect. There is no way that I would ever want Norwich City to be managed by an Ian Holloway or Alan Pardew whose only redress when they lose is to revert to rude and foul mouthed tirades against opposing managers and players. I am quite proud of the fact that we have a Manager who maintains his dignity and controlled demeanour whilst representing our club

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    GPL

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Indeed Timbo, that would be far too common. Like Ilford Canary, I like to read the comments.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Fair play to Pardew today for head butting the opposition and then apologising, wish Hoots would show the same level of passion then he might get some respect. Fully expect AV to win 4-0 tomorrow with Holt scoring a hat trick, The next 3 days decide whether we stay up or not so NCFC need to show the fight they showed against Tottenham

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Pierre

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Then what's your problem Mr Manager? Play him! You know it makes sense! Stop dithering! Snodgrass needs a rest!.

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    Pa Snipps

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • As usual GPL has nothing to say about the article and prefers, to undermine somone else's opinon. It appears nobody's opinion counts to GPL apart from their own as usual.

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    CanaryWest

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • The only thing about being first to comment, is that occasionally you do have to read the article, which I obviously haven't, but I will say that Wes definitely deserves something better.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Canarywest , I think GPL has made a good comment and I agree with him.

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    Johny

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Except for the fact that he can't make up his mind which direction he's going. If he gets a hat trick, it'll be in the back of his own net, and that really would be instant kharma for the man from Glasgow

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • I have finally ruled out a lingering hangover that resulted from an impromptu mixed-drinks session on Thursday evening. Russ "Ever The Diplomat" earns his co-captain's stripes. Let the dog see the rabbit Chris.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • It would be madness not to have Snodgrass in the team IMO. Agree about Wes. Pick him. COYY We could go up to 11th.

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    sharky

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Personally, I think " dignity and controlled demeanour" when you've just been turned over 7-0 by Man City are over-rated. See Fergie's interview after Man U were beaten 1-6 by Man C for a textbook lesson in the proper way to conduct such interviews..! Listen + learn Hoot. Give us some of that.

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    Timbo

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Next 3 matches I mean

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

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