Norwich City will cast their net abroad in the search for fresh signings under their new boss, according to club chairman Alan Bowkett.

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Bowkett said the appointment of Chris Hughton as manager and the return of Ewan Chester as chief scout would help the Canaries step up their overseas pursuit of players.

“I think we need to think a little more internationally now, and with Chris’s background we will be able to do that,” said Bowkett.

“I am delighted that Ewan is joining us again, who was a great advocate of young talent when he was with Paul Lambert previously and we would expect to cast our net out a little wider than heretofore.

“We have picked the low-hanging fruit, and I think Paul recognised that as well and, to be fair to him, he was preparing to look at wider horizons as well.”

Hughton brought Ivory Coast international Cheick Tioté and French star Hatem Ben Arfa into Newcastle’s Premier League squad before his shock dismissal in 2010.

But the new manager says the process of strengthening City’s squad “won’t be instant”.

“At this moment it is a period of assessing because it’s all happened very, very quickly,” said Hughton.

“I’m happy to be here, happy with the squad that’s here and I’m happy to assess what we’ve got here over the next few days and make the decisions every manager has to make at this time of year.

“On any decisions or areas I feel I need to strengthen I will have my own thoughts, but it’s also about learning about the squad and sometimes you can be surprised. It’s a different voice that’s coming in, a different look. But I know what they have achieved over the last few seasons and I know the strengths they have and it will be my job over a period of time, to assess what I’ve got, where we can strengthen the squad and that means the ability to bring in players in the right areas, but that’s something that has to be done over a period of time.”

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37 comments

  • they will need to be a lot better quality than the last lot of European players that we had a few years back

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    leslie cater

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Pickled onion sarnies, more repeats on the sports pages though of certain rags. Seriously its sunspots.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • .....and will our European search go further than Birmingham this time?

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • I suppose Abrahamamovic is an oblique reference to Aaron Wllbraham? Though I`m sure I`ll soon be didacted out of that notion. Just a guess. Wilby is so well thought of in Cambridgeshire, they named two villages after him; a little one and a great one. Already.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Would probably be cheaper to give Holt the extra year than to sign Shevchenko. He is a quality striker but at least Holt can guarantee goals which, judging by his last spell in England, Shev can't. Of course if we can get Shev on the cheap then why not.

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    CovCanary

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Dont for one moment under estimate McNally's influence here. My source tells me that the targets probably wont change that much.....the problem could be that we could be competing with Lambert for them.....and that could up the ante. One thing is for sure......if Hughton leaves it too long before acting.....we could miss several boats. We went in early ahead of the market last year. It will be McNally's instinct to repeat that. He just needs to allow the new man to settle a while.....but not too long!!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Mention of Shevchenko at 35 last night stirs the thought that Hughton's first priority is to give Holt a three year contact and get him to stay - he's a spring chicken.

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    canary tifoso

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • birmingham , googled it its in Alabama, 2 continents !!

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • As long as they fit at the right point on The Hunger Scale, from Ravenous to Repleat, it should be fine.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Interesting that Southampton, who I regard as a similar size club with a similar level of support, have reportedly paid £7 million for Jay Rodriguez from Burnley when they already have Ricky Lambert - wonder who we will buy and how much Hughton has been given to spend?

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    SussexYellow

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Parlo italiano si vogliono un interprete per il direttore.

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    Pondlife

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • The best dribblers are incontinent

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Mention of Shevchenko at 35 last night stirs the thought that Hughton's first priority is to give Holt a three year contact and get him to stay - he's a spring chicken.

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    canary tifoso

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Keep an eye on the Carra, too Chris! Rumour has it Gorbalschev is sniffing around White Hart Lane for "Grasshopper" Naughton now. No doubt if `Arry wants to sell, the Bodymoor Bodysnatcher can outbid us both on fee and wages. Though I`m sure Kyle would find life with us much more pleasant than in Brum. It is all about bucks these days. It`s a miracle any Club outside the top 10 can survive at all. Maybe, when the new finance regulations kick in, the playing fields will be levelled a bit? Can only hope. Anyway, who`s to say George Francomb isn`t on the brink of stardom? OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • It used to be Agent Orange, now it's Archant Ether.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Ethered. Just to say, closer to home Gorbalschev is sniffing around White Hart Lane for Kyle Naughton.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Nice one, Swiss... Although rumour has it that Birmingham is part of Europe... Just have to get in the odd interpreter...

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Well said Swiss.... and he's not too old at 35

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • I'll admit to 'avin a laugh about Shevchenko, I just thought his two goals against Sweden were so well taken and he was a great leader from the front. Of course if Ibrahamavic were to become available, he may be able to replace Abrahamavic.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Ethered. I bow to the superior experience of Europe`s leading trans-Alpine State and chocolate factory. I will not `replete` this, as starved of enlightenment as I may be. Feed the horse, he`s looking skeletal.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • I'll just be happy if he's got some good contacts in Newcastle + London TBH !

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    Timbo

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • History tells us a couple of relevant things. First, PL comes back from former players (Crofts and Tierney in our case) so be prepared. Ruddy, Ayala and Holt may already be on his list. Second, our purchase of foreign players in the past has, with a few exceptions, been an expensive disaster (starting with Drazin Muzanic). Hazard warning?

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    canarydownunder

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Ah, sur le continent, maybe the game against ajax is more than just a chance to compare cleaning regimes.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • You are right Keith, Shev comes alive in tournaments, he never seemed to get going at Chelski.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Ah, sur le continent, maybe the game against ajax is more than just a chance to compare cleaning regimes.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Nice one, Swiss... Although rumour has it that Birmingham is part of Europe... Just have to get in the odd interpreter...

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Mi dispiace. Non so palare la lingua di Brummagen

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    Pondlife

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • I only sent my comment once - why does it keep repeating like a pickled onion sandwich?

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Good news, in theory, but bear in mind that DM said something very similar when talking about recruiting PL's replacement and ended up going as far abroad as Birmingham - 3 hours drive away(ish)! Not complaining about said manager appointment but I wonder if the interpretation of this interview is "we will look at foreign players - who play in England". We will see.

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    CovCanary

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Great. Focussing on bringing in more foreigners rather than cultivating domestic talent like every other premier league club. One way to make sure the dearth of real talent for the national side continues.

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    Adam Penny

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Nice one, Swiss... Although rumour has it that Birmingham is part of Europe... Just have to get in the odd interpreter...

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Does this mean that Lambert will walk?

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Abrahamavic. Misspelling of misspelling brought on by repeated etherings.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Why ever a limit on where to look, some hidden gems on the the cheap from Asia, Frica and the Americas... Darlington Nagbe: NAP!

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    Rogers of Norwich

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Shevchenko's price just went up! He's good with his 'ead for a little fellow. Very neat how he nipped round in front of the defender for his second.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • they realised at last..

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    billytheolympicbookie

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Couldn't really take the comment about Shev too seriously, Swiss. If DM won't give a 31 year old with a brilliant scoring record a 3 year contract then he certainly won't give thought to signing a 35 year old with a poor scoring record when he played in the Prem.

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    CovCanary

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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