Norwich City boss Chris Hughton steps up his January transfer window planning

Norwich City midfielder Anthony Pilkington has been touted with a January window exit. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Anthony Pilkington has been touted with a January window exit. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, January 3, 2014
6:35 AM

Chris Hughton insists Norwich City’s worrying injury crisis will not force his hand in the January transfer window.

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The Canaries boss confirmed on Thursday both Michael Turner and Jonny Howson are out of this weekend’s FA Cup tie against Fulham with hamstring and back problems respectively along with the likes of Alex Tettey, Anthony Pilkington and Elliott Bennett. The City boss, however, has no plans to alter his transfer target list.

“No, when you talk about injuries it shouldn’t really force me to do something I don’t plan to,” he said. “When you are talking about shorter term injuries that is different from long term, like the one to Elliott Bennett, and we did try to do something in that direction in the last window but were unable to do so.

“Injuries are part and parcel of the game and the one thing you know is the players will come back. We are hopeful that Alex will be back training next week. He is not too far away now and Anthony Pilkington wouldn’t be too far after that.”

Pilkington has been touted with a potential January exit after being linked to both Aston Villa and Swansea but Hughton is not busy fending off enquiries.

“As far as I am aware we have not had any enquiries but this is only a day or so into the window and what we find in the last few seasons is that as the month progresses it tends to get busier and even more hectic, particularly that last week,” he said. “The phone has certainly been busy. That is normal. That wouldn’t just be myself but every manager and we are continuing to work hard and make the right decisions. January might be with us now but this is a process which rolls on throughout the season.

“We know the areas we want to strengthen and people are aware of what we want. We will consider the loan route as well. We have to be open to every possibility, either on loan or to purchase players.”

Hughton reiterated he is not keen to lose any of his current squad with the likes of back-up striker Luciano Becchio likely to be the subject of fresh Championship interest.

“At the moment our thoughts are not on anyone leaving the club,” he said. “What happens come the end of the month you can never pre-empt, but the decisions I am making are all about who we bring in.”

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53 comments

  • Well there are two criteria for assessing NCFC under Hughton: are we worth watching and are we getting the results? He is failing on both counts and those are my 'logical reasons' for saying he's a poor manager.

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    Cecil

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Thank you for your courteous response mjc75. However, I would want to suggest that City's performance against United was far from 'stagnant' but, rather, verged on the pulsating at times. I presume, Cecil, you were at the game and would concur that they were certainly 'worth watching.'

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    serinus mozambicus

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Serinus , a well reasoned post certainly and a decent read too . But no one has put forward a solid argument for keeping him , our finishing position last season was due to two opponents that had given up for the season allied to some odd results elsewhere . That is no reason to keep someone that is not moving our club forward , we are stagnant and in real danger of going backwards . If we are to stick with him , then he has got to change his softly softly lose the monkey approach as it's getting us nowhere . One on Pilks , I really rate him as a player but he's had more than his fair share of injuries , so if an offer comes in that is worth consideration I say take it .

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    mjc75

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Have not commented on here for ages, Stew, Brew and all the old school can guess why?? But have still been following the posts, and ignoring many. Stew, not sure if you have played footy, don't think you've ever mentioned it? I did play at both local level and at a good standard when I joined the RAF. I was always coached if in doubt go down the outside, if you get challenged you will probably get a corner or a throw in a advanced area. If you cut inside and get challenged, the ball will normally get punted back down the middle. Always made sense to me. If you´re still popping in Brew, kind regards

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    spanishcanary

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • willb - of course in the days of Walker and Bond things like this weren't around. Some would say that we would be better without them. I used to view a manager's popularity by the number of 'letters to the editor' published in the Pink Un. If we were doing well and the fans were happy no letters would be received or published. If we were struggling and the fans unhappy you would guarantee 4 or 5 letters every week would be published. This probably tells us something about football fans but I don't know what.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • I love how Hughton assumes all NCFC fans are utterly clueless. I think we all know & understand that the transfer window gets more busy as the month progresses....especially "in the the last week" without him overly describing and explaining that.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • The loan system might prove beneficial , especially going to clubs like those in Manchester . Decent players that have been taught the right way , but need game time to remind their parent club's management what they can do . As for the comments about a " hate brigade " frankly willb whilst I can respect you for your support of our great club , I think comments like that deserve only contempt . Supporting my team comes with ups and downs , opinions both for and against but never misguided and ill informed . We are all in this together after all .

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    mjc75

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • There are no logical reasons to suggest that Hughton is a 'very poor manager', Waclor. He took over from a legend in Paul Lambert and managed to get City to a higher finishing position in his first season; he made some very good signings in the summer (notably Fer and Hooper); his team have just played Manchester United (the reigning champions) off the park) and were congratulated by the opposition manager; in an ‘absorbing draw’ (BBC) his players matched difficult opposition (Crystal Palace) who, in December, have beaten Aston Villa, Cardiff and West Ham and lost very unluckily to Chelsea and Manchester City. Juggmeister, in terms of the call for respect of criticism towards our manager I can only say that, if one dares to put forward a reasoned defence of his endeavours, one is deemed to be a ‘happy clapper’, in some way related to Mr Hughton, or to be an armchair supporter who knows nothing about the game or what’s going on at Carrow Road. I happen to be a season ticket holder and I have an informed and viable point of view. I was disappointed by the result against Fulham; deeply impressed by the superb showing against United two days later. I would suggest that, until the sucker punch of Wellbeck’s fortuitous goal, it was our team’s best performance since returning to the Premiership.

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    serinus mozambicus

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • willb, What relation are you to CH? I doubt if one single person who writes a comment expects anybody from NC management to read it. We are all City supporters, except for our country cousins, who enjoy some banter. It may get personal at times but despite that we all have one thing in common. The success of " Our " team. You seem to be seeing things that others do not. " An element who have a clear and very nasty agenda " etc., I feel that this is all in your imagination. If this so called secret " agenda " exists. Why bother to write in this column. According to you it would be pointless,as you clearly state CH and the board never read this column. As for your self , it is noticeable that you have nothing to say about football at all. NCity and the way they play and are managed is the focal point of all the other comments. There is no secret agendas filled with hate. Just ordinary City fans who care deeply about their club.

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    stormy

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Regret to say that wingers are not on the field of play to score goals unless they have been given instructions to attempt to do so . They are there to provide the opportunities for the strikers, whether it be a cross or a pass....that is where it goes astray for us...because both Snodgrass and Redmond are making that central striker redundant by continually trying to cut inside for personal glory!...It's not working!..so for goodness sake lets get back to basics, put the wingers on their better sides, and try playing an orthodox game again....It can't be worse!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • I am suprised c.h. is still at carrow road we saw last season how he could not alter pattern of play after all the money he spent we are worse of on playing style and will be lucky to survive the drop

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    AOTWAY@BTINTERNET.COM

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • I agree with Dubai Canary re CH future at NCFC but we will all have to accept that our current manager has reached the limits of his abilities and is not capable of taking the club any further. He learned one tactic at Newcastle which worked for them then and he has used the same one in every game for NCFC since. When this debacle ends then the board will have to pick up the pieces. The harmful effects on the club will persist long after David McNally has packed the contents of CH office for him and sent him on his way.

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    NICEONE

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Your questions are valid serinus. I hope my answers will be! Yes, we were good in the first half against Man U but only in comparison with our dire display in the previous match. Clubs doing better than we are: Southampton; Hull; Stoke; Swansea. How would I feel if CH went to WBA. Delighted! And good luck to both.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Lambert, Walker, Bond, plus a few other very good managers we have had, the thought that any of these would take one iota of thought from the posters on these message boards is fantasy. Chris Hughton is his own man and has to make decisions every day that the `hate brigade` would never be able to make in their lifetime. Also that the Chief executive and Board would even look at this site is also fantasy. There are some who think clearly and without prejudice before posting but far to many who have very little if any thought. There is an element who have a clear and very nasty agenda, why do they not reveal their real reasons for their dislike and hate ?

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    willb

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Read this from top to bottom and back again. As always two schools of thought on Hughton. That's the whole point of a discussion board so no surprises there. Like any other fan base some fans demand more success than others. Some are more tolerant of dry spells than others. All are expressing their opinions. Great. The part I don't understand is the paranoid part where anyone that doesn't rate CH has some sort of agenda other than one of wanting a different manager. This thread in particular seems to have been invaded by people who must have read another thread but came here to comment on it. There's nothing but solid critique here and no personal malice to be seen. What I've yet to see in ANY thread is one single peice of evidence from anyone supporting why CH is a good manager. There are plenty who can back up the alternative with data galore. If I was an unbiased observer tasked with making the decision, I'd be hard pushed to keep him in his job based on the arguments and counter arguments found on these boards. For the record I'd like him out. I don't think he's good enough to keep us in the league and he's got too much money available which could compromise long term health of the club if we go down. I don't agree with his selections, substitutions and find his words repetitive and uninspiring. Ask yourself why the players clearly were up for the fight against Man Utd but couldn't raise the game for Fulham. In my opinion it's because the Man Utd game needs no motivation so Co's lack of ability in that department wasn't exposed. I'm a nice guy, and I'd try my hardest. But I couldn't keep City in the Premier and I wouldn't expect to be given the opportunity.

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    Juggmeister

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • I do wonder how strongly they will back him this window. Put yourself in the boards shoes. Clearly they are backing him for now but naturally I bet theres doubt in most there heads and Hoots certainly is heavily underfire still. Do they give him every penny they can spare but risk having to appoint a new manager potentially in the next month with no transfer funds or do they limit him so theres something there still if someone else comes in. Not as clear cut as some assume. I still think it ultimately wont matter and we wont sign anyone. I wonder where hes looking to strengthen though? In the style Hughton plays you'd assume a tall target man like hes used at Newcastle & Birmingham but then shouldn't that have been the target in the summer? Elmander is tall but certainly not in the strong, hold up style hes used at his previous two clubs. As we all know Hooper & RVW are class players but certainly dont fit playing up top on there own in Hughtons style of horrific, slow, uninteresting, non movement, football. I wouldnt be surprised if despite his comments in this article he went for a winger. His answer in relation to pilks wasn't a "hes not for sale full stop!" answer....so I think he agrees with me that while Pilks is a good player hes spent so much time injured does it make good business keeping him or selling him to enable more funds to purchase a replacement?

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • …..The 'Plonkers' are out in full force at the momen!t ….mus be the wet weather!...Absolutely NOTHING to say about Football …. No comments on the main story...just out to put down any one with a genuine opinion about the happenings at Carrow Road...Poor sad souls!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Sorry, missed out Sharky. You're absolutely right - this board is too often frequented by 'fans' who should be ashamed of themselves (and hopefully will be).

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    serinus mozambicus

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Muy bien Snr Pydsodd. Comprendo:)

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    el dingo

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • There has already been a few niggles with Pilks. Although it was quickly swept under the carpet, I bet Pilks twitter rant about Vaughan being sold didnt sit well with Hughton, add to the fact heres always injured & now today this interview where he doesn't rule out a sale of Pilks it does make me wonder. Yes I know he hasn't said "I want to sell Pilks" but he didnt do the easy thing and say "he is NOT for sale"

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • I think the lack on any announcement from the Board puts to rest the question of whether or not there is going to be a change of management at the club this season. Now that is cleared up we had better hope for a rapid turn-around in City's fortunes. Notwithstanding Fulham at home in the FA Cup - which is little more than an unwanted distraction - what we need to be looking at now is the daunting prospect of trying to get a result from Everton away. On current form you would not expect much charity coming from a trip to Goodison.

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • …..Spanish Canary.!.When I was younger..very much younger...I played in the old number 8 position ...Hoolahan style, although, no where near that good... but I did have the ability to score goals ...being in the right place at the right time, feeding off the titbits.....others did the hard work!.....I now have the joint and muscle problems to remind me of those days when a 5 mile bike ride to play was quite common...followed by another 5 mile bike ride home!...It was at the time that a John Wilson played at left back for City.....I would like to say more on that subject, but protocol rules it out.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • The problem is people like you who continually moan. I put a long post here and it was rejected. Yes there are things we would all do differently. It will make no difference to what happens. Now get back to your funny water. No point in you answering as i am now on my way to my second club where I get free entry ;-)

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    sharky

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • “No, when you talk about injuries it shouldn’t really force me to do something I don’t plan to,” The man is stubborn to the core, a rocket to the rectum would not force a change course! Pilks is a great player when fit sadly thats about 30% of the time, if there is an offer then i say take it. maybe try for a loan till season end for Man city's Rodwell.

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    MBA Marine

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Read this from top to bottom and back again. As always two schools of thought on Hughton. That's the whole point of a discussion board so no surprises there. Like any other fan base some fans demand more success than others. Some are more tolerant of dry spells than others. All are expressing their opinions. Great. The part I don't understand is the paranoid part where anyone that doesn't rate CH has some sort of agenda other than one of wanting a different manager. This thread in particular seems to have been invaded by people who must have read another thread but came here to comment on it. There's nothing but solid critique here and no personal malice to be seen. What I've yet to see in ANY thread is one single scrap of evidence from anyone supporting why CH is a good manager. There are plenty who can back up the alternative with data galore. If I was an unbiased observer tasked with making the decision, I'd be hard pushed to keep him in his job based on the arguments and counter arguments found on these boards. For the record I'd like him out. I don't think he's good enough to keep us in the league and he's got too much money available which could compromise long term health of the club if we go down. I don't agree with his selections, substitutions and find his words repetitive and uninspiring. Ask yourself why the players clearly were up for the fight against Man Utd but couldn't raise the game for Fulham. In my opinion it's because the Man Utd game needs no motivation so Co's lack of ability in that department wasn't exposed. I'm a nice guy, and I'd try my hardest. But I couldn't keep City in the Premier and I wouldn't expect to be given the opportunity.

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    Juggmeister

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Let us all hop that the right player(s) are brought in and as said elsewhere, we need a midfield player who can pass and split defences to feed the striker(s). And I worry about the defence - Is Bassong good at organising the people around him?

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • CH's hand will be forced this transfer window for two reasons. Firstly, the number of current players out through injury - especially in midfield. Secondly, our lack of quality in that final quarter of the pitch. Therefore a left winger who can put quality crosses into the box, and an attacking midfielder who can feed Hoops may be at the top of the list. As for selling players like Pilks to our rivals - if CH does that then I will start to side with the 'Hughton out' brigade!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Hola Spanish. I understand your stance but cannot abide poor journalism, regular posters who claim to have managed Barca or whoever, blind faith in the Board and CH's infuriating soundbites. I visit here only to address these things these days. There is a sourness in Carrow Road on matchdays - but most of the happy clappers on this site are not there to sample it. Stew I like your sardonic style but I don't think Sharky's sexuality is of any real cocern to any of us!

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    el dingo

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • A run of comments that are honest, humorous and respectful, is that not quite refreshing, I wont hold my breath

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    spanishcanary

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Willb, I think you have just explained why I don't come on here often anymore. I love a good heated discussion and all opinions are listened too, not always agreed with but that's life. But I agree with what you say and will not be part of slanging matches that seem to take place on nearly every article and have little or nothing to do with our club. Have your opinions, agree or agree to differ, but please stop spoiling these forums for everyone else, or perhaps that's your plan?

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    spanishcanary

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Pilks has been great for us but if someone was to come in with a decent offer we'd be silly not to take the money and replace him with someone less injury prone.

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    GossVolley

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Buy early Hughton, you may not be our manager by the end of the transfer window!!

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    CanaryWest

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Thank you for your courteous response Waclor and mjc75. However, I would want to suggest that City's performance against United was far from 'stagnant' but, rather, verged on the pulsating at times. I presume, Cecil, you were at the game and would concur that they were certainly 'worth watching.' I absolutely concede that performances such as the two against Man City and Liverpool were inadequate. My recollection of seeing Hughton interviewed afterwards was of man barely able to contain his rage, far from one emitting bland ‘sound-bites’! More broadly speaking, mjc75, I have asked on more than one occasion for Hughton critics to comment (1) on the current Premiership table with a view as to which club(s) are performing above their station and to whose virtues we should aspire (I had earlier suggested that Southampton was the only one that came to mind - but even they seem to have imploded. So, Hull Tigers perhaps - but would you want their owner?) and (2) on reasons to suppose that any other manager - and there have been some bizarre propositions - would do better than Mr Hughton. On another tack, perish the thought, but if the big clubs came in for Fer, Hooper, Redmond and Olsson I would estimate a demand on City’s part for at least double the money that they spent on those players in the summer. That’s a lot of money. Another point in Hughton’s favour (though I accept, of course, that the verdict is out on RVW). In response to a recent suggestion that not one player has improved under his management – Jonny Howson anyone? Michael Turner? And Bradley Johnson has been inspirational recently. Some undeniable reasons here, surely, as to why we should 'keep' Mr Hughton - if he wants to stay of course! And there’s a question for all Hughton critics – What if you woke in the morning to the headline ‘Hughton signs for WBA’. What do you really feel?

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    serinus mozambicus

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • …..What's the Club called Sharky?....'Limp Wrists United?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Id love us to sign someone like a Rodwell. Likely wont be him as when Tettey returns we will have Tettey, Johnson, Fer & Howson all ultimately battling it out again for 2 (3 at most) spots. But it be nice to get that kind of calibre player though. Even on loan. We've got a few elite players for our level (although maybe not performing fully or not suited to our system) & we've got a fair few very good players for our sized club, but we do have alot of averageChampionship esque players as well and it be nice to add a bit of real quality to our side. Even the one player in a key place could make a huge difference rather than lots of average cheaper signings.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Again, thank you for your measured response Cecil; but, no, I’m not convinced by your answers. City were intrinsically good against United, not by comparison. David Moyes did not, in other words, say ‘Norwich put on a great show – but only by contrast to the performance I gather they put in against Fulham in the previous game.’ I maintain that, on its own terms, the United showing was City’s best effort since arriving back in the Premiership. You do not address the issue of inspired signings and the investment that represents for the club; nor of players (to which add the Murphy twins!) improving under Hughton’s tutelage. Of the clubs you propose are doing ‘better’ than us, I have already mentioned Southampton and Hull. That leaves, amongst your other suggestions, Stoke City (2 points ahead and still playing ghastly football under Hughes) and Swansea (1 point ahead, admittedly with an excellent playing style and a charismatic manager. But that begs the question – why no pressure on Laudrup with that one single point more?). I suggest that the Premiership currently shows all clubs to be pretty much performing at their given fighting weight with the exception of United who are falling below their usual standards. Ok, I’ll accept your delight at the hypothetical notion of Hughton leaving for WBA – and the new manager you will be welcoming with open arms as his replacement is ….?

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    serinus mozambicus

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • Cecil that explains perfectly why there are those of us who want Hughton out. I have given my reasons for doubting his alility many times but those who support Hughton never say why they think he is adequate as a manager. Willb and others take this in just once. THE ONLY REASON WE WANT HUGHTON REPLACED IS BECAUSE WE THINK HE IS A VERY POOR MANAGER. Do not suggest we have any ulterior motive whatsoever, we just think he has proved beyond doubt that he is not up to the job and it is in the best interests of Norwich City Football Club to get rid of him. OK Lads?

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    waclor

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Wonder how much money Hughton will get to strengthen the squad this month and what he will do with it? A good dominating centre back and right winger with a right foot who can beat a fullback and cross the ball would be on my "wish list". A strong leader on the pitch as well. We do need more creativity midfield but I feel Howson, when fit, has that ability. Redmond is a great prospect and if or when he learns to use the ball better will be a big asset. I also like Fer but he seems to be struggling at the moment and frustration is getting the better of him. If we can tighten up in defence and get much more from our mifield and service from the wings, I feel sure Hooper will score goals. Same maybe for RvW although at present he is an enigma due to his lack of appearances. As for Hughton, I think we have all had our say one way or another.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • willb, I do not hate or even dislike CH, I just think he isnt up to the job. For all I know CH is a decent chap who is doing his very best. Does that put him above criticism? Not in my book. Okay, you have great knowledge and experience but that doesnt, I'm afraid, make you right.

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    Cecil

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Muy bien Snr Pydsodd. Comprendo:)

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    el dingo

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • …...Spanish ...It's been a glorious January day here in Norwich...well, much better than many other parts of the UK.....Already had a Hip Op and the time between start and finish was acceptable....Hope they will be doing brain ops soon, as one or two on here are in desperate need of a transplant...failing that a full mouth replacement combined with some manners would not go amiss!....enjoy the sunshine!!!! .......el dingo!, you are quite right about any ones sexuality being of no concern to others...but it was added in response to the alcoholism crack from that loser!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • In failing to replace Hughton the Board has now backed itself into a corner. Does it release significant funds to Hughton in the hope he can somehow keep us in the Premiership? Or do the directors and MrN worry about giving him spending powers with the distinct prospect of us being relegated and the club being landed with an unsustainable financial burden in the Championship?

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    malaga flier

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Ha Ha Stew, that comes to us all!!.I find the sun and warmth here helps a lot. Also the waiting list for hip and knee replacements is hell of a lot quicker. The other joy I have found is a lovely Crianza, dulls the disappointment on a Saturday evening. I guess that the manager is here to stay, for now at least. Whether you love him or hate him, or are like me, resigned to fact that this is just how it is, I think we will stay up and that's all I care about. Players and staff come and go, some good some not so. But NCFC will always be here.

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    spanishcanary

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Yes, well, ta spanishcanary. willb, who's been watching Norwich City for over 60 years, deserves our respect. Unfortunately, however, he does not seem to respect anyone who has a different opinion from his own. On the contrary, he thinks we're 'nasty' and 'pathetic'. Still I am not complaining: he's intolerant and at his age thats his prerogative.

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    Cecil

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Yeah, you football know all`s. Your days are taken up by the nasty brigade. Those of us who have watched City for over 60 years have seen so much and learn`t something from our experiences, do not think we know better than those who have come in and saved NCFC. We don`t think we know better than these people, as you do. We have very strong opinions on what we have seen and experienced, unlike those who use terms to describe decent people doing the very best for our club. I could sit and talk NCFC and football for days, but not to people who degrade and insult others who have proven they are good at their profession. Save your pathetic observations on things you clearly know very little for those who are part of your very small and thankfully unrepresentative group.

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    willb

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • I agree with Dubai Canary re CH future at NCFC but we will all have to accept that our current manager has reached the limits of his abilities and is not capable of taking the club any further. He learned one tactic at Newcastle which worked for them then and he has used the same one in every game for NCFC since. When this debacle ends then the board will have to pick up the pieces. The harmful effects on the club will persist long after David McNally has packed the contents of CH office for him and sent him on his way.

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    NICEONE

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Well said willb and Steely Dan - I agree with every word.

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    serinus mozambicus

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • …..Sharky!....All you do is criticise others...do you know ANYTHING about Football...if you do... why not talk about?......talk about the way our lads are performing.....talk about the things they are doing right....talk about the unlucky moments they have....talk about the achievements our management has had at this club, and what they are likely to do between now and season end!....But for gods sake man STOP MOANING about points of view that others hold andpplace on these pages.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Theres no doubt about it. People here are too quick to criticise what ever the subject. If this was facebook it would amount to bullying. Quite frankly as supporters you should be ashamed of yourselves. There are at least six other managers under pressure. Get use to it.

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    sharky

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • I agree with Dubai Canary re CH future at NCFC but we will all have to accept that our current manager has reached the limits of his abilities and is not capable of taking the club any further. He learned one tactic at Newcastle which worked for them then and he has used the same one in every game for NCFC since. When this debacle ends then the board will have to pick up the pieces. The harmful effects on the club will persist long after David McNally has packed the contents of CH office for him and sent him on his way.

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    NICEONE

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • I agree with Dubai Canary re CH future at NCFC but we will all have to accept that our current manager has reached the limits of his abilities and is not capable of taking the club any further. He learned one tactic at Newcastle which worked for them then and he has used the same one in every game for NCFC since. When this debacle ends then the board will have to pick up the pieces. The harmful effects on the club will persist long after David McNally has packed the contents of CH office for him and sent him on his way.

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    NICEONE

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Just to lighten things up a little and he was mentioned in an earlier posting ,I have a nice anecdote concerning Mike Walker. Just before the end of the 97 to 98 season I went down to the club office during my lunch break from work to renew my season ticket. In those days I think they were still treating you as a human and not a number. Anyway I told the lad behind the counter that I wished to change seats as there had been too many 'kids for a quid' in my area during the previous season. Expecting to be shown a plan of the stadium on his PC ,I was a little surprised when he told me to go through into the stadium and select my seat. Eventually walking down the players tunnel I was surprised to see Mike coming in towards me. Even more surprised when he introduced himself with 'Mike Walker, How can I help you ?' I explained why I was there and Mike came out with me and showed me around the City stand. Would that happen today ? I don't think so. As a sad postscript to this. I was sitting in the office the next day at lunchtime. A work mate came in and told me Mike Walker has left the club.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Thanks Serinus and by the way I have not used the term Happy Clapper. The views of those who do not want to see a change of manager are as valid and worth reading as those of us who do. The finishing position last year was not only due to the last two games but the excellent unbeaten run in the Autumn, for which Hughton should receive due credit. However this appears to be the peak of his achievement as results since have been dire. Yes the team were good against Man U with nothing to show for it. I think the performance, first half anyway, away to Stoke was better and brought in three points. These two games apart do not make a successful season and the general trend seems to be downwards. Fer and Hooper are very good recruits but perhaps the lack of a dominant centre back, an inspiring captain and a creative midfield player cancel out in judging Hughtons team building ability. To my mind and many of the so called "Hate Brigade" (although I for one hate nobody), it is the strange selections, inability to utilise a plan B and his weak statements which make Hughton look such a loser. Good to hear the other side though, thanks again.

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    waclor

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

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