Norwich City skipper Grant Holt has reportedly had a transfer request turned down by the club.

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According to the Press Association, the Canaries’ talismanic captain has indicated to manager Paul Lambert he wants to leave the club just days after being crowned the club’s player of the year for the third time in a row.

Holt, who scored 17 goals in all competitions last season, has courted interest from other clubs throughout his City career.

Rangers made an offer for the striker in the January transfer window before they went into administration whilst Leicester City have also previously been interested in the striker.

However, Premier League clubs are bound to sit up and take notice of his transfer request given the form he showed this season, which led to many commentators calling for the 31-year-old’s inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the European Championships.

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  • Possibly feels he can get paid more elsewhere, or believes PL is moving on, or simply wants a longer contract, closer to 'home' for his girls.

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    Soglio Star

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • It most probably has to be a wage dispute ! Obviously, Holty is probably a bit miffed about being overlooked by England on Wednesday. I reckon he has pressed teh club for a wage increase and may have been frustrated by the response. Assuming his expectations have not been met (more likely by David McNally than Paul Lambert), then his reaction is to put in a transfer request. Pity the full story is not known, so there is bound to be all kinds of wild speculation. Come on you guys in the Press - what is the fully story here ? Seems like we have got the Transfer Request bit, but nothing else. Come on, lets be having you ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Well the end of season party is definitely over now and it all comes down to the bottom line and we are a club who has to balance the books at the end unlike those who get bailed out by billionaires.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • The club should have granted him his wish...but then put a huge price on his head...... he is not god...he will stay but will be a shadow of his former self, player of the year!!!!!! thanks............

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    Colby Army!

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Fantastic typo Crab. At an average of 38 goals a game the man is worth anything that he wants, even from a basketball team.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, May 20, 2012

  • Everyone was shut out of the site yesterday evening for a while, strange it coincided with Holt's bombshell.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Rather lose Holt than Lambert.....let him go if thats what he wants. Rhodes for Norwich .....!!!

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    marcohendy

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • What I don't understand is why a 'transfer request' goes public at this point? If he wants to go and someone's made an offer then the manager makes the move, very few managers will try to hold on to a player who really wants out, it never works in the long run. I don't know who's advising Holt but this sounds very dumb and as a supporter I feel wholly let down by him.

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    JonJuan

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • If we needed proof that all is not well within the club at present, this must surely be it, if the captain and 3 times POTY wants away. The cynic in me thinks PL has told him he's not going to be around next year, so Holty's thought 'neither am I' then, If so, this could be the thin end of the wedge. The silence from PL is deafening. If he thought the same way as Rodgers, surely he would have said so. How can we buiild on last year, when the foundations are crumbling? I don't believe the Whitbread departure was about money, but I suppose this could be. Time we heard from the club, but especially from PL again. Agree, I'd rather him stay Holty. Howson for captain next year?

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    canarydownunder

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Ethered! I don't understand it. I don't think the Whitbread departure was down to money, no suggestion of a refusal to sign a new deal, but I suppose Holty's request could be. I reckon he's 3 times POTY alright!

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    canarydownunder

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Just reread the article, "Premier Division clubs are bound to sit up and take notice" Really! Whoever wrote this?

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    blackdog2

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Yes Lambert & Holt are off together

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    Mike

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Get rid! Anyone not committed to the club should move and its better now than August! Grants problem is Norwich made him what he is and that can change quickly! One more pay day i guess at his age....

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    dave123

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Tongue firmly in cheek, and excellent suggestion - ethered!

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    The Crab

    Monday, May 21, 2012

  • With (probably) 2-3 good years left he's got the chance to get a 3, maybe 4, year contract with wages 2-3 times what he currently gets. I'd take a new job like that. Wouldn't you? Loyalty? He's being loyal to his family. Only poor fans stay loyal to a club - and we've some of the most loyal. Life goes on. Good luck to him. I just hope he doesn't score a hatful against us.

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    Coleeeey

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • No player is bigger than his club, he'll be stupidly difficult to replace, but if his heart isn't in it, then we won't have the Grant Holt we've been watching for the past 3 years. I'm sure there's a lot more to come of this story.

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    Billy

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Crab, ref diversionary tactics, I said something similar on another board. Would be nice to think it might be true! Lambo`s auld reekie screen. Also ditto ref Trollery. Trouble is I said "either" and die GKs said "Ether", so I called the whole thing off. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 20, 2012

  • I wonder if there is something in the timing of this. Whitbread and Wilbraham let go and rumours around Lambert, so Holt hands in a transfer request. It has certainly been an unsettling week at Carrow Rd.

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    Preston Canary

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Just another thought, If PL goes to AV? How about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer coming to us? Funnier things have happened when names are thrown into the pot, and it looks like he fancies the Prem

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    spanishcanary

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Yes, I saw it MB - but mine was posted on Saturday, yours on Sunday :0) ! (or even better - ö ). Hope nobody starts accusing you of plagiarism! ö .... I wonder if we can get this board up to 100 postings! Is there a prize for the 100th? No cheating with multiple submissions!

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    The Crab

    Sunday, May 20, 2012

  • Lets not be too quick to say goodbye now. This next contract could be his last good one and who can blame him for driving a hard bargain. He knows what it will cost to replace him and wants a slice of that money for himself. Lambert is no mug. I would not be at all surprised if he was still our club captain next season. Rooney still plays well for United don't forget!

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    baguio

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • I can't help thinking Holty knows more about PL's future than we do. I am also afraid that other requests could follow. Its time for a public update from the manager - we're in limbo, Lambo!

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    canarydownunder

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • I will say it first - -If 2Ws, 2 Hs, a T, and a P find themselves playing for an AV, managed by an L, I will not be entirely surprised. Just as long as it not an I!

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    Pa Snipps

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • ...and right on time @davidmcnally62 is trending on Twitter. Nothing to see here, move along please....

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Wow! Allowed into the playpen. Archant server refused to recognise me yesterday. It`s all been said and it`s all been sad. As Pondy hints, it rather spoils Adam Drury`s Testimonial. Were those few days too much to delay? As Meds said, the "Brendan Rodgers Scenario" would be preferable. If the players are not sure of the boss`s position, it doesn`t help. It could largely be media exaggeration, but Holt`s current Tweetless status may be a clue. And if it IS media puff, then the Club should vigorously refute it. Such a big hangover so soon after such a little party. Lord Mayor`s show etc. Life goes on. There`s always Lowestoft Town.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • not very good timing,why couldnt he wait till after tuesday?poor drury was supposed to be on the radio plugging his testimonial and all he got was a few minutes!will holt play?just hope any more players dont want to jump ship.one man doesnt make a team but lose 4 or 5??money makes the world go round!

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    tonyb

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • As for who would i like as manager if PL does go. Only one man for the job, Mr Brewer, he got us 47 points this year, that will do for me again next.

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    spanishcanary

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Gutted. If he goes, will be hard to find a replacement.

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    k9bye

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Not surprised, why was Holt left out so often, especially in FA Cup defeat. I'd have asked for a transfer then! You don't make England squad if your own manager leaves you out regularly.

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    samuelpeeps

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Rumour has it ~Central Tyres~ are interested in him as Captain of the tea room!

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    Colby Army!

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • All this is not very NCFC, If its a money problem, sort it out behind closed doors. Holt has done himself no favours with the fans by going public. Lambert likewise for his non commital comments. Sort it out so the fans know the future of "OUR CLUB" !!!

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    tom the taxi

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Only a hour late with the news

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    billythebookie2000@yahoo.co.uk

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • I see that Oddschecker has Aston Villa and Sunderland as favourites to land Holt. Lambert and now Holt to Aston Villa? What will the conspiracy theorists make of this? Would be helpful if the Club clarified matters to us fan as soon as possible.

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    mellow yellow

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • As much as I despise the shallow world of Public Relations, perhaps some of the heirarchy at Carra Rud need a feel for human relations? Hope McGnarly doesn`t send his Storm Troopers round here on a dawn raid. BTW, my lodger, PL, has done a moonlight. Left the keys to my house & the private jet I lent him. At least he paid a year`s rent up front. How`s that for a bluff? ;-) going on :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Think we need to wait explanations before anyone gets apportioned any blame. We have to remember that Holt has been fantastic for us whatever happens. We have won double promotion largely down to him and PL. I just hope that Adam Drury's testaminial doesn't become all about Grant Holt. It's Adam's night. He's stuck with us through thick and thin.

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    Flying Canary

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Blimey, didn't see that one coming. Would be right to win Player of the year though & then go (albeit slightly tounge in cheek here as Holt has won it twice before & not left) Does a bigger club want him? or is it wages? All quiet on @holty30 on twitter.

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    Meds

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Interesting, huh? Right out of left field! Someone upset him? Someone tapped him up? (I know that doesn't REALLY go on!) Is it even true? Isn't the closed season fun?

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    Bucks Canary

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Although will be good for Lambo to come out and declare allegiance B Rogers style, I dont think he needs to. He has given no indication he wants to leave, and no clubs have expressed interest, yet! But for Holty, once my legend, this twist leaves a whole different taste in my mouth, if its for money, especially if its for the money!!

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    Ghana Dom

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • The lack of communications from club and player is poor. Mr Holt is normally quite active on twitter but now, surprise surprise, no postings for 11 hours. All quite from Mr Lambert too. Fair play to Brendan Rodgers, making a clear statement that he wants to stay at Swansea and finish the job he's started. Why can't we get that? - rather than be left with the feeling that people will stay if nothing else better comes along or if the deal that looked like it might be on the table doesn't quite come off in the end. Plus if nothing else, no communications just fuels the rumour mill.

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    Meds

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • I think Dubai has got it. The position was that all contract issues had to wait until the end of the season and that is now here. There has been a degree of expectation management over the funds available for several months. I imagine that at his age Holt (or his agent) thinks that he's got one shot at being a Big Time Charlie. A shame but that's the way it goes. Intersting that the site crashed for most of the evening just after the news came out!

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • @Ghana Dom, I don't want to think about who I want as an alternate manager at the moment -I just want it all to go away. Whimper, whimper....

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • I just want to know why is it so important that we, the fans, need to know in advance what the strategies of the club and its personnel are. If they tell us, they tell the world, and they have no bargaining power left al all. Be patient, fans - all will become clear in the fullness of time. And we will be the first to know when the time is right.

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    The Crab

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Just one query with your facts, sam. I would have thought that Grant's 24 League appearances compared favourably with all other team members, with the possible exception of John Ruddy who only missed 1 League game, and Russell Martin who played in 30 of the 38 League games. Surely his scoring rate at the highest level of English football 915 goals in 24 appearances) would be the factor for consideration, not his manager's selection to suit a particular game plan at any time.

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    The Crab

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Ref NCFC manager`s job; thanks Spanish Canary. Trouble is, predicting the points is one thing, GETTING them is quite another matter! Anyway, I`m off to Molde for OGS`s job. Or was it Stale Solbakken`s? I`m getting norseous what with all these Scandinavian names to pronounce! I can affjord the housing up there (yet another reprise!). There`s Norway I could finance an abode in the Golden Triangle etc. O slow on the uptake again! I`m looking for a place near Trondheim presently. Guy writes good musicals lives there, I`m told.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 20, 2012

  • Here's a thought .... what about diversionary tactics? Get people talking about a totally false but hugely controversial subject, and deflect attention away from the real business. It's worked for the government many times. And this one seems to be taking a lot of the pressure off the St Paul for Villa story! That'll let him get on with the business of team strengthening for next season without having to keep deflecting questions about his own future!

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    The Crab

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Ghana Dom, I disagree. I hope it is for the money and only the money. Holt's role in reviving this club and the adulation received in return, hopefully only the opportunity and need for financial security would lure him away. If he has lost the faith or motivation, that would be far far harder to take.

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    Ardara24

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Wow, the mind goggles as to what may have driven this......... Is Grant Holt being courted by a BIG club ? Has there been a wage dispute here ? Is this a reaction somehow to being overlooked by England ? We don't want to see Holty go, he is a legend at Carrow Road, but it seems that this could be the beginning of the end.......... This is not welcome news - we need an explanation - surely all these sports writers at Archant must have an inkling of what is going on.

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Just reread the article, "Premier Division clubs are bound to sit up and take notice" Really! Whoever wrote this? Arsenal, Man. City, Man. Utd., Chelsea, Liverpool, etc., you can see them all camped outside the front door waiting for PL to arrive! Don't think so, get real, he might be good but realistically he is not that good or the right age.

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    blackdog2

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • If he really wants to let him go. Use the money to get Jordan Rhodes, or another young striker with something to proove. Probably had a agent in his ear, I can get you more elsewhere!!

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • MONEY TALKS !! and that is the "Beautiful Game" today !!

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    Albert Cooper

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • like it. swiss

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • money... money... money....

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    pigpen

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Like it Pa, I guess if Mr L does go there would be a few he would like to take with him, but will they go? Also, do you really think AW is really Prem material? A good pro, but maybe should look at the Chumpionship for his final swan song. As for the GH issue, lets wait and see. I agree with everyone on here tho', the lack of info from the club shows a bit of disrespect for us the worring fans.

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    spanishcanary

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • limbo lambo - love it. but i digress very sad news but life ain't that brilliant out there...somebody asked me what my team had achieved this year 45 million was my reply...trophies zero rewards measured at coutts & co...sad but true wake up and smell the overdraft. if he does leave he should have maximum blessing from all fans - what a (well paid but maybe not enough) servant to the club. I'd rather you stayed but if you don't good luck and thanks for the memories. xx

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    JMH

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • totally agree meds,fair enough with transfer targets etc,keep your cards close to your chest.This is totally different..basic communication to prevent bad feeling.Was also impressed with Swansea stmt earlier..clear and precise,fans pleased etc etc.Surely thats better than this mess !!!!

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    woodfarm canary

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Amen to that Swiss! And let us pray that 'the Lamb(o) shall overcome them for he is Lord of Lords and King of Kings' (Revelatiion17:14).

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    canarydownunder

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Shame the club have not given some indication of what is behind the story. Would have thought Holt would have kept it quiet until after Tuesday. Usually there is an Agent interfering in the background, but it could be a host of things. A lot of PR running with Holt if it is just the cllub penny pinching.

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    Pondlife

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Devastated.

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    MancCanary

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Can't understand all the surprise. Holt is a footballer. Footballers want to earn as much as possible during their working lives. Sure he has used Norwich to further his earning potential. But Norwich have used him to climb two divisions. We are quits. Just wish he was younger so that we could get a better price. Wish him all the best for the future. Would have loved another season with us but one door closes etc............

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    john doe

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • The one bookie with odds have Villa and Sunderland as the 2 possible pursuers of GH with money coming in for Sunderland and our old associate MON. Last season's stat was that if GH does not play City don't win which was a problem that needed solving anyway. Players and managers in demand are the problems of success.Although it never feels like it at the time they are much better than the problems of failure.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • MB....I've tried this fragmentation with little success. parts 2&3 to come. Better than last evening though, when I wasnot allowed onto the sie!

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    Pa Snipps

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Bye bye lambert, bye bye Holt, bye bye premier league...

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    caleb

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • I hear it's a straight fight out between Real Madrid and Barcelona !!!!!!!! but then again Villa might just pip them to the post.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • No he did not Ged.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Dissapointed at this news but probably understandable, we all change jobs for more money and better prospects don't we? But if PL and GH stay for another season will this mean he doesn't get a game as has often happened when a player puts in a transfer request? PL survival is paramount. Also surprised that Zak has been let go, personally thought he was getting better and better. Need some positive news from Carrow Road. And i think Woy was wrong to leave Holty out of the England squad, AC can't hit a barn door at 6 yards....

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    FXT Canary

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Ged - do one

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    The Crab

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • When the club said this was movers and shakers week I thought they were referring to season tickket holders not managers and players!

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    Pondlife

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Hmm... I wonder why, like Bucks. Is Drury still on radio Norfolk at 6? that should be interesting...

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    JerryJ

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Fair point by you, Ardara24. Question for everyone - Mad Brewer, Swiss C, etc, If Lambert leaves, if, who would you want for manager. I say Curbishley, although will prefer Lambo to give us another season.

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    Ghana Dom

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • I'm too long in the tooth, (I still have a few) to take anything at face value. There MUST be more to this than meets the eye. I cannot and do not bel1eve, that Grant Holt has had enough of Norwich City. He has more than likely been delivered good or bad news by someone within the club, and considers that he needs to get away.... I'll say it first—If Whitbread--Wilbrahams--Holt and Tierney end up playing somewhere together with possibly Pilkington, I just hope it isn't for the other lot down the road!

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    Pa Snipps

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Villareal?

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Simple..pay the man the going rate for 15 goals in the premier league, if we can't he does the same as every working man and goes where they will pay him.

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    pigpen

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • I'm too long in the tooth, (I still have a few) to take anything at face value. There MUST be more to this than meets the eye. I cannot and do not bel1eve, that Grant Holt has had enough of Norwich

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    Pa Snipps

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • The club suddenly has a set of relationship issues on its hand, starting with PL's lack of publicly stated commitment, in contrast to Brendan Rogers, as Meds points out. But then there is Zak's case, and whatever the back story is about letting our best CB go, and now Holt. It seems both Whitbread's release and Holt's transfer request could be about wages. If there has been such a strong team ethic for so long, why is it suddenly being undermined so badly now? It's clear that the way discussions are being done, they are not being handled very well, and the whole pulling together bit looks like it's being badly undermined. Whether PL is staying or not, some commitment by the club to better relationship management looks like its needed - and just as in this case Swansea looks healthier than us, it starts with both Lambert and McNally.

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    Michael D

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Kwik-fit in Carlisle are reported to be interested.

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    Kent Anglian

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Not a wise move from Holt. He's the wrong side of the age hill and won't do better anywhere else. Will also lose some support from the Canary faithful for this.

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    TheProf

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • This came as a surprise. I wonder whether Holty feels this is his last and best chance for securing a well paid contract with an established premiership team (or a big spender like Leicester). After all, for most of his career he won't have been able build up any sort nest egg for when he stops playing.

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    Ardara24

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Lambert and Holt are at very different stages of their respective careers but I guess we are about to find out their true market value. It appears to be a crucial moment for the club, but after the financial turmoil of recent years, I would have to respect if they decided not to jeopardise the overdraft once again.

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    Ardara24

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Although the club carries on after players have left, it would be a shame if he pursues this. He has been immense for the last 3 years. Wonder what brought this on.

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    CovCanary

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Fair point Billy. It's at times like this when the captain needs to come out of his cabin and rally the crew. Us passengers are starting to get sea-sick.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb(o) shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him. Revelations 22.3

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Not duplicated sam old chap ---- quintuplicated!!! Don't keep refreshing the screen to see if there are any updates. Go back to the top level and then back down again. This will avoid you keep re-sending your post. Anyway, you should count yourself lucky. Most us sensible posters have spent most of the day trying to get something posted once! The blasted GrossKontrolleren have been ethering anything sensible while letting the Trolls and Schoolboys run riot all day!

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    The Crab

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Even my smiley face gets fragmented! :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 20, 2012

  • He is nearing the end of his career and needs to earn as much as he can over the next couple of years and knows his next contract is his last chance to secure his familys future, so you cannot blame him. Also realises that Lambert is going to go, and that Norwich over achieved this season and will find it a lot tougher next season.

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    norfolko

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Thass it, chuck your toys out of the pram! Will he be the same if he can't get his way? Good way to lose the fans as well Holty, hero today, could be zero tomorrow!

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    blackdog2

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Oops - that's a typo - shift key with the 9 didn't work to make an open bracket! Should have read "(15 goals in 24 appearances) ", not 915 !!!

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    The Crab

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

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