Chris Hughton will have the financial muscle to successfully strengthen his Premier League squad, according to Alan Bowkett.

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The Norwich City chairman, clearly delighted at Hughton’s arrival, also took the chance to reiterate the club’s new-found health off the pitch as City look to stabilise in English football’s top flight for the first time in nearly 20 years.

While City’s support held remarkably strong through the club’s fall to League One and its subsequently dramatic rise, the financial strain took Norwich to the brink of administration.

This year will see the Canaries enjoy successive Premier League campaigns for the first time since the early 1990s, while astute management in the corridors of power has also helped improve the books at Carrow Road.

That is something Hughton will benefit from, as he is handed the purse strings and the responsibility to build the squad he wants come August – once Paul Lambert’s replacement has his feet securely under the desk following his arrival last week.

“As I have told the previous manager and I have told this manager, we will have the biggest expenditure on football we have ever had,” said Bowkett.

“That is down to the fantastic commercial success of the business. When we were in League One we had a turnover of £18m. This year we will approximately have a turnover of about £75m – and that is only £5m short of Everton, who have been in the top division all their life.”

Those figures make more than interesting reading given the club’s previously parlous financial state – and should ensure Hughton has money to spend this summer, busting the £13m summer pot Lambert had at his disposal this time last year.

“We want to invest in the squad,” said a smiling Bowkett. “We’ve got a very strong squad as it is, but we want to improve and therefore we will be looking again in the transfer market.

“Our skill is in terms of implementing our strategy. To do that we have to have the financial resources and the human resources.

“Paul did an amazing job for us…but with Paul you get a package. You get an outstanding football manager, but he is ruthlessly ambitious and possibly the most impatient man I have ever met!”

Hughton’s ability to work with a budget was partly why City wanted to lure him away from Birmingham, but his successful spell dealing with the demands at Newcastle and taking the Blues into the Europa League group stages also stick with Bowkett.

He added: “Clearly Chris has experiences we hope will be useful to us in the future.”

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  • Chris Hughton is a class appointment and makes a sea change from the previous decades of "safer" management appointees such as Roeder and Megson. Colchester fans always said on message boards that PL would leave us, but I expected he would graduate to Old Trafford to replace Ferguson once he had established us in the Premier. PL and his agent must be kicking themselves that the Spurs vacancy is now on offer which would have raised his profile.

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    NorwichAbs

    Thursday, June 14, 2012

  • I see there's a good chance of 'arry leaving Spurs. Will Mr Ambitious be interested? Villa would be bricking it!

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • I wonder if Lambo's ruthless ambition will see him stop at Villa.

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • PPS. Bowkett brilliant in his time as a non-exec Director of Greene King. Nice bow-tie, too.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 15, 2012

  • Mr. Bowkett is clearly in control of drip feeding the torrent of post-Lambo info. We`ve had the "summer Wobble", now we have " ruthlessly ambitious and possibly the most impatient man I have ever met". I bet Stewart Jarrold knew the latter!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • On reflection, think Lambo has done us a favour..CH will want to succeed with Norwich, given the C**P situations he has tolerated with Newcastle and Birmingham.....I wish him all the best, trust the players play for him, and at least I can understand him when he's talking!

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    tom the taxi

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • I`ve done the`Arry thing on other boards, MBA & DocOhNo; `Arry HAS left Spurs. Now we will discover that Gorbalschev signed his Villa contract in invisible ink, Naughton is staying at Spurs, who are also now the destination for Holt, Snodgrass, Ayala, Pilks, Little Benno, Big Benno, Howson and Delia. Lappin is going too, so Lupa Trembla has somebody to talk to. All Fact!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 14, 2012

  • Like Swiss, I suspect Villa suits Lupa`s "Messiah" agenda better than Spurs. AV 2 points off relegation with dwindling support. Spurs finished a rather disappointing 4th but missed out on the Champion`s League because Chelsea did not have Terry in the team that night, and Drogba takes a mean penalty. Mega clubs are after Spurs` Superstars. A bale-out. So Trembla might have been onto a loser there, Messiah-wise. But Liverpool? Ripe for the Saviour treatment.... and not even on their radar. Must rankle. Hopefully. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 15, 2012

  • On reflection, think Lambo has done us a favour..CH will want to succeed with Norwich, given the C**P situations he has tolerated with Newcastle and Birmingham.....I wish him all the best, trust the players play for him, and at least I can understand him when he's talking!

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    tom the taxi

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Shhhhhhh, don't tell everyone how much we've got, or the prices will all go up. Darn it too late!

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    Double D

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Interesting comments from Chairman, maybe a degree of shooting himself in the foot by broadcasting that more funds than ever available! I can understand how people are looking for CH to do business early but let's not forget that when PL did his business early he had at least the previous season to assess where he need to strengthen, I would prefer CH assess and not rush in for the sake of buying players. He needs to sort the Holt saga out quickly, for me even though he was monumental for us last season I feel we need to cash in on Holt and get the highest amount possible be that the Hammers or Villa - with new management team in place we have not had any indication from Holt he is willing to reconsider and to me that does not bode well for him staying unless the wine and sun sorts his mind out for him. For the PL saga can we put that to bed, he advanced the 5 year plan, we have a second season in top flight and he has had is dream move, for now onward and upward! Probably the last three years have been the best ride I have had in the last 30 years as a Norwich fan, apart from maybe Europe - as a Scotsman the ongoing saga is similar to listening to English fans go on about 1966 ( I say this with a smile) please lets get behind CH and his team,chant for Hughton's Heroes. OTBC

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    Singapore Canary

    Thursday, June 14, 2012

  • I'm quite glad he was clearly impatient with the much vaunted 5year plan. We did quite well out of that, and in all fairness I think the board recognise that. Anyway, onwards and upwards. I'm impatient to see a few signings coming in.

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    Preston Canary

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Archant hate me almost as much as Brewer !

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • The fact is that we cannot compete on wages with anyone in the EPL, except perhaps with Swansea. Even the newly-promoted sides eclipse us. Villa now look favs to sign Naughton and Snodgrass, and that's the extra cost of losing Lambert. Hope CH has some juicy targets nobody else in the EPL wants.

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    troublesome1

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • I'm actually glad Lambert went when he did, we might have missed our chance with CH if we waited.

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    ImDrunky

    Thursday, June 14, 2012

  • Oh Lambo did you jump ship too soon? Spurs.....top 4 club will you jump again before you even manage a game for Vanilla?

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    MBA Marine

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Again we are getting hysterical over rumours in the media and via the drivel channel Twitter. We may miss out on Naughton but all this stuff about half the squad going to Villa, to my mind, is nothing but utter claptrap!!! Credit our lads with some intelligence please; these are exciting times for City and I believe the players will relish playing for someone like Chris Hughton, until we have concrete evidence to the contrary. And lets face it, Villa fans will expect big money signings, they won't tolerate players from the lower leagues. After all Villa is supposed to be a top club!!!!!

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    Canarygirl

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Nice list of impatient people, I'll throw in the rather wonderful Marilyn Monroe, who said... “I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.”... imagine that said in a Glaswegian accent, thow in a couple of "I can't criticise the lads, theyve been brilliant for me" and it could be the man! :-)

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    Johannesburg Chris

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Yeah it's all going great. Kyle Naughton's on his way to Villa for around 4m NOW, Howson and Bennett (Ryan) will be their in Jan too and Pilks - can-t say when. I just hope this isn't true. PL ultimate vulture

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Me too, MB, and probably for our Wes. I can't be the only one shaking my head every time I heard a commentator at the Irish game say "They don't really have a creative spark or a Plan B". I suppose when you can only pick 23 players, there's just no room to take one creative player who chases around the hole between midfield and attack and links play up. I'm surprised all the other countries made the mistake of having one in their squad!

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    Johannesburg Chris

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • I'm getting impatient too! Identify who we need and get on with it. Too much chat. We'd got the team pretty much sorted by this time last year. Get the new players in and involved in all the pre-season stuff etc.

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    Meds

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Hi Jo`burg. I can imagine Lambo intoning a version of " The Diamond is a man`s best friend"... it really is, for me... Quite right, Pondy & Double D, not a good idea to go bragging about `avin` loadsamoney. Though I wonder how much some of these "sugardaddy" clubs really have available? No evidence of evanescent Evans`s dosh @ 1p5wich, nor Lerner`s @ Bodymoor Boulevard. Others, like Liverpool, have squandered megabucks, eg on Carroll. I suppose the thing is to compete with fellow bottom-feeders like Swansea, Wigan, Sunderland, QPR, Villa, etc, and just aim to hang on in there. Our current squad`s not at all bad and young enough to improve. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • .not sure about being compared to Everton, all the media agree that they aint got the money to compete in the transfer market. and what chance of a canary in stuart pearce's olympic squad.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • On reflection, think Lambo has done us a favour..CH will want to succeed with Norwich, given the C**P situations he has tolerated with Newcastle and Birmingham.....I wish him all the best, trust the players play for him, and at least I can understand him when he's talking!

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    tom the taxi

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Quite right, Jo`burg. We got our money`s worth alright. Now it`s onward and upward. I`m sure it`s concerted info from the Naaaridge board. Just gently explaining a few things to we mere mortals. I think we sort of knew, anyway......

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • I personally don't think any players would want to leave now, from what I hear CH is a great manager to work with, I think the people who are just saying we're going to lose that player or this player are just trying to stir things up maybe. Since we've got Hughton I'm feeling a lot more relaxed and positive about next season again

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    ImDrunky

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • "possibly the most impatient man I have ever met". That is a personality trait is often exhibited by highly single-minded, talented people with a personality `disorder`. Spike Milligan. Peter Sellers. Winston Churchill. Crippen. Tony Hancock. Hans Asperger also defined a relevant condition back in 1944.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Can't see Lambert with blond hair bright red lipstick and a floaty dress however ambitious he is! Hope Bowkett and McNally don't get too carried away with what they have "achieved". Letting the market know you have cash to splash is not always a good idea; some free scoring centre forwards might think they deserve a top up.

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    Pondlife

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Interesting comments from Chairman, maybe a degree of shooting himself in the foot by broadcasting that more funds than ever available! I can understand how people are looking for CH to do business early but let's not forget that when PL did his business early he had at least the previous season to assess where he need to strengthen, I would prefer CH assess and not rush in for the sake of buying players. He needs to sort the Holt saga out quickly, for me even though he was monumental for us last season I feel we need to cash in on Holt and get the highest amount possible be that the Hammers or Villa - with new management team in place we have not had any indication from Holt he is willing to reconsider and to me that does not bode well for him staying unless the wine and sun sorts his mind out for him. For the PL saga can we put that to bed, he advanced the 5 year plan, we have a second season in top flight and he has had is dream move, for now onward and upward! Probably the last three years have been the best ride I have had in the last 30 years as a Norwich fan, apart from maybe Europe - as a Scotsman the ongoing saga is similar to listening to English fans go on about 1966 ( I say this with a smile) please lets get behind CH and his team,chant for Hughton's Heroes. OTBC

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    Singapore Canary

    Thursday, June 14, 2012

  • el dingo, I take it you mean either "there" or "theirs." I'm not so pessemistic; don't underestimate the will-power of the Norwich board.

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    bogbog

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • The Redknapp thing is a "rum 'ol do". Lambo does have a better chance to look good by turning Villa around. Spurs was a case of couldda, wouldda, shouldda this season. Of course they'd had their chips after they got beaten at home by The Pride of East Anglia after Bennett the smaller lashed in from the edge of the area.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, June 14, 2012

  • PS. Liverpool have had enough of socially inept, rigid-faced, gruff Scots. They now have beaming Brendan, 3 years Lambo`s junior. Human. Now there`s a thing.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 15, 2012

  • Oh dear we are getting hysterical again about an exodus of players to Villa. Until it actually happens please try and concentrate on something more positive like how we will prosper under Chris Hughton. And he will surprise us with some class signings I'm sure!!

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    Canarygirl

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Was thinking the same thing Brewski, certainly some titbits coming out now. Looks like this is AB speaking his mind rather than anything orchestrated, unusual given the heavily controlled-communications of the last couple of years. Either the Chairman is the only person the CEO cannot control, or they're happy to drop some of these in now! Either way,I'd suggest if PL hadn't been ruthlessly ambitious and impatient, we wouldn't be 45 years ahead of the 7 year plan!

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    Johannesburg Chris

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Perhaps we should've seen the Jock's exit coming from even further back than we did. An anagram for Paul Lambert is " a ball term up" !!!

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • The board is definitely painting a picture of PL for us and it seems fairly consistent with what we saw. However as many have said, we benefited enormously from the drive but it was time for a change. I hope that as soon as things start to happen with the new management, the focus will return to the future.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Is it just me or does anyone else think Bowkett looks like he should be hosting a Saturday nite talent show @ a Skegness holiday camp? PS: Hope CH + his team are id-ing potential transfer targets as we speak. He must have some connections @ Newcastle, Spurs + Bham.

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

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