Norwich City chief Chris Hughton is no fan of the January transfer scramble

Norwich City's reported transfer target Jonas Gutierrez is poised to leave St James Park. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. Norwich City's reported transfer target Jonas Gutierrez is poised to leave St James Park. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

Saturday, January 11, 2014
7:45 AM

Chris Hughton would happily scrap the January transfer window to focus on Norwich City’s Premier League survival.

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The Canaries’ chief views the annual circus as an unwanted distraction in his bid to secure a fourth consecutive season of top flight football at Carrow Road.

“It would be nice if we could scrap it,” he said. “The January window is one we have got used to and it will benefit some clubs more than others if they do the right deals but it is a disruptive period half-way through a season when as a manager all you really want to be doing is concentrating on games, preparing teams and picking up results. I don’t want to be spending an awful lot of time on phone calls about players. I think managers would enjoy it not being there.”

Italian international defender Andrea Ranocchia is the latest addition linked to the club with reports in Italy claiming City have made an £8.3m move for the Inter Milan defender who is approaching the final year of his current deal at the San Siro giants. Ronacchia is reportedly attracting interest from Premier League rivals Chelsea and German powerhouses Borussia Dortmund. Jonny Heitinga, Wilfried Zaha and Jonas Gutierrez have all been touted as players Hughton wants to bring to Norfolk and the Norwich boss predicts that speculation is set to increase over the rest of this month.

“You have to accept that because as we go further into the window there’ll be a lot more names linked,” he said. “We are working hard but if you look at the amount of business done in this window so far it is an indication of how tough it is. This is a difficult period. We have done plenty of work but they have to be the right decisions for us.

“If you talk about people like Zaha that is a natural one because it is not only in those wide areas but across midfield where we have had difficulties. There will obviously be name association and position association and we have to expect that. I work very closely together with the chief executive and myself and my scouting staff will identify and recommend players over a period of time that we would possibly like to have an interest in. Then it becomes club business to work further and take that on.”

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7 comments

  • He doesn't like them because he cannot distinguish quality or fighters to a primadonna.

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    JB

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Isn't that what Hughton is basically saying happens? The thing is if you're coaching a team, you want and need to have the final word on any signings and that means you have to have a really good look at them. Take that away from the head coachmanager and you've got a situation where they feel like they're playing someone else's players. If we're looking for another explanation for why we are not a few places higher up the league, I don't think this is it.

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    MancCanary

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Isn't that what Hughton is basically saying happens? The thing is if you're coaching a team, you want and need to have the final word on any signings and that means you have to have a really good look at them. Take that away from the head coachmanager and you've got a situation where they feel like they're playing someone else's players. If we're looking for another explanation of why we are not a few places higher up the league, I don't think this is it.

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    MancCanary

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • The word "scramble" holds fond in my memories. As a 10 year in Lowestoft we used to gather on the green at Pakefield with all our unwanted cigarette cards and marbles. Word would get round and with a mighty heave and to shout of "scramble" cards and marbles would be lofted a high. Mayhem ensued! Perhaps that's what they should do with, out of work players, unwanted players and ones who have expressed an interest to leave. Saves all that underhanded skulduggery!

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Perhaps this is one of the problems with the way English clubs are set up. If a Head Coach was responsible for team tactics and selection only then there was a General Manager in charge of player purchase etc, CH could concentrate on the job in hand. All he would then need to do, is identify player positions he needs and leave it to the General Manager to phone around, then come back with those available. Then the coach could decide who he wants or does not want and leave the tranfer deals to the GM.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Warning, Lobbo. I have it on top authority that Little Benno is a whiz at marbles! Dunno if he`s ever done any scrambling, though ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • So, Chris Hughton is a bit like the January transfer window......"an unwanted distraction ..... and....disruptive when all you really want to be doing is concentrating on games, preparing teams and picking up results". Personally, I'd abolish both of them.

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