One of Robert Snodgrass’ former managers has painted a far from rosy picture of the City midfielder’s past – but says the future is bright for the Canaries summer signing.

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Allan Preston, who was in charge of Scottish side Livingston boss when Snodgrass was a rising star, says he worried that off-field behaviour would see what he described as a “God-given” talent wasted.

“Robert had unbelievable natural ability, you could see he was going to be a player,” Preston said in an interview with The Scotsman.

“I remember in his first couple of games he played against Dunfermline, cut in from the right and let fly with his left foot and the ball flew into the top corner of the net. You could see what a special talent he was.

“He was very highly thought of at Livingston.

“He was the jewel in the crown, but the problem was the off-the-field stuff.

“You’d say to him he had to behave as a professional, but he was 17, a young boy with a fair amount of money and as young boys are wont to do, he wanted to get out, have a laugh, party, drink...

“He would miss training, but once you got him out there he was brilliant, fantastic, a youngster with great ability who loved playing football.

“His right foot isn’t bad at all, but his left foot is God-given. You don’t like to see that ability go to waste, but I was worried and when John Robertson, as manager, put him out on loan to Stirling Albion, I did wonder, ‘is that it?’.

“But he came back, screwed the nut and has realised that gift.”

Snodgrass left Livingston, where he also played under former Norwich City manager Paul Lambert, to join Leeds United in July 2008, before moving up from the Championship to the Premier League with City this summer.

Now Preston believes Snodgrass can play a major role for Craig Levein’s Scotland squad in their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.

However, Preston is also convinced that bigger things lie ahead for Snodgrass – away from Carrow Road.

“I think the better the opposition, the better Robert plays,” he said. “He can go on and play at any level he wants. No disrespect to Norwich, they are a well run club but I’m sure he can go on again and it wouldn’t surprise me if a top six or top eight club come in sometime with an offer Norwich can’t refuse.

“His performance against Spurs at the weekend was nothing short of incredible, capped off by a fantastic goal. There’s no doubt he can be an important player for Craig Levein.”

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14 comments

  • You are a running dog of Ar-chant Doc! I used "rowlocks" in a posting once and it was deemed "offensive"! Totally agree on your pundit comments. There`s certainly a pattern there. Soon be seeing Jewell in that role too?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

  • Wonder why it is that when someone says "No disrespect to ...." then next thing they say is always disrespectful !! No disrespect Mr. Preston, but I presume that the top 6 or 8 clubs got to that position by hanging on to their best players - not selling them. What are you trying to do - turn the boy's head? Are you working for a top 6 or 8 club?

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    The Crab

    Monday, September 10, 2012

  • No disrespect Swiss, but Aston Vanilla are hardly a top 6 or 8 club - more a b0tt0m 6 or 8 club.

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    The Crab

    Monday, September 10, 2012

  • Can't wait for tomorrows big mega scoop from the Argylle and Bute Chronicle about Snodgrass, does Archant write any of it's stories?

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    blackdog2

    Monday, September 10, 2012

  • He's had one awful game, one ok game and one good game...let's not get ahead of ourselves Allan.

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    JimBob

    Monday, September 10, 2012

  • There is no telling, yet, just how good this squad might be. No "Big Names" but a lot of talented, enthusiastic, young-ish players with a canny manager. If "Top 8" status were to be set in tablets of stone, there`d never be any surprises - and there generally are a few.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, September 10, 2012

  • A top 6 or 8 club will come in for him. Does that include Aston Villa and if so why? Well, it is not far from where we are, no disrespect Allan Preston.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, September 10, 2012

  • We could be top 10, on the other hand....... 49 pts; 10th. There`s optimistic!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, September 10, 2012

  • Allan Preston? Who is he? Sounds like a recycled nobody offering his two penny worth, or is he an agent? Is this a genuine Archant hack story or dribbled down to us ever hungry for information posters? This is the last sort of rubbish we need that could turn heads and erode team spirit. As for the Aston Vanilla joke, least said the better!

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    blackdog2

    Monday, September 10, 2012

  • A friend of mine runs a couple of small hotels in Shetland, I'll get him to keep his eyes peeled in The Shetland Daily for the latest news.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, September 10, 2012

  • Running dog my pert and very cute bottom. I suppose it all depends on how you choose to pronounce the word in question. In my case it (nearly) rhymes with "forelocks". Mind you that opens another barrel of quips about tuggers.

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

  • As a follower of Scottish football, the name Allan Preston is not exactly a household name. Interesting he's a pundit like all those other pundits with a wealth of successful management experience behind them, R.Keane, A. Shearer, A. Hanson, M. Lawrenson etc. I wonder if he has managed a similar lucrative contract for talking similar rowlocks?

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

  • Allan Preston, a.k.a. "Biscuits" was manager of Livingston until he was sacked after 15 games in 2004, this was his last football role. However, he has been a pundit for BBC Scotland since 2008. All roads seem to lead to, or more correctly from, Livingston.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, September 10, 2012

  • today comments from that great football guru Allan Preston, tomorrow Alan Partridge. a real scoop that one

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, September 10, 2012

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