OPINION: Will Norwich City benefit from the West Brom dressing room bust-up?

West Brom's James Morrison. West Brom's James Morrison.

Chris Lakey
Friday, April 4, 2014
12:14 PM

The media team at West Bromwich Albion have earned their corn this week sorting out the mess caused by the dressing room bust-up between Saido Berahino and James Morrison.

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The result appears to be that the situation is resolved and they are all friends now – but you are still wondering whether the spin doctors’ work is simply papering over the cracks.

If so, will we see evidence of that at Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon – and can Norwich City benefit?

Chris Hughton says it won’t have an impact
Berahino was thumped by Morrison when he apparently refused to apologise for a mistake that led to Cardiff’s late equaliser in the 3-3 stalemate last weekend.

So, two team-mates have a scrap. It happens, apparently, all the time – that’s what ex-pros always seem to tell you. Doesn’t mean to say it won’t have an effect.

The interesting aside is that someone in that dressing room leaked the story to the media, which perhaps annoyed manager Pepe Mel as much as the incident itself. Mel wants a positive reaction from it all at Carrow Road, but one deduction from an amateur detective would be that the leak might just have exposed another little crack in the dressing room.

Who else doesn’t like Berahino or Morrison?

Look at it that way and you might, if you are a City player, believe there is a weakness to expose.

What you are likely to see at Carrow Road is a very noisy crowd doing what they did two weeks ago when Sunderland came to town; they backed their team from the off and, whether as a consequence or not we will never know, the team attacked the opposition. Sunderland’s weaknesses (and there were a few) were laid bare and City took advantage.

Is there a soft underbelly to West Brom? Are there personality issues inside the dressing room? Not many will know the answer, but if you suspect it, then expose it. If City frustrate the Baggies, they could go the way of Sunderland, who produced one of the worst away performances you will see this season. Football is a game played very much between the ears, and if that is turned to mush there isn’t much left.

While we’re on the subject of dressing room bust-ups, it does rather lend weight to the theory that every team needs a hard-nosed leader, who rules the roost off the pitch. You suspect Grant Holt would have nipped the West Brom incident in the bud by sorting out the both of them – and then ensured the “what happens in the dressing room stays in the dressing room” mantra was strictly adhered to. Or else.

Back in the days of black and white football, teams had their enforcers, their players’ manager. The likes of Ron Yeats, Graeme Souness, Dave Mackay, Bill Foulkes, Bryan Robson, Jack Charlton, Roy Keane. They kept in-house law and order. Look at today’s teams and it is hard to pick out their obvious leaders. Which is perhaps why we have occasional bust-up stories.

What do you think? Will the Berahino-Morrison bust-up have any effect at Carrow Road?

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14 comments

  • Locker room bust up between Bassong and RVW. RVW would throw a punch and miss. Bassong would accidentally hit himself. Becchio wouldn't be allowed to join in. The rest of the players would look disinterested. Snodgrass would run and tell Chrissie.

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    B Inners

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Norwich would be better off having a bust up in their dressing room !!!

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    Footyboy16

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • It wouldn't surprise me if the guy who got punched scored the winner. It's a strange old game after all and funny how things turn out. It wouldn't surprise me if he's scared of getting another punch so will put in a better effort. If anything this might bring them closer as a team now they've aired their issues. I expect them to be a different team and to work a lot harder when we play them.

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    Oz Canary

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Surely Chris you should have added Duncan Forbes to the list of Captain enforcers who went about their business quietly but to good effect. I don't think that player bust-ups is a new thing, it's just that in this multi-media gutter press world they feed easily on these scraps. Best way to deal with it is to write it into their contracts that any breaches of club protocol will result in heavy fines and suspensions. There has to be zero tolerance and trouble makes are best shipped out.

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Funniest post for a long time B Inners.

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    SplatTheCat

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • We don`t really know what`s going on backstage, do we? The players will be fine. As long as they fulfil their contractual obligation by going through the motions of training properly and turning up on match day, they will each be paid £1m+ a year, even at little old Norwich. No penalty for lengthy absences for toe-stubbing. My twin-hearted tyro, Mattias, has caught the "Likes of" virus. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Unlikely. The togetherness this will generate will be a negative for Norwich. They will be going all out to prove they are united as a team.

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    Colin

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • What a stupid question, no doubt there are bust up in most dressing rooms at sometime or other, it's just a mindless comment, not worth the paper it was written on

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    Derek McDonald

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • WBA will have their own spin. More likely to see headlines of how after last week the WBA team is so together and worked hard to get a result as NCFC. Least thats what my pessimistic minds thinking. Draw. So far ive got the result correct for the last 5 games. I originally had this as a win but there has been so much talk of how we always win the 'must win' ones I feel its destiny we will fail to win now.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Nice one----i'm beginning to think that maybe all our problems of the season has to be because we have a team of Championship standard players.

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    superfan59

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Footyboy16, Norwich players would have to ask hughton first. He would say no. But let's sort out our differences with a game of scissors, paper, stone,

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    alan

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Smart imagery, B Inners! ;-))

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • …..and that is where a good manager would show who is in charge!....He appoints a Captain on the field, who now becomes the governor!....Unfortunately we have a 'ditherer' for the manager and. a follower as captain....We need a Strong LEADER!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • agree colin. Thats what I meant. I see it far more likely the news after the game will be how WBA proved how together they are. One thing I can assure is the likes of MOTD will be watching like a hawk for any arguing or anything slightly odd between the WBA players.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, April 4, 2014

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