Seb Bassong still has a Norwich City future

Norwich City defender Seb Bassong was on development duty at Boston United on Saturday. Picture: Denise Bradley Norwich City defender Seb Bassong was on development duty at Boston United on Saturday. Picture: Denise Bradley

Monday, July 14, 2014
7:30 AM

Neil Adams insists the ball is now in Sebastien Bassong’s court with Norwich City’s ex-captain a notable omission from the Canaries’ opening pre-season 1-0 weekend win at Dereham.

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Bassong played 60 minutes for the development set-up in a 3-1 defeat at Boston United, with Adams opting not to include the Cameroon international in the 21-man squad who travelled to Aldiss Park.

Adams revealed the central defender has been training with the club’s younger talent and the 28-year-old played no part in Adams’ short-term stint towards the end of last season, but the City chief is not calling time on his Carrow Road career.

“He is our player and if we feel we need to use him then we will,” he said. “He has trained and played with the development squad so far, but he is our player. There is nobody who is going at the minute, but it is my job to manage the squad and do that for every situation. Seb played at Boston and I will speak to the coaches to see how he has done and we’ll take it from there.”

Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Wes Hoolahan, Anthony Pilkington and Martin Olsson also missed the Dereham win, but the quartet are expected to return for Tuesday’s Braintree trip. Adams also confirmed Swedish international Olsson did not require summer shoulder surgery after struggling with the problem for the second half of City’s Premier League campaign.

“Ricky is fine. He didn’t train on Friday but he trained on Saturday with the rest of those lads,” said Adams. “Martin is looking sharp. He has not had to go and get the surgery on his shoulder. He had a family illness, which we don’t obviously need to go into, but he was given a little bit of extra time off and he is back with us now and he is fine. He is just a little bit behind the squad but he will be at Braintree.”

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  • Mr. Brewer! I am curious to know from where you suspect me of some sort of split personality disorder. I did once play both the MP and the Major in a production of "Separate Tables", but that is as close as I have ever come to there being two of me! As to the current Manns, Sir Rupert (he of the singular arm) ((this is turning into a Python sketch )) is an amiable enough fellow, if a little over fond of a restrictive covenant. Lady Mann is an absolute charmer, Alex (son and heir) appears to have inherited the family pomposity of which you spoke and the younger son (who's name temporarily escapes me) has the reputation of being a bit of a rake. Beyond this, my only connection to the brewing industry is that my wife's great aunt was, before marriage, an Adnam and her paternal great grandfather owned a brewery in Birmingham! Although what any of this has to do with football eludes me. So let's hear no more of this multiple personality nonsense or we shall all stop speaking to you.

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    Igno Rance

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • And if you are a multiple identity merchant, I will detect it!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • Igno, I was a lowly worker in a Retirement Home where a Geoffrey Mann saw out his last days (or it might have been Geoffrey, husband of a female Mann). I remember Rodney Mann from his days at Norwich Brewery. Total sense of humour bypass and extremely pompous. Normal in those days. The `Beerage`. Keep it contentious. It keeps it interesting - and worthwhile. Keep treading the boards, dear boy. Btw, when it comes to beer, I know naaathin`.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • Bias song is being kept away from the first team squad to prevent his negativity infecting the other players. In his own mind Bassong is "too good" for Norwich or the Championship. The best thing would be to let him go, as soon as someone is desperate enough to take him, and his attitude.

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • My dear fellow, I apologise for insulting your erstwhile employers,but as a lad I was fortunate enough to be brought up on Morlands, Wethereds, Brakespeares and the occasional pint of Directors, although I will admit the Adnams was and still is my first love. I suppose I'm a bit of an ale snob but anything in a keg is an inevitable second best. Tolly certainly, but whilst there is nothing wrong with IPA, for me it is possibly the most boring pint around. Perhaps my only saving grace is that before the necessity of a bungalow reared it's ugly head I lived on the edge of sir Rupert Mann's estate! (If that counts for anything). I sincerely hope that our reversal is not an irretrievable one and I look forward to reading more of your insightful soccer postings. PS I shall endeavour to avoid any further contentious issues in my future ramblings.

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    Igno Rance

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • OMG, Igno - we`ve gone backwards! I worked for Watney`s in the late `60s and early `70s. Red Barrel was a very good beer. Quite different in different parts of the UK, to suit local preferences. So many people confuse it with its (un)successor, "Red". The Red Revolution etc. That was Marketing taking over from Brewing to create an ill-fated monstrosity. The chap in charge used to make cakes for Lyons`. There was plenty of drinkable beer in Suffolk in the `70s\`80s. Greene King was excellent then, as was Adnam`s. Tolly`s... hmmm. The Office Manager at Greene King wrote the dreadful Ipswich Town supporters` song "Come on the Town", once voted by Radio 2 as the worst football song ever. I wish I had a quid for every time I`ve heard that making love on a punt joke ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Thank you for that Mr Brewer. I re-read your piece re my Whitehall Farce remarks and concluded that I was, perhaps being a bit of a "drama queen" myself. Been in this neck of the woods since '91, although we were visiting the wife's grandmother since the Ark docked. My point being that you mentioned the consumption of considerable quantities of beer during the 7080s, as I remember it there was very little beer worth consuming in East Anglia at that time. (although nowadays there is a wonderful selection). So, brave fellow. I am reminded of the old question .....What's the difference between Watneys Red Barrel and making love in a punt?"......the answer to which is of course "nothing, they are both f*****g close to water". Hey Ho. On the NCFC front, things seem to be "kicking off" on the transfer bid front. Do you think Mr Adams may soon be praying for "extra time?"

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    Igno Rance

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Btw; Igno. I did a bit of AmDram way back in the 70s\80s. Mostly musical stuff written by a local playwright\songwriter, but also Amateur staples like `Move Over Mrs. Markham` and `Outside Edge`. Such fun! Lots of beer consumed. It seemed to help.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Don`t read anything into it, Mattias. It was just an attempt to engage with Igno Rance on the subject of Whitehall Farces. Classics, they involved a lot of doors opening and closing as the cast moved from one ludicrous situation to another. Including their trousers falling down. I seem to recall Brian Rix was the doyen of that art-form. Igno - I hope you don`t feel unwelcome. I certainly didn`t intend that. There is\was a poster on general news items called "Ingo Wagenknecht" but I think he`s abbreviated to plain "Ingo" now. That was where the "ingot" came from. You`re not him, are you.... ;-) Pax. Just realised that Matt was probably referring to that `hate on him` patois.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • apologies MB. Maybe its my youth showing through. Maybe im just down with the kids as i've heard that phrase used a lot recently.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Thank you Mr Brewer for your observations. One is clearly unwelcome in this elite gathering and the subtle hint shall not fall on deaf ears. The belt has been taken up a notch and braces will be purchased. Having tried and clearly failed, for the benefit of my season ticket holding son, to take an interest in his team, it is clear that I had best return to my rugby union roots. As you say, "as one door closes someone cheerfully slams another".

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    Igno Rance

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • I remember a rather clever headline in the Pink Un from early 1998 after a five nil defeat at Wolves. 'Dunces with Wolves'. Hope we are not repeating it in a few days time.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Ingot Rance; when one door closes, so do the rest - for those outside the farcical world of footy. Time to ensure your trousers don`t fall down. No doubt somebody will say `belt up`. Ooops, just did.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Without knowing full details, looks like his departure is virtually assured. Deserved pots season before last but terribly inconsistent last. Time for RBennett to show his ability and shine but another required to replace Bassong. Just found the NCFC supporters club handbook from 7475 in my old subbuteo box. That was a team with characters - forbes butler boyer keelan macdougall livermore machin stringer suggett and more and one that bounced back aftet a terrble last place finish and relegation to both go back up and get to wembley. Possibly my favourite ever season.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Agreed Cutty, been on both ends of that one! The tongue was fairly firmly in the cheek. Appeared in a few Whitehall farces in my Am - dram days, can't help wondering if I'm watching another. Let's hope that smokin joe l eft a few useful suggestions on the desk whilst packing! As for the Fer to QPR rumour, all I can say is " Arry, Arry Arry, a World Cup goal scorer with three years ( ?) on his contract - start talking in eight figures minimum. We can't read and we can't write, but we. Can drive a tractor. We can also spot a urine taker at thirty paces!

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    Igno Rance

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Seb looked injured and strangely 'past it' last season for me, seemed tentative and slow into challenges, too easily let opposition turn in front of him. I was convinced he was mid Thirties and was shocked to learn only 27. I'd been very impressed with him season before so believed it to be as a result of injury. Perhaps it was disillusionment, or attitude. If he can't get his head right, he's best to go. If he can get himself back to his best, he could be the best CB in the Champ.

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    Double D

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • well joe royle didn't last long,back to everton already!

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    tonyb

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Igno, they known what's occurring. If some people don't accept you when you step up a rung pick the worst offender and give him some stick. Offer the rest a carrot, works every time, I've seen it and I've used it.

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    cutty

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • one good season and a very poor one,Last season he was embarrisingly poor,looked half asleep and didn't want the fight to try and stay up even though he was captain!i say good riddance.Apparently he was awful Saturday aswell!

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    tonyb

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • this headline must have come from the faeries at the bottom of the garden. Seb really lost credibility when he said , i parrotphrase, i am not enjoying my football and will be glad when this season is over, and it still looks as if the entire management structure at the carra haven't forgotten.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Did you mean buy one get one Fer?

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    Igno Rance

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Not too sure Maguire would jump at a championship move, otherwise, not a bad suggestion. As for Seb et al, there is the usual deafening silence emanating from Carrow Road. Do you think that nobody there knows what is occurring or are they just teasing us?

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    Igno Rance

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • …..And now QPR are showing their hand for Fer (News Now) with an £8m price tag.....We could offer Bassong as an additional sweetener!....You know...Buy one ..Get one Free!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Or ask God to perforate the Ringroad and push through his Heavenly thumb. Before it`s too late....

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Just push a quintuple carriageway straight through Gotham City. Only snowploughs and cow-catchers allowed.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Humphrey, seeing as you said please we'll give it serious consideration.

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    cutty

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Stew, NDR es das besta am Norden. On the other hand linking to the A1067 doesn't go far enough.

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    cutty

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • is ANYBODY out there listening to me BUY up and coming central defender harry Maguire from Sheffield utd.PLEASE

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    humphrey

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • `Hate on him` is a phrase that defies grammar, syntax or common sense.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Matt, I have been a great fan of yours, but you do seem to be developing a didactic and dictatorial stance. During `working` hours only... You do tend to use the "hate" word a lot. ;-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • C'mon Bassong, get a grip. You're still a decent player, just focus, work on your concentration and stop being a donkey.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • …..Matt..Brew cutty and the rest of you ….I've had a look at the postings on the NDR story.....Yes I've joined in...as have others usually found talking about Norwich City!... Be nice to have your opinions on this subject which will affect more than the few season ticket holders at Carrow Road!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Bassong probably worst defender in the league last year,his whole attitude was terrible and cost us points. No need to say anything else

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    norman feek

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Mattias.......I know exactly what you mean. Most post nothing but meaningless drivel. The worrying thing is that they are themselves obviously convinced by what they have written!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Bassong - player of the season 2013,some people have short memories !

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    mervyn Lambert

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Matt, As you know, there is no longer any loyalty from players, managers or clubs. Your face may well fit with one manager but not with another and irrespective what fans think, an unhappy player will always move on. Bassong showed during his first season with us that he can play at Premiership level, however we were not the first club to get relegated with him in the squad and I think this says something about his attitude and application. Time for him to move on for the best of all parties I think but that is not saying he is a bad player, far from it.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Yeah! Thats the spirit! Get rid of him......(because its that simple)......and replace him with "that lad who went to Luton on loan".....(who doesn't even play in the same position!!!!!). Sometimes the logic within NCFC discussion is lower than that found in the gossip column of the Sun or heard in the local pub! Worrying.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • If the attitude rumour is true he must go, we want a team this coming season not individual players with poor attitudes. Come on you yellows.

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    goldie

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Get rid------maybe a chance for the young lad that went to Luton on loan last season ----could'nt do any worst

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    superfan59

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Mixed messages here, sounds like big Bass is on the way out !

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Wrong heading here. The only message is to Bassong's agent telling him to pull his finger out. He is finished at City, but at the same time why would Adams (or McNally) want him to go for free? With Bassong the current 'squad' has 27 players - the 21 at Dereham + Wes, Pilkington, RVW, Olsson, Bunn + Bassong. They are certainly not all staying, since it is likely Adams will also want 2-3 more in too.

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    Michael D

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • How can he have any future at Carrow Road. He has an obvious attitude problem which we had to suffer for most of last season, and the manager has banished him to play with the kids - obviously Adams has a low opinion of him. I don't see where our management team should Molly coddle him - just transfer him and have done with it.

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    VictorM

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • He was POTS the year before. His importance was so much that all supporters were of the opinion that we couldnt win without him. Oh how people forget. No disputing he had a bad season last year (like sooooo many others) but I see no reason why fans need to hate on him like they are. 'Could' still be a handy player, but Neil has already decided on that regardless what this article says.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Seb played brilliantly during his first season with us. His performances went off the boil when he was given the Captaincy. It was quite obvious at the time that he wasn't at all comfortable with the role. A good central defender (when he's in form) but not a natural leader on the pitch.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Btw; I actually heard that from a chap in this little town, who has pretensions to being an "insider", but maybe it was similar info? I cannot remember it being mentioned at our gathering (only there for the beer!), but I have heard it from several sources over the last few weeks. One of those "open secrets"? It would explain Bass`s non-selection under Neil. If there is any substance to the rumour, then best he finds another club. And we find another CB - PDQ!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Ah, yes. Something about feeling that playing for a "youth coach" was beneath him? If that is the case, Neil`s correct to ostracize him! Kudos, Fagen. How did you get on with The Ripper?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • At one of our little social pub gatherings one of our regular contributors had a little inside information. Let's just say that the rumour is that Bassong had an attitude problem and a pretty big one at that. If what we heard was true then its highly unlikely that he will be selected in the near future.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Simultaneusly posted with TK. I agree, Trevor. Turner\Bennett should be the CB pairing. I doubt Bass would be keen on the sub`s bench anyway, so maybe it`s better he goes (for a fee...) and we get in another solid squad player. Someone like Leon Barnett.... I sort of agree on Russell Martin too, with the caveat that Strachan prefers him at CB for Scotland. Ryan Bennett should be ready for a run as 1st choice for us, though.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • It was obvious that Neil`s last "revelation" was obfuscation. As M333 says, don`t BS us, Neil. If you do I, for one, will not believe "you`re better than that". If you BS us, you are NOT better than that. I hope this is not yet another to `walk away on a freebie`, cutty. How long left on his contract? Interesting that Neil intends to "speak to the coaches" about Bassong. Don`t you speak to Seb, Neil? Ostracizing players was the Roedent`s modus operandi :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Mind you, I am still worried that NA sees Russell Martin as a centre back and I would rather stick with Turner & Bennett. The only way I would play Martin is to employ him in a three centre back system with wing backs. He is too slow getting back when caught out up field and was exposed far too often last season. The Championship managers will have noted this and be prepared to exploit his weaknesses I fear. I think we still need to find another decent centre back, especially if we intend to let Bassong go.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • For me, Bassong was a very good defender during his first season with us but was sadly not at the races far too often last season, partly perhaps because he could not handle being made captain. No player has an automatic right to be in the team, he has to earn that right and I suspect right now he does not want to be at the club. Neil Adams has to put the club first, that is his job, so if he thinks Bassong is better away from the first team squad then all us fans can do is back his judgement and let the powers that be sort out his future elsewhere. No doubt there is an agent putting his spin on things.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • regarding the winkel situation, we have in total Lafferty, Grabban, Loza, Hooper, Becchio and Winkel. That's 6 strikers. The fact we were after Wilson doesn't mean you have to be a genius to work out that someone's going. And NeverMind, yeah it's a bit of a knock to your career given you're playing a training match with the development squad in Lincolnshire... Have some balls Norwich - no pun intended

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Agree his future is more likely away from NCFC but lets not embarass the guy. Performances aside, he's a consumate professional ....... and he is in the history books of being one of our captains. Good luck for whatever lies ahead Seb

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    nevermindthedanger

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • If he really had a place at NCFC he would have been in the squad at the weekend considering we could only field 10 subs instead of the 11 we needed so everyone would get even time. Instead Surman had to come back on again. Dont BS us Neil. Your better than that. Same with RVW. I called it friday, I said he would use the "he picked up a knock friday" line after the game. Thats how all managers answer questions they really dont want to answer.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • This is about one step away from letting him go on a freebie. Or 'we're paying his wages so we have to do something with him.'

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    cutty

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • .....Can't see that he has a future with us....Grant Holt spent a season covering him instead of scoring goals....took him 10 mins in every game to get started.....and made too many errors of judgement!....a weak link...Houghton made a mistake acquiring him and played him to save his own face...have we ever had a captain of his calibre before? ...I have to say that he is not up to this job or any other job with Norwich City...in my opinion!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Have to feel for Seb, training with the development squad. Hardly a Tweedle Dee or Tweedle Dum is he ..............

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    nevermindthedanger

    Monday, July 14, 2014

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