Sky Sports pundit Tony Cottee backing former club Norwich City

Tony Cottee spent a brief spell at the Canaries towards the end of his playing days in 2000. Tony Cottee spent a brief spell at the Canaries towards the end of his playing days in 2000.

Thursday, February 21, 2013
11:40 AM

Former Norwich City and Everton striker Tony Cottee has backed Chris Hughton to guide City to safety ahead of the Toffees’ weekend Premier League visit.

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The Sky Sports pundit was at Carrow Road for the recent goalless draw against Fulham which edged Norwich another step closer to securing a third consecutive season of top flight football.

“I think he has done a fantastic job,” said Cottee, who spent a brief spell at the Canaries towards the end of his playing days in 2000. “I like Chris. I have met him a few times and he has always come across as a nice guy. You hope it works out for people like that, but you know it is going to be difficult. In the circumstances he has done a good job.

“I know they had a real difficult start to the season, then a good spell and now a blip. That can happen for any club in about 15 positions in the league. The word for me regarding Norwich City this season is quite simply ‘consolidation’. They have got to stay in the league – it doesn’t matter if it is 17th – and let Chris build again in the summer.

“They are not far away. They just need a couple of wins as soon as possible. Personally, I think they have enough quality to stay in the Premier League.

“It might not have been as free-flowing and exciting as last year but that was a great season and now the main thing as a football club is to keep building and get the big money that comes with it.”

Cottee believes City’s latest Premier League stalemate against Fulham underlined just how high the stakes are with a new domestic broadcast deal on the horizon this summer.

“It was the sort of game you felt neither team wanted to lose. When that happens you get two teams who really cancel each other out – which they did,” he said. “Nothing really happened. You would like to think there isn’t a lot of games like that between now and the end of the season but, from the outside, you get the impression there is a lot of pressure. It is such a dramatic loss when you get relegated and especially this year with the increased revenue. Maybe the players don’t think like that but the actual fear of being part of a relegated team and what that means must have a mental effect. It might not be good entertainment for the fans, but that point could prove vital to both Norwich and Fulham.

“I think it is the home form that will keep Norwich City in the Premier League because Carrow Road is pretty much a fortress. I’ve not seen all the fixtures left, but the games that will dictate Norwich’s fate are not going to be trips to Arsenal or the Manchester clubs. They have Reading and Southampton down the bottom and they are the big games.”

City have drawn four of their last five Premier League tests and the 47-year-old believes another point against Everton this weekend would be a positive step in the right direction. The ex-England striker enjoyed a prolific six-year spell at Goodison Park and Cottee is adamant David Moyes’ squad are good enough to secure a Champions League spot.

“I am a huge David Moyes fan,” he said. “They have had a very good season. They beat (Manchester) United on the opening day and they have also drawn quite a few games - but for that they might almost be challenging for second or third position in the league. Traditionally they get stronger as the season goes on and it was always the sloppy starts that cost them. I’ve said all along they have a possibility to qualify for the Champions League. It will be tough for Norwich and even if they draw the game again that is not going to be a disaster.”

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42 comments

  • Putney , good point . When you look at it like that it really does make sense to for it at Old Trafford and The Emirates and hopefully against Everton . Changed my mind , I want a 4-0 to the boys in yellow on Saturday please .

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    mjc75

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • wise up man! It's a conspiracy man! Archant are just a bunch of narcs man!

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    Steady On

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • This is off topic considering the article content so apologies, but...Does anyone else feel that Holt gives the impression of sitting out his contract on the premier league wage gravy train before scampering back up north at the earliest possible opportunity? I don’t particularly mean the fact that the house has been bought in Carlisle and his wife and girls have moved back up there, more the apparent baiting of city fans with ill considered tweets about moving house on transfer deadline day and expressing a desire to play for both Carlisle and Celtic. Can’t help but feel he has lost interest in the club and the area- let’s not forget, he had a new house built locally not that long ago - a strange thing to do if you have the intention of moving your family away within a year of moving in. I’m not saying that every player should do a hucks or an Ashton and continue to live locally having retired but his apparent ‘u turn’ on life in Norfolk (and of course the SMGH grey hound racing club he set up in the summer) gives the impression that something has changed big time for him recently.

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    Gavin

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Interesting point about the run-ins (particularly the difference between ours and West Ham's). Problem is though, if you lose to Man Utd; that's no real biggie and its quite possible the teams below don't make up ground. If you lose to Wigan, Villa et al. then they automatically make up three points on you. It's very clear a lot of people want CH to go more attacking (particularly against those around and below us) - but ironically, you have more to lose against those teams, particularly when "defending" a 6-point cushion. I wouldn't be surprised if CH goes more attacking against teams like Everton but a bit more defensive against teams like Wigan, Villa, Sunderland etc...

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    PutneyCanary

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Talk football any time you like, the talk so far seems to have been about house prices and barbed remarks about our talisman and leader Grant Holt, from people that are clearly uninformed. If I could be so bold as to actually have an opinion about the story, you know, the one above this comment. I think we have used this break very effectively and dropping out of the FA cup has been a big blessing in disguise on that front. From Evertons point of view we are an unknown quantity. They have played more games than us while we are well rested and ready to go. They can’t anticipate how we will line up because only Hughton and his team knows how we will line up. Tactically we are ahead and we have a bigger incentive to win. I think a victory for us is likely.

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    Steady On

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • You were not on my radar MB. Mostly I like what you have to say. Just that sometimes there is to much negativity on here.

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    sharky

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • OK EngliSh. Sorry sharky, nothing personal but Archant is an ashtray on a motorbike. Better to print nothing than a load of pony.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • So HAS he bought a house in Carlisle & moved his family back or not? As long as he produces the goods on the football pitch, that should be nobodys` business but his own, of course. Perhaps he`s come into a big inheritance and he`s building up a Property Portfolio the length and breadth of the country....... Mind you footy wages would enable that anyway! I`d love to see Holty in tandem with Lucifer this weekend.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Ha-ha yes MB, we are definately agreeing on this one. We may differ in opinion sometimes but ultimately we are both passionate about NCFC and I always respect you for that. RH, yes I did read the artricle; it was in the hope it might be something interesting. As it turns out it was just more irrelevant drivel from an ex player, hence my frustrated commentsopinions. Can somebody out there please tell me why this piece of journalism is of any interest or any value to anyone at all? What difference does Cottee's opinion make (he hardly played for us), how is he relevant to Norwich City in 2013?

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    CanaryWest

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • At least Tony Cottee was better than Drazen Musinic.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • AND I`ve been a supporter of the merits of Grant Holt right from the days real "moaners" were saying he wasn`t good enough for L1, let alone the Prem. I do think he`s lost his sparkle, probably through no fault of his own..... "Moaner = Somebody I disagree with". Is that the measure of it?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • mjc75 - and there may well be merit in your view.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Divot gets paid to write this rubbish and we read it because we support our team. It remains inexcusable to publish something as peripheral (to use a Divotism). NCFC rarely want to communicate with Archant because they do not trust it. Anyone remember the famous Lambert incident when they said he wanted to manage in Germany? That was the end of the EXCLUSIVE Lambert column. CH wasn't prepared to entertain the idea of such a column. The monopoly that is Archant doesn't care because there is no competition and while the DIY shops advertise they WILL not care. I'd love to post about football on here but Archant's uselessness winds me up so much I rarely do so any more. C'mon folks, wise up about your local newspapers.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • sharky go do one. If you don't understand decent Englih stick with Archant.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Archant: Please remove 1: Paddy Davitt. 2: Your Trolls. 3: Steady On. Thank you.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • This is off topic considering the article content so apologies, but...Does anyone else feel that Holt gives the impression of sitting out his contract on the premier league wage gravy train before scampering back up north at the earliest possible opportunity? I don’t particularly mean the fact that the house has been bought in Carlisle and his wife and girls have moved back up there, more the apparent baiting of city fans with ill considered tweets about moving house on transfer deadline day and expressing a desire to play for both Carlisle and Celtic. Can’t help but feel he has lost interest in the club and the area- let’s not forget, he had a new house built locally not that long ago - a strange thing to do if you have the intention of moving your family away within a year of moving in. I’m not saying that every player should do a hucks or an Ashton and continue to live locally having retired but his apparent ‘u turn’ on life in Norfolk (and of course the SMGH grey hound racing club he set up in the summer) gives the impression that something has changed big time for him recently.

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    Gavin

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Interesting point about the run-ins (particularly the difference between ours and West Ham's). Problem is though, if you lose to Man Utd; that's no real biggie and its quite possible the teams below don't make up ground. If you lose to Wigan, Villa et al. then they automatically make up three points on you. It's very clear a lot of people want CH to go more attacking (particularly against those around and below us) - but ironically, you have more to lose against those teams, particularly when "defending" a 6-point cushion. I wouldn't be surprised if CH goes more attacking against teams like Everton but a bit more defensive against teams like Wigan, Villa, Sunderland etc...

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    PutneyCanary

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • You really don't like being called on the BS you type do you disco stew. You have contributed nothing to this article so far. No time like the bresent.

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    Steady On

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Tried to say 'Richard Holmes' had as much right to defend Archant as I have to criticise it. Expressed my continuing dissatisfaction with the non-journalist Divot and declared my attention to write to the EEN letters page about him. Wished the team much-needed luck for Saturday. Ended OTBC. Let's see this time!

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • I have looked at the run-ins for the teams in the bottom half which makes interesting reading.West Ham have the toughest games with 8 out of the 12 against teams in the top half and 6 of those 8 are away from home where they are poor,their next 6 games are against spursstokeman utdchelseawba and liverpool so they could yet get sucked into it.I think qpr are down which leaves 2 places,my own feeling is that it will be 2 from readingwigan and villa.Also villas last game is away to wigan.We have to play 4 teams in the bottom six and we are at home for all of them,these will be the key games.We need to play holty alongside lucifer I just hope that Hoops goes a bit positive particularly with the home games.

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    canaryjon

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Wise words, CanaryWest.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • ..... and Swansea again!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • Good read Erpingham and correct RH. If Archant didnt print these stories, the moaners here would have nothing to write about. Or would they? OTBC

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    sharky

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Everton are a decent team and have great players in the likes of Baines & Cudicini, but I can't see them getting a result against a resurgent Canaries at Carrow Road. The team want to make a statement and I think they will be going all out against the Toffees with two strikers strating up front. Lets hope we get a great result and Hoots sticks with two strikers for the rest of the season to get wins !! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • ….. Crumbs! The Old Crow hasn't turned up yet, Chance to talk FOOTBALL !....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • CanaryWest (and Mad Brewer). You read the article, didn't you? Then why should Archant stop writing them? It was clearly interesting enough to grab and hold your attention.

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    Richard Holmes

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • It certainly seems that we need to pick up our points from the likes of Southampton and Wigan and Villa , a few draws elsewhere and we should be safe . So a draw on Saturday then .

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    mjc75

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Hi, mjc. I saw that Calderwood headline on BBC text and my heart was lifted - until I read the contents! Hey-ho. There`s a lot of sense in Putney`s post about not losing to fellow "strugglers". Drawing with them is fine, PROVIDED we pick up wins elsewhere, as we have managed vs ManU, Gunners & Swansea in particular. Everton are a toffee (sorry!) nut to crack - they`ve only lost 4 league games this season. Of course, we should aspire to beating Soton, Wigan, Reading, WBA (poorish away record) and Villa (specially Villa!). OTBC. Fingers crossed.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • What difference Tony Cottee's opinion makes to anyone I'm not too sure about , I suppose he's a high profile pundit that played for both teams ( how many for us I couldn't say ) so maybe that's it . As for the game , I'd love a win but would take the draw against a very good Everton side .

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    mjc75

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • What moaning? I was mostly asking if anybody knew the truth in the Holty business, and hoping we`d freshen up the team by playing Holty & Lucifer. I also happen to think there was merit in what other posters have said. Is that so terrible? The comments were more interesting than the article, for sure. Hey, CanaryWest, we`re being seen as allies now. That`s scary, isn`t it?! ;-) OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • The thing that as Holts back up can be summed up in one word , Calderwood . He's such a negative influence on both Holt and the teams performance , I just want him to go because we then get the Grant Holt that we know and love back . That's just my humble opinion of course .

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    mjc75

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Archant please stop this endless procession of players past and players quoting that will be safe. Who cares what they say?... its irrelevant and not a story. The ONLY thing that matters is how we perform on the pitch. Who cares what Tony Cottee thinks? He is irrelevant and here for such a short spell you did well to find a picture of him in an NCFC kit. And yes, Holt's performance is down by 25 per cent since he got his new contract. He is not good enough to drop his performance by 10 percent yet alone 25 per cent.

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    CanaryWest

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Far from it Gavin. Holt still is the heart and soul of this Norwich City team. He works tirelessly and unselfishly for the cause, and I am sure gets fed up with the crumbs that come his way in the penalty area. In fact, I see a new Holt, embracing the fact that with the signing of Beccs he may need to share time up front. The rubbish around that he was moving house on the Saturday we were playing Fulham when he was quite clearly at the ground, is the sort of thing that others believe. I think he still has another couple of years to go on his contract, and I cannot see him doing anything other than giving everything. The man loves to play and he loves Norwich City. So do I.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • …...Necessary repeat posting..... .Please Gents, If you are attending the match on Saturday, be good enough to turn to your neighbour, and ask them if they are a Stewpydsodd . ...I will be most pleased to hear the outcome ! Thank you all...... by the way if your neighbour happens to be a women, ask if she is descended from the Pratts that went to live in Ireland, and become a Silly Old Crow!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • …..I see the Crow has flown in and dropped it's usual.......!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Just looked at sky text and leapt for joy , the headline " Calderwood interests Dundee " stood out . Then I actually read it , only to find out it was some fella called Jimmy Calderwood. . So close and yet so far ............

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    mjc75

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • So you,d rather we had NOTHING to read then??

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    sharky

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • ...and still no football related post from Stew. Any time you like...

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    Steady On

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • MJC75 you certainly make some good comments and eventually our day will come (hopefully not too far away) when Delia and co. tells Bewilderwood to depart from our club.

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    yarco

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • I remember with some displeasure watching this has been 'play' for Norwich. Seeing my ticket money wasted on him had me raging. A typical mercenary, grabbing every last penny before hanging up his boots instead of leaving on a high with his dignity intact. Do I care what he thinks....absolutely I do Not!

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    baguio

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • I think "brief" is the word ! He turned out for us about 4 or 5 times didn't he? I saw the Stockport County game. He played well in that game + had a go to be fair to him. Streching it a bit to refer to him as an former-player in the accepted sense of that term...!

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    Timbo

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Or even my intention, in case MB's on duty!

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

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