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Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has confirmed no bid has been received from Swansea for Anthony Pilkington. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has confirmed no bid has been received from Swansea for Anthony Pilkington. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, January 27, 2014
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Chris Hughton confirmed on Monday afternoon Norwich City have not made a bid for Blackburn centre-back Scott Dann – and reiterated none of his stars are for sale during the final days of the transfer window.

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Hughton insisted reports of a £3.5m move for Dann were wide of the mark but refused to be drawn on speculation linking the Canaries with fellow centre-backs Steven Taylor from Newcastle and Lazio’s Michael Ciani. Hughton is adamant City remain in the market for reinforcements ahead of the window closing at 11pm on Friday night.

“I think we are at the stage now where you would probably understand what I would say if you put a lot of names to me. We are trying to make ourselves as active as possible,” he said at Colney ahead of Newcastle’s Premier League visit to Carrow Road on Tuesday. “There will always be names that will be bandied around. The majority I can assure you have no substance. Some will be because of agents asking questions or putting names to us. I want to deal in fact and we have not made a bid for Scott Dann. Steven Taylor is one I can understand why we are being linked because of my previous connections to the player.

“Regards that one (Ciani) again, that is all part of the rumour mill. Of course we make phone calls and enquiries to see if players are available and amongst all that there is speculation. We are looking to improve the squad. We are competitive at present and we now have the likes of Alex Tettey and Anthony Pilkington fit and back in the squad.”

Hughton was happy to quash reports of a £3m move by the Swans for Pilkington prior to the weekend and also brushed off talk of Nathan Redmond making a surprise exit to the Welsh club.

Wes Hoolahan and Robert Snodgrass have afound themselves the subject of interest from potential suitors during this transfer window and Hughton accepts that comes with the territory.

“Nathan is very happy here,” he said. “He is one who has had a lot of involvement here. He is a very well-grounded young man who is improving his game week in, week out. He is a very mature young man and we are delighted to have him here and he wants to develop and improve here.

“Any potential rumours for our players is a testament to what we are trying to do here. It is not welcome, of course, but we must be doing something right, but there is no fact in any bid for Anthony from Swansea.”

Hughton also dismissed reports of an approach from Sheffield Wednesday to take Luciano Becchio on loan.

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48 comments

  • In reply to mjc75. RVW is no light weight fairy to most people he look a very good, honest and intelligent player. Grant Holt was far from lightweight or a fairy but could not score in a CH set up. Hopper spends much of a match totally invisible, the other three attacking player that have good goal scoring records at other clubs can either not get a game or can not score at NCFC. We have not been able to score goal regularly no matter who we have up front ever since CH came to the club.

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    Harry

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Tried making that point so many times, but people cling onto that placing. We have 100% declined in the last 12 months instead of progressing. Plain and simple. Its what we (or he) does now that counts. Hes been given a stay of execution. Lets pray he gets it right finally. I just want my team to win. Thats all I care about. If it means the board have to replace Hughton then so be it and I trust them to get it right.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • One would be very happy if hootun would stop referring to players as 'one', one tires of hearing Mr borings voice as I read his comments. 'He is one' 'that is one' Maybe his obsession with one explains why we rarely score two!

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    MBA Marine

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • I think we were strongly linked to Taylor some years back. Maybe Peter Grant or Roeder. I don't think he would be too thrilled to come down here to join a relegation battle.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • I recently posted par to survive based on last 10 years stats is 37 points. That's 4 x 1-0, 2 x 0-0 and 10 hefty defeats. Whatever side of the fence you sit in the CH debate, surely he is the man to achieve those results!

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • The bloke who discovered RVW turned out to be a girl guide, not a scout.......so they sacked him. Now CH just relies on a couple of phone numbers in his address book: Saint James and Saint Andrews......oh yeah, and St Trinians, who were kind enough to let Elmander go out on loan. Personally, I'd put my faith in Saint Christopher, to ensure that his namesake goes safely on his way.

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    User Removed

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Barking , hear hear .

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    mjc75

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Excellent well reasoned post Putney. The problem is that it doesn't counter the emotional responses of the Hughton Outers who have dug into their positions and will not move whatever the logic. The style of play is dull at times but the short to medium term target must be to stay up and consolidate. We're a solidly well run club with a bright future under McNally and co. Onward and upwards.

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    Canary on the moon

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Putney Canary you have just written two of the very few posts putting the case for Chris Hughton. Thank you and well done. I certainly agree with your views on McNally but on Hughton we are poles apart. Rather like James Dean and Marilyn Monroe, Lambert was gone before he had been here long enough to tarnish his reputation by failure. He gave much to the club but that extra thing he gave to the fans was confidence. His team won. He talked like he expected them to win and his players played like they knew they could win. Hughton by comparison comes over as someone who expects to lose and who sets his sights only on getting a draw. His interviews are cringeworthy, his tactics are neither entertaining not that successful and his inability to change the way a match is going also compares very unfavourably with Lambert. Enough about Lambert, compare a Hughton interview with one from a winning manager: Fergie, Mourinho, Mancini, Peregrini etc. Play the interviews blindfolded and ask yourself which of them would you back to get any GCSE's.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • MJC and others - the headline story on the EDP yesterday read 'they are just mindless morons'. Relating to the lady who had a concrete block dropped into her car under a motorway bridge.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • I repeat stats from a previous posting. Based on par to survive over last 10 seasons, points needed 37. Considering we get most of our points when we keep clean sheets, that's 4 x 1-0, 2 x 0-0, and 10 x hefty defeats. There's only one man for that job. The Hoot.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Also , imagine that you were a player under CH and you really were not happy with how the side is set up to play , or the tactics that you were being told to employ , but you still harbour a desire to play . Do you A , speak out in interviews about what you think is wrong , thereby scuppering any hope you may of had of actually playing . Or B , keep your mouth shut and hope the situation improves , giving you a much better chance of getting on the field . I think it's most likely to be option B every time .

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    mjc75

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • i dont know what you lot are trying to say?such a load of rubbish being spouted on hear,why bother to post.(not you brew) yes £8 mil is a lot of money.but in this league you have to spend that to stay where we are.to go higher we would have to spend three times that amount on a player.example man u have just spent almost £40k on juan mata.i think that puts into perspective where we are at.

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    bluelight

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Much ado about nothing, then? We surely need strengthening at CB - with or without Turner.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • The answer to our conundrum is simple , we all know it . Some refuse to accept it , others are more open eyed . We have strikers with proven goalscoring records , midfielders that are nearly all internationals . The coaching ( or lack of it ) is at fault and has been since CH and his travelling circus of sidekicks arrived . Our league position is tenuous at best , one dodgy result and we are back in the brown stuff . Our goal difference could very well be our downfall , and you don't need to be a quantum physicist to realise that CH lacks the stones to rectify it . Every time we take to the field we look shaky , nervous of another thrashing . We possess a halfway decent squad , that if allowed to play are a match for any team in the division . For too long people have come up with excuses for them , they need time seems to be a favourite . Time ladies and gentlemen isn't so much as slipping away as screaming by at warp twelve . I have resigned myself to CH & the circus being here for the rest of the season , but they now need to earn their corn and start demanding more as well as giving more themselves . Then when the season is over , McNally can send them packing .

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    mjc75

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Canary on the moon to answer you , as lifelong fans of our club how else would you look at it other than emotionally ?

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    mjc75

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Bang on 'mjc75', it IS the scouts and managers job to mine a rough diamond and polish him into a gem. That's polish, as in, make shine, as opposed to Polish as in Robert Lewandowski. I was led to believe our scouting system was in fine fettle, how many months have we known that we needed reinforcements. All required personnel would have been identified, battoned down, signed, sealed and delivered then. As 'wivenhoebugie' says 5 days, possibly 4. I'm so excited about who is coming in to join us, I just can 't get no sleep, ( ripping off tights with my teeth, lyric from old trance track). I can't get no sleep.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Mjc, I have seen you post on numerous occasions that you wanted someone who wasn't so firm in their views against CH to give you three reasons why he shouldn't be sacked. But then you've said that the absence of an alternative should not be one of them. I stand by my view that is moronic (although I'm sad, but not surprised that's the bit you chose to focus on). Whether you like it or not (and I get the feeling some really do not), Norwich City Football Club (club, not team) is a multi million pound business. In any business (outside of football it would seem), sacking an integral part if the management team (or all of them) without a replacement lined up (or at least considered) would absolutely be considered moronic. I don't see why football clubs should be any different, and I'm happy to believe that DM works on the same principles. I have nothing against any person or reasoned argument to say we should sack CH (although at present I would respectfully disagree), but to sack him for the sack of sacking him without a considered replacement in line surely cannot be reasoned. On that basis I can only ever utterly reject in principle your view that any debate as to CH's potential sacking should be absent consideration of a potential replacement...

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • 5 days in which to buy and sell players,or 5 days to just about ensure City's premier survival. 2 games that are very winnable ,home to Newcastle and away to Cardiff, and we could be 10+ points clear of the bottom 3 by this weekend[given a couple of results going our way]. 5 days to get it right. 5 days. thats all we've got.5days

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • RVW would be good for a number of other prem sides bcos of the way they play, notably Villa or Southampton, very quick from back to front not for us under hoots unfortunately . We simply dont suit each other. I`m struggling to think of anyone who would suit our negative style and still thrive, but therein lies our problem.

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    marcohendy

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • I recently posted par to survive based on last 10 years stats is 37 points. That's 4 x 1-0, 2 x 0-0 and 10 hefty defeats. Whatever side of the fence you sit in the CH debate, surely he is the man to achieve those results!

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • An interesting post Putney. I would imagine the way he speaks to the players differs from his press style but the core of the man must show in both these activities. He comes over as passionless and lacking in self belief and therefore is totally uninspiring. Think about the teachers you may have had at school. Were't the boring ones awful and did you really work hard in those subjects? You mention two players who welcomed the chance to play under Hughton again and that is to his credit but how many transfer targets have made it clear that they would rather play for Accrington Stanley (Huddersfield or Wigan) than for Norwich while Huighton is in charge? The cynic in me also suggests that there is some advantage in playing under a manager with such little ambition. Easy life anyone? It is true that Lambert is as disliked by the Villa fans as Hughton is here but with managers it does ultimately seem to be a matter of luck whether a particular managers skills will transfer with him to a new club. As I have said before only three managers have won the top title in England with more than one club. Anu guesses who?

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    waclor

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • we'll pay anyone to TAKE Elmander!

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    citizen

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • I think hoots needs to sign a carpenter in the transfer window he could board up the goal that way we might pick up a point or two (we could play Ruddy as an extra defender ) might even be able to play two up front for the rest of the season ( bit radical but it could catch on )

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    Victor meldrew

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Steven Taylor from Newcastle. Never going to happen but i'd be thrilled if it did. My only issue is he does seem very injury prone. Would he leave his native newcastle....unsure.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • I recently posted par to survive based on last 10 years stats is 37 points. That's 4 x 1-0, 2 x 0-0 and 10 hefty defeats. Whatever side of the fence you sit in the CH debate, surely he is the man to achieve those results!

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • The bloke who discovered RVW turned out to be a girl guide, not a scout.......so they sacked him. Now CH just relies on a couple of phone numbers in his address book: Saint James and Saint Andrews......oh yeah, and St Trinians, who were kind enough to let Elmander go out on loan. Personally, I'd put my faith in Saint Christopher, to ensure that his namesake goes safely on his way.

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    User Removed

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • wish people would stop using a league placing as a reason for keeping Hoots. 201112 - For 52- A - 66 = -14 - pts 47 201213 - For 41- A- 58 = -17 - pts 44 Yes he finished 11th but more to do with more teams around us. Facts are we gained less pts and our GD worsened. Is that an improvement? We are on target to do even worse this year therefore ...are we improving under Hughton?? However lets support for the remaining 16 games and hope we are lucky. OTBC

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    kpg24uk

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Reason to keep him? He's had one full season and we finished 11th. I think that's above most reasonable expectations. This season, so far, we're 12th-so no major drop off there. That not good enough? Ok,, transfer record so far I'd argue is, in the whole, positive (perhaps backed up by league positions)? Still no good, ok, think you're one of the posters that have commented on players speaking out about CH as a kind of vindication for your views. Well so far, by my reckoning, there have been three games that were 'must wins' for CH - a situation largely caused by fans panicking - and, each time, the players fought hard and won. Now, if CH clearly 'lost the dressing room', I'd be the first on here to say its time to get rid, but it would seem to me that he clearly hasn't, and so whether you see it or not, the highly paid professionals who are good players (including in your view) seem to back his methods...and they work with him daily. I don't, and I assume you don't...? Still no good reasons for you?? I've seen you previously post that the absence of another should be discounted as a reason not to sack CH. personally I think that moronic, but, nevertheless, there's three additional reasons above (in my view, which I think is right...). :;))

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    PutneyCanary

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Putney, if you look up moronic, you will find: "mo·ron n. 1. A stupid person; a dolt. 2. A person of mild mental retardation having a mental age of from 7 to 12 years and generally having communication and social skills enabling some degree of academic or vocational education. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive." I doubt whether mjc is either of these things. I also doubt that he ever suggested that McNally sack CH without immediately appointing a successor, even if it was only on a temporary basis. However, more importantly when posters resort to name-calling when responding to genuine fans, it undermines their own arguments and calls into question their true allegiance. Heaven forbid!

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • …..I watched some of that Celtic-Hibs match last night....seems they found another couple of decent strikers....foreign names of course...or could it be that Lennon brings out the best in his players?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Lincs Canary ..... Did you post a message by any chance ?

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    Colby Army!

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • I recently posted par to survive based on last 10 years stats is 37 points. That's 4 x 1-0, 2 x 0-0 and 10 hefty defeats. Whatever side of the fence you sit in the CH debate, surely he is the man to achieve those results!

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • I recently posted par to survive based on last 10 years stats is 37 points. That's 4 x 1-0, 2 x 0-0 and 10 hefty defeats. Whatever side of the fence you sit in the CH debate, surely he is the man to achieve those results!

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Waclor - thanks! (And Canary on the Moon). Waclor, you and many others have posted about CHs interview style. I completely agree. It's dull and bland. Where we seem to disagree is that I consider it irrelevant. I don't think for one minute that the same dross that's served up to the media is what the players hear behind closed doors. I don't see it's the managers job to motivate the fans-by definition they should always be motivated or else they should just stay away. Now, no doubt people will jump on this and say he doesn't motivate the players either. There, I disagree and refer to my posts below. In addition, Redmond chose us over Europe with Swansea, by all accounts largely because of his previous relationship with CH. likewise, we've just brought in JG whom he previously worked with. Would serious pros (one with bags of potential and one a full Argentina international) seriously come here with a manager they'd previously worked under if he was a demotivating man? Not to my mind! As to how that public persona interplays with the team 'style', I can see why comparisons are made, of course. But to say we don't go out to win must be wrong. I think it's just we try to win in a different way to how Lambert tried to win, or indeed how a lot of fans want us to try to win. (Note, in his time at AV, PLs way isn't much loved either...). I also think we have been terribly unlucky with injuries. Half our summer spend was on two strikers who only in the last few games have been fit at the same time. Of course that's going to have an impact on well laid plans, as is the untimely losses of Tettey and Howson. So, in short (although I appreciate this is a rather long post), maybe, just maybe, as our players return to full fitness, we're in line for a good run (remember, one happened last season) that makes us safe well before those dreaded last four games (which, incidentally, I also don't consider are dead rubbers for us). P.S, on the subject of Fergie - read his most recent comments about choosing a manager and then sticking with him. Some interesting parallels there to our current apparent plight. He is a man that knows what he's talking about for sure.

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Mjc, there will no doubt be many, maybe even the majority, who agree with you. But, your post, for me, sums up everything that's wrong with the (lack of) CH out debate (if that's what it's called). You write with such impunity, and even say that those who don't see it your way don't have their eyes open. Now, I'm not saying you're necessarily wrong - but you (and many others) write like you're definitely right. For me, of course I wished we were ,ore attacking, more exciting, and winning every game. But - if we'd taken three points from all the games people on here say we should've won, we'd be challenging for a CL spot right now. Sure, we are far from safe, but right now we're in 12th with 2 games where somewhere between 3 and 6 points are realistic. Anywhere in that region means we start to consolidate our mid table position. Now, of course that doesn't take 'style' into account...but I would take a few years of 'boring' football and mid table finishes in the PL to see what comes next over adventurous football that sees us relegated. Bottom line, I have complete faith in McNally. Read some posts on here, you'd think this was his first job in football and he got lucky in the last few seasons. Just see what he did at Fulham before. I maintain he is our best ever signing. Also, can I ask, other than (in my view misplaced) loyalty towards Holt, what does everyone have against Calderwood? There are plenty of examples of those who tried management and failed but are very good at the number 2 spot....perhaps something to bear in mind for all those who think Phealan would answer all our prayers...??

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    PutneyCanary

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • As I'm yet to read a post on here with a viable reason for keeping him , added to my own irritation of the way he sends them out to play and the mis-management of what are very good players . Then yes I firmly believe that I'm right in what I'm saying , my opinion you understand , always right ;-)))

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    mjc75

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Small point on that blue light , Juan Mata is an exceptional player that will certainly give Utd a fair return on his transfer fee , but we paid £8.5m on a lightweight fairy that has so far returned one goal . The fee paid doesn't always match the players ability , the eye for ability of the scout and manager are far more important .

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    mjc75

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • They need miracles not players. Useless at the best of times.

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    Rastus Obinga-Odinga

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • My ball is firmly in the Boot the Hoot camp, and has been for a season and a half. I couldn't agree more with waclor, mjc, stew barking or the majority of fans who can see that Hughton and his so called coaches are ruining our club. To timbo, in answer to our previous posts, apart from stating all over again everything that is wrong with him and his cbeebie pals, I quite like what he has achieved................or not. HOOF THE HOOT NOW before it is deffo too late

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    oldtimer

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Barcelona have announced that Messi is not for sale. Looks like Wes will be staying then.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • We have four strikers at the club, three of whom have goalscoring pedigrees at a decent level. Yet only Hooper has so far managed more than the odd goal. Good players don';t become bad ones overnight. The answer must lie in Hughton's tactics, his team selections and the way the team is set up. Or the fact that numerous players who should be supporting the striker(s) and feeding them are just not doing their jobs or are themselves not up to the required standard of the Prem League. I suspect both to be true to some degree. Unfortunately Hughton seems unable to get the best out of the players at his disposal, even the ones who perhaps are no better than Championship level.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • I read all the gossip of the top premier league teams making bids of over £8m for this player and that, and I think, we couldn't afford that sort of money. Oh wait a minute we did,£8.5m for RVW. He must be good then.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • To Colby Army. Honest, I only did one post. Clearly someone thought it was worth repeating, repeating, repeating

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • It was reasonable , until you added moronic . No genuine reason for that really , but then if that's how you wish to convey your thoughts ? Then maybe you should apply it to your good self :-))

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    mjc75

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • How many times have NCFC scored more than 2 goals under Hughton in the prem over number of games. I bet that is an interesting stat.

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    andys

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • wish people would stop using a league placing as a reason for keeping Hoots. 201112 - For 52- A - 66 = -14 - pts 47 201213 - For 41- A- 58 = -17 - pts 44 Yes he finished 11th but more to do with more teams around us. Facts are we gained less pts and our GD worsened. Is that an improvement? We are on target to do even worse this year therefore ...are we improving under Hughton?? However lets support for the remaining 16 games and hope we are lucky. OTBC

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    kpg24uk

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • No doubt we will end up with no new players as usual.

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    Henry

    Monday, January 27, 2014

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