Canaries six slammed by Roeder

CHRIS LAKEY The future of six Norwich City players is in doubt this morning after Glenn Roeder admitted they had all failed to convince him of their right to wear the yellow and green shirt again.

CHRIS LAKEY

The future of six Norwich City players is in doubt this morning after Glenn Roeder admitted they had all failed to convince him of their right to wear the yellow and green shirt again.

Simon Lappin, Ian Murray, David Strihavka, Chris Brown, Chris Martin and Michael Spillane have all fallen from grace under Roeder, but plumbed new depths this week when they were part of a reserves side humiliated 5-1 at home by Ipswich.

All were put to shame by 18-year-old academy midfielder Damon Lathrope, whose only first team appearance has been in pre-season friendlies - and who Roeder knows only as “Damo”.

Roeder has a fully-fit squad for today's trip to Scunthorpe, but any chance of seeing senior fringe players pushing for a place on the bus disappeared on Monday night, with Roeder said to have stripped paint off the dressing room walls during the half-time break with a furious volley at the second string players.

The reserve team should be a chance for fringe players to prove their worth to the manager. Instead, the six - although not individually named by Roeder - have had their cards marked with a very large X, and given Roeder a sharp reminder that he has a lot of work to do in the January transfer window if he is to build a solid core of players who will keep City in the Championship.

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“I'll tell you what that told me - there were six players there that played in the game at Plymouth when we got smashed 3-0 - it could have been 6-0 - and that tells you everything,” said Roeder.“Now I definitely know why we got beat.

“Some of those have a lot to do to have a future at this club, a lot.

“Our best player against Ipswich was a kid, who was terrific. Damo. He was very good - he was the one bit of positivity that I could find from the game.

“It was depressing to say the least - and it was the seventh time our reserves have been beaten by Ipswich. Well, that will change.”

Lappin, Murray and Strihavka - as well as Julien Brellier, who was missing on Monday - have all failed to even make the final 16 since the Plymouth debacle on November 10. Significantly, all four, as well as Brown, were signed by previous manger Peter Grant - but they could find their days numbered under the new regime.

Martin and Spillane, who was shown a red card in the second half on Monday, are academy products and have already been told by Roeder that they need to step up a gear if they are going to make it.

However, despite being short on numbers, it seems likely that Roeder will now listen to offers for any of the not-so-magnificent seven, whether it be for loans or permanent transfers.

“There are a few in the squad now, that if anyone wanted to take them or offer anything I would definitely consider letting them go,” he said.

“I know enough about them now, I have a good idea of the players I want us to keep here and ones I would be happy to see depart to another club.”

Murray looks set to end a troubled three months at Norwich by returning to Scotland, with Falkirk manager John Hughes yesterday confirming his interest.

“Ian Murray was a kid with me at Hibs,” he said. “There is an interest there. He's definitely one I'll go and look at.”