Duffy - Players are fully focused

Jim Duffy believes Norwich City players are leaving any concerns about their futures in the dressing room. The Scot has been in caretaker charge of the Canaries for the past two games, since the club parted company with manager Peter Grant after the defeat at Queens Park Rangers.

By CHRIS LAKEY

Jim Duffy believes Norwich City players are leaving any concerns about their futures in the dressing room.

The Scot has been in caretaker charge of the Canaries for the past two games, since the club parted company with manager Peter Grant after the defeat at Queens Park Rangers.

Both games have ended in defeat, but Duffy believes the uncertainty over the managerial position is pout to one side and is not affecting the players.

“I don't think so, no,” he said. “Maybe some of the players it might effect. Players will sometimes wonder what is happening, but when you get into the match you get in 100pc focussed on the match.”

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“Obviously if you are talking about things and hearing things and reading things of course you are going to deliberate over that,” added Duffy. “It's like anybody - if you are in a group of people and someone says we heard this person or that person then of course it is going to be spoken about.

“Within football they have mates at other football clubs and the rumour factory starts and of course people discuss that. It is probably in and around the discussion when they are sitting at the breakfast table or sitting at the meal or whenever when players travel in cars together.

“I am sure it's discussed in the dressing room, but I think when they go out training they will focus on that and when they go and play the match I don't think there's any problems with that.

“We know it's results that are the all-important thing in football but the performances over the last couple of games have been better. The away performance at Burnley is probably as good a performance as we have had, apart from a shocking four minutes.

“But performance-wise I think the players showed they did have a bit of a spine to them and they were prepared to resolve their sleeves up and if you have got that indecisive attitude they could just roll over and throw the towel in and they didn't.

“So I think that shows they can focus on the match and they do give 100pc to the match and I think they did do that.

“I am not saying everything is perfect, but I don't think it was anything to do with anything in the back of their minds.”