Earnshaw: Let's do it for Worthy
CHRIS LAKEY Canaries goal king Robert Earnshaw has revealed how Nigel Worthington told his players in the days leading up to his departure to go out and perform for themselves.
Canaries goal king Robert Earnshaw has revealed how Nigel Worthington told his players in the days leading up to his departure to go out and perform for themselves.
And Earnshaw believes City can still give their former boss “a nice present” by winning promotion this season.
The Wales striker was almost in tears after scoring a late, late goal for City in Sunday's 4-1 home demolition by Burnley - the result that finally forced the club's hand and which led to Worthington's sacking.
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But Earnshaw's comments suggest Worthington knew what everyone else knew - that the writing was on the wall after a dreadful sequence of three defeats in their previous four games.
“I know Nigel (Worthington) still wants us to do well, he's like that,” said Earnshaw. “He told us to go out and do it for ourselves, nobody else. There was pressure but he took that off us.
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“Good luck to him in whatever he does. Us getting promotion would be a nice present for us to give him.
“It's a bit crazy at the club right now, but we must deal with it. Nigel is a good manager and a good guy as well, but that is what happens sometimes in football.
“The worst thing is that he is a good person, that is what makes it harder.”
There are still no clues as to who will take over the managerial vacancy at Carrow Road, although Earnshaw has first-hand experience of the red-hot favourite, former Wales assistant manager Mark Bowen.
“I don't know who will come in but people say Mark Bowen has a chance, I don't know about that,” said Earnshaw.
“But I have had plenty of experience playing under him (Bowen) with Wales when he was Mark Hughes' coach. He's someone I get on with, but we will have to wait and see. It could be anyone, but from a players' point of view you want something done quickly.
“We need to settle down, get a new manager in and work at getting back to our early season form. For me it has gone well, though. I am scoring goals regularly.'”
Those goals will be vital for if City harbour ambitions for the rest of the season, but Earnshaw is convinced there is still plenty to play for.
“We are not giving up on the season,” he said. “We can get back into contention. The board have acted to give someone new the rest of the season, we have only been going a few weeks.
“There's still plenty of time to do something about it this season, as long as Cardiff don't run away with it! But seriously, my old club are doing really well and I couldn't be happier for them.
“I've still got mates there. Joe Ledley and Paul Parry, who are with me in the Wales squad, have been doing particularly well. But I still believe Norwich can catch them.”
Earnshaw is with the Wales squad for their European Championship qualifiers against Slovakia on Saturday and Cyprus next Wednesday. He will earn his 30th cap at the weekend and hopes to build on the 11 goals he has already scored for his country.
“I hope I can score a few for Wales over these next two games and maybe even get a partnership with Craig Bellamy going well,” said Earnshaw, who has hit eight in 10 Championship games this season.
“We are both quick and it could be a decent pairing. But I don't worry about Wales. We have good players, we make lots of chances and I always feel confident here. We are good enough to do well.”