Hucks plans sticky start for Worthy

CHRIS LAKEY Nigel Worthington's appointment as caretaker boss at Leicester may have set the tongues wagging among City fans, but it's had little effect in the Norwich City dressing room he used to be in charge of.

CHRIS LAKEY

Nigel Worthington's appointment as caretaker boss at Leicester may have set the tongues wagging among City fans, but it's had little effect in the Norwich City dressing room he used to be in charge of.

"To be honest, the lads have not even spoken about it, that's the honest truth," said Darren Huckerby. "I think we are more worried about the way things are looking for us - we have injury problems so the lads are more worried about who's going to be playing where."

Huckerby is one of seven "Worthington" players who started Monday's game against West Brom - and arguably the most successful - and believes his former boss can keep Leicester in the Championship.

"It is a big club and if you look at all the managers in the league he is probably one of the only ones who has tasted success," said Huckereby.

"He has got to the final of a competition and also won the league - there are not many managers who have got that on their CV so obviously Leicester are looking towards that.

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"Obviously they are in a bit of anger, but looking at the players they have got I can't see them struggling to be honest. They have got a lot of good players, even though they are not probably performing as well as they can do, but if you look at their squad I think they have enough to stay up."

Worthington knows the Norwich squad better than he does his new playing staff - a factor which could have a huge bearing on today's result.

"I am sure he will have a game plan to stop whichever players he thinks need stopping, so it is up to us," said Huckerby. "Usually when teams get a new manager they get a bit of a lift anyway, so we will be going there hoping for three points, but it will be a tough game.

"We will go there and give it our best shot. We're confident we can go and get a result there, whoever the manager is. They have the same amount of players as us - obviously we wish them well - after Saturday."

The only surprise to Huckerby was that Worthington's appointment coincided with Norwich's visit to the Walkers Stadium - other than that, it was a case of when, and not if, the Northern Irishman returned to management.

"It was only a matter of time before he got back into football," Huckerby said. "I spoke to him a couple of times since he has left and he has had a few offers. I think this was probably just a good one until the end of the season.

"It just adds a bit more spice to the game, but we will be going there for three points. They are desperate for the points as well. We have a lot of injuries, but that seems to be the case for the season really. We have always gone into games with not a full quota of players.

"It will be nice to see him, but we will be going there to win."