Alan Irvine has no time for slackers at Norwich City
PUBLISHED: 06:00 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:40 02 May 2017
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Alan Irvine is getting no grief from Norwich City's bomb squad.
The Canaries wrap up their Championship campaign against QPR at Carrow Road on Sunday, but a major overhaul of the playing squad is already underway ahead of a hectic summer.
New sporting director Stuart Webber confirmed on Tuesday lunchtime seven first teamers are free to leave the club when their current deals expire on June 30. John Ruddy is the highest profile casualty on a list that included Ryan Bennett and the expected departures of Seb Bassong, Kyle Lafferty, Youssouf Mulumbu and Michael Turner.
Prior to the latest news being announced, Irvine insisted there had been no slacking from the fringe men since he took over from Alex Neil on an interim basis.
“Anybody who came out to train and started to mess about would be put to one side and told they are not with the group,” he said. “Clearly we want to finish the season with a good result.
“From my own point of view, I just want to make sure I have a group of players out on the training ground who are prepared to train properly. One thing for sure is I am not on holiday. The rest of the staff are not either so we will make sure the training is done right up until QPR.
“This is a serious approach and to give credit to the players it hasn’t been difficult.
“The players all realise if they want to train with us on a daily basis they have to train well. If they want to continue to train they have to do everything properly.”
Irvine admitted it had been an uncertain time for the players and staff while Webber weighed up his options.
“The attitude has been excellent, in terms of how they have gone about things,” he said. “There have been times obviously in certain games where I have had to criticise them, win or lose, and that is part of it.
“It is difficult because there is so much doubt around the place at present and what the future holds for the staff and the players. Full marks to all the staff and players in the way they have approached things.
“That has gone a little bit under the radar perhaps, but there hasn’t been too many dramas.”