Timm Klose should do his talking on the pitch, urges Norwich City interim chief Alan Irvine
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Alan Irvine insists Timm Klose's time would be better served forcing his way back into Norwich City's line up than outlining his summer career plans.
Klose was quoted in a Swiss newspaper earlier this week revealing he is poised for fresh talks over his future with the Canaries and re-affirming his desire to play in the Premier League.
The central defender is back in the squad for Barnsley's Championship visit to Carrow Road on Saturday and Irvine wants his players to focus on the job in hand.
'Look, I think the players should wait for things to settle down before speaking about their futures,' he said. 'The fact is anybody could come in here as a new manager and look at the squad and make decisions from that point. I wouldn't think there is any player here who should be ruling themselves in or out at this moment, in terms of next season. It could well be that the person who comes is the biggest fan of Timm Klose that you could get, in which case, he probably wants to keep him here.
'I don't think it is generally hard for players to retain that focus. I haven't come across many who down tools if the season is over, as people tend to say. It would be a very foolish player who went out onto the pitch and wasn't ready to give of their best. There are a whole lot of people who are assessing them. We can't give up. That would be unforgivable, even if it becomes mathematically impossible. We have to be totally professional. There are no players here who do not have a chance of playing under me.'
Irvine refused to be drawn on Alex Neil's assertion, at what turned into his farewell press call last week prior to his dismissal, that a major summer clear-out is needed at Carrow Road.
'I don't know the circumstances regarding players' contracts. I don't have all the information to say it should be big changes,' said Irvine. 'We have a good squad of players, no question, but like any club they will look to improve it during the close season.
'This idea there is nothing to play for from here doesn't ring true for me; not least to put on the best performance you can for the fans, who either come to Carrow Road or travel away. For players they have something to play for next season and while I am around that won't be the case.'