Worthy 'not interested' in Sutton
CHRIS LAKEY Ex-Canaries hitman Chris Sutton won't be making a return to Carrow Road this summer.Sutton, who left Norwich for pastures new more than a decade ago, is a free agent, having been released by Birmingham at the end of the season.
Ex-Canaries hitman Chris Sutton won't be making a return to Carrow Road this summer.
Sutton, who left Norwich for pastures new more than a decade ago, is a free agent, having been released by Birmingham at the end of the season.
But Canaries boss Nigel Worthington won't be in the market for the 33-year-old, who was on a reported £45,000 a week during his 11-game stint at St Andrews, when he failed to save the Blues from the drop down to the Championship.
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“Definitely not interested there,” was Worthington's response to the Sutton suggestion.
“It is one of those where we are looking for younger players and there's also the financial side of that one which comes into play.”
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Sutton scored 43 goals in 127 appearances for City before heading off to Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 1994 for a then British record transfer fee of £5m - the single biggest sale in City's history until Dean Ashton went to West Ham in January for £7.25m.
Worthington's transfer search will be spread over the whole of Europe, with players from any farther afield unlikely to be on his shopping list.
“It's more Britain and Europe than worldwide,” he said. “The farther you go the more difficult it can become in terms of things like the language barrier.
“The net will certainly be cast far and wide, but it's a case of trying to get the best value for money for the football club.”
Worthington also has to take into account that this is the second and final year of the parachute payments payable to clubs relegated from the Premiership, although he says it should not be too much of an imposition.
“Norwich is a very tightly run ship and it is always been that way and we all have to work off what is a viable position for the football club,” he said. “We accept that and we get on with it and nothing has ever changed. It was exactly the same in the Premiership and last year.”
As well as new players, Worthington will be working alongside a new first team coach, but said a decision had yet to be made on the replacement for the axed Steve Foley.
“We are in the process of doing that,” he said. “It is moving along quite nicely at the moment and we should be looking at just before pre-season.”