Chris Hughton comes out fighting as Norwich City aim to turn around faltering campaign

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton with chief executive David McNally. Picture: Denise Bradley Norwich City manager Chris Hughton with chief executive David McNally. Picture: Denise Bradley

Thursday, January 16, 2014
5:33 PM

Chris Hughton came out fighting as he aims to turn around Norwich City’s faltering campaign and his own position at the Carrow Road helm.

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Pressure on the City manager has hit new intensity levels following the Canaries’ insipid FA Cup exit at Fulham on Tuesday night, in turn leaving Premier League victory from Hull’s visit on Saturday essential to stem the tide.

But Hughton is well aware of how the majority of City supporters are feeling – and is confident him and his players will deliver the perfect response.

“We have a terrific support that turns up week in week out, travel very well and they are as passionate about their club as we are,” said Hughton.

“Any concerns and disappointments they have, we completely understand because it’s part and parcel of football and we would never take that away from them. It’s their club.

“But we have to make sure we’re every bit as passionate about this football club and getting results as what they are.

“Our objective is to be a passionate football club, a passionate manager, a passionate team that want to go and win football matches. That’s what everybody wants.

“There are always ups and downs in the game and what we have to do is ride a difficult period. But our objective is absolutely to get back to winning ways.

“That’s how it has to be and why you have to take any criticisms on the chin, because they are meant in the right way – because they want their team to do well, as we do.”

On a run of eight games in all competitions without a win and asked if he had or would ever consider walking away from the job, Hughton answered: “No. Never.”

He added: “Do I have faith in this group of players? Yes. There wouldn’t be anybody in the changing room that hasn’t had to cope with more difficult times or a period in their career where they haven’t got the results they wanted to.

“That’s what you work every single day for and that’s what the challenges are going into every game – to get the result you want. And you know when you get that result the game is a better place.”

Anthony Pilkington (hamstring) and Alex Tettey (ankle) have returned to training and are in contention for the squad to face Hull – a decision Hughton will make on Friday.

Jonny Howson (back), Michael Turner (hamstring) and Elliott Bennett (knee) remain on the sidelines.

51 comments

  • GPL.....In sport the most important thing is consistency because then you know where you are and what you need to do to improve. Inconsistency is a really bad fault. It can be rectified through training.

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    NICEONE

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Most fans on this site must be really naive! Wolves pushed the panic button too early, now look at them! I'd bet if they could turn back time they would definitely handle that situation better. Everyone seems to be jumping on the hoots out bandwagon without so much a thought of who to replace him. Its a good job McInally has a cool head while others are losing theirs! We keep hearing malky is our savoir. Whats he achieved that hoots has'nt to make people think he's the special one? he sets up his sides like the defender he is! No folks, we need to stick together and ride out this storm, and then in the summer re-evaluate the situation!

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    JOROBIT

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Hooper had Harry Redknapp after him as well. There were bigger clubs interested in Fer.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Cheers LYB. So what do we reckon he's on? £2m a year? I only ask because I saw some idiot on this website or twitter say it'll cost us £8m to sack him!

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    MancCanary

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • GPL mate, if you think our only problem this season is a lack of consistency, then change your handle to GPS as you're obviously watching the games from outer space.....DOH !

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    Timbo

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • GPL, are you saying it is the press who have informed us that the team is not doing very well under Hughton and it's all a plot to sell newspapers? So watching underperforming players persist with unsuccessful tactical formations, scoring a pitiful number of goals and getting regular thrashings by the bigger clubs should not be factors in allowing us to arrive at the conclusion that perhaps, just perhaps, the manager is a bit on the poor side. Perhaps you should think this out a bit more really.

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    waclor

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Aye. Its got to the point now where there's nothing he can say to give us hope or belief that there will be an improvement in the next game. I feel bad for him, but at the same time, some managers such as Holloway this season, have been incredibly humble and honourable and have stepped down when the time has been right. If Chris really does have the belief in him still, then that's great for him and to be admired in a way. But the cynical side of me knows that if he walks he doesn't get that big payoff. Incidently, does anyone know how much longer his contract is?

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    MancCanary

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • I seriously believe that if a Champions League club makes seeks permission to make an approach to Chris Hughton, the board should not stand in his way. that's only my opinion mind.

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    waclor

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • GPL....I would say that the comments on here represent the aspirations of NCFC supporters who are often praised by both the board and players alike. There will always be some that you or I will disagree with but they too are entitled to their opinions. That I think is what makes this forum so interesting. NCFC are not as you say 10 points adrift from the bottom of the table but if our poor run of form continues...who knows. The issue of teams defending against us at Carrow Road is a tricky one as in all honesty you have to say that they have been reasonably successful and we do not look capable of breaking them down at the moment. It is useful here to consider why some people panic at certain stages of the season and my belief is that it is partly due to the fact that individually none of us have any control over the situation and must rely on others to do what we believe to be necessary. Consistency for a football team has several components as firstly the individual players must perform to the same standard week in week out, the team should accommodate all the skills of all the players into an effective whole and the team should have a reasonably settled composition. I think we can probably agree that not all the above apply to NCFC at the moment.

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    NICEONE

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • If you listen very carefully to Mcnally's interview carefully ( & i have 3 times now ) the next time we hit bottom 3 Hughton is gone.

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    superfan59

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • If he could turn it around he would have shown some progress in the last 18 months. He is incapable of of change, and unable to inspire confidence in anyone

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    Burglecut

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Manc, his contract is for three years, so end of next season.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Come on Archant, play the game. A post with no abuse, no obscenities, no insults, just the plain truth. Is there a problem with that?

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    oldtimer

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Steve Downs makes some very sound and sensible comments. Watch the video.

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    Cecil

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Seen it all now. Even willb and sharkey have given up arguing the case for Hughton, and I am firmly convinced that little yellow birdie is Hughtons mum, his wife or his agent. I know she is entitled to her opinion as we all are, but this must rate as one of the worst managers in the clubs history, and to defend his achievments here along with those of his even worse coaching team makes me think she must be as deluded as he is to think that he was ever up to this job. I'll still support my club long after he has been sacked whatever division,but please.... let us at least try to stay in the Prem, anfd get rid of these muppets before we surely go down under them

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    oldtimer

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Some of these posts resemble Lilith Sternin of "Cheers" and "Frasier" fame describing the behavioural patterns of a laboratory rat. Yawn. Not you, Drossel.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • See Denis Berkamp quoted at 201 with one of the bookies . Currently assistant at Ajax. All can say is WOW WOW WOW Yes please. LEGEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Mawther07

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Talk about it as much as you like but actions always speak louder than words.

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    la barbe

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Hurry up Howson, we need you matey.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • What a load of old Tosh people write on here. You seem to follow like sheep and buy into the slightest negative report fed to us all by the Press. The reality of the situation is, that if we win on Saturday we will probably be 11th in the Premiership Table. We should all get a grip on reality and realise that we are not a wonderful side but we are not a bade side either. We are merely an ''Inconsistent'' side and so are many others in this division

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    GPL

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • If I had been as bad in my job - when I had one - as Hughton is in his I'dve been sacked. I really have no sympathy with him whether or not he's a decent chap. If he is a decent chap thats nice but as he can't do the job he has to go.

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    Cecil

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Passion for this club. bull... how can he have he has been here 5 minutes. His passion for City will move onto his next club. The supporters are the ones who are passionate and he should not even consider putting himself anywhere near having that same passion. It is insulting. Clear off before I start to detest

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    gordon52

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Headline reads " hughton comes out fighting"Hope there isn't a paper bag in his way!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously there has been precious little during his time here.so why should we expect any now .Saturday is a watershed nothing less than a convincing win will do. We will see just think a trick was missed straigt after the Fulham game, Poor Gunny didn't get this long!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Mawther07

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • GPL,you are saying we are inconsistant !,that means we have played well at some point ? Sorry i dont agree,not one game have we controlled (apart from cardiff,30 shots on target,and still not a win )Its so obvious from the players body language they have lost interest and after 18 months in charge its time to go,If we bring in someone new how could it be worse ! give neil adams a chance,least he will get them fired up !

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    nelly

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Bit late for fighting talk ! He has had 18 months to do that. The only decent thing was to resign, ! cant see that happening now !,roll on sat eveningsunday morning.If not McNally should go for not being up to his job !

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    nelly

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Gutierrez wants to play for him. Redmond shunned Everton to come here instead.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • I have been a senior coach for Marathon and Middle distance and a former over 40 county champion and doing this you learn a little about sport and yourself. Firstly in these events you are on your own and you do not have 10 team mates to blame if you fail. In most NCFC games you can see examples of players blaming each other for a poor pass but then it keeps happening. This clearly shows a lack of ability to learn from their own mistakes and also is indicative of these problems not being worked on in training. This is down to the coaching staff. I am a season ticket holder, like most people on this site, and the main thing that strikes me in all the games I see (exclude Chelsea and ManU) is that the players do not strike me to be too intent in putting on a good performance, either collectively or individually, and when mistakes are made there is often very little attempt to rectify them. This should be a priority for CH to resolve but I see no real attempt at this. In my view CH is a manager who is distant from his players and I think they are as confused about the reasons for any formation or team selection, as we are, due to the lack of meaningful communication. They are then, understandably, demotivated. I was amazed recently during the Wes Hoolahan transfer speculation when CH said that he had not spoken to WH re this which I regard as bad management in football or any other occupation. In CH Pre Match Press Briefing he appears to raise the white flag at the earliest possible opportunity, particularly for away matches, and this must transmit to the players and must in effect give them an excuse before the game kicks off. Bad psychology even if it was true. In the longer term I don't see any indication that, as currently constituted, we can progress as a club. The teams record over the last 18 months is just not good enough to sustain us long term in the Premiership and it is now essential that the cause is firstly identified and secondly tackled. I know what I think is the problem but there are those closer to the situation who perhaps know some facts that I do not possess and also have the executive authority to act. I wish it was not so but you do need to focus on the hard facts at times.

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    NICEONE

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • No Oldtimer, I havn`t given up on Chris Hughton, not only because I have heard no sensible case for a replacement, but the cases put forward by those who can reason are no answer to the problem of winning games. We have some inadequate players, who are not of a quality to compete in the EPL consistantly. Some of these CH inherited. To do what the noisy crowd are demanding would require an injection of around £50 80 Million pounds minimum to take us out of the bottom 810 mediocre teams and increase our wage bill to astronomic levels, by top 6 EPL standards. Who do they think will take on NCFC without that money to get us out of the bottom 10 ? Some of the names put forward are ludicrous. We are what we are and need to see much more effort and awareness of what is going on around them. Footballers are just like us, if they loose concentration or cannot see around them both on and off the ball they fail. I am not against replacing a manager, I have seen so many come and go over 65 years supporting them. What is very often the case, people who panic and are nervous of their ability, very often fail completely. Whatever the noisy crowd think, change is very often the path to longer term failure. How many of our squad do they think would ever be sought after by the top eight clubs ??? This also applies to those who fit our profile in the EPL. This is the reality of the EPL and what our Football Administrators have done to our game. Welcome to the world of those who have the money and power.

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    willb

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Is this now a recruitment site? Anyhow Mawther's excitement at the prospect of Bergkamp got me thinking. I mean if you were a good footballer would you want to play under the Hoot? I definitely wouldnt. But I wouldnt mind playing for Norwich under Bergkamp.

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    Cecil

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Superfan59 - You are quite right, & I've been trying to explain that to all the IDIOTS calling for McNally's head.. But you can't get through to some people....... Michigan - you're also spot on. Money should definitely not be an issue, when compensation compares to the loss of income relegation brings.

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    MancCanary

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Headline reads " hughton comes out fighting"Hope there isn't a paper bag in his way!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously there has been precious little during his time here.so why should we expect any now .Saturday is a watershed nothing less than a convincing win will do. We will see just think a trick was missed straigt after the Fulham game, Poor Gunny didn't get this long!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Mawther07

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Check out these stats from the BBC... Carrow Road has had the fewest goals out of all stadiums this season in the PL (21) Our £8.5 million striker Wolf has had four shots on target ALL season which is absolutely appalling! There's no excuse for injury, he should have that many shots on target per game he's played at least! Between our two £13 million worth of strikers we've scored six goals. Norwich are the only team who haven't scored with a substitute - what does that say about our substitutions? What more evidence from those stats, the poor performances, our style of play and league position do the board need to replace him?

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    Drossel

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Manc, his contract is for three years.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Too early?? this decline has been going on 13 months! With only 1 tiny indication of change when we beat a very off colour Stoke side away with Fer, Howson & Tettey in the middle. Other than that tiny moment we've only headed one way in terms of club progression and thats backwards. shesh!

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • sorry perhaps that should be a ferry.!!!!!!!!!!

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    Mawther07

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • I totally agree NICEONE but the comments on here would suggest we arre about 10 points adrift at the foot of the table. We are not and sides like Cardiff, Villa and i expect hull to are coming to carrow road with 10 men and sometimes 11 behind the ball, so they all know that we have a fairly decent side. We do need to start to be more consistent but we have found it difficult when we have had players out injured, it is difficult to get consistency when they are not playing alongside the same players each week. Our fans need to get everything into perspective. The board seem to have things in perspective so why shouldnt we instead of hanging onto the coat tails of sensationalism jjournalistic headlines from writers in the Sun and Mirror newspapers, who tell you a manager is going to be sacked if he loses the next match. law of averages tells you that they will get the odd one right.

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    GPL

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • NiceOne- that's one of the best ever postings on this page. I agree with all you say. I played rugby for years. Different sport, but many things the same. Away wins are worth so much more than points, as they give the team an enormous boost for the return home match. CH almost seems to write away losses off as unavoidable. Listening to some of his press conferences it's almost as if we had no right to even play the match, let alone win it. We are missing out on so many points. Some of our defeats could @ least have been draws, with a bit more spirit + application. I really do not think many of the 1st team have much confidence in him.

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    Timbo

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Payoff IS a factor. I understand that "Team Hughton" consists of over 10 bods (sports scientists, dieticians etc) and all come as a package. I hope that's misinformation, but considering the source I doubt it.

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    el dingo

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Probably only talking 1 to 2M pounds compensation. Recon we have lost much more than that on the value of RVW under CH, and may recoup under a manager that can get the midfield to give him service, and give him confidence to slot them in. Money should not be the issue for hanging on. Not nice to fire anyone, but it should not be personal, just results and performance (value of club) focused.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Now, according to the BBc web page he is "desparate" to keep what?? his job or City out of the relegation zone?? However desparate he is it sure is not showing in the manner he keeps selecting the teams. If I were an investor I would have pulled my money out after the third game of the season, as I could see where this season was going...

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    canuk

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Sorry Chris. Heard it all before. Just go.

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    suffolkcanary

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Yes indeed, willb; footy has become unrecognisdably distorted by the obscene amounts of money sloshing about. It`s not just the Sky TV money, but the Silly Money of oiligarchs like Abramovich and his ilk. Financial Fair Play Rules? Like Mick McCarthy, I`ll be interested to see just how effective they are in the face of these sinister Potentates.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Chris Hughton to come out fighting? I seriously doubt that.

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    North folk

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • I think that of ll the posts on this site the one by NICEONE has got to be the most lucid, sensible I have seen for a while. However , that said, I still maintain that Hughton and his incompetent coaches are amongst the worst that it has been my displeasure to witness at this club. He suggested that we judge him on his record, and for the past eighteen months, I, and the majority of supporters have done just that, which is why he is now the bookies favourite for the chop. During his reign here he has dismantled and disillusioned several of the players who would have run through brick walls for Lambert and Norwich City.He instilled a captain who is of the same insipid nature as himself, consequently no leadership a la Holt on the field. He was given a large pot of gold by our standards to acquire and gel a team capable of improvement on where we were, and to take us to Premiership consolidation. In every aspect he has failed this club, buying good players( internationals in some cases) but then with his inane tactics and negativity completely ruining any hopes of football in the style we have been accustomed to. Wrong footed wingers, absolutely no idea of how to employ differing tactics, bigging the opposition before and after every game, a pig headed stubborness to even try any different formation and refusing point blank to pick any player with a modicum of flair. Hoolahan received rave reviews as being unplayable in this league, and Holt scored goals for fun till Hughton appeared. Add to this buying Becchio and then totally ignoring him, and then to come out with the drivel and excuses we have to suffer. Does he take us all for fools? Look at the league table which doesn't lie, along with goals scored, goals against, shots on target, 13 million pounds worth of strikers who found the net regularly till they were coached by Calderwood and Trollope and now have 5 between them. I rest my case now, the sooner we are rid of these three stooges the better for NCFC

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    oldtimer

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Superfan59. The he strategy that we have to wait till we fall into the bottom 3 is nonsense, what happens if this is occurs 5 games from the end of the season, or why wasn't he sacked in October. The fact Hughton is still our manager is an absolute disgrace and the Board are shown to be fools who know nothing about football yet again

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Hughton, it is apparent to just about everyone in the football world that you are way out of your depth, and as for the two clowns that you brought us as coaches, they are about as good as having Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck here. Most people had you earmarked as a basically decent man, but having listened to the interview on talksport, it transpires that not only are you anything but decent, but in fact you are an arrogant, stubborn individual who rates as just about the worst manager we have had, and that includes Roeder, Grant Hamilton and Gunn.99% of genuine supporters of the club do not want you or your two muppets here, and if McNally had any sense he would cut his losses, admit he made a big, big mistake and get rid of you now

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    oldtimer

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Most fans on this site must be really naive! Wolves pushed the panic button too early, now look at them! I'd bet if they could turn back time they would definitely handle that situation better. Everyone seems to be jumping on the hoots out bandwagon without so much a thought of who to replace him. Its a good job McInally has a cool head while others are losing theirs! We keep hearing malky is our savoir. Whats he achieved that hoots has'nt to make people think he's the special one? he sets up his sides like the defender he is! No folks, we need to stick together and ride out this storm, and then in the summer re-evaluate the situation!

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    JOROBIT

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Looks like even McNally is falling asleep to the brloring drone of Mr Hughton. I really am gobsmacked he is still here

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    JonnyBeGood

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Okay so the manager is not the only reason to move to a club. But it's big part of it. For Hooper and the others it was the chance to play first-team football with a Premier League club. We are still a Premier League club. Nominally.

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    Cecil

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • that is 20 to 1 !!!!!!!! WOLFIE AND LEROY WOULD BENEFIT FROM HIS INCREDIBLE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE. MR MAC PLS SEND A PLANE TO SCHIPPOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Mawther07

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Edward? Can you send the unlikely details of that "well-paid" job to Clueless Chris? Might just do the trick + get rid of him for us...

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    Timbo

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

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