Chris Hughton drafts Wes Hoolahan back in from the cold for Norwich City

Wes Hoolahan is back in the Norwich City squad for the Premeir League game against Manchester City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Wes Hoolahan is back in the Norwich City squad for the Premeir League game against Manchester City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, February 7, 2014
7:00 AM

Wes Hoolahan is ready and willing to play his part in Norwich City’s survival bid.

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Canaries’ boss Chris Hughton confirmed yesterday the Irishman is in the squad for Manchester City’s Premier League visit after a long-running transfer saga ended with Hoolahan staying at Carrow Road. Hughton insists there will be no hangover from a stand-off that saw the Republic of Ireland international publicly state his desire to leave after the club rejected his transfer request following firm interest from Aston Villa.

“He has knuckled down well in training and he is a good professional. He will fight the same as everybody else for a place,” said Hughton. “Yes, I’ve spoken to Wes and that was natural and he is very committed. We have a 14-game run now, as such, and he is very much up for the challenge. He is motivated, he has trained well and he is focused.

“He is still a very popular member of the group and he has done some wonderful things for the club so I have no fears that he will give everything he has got.”

Hoolahan had been linked with a potential Football League loan move to former club Blackpool in recent days but Hughton revealed there had been no inquiries for the Dubliner ahead of the emergency window, which opens officially later this week.

“No, there has been no interest. That is a new one for me and there is nothing in that. Wes is very much here and happy to fight for a place,” he said. “He is in the squad for this weekend and we are all aware of what happened through the transfer window but the window is closed now, and we know and so does he what that really means.

“He is a player who will fight for his place, like all the other lads who are here. I’m sure Wes has the mental strength to cope with this situation. “He is a very good footballer who has fred very well at this football club and what Wes experienced is not something new. Other footballers at other clubs have had to deal with the same things. The end product is always the same. You have a contracted player and these players want to train and they want to play. Sometimes circumstances can effect that, but the one certainty now is he will be here.”

36 comments

  • metalmicky, If our club are stupid enough to delay sacking a manager just to save a few quid then they are worse than I gave them credit for. Given that they were bragging about getting the club debt free, main due to television money surely they are not so stupid that they would risk the golden pot to save a relatively small amount. I fear the truth is they are fully behind their man and that seems to be the major issue as they are not in tune with too many fans right now. However, I suspect Wes will be a bench warmer tomorrow unless CH is deliberately going to play him in a game he sees us loosing heavily. This time around he hopes to put all the blame on Wes even if he only sits on the bench.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Am I the only one who thinks that we as a club dealt with the Wes Hoolihan situation in an excellent and professional matter. Aston Villa wanted to sign him. We did not want to sell him, so we turned their offers down. The lad made it clear that he wanted to go, so we tried to keep things out of the spotlight as much as we could. Most of the stuff hitting the press was coming from Villa and Wes' agent. Now that the transfer deadline is over CH is saying to Wes. ''You are going to be part of the squad for the run in of games so are you of the right frame of mind to continue to play for Norwich City now?'' because the lad was probably disapointed he didnt get to move to Villa. He has obviously said he is so that should be the end to the matter - So all in all I think we as a club and CH as his Manager handled things in a very professional manner

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    GPL

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Townman- This is the same player who destroyed your useless team on several occasions.Here you lot are heading for administration so some good news !!!

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    dave123

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Perhaps CH has been reading the comments about the deeper insight those of us on here have made about Wes's abilities, lets hope he starts and has a great game.

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    Adelaide Canary

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Yes. also the same player that has been totally misused by the current numpty steering this ship towards a massive iceberg. Hoolahan isn't alone either. Plenty of unrest at the minute so no amount Blue boy wind ups will stir the pot anymore.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Maybe McNally would not let Wes go as he knows the new manager will play him! I believe there is a clause in CH contract that allows NFC to sack him with little or no compensation if we are in the bottom 3 after xmas !! Yep insider mole, Dangerous waiting game McNally

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    metalmicky

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • "He is a very good footballer who has fred very well...." Does anyone have a clue what that means?

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • mjc75 your right, its how we should be, but we will set up just to try an contain and when that fails we will be stuck. Usual protocal with Hughton. GPL I agree, IMO the club dealt with Wes Hoolahan spot on. I totally understand why Wes feels the way he does, and I do feel he is more important than Hughton realises, but its about whats best for the club and letting a talented player leave the club on the cheap, especially to Villa is not whats best for NCFC so they've handled it very well.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • I can only hope that CH looks at this game as one that he can let our boys show what they are capable of . There is no question that ( due to a ludicrous amount of money ) Manchester City are an exceptional team , with truly world class players . But if our boys don't relish pitting their wits against sides like this , then they are in the wrong job . Let them loose , remove the shackles and harrass them from the very beginning to the very end . They are capable of destroying the very best sides in the country , but if you attempt to play the way CH usually sets our boys up , then only a heavy mauling will come from it . Fight them , attack them , defend as a unit and attack as a unit . Every team can be beaten , but not the way CH wants to play . I also hope that Wes ( if he 's selected in the squad ) gets a decent reception , he's earned it .

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    mjc75

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Am I the only one who thinks that we as a club and CH as a manager have handled the Wes Hoolihan situation brilliantly. Aston Villa wanted him but we wanted to keep him. The club turned down the bid we received. CH kept him out of the team and the limelight as much as was possible during Villa's approach. Now that the transfer deadline is over, he is bringing the lad back into the squad, hopefully after having a chat to him and getting the assurances from him that he ir raring to go again and play for Norwich again. The lad will obviously have been disapointed not to have gone to villa but by the same token he took our increased wages when he signed his new contract, so we were within our rights to hold on to him

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    GPL

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • "There has been no interest"? Im sure theres interest. Whether theres an offer thats another story. I said give it a week or two and he'd be back amoung the team. Before this all kicked off he was actually in the team, thats the silly thing. Not saying it will make a huge difference this weekend but hopefully it will in the next few. The telling thing for me will be whether he warms up or not if hes on the bench. During the period leading up to the fall out when he was on the bench he would never run down the line towards my season ticket seat and warm up. Even Becchio warms up near the snake pit despite him virtually never getting a game. Wes though never trotted down and had a little warm up so we all knew he wasnt coming on. Wait & See.....sure will show his face for a bit and get a few songs out of the Snake Pit.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Swansea`s tactic of changing managers now and hoping for a short term uplift until the summer is interesting........ Enter Neil Adams And Darren Huckerby until May??????? could it be worse

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    OhhhhHuckerrrrby

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • When a pro footballer signs a 3 year contract, it is a sign of a 2 way committment between club and player. No way did Wes sign a contract to constantly sit on the bench or even out of contention. Thats also a massive waste of money and a bad piece of business. If his performances were below those of the players selected each week, maybe I could understand it, but that it not the case here. No way should he (or Becchio ) be left out every week in favour of Rip Van Winkle or Elmander, both of whom have had quite enough time to impress. Time to drop those not performing and give the shirts to the type of player that can make things happen. Hopefully Ricky can come good here, but time is running out for simply hoping he comes good if selected every week.

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    Bally High

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • I would guess he is here until an acceptable loan move is agreed!

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    kevin

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • In the squad to keep the bench warm for 85 minutes? I wonder what odds the bookies are giving that he will actually start the game?

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    kenfoggo

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Bench warmer because we're playing 5 4 1... really going for win then..

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    OLDYELLA

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • At long, long last some most welcome news. Perhaps the penny has really dropped with the Norwich hierachy that Wes is truly beloved by faithful Canaries and bottoms on seats count even more in the run in to the end of a difficult season. Now will his services be utilised more intelligently than before? Meanwhile save your voices for a mighty roar to greet his return and show him we have never deserted him..

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    mardler

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • I see this as Hughton way to try and appease the fans ahead of tomorrows result and no doubt he will sit Wes on the bench and not use him anyway.

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    leslie cater

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Wouldn't surprise me if he played him in a game we have no chance winning. Then all those on the direct train to Hughtonville can go...."see Hoolahan didnt make a difference". Shock.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Wes will be pulling on the old S***house of a clubs shirt tomorrow. Did they ever upgrade the toilets in the River end by the way ?

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    spark

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • "He is a very good footballer who has fred very well...." Does anyone have a clue what that means?

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Wes Hoolahan could not be part of the squad during the transfer window. It is welcome that he is back in contention for a place only a week after the window has closed. Never mind the money is no object Citizens of Manchester can City get something at Upton Park, with Andy Carroll suspended and will Wes be involved?

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    Capri

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • I can't even listen to his words anymore. If I was presiding over one win in eleven coupled with a limited number of goals I'd probably pack it all in. although my snooker playing hasn't stopped me... Still, that's not something I get paid for..

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    Gruff

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Dave 1 - 0 Townman

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • West Ham is certainly one that has to be won , nothing else is good enough . In order to get a bit of breathing space we have to take points off the sides near us , and quickly .

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    mjc75

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Is this the same player who had nothing good to say about you ,you need more then him to stop relegation.

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    Townman

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Well said Bally High, perfect example of this was the cup replay against Fulham, they didnt play a full strength side and I would of been happy with Becchio up front with Wes behind him, both proven against that sort of strength opponent, but no we get elmader on the wing and murphy in a front role ???, the man never makes any sense that why fans are sick of it.

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    Jimhow

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Good. Need some creativity tomorrow.

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    Mr. Livers

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Mattias you have got it spot on, the game when we really needed WES against Cardiff happily leaves him out, and then this game against Man city which we don't have a real chance will probably play, Wes is Totally happy at Norwich it's Chris Hughton who has treated Wes awfully, you ask all the fans who would they prefer to stay and go, what does that tell you MCnally,

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    hooley14

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • This is CH all over. "he He will fight the same as everybody else for a place". We cant score goals due to a lack of creativity in the midfield, But CH can t see that so make Hoolahan fight for a place, NO put him in the team. or loose him cheap when we get relegated.

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    Hitman79

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Welcome back Wes , just hope you play, and play a blinder . If you don,t start the game I just hope the fans chant your name until c h gets it into his thick head and play you

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    norwichcanary

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Hughton will play Wes for some of the game, so he can then drop him and blame him for the thrashing we receive from Man City.

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    User Removed

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • `The lad` Hoolahan, is not a `lad`. He`s a 31 year old man. Not a schoolboy to be scolded by an inadequate headmaster.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Guess that means he's on the bench instead of Becchio

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    Colin

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Welcome back Wes , just hope you play, and play a blinder . If you don,t start the game I just hope the fans chant your name until c h gets it into his thick head and play you

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    norwichcanary

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Wes is "very much here and HAPPY to fight for a place..." Are you 100 per cent sure about that, Chris?

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 7, 2014

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