Ex-striker Robert Earnshaw backs West Brom and Norwich City managers to settle their squads for crunch clash

Robert Earnshaw celebrates scoring against West Brom for Norwich City. Photo: Leigh Quinnell/Sportsbeat Images Robert Earnshaw celebrates scoring against West Brom for Norwich City. Photo: Leigh Quinnell/Sportsbeat Images

Thursday, April 3, 2014
11:18 AM

Former Norwich City striker Robert Earnshaw believes it will be all down to the managers to brush aside bickering within their squads and deliver a boost to their respective Premier League survival bids this weekend.

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Robert Earnshaw in action for Norwich City against West Brom. Photo: Leigh Quinnell/Sportsbeat ImagesRobert Earnshaw in action for Norwich City against West Brom. Photo: Leigh Quinnell/Sportsbeat Images

The Canaries’ defeat in Wales on Saturday saw a frustrated team dealing with a few exchanges on the pitch – although that was some way short of the dressing room bust-up endured by West Brom after their late heartbreak at home to Cardiff.

“To be honest, bust-ups and arguments happen all the time because you’re 
playing against your team-mates in the week in training, you’re all fighting to win those games as well as at the weekend,” said Earnshaw.

“And sometimes it can affect things. People don’t speak to each other afterwards or argue after the games, and don’t get on. Or they can shout at each other in training, after a game, and then the next morning it’s all forgotten and everything’s fine.

“It really depends on the characters involved and the manager, and how he controls it. He has to settle things down. Those things are the key.”

Robert Earnshaw celebrates scoring for Norwich City against Sunderland at Carrow Road during the 2006/07 season. Picture: James BassRobert Earnshaw celebrates scoring for Norwich City against Sunderland at Carrow Road during the 2006/07 season. Picture: James Bass

Saido Berahino reportedly suffered a minor head injury in Albion’s weekend altercation, with fresh claims the England Under-21 striker is considering legal action against his team-mate over the matter denied by both player and club in a statement last night.

Either way, it’s been tough for West Brom as they prepare for a genuinely important game at Carrow Road, with two of Earshaw’s former clubs aiming to take a big step towards top-flight survival.

“It’s a tricky one because both teams are right on that edge,” the 32-year-old said. “They would’ve felt a bit more comfortable earlier in the season because they were in a decent position. But they are dropping right into the thick of things now.

“It’s going to be interesting at the weekend and it’s going to be intense. It’s just about staying in the Premier League for both of them this season – and obviously Norwich are going to try to win it, but it’s definitely a not-lose game for both.”

Earnshaw is back in England having signed for Championship strugglers Blackpool after spending the last two seasons between Cardiff, Israel’s Macabi Tel Aviv and MLS outfit Toronto.

“To be honest, it’s been brilliant – I’ve definitely expanded my football knowledge,” he added.

13 comments

  • In the absence of any fresh news or constructive articless why do we constantly have recycled news or odd players who have long vanished off the radar and are now nobodies suddenly unearthed by the hacks and giving their two peenyworth?

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Timbo seems to like you, Gek. That's nice.

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    User Removed

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • In the absence of any fresh news or constructive articles why do we constantly have recycled news or odd players who have long vanished off the radar and are now nobodies suddenly unearthed by the hacks and giving their two peenyworth?

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • I like these articles from ex players, next week Rob Newman discusses the aerodynamic merits of RVWs haircut and we find out what Gary Megson thinks about goal music

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    GossVolley

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Amazingly bit of gymnastics that, balancing on his head on a Bet 365 hording.

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    B Inners

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • B Inners - good catch. Think what the gymnastics might have been if that had been a goal against Ipswich!!

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Hope you`re not getting a teensy-weensy bit jealous there, Blaffen. Cupidity of that kind doesn`t become you. Timbo and I go back a long way; in `The Timbo & Brewer Show`, which was well received by Canarydownunder. We had Wroxymorons, Festivals of Light & Bitter, and various ecumenical exchanges. Such fun. i thought it was all over, but he`s come back to me!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • In the absence of any fresh news or constructive articles why do we constantly have recycled news or odd players who have long vanished off the radar and are now nobodies suddenly unearthed by the hacks and giving their two pennyworth?

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Hello, Earnie! You did your share of `benchery` at Norwich.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • if he was available on a free, could he have done worse than return to the nest ?

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • And can I say re: another thread, that I can't be bothered searching for, that Mad Brewer is our "beloved leader" ( in a sort of North Korean way) + has greatly strengthened East Anglia, increased agricultural yields, defeated the American capitalist oppressors + can do no wrong on these boards...signed Timbo, Social Secretary, NCFC Mutual Admiration Society....

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    Timbo

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • This is not just another 'must win' match, this is an 'imperative to win' match. And let's not have race issues cloud the fact that Hughton is a very poorly performing manager and must expect quite vociferous protests if we fail again this weekend.

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    Mel Lacey

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Amazingly bit of gymnastics that, balancing on his head on a Bet 365 hording.

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    B Inners

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

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