Gary Holt aims to make sure history doesn’t repeat in Norwich City’s Premier League bid

Norwich City's previous top-flight relegation failed to yield an immediate Premier League return. This time, Gary Holt hopes the story will be different. Photo: Daniel Hambury Norwich City's previous top-flight relegation failed to yield an immediate Premier League return. This time, Gary Holt hopes the story will be different. Photo: Daniel Hambury

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
10:43 AM

Gary Holt has vowed to return the belief to Norwich City’s players – and in turn, avoid history repeating itself.

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The Canaries have spent prolonged periods outside English football’s top tier following their previous two relegations from it – the last one signalled Holt’s departure to Nottingham Forest as a player.

But this time, City’s new first-team coach hopes the players at his disposal will believe they can make an immediate return.

“You have to move on – relegation’s done, that’s life,” he said. “You don’t get to go back and sort things out. We don’t have a time machine, so get over it. It’s football. Now you’re looking to August 9, the first game – go win that game.

“That’s where you’ve got to get the belief back in the players, because they’re not good players – they are excellent players. Internationals, most of them. So it’s about getting that work ethic and belief back into them to go and win games, roll their sleeves up, work their socks off. That’s what we’ll get into them.”

It’s more than a decade since Holt last played in the Championship for Norwich. He added: “You look at it now, every stadium is phenomenal to play at. Whereas in my day, there were the odd few where the pitch was OK but the stadiums and dressing rooms were terrible, and it was a mental thing.

“Now you don’t have that. You might as well be playing at home every week, with the pitches and crowds. So it’s a chance to express yourself on almost a world stage. It’s a good thing to have. So it’s about getting that work ethic into them to go and enjoy it; every game, home and away.”

22 comments

  • Are you a bipolar bear, Mattias? Yabba dabba doo!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

  • I parted with my `filthy stuff` mostly in the days when footy fans were good company, goldie. Big white fivers, long before that new-fangled 10\- note was invented. I like the game of football, not all the noisy, brash bollox that goes with it these days. Btw, I am not miserable at all. I cope with reality very well. I fear for you lot that are constantly avoiding it. Reality could hit you softies very hard. Assuming you even notice it happening. Death, where is thy sting....

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

  • Brewer, I appreciate the back up, however, your rope better be the same length as mine or I'll 'whinge' as whingers do, but then you knew that. Of course a stake, which in this case might be more appropriate, would generally be the same height. Anyway I'll take your positives, pick them up and bolt them on to my next rationale in a slightly corporate way....creepy. Mattias, I wouldn't call you negative, not at all, you're critical, bit long winded perhaps but as discussed..everyone got faults. Goldie sorry you failed, just because you pay your tithe you immediately call into question the intentions of a non attendee... Burn the witch.. And yes, things can get worse.. OTBC

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    Gruff

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • I portray the biggest pessimist going via this medium and other social media outlets. however once I get to Norwich on a match day and further more to the ground im the complete polar opposite.Couldn't be more behind the lads. Im just a pessimist more through superstition than anything else. I'll never say "we are going to win...blah blah blah today". Even though people who dont know what im doing think im insane its just what ive always done. I always as a rule place some kind of bet against NCFC (whether its an outright result or just part of an accumulator) and i'll also make a point of saying out loud I think NCFC will lose or struggle today within conversation around a match date. Madness I know but im sure people have far worse superstitions that me. Hopefully that explain my sometimes odd negative attitude

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Brewer you may be a realist but a miserable realist. How long since you parted with any of the filthy stuff to actually go to the ground to watch the game with other fans. I personally go for the entertainment and the pleasure of swapping a bit of banter with those who sit around me. Although the entertainment stuff has been missing for the past two seasons but I am forever an optimist which you seem to dislike in fans and i'm optimistic for the next season at the moment although I may be made unoptimistic soon after the season starts. At the moment I think things can only get better.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • ;) think i'll switch to the Lowestoft section of the EDP website. More going on there than here for NCFC. Blooming Hereford getting removed from the conference has caused Lowestoft to be moved from conference south to conference north. Not good at all when signings have already been made based on travel to southern destinations etc. Long away days as well for the locals!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Give up that Osso Buco kiosk, Mattias, and go into full-time journalism. You have all the requisite attributes: Speed-typing, knowledge, sincerity, enthusiasm, insight, humour, realism... Sorry, realism might be a weakness. You can work on that, Matt. Go for it. Apply for Paddy`s job. I`m sure he can learn how to cook veal stew for Luciano. Great idea, specially if Luca moves to, say, Middlesbrough.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Someone has clearly upset Archie. They are not even doing their recycled stories now! Maybe i'll make my own recycled story up. HOLT LOVING LIFE AT NCFC. Gary Holt has only been back at Carrow Road a matter of weeks but is already relishing his new role as First team coach. “It’s a bit surreal because me and the wife were coming down for a holiday and for my sons to see their old friends from school,” said Holt. “And then I got a phone call from Neil offering me a job, we came down this week and it seems like we’ve never been away again. The difficulty leaving may have come in stepping away from management, after taking the Bairns to the bring of Championship promotion north of the border. “Don’t get me wrong, management is something maybe in the future I’ll want to get back into,” added Holt. “I loved it. Falkirk is a great club with good people behind it. But as soon as Neil phoned me and offered me the job, the role, I had to think about it – but I trust him. And that’s a big thing for me; for it to be someone you trust and believe in, that you work well with. City fans have taken to Social media to voice their approval of the appointment of Holt. Teddy from Sherringham said "it good because he one of us buh" via Twitter, while Dwight from York left a comment on the clubs official facebook page stating "Holty is one of us, hes a fan, therefore that means we will easily get promoted".

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • I applaud your well reasoned scepticism, Gruff. People believe what they want to believe. They want to be happy, so they believe anything that makes them happy. Winning = Happy, so "positives" must be taken out of everything. So, what happens is - the realists are unhappy but correct, The happy-clappers are permanently happy though usually wrong. Then, when their little dream world all goes wrong, they can turn and blame it on those evil realist types, aka "Moaners". Job done. Cue reassuring clichés: Draw a line under it. Moving forward. Management structure. New era, etc. The Goldfish-minded are the ones the manipulators on the Board depend upon to keep their cash cow fed. Going forward. At the end of the day. Taking positives. Well, taking, anyway. Naive optimists are not the backbone of the club, they are the lack of it. They facilitate the arrogant complacency of those not "on the periphery". There you are, Gruff. I`ve covered you. Go for reinforcements while the zealots are swimming around in circles in their bowls. Waiting for a few crumbs of fishfood.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • I saw plenty of fervent belief on this site all the way up until it was too late.. Now, we're not to dwell on the past, look forward and enjoy our new found positivity, based on what evidence?.We watched those last five games and I saw little to convince me that we had a new found winning mentality..could be proved wrong. Regarding our 'nucleus' of a squad, they were pedestrian, lazy and lacked commitment even when under a new manager. They do say the best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour. Of course I don't get paid.. I'm only a supporter so probably don't have a right to comment...cue the zealots..

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    Gruff

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • I like the new management set up. Adams may not have top management experience but he does have the support now of two good coaches and in Joe Royle, someone with experience to consult and learn from. It is a risk and getting everyone motivated again may not be an easy task but I think they can do it. Also, in Adams we should have someone who is capable of developing players which is more than CH did. Hope the youngsters can develop and get a chance on merit. Looking forward to the start of the season.

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    andy

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • Hi, oldtimer. Archant decides what to accept. Talk to them. Good luck. As Uncle Stew says, a bit of digression does you good - if your brain is agile enough. Huh! To Timbo I say - no! - to all these weird concoctions from the amateur brewers! Great episode of Benidorm last night. The creosoted Queen of Motability, Madge, was being carted around in a Pope-Mobile! Sorry to digress, oldtimer. Btw, Matt: Hughton, Calderwood, Trollope. - Hughton, Calderwood, Trollope. Lest we forget. Goldfish minds + Happy Clappery + Bowkett`s BuII$h!t = Misery.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • From what ive seen theres not much difference between the bottom half of the premier and the top half of the championship, so don't expect Norwich to walk it,the only main difference I can see is one lot are trying hard to go up and the other lot are trying to not go down

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    trev57

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • I'm begining to wonder if we've missed a trick here + should've appointed Holt as manager ( he's got the experience) + Adams as coach ( so has he !). It's a refreshing change to have a team @ the helm who actually think the purpose of football is to win games. @ Oldtimer- It's the close season so Brewer's thoughs turn to beer........( tho they're ever far from beer even in the open season). General rule of thumb is that if they're called "Farmer's Codpiece" or similar + are strained thru a sweaty Miller's gussett, Brewer likes them !

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • Ah, thanks Stew, now I get it. Only thing is, why didn't this work when we kept trying to transfer our thoughts to Hughton and his cronies. As for Archie...........least said soonest mended

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    oldtimer

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • .....It's call digression old timer!....transferring thoughts from a subject to one you, and you hope others, will take part in.....This seems to be the only available opportunity where it can be done!....Until the fat Moderator puts his 4p in!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • Liking the talk Gary.. All we need now is to see the players walk the walk. On a completely different matter, will someone explain to me why Brew and co. use an NCFC football related forum to discuss the merits of strangely namd beers, pubs and breeds of dog ?

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    oldtimer

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • It sounds as if it's going to be the right sort of atmosphere and philosophy to have around the training ground. I can see the younger players in particular feeling really motivated by this sort of talk. I feel it's vitally important to get results in the first few games because confidence plays a huge part and we all know what happens when you start going into a downhill spiral.

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    Flying Canary

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • It is there for us to win, I like the talk and hated the lack of belief that there was.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • Agree guys. Makes a refreshing change. Got to ensure we make it a reality though and not just more talking the talk. Must admit its nice to hear people like Holt & Adams being so positive unlike the man we shall no longer mention.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • The mentality that ''you might as well be playing at home every week'' is music to my ears! Refreshing to hear this is the philosophy rather than looking at away games as a damage limitation exercise

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • Sounds good to me.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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