Graphic: Russell Martin is ready to play his part in Norwich City’s managerial quest

Russell Martin will happily give his opinion if Norwich's top brass want to consult the Canaries' players over their manager search. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Russell Martin will happily give his opinion if Norwich's top brass want to consult the Canaries' players over their manager search. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
9:52 AM

Norwich City club captain Russell Martin is willing to make his voice heard as the Canaries’ top brass strive to get the right managerial appointment.

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City’s board plan have now drawn up a short list of candidates to replace Chris Hughton to lead the club’s Championship fightback. Neil Adams is keen to remain at the helm and Martin believes he could be a success.

“It is not my decision to make but I think he has done really well,” he said. “He gave us a bit more direction and bit more positivity in our approach and our play. I’m 100pc he wants the job on a full-time basis having had a taste of it and his attachment.

“It is the board’s decision to make. You hope it is sooner rather than later. We don’t want it to carry over all summer.

“I don’t know if I will be consulted. A lot of clubs are going that way where they have a technical director, not one of the players but an ex-player, who knows the game and who they can consult.

“If they ask me I will certainly give my opinion on what has happened this year and certain things we need to improve on. I am a player and the board will have their own ideas, but I’m sure it would help to know what has gone wrong and how we can rectify it.”

Martin insists the timing of Hughton’s departure with just five games to go was not the crucial factor in City’s decline.

“I’m sure Chris would accept his share of responsibility, given the position we were in at the time, but we step over the white line and we haven’t produced the goods. We accept that as players,” he said. “There might be one or two who will look to blame other things but for me personally all you can ever do is give everything you have got.

“I think it made it hard for Neil but its easy to say that with hindsight. Every time a question was asked of us we managed to answer it at home until the West Brom game.

“We expected to win that game and we didn’t. I could totally understand why they made that decision at that time. It was probably the right decision because we were at quite a low point.”

46 comments

  • LaBarbe, would have to take exception to your choice of beer. MortSubite is a girls beer - if you want to drink Gueze or Kriek, then MortSubite is not a good choice, much better with Boon or Cantillon. Less sweet and better taste.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • The concern to me about the article is that it seems to indicate the board does not have a handle on what is happening in their football club. Any good management team will know what is happening at the coal face one way or another and generally gets the message across to the workers. From RM's comments there seems to be chasm between the board and the team, I sincerely hope I am misconstruing what I am reading into this article. On the matter of Leicester, although Owner states 5 year plan it will be interesting to see what happens if they do not hit the ground running could they end up like Cardiff! OTBC

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    Jakarta (ex-Singapore) Canary

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • citizen, what are you on? I'll have some of that please. Keep Whittaker ? you are having a laugh. I've seen three legged tortoises with arthritis run quicker than he can. And he needs half the field to turn round in, so I suggest he goes to play back in the second tier in Scotland which is about his level. As for who should be manager here, what's wrong with Neil Adams with Mike Phelan as his assistant? Sherwood is too outspoken for our mamby pamby board methinks, Malky as defensive as Hughton. Knowing the board it will probably be Mr. Bean, but hey ho. I'll still be there supporting the boys in yellow come what may

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    oldtimer

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • If Martin and his team mates had played their part fully on the pitch,the talk of a new manager would be superfluous. All season long player after player spent more time yapping than doing what they were highly paid for.

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    stormy

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • keep whittaker and get rid of him - nowhere near premiership standard.

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    citizen

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • I agree with most of the comments here on Martin's ability to defend, he was out of his depth in the Premiership and a number of goals we conceded were down to that. Both goals on Sunday came from the right back slot as he failed to close down his opponent, the first for a cross to the left back position, the second against a player running at pace in front of him. It is not so much pace that he lacks but the ability to react quickly and to read the game, plus is can be very slow to recover his position when the ball is given away. I think he is adequate for the Championship but if another right back became available he may well find himself warming the bench for a fair number of games. He certainly should not and will not have a say in who is selected as manager that is for sure.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Steely Dan: Have to decline - too far from Lille and other things to do, I'm afraid.

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    BrusselsExile

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Brussells thanks for that. See you in bar La Capsule early sunday evening followed by Les 3 brasseurs. Last time I visited I had a superb fruity and scented Belgian beer. Came out at 7 euro for just over half pint but worth it whilst en vacances.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • I agree RM has been a loyal club man, but on the field he very often backed away from forwards allowing them to score. An international full back might make a mistake like that occasionally, but to continually do it throughout the season, and not learn from it after watching replays and to not have a manger highlight it and insist he improves in that area is fundamentally what has been wrong with the manager, coaches and team all season. Just like in business management, the employees may be nice and good people, but if they are not hacking it in the job, then the manager needs to address it - it's not personal, it's getting the job done. If he can't then the board needs to address that and not wait until the company is on the verge of failure. And therein lies NCFC's problems.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Dan, yes there are several places opposite the Gare de Flandres which is the normal rail station.

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    la barbe

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Perhaps he will recommend one that likes slow fullbacks?

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Pillock? Not sure how you come to that conclusion , and yes I do work in management which is why I am absolutely sure that an employee gets no say in who his boss is going to be.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Come on being part of the team which shipped in 62 goal Martin knows for a fact he is not prem quality and had we been lucky enough to have stayed up he would have not been part of the new managers plans unless its NEIL ADAMS that's why he is backing him .

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    burtonr57

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • kenfoggo, I'm sure you're not as much of a pillock as you've just made yourself out to be. Ever worked in management?

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Quick correction about the Belgian beer (I've been drinking it for 25 years): Affligem is OK, but it's not a TRappiste, it's a bière d'abbaye. (Archant, why can't I correct typos?). None the worse for that, though. NCFC is my home club, and in forty years of supporting them, this is one of the worst periods I've gone through. I, too, fear it will be Malky. Oh well, next season will be more eentertaining, at least. Won't it?

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    BrusselsExile

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Not saying Russell Martin should be saying "I was Mourinho as manager" but if they want his input as someone who saw inside the changing room what was happening and hears what the players are saying an thinking it can only help. Not like its some fancy star who has no history with us. Been a loyal player of ours for many years. Hes only offered anyway. Chances are they wont and its a non event were discussing either way ha!

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Have a look at the depressing graphic included in this article, Russell Martin was instrumental in the back 4 letting in 62 goals in the season! 62!!! Fourth worst against tally in the history of the Premier League. Well done Russell Martin!

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Absolutely agree that a player should have absolutely no imput to the Boards' choice of Manager. Whatever next? Bit like the umpire at Wimbledon asking a ball boy if play can start! No, a player can have a viewpoint but should be kept quiet and not sought by the Board. Who says that Russell Martin will even be at the Club next season? Presumptuous of him to assume he will be staying or that his opinion is worth listening to.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • I wont pretend Martin has been excellant this season as honestly he hasnt. Hes not alone though and one thing I know is hes a model pro and loyal to the club. Maybe at PL level hes average at best but we are where we are and hes a top top top championship level right back. Covers well at Centre back to. Dont see any problem stating he's there 'if' the club choose to speak to him for his opinion. One of many roles a captain takes on.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • You've kind of contradicted yourself there Erpingham.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Thanks Barbe I have written them down. Is that square the rather large one that has the Euralille shopping centre at one end ? I will bring a bag tomorrow Brew just in case.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • No Mellow I don't. You can say many things about Hughton, but defensively he could coach. His problem was joining things up and allowing players to get beyond the guy with ball.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • To further that Mattias RM has always been the model professional whilst at our club. I just wish some so-called fans would engage their brains prior to posting comments - OLDYELLA, burton57, Erpingham for example.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Erpingham and Michigan........in defence of RM and the rest of the squad do you not think this seasons poor below par performances were more to do with the coaching and managerial strategies rather than the attitudes of individual players?

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • ET - RM should focus on picking the right time to shut an attacker down and tackle as opposed to continually backing away. Quite a few goals were conceded because he did not engage.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Agree with Mellow. Its good that a player cares enough to voice his opinion on what went wrong this season. Considering he saw it all first hand and obviously knows the real ins and outs that will never make it to the public domain, his view will always be valued and its purely that. Just a view.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Concentrate on trying to make yourself better Russell. You, along with most of your team mates were a long way short of Premier league standard. If you are not good enough, then it hardly matters what tactics are employed. Start with getting to know each other and what colour shirts you play in, then we can expand further into marking, tackling, running beyond the guy with the ball to accept a pass, actually passing ten yards to a colleague and then shooting between those big white sticks at each end of the pitch.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Personally I cannot see the harm in consulting with the more senior members of the squad after a manager has been sacked following a disastrous season. It makes perfect sense to me. After all to prevent the same happening again surely the board need to be able to identify exactly where things went wrong.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Dan; just thought of another good Trappiste beer, it's called Affligem. Brewed in the Zaventem area of Brussels but only sold around the capital and in Northern France for some reason. If you are using Eurostar, the entrance nearest the Eurostar lounges in the Gare du Midi opens onto a small square. Most of the cafés there sell Affligem, or did last year.

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    la barbe

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • First we need an owner like Leicester - targetting top five EPL finish in 3 years and willing to put 180 Million pounds of his money into transfers to do it. This is the approach we need at NCFC, with a manager who can make it happen. I do not have any confidence in the current board to pick a dynamic manager and give him the support needed. More likely we'll get another "corner store caretaker". Please prove me wrong.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • R.M should not have any input into the manager appointment,its a board decision,only hope they get it right,for all supporters.

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    Robbo

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Not sure what it's got to do with RM. Maybe he thinks NA will give him and easy life. Agreed we need new blood in the management team. "A bit more positivity", " a bit more direction" is hardly overwhelming. I'm sick of this attitude from the players, always want the easy option. First up should be a bottom kicking contest to see who's in who's out.

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    Bookface

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • I have a truly ripping beer lined up for you tomorrow, Fagen. You`ll need to ease up to that Fleming death potion! Be careful. Only room in my knapsack for 4 bottles, so have allocated them to the usual 2 suspects plus the first 2 recruits, the krabbisch one & de geillustreerd man.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Dan, the beer is Morte Subite, or Sudden Death in the local parlance. Make sure that your insurance is up to date! Sante!

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    la barbe

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Barbe - what was the name of that Flemish beer that you recommended I try ? Just a reminder that we are shaking of the relegation blues at the Plasterers Cow Gate (just past the Magdelen flyover) tomorrow between 12.00 and 16.00. Everybody welcome for a few pints and chat. Tell the lad behind the bar that you are there for the football chat.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Unhealthy for the dressing room to publicly voice an opinion over their next boss. Whoever gets the job might feel either under obligation or second choice.

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    la barbe

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • It's got to be -Lennon or Warnock

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    superfan59

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • I wonder why Martin wonts to play his part by helping the board chose our next manager ?Possibly he knows Adams will keep him in next seasons squad and if a out sider comes in he knows he will not a case of the tail tyring to wag the dog .What did Adams do for the last 2 games ?what any micky mouse could have done after Houghton .We did not win a game did we ?Don't let ncfc go the cheep option again .The fans have all but got over the shock and are excited by a good manager for the club not in house again Supporters who want Adams are the same who wanted Houghton to stay on and look what happened

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    burtonr57

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • If we go down the Director of Football route this summer then I think the worries about Adams lack of experience can be discounted. He is the perfect person to rebuild incorporating our younger talent to best effect.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Apparently the Baggies are going for Hughton!

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    kevin

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • In every Dressing Room, in every club, there is a "Dressing Room Nark", the bird who squeaks to the Manager... I've often wondered who was at Norwich....... I Wonder

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    OLDYELLA

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Whoever we get is going to be second choice choice after whoever the Baggies choose anyway, plus managers may be looking to see if Allardyce or lambert are sackec

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • As I read this, my first impression is that the players weren't happy with Hughtons approach. If RM is willing to make his feeling known then you get the feeling that all wasn't well in the dressing room. Whether or not the board take up the offer it's nice to see RM showing such loyalty, as always. Should definitely be the captain next season, without a doubt.

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    CovCanary

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • I'd love us to pull off a coup an really surpise us fans. Getting a manager not even linked with all the usual paper talk suspects. However it seems clear we will end up with Malky in my eyes. Who ever it is, I truly hope Adams is still involved with the 1st team. Couldnt imagine what it feel like to get a taste of what you want & then have to return to the youth team etc.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • A bit more direction and positivity than Hughton, I bet that was hard! My dog could have done that! It is not enough to give NA the job. We need experience of getting out of the Championship, not another Gunn or Grant. A clean break and new ideas. Let a new face in with new assistants so they can make unbiased and original opinions on what the squad needs.

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    B Inners

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Russell Martin should have been team captain-that was the first mistake. We had a captain who didn't seem to know what he should be doing and could never give the team proper leadership on the pitch. RM is totally dedicated to this club and his opinion is paramount. I personally would like a new manager with PL experience and Neil Adams as his assistant, technical director, or head coach but he should be still involved. The board need to get this right or a lot of the faithful fans will be lost for good.

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    Jim

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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