John Ruddy is desperate to see Norwich City’s Wes Hoolahan stay with the Canaries

Norwich City keeper John Ruddy wants Wes Hoolahan to stay put. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City keeper John Ruddy wants Wes Hoolahan to stay put. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, January 10, 2014
8:00 AM

John Ruddy is desperate for Wes Hoolahan to stay at Norwich City.

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Hoolahan has been touted with a January transfer window move to Aston Villa, but Ruddy insists the Canaries must hold onto the influential midfielder. Ruddy himself was the centre of speculation last summer when Chelsea were strongly linked and the keeper has a simple piece of advice to his team mate.

“It can be a bit unsettling and you do start to think about it. I am not going to lie,” he said. “At the end of the day the situation Wes finds himself in is not that different to the one I had in the summer. He is contracted to Norwich and until anyone tells you differently there is nothing else you need to focus on besides that.

“I think Wes is a superb player. I have got a lot of time for Wes, I think he is a fantastic little man. There is only one Wes Hoolahan and he is brilliant to have around the place as well, so I am desperate for him to stay here, and I am sure everyone else in that dressing room is as well.”

Ruddy has backed the club’s stance in trying to attract fresh talent in the current transfer market.

“If we do add, then we have got to make sure it is of that quality and the quality we brought in over the summer,” he said. “With what we did in the summer, we brought in some fantastic players and if we can bring in some of the same calibre, then why not?”

Ruddy returns to his old club Everton in the Premier League this weekend and the City number one is adamant that is his main focus as he also tries to make final cut for England’s World Cup squad.

“I would not say it is at the forefront of my mind, as I have a few more pressing matters to deal with at Norwich,” he said. “Certainly it is an aim, it has to be for any English player in the Premier League to try and break into the World Cup squad, and I am no different.

“The way I have played in the last three years in the Premier League stands me in good stead, as will the way I have been with the squad when I have joined up. I have got a little bit of a head start over other people. It is obvious Joe Hart and probably Ben Foster will be the first and second choice so if I can get that third spot it will be a dream come true to get a place on that plane to Brazil.”

17 comments

  • Exactly, Hoopers comments regarding having someone crossing naturally instead of cutting in is yet another thing I could add to the list. Normally we the fans dont see this sort of thing from the players but if we are then surely its only even worse behind closed doors. Even Holt spoke out at the management after leaving. Im sure some will say it was sour grapes but its not often a player feels so much that he comes out in public with the comments he did. Often when scoring the players have all run over to people who have been dropped etc (Bassong for example) while Hughton stands there, looking straight ahead with no emotion in his face, no high fives or credit to the players as they bundle on the dropped player on the bench. Hughton just appears very distant from the players in my eyes. What seperates a manager from a good coach in the ability to not only manage the game but manage the people as well. (See Peter Grant as a similar example). Manage the people well and they'll play for you. I really do hope im wrong about this, as ive always been on the fence when it comes to hoots outin discussions I see on here and around the ground etc.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Ruddy has not been at his best this season, but his squad experience may see him picked ahead of others for the trip to Rio. Needs to have a decent end to his season though. For me he's probably No. 3 at the moment behind Forster, with Foster nowhere near it!

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    Smudger75

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • How the hell Foster can be No. 2 when he has already turned his back on England once is beyond me! Very convenient how he is now interested in a World Cup year! Once you refuse your country, that's it in my eyes. No excuses. End of!

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    Smudger75

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • I keep seeing this trend of the players who have been with NCFC a number of years coming out in backing of players who have been misused or forgotten under Hughton. This isn't a Lambert is god message etc....but under past managers I never saw this level of doubting or speaking up. Im not talking about players saying the manager is wrong etc as clearly thats not happened. What I mean is Hughton said anything BUT "I want to keep Wes Hoolahan" & for anyone that heard his interview after the Fulham game he found it exceptionally hard to praise MOTM David Fox. Players as a result though like Ruddy have had no problem coming out saying what we hoped Hughton would. Likewise after the Fulham game it was amazing the level of support and praise Fox recieved from his fellow team mates. Add in the outbursts from Becchio in the media and the twitter rants from Pilks regarding Vaughans sale and it does get me wondering.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • …..Short and sweet!... but to the point!....Welcome back Brew....Whatever kept you away, I hope it has vanished!.....Your daily postings will help liven up these dreary times!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Sometimes I wonder whether people realise we're only allowed 11 players on the pitch at the same time. In a squad of more than 11 that means there are people who can't be on the pitch. He plays pretty regularly as he's very creative. He's also small and not very physical so it's a trade-off and you can see why he wouldn't always be considered the right choice.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Mattias .. I've been thinking the same thing. Plus the comments from players about their preferred tactics.. Ruddy and Hooper spring to mind immediately.

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    MancCanary

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Spot on Smudger, I know He was managed by Hodgson at WBA, but to say you dont want to play for your country and then decide again that you do AND get selected shows a serious lack of people management by Hodgson, how do you think players feel when other just stroll into the team ahead of ones in form or who play regular football each week.

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    Jimhow

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Sometimes I wonder whether people realise we're only allowed 11 players on the pitch at the same time. In a squad of more than 11 that means there are people who can't be on the pitch. He plays pretty regularly as he's very creative. He's also small and not very physical so it's a trade-off and you can see why he wouldn't always be considered the right choice.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • There's definitely an undercurrent Mattias, how deep it runs I guess we will never know for sure.

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    el dingo

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Does anger me the picking and choosing when you want to play for your country. Obviously its down to 'Woy' convincing his former player to come out.....of retirement. I had this distinct feeling Ruddy would miss out on the World cup for this reason. He hasnt been helped by his form this season. I'd still pick him way ahead of Bunn, Nash etc....but hes certainly not been his usual, strong self. Looks nervous when claiming which was something he never suffered with in the past.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • I am but a walking shadow, Stew! I have paid due homage to you on another board. Good to enjoy a bit of whimsy, eh? Nicht verboten - jetzt ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • At the moment I think our man is number 4 in the queue, behind Hart, Foster and Forster. I know he hasn't been amazing this season, but I can only really remember 2 goals that were due to mistakes by him or that he should have saved. Its not helped that we've been pretty poor defensively overall.

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    richard1

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Not impressed with Ruddy`s "Little Man" comment. Crass and formulaic. What if Wes referred to him as a "Big bald bloke bereft of brains"?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Think you have hit the nail on the head Mattias

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    superfan59

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Ruddy has not been at his best this season, but his squad experience may see him picked ahead of others for the trip to Rio. Needs to have a decent end to his season though. For me he's probably No. 3 at the moment behind Forster, with Foster nowhere near it!

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    Smudger75

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Mattias has wisdom. Foster needs an extra `R` in his name. Now there`s a good `keeper, to coin a Fraser.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 10, 2014

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