Norwich City’s on-loan midfielder Andrew Surman realises the Canaries’ fight for Premier League survival will have a massive impact on his next career move.

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The 27-year-old has impressed during a season-long loan stint at Bournemouth with the Cherries right in the hunt for a Championship play-off place until falling away in the closing weeks of the campaign.

Surman has one game left against Millwall before he returns to an uncertain future at Carrow Road. The midfielder has one-year left on his current Norwich deal but is yet to get any clear signal from the Canaries if he is wanted.

City face an uphill battle to avoid relegation and Surman believes that will have a huge bearing on what happens to him this summer.

“I haven’t really had any contact with Norwich,” he said. “I still have a year there left but until I sit down at the end of the season and speak to the gaffer here and see what he wants to do and obviously what Norwich want to do then I can assess it but, as of now, I haven’t really got enough information from either side to see what I am going to do.

“It’s still pretty unknown. If Norwich were relegated that would possibly affect things. I couldn’t honestly say. Either way they have quite a big squad there but with relegation that probably means offloading players so you never know. I won’t know until possibly a new manager comes in and I speak to him and then I will have a better idea.”

Surman had previously indicated he would be willing to consider a permanent switch to the south-coast, with Eddie Howe’s men looking to push on again next season.

“We haven’t feared anyone this season. We have given every team a game and we can go into next season knowing what this division is all about,” he said. “We have nothing to fear and if we can carry on with our form then who knows. The team spirit has been great. That often comes from a squad who have just been promoted. They were a tight-knit group and the ones who came in have added to that.”

Bournemouth will finish in the top ten if they beat Millwall this weekend but Surman admits there will be a tinge of regret the club’s play-off push ran out of steam.

“Over the Easter period we had not picked up as many points as we would have liked so it was disappointing after putting ourselves in such a good position not to have something to play for,” he told Bournemouth’s official site. “We have tried to make sure we don’t let our standards to drop. I think there is frustration because you look at Reading, Ipswich and (Nottingham) Forest and they were pushing for promotion and to be fair we held our own against all three. You have to take the positives out of it though and it has been a really good season with one game left. We want to finish as high as we can and look back on a good season.”

Surman would love to bow out by finally scoring after 36 league and cup appearances for the Cherries.

“It is difficult mentally not to try and put too much pressure on myself because the lads have been saying for most of the games, ‘this is my day’ and that kills me then because I feel I definitely won’t score,” he said. “It has been part of my game throughout my career scoring goals so that is frustrating, but the most important thing is helping the team to win games and if I can chip in with a few goals then so be it. It’s a bonus.”

22 comments

  • Always liked Surman as a player. I cant see it, but I really really hope we stay up.

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    Ghana Dom

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • Personally it wouldnt surprise me if Howson and Johnson are still here next season. Both are good Championship players with Howson cutting it in Premier League when very in form. First season with NCFC in the PL Howson was woeful and everyone on this board were hounding him out. Suddenly this season he found form and looked a truly different player. Sadly got injured and has not looked totally up to speed since his return (bit like Fer) at a time when we really could do with the form he showed first half the season. Would've been POTS for sure had Howson not got injured. Only players I see McNally selling are those he either wants out or those that get silly money offered. Neither Howson or Johnson fits those bills.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Colin it's not nailed on that Howson or Johnson will go.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • This is the most depressing article I have read this season.... to think we are already looking at Surman as a solution drives home the reality of how quickly and how far we are about to fall.... I am not sure I can bear another 15 years of soul destroying championship football in my life... Aaaarggh!!

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    jops

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Would make sense to keep him with Snodgrass, Pilkington, Howson, Hoolahan, Johnson, Fer all leaving. Hopefully we'll keep Redmond, Murphy and Tettey, add Elliott Bennett and Surman, along with an addition or two and have a decent midfield for that level.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Norwich City without doubt have been the worst team in the premier league this season and deserve to go down. As for Chris Hougton, a very nice man, a gentleman, but in my opinion should have walked,or been sacked the day Norwich City, a premier league side lost at home to a non league Luton Town last year, the embarrassment of it would have allowed me to continue as manager

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    KP

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Some good points as usual Mattias. My guess is that despite being a flop for us RVW will still have a repuation overseas and there will be clubs that will overlook how he's performed in our setup and be tempted to come in for him. I'd imagine theres some kind of clause in his contract that allows a move if we're relegated, same with Fer. I don't think Redmond will fancy dropping down a tier and he's done enough for us and in a England U21 shirt that a mid table prem side would take him and develop his game further. I think you're right about McNally playing hardball when it comes to teams wanting our players but I think we are going to see quite a lot of exits as a practicality.

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    GossVolley

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Love it when my name flies so high over your head Finn Blue.

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • To be fair I dont actually expect many players to leave. The way McNally works they certainly wont leave for cut prices unless the club wants rid (for wages reasons etc). While im not an RVW hater etc and can see why he & Hooper have found it tough this season, I wouldnt be expecting clubs to be arguing over his signature in the summer. Same for a majorty of our players. Maybe a sneaky bid for Remond will come in but the lad seems very mature for his age and unless it was a silly offer I cant imagine he will be off or allowed to leave. Same with Ruddy. It all depends what moneys offered and what club requires a keeper as I dont imagine he will go to sit on a bench of a top 4 club happily. A Majority of our squad (as much as I love some of them) are good Championship players at best anyway. Obviously people will disagree but just how I see it, especially knowing what McNally can be like when someone is after something that belongs to NCFC. The gap in ability is getting bigger between PL & Championship. Players who look distinctly average or out of their depth this season can or could look like a top player in the championship (as we've seen in the past). Just need to get everything right off the pitch (Manager & Coaches wise) an we have a good chance of an immediate return. If dont address the problems of this season though we will drift off into mid table unknowns an certainly struggle more than QPR & co have.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • We may as well bring back one or two loan players and add the best 2 or 3 from the youth set-up to our squad next season. We need players with ambition and who will be proud to wear the shirt. We also need more controlled pace. The problem with Hughton's team was that a number of them thought they were stars, acted like stars but were found out on the pitch where they were found to be no more than average. Had they all knuckled down, been coached and organised into a team unit, they would have performed better. But as we know Hughton was totally unable to get much out of anyone and certainly not able to mould the players into anything resembling a coherent team. Big mistakes were made in recruitment at the club during our tenure in the Premiership and these need to be rectified. Which means an awful lot of the current squad will have to move on. No doubt some of these self-professed stars will already be talking to their agents. For me they won't be missed any more than Hughton and his coaching crew. They were all part of the culture of negative play and too deeply ingrained with the losing habit which now appears to have become accepted and almost expected every time they play. I am not saying they go out to lose, just that they now don't ever expect to win and the stats prove they are right!

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Eddie Howe wont come to NCFC! He left them once and it didnt work at Burnley and he went running back to Bournemouth saying he was home sick & more. He was incredibly lucky they had him back. I dont expect he would ditch them twice. I could only see NCFC sticking with Adams if we performed a miracle and stayed up. Will be interesting what happens in the summer. Case of who of quality is out of work and cant get a Premier League gig or which young up & coming manager we can pinch. Not sure what id prefer but it'll be a gamble what ever we choose.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Nice to see the troll type what his club are: B INNERS.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • B inners. Tick .Tock. Tick.Tock..

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    FINN.BLUE

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • BW, looks like we agree on Surman , ie "decent enough championship player". Must be true then.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Not surprised Surman is in the dark. Assuming relegation happens he will be one of many pieces forming part of a complicated jigsaw for the manager. Before spreading the parts across the table however the board has to decide who the manager will be. That decision alone has been complicated because the man in place could end the season with a 100% defeat record. But regarding Surman he is a decent enough Championship player and his experience with Bournemouth could help us. By the way, is Eddie Howe still an option for us or are we a sideways move once relegated?

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • all the good players will disappear as soon as Norwich drop and if they preform a miracle and don't, im sure a few will get their marching orders or at least deserve them a lot of supposed star players have been far from stars and need to be culled.

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    MrB

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Thought he was a good enough player for us in the Prem.

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • If Howson, Snodgrass and Fer go, as seems probable, there will be a place for Surman

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    Algarve Canary

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Maybe Narcissus has broken his mirror. That would explain his absence. Lets hope the absence lasts the full 7 years. I am sure nobody with a brain misses his drivel and the toadies will soon find someone else to worship.

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    CanaryWest

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Stick to the day job FB, you are really not even slightly amusing. Tumbleweed.

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    B Inners

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Understatement of the year. Midfielder left in the Dark.. Would say the Whole team and 26,500.surporters are in a black out.. P.S. were is are old Friend Mad Brewer Hope he hasn't done any thing stupid. Like a break down or gone to seek inspiration from a holy man or some thing..

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    FINN.BLUE

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • "I won’t know until possibly a new manager comes in". Nice way to seal your future away from the club should they appoint Adams full time (unlikely I know).

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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