Gary Holt aims to make sure history doesn’t repeat in Norwich City’s Premier League bid
10:43 10 June 2014
Gary Holt has vowed to return the belief to Norwich City’s players – and in turn, avoid history repeating itself.
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.”