Norwich City boss Chris Hughton could do without the Wes Hoolahan transfer sideshow
08:15 11 January 2014
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Chris Hughton’s man-management skills have been tested this week after Wes Hoolahan’s future dominated the Everton build-up.
Hoolahan is back in the squad after his FA Cup omission against Fulham sparked a feeding frenzy fuelled by reports of interest from Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa. City’s top brass and their manager have sought to defuse the situation ahead of the Premier League trip to Goodison Park and Hughton insists that is just another dimension to his job.
“I have to deal with 25 plus players and if you had to go into the finest detail for every situation then you simply would not be able to do the job,” he said. “Talking in general terms you can be on the outside as a player and then back in the side and playing games because that is how the game is now at this level. You look at Javier Garrido who has not played as much football as he would have liked but he came back for Fulham and he could be in the side against Everton.
“I’m sure he has not been happy to sit on the sidelines but you have to be able to handle that.”
One issue Hughton has not been troubled by is John Ruddy’s mental state ahead of a return to his former club and the place where he suffered a season-ending thigh injury.
“John is a big man, a very strong character and players are used to injuries and recovering from them,” said Hughton. “When you return from injury the most important thing on your mind is getting back to full fitness and he has been that way for a while; hence his inclusion in the England squads. He is a good character so I have no worries on that score.”