Norwich City boss Chris Hughton could do without the Wes Hoolahan transfer sideshow

Norwich City defender Javier Garrido has had to endure the same frustrations as Wes Hoolahan after a bit-part role this season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City defender Javier Garrido has had to endure the same frustrations as Wes Hoolahan after a bit-part role this season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, January 11, 2014
8:15 AM

Chris Hughton’s man-management skills have been tested this week after Wes Hoolahan’s future dominated the Everton build-up.

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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.”

12 comments

  • What a poor old chap he is, best he steps aside for a proper manager with a decent coaching staff to take over, just not good enough!

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    kevin

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Harsh but true kevin? Though I truly hope not. Live in hope, die in despair. Your coaching staff comment is especially appropriate. Bewilderwood has the resumé of a born failure. Who is Trollop? Neil Adams may be our only remaining hope in the short term - so he`ll be kept well out of the way. Time for Delia & Michael to stop being nice and unleash McNasty.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Average for Archant. De rigueur for Davitt.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Watching Hull V Chelsea makes me think what a weak team NC have for the Prem.league.

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    goldie

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • This is a completely pointless article; just a space-filler. It tells us nothing that we did not already know!

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    la barbe

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • What man-management skills? He clearly has no rapport with his players. Just have a look at the tunnel-cam on the canary player. Personally I'm sick and tired of hearing Hougton saying how good the opposition is. It's long past time that we heard him saying how good our team is - self belief starts at the manager.

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    Hants Canary

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • To be honest Mr Hughton your moaning about the Wes Hoolahan side show when it's all your doing, you say wes is under contract, when all you had to say to the media is that wes is one of are most crucial players and their is not a chance i'm letting him go as he is to valuable to are side, then all this would go away so basically your saying you don't care if wes go or not to be honest, you haven't even said how important wes is to are side all you do is come out a state an obvious comment that he's under contract, but the fans will never forgive you if you sell wes simple as that, i would love to see steve clark at our club made west brom a brilliant side with a good squad, played attacking football but could defend meaning good balance to the side, has great contacts in the game, has a lot of bottle isn't afraid to speak his mind, i'd love him at our club, would be a perfect fit to be honest,

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    hooley14

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • What man-management skills? He clearly has no rapport with his players. Just have a look at the tunnel-cam on the canary player. Personally I'm sick and tired of hearing Hougton saying how good the opposition is. It's long past time that we heard him saying how good our team is - self belief starts at the manager.

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    Hants Canary

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Nothing even mentioned about Hoolahan, just a bored reporter stating the obvious. Have to say if Hughton could really do without the sideshow he could of made a clear statement that Wes is part of his plans and the offer being bandied around in some papers is an insult to a player of his abilty. That would of sent out a message and surely left Wes feeling valued as well.

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    Jimhow

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • As I have said on another thread, some local papers support their teams and managers - London Standard is a good example - they don't crriicise the London managers, all much more balanced. And Sam Allardyce has a column, See http:www.standard.co.uksportfootball Maybe CH should write a weekly column in the EDP so we get facts not speculation...

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    Surrey Canary

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Yes Barbie, Jim, Brew, Goldie and Kevin.....so.....Hoof The Hoot.

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    waclor

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • The only sideshow going on is hughton,bewilderwood and the other cronie who i cant be even bothered naming !.Mcnally said a couple of months ago are position is embarrasing !,well look at us now and not a word from him ? Please give us something Mcnally to look forward to ! ASAP ,PLEASE !

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    nelly

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

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