Norwich City boss Chris Hughton scotches talk of January exits for his stars

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has brushed off speculation linking Wes Hoolahan with a January transfer window exit to Aston Villa. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has brushed off speculation linking Wes Hoolahan with a January transfer window exit to Aston Villa. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
7:30 AM

Chris Hughton is in the business of construction not destruction ahead of the upcoming January transfer window after both Wes Hoolahan and Anthony Pilkington were touted with Norwich City exits.

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Hughton denied reports linking Hoolahan with a potential switch to Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa after making his fourth start of the season in the 1-0 weekend defeat to Manchester United. Hoolahan’s Republic of Ireland international colleague Pilkington was recently linked with both Villa and Premier League Swansea City, but Hughton is paying little attention to fevered speculation with the window officially open for business on Thursday.

“I don’t know anything about those reports,” said Hughton. “The talk normally around this time is of players coming in and that generally is all we are interested in. You can never anticipate what deals happen in a window but our focus is on decisions we need to make regarding players coming in, certainly not going out. I expect to be busy with phone calls and watching plenty of DVDs, but we will only do anything if it’s right or within our structure. It’s making sure we cover all bases. If it is right for us in any position of the squad to strengthen to secure ourselves going into the end of the season, we will do, but we won’t bring players in for the sake of it and those are the assessments we make.”

City have moved to secure many of their top performers on longer term deals this season and Hughton is well aware Pilkington does not fall into that bracket.

“With Anthony it’s been a difficult period for him this season where he’s missed games and periods through injuries, but he is still a player we very much value and has served us very well,” said Hughton. “When he’s on the pitch and in good form, up to speed with the injuries, he’s a very good player. So that’s one situation we’re very much conscious of. We continually assess all the players that here in terms of their contracts and we’ll make what we feel are the right decisions.”

35 comments

  • I see the orfell bridge trolls are out ,a large piece of jealousy is down there , Ho Ho HO. A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL NORWICH CITY SUPPORTERS ALL OVER THE WORLD FROM YARCO AND FAMILY . O.T.B.C.

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    yarco

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Judge me on my record said Hughton, well I have and it's pathetic. Goals scored? = less than one a game since his and his equally inept coaching staff arrived. Goals conceded ? well, more than you can shake a stick at. A far too late terrible use of substitutes, a stubborn refusal to change tactics that clearly don't work, cack handed wingers, a style of football that had Mike Ashley sacking him pronto. Buying players he doesn't ever use, making us the laughing stock of the football world, losing at home to a non-league side, the list goes on and on. The only people I want to see leave this club in January are Hooton, Bewilderwood and Tripe.

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    oldtimer

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • ….Must sign out of 2013with a summary of what I have seen.....The last 12 months has been a success story for Chris Hughton....He set out from the day of his appointment 18 months ago and his objective seemed clear, almost from his first match in the Premier League – that 5-0 defeat at the hands of Fulham...to break up everything that was good here....all he has to do now is get rid of Hoolahan in the sales,. and his job will be completed!....that looks very much on the cards by the treatment handed out to Wes again this season, following on from similar treatment Grant Holt was subject to!... I may have read this all wrong, but, our manager does seem to have a personality problem with our better players!...Apart from Fer , who is journeying from good to moderate to poor to fed up, he has spent one hell of a lot of Delia's money on second rate additions, -Bassong – Olsen – Snodgrass – Hooper – RvWW - Elmander...and shown the door to players of better ability with dedication to the club....Yes Mr Hughton your demolition job is almost complete....then you can move on and leave someone else to pick up the pieces!.....….HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL!....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • btw someone posted elsewhere that Spurs want £4m for Kyle N. That's a lot of kite- good as he is.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • So CH is spending his time watching DVD's. I can lend him Monsters Inc University after me and the kids have finished with it. No coincidence one of the most creative performances came Saturday with Wes starting. I fortunately haven't been able to attend many matches this season from Belgium but do not fancy making the 1000km round trip again while CH and his clueless cronies are still in charge. Palace match is huge and anything is possible. Does anyone remember the match there when we were subjected to a freak hailstorm in the open away end? It was so painful, we had to face the other way! Don't remember the year but 20+ years ago I guess. Predictions for 2014? 50% of Premier clubs to change managers this season including Lambert before the end of January. Relegated: Sunderland, West Ham & Cardiff - Champions: Man City. I wish all Canary fans a happy and prosperous 2014, OTBC DJ-F

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • …..Just watched that presentation on another board....as someone with a little knowledge of video recordings, I think the editor should reflect on his efforts.....Shots of cameras and microphones add nothing.....and even look childish....I feel sure that Bradley Johnson supported his manager to the best of his ability, but question his command of the English language...not his strongest point!....he was , I suppose substituting for John Howson, who must have injured his tongue as well as other parts....Begin to wonder if these 'injuries' are real, or a cover up for something else!....Our manager was his usual self....singing the praises of the opposition...and even suggesting that changes in management had had a positive reaction.....Is he trying to talk himself into the sack?.....Let's have a fresh start to the New Year.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Here again Townie? Has the XXX channel gone off or have you run out of Kleenex?

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • 'Johnty', one might conclude that you've done a Dr Who, previous lives being 'steady on', 'ncfc boy' and 'paulwho' . That aside, Happy New Year to all, and let's hope that NC supporters enjoy a 2014 of happiness, good health and good fortune.

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Townman, your a pleb, you could always loan out some rubbish players from the chumpionship, beings you havent got any money and you are havin a laugh about Carrow road, its all bought and payed for and full, every home game, which ever league we have been in, so go and worry about your own half empty fleapit, at portaloo road, we will be fine, without your pathetic comments, oh and jealousy gets you knowhere.

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    Chuncky993

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Wes still has a lot to offer under the right manager but as CH always seems so reluctant to use him, who could argue if he wants away. Few left footed players would want to be played as a right winger because it fails to allow them to play at their best. I would rather change the manager than see Wes go but fear the board think otherwise.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • "Chris Hughton is in the business of construction not destruction" well you could have fooled me!

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    Keep it Low

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Oldtimer, like me you have seen too much dross... . Becchio will leave in Jan, I have no doubt. We are again linked with Ola Toivenen, and a Mikael Boman. Apparently Rayn Bertrand and Kyle Naughton could be available - both did excellently for us before. I'd still look to raid Celtic for Scott Brown, Kris Commons, and the manager...

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    Soglio Star

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Although it is hard to accept, I have to totally agree with you Old Timer. If we lose at Palace tomorrow I cannot see how the board can allow Hughton and his pals to remain in post. As for giving him money to spend in the new year you have to ask: what the heck has he achieved with the £27 million of the club's money he spent in the summer? Nada! I fear a double whammy: Hughton remains and a lot more dosh goes out the door at Carrow Road, probably to no purpose. More left-footed players to play on the right perhaps?!

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Lobbo…..The Plantagenet Pinot Noir wine sounds and looks fine @ £ 12 99 a bottle,.... but no luck finding Ata Rangi.on my computer....must be some you've kept in the cellar.....On the rare occasion I have Fillet Steak, Mrs Stew usually puts a layer of Pate on top and then wraps it in Flaky pastry before cooking! ….BP.....Oyster Bay Pinot Noir at £8 99 reduced from £10 99 Iis better for my pocket....but I usually stock up when Tesco have that 25% off 6 bottles promotion and my first choice is SA First Cape Merlot or Shiraz when it is reduced from £9.99 to £4.99 FOOTBALL TALK FOR THE NEW YEAR.....to follow …..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • It's quite weird that most pundits still think that we're doing kind of alright, not brilliant, but not disastrous either (a few kickings to the top sides and that really not good at all home defeat to Fulham aside), yet most Norwich fans on here are probably more irate than when we had that turgid season when we went down to League One, not to mention all those years of Championship nothingness that were tolerated rather than enjoyed. Hughton's biggest problem was having to follow the most popular manager since Mike Walker (the first time around anyway).

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    nachospestos

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Who's going to buy your rubbish no one and who's going to come to a run down little club like yours who's heading back to league 1

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    Townman

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Happy new year Stew. Look at it this way, if we lose tomorrow, his days are surely numbered, and if we win, the world may seem a wonderful place until I have to go back to work, all of which means, is that its going to be a drawer, and everyone will carry on complaining except the trolls

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Well put Soglio Star. If we let this continue we are in deep Tom Tit.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • I find it strange to hear references to " left footed" player sin 2014. There is not one professional footballer at any division who should be referred to as such. Their whole working lives is spent kicking a ball around. They should be proficient with both feet. It is basics. Foreign players are adept with both feet due to the coaching they receive from a young age. We are still very far behind . N City at the moment seem to have too many players unable to use either foot with proficiency.

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    stormy

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • I'm with you, oldtimer. I count myself a true NCFC supporter, but have wanted Hughton out for a long time; in fact I never wanted him in.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Happy New Year everyone - lets look forward to 2014 and many more years in the Premier League ! Lets keep climbing the table and finish higher than we have done these last two seasons. OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Watching DVDs eh Chris? I hear ya. It's certainly a good time of year to take out a Lovefilm subscription, what with the rubbish Xmas telly and all. PS, please resign.

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    troublesome1

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • glad you got that off your chest townman...you can go back to your homework now

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    llamaman

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Watching dvds? Wouldn‘t this be something done long ago if you had a cohesive plan. Hughton and his staff are clueless, if he is sacked (hopefully) then what of any new signings he makes? Could be players the next manager doesn‘t rate.

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Towman you talk just like your team perform garbage

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Never mind about the players, CH's record since he has been here says it all. He has spent a lot of money on what appear to be good players but we have little to show for it. Our generally poor performances and frequent ' no shows' at games suggests to me that he has lost the support of the players who have little confidence in him. His frequent late in the match substitutions, especially with players who are having a bad match, also suggests to me that he is out of his depth. He could have been good but now is the time for good bye, no matter what the result of the Palace match. If we lose there, no later than the next day please.

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    andy

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • 'Johnty', one might conclude that you've done a Dr Who, previous lives being 'steady on', 'ncfc boy' and 'paulwho' . That aside, Happy New Year to all, and let's hope that NC supporters enjoy a 2014 of happiness, good health and good fortune.

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • DON'T SELL WES FFS. Pilks neither.

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    Denzil

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Hi 'Bill Punton's chronic itch'. enjoyed your wine and steak analogy. The Ata Rangi was the red, if you get a chance I really recommend the ' 'Plantagenet The Lioness Pinot Noir' a pleasure to drink. Happy New Year to you and 'stew', united by NC and fine red wine.

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • If Hughton stays and we continue with the same stubborn brand of football, virtually total lack of motivation or commitment and dubious team selections, substitutions and team profile, we will get relegated - it's as simple as that. When you are next in the kitchen Delia wake up and smell the coffee. We need you, the board and McNally to do something -AND QUICK before everything goes down the waste disposal.

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    VictorM

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Well ive never seen such a load of loser rubbish here Hoops is going nowhere in fact id wager with any of you no hopers we will stay in this league

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    johnty

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • 'Stew' fillet steak tonight with 'Plantagenet The Lioness Pinot Noir' and a Ata Rangi NZ, both from Tescos. Look them up on their site. Cheeky little numbers if I may say so.

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Spot on Stew, this so called management team set incredibly low standards for our club and have failed to live up to them.. Are McNally and the board so blind that they can't see what these people have reduced our once proud footballing club to? The happy clappers keep on insulting Hughtons critics such as us, but can any true supporter of NCFC really say that they are happy with what we have been seeing since these muppets arrived?

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    oldtimer

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Celebrating in some style tonight Lobbo. I trust that the Ata Rangi is the cab sauvignon, and not the sauvignon blanc, otherwise you might have a sore head tomorrow. Try the Oyster Bay Pinot noir. Takes some beating. You're bold selection would seem to suggest playing two up front, and I see no reason why Hooper should not blend with the Cab sauvignon. RVW would assume the position of the Pinot Noir, with Wes epitomising the quality of a rare fillet steak playing in the hole. I myself shall be getting an early night sans alcohol, just in case they ask me to come of the bench tomorrow. If I don't get the call by midday, you will be able to find me in the William Stanley on South Norwood High St. I shall be munching my way through a Whetherspoon's economy burger with quadruple fried chips and a decent pint of Chateaux La Fit 96; 96 being the last time we beat Palace away. Should you care to join me, or indeed anyone else other tan the trolls, I shall probably be wearing my Alpine Lowe blue jacket, which should keep me dry if we all burst into tears at the end of the game. I am a young man in his late fifties who generally looks like he's been drawn through a hedge backwards

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Happy thirteenth birthday wishes for yesterday Townman.

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    spark

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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